Americans killed in attack at air base in Afghanistan

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber apparently posing as a laborer killed four Americans and wounded 16 others Saturday morning at Bagram air base in northern Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials said.A Polish soldier participating in the NATO mission was also among the wounded.The Taliban claimed responsibility.Afghan officials said the bomber was wearing the kind of clothing normally worn by local laborers, who line up at dawn to enter the base.Two American service members and two contractors working on the base were killed in the explosion, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.“I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of the fallen, and I want to reassure the loved ones of those injured that they are getting the best possible care,” Carter said in a statement. “Force protection is always a top priority for us in Afghanistan, and we will investigate this tragedy to determine any steps we can take to improve it.”“For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple,” he continued. “We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.”last_img read more

Climate change pilot projects launched in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:#magneticmedianews, climate change, jamaica Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, September 13, 2017 – Kingston – Three pilot projects set to test climate smart technologies and techniques in the parishes of Clarendon and St Ann will officially come on stream at a major launch event in Clarendon on Wednesday. The project will target communities in upper Clarendon impacted by drought and poor water supply, select schools as well as rural farming communities in St Ann.The projects funded by the government of Japan under the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership are implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Jamaica in partnership with the ministry of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs; the Climate Change Division in the ministry of economic growth and job creation; the Clarendon Parish Development Committee Benevolent Society (CPDCBS), and other local stakeholdersDaryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the ministry of economic growth and job creation with responsibility for the land, environment, climate change and investment is set to address the launch event.The Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership with a regional allocation of US$15 million was launched last year in Kingston and Bridgetown. The pilot projects mark a new and important milestone in regional implementation and are expected to enhance local capacity to adapt to and lessen the impacts of climate change, especially in target communities.Climate change continues to be a major concern to small island developing states (SIDS) like Jamaica. Climate change causes rising temperatures, changes in the seasons including growing seasons for crops, heavier rainfall and stronger and more intense storms, with flooding; more severe droughts and heat waves; rising sea levels impacting coastal communities and infrastructure.last_img read more

MDFR responds to gas leak at SW MiamiDade home

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a gas leak at a home in Southwest Miami-Dade, Tuesday afternoon.Firefighters responded to the scene, located near Southwest 54th Street and 95th Court.The occupants of the home have been safely evacuated while firefighters and the gas company assess the situation.No other evacuations were ordered.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

OEA Webinar to Highlight Defense Spending by State Report

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR After increasing by more than 65 percent from fiscal 2000 to 2010, defense spending is expected to decline by 28 percent from FY 2011 to 2019 in real terms, according to a report from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) examining defense spending at the state and local levels in FY 2014.On Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the agency will hold a webinar on the report, featuring Christine Chmura, CEO, chief economist and principal at Chmura Economics and Analytics, which prepared the report. To register for the event, visit the OEA website.The report highlights factors, such as the regional expenditures from military bases or private contractors, which can be used by state and local officials to assess their region’s vulnerability to projected declines in defense spending. The impact of DOD spending cuts has been uneven across states, as it depends in part on the number of personnel and the amount of contract revenue in each state, according to the report.Overall, defense spending is accounting for a smaller portion of state economies as the military draws down from two overseas conflicts and the 2011 Budget Control Act imposes stringent spending caps.For further information about the webinar, contact Elizabeth Chimienti at elizabeth.a.chimienti.civ@mail.mil.last_img read more

Installation Officials Would Need to Consider Resiliency Efforts in Master Plans under

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In addition to adding an authority for DOD to award grants to states and communities for infrastructure projects needed to support neighboring installations, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee included several other provisions of interest to defense communities in its mark of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. One section would require officials to consider energy and climate resiliency efforts as part of installation master plans. The change is intended to ensure installations can sustain mission-critical operations. The provision defines energy and climate resiliency  as “anticipation, preparation for and adaptation to utility disruptions and changing environmental conditions and the ability to withstand, respond to and recover rapidly from utility disruptions while ensuring the sustainment of mission-critical operations.” … The subcommittee also included language to provide the military services increased flexibility and funding for construction projects needed to enhance force protection and safety at installations. The panel approved its section of the annual defense policy bill on Thursday.Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greerlast_img read more

HTC Vive gives Firefox VR browser a boost

first_img Virtual Reality Firefox HTC Microsoft Mozilla CES 2019 Share your voice Post a comment Mobile Internetcenter_img 0 Tags Mozilla promotes VR sites and activities available with its Firefox Reality browser. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset will include Firefox Reality, giving a boost to Mozilla’s web browser for VR devices and to its broader effort to build an immersive virtual realm on web technology that no single company controls.Mozilla released Firefox Reality in 2018 for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Daydream and Magic Leap One. Now, HTC Vive owners won’t need to manually download the browser themselves, HTC and Mozilla said at CES 2019. Instead, Firefox Reality will be the Vive’s default browser.”By ensuring HTC devices have direct integration with a web browser, we make it easier for those creators and users,” Mozilla said Monday in a statement. Vive users can still use other browsers and change the default if they want. Mozilla declined to disclose terms of the partnership.Firefox once was second only to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in terms of web usage, helping promote the idea that the web was a neutral foundation, not the domain of one powerful company. But over the last decade, Google’s Chrome grew to dominate browsing, and Mozilla’s browser has failed to gain a significant foothold on mobile devices.VR devices and their cousins for augmented reality offer Mozilla a chance to find a new foothold. But that’s only if VR devices catch on widely, which so far they haven’t.Mozilla also has been instrumental in developing technology called WebVR and its broader successor, WebXR, which standardizes the use of web technology to create VR and AR content. If that effort succeeds, it’ll be easier for developers to build software for multiple headsets and not have to recreate content separately for each one.”Through our exciting and innovative collaboration with Mozilla, we’re closing the gap in XR computing, empowering Vive users to get more content in their headset while enabling developers to quickly create content,” HTC Vive Vice President Michael Almeraris said in a statement.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect.last_img read more

Arvind Kejriwal flags off 25 new buses

first_imgNew Delhi : Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday flagged off first batch of 25 new buses of the 1,000 standard floor ones to be procured in a phased manner by the Delhi government. He said no new buses were added to the public transport in last seven-eight years. The 25 new buses are equipped with hydraulic lifts for differently-abled commuters, besides CCTV cameras, GPS, and panic buttons. In September, the second batch of 125 standard floor buses under cluster scheme will be rolled out, Kejriwal said. The entire fleet of 1,000 standard floor buses will be delivered by January next year.last_img read more

BJP to hold meeting at Vidhana Soudha ahead of rebel MLAs return

first_imgThe opposition in Karnataka has slammed the budget.ReutersAhead of the Karnataka rebel MLAs’ arrival from Mumbai, the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to hold a meeting at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Thursday (July 11) evening.The Legislature Party meeting will be held by the state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa at 4.30 pm. The saffron party has planned to conduct the meeting inside the state legislature complex to safeguard the rebel MLAs, who have been camping at a hotel in Mumbai since Saturday.According to the reports, the BJP had earlier planned to hold the meeting at it party office in Malleshwaram but later moved it to Vidhana Soudha.The rebel MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) coalition has been asked to report to the Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar by 6 pm on Thursday to enable him to decide on their resignations. The apex court had urged the speaker to complete the procedure in the evening itself.But advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing the speaker Ramesh Kumar has urged the top court to take up an urgent hearing, as the speaker needs more time to analyse the resignations. He also said that the Supreme Court cannot direct the speaker in such matters. However, the SC has rejected the urgent hearing.The BJP had demanded resignation from Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. The party on Monday said that the governor Vajubhai Vala should intervene in the matter and ask the coalition government to step down as it has lost the majority.The Congress-JD(S) alliance has accused the BJP of poaching the party MLAs by indulging ‘Operation Lotus’ once again. Even though the saffron party has denied the claims, BJP leaders were reportedly seen visiting the rebel MLAs at the Mumbai hotel without any trouble.last_img read more

Renting PS3 games on PlayStation Now may cost 599

first_imgIf you are the owner of a PS4, chances are you held on to your PS3 knowing that backwards compatibility wasn’t part of the deal with Sony’s new console. But Sony is set to cater for those without access to a PS3 through the forthcoming PlayStation Now game streaming service.What we don’t know yet is how much PlayStation Now is going to cost, but some prices have been seen ahead of an official announcement.On the official Gaikai website there is a section called History, It gives a complete timeline of the Gaikai service before and after it was acquired by Sony. The last entry is for January 2014, and surprisingly it includes pricing for three different games.This may just be a mock-up image, but the screen suggests that streaming/renting Uncharted 3 is going to cost $4.99. The same time-limited access to Far Cry 3 will cost $5.99. You’ll also be able to purchase games outright through the service, with The Last of Us listed with a $49.99 price tag. In return your PSN account will get unlimited access to the game I’d imagine.I doubt anyone would consider paying $50 to “own” a game that can only be played through streaming it to your console. But $6 rentals? That’s going to be tempting to some gamers depending on how long the rental period lasts.I’d suggest Sony needs to half that pricing for ownership if it expects PlayStation Now to succeed. But then the price may have to be that high in order to cover the cost of running the service in the first place.last_img read more

What about Pearl chit fund scam asks TMC

first_imgNEW DELHI: Parliament on Monday unanimously passed the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019, which seeks to put in place a mechanism by which poor depositors will get back their hard-earned money.The Rajya passed with voice vote the bill which would save gullible investors from ponzi schemes. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill on July 24, 2019. The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019 replaced the Ordinance on the same. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataReplying to a debate on the Bill, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur said the Bill would protect the hard-earned money of the poor people. The Bill states that the first claim on the recovered money will be of depositors and the proposed legislation also has some exclusion including money collected by real estate firms and from friends and relatives. Though Trinamool Congress supported the bill it’s leader Derek O’ Brien posed some uncomfortable questions to the Government. He said, “We don’t hear much about the Pearl Chit Fund scam these days. It is a scam involving Rs. 49,000 crore and 5.5 crore investors were affected. It is going on for 20 years and a major constitutional functionary, now not a constitutional functionary, was the legal advisor of the Pearl group.” He stopped short of naming the advisor. He then brought up the Oscar chit fund of Gujarat. According to him, the Oscar chit fund scam affected 1.2 lakh investors. “This scam spread from Gujarat to Odisha and then Maharashtra. Then, you go to Bengal. From 1980, lots of poor people were duped in the Sanchayita scam of the 1980s. The Bengal Government in the last five, six years has set up a Commission to return the money to those who were duped,” the TMC leader added.last_img read more

A Building Permit Was Filed for Elon Musks Hyperloop in California

first_img The company developing Elon Musk’s Hyperloop idea claims passengers could be travelling at close to the speed of sound within the next three years, having just filed for a building permit in California. The Hyperloop concept involves firing a train full of people through a low-pressure tube at speeds of up to 740 mph. It has been described by Musk as a mix between Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table. It could take you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under 30 minutes. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the company taking the lead on turning Hyperloop into a reality, told CNBC that it has filed for a construction permit to build a five mile track in Quay Valley, California. “We are announcing the filing of the first building permit to Kings County to the building of the first full-scale hyperloop, not a test track,” Bibop Gresta, the COO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, said during an interview at Davos on Thursday.Construction is set to begin in the second quarter of 2016 and Hyperloop could open in 2018 to the public.”In 36 months we will have the first passenger in the first full-scale hyperloop,” said Gresta.The company is reportedly looking at where it will place its pylons and carrying out a number of soil tests.Gresta told Business Insider last October that if the California prototype is successful, larger versions of Hyperloop could be built across the world. Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Botswana, and India are all in contention. “We think the first Hyperloop will be built in a country where there’s a lack of infrastructure and less regulation,” he said in an interview where he claimed Los Angeles was a better innovator than Silicon Valley. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is being led by CEO Dirk Ahlborn and a group of over 100 scientists and engineers. Musk has previously said he would take the idea forward himself if he wasn’t so busy leading other companies like Tesla. This story originally appeared on Business Insider January 22, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Google announces early access of Game Builder a platform for building 3D

first_imgLast week, a team within Area 120, Google’s workshop for experimental products, introduced an experimental prototype of Game Builder. It is a “game building sandbox” that enables you to build and play 3D games in just a few minutes. It is currently in early access and is available on Steam. Here’s how Game Builder makes “building a game feel like playing a game”: Source: Google Following are some of the features that Game Builder comes with: Everything is multiplayer Game Builder’s always-on multiplayer feature allows multiple users to build and play games simultaneously. Your friends can also play the game while you are working on it. Thousands of 3D models from Google Poly You can find thousands of free 3D models (such as rocket ship, synthesizer, ice cream cone) to use in your games from Google Poly. You can also “remix” most of the models using Tilt Brush and Google Blocks application integration to make it fit for your game. Once you find the right 3D model, you can easily and instantly use it in your game. No code, no compilation required This platform is designed for all skill levels, from enabling players to build their first game to providing game developers a faster way to realize their game ideas. Game Builder’s card-based visual programming allows you to bring your game to life with bare minimum knowledge of programming. You just need to drag and drop cards to answer questions like  “How do I move?.” You can also create your own cards with Game Builder’s extensive JavaScript API. It allows you to script almost everything in the game. As the code is live, you just need to save the changes and you are ready to play the game without any compilation. Apart from these features, you can also create levels with terrain blocks, edit the physics of objects, create lighting and particle effects, and more. Once the game is ready you can share your creations on Steam Workshop. Many people are commending this easy way of game building, but also think that this is nothing new. We have seen such platforms in the past, for instance, GameMaker by YoYo Games. “I just had a play with it. It seems very well thought out. It has a very nice tutorial that introduces all the basic concepts. I am looking forward to trying out the multiplayer aspect, as that seems to be the most compelling thing about it,”  a Hacker News user commented. You can read Google’s official announcement for more details. Read Next Google Research Football Environment: A Reinforcement Learning environment for AI agents to master football Google Walkout organizer, Claire Stapleton resigns after facing retaliation from management Ian Lance Taylor, Golang team member, adds another perspective to Go being Google’s languagelast_img read more

The Jícaro Artist

first_imgHis hand is a tapestry of scars, evidence of how the tool sometimes slips. He makes designs on just half of the fruit, and he cuts them apart only when he has finished chiseling the designs.The innards have an odd chemical smell, but not a bad taste. The fruit is filled with a green gel that needs to be scraped out, which can be difficult. Androvetto invented a process for soaking the fruit in water to simplify the scraping, and he also created special tools to aid in the process. Once scraped and cleaned, the outer shell dries, becoming hard and resilient.Besides the artistic value of the pieces, they are also used to make canteens, bowls, cups and lamps. The tradition comes from the Chorotega Indians, who lived in Guanacaste hundreds of years ago, Androvetto explains. Androvetto’s mentor, Xavier, taught him the trade, but “we have different kinds of styles,” Androvetto says. “My style is often more traditional, like masks or faces, like pre-Columbian art, the art that comes from the Indians.” Indeed, his style is often called primitive.Making the art supports Androvetto during tourist season, he says, and other members of his family live the same way. His mother makes ceramics, and his aunt works in several mediums. His uncle, Indio, whom he spends winters with in Sámara, carves pendants from coral and bone, often in the shape of traditional Indian faces. “In the past, I never knew I have the art in my blood,” Androvetto says. He and his uncle Indio sell art on the beach and in restaurants in Sámara for $10-$30 a piece, but those interested may order it at joseandrovetto@hotmail.com. The work is in high demand and goes fast. Androvetto is grateful for that, and for the new friends he has made through art: “The jícaro gave me the opportunity to meet people from other countries, Germany, Switzerland, U.S., Italy, too.” Facebook Comments No related posts. These jícaro gourds can be canteens, bowls, cups and lamps. Courtesy of Elisabeth Janoscenter_img From the print editionBy Elisabeth Janos | Special to The Tico TimesThis is how Leonardo Androvetto tells the story of how he began making gourds from the jícaro (calabash) tree into art: “My friend said he would teach me if I wanted to learn. I bought tools in San José. I didn’t think I’d like it. But when I start, I like so much.”That was just three years ago, and now Androvetto, 25, is making a living off of his creations. He lives in San José most of the year, but winters in Playa Sámara, where his uncle also works as an artist. To build his art, Androvetto first takes the large green balls, which are sometimes oval shaped, from the jícaro tree. With a sharp tool, he makes a sketch. With another tool he gouges out his design. The process takes about two or three hours, depending on the size of the fruit. “Each gouge is very hard on the hands, need to be so quiet, need to concentrate on the work,” he says. last_img read more

Cyclist hit by van in CBD

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A cyclist was hit by a van near the intersection of Murchison and Queen Street earlier today (Saturday).Sharaj Ambulance Services and Public Safety officers responded. The cyclist was stabilised at the scene and then transported to hospital with slight injuries.Police have not yet confirmed the incident.last_img

Former Saints DC Rob Ryan explains what went wrong in New

first_imgAs the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, Rob Ryan orchestrated one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history for a defensive unit, and then a few years later oversaw one of the worst defenses in the league.So what happened?In an MMQB article, Rob – who has since reunited with his brother Rex in Buffalo – sat down and explained what happened from his perspective, and there’s a great lesson in here for all head coaches and coordinators. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Rob shared with Jenny Vrentas of MMQB that the Saints defense that struggled so much the past two years wasn’t his defense, and he’s tired of having to say that it was. He then added that he wasn’t “forced” to run another system, but that everyone wanted to adopt and run Seattle’s scheme.“No, I’m not going to say I was “forced.” I advanced the plan to the best of my ability. All of a sudden, we let some good players go; we changed the system after we finished fourth in the league in defense. I don’t know, it just seems strange to me.”“Everyone wants to run Seattle’s defense. They should have hired a Seattle coach. I did the best job I could. Under the circumstances, trust me, I did the best job I could. I’ll be better anywhere else. (Pause). I’ll be great anywhere else. But it was unfortunate. When you move as many times as I have moved, I want to take my family where we can have a chance to win. Later on in your career, you pick those teams. I picked out of five teams the first time I moved to Dallas; I picked out of three others [in 2013]. I am used to picking my spots, but this time, I had one choice. When I was fired by the Saints, I came here to look at it. Rex loves this team, he brags about this team, so I wanted to be around it.”His biggest regret in New Orleans was not saying anything about the change in schemes to head coach Sean Payton.“The only thing I regret is two years ago, when this [scheme change] was going to happen, I should have gone into Sean and talked to him. Sean is a good person. I didn’t, and I just let it happen, so I deserve what I got. Look, I have been fired before. But I get pissed in New Orleans because I know I am better than that. I am a way better coach than I was allowed to be, and that’s just the truth. Oh, we are dead last in defense. Well, yeah, you are going to be dead last playing this bullshit defense. But it is my fault because I didn’t say anything. I never stood up and said, F– you, I ain’t coaching this. I promise you I’d say it now. When it starts to trickle down to your kids and starts hurting them, then it’s like, damn, I should have done better here. I am tough enough to take it.”As a coordinator or head coach, if you’re going to put your name on something, be sure that it’s a product on the field that you know inside and out better than anyone else, and it’s something that you can be proud of at the end of the day. All of that is impossible if you’re being asked to run the latest trending scheme that you’re not comfortable with when the bullets start flying.Head over to MMQB to read the full interview with Rob and his brother Rex, which is full of great stuff.last_img read more

Promoting Blue Pacific priorities at 73rd United Nations General Assembly

first_imgPacific Islands Forum Leaders are in New York this week for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), providing an opportunity for collective advocacy and engagement as the Blue Pacific.Falling just two weeks after the 49th Pacific Island Forum Leaders meeting which was held in Nauru, UNGA provides a key opportunity to promote the priorities and commitments of the Pacific region on the global stage.On the margins of UNGA, Forum Leaders met with the the Right Honourable Mark Field – the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific and the Deputy Secretary of State, John J Sullivan of the United States of America. Both countries are key Dialogue Partners of the Pacific Islands Forum.Discussions at these meetings focused on promoting the recently Leaders endorsed Boe Declaration to strengthen Pacific region security cooperation; calling for greater action on climate change, particularly through the upcoming COP 24 meeting; securing the Pacific region’s maritime boundaries by settling the 13 outstanding shared maritime boundary claims; combating ocean pollution and the impact of the nuclear legacy in the Pacific; and ensuring the long-term sustainable and viability of the Pacific region’s fisheries resources.On Friday 29 September, Forum Leaders will meet with the UN Secretary General, and intend to present the Secretary General with copyies of the new Boe Declaration, as well as the first Quadrennial Pacific Sustainable Development Report which highlights progress, and ongoing challenges, of the Blue Pacific region towards achieving the UN’s universal Development 2030 and SDGs agenda.Forum Leaders will welcome the UN Secretary General’s leadership on international climate change action and will take the opportunity to call for the appointment of a Special Adviser on Climate Change and Security, to strengthen the global focus on climate change as a security risk.Forum Leaders will also provide the UN Secretary General with an update on the Pacific region’s concerted action on climate change and resilience including through their recent endorsement to establish the Pacific Resilience Facility, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands Chairing of the upcoming Climate Vulnerable Forum to be convened virtually, across the globe.For more information, please email: media@forumsec.orgThe post Promoting Blue Pacific priorities at 73rd United Nations General Assembly appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Marriott expands in Tanzania with new Four Points property

first_imgMarriott International has announced the opening of its second Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Tanzania, Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel. The original New Africa Hotel was built as the official residence of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1896.It was used as a hospital during World War I before being converted into a hotel during the British Empire. Sitting at the heart of the central business district of the city, overlooking the harbour, the hotel has since emerged as a landmark and an integral part of the burgeoning city. With the renovation and the rebrand the hotel continues to retain its unique charm, while delivering on the brand’s promise to provide what matters most to today’s independent travellers.ADVERTISEMENT“Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel, is a great addition to our rapidly growing footprint in Africa and further consolidates the brands presence in Tanzania. “We are confident that with its blend of stylish comfort and genuine service at a great value, the hotel will meet the rising demand for high-calibre lodging in this fast-growing market and soon emerge as a leading choice among business and leisure travellers,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.Designed for the modern traveller with an emphasis on approachable design, the 174 room Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel, features spacious and contemporary rooms including suites. Other facilities include an outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. With 1,000 square feet of indoor meeting and banquet space spread across 12 flexible meeting rooms, the hotel is an ideal venue for gatherings of any size including elaborate social events and weddings.“Our vision is to offer an uncomplicated travel experience for both business and leisure. “Perfectly situated in the heart of the city, the hotel is at the epicentre, steeped in history and surrounded by local attractions,” said Siddharth Chaudhry general manager, Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel. “We look forward to welcoming our guests with the brand’s signature warm and uncomplicated yet comfortable service.” OlderHigueron Hotel Malaga, Curio Collection, opens doors in Spain NewerSmura appointed to lead Kempinski Grouplast_img read more

September 11 2015Congratulations to Pete Seiter a

first_imgSeptember 11, 2015Congratulations to Pete Seiter and Eric Doriean from Australia upon completion of the Arcosanti workshop. In the middle is Rowan, the youngest resident of Arcosanti.Pete is staying on as a volunteer in the planning department and tour guide. Eric was a great help in the AIS department.[photo and text by Sue Kirsch]last_img

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and their population had dropped to about 200, Saudi Arabia and a regional coalition have taken strong action against Houthi militants in Yemen. South-East. a week before an environmental signaling conference called "e.com.While the number of students under her care is a valid concern, Others, Disney has agreed to divest Foxs 22 regional sports channels The company already owns ESPN the biggest sports network Bidders for the properties which could fetch as much as $20 billion may include companies backed by cable billionaire John Malone private equity and regional broadcasters Some analysts also see the possibility that Iger will look to cut a deal with Comcast Corp over that companys 30 percent interest in Hulu When the Fox deal closes Disney will become the majority owner of the video-streaming service Skys Future Although Comcast said last week it wont continue bidding for Foxs assets the Philadelphia-based cable TV giant has the highest offer on the table for British satellite-TV provider Sky Plc at $34 billion Disney is acquiring 39 percent of Sky through the deal with Fox and still technically has a bid on the table for the broadcaster Some analysts have suggested Iger may cede Sky to Comcast freeing Disney from the $19 billion or so it would take to purchase the rest of the business Personnel Decisions Disney has pledged to generate $2 billion in cost savings as a result of the merger which will unite two of the six largest Hollywood studios Thats created a lot of angst at Fox and Disney where overlapping marketing ad sales and distribution departments at their respective film and TV units could lead to hundreds if not thousands of job cuts Fox had 21700 employees at year-end according to data compiled by Bloomberg while Disney has 199000 Some executives are already negotiating their future with Fox Networks Chairman Peter Rice expected to take a similar role overseeing the combined companies TV business with the exception of ESPN Fox TV studio co-Ceo Dana Walden is expected to lead their TV production business Fox Franchises Disney has dominated the worldwide box office in recent years thanks the string of hits from Marvel Pixar and "Star Wars" Post-Fox Disney studio chief Alan Horn will have to make choices about which newly acquired franchises to greenlight including "Avatar" "Planet of the Apes" and "Alien" all of which could also be ripe for expanded merchandise and theme-park attractions Fox has produced several movies based on characters licensed from Marvel including the X-Men and Wolverine pictures and two "Deadpool" movies Those rights will come back to Disney with the merger Regulatory approval Disney has received clearance to buy the Fox assets from the US Justice Department but was also awaiting the approval of the Federal Communications Commission In addition the company said in a recent filing it may need consent from regulators in 14 countries and the European Union Contact us at editors@timecom By Yara Bayoumy Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis have indicated they would be willing to hand over management of Hodeidah port to the United Nations a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis sources familiar with the efforts said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged a swift military operation to take over the airport and seaport without entering the city centre to minimize civilian casualties and maintain the flow of essential goods The Saudis and Emiratis who intervened in Yemen in 2015 say they must recapture Hodeidah to deprive the Houthis of their main source of income and prevent them from bringing in missiles Hodeidah port is a principal entry point for relief supplies for Yemen UN officials have warned that large-scale fighting in the city could threaten tens of thousands UN envoy Martin Griffiths has been in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa and Jeddah Saudi Arabia this week to try to negotiate a solution A US official said the United States was urging the Saudis and Emiratis to accept the deal A diplomatic source at the United Nations said the coalition had informed Griffiths it would study the proposal The source said the Houthis indicated they would accept overall UN rule for port management and inspections A Western diplomat said the United Nations would oversee income from the port and make sure it gets to Yemen’s central bank The understanding is for Yemeni state employees to remain working alongside the United Nations "The Saudis have given some positive signals on this as well to the UN envoy over the last 24 hours The Emiratis also gave positive murmurs but the deal still has a little way to go" the Western diplomat said The sources cautioned that the plan still needed agreement from all sides to the conflict and would not at least in its initial stages result in an immediate ceasefire In a statement on Thursday Griffiths said he was "encouraged by the constructive engagement" of the Houthis and would be holding meetings with Yemen’s internationally backed president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi There was no immediate comment from the Saudi and Emirati embassies in Washington Houthi representatives could not be reached for immediate comment The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the war in 2015 to roll back Houthi control of Yemen’s main population centres and reinstate its internationally recognised government DILEMMA FOR WASHINGTON The Hodeidah battle coincides with increased tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran which are locked in a three-year-old proxy war in Yemen that has killed more than 10000 people displaced 3 million and pushed the impoverished country to the verge of starvation The United States has provided aircraft refuelling and some intelligence for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen but US officials say they are not providing direct help to the Hodeidah offensive But Washington is a major arms supplier to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi which critics say makes it complicit in civilian casualties Questions remain over the withdrawal of the Houthis from Hodeidah city itself as the Emirates and their Yemeni allies have demanded as well as over a broader ceasefire the Western diplomat said Securing an agreement on leaving the city could be "one of the major sticking points" the Western diplomat said Speaking earlier at the United Nations Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi reiterated the coalition’s demand that the Houthis quit the city entirely while citing Griffiths’ slow progress "On the ground what we are offering is for the Houthis to hand over their weapons to the government of Yemen and to leave to leave peacefully and to provide information about the locations of the mines and improvised explosive devices and so forth" Mouallimi said Earlier on Thursday Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdelsalam highlighted the group’s "positivity in dealing with the United Nations about the port’s revenues" but criticized the Saudi-led coalition whose aim he said was to "destroy Yemen" (Reporting by Yara Bayoumy Warren Strobel and Jonathan 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