Ramallah – Israeli occupation forces arrested, on Monday, 16 Palestinians from various West Bank cities.The Israeli forces stormed the cities of Nablus, Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilya and arrested the citizens, including 2 journalists and 4 members from the same family, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Club.The Israeli army launches arrest campaigns on a daily basis against dozens of Palestinians in various cities and villages of the West Bank.
Rabat – The US Department of Defense has announced that Morocco concluded a new contract to supply its Royal Armed Forces with M4 carbine rifles and navy systems.Colt’s Manufacturing, an American firearms manufacturer, signed a US military procurement contract to supply Morocco, Jordan, Afghanistan, Senegal, Tunisia, and Pakistan with up to 10,000 additional M4 and M4A1 5.56mm carbine rifles, the US Department of Defense announced Thursday, September 20.Colt’s Manufacturing has won more than $57.72 million for the deal. According to the US Department of Defense, the deal is estimated to be complete by September 20, 2019. The work will be performed in West Hartford, Connecticut.The Colt M4 carbine is a lightweight assault rifle. The M4 carbine’s caliber is 5.56 millimeters. It is air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed, and equipped with a shorter barrel and a collapsing stock.The M4 carbine is a standard firearm for most units in the US military.Morocco also signed a contract to purchase navy-related systems.Alliant Techsystems Operations, a supplier of aerospace and defense products, will supply Morocco with the equipment.The company won more than $12 million for selling “up to 60 Common Munitions Built-In Test Reprogramming Equipment test sets; up to 22 ADU-891(V)1/E adaptor units; up to one lot of spares; and up to two ADU-891(V)3/E adaptor units in support of the Navy, Air Force, and the governments of Morocco, Belgium, Australia, Japan, and Oman,” reads the statement.CMBREThe equipment will be produced in Northridge, California, and is expected to be completed in May 2020. The Common Munitions Bit/Reprogramming Equipment, also known as the CMBRE system, is a munition support-equipment piece used to interface with weapon systems to initiate munitions built-in-tests (BIT), report BIT results, and upload/download flight software. CMBRE is composed of adapter units (ADU) and connected cables.
Mary Robinson, in a statement issued by her Office last evening, welcomed that the talks “are about to resume soon” in Kampala, the Ugandan capital after which they are named, under the auspices of the Chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.”She urges both sides to engage in earnest in their discussions in order to resolve all outstanding issues in the negotiations and to move toward the normalization of the situation in the eastern DRC,” the statement said.“The Special Envoy underscored the importance of political efforts to achieve peace and security for the people the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region,” it added.Last November the M23 – made up of former members of the FARDC who mutinied in April 2012 – occupied Goma in eastern DRC. Clashes between the Government and rebels displaced more than 130,000 people in and around the city and sent another 47,000 fleeing to neighbouring South Kivu province. Amidst widespread condemnation and calls for their withdrawal, the M23 fighters pulled out after 11 days.In the wake of those events, the Security Council in March authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC. A contingent of Tanzanian soldiers arrived Goma last month as part of the brigade.Tensions have been heightened in the region recently as the M23 publicly decried the deployment of the intervention brigade and broke off the so-called Kampala peace talks with the DRC Government.A little more than two weeks ago, fighting again broke out in Goma between the FARDC and M23, but the hostilities ebbed somewhat ahead of an unprecedented visit to the region by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, along with Mrs. Robinson.The three visited the DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and other concerned countries to bolster support for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region, or as Mrs. Robinson describes it, a “framework for hope.”The UN-brokered accord, signed in February by 11 African leaders, aims to end the cycles of conflict and violence in eastern DRC and to build peace in the wider region. Mrs. Robinson also travelled to the region in late April and early May to push for implementation of the framework.On 21 May, she proposed a set of principles for peace, which seek to guide immediate efforts to tackle the crisis in the region, while maintaining a focus on long-term solutions. They recognize the importance of ending the suffering of the mostly women and children who have been displaced by the violence, and call for the acceleration of the voluntary return of all refugees in the region. They also call for the demobilization of all armed groups active in eastern DRC, and urge all parties to comply with all their obligations under international law.
The veteran negotiator was speaking to reporters in the Saudi capital Riyadh, at a meeting involving the principal opponents of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. After welcoming the “wide spectrum” of representation at the Saudi meeting, Mr. de Mistura noted the “very complicated environment” in which it was taking place – a reference to the crisis in Syria that has left hundreds of thousands dead and displaced millions. Despite these obstacles, the UN Special Envoy called for the opposition groups to take a “common line” on their country’s future. Their actions could help shape not one but two rounds of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Mr. de Mistura said. The first discussions are due to begin next Tuesday, to be followed by a second session in December. “We want to show, and we want to show through you, that this is the way the future of Syria can be decided,” Mr. de Mistura told all those gathered in Saudi Arabia. He added that they had a chance to give “a new dynamic” to the UN’s efforts to secure peace in Syria, based on UN Security Council resolution 2254 (2015). The measure calls for the Syrian Government and opposition to engage in formal negotiations on a political transition process “on an urgent basis” – something will be sure to figure prominently when intra-Syrian talks begin on Tuesday. In his push “for real negotiations” based on resolution 2254, Mr. de Mistura explained that once back in Switzerland for the UN talks, he would be seeking progress on a new constitution and elections supervised by the United Nations. The aim is to produce “credible, all-inclusive, non-sectarian governance” in Syria, he said, and to address the threat of terrorism in the war-torn country. In addition, the UN Special Envoy insisted urged also to press for the release of detainees and missing persons, and humanitarian access to areas still under siege in the more than six-year war.
Sir Mo Farah complained that he was a victim of “racial harassment” at a German airport as he traveled to his training camp in Ethiopia.Farah, 34, posted videos on social media of himself being pushed by officials at an unknown airport.He said: “Sad to see racial harassment in this day and age. 2018…!!!!”.The athlete repeated this claim in the video, saying: “Just in the airport here, got harassed again, again, again.”For wearing a hoodie and a jumper, Germany airport, Germany airport, oh my god.”The guy’s touching me up like crazy.”Pure harassment, pure, pure harassment. You don’t need to push me.” “Mo felt that the incident was racially motivated and that he was unfairly treated by the airport security staff.”Before his trip, he posted pictures of himself saying goodbye to his children and wife as he departed for six weeks in order to train.He is currently training for the London Marathon in April, aiming to become the first British male winner since 1993.The German police responded to his claims, saying he was filming the security check point, which is not allowed, and that is why he was guided towards the gate.In a statement issued to MailOnline, a spokesman for the German police said: “On the way to his flight, Sir Mo Farah had to pass the security check in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport.”Security checks at Munich Airport are carried out by a private security company on behalf of the State of Bavaria. It seems that Sir Mo Farah did not agree with this passenger security check performed on him and blamed this check a racist measure. Obviously he was very upset.”As Farah didn’t want to leave the security check point, security staff asked the Federal Police officer seen in the video for support. A guard is seen guiding him towards his gate, and another is seen pushing the Olympic gold medalist after he asked not to be touched.He is then seen being repeatedly pushed and shoved in the direction of the gate.The athlete commented at the end of the video: “The way you get treated. Did you see that guys? Unbelievable.”A spokesperson confirmed he felt subjected to racially-motivated unfair treatment.They told The Telegraph: “This afternoon, there was an incident at a German airport whilst Mo was travelling back to his training camp in Ethiopia. “In co-operation with the security staff’s supervisor the officer tried to explain this routine measure to Sir Mo Farah and to calm him down. Unfortunately that didn’t work.”Then the officer asked him to leave the security check point because he was blocking the area. Farah got more and more upset. He continued arguing and blaming security staff and the Federal Police officer of being racist. “At that point, Farah started filming the sensible security check point area which is now allowed. The officer asked him to stop recording.”As Farah ignored this police order the officer asked him to leave the security control area and proceed to his departure gate.”Farah persistently ignored this second police order so the officer slightly touched him and tried to direct him away from the security check point area to the shopping and gate section what you can see in the video.”Finally, the federal police officer was properly carrying out his duty. I cannot see any indications of racial harassment by the federal police officer at all.” Mo Farah said goodbye to his family before going abroadCredit:Mo Farah/Instagram
A Roman mosaic found in a Berkshire field and hailed as one of UK’s most exciting archaeological discoveries will soon be reburied, it has emerged. Archaeologists and volunteers spent nine days uncovering the mosaic, which depicts a mythical chariot race for the hand of a princess, in the village of Boxford, . Anthony Beeson, an expert on Roman and Greek architecture and art, said it is one of just three known mosiacs of its kind in the world.Archaeologist Matt Nichol, who worked on the dig, described the mosaic’s imagery and iconography as “second to none”. The mosaic depicts scenes including Bellerophon, Hercules and PegasusCredit:Tom Pilston After being fully uncovered it was opened to the public on Saturday but is to now be carefully reburied because of its location on private farming land. After being fully uncovered it was opened to the public on Saturday but is to now be carefully reburied because of its location on private farming landCredit:Tom Pilston 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 king, Oenomaus, having been told that his future son-in-law would bring about his death, made all contestants race him in a chariot but handicapped them by putting the princess in the vehicle with them.”The losers were decapitated and their heads displayed.”Pelops persuaded a former lover Myrtilus and the King’s chariot master to substitute a wax lynch pin and the king was killed when the wheels flew off. Joy Appleton, from the Boxford History Project, said “It’s absolutely beyond our expectations. We now know it’s a unique mosaic but to find it here in little old Boxford is quite something.”Ms Appleton added that the area has “lots of iron age and bronze age stuff around” but no Roman finds until now.”Now we’ve found them and that’s that link through the history of the village of Boxford. There’s nothing like it at all in Roman Britain.”Explaining the story depicted in the mosaic, Mr Beeson told the BBC: “The pavement shows Bellerophon and Pegasus but the main action is the story of Pelops and his race to win the hand of the Princess Hippodamia. “Pelops thereby won but killed Myrtilus who cursed his lineage and brought about the curse of the Pelops. The king’s funerary games are said to be the origin of the Olympics.” He told the BBC: “It’s been quite overwhelming, not just for me but everyone involved.”There’s a real buzz and excitement on this project, I’ve never seen that before on any project that I’ve worked on.”When it was first partially uncovered in 2017 it was described as the most exciting mosaic discovery in Britain for the last 50 years. The project, which had been running since 2011, had previously uncovered the remains of a large Roman villa, a bath house and a farm building.Featuring the Greek hero Bellerophon riding the winged horse Pegasus, the mosaic, which dates from around AD 380, was uncovered by volunteers and resident historians working with Cotswold Archaeology and the Boxford Heritage Project. Joy Appleton, from the Boxford History Project, said the area has “lots of iron age and bronze age stuff around” but no Roman finds until nowCredit:Tom Pilston
T-Shirt Tuesday: Best Twin Peaks ShirtsTwin Peaks Returned With a David Lynch Horror Movie Stay on target In less than a month Twin Peaks will return to the small screen on Showtime. Details on the series have been tight-lipped but what has come out looks amazing. In true Lynch fashion the style, mystery, and energy are all there.The Spoke Gallery in NYC has featured the artistic works of around 80 creators from all over the world came together for the ‘In Dreams’ show. The mixed media event was a celebration and dedication to the beautiful and sometimes creepy world David Lynch has created in each of his works. Twin Peaks seemed to be far and away the favorite for inspiration.The show is open until the 30th here on the lower east side. Don’t worry if you can make it the virtual gallery is open at Spoke.com. There you can also find a few items for purchase (pins, coloring book, rings, etc.) fine coffee) along with prints of many of the works.If you have time, I suggest checking out the show, either online or in person. You won’t be disappointed.Artists featured in the show: Eric Althin, Stephen Andrade, Ana Aranda, Bagger43, Brighton Cooper Ballard, Derek Ballard, Ryan Berkley, Ivonna Buenrostro, Lucy Cahill, Adam Caldwell, Caroline Caldwell, Sandi Calistro, Mar Cerdà, Matt Chase, Dan Christofferson, Charles Clary, Max Dalton, Vic De Leon, Przemek Dębowski, Valentin Fischer, Jayde Fish, Vanessa Foley, Alex Garant, Monica Garwood, Jay Gordon, Greg Gossel, Dan Grissom, Justin Hager, Primary Hughes, Gerhard Human, Sarah Joncas, Tim Jordan, Max Kauffman, Vance Kelly, Steve Kim, Alex Kirzhener, Bartosz Kosowski, Calvin Lai, Conor Langton, Nan Lawson, Kemi Mai, Marni Manning, Michael Manomivibul, Samantha Mash, Rebecca Mason Adams, Harry Michalakeas, Guillaume Morellec, David Moscati, Chelsea O’Byrne, James Olstein, Anna Pan, Kat Philbin, Allison Reimold, Rezatron, Matt Ritchie, Miles Ritchie, Taylor Shultek, Matthew Skiff, Bennett Slater, Kate Snow, Nick Stokes, Jason Stout, Meghan Stratman, Deangus , Concepcion Studios, tlTV, Truck Torrance, George Townley, Geoff Trapp, Zach Tutor, Nate Utesch, Delphyne Veyrat d’Urbet, Roos van der Vliet, Chris Walker, Thomas Walker, Helice Wen, Bryce Wymer, Lauren YS, Courtney Yung, Cerise Zelenetz, Adam ZiskieView as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24.
A city manager accused of mishandling police affairs and showing favoritism to developers was paid nearly a quarter of a million dollars when he was fired.A city finance director whose past prevented him from receiving the proper insurance coverage required for his job was paid $45,000 when he received his pink slip.And another city manager, whose bosses lost confidence in his ability to lead, left with $95,000 in pay and health benefits when he was dismissed.The hefty payouts for people who were fired from their public jobs oftentimes leaves taxpayers scratching their heads. o DENNIS OSBORN, former Battle Ground city managerSeverance: Four months pay, health coverage for six months, payment for all accrued vacation and half of accrued sick leave.Total cost: $95,000o GEORGE FOX, former Ridgefield city managerSettlement: Fox requested $579,000 to fulfill the remainder of his four-year contract.Total settlement: $247,500o JEFFREY BIVENS, former Washougal finance directorSeverance: Five months pay, payment for accrued vacation and reimbursed for payment of bond insurance.Total cost: $45,835Why pay a fired employee to leave?Many mayors and city managers say the severance pay is needed to attract top talent, which explains why three local cities recently paid off top employees and then gave their replacements similar guarantees.This chart compares the employment contracts of current and former city managers and administrators throughout the county. The chart also includes employment contract details for former Washougal Finance Director Jeffrey Bivens. At the time of his termination, the city did not have a city administrator, making Bivens the highest paid city employee. The city of La Center does not have a city manager or administrator. Those duties are divided between Finance Director Suzanne Levis and Public Works Director Jeff Sarvis, neither of whom have employment contracts.
POULSBO — About $19,000 worth of meat and other food items were tossed out on Friday at a Walmart in Poulsbo after a 33-year-old man apparently stuck a hypodermic syringe into a package of meat on display at the store.Poulsbo Police Chief Al Townsend says the Kingston man was arrested Saturday morning at a house in Hansville and booked into Kitsap County Jail. He was also treated at a local hospital for an infection in his hand.Townsend does not believe any customers were affected.The Kitsap Sun reports a customer found a syringe sticking out of a package of sausage about 6 a.m. Friday. Store employees removed the meat, called police and sealed off the meat section of the store with plastic. The syringe itself had no needle and did not appear to be used, as the inside was dry.
New Delhi : The BJP’s membership drive was launched in the national capital on Sunday, with famous Haryanavi singer-dancer Sapana Chaudhary joining the party in the presence of senior leaders, including Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Chaudhary had campaigned extensively for the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in May but stopped short of joining the saffron party even though there was talk that she would contest the polls. Earlier in March, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Raj Babbar had announced on Twitter that she had joined the party. Chaudhary, however, categorically denied it. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Besides Chaudhary, seven others, including a specially-abled youth, a first-time voter, retired Army officers and bureaucrats and a street vendor, joined the BJP at the event held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Chouhan, who is the national in-charge of the BJP’s membership drive, asked party workers to ensure its victory in the Delhi Assembly polls early next year by enrolling members from each booth and all sections of the society. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “According to the ‘Sarv Vyapi, Sarv Sparshi’ (covering all areas, touching base with all) slogan of the campaign, you have to work hard to ensure that new members come from each booth and each section of the society. With a large heart ensure that no section remains untouched,” he said. As against the target of adding 20 per cent members to the party, Delhi BJP has decided to bring 10 lakh people to the partyfold, said Kuljeet Chahal, campaign in-charge in Delhi. Advertise With Us Chouhan asked party workers and leaders affiliated with Shakti Kendras (groups of polling booths) to devote a week’s time to the drive. He also heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, describing him as a “movement”. Speaking about Amit Shah, Chouhan said the BJP president could produce “oil from sand”, citing the party’s success in Assam, Tripura and West Bengal. National general secretary (organisation) Ramlal asked party workers and leaders to make efforts to enrol 50 per cent new members from each of the over 13,800 booths in Delhi, with a special focus on those where the party strength is low. Tiwari assured senior party leaders that the membership drive will be an “unprecedented” success in Delhi and suggested that new members should represent all walks of life. He also lauded Modi’s leadership, saying he was appreciated by all world leaders. The BJP’s membership drive in Delhi will conclude on August 11. Members will be enrolled online as well.
Story Links Persistent rain in the Knoxville area on Saturday postponed the University of Louisville’s softball games against Kansas and Bradley in the Tennessee Classic. The tournament will resume on Sunday with the Cardinals (4-5) facing Kansas at 9 a.m. and Bradley at 4:30 p.m. Louisville is slated to wrap up the tournament Monday at 11:30 a.m. with a rematch against Bradley and will take on host No. 7/8 Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. Tennessee Classic Schedule Sunday, Feb. 249:00 a.m. – Louisville vs. Kansas4:30 p.m. – Louisville vs. BradleyMonday, Feb. 2511:30 a.m. – Louisville vs. Bradley4:30 p.m. – Louisville at Tennessee Print Friendly Version
Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with affiliations to research facilities in Argentina, the U.K. and New Zealand, has confirmed that fossilized pollen grains found in Antarctica are members of the flowering plant family Asteraceae. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their research and conclude by suggesting that the fossils represent the family’s oldest fossils ever discovered. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The Asteraceae family includes a lot of popular modern flowers—daisy’s, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, as well as gerberas, lettuce, artichokes and even dandelions. One of their main characteristics is inflorescence, which means they have clusters of flower heads that form the larger flower. It is believed that they played a major role in the evolutionary history of many insects and pollinating birds and also perhaps that of bees and wasps. Prior research had placed their earliest known evolutionary history to approximately 60 million years ago. This new research has revealed evidence that pushes that history back another 20 million years—to the Cretaceous, which means the flowers were growing back when dinosaurs were still around.The pollen grains were found on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, a part of what was once the super-continent Gondwana—back then the area would have been covered by lush grasslands and temperate forests. In studying the fossils, the team noted their shape, size and surface sculpture, placing them in the species Tubulifloridites lillei—other samples had been found in Australia and New Zealand but it was not until the new fossils were found in Antarctica that researchers could definitively prove that they were also members of the Asteraceae family. Further study showed that the more recently found pollen grain fossils were similar in ways to members of the Barnadesioideae subfamily of Asteraceae found today in South America, which offers a hint of what the earlier flowers might have looked like.There is still more work to be done before the new fossil finds can be officially placed in the flowering plants family tree, but once that happens, the researchers are confident that they will be placed at a time approximately 80 million years ago. © 2015 Phys.org Early sunflower family fossil found in South America More information: Early evolution of the angiosperm clade Asteraceae in the Cretaceous of Antarctica, Viviana D. Barreda, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423653112AbstractThe Asteraceae (sunflowers and daisies) are the most diverse family of flowering plants. Despite their prominent role in extant terrestrial ecosystems, the early evolutionary history of this family remains poorly understood. Here we report the discovery of a number of fossil pollen grains preserved in dinosaur-bearing deposits from the Late Cretaceous of Antarctica that drastically pushes back the timing of assumed origin of the family. Reliably dated to ∼76–66 Mya, these specimens are about 20 million years older than previously known records for the Asteraceae. Using a phylogenetic approach, we interpreted these fossil specimens as members of an extinct early diverging clade of the family, associated with subfamily Barnadesioideae. Based on a molecular phylogenetic tree calibrated using fossils, including the ones reported here, we estimated that the most recent common ancestor of the family lived at least 80 Mya in Gondwana, well before the thermal and biogeographical isolation of Antarctica. Most of the early diverging lineages of the family originated in a narrow time interval after the K/P boundary, 60–50 Mya, coinciding with a pronounced climatic warming during the Late Paleocene and Early Eocene, and the scene of a dramatic rise in flowering plant diversity. Our age estimates reduce earlier discrepancies between the age of the fossil record and previous molecular estimates for the origin of the family, bearing important implications in the evolution of flowering plants in general. Citation: Fossil pollen grains found in Antarctica push back evolutionary history of daisy family (2015, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-fossil-pollen-grains-antarctica-evolutionary.html A typical Asteraceae flower head (here Bidens torta) showing the individual flowers. Credit: Marshman/Wikipedia
ORLANDO — Waiting in line in the worst. But leave it to Disney to make even that a magical experience.The new Play Disney Parks app features several themed games that can only be played while waiting in line for a ride. How does it do this? It uses Bluetooth technology to track when you’re standing in line to unveil a series of ‘missions’, with clues hidden on nearby walls.Beacon sensors are so sophisticated that gameplay is scaled for each user, no matter if they’re standing in line for 10 minutes or over an hour. And since we’re talking about Disney here, it can even activate special effects around you, like rockets flying overhead and the appearance of Tinkerbell inside a lantern.But the best part? It’s designed to be played by the whole family using just one phone, encouraging all members to pass the phone around and participate.So for any parent worried about prolonged screen time (“I paid all this money to go to the park and all my kids want to do is be on their phones!”), the app actually enhances the visitor experience, engages users with their surroundings, promotes family bonding and forces people to interact with the world around them.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyHard to believe that an app can do all that, but again, we’re talking about Disney here.Disney’s Play app is free on iOS and Android, and works at Disneyland Resort and all four parks at Walt Disney World. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Apps, Disney, Orlando Posted by Disney’s new app does the impossible – it makes waiting in line actually enjoyable Share Travelweek Group
5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Go Rail, which had operated the Tallinn-Moscow route continuously since 1998, also dropped service to St. Petersburg earlier this month.Estonian public broadcaster ERR said it’s the first time in 65 years that Estonia has no passenger rail connections with Russia.Estonia, a former Soviet republic, regained independence in 1991. It joined the EU and NATO in 2004.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Train service between the capitals of Russia and Estonia has been suspended due to declining demand, reportedly for the first time in six decades.The Estonian railway company GoRail said European Union sanctions against Russia have led to a sharp decrease in the number of Russians visiting Estonia, making the Moscow-Tallinn route unprofitable. GoRail spokeswoman Kersti Gorskov said the last overnight train from Moscow arrived at Tallinn’s main train station on Tuesday. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share
The Travel Corporation has expanded its product range with the launch of a new brand and separate company, Inspiring Journeys, offering small group, escorted domestic holidays with a twist, on sale in Australia today.Tammy Marshall, current AAT Kings Managing Director, will oversee the new brand, which was created following consumer research the company conducted 18 months ago which showcased a market gap for domestic travel. The new company will also be sold and marketed mainly through trade partners in the same line as all other Travel Corporation brands.”Inspiring Journeys, Incredible Stories” is expected to fill the needs of time poor customers looking for enriching, experiential travel with a mix of adventure activities and luxurious accommodation.”Our target market is the time poor, looking for adventure and wanting flexibility but also want something structured. It’s the new fashion on the rack,” Inspiring Journeys, Managing Director, Tammy Marshall said.”Inspiring Journeys brand essence and our passion statement empowers travellers,” Ms Marshall said at last night’s official launch.”Our essence is the core that sets us apart. We offer experiences, experimental and hands on travel”The brand, according to Ms Marshall, sets itself apart offering a diverse choice of experiences using narrators and journey leaders to bring itineraries to life, complete with new four wheel drive vehicles, local flavours and hand picked, unique accommodation choices, many of which are exclusive to the company. “All the experiences you have will focus around Discovery, Exploration, Learning and Relaxing,” Ms Marshall said.The maximum 20-passenger itineraries focus on the Top End, Red Centre, Kimberly’s, Tasmania and will commence operations in May. Ranging from 3 day to 20 days, itineraries with most inclusions start at approximately $400 per person, per day.”It is a rare opportunity to have a blank canvas and we have created an incredible story to bring this brand to life,” Ms Marshall said.For more information, visit their new website: www.inspiringjourneys.com.au Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Inspiring Journeys: Kathryn Galvin, Marketing Exec, Jeff Lim, Marketing Manager, Steve Richards, Sales Manager, Tammy Marshall, Managing Director, John Weeks, Travel Corporation CEO
Sofia Airport Distance from BanskoDriving time (approx) Sofia Airport99.7 miles2Hrs 5Mins Plovdiv Airport 3Hrs 15Mins£15* 2Hrs 40Mins£65* Sofia AirportBritish AirwaysEasyjetWizz AirLondonManchesterGlasgowLiverpoolBirmingham Getting from the airport to BanskoConvenience is key when you’re planning your skiing trip. The table below shows how long it takes to reach Bankso from both airports, along with the average price of transportation.Car Plovdiv Airport *Prices subject to change 2Hrs 40MinsCompare car hire prices at Plovdiv Airport. Plovdiv Airport101 miles2Hrs 40Mins Nearest Airports to BanskoThere are two airports near Bansko, although both are about 100 miles away. Sofia Airport is slightly closer and is generally considered the best airport for flights to Bansko. Taxi Sofia Airport 2Hrs 5Mins£75* 2Hrs 5MinsCompare car hire at Sofia Airport for up to date rental prices. Bus Plovdiv AirportRyanairJet2LondonBelfast Train Plovdiv Airport Sofia Airport 3Hrs 40Mins£9* Plovdiv Airport Sofia Airport N/A N/A Which airport is best for flying to Bansko?When you have more than one airport to choose from, you need to weigh up all your options. We recommend thinking about:• Price (which airport has the cheapest flights?)• Convenience (which airport has direct flights from your nearest airport?)• Comfort (which airport has flights from your favourite airlines?)The table below shows which airlines fly direct from the UK to Plovdiv and Sofia. Top AirlinesFly direct from RelatedMorzine AirportsIf you’re looking for flights to Morzine you might already know that it doesn’t have its own airport. The nearest airport is Geneva Airport, which is 55 miles away (about 1Hr 25Mins by car). That’s not the only airport serving the resort: there are five airports in total within 150…Zermatt AirportsZermatt doesn’t have its own airport. The nearest is Sion Airport, which is 48 miles away (about 1Hr 15Mins by car). This is a small airport which mainly serves European charter flights. There are also three major international airports (and two small airports) within 150 miles of Zermatt. This page…Torquay AirportsTorquay doesn’t have an airport of its own. There are three airports within 100 miles of Torquay that you can fly to, however. The nearest is Exeter Airport, which is 26 miles (40 minutes’ drive) from Torquay town centre. This page has all the information you need to book the…
TV heaven: ‘Modern Family’ star to marry ‘Bachelorette’ star AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marcela Isaza, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2019 9:31 am PDT LOS ANGELES — “Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland and “Bachelorette” alum Wells Adams are engaged.Hyland, 28, and Adams, 35, took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce the news.Hyland posted a series of images of the couple’s special moment on a beach, including a picture of Adams down on one knee holding a small box.Adams shared a video of the precious moment and photos of them toasting to their new chapter. Hyland’s representative confirmed the news.Hyland and Adams met on social media in 2016 and began dating in 2017.Wells competed on season 12 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”Marcela Isaza, The Associated Press
Three men are to stand trial on suspicion of participating in the bombing of a car belonging to the mother of the mayor of Paphos last Christmas.The trial is scheduled to begin before the Paphos criminal court on June 29.The three suspects are aged 20, 26 and 30.According to the police, the 26-year-old is the person suspected of planting the explosive device underneath the car, which was destroyed by the blast.Police got a lead on the man from an informant. The 26-year-old is facing charges of destruction of property using explosives. He was the first to be arrested.The other two suspects will be facing charges of acting as accessories after the fact.Unlike the 26-year-old, they have been released with restrictions pending the trial.According to testimony heard earlier in court, the informant told police that a few days before Christmas 2017, the 26-year-old told him he was planning to plant a bomb but did not elaborate.Late on Christmas Eve, the 26-year-old visited the informant at home in Peyia, where he stayed the night.The next day he asked the informant whether he had seen in the news what they had done the previous day, police told the court.The informant said he didn’t and the suspect replied “we planted the bomb at the government official’s mother (car).”The suspect also told the informant that he had five more ready bombs in his possession but did not say what the targets were.Paphos mayor Phedonas Phedonos later urged the police to take the lead in fighting organized crime, arguing that for years nothing was done, resulting in gangs raking in millions from drugs.The mayor said it was obvious police knew who was behind the crime rings but did not take action in time – either because of inadequacy or because they were in cahoots with the underworld.You May LikeWFGInsuranceQuotes.comWhere To Get Small Business Loans Under $50,000WFGInsuranceQuotes.comUndoLoanPrideBahamas Is Sean Connery’s New Home Away From HollywoodLoanPrideUndoThe Legacy ReportMan Who Called NVIDIA’s Rise Makes Bold 5G PredictionThe Legacy ReportUndo State Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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