SEAL THE DEAL Climate change could stem global tourism UN cautions

21 October 2009Rising sea levels could inundate coastal holiday spots while melting snow caps could spell an end to ski resorts, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has warned, as climate change threatens tourism, a lucrative industry for the world’s poorest nations. Rising sea levels could inundate coastal holiday spots while melting snow caps could spell an end to ski resorts, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has warned, as climate change threatens tourism, a lucrative industry for the world’s poorest nations.Tourism is what “fuels the economy and drives people” in poor countries, Geoffrey Lipman, Assistant Secretary-General of the UNWTO, told the UN News Centre.Nearly one third of the $735 billion generated by tourism in 2006 went to developing nations, with the industry serving as one of the major export sectors for poor countries.From 2000-2007, international tourism, the main source of foreign exchange in nearly all of the States classed as least developed countries (LDCs), recorded 110 per cent growth in these nations.Although many people look at tourism as a “sort of flippant activity,” they often do not realize that the industry constitutes 5 per cent of economies, having a catalytic effect on a further 5 per cent, Mr. Lipman noted.As a result, “anything which affects the industry has a big spin-off effect on the economy,” he said, pointing to the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom where the “biggest hit came from the reduction in tourism revenues.”Developing countries, Mr. Lipman underscored, are often “unspoiled and undeveloped,” pointing the way towards a new form of ‘green’ tourism.The industry accounts for 5 per cent of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, most of which can be pinned on air, car, rail and other forms of transportation.Air transport, in particular, has been targeted for its emissions, but, like other sectors, it has the potential to become more sustainable through implementation of more efficient engines and experimenting with biofuels, among others, Mr. Lipman said.“You can’t walk to the Maldives,” he said. “We want more planes flying, not less.”The solution, Mr. Lipman stressed, does not lie in curtailing long-haul flights which could hurt the economies of developing nations which rely heavily on tourism for income.The UNWTO official recommends that people travel responsibly. “You can choose what you do and how you do it,” he said, calling on travellers to opt to stay in resorts that are identifiably trying to reduce their carbon footprints and to offset their flights by buying carbon credits.For their part, governments must not consider taxes on travelling as a “cash cow” and must also not “cynically impose heavy taxes just so they can detract people from flying,” he said.Climate-induced environmental changes – including water availability, biodiversity, and coastal erosion – will have an impact on tourism, according to a report produced last year by UNWTO, along with the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).For example, changes in agricultural production could hurt wine tourism, while increases in temperature are forecasted to hurt ski resorts in the European Alps, Eastern and Western North America, Australia and Japan.As a result, adaptation to climate change is vital tourism, according to Mr. Lipman. Poorer nations must be provided with the necessary technology and financing “to create jobs, not just helping foreign tourists have a good time.”Nations are expected to ‘seal the deal’ on a new climate change agreement – intended to go into effect after the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012 – this December in Copenhagen, Denmark.Along with emissions reductions targets by industrialized nations, helping developing countries adapt to global warming’s effects is also a large component of the pact set to be reached in the Danish capital.Tourism has reached a crossroads, but Mr. Lipman voiced optimism that the industry will rise to the climate challenge. In the face of the oil crisis and hijackings of previous decades, tourism “found ways to respond and overcome it. There is no reason why it can’t adopt now.” read more

Senior UN official urges broadbased approach to fight piracy off Somali coast

In recent years, pirates operating from Somalia have been hijacking ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean and holding their crews and cargo for ransom.Charles Petrie, the UN’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, told a meeting of the Contact Group on piracy off the coast of Somalia that improved coordination between the international maritime community and military forces in the region, among other elements, has contributed to a decline in the rate of successful pirate attacks and raised the cost of pirate operations.“And yet piracy continues to expand further out to sea, at times more than 1,000 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia,” he told the meeting at UN Headquarters.Mr. Petrie added that the rising costs of these attacks are met by ever more innovative financing mechanisms, including the establishment of stock exchanges which allow local investors to earn returns on their ‘investment’ in piracy operations.“These developments highlight the limits of an exclusively sea-based approach and emphasize the need for the international community to continue to deal with the issue of piracy in a comprehensive, cohesive and broad-based approach.“The United Nations remains committed to addressing the problem of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia holistically, in close coordination with the international community,” he added.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a report issued last November, called for an integrated approach that would strengthen the capacities of the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on land. The approach should include further development of law and security institutions to complement the ongoing peace process in the strife-torn nation, including for the investigation and prosecution of those suspected of acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.Outlining some of the UN’s initiatives, Mr. Petrie noted that the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has begun work in the Horn of Africa nation to develop a prison system to enable the transfer of Somali pirates convicted in regional States to Somalia to serve their prison terms.In addition, the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) has recently offered to provide technical assistance to Somalia in the review of its maritime zones legislation, to place it in a better position to address the conditions that nurture and favour piracy.Meanwhile, the independent UN expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia issued a strong warning today on the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in the country, including Somaliland and Puntland. Shamsul Bari, in a news release issued following his just-concluded visits to Kenya and Somalia, described as “extremely serious” the situation in southern and central Somalia, where civilians continue to bear the brunt of the fighting between the TFG and Islamist armed groups.In particular, he noted that piracy, human trafficking and mixed migrations remain the most serious challenges to the Puntland Government.“Piracy and the huge money it generates may pose a security threat not only to Somalia and the region, but to the whole world,” Mr. Bari stated, warning that “the recent killings targeting senior politicians in Puntland raise legitimate security concerns regarding the spread and the attempt of terrorist groups to destabilize Puntland and Somaliland.”Mr. Bari was unable to visit the capital, Mogadishu, and southern and central Somalia due to security constraints. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates that more than 117,000 residents of Mogadishu have been displaced in the past month due to heavy exchanges of fire between Government troops and Islamist insurgents. It says that the latest round of fighting has caused 200 deaths among civilians and wounded 700 others. In a related development, the Security Council today authorized the AU to maintain AMISOM until 31 January 2011. The 15-member body also requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to continue to provide a logistical support package for AMISOM, and to continue providing technical and expert advice to the AU in planning and deploying the mission. 28 January 2010A top United Nations official today urged a comprehensive, cohesive and broad-based strategy to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia, noting that the continued spread of the scourge points to the limits of a solely sea-based approach. read more

Footage appears to show Canadianmade armoured vehicle captured by Yemen rebels in

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have released video footage of the aftermath of a battle with Saudi forces which appears to show a captured Canadian-made light armoured vehicle.The footage was released Sunday in what the rebels say started as an ambush inside Saudi Arabia but then turned into a major cross-border battle. The footage of the battle was shown on Houthi-run Al Masirah TV and Al Jazeera.The rebels claimed that the attack killed or wounded 500 Saudi soldiers. Saudi Arabia has not acknowledged the fighting and the Houthi claims have not been independently verified. The footage shows the captured light armoured vehicle, another destroyed light armoured vehicle as well as armoured trucks provided to the Saudis by the U.S. company Oshkosh. The footage also showed Saudi troops who were taken prisoner.Over the years, Saudi Arabia has purchased light armoured vehicles from Canada’s General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada in London, Ont. In 2014, the then Conservative government announced a deal worth an estimated $15 billion to sell Saudi Arabia more than 700 light armoured vehicles. That controversial deal was later approved by the Liberal government.A Saudi-led coalition, which has been provided with arms and intelligence from the U.S. and other western nations, intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis overthrew the government. Saudi Arabia has faced severe criticism for its role in the ongoing war in Yemen, with allegations it has conducted unlawful airstrikes on civilians.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Besides the armoured vehicles, the video shows large amounts of captured small arms. It is not clear whether the Houthi forces took possession of the armoured vehicle or left it at the ambush site. Houthi spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree told Al Masirah TV that the captured soldiers were moved to “secure places.”The fighting lasted for 72 hours, he added.Doug Wilson-Hodge, spokesman for General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, said the company is declining to comment on the footage.Global Affairs Canada did not comment.The Houthi rebels claimed more than 200 Saudi soldiers were killed in the battle. The fighting took place in the southern region of Najran.The Liberal government launched a review of the light armoured vehicle contract after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Earlier this year a United Nations report determined that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the killing of Khashoggi who was a critic of that country’s regime.A dozen organizations sent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a letter earlier in August, questioning the status of the review and pointing out that no updates on progress have been provided. The lack of such information has brought “the sincerity of the effort into question,” according to the letter endorsed by organizations such as Oxfam Canada and Amnesty International.Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia soured last year after the Canadian government called for the release of two jailed Saudi human rights activists.The Saudis have also fallen behind in their payments for the light armoured vehicles received from General Dynamics. It was revealed in December that the Saudis owed Canada more than $1 billion for vehicles already delivered.In August, the Liberal government announced it would provide General Dynamics with a $650 million repayable loan. It also signed a $2 billion sole-source contract to purchase 360 additional light armoured vehicles from the company.Industry representatives say that deal was designed to help the firm handle the decision by the Saudis to withhold payment for vehicles already delivered as well shore up Liberal election fortunes in London area ridings. The armoured vehicle project for the Canadian Army was originally announced by the Liberal government with an estimated cost between $500 million and $1.5 billion. The plan was to award the contract in 2023 after a competition. But that competition was jettisoned in favour of the sole-source deal with General Dynamics.The company’s light armoured vehicle is the core of the Canadian Forces armoured vehicle fleet.Last month Houthi forces took credit for launching drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia’s key oil processing facilities, causing significant damage. But the Saudis and the U.S. claimed that Iran and not the Houthis were behind the attack. Iran denied that claim.LISTEN TO THE DOWN TO BUSINESS PODCAST read more

FYR of Macedonia President calls for greater control of border with Kosovo

Addressing the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, President Boris Trajkovski said the crisis currently threatening his country was a “direct export from Kosovo.” He called for an “urgent and systematic” disarmament of the population in Kosovo and immediate punishment of terrorists and “armed extremists,” including the political leaders who supported and encouraged them. He also called for support of bodies that supported tolerance and democratic values.The goal of the rebels operating on the border with Kosovo was to destroy “the model of multicultural democracy” that existed in his country, the President said. He charged that the rebels were “governed by racist ideology” and by interest in “trafficking in drugs and women.” President Trajkovski also expressed the determination of his country to maintain and strengthen its stability, while intensifying the process of dialogue in order to enhance interethnic relations. read more

Brock lore Statue shoulder stolen in monumental prank

By Alun Hughes, local historian and associate professor of Geography and Jocelyn Titone, communications co-ordinator, University AdvancementStudents who stole a piece of the Brock Monument, Brock University yearbook, 1966-67 Late one Thursday night in 1966, Isaac Brock’s left shoulder suddenly appeared on the front lawn of Brock University.It was not his actual shoulder, of course, but a limestone replica from his statue atop the Brock Monument at Queenston Heights — the legend was it had fallen off many years before after being struck by lightning. Some frosh students found it stored at the base of the column, and claimed it for the University.At the time it was thought that other body parts might follow. As the student newspaper The Badger reported: “The liberators … hope to recover his other shoulder so that we can at least have mates.”That never happened, but thanks to the initiative of these early students, Brock’s shoulder still resides on the University campus, in a corner of Jubilee Court.Or so the story goes…The story of BrockWhat really happened? How did a piece of Brock’s Monument end up at Brock University?After some investigating, we have most of the answers, though there remain some loose ends that need tying up.The story of our University’s namesake, Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock, is well known. He was killed by a sniper’s bullet on Oct. 13, 1812 while leading a charge against an American invasion at the Battle of Queenston Heights in the War of 1812. His last pronouncement is said to have been “Surgite!” — Latin for “Push on!” — which is Brock University’s motto.Exactly 12 years later, on Oct. 13, 1824, thousands of people gathered on Queenston Heights to dedicate a 135-foot monument in his honour. The remains of Brock and his aide-de-camp, Lt.-Col. John Macdonell, were brought from Fort George where they had lain since the battle and were reinterred in a vault below the monument. Legend has it that Macdonell’s body was badly decomposed, while Brock’s was near perfect.But the deceased were not allowed to rest in peace, for on April 17, 1840, the monument was damaged beyond repair by a terrorist bomber believed to be Irish-Canadian Benjamin Lett. Described as a “vagabond” by none other than Charles Dickens, Lett was in league with William Lyon Mackenzie, leader of the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837.Public indignation was fierce, and on July 30, thousands gathered at Queenston Heights to launch the building of a new monument. A design competition was held and architect Thomas Young was declared the winner, but nothing happened for more than a decade. Then at last, in July 1853, what was left of the old monument was torn down, and on Oct. 13 (that date again) the corner stone of the new monument was laid. Brock and Macdonell, who had been moved to a graveyard in Queenston village, were placed in a vault beneath.The scaffolding around Brock’s Monument, 1930The new monument was not, however, Young’s winning design. Instead, it was an imposing 185-foot Corinthian column topped by a statue of Brock, designed by another architect altogether, William Thomas. On Oct.13 (when else?), 1859 it was officially inaugurated before a crowd again numbering in the thousands.Disaster strikesFor more than 70 years, the statue of Brock stood proudly atop its monument on the Niagara Escarpment brow at Queenston Heights. But in 1929 disaster struck. On April 5, a huge thunderstorm lasting almost six hours wreaked havoc throughout Central Ontario, causing extensive damage. Brock’s statue was one of the casualties — its outstretched right arm broke off and came crashing down. Weighing nearly half a tonne, it split into three pieces that were buried deeply in the ground.The statue may already have been weakened by an earthquake that rattled Niagara Falls a year and a half before, and an inspection of the monument confirmed the worst. The statue was in particularly bad shape, and the 1930 annual report of the Niagara Parks Commission stated: “It is remarkable that the head had remained so long without falling, for the upper part of the torso was completely shattered through the action of the elements.”The weathered torso of Brock’s Monument, 1930There was no choice but to remove the entire statue from the waist up and lower it to the ground. The torso and both arms were rebuilt from scratch, but the head, according to Ron Dale, former superintendant of Niagara National Historical Sites of Canada, was repaired and put back in position. In addition, the whole monument was repointed to make it more weather-proof.Students ‘reclaimed’ the torso and shoulderThe fallen arm and the removed pieces were then stored at the base of the monument and promptly ignored, until that Thursday night in 1965 when those enterprising Brock students “reclaimed” the torso and left shoulder (complete with epaulet and chest medal) for the University and placed it on the front lawn. The lawn in question, incidentally, was not the one in front of the Schmon Tower, which was only then under construction, but a patch of grass fronting the former refrigerator factory down the hill where the University spent its early years.Brock’s president, James A. Gibson, was not pleased, and wasted no time having the stone returned to the Niagara Parks Commission. But in about 1973 it came back again, legally this time, as a tribute to the many individuals, organizations, corporations and unions that helped raise $8.5 million for the University’s Founding Fund. A plaque marking the occasion was mounted on the stone and unveiled by C. Bruce Hill, general chairman of the fund.Bruce Hill with Brock shoulder in Founder’s Court, 1974For several years, the stone sat in what was called Founders’ Court in the Mackenzie Chown complex, but was then transferred to Jubilee Court where it still stands. There are plans to move it permanently indoors this spring. “The weather is having a harsh effect on the stone,” says Lesley Bell (BA ’88, BA ’90), visual resources librarian at Brock University. “Brock will finally be coming out of the cold.”The destination is expected to be Brock’s new Market Hall, which already displays a dramatic 60-foot mural by Canadian artist Bogdan Luca depicting images from the War of 1812, including one of Isaac Brock mounted on his horse Alfred.So we know now that the stone in Jubilee Court did not fall in the storm of 1929 but was removed from the monument a year later, and we also know how it finally came to the University.Piece of Brock’s Monument that now resides in Jubilee CourtBut questions remain. In particular, the story of what happened in 1965 is still incomplete, and if anyone reading this was involved in that escapade, and is prepared to own up and provide further details we’d love to hear from you. After all, that stone is really, really heavy — how on earth did you get it here? read more

Ohio State baseball set to take on Illinois at home

After losing, 5-3, Wednesday at Cincinnati, the Ohio State baseball team is looking to get back on track against Illinois this weekend. Last weekend’s Big Ten series was a success for the Buckeyes as they took two of three from Nebraska on the road. OSU coach Greg Beals said he feels the team is poised and hungry for more when it comes to Big Ten play. “Winning a big road series like it was, the team is still feeling good about things,” Beals said. “Nebraska was ahead of us, and winning that road series was big for us because our next two Big Ten series are home with Illinois this weekend and Penn State next week.” OSU is 23-12 on the season and 7-5 in Big Ten Play. Despite the loss to Cincinnati and Tuesday’s game against Akron rained out, redshirt senior first baseman Brad Hallberg believes the Buckeyes can take the series. “We are definitely still confident,” Hallberg said. “I don’t think there’s too much of an effect from the rain out. We just need to come to the ballpark ready to play.” The Fighting Illini will not be an easy matchup for the Buckeyes. They are 23-10 overall and 5-4 in conference matchups. The Illini’s win against Illinois State, 12-1, on the road Tuesday night capped off a four-game winning streak that began with the sweeping of Purdue with 40 runs during last weekend’s series. Illinois senior centerfielder Justin Parr has been performing well at the plate this season, batting .440 with 36 RBI and four home runs. Parr has a slugging percentage of .638 with a 1.00 fielding percentage, and has played in all 33 games this season. Another key Illini is senior right-hander Kevin Johnson, who is 5-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 60.2 innings pitched. Home field advantage will be important for OSU this weekend, as they are 7-3 at home. Senior left-hander Brian King said the best thing to do is take the series one game at a time. “We’re just going to go out there and play as hard as we can,” King said. “We just need to try to get as many wins as we can and take it one game at a time.” OSU is set to take the field against Illinois at 6:35 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium to start the weekend home series. read more

Lavenders doubledoubles defense igniting Ohio State

Ohio State has a hard time losing when center Jantel Lavender records a double-double. Lavender’s 22-point, 22-rebound game against Indiana on Wednesday was her eighth of the season and 65th of her career — good for more than any other active Big Ten player. The Buckeyes are 8-0 this season and 54-11 over her four-year tenure when she registers double-digit points and rebounds in a game. The 22 rebounds were a career-high for the 6-foot-4 center. “I take a lot of pride in (rebounding). I know that when we rebound, when we get fast breaks and we can push the ball because I throw good outlet passes and (point guard) Sammy (Prahalis) is a great outlet player,” Lavender said. “I know if I get her the ball, we can get fast break layups and we like to play fast. It’s fun.” Lavender was named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year and came into Wednesday night second in the country in scoring at a clip of 24.7 points per game. Her 11.3 rebounds per game lead the Big Ten. The Cleveland native has scored double-digit points in every game she has played going back to middle school. Lavender’s current collegiate streak of 116 games of scoring in double-figures is only nine games shy of Mississippi State’s LaToya Thomas’ NCAA record of 125 consecutive games. “I just know that my teammates need me to rebound. I know that if I’m rebounding well then we’re flowing a little bit better,” Lavender said. “I know if I can get those offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds we can run into our offense a lot quicker.” Suffocating defense Only once has coach Jim Foster’s man-to-man defense allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field this season. It was against Geno Auriemma’s UConn Huskies, who tied the NCAA record for most consecutive wins Dec. 19. “Our energy on defense is terrific and it’s a good thing for us. It just gives us different looks that we can throw at another team’s point guard,” Foster said. “We can throw five or six different people of various lengths and quickness” at them. Indiana shot 36.5 percent on field goals Wednesday, largely because of Foster’s pressure scheme that focused on switches and close-outs on shooters. Lavender’s length on the interior prevented the Hoosiers from getting many good looks in the lane. Sophomore guard Amber Stokes provided 15 valuable minutes off the bench, scoring a career-high 10 points and providing the Buckeyes with energy with her on-ball defending on the perimeter. “I love playing defense,” Stokes said. “When coach puts me in the game, I’m going to pressure the ball.” read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State ties Maryland 11

Ohio State women’s soccer head coach Lori Walker-Hock paces the sidelines in the second of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter tying Rutgers 0-0 on Friday, the Ohio State women’s soccer team (7-5-3, 4-2-3 Big Ten) drew a 1-1 tie with Maryland (4-8-5, 2-5-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.  Maryland freshman forward Emily McNesby scored the first goal of the game in the 29th minute from six yards, marking her first career goal for the Terrapins, which was assisted by senior forward Jarena Harmon.  Despite retaining possession for much of the first half, the Buckeyes remained scoreless at halftime, with Maryland holding a 1-0 lead. Coming out of halftime, sophomore defender Izzy Rodriguez scored a goal for the Buckeyes in the 49th minute to tie up the game, hitting a 20-yard shot off the left post, ending regulation in a 1-1 tie. Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr recorded three saves in Sunday’s game against the Terrapins, as the Terrapins recorded four shots on goal along with 18 total shots. Ohio State freshman defender/midfielder Talani Barnett said she thinks the team’s performance went really well today against Maryland. “We fought hard throughout the whole game,” Barnett said. “And we were strong. The outcome didn’t end up the way we wanted it to, but we still played really hard.”At the end of the game, Ohio State held an 8-2 advantage over Maryland in corner kicks, meanwhile, the Terrapins held a 7-3 edge in saves over the Buckeyes. Ohio State will resume action on the road when it plays Purdue on Thursday at 6 p.m. read more

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt divorce Pair split over irreconcilable differences as

first_imgAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are to divorce after 12 years together and two years of marriage. Jolie has filed legal papers citing “irreconcilable differences”, applying for physical custody of their six children. A legal representative for the actress confirmed she filed papers to dissolve the marriage, claiming she had done so for the “health of the family”. “She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time,” attorney Robert Offer added in a statement. Last night, reports alleged a variety of motives for the divorce, from Pitt’s “bad parenting” to his “substance abuse”. One report claimed the actor had been having an affair with French actress Marion Cotillard, who he worked with on his latest movie, Allied. All the claims have been denied.  Jolie and Pitt on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith She added: “To be clear: we have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space.”Jolie and Pitt have been one of the most scrutinised celebrity couples of recent years, since rumours the actor left his wife Jennifer Aniston during the filming of Mr and Mrs Smith.The couple married in private at their chateau in France in 2014.They had waited for gay marriage to become legal, with Pitt telling Esquire magazine in 2006: “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able to.”Jolie’s Atelier Versace gown featured dozens of designs from her children’s drawings sewn into the dress and veil and the children served as ring bearers and threw flower petals.Since Mr And Mrs Smith, the couple have appeared on screen together in By the Sea, a film written and directed by Jolie and produced by Pitt, in which they played a glamorous couple whose marriage is in crisis. The couple in the limelight in 2007 Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and children Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and children Credit:Rex Features The couple in the limelight in 2007 Actor Jon Voight, Jolie’s estranged father, told Inside Edition: “It’s a sad thing. Say a little prayer. I am concerned for Angie and the children and hopefully I will be seeing them very soon.”George Clooney, who is a friend of the couple, said he was “very sorry” to hear of the split.The Hollywood star had apparently not heard the news when he was asked about it at Tuesday’s Leaders Summit for Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.”What happened?” Clooney asked, before being informed by the reporter: “I didn’t know that. Wow. I feel very sorry then.” Before they began filming, Jolie told the Radio Times: “It feels a little daunting. We haven’t worked together for 10 years. But all of the reasons why people say we should be scared of it, we feel that’s exactly why we have to do this – because we can. So we’re going to go boldly.”She added of Pitt: “He’s a pretty strong actor. It’s going to be interesting. He’s a really great artist, such an interesting artist, and of course he’s the man I love, so I think we’re going to have a great time.” He added: “That’s a sad story and unfortunate for a family. It’s an unfortunate story about a family. I feel very sorry to hear that.” Papers show Jolie has requested physical custody of the children while Pitt is granted “child visitation”. The date of separation is given as September 15, 2016. Jolie is being represented by divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who has earned her “Disso Queen” nickname handling marriage dissolutions on behalf of some of Hollywood’s biggest names. 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. In a statement to People magazine, Pitt said he was “saddened” by the decision. “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” he said. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”The couple have been together since 2005. They married in 2014 and have six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne.They are together worth an estimated £308 million and are said to own a number of properties around the world including the sprawling Chateau Miraval in the south of France, an estate in Hollywood and a home in Santa Barbara worth an estimated $5 million (£3.8 million).  In May 2013 Jolie had a preventative double mastectomy after tests showed that she carries the BRCA1 cancer gene, and she later told US TV show Today: “I knew through the surgeries that he [Pitt] was on my side and that this wasn’t something where I was going to feel less of a woman, because my husband wasn’t going to let that happen.”To face these issues together and speak about them and talk about what it is to be human, I think can be a beautiful thing.”Earlier this month, Jolie was photographed working alone as UNHCR special envoy in a Syrian refugee camp in Azraq in northern Jordan.The couple were photographed together back in July, celebrating her son’s birthday in a West Hollywood restaurant.  “I’ll tell my clients, ‘I have someone else, I can’t say who, but you should really wait and file at the same time’,” she said.She reportedly charges $850 an hour, requires a $25,000 retainer, and rarely represents people who have less than $10 million.This will be the second divorce for Pitt and third for Jolie, who was previously married to Billy Bob Thornton and British actor Jonny Lee Miller.Just last year, Jolie told The Telegraph the couple would “stick together whatever comes” but admitted: “Brad and I have our issues”. Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in Allied Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in AlliedCredit: Paramount Pictures/AP Jolie and Pitt on the set of Mr and Mrs SmithCredit:Rex Among those she has represented is Johnny Depp, who ended acrimonious divorce proceedings with actress Amber Heard with a $7 million settlement last month.Miss Wasser, a partner at Los Angeles family law firm, Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles, also represented Kim Kardashian, Stevie Wonder, Heidi Klum, Ryan Reynolds, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Kiefer Sutherland in their marital splits, and helped Britney Spears to win joint custody of her children despite the singer’s public meltdown.She represents so many celebrities she told Bloomberg she sometimes advises clients to keep their divorce on hold so she can file several high-profile cases at once to spread the media attention, which is why there can be a flurry of break-ups summarised in magazines. 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National Youth Forum Talks About Bullying

first_img Related Items:alicia malcolm, claudel seymour, desiree adams, grand turk, jasmine parker, jerome caley, kevin mccartney, maqueita carter, national youth forum hj robinson high school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Nov 2014 – Bullying the topic today at HJ Robinson High School in Grand Turk as a National Youth Forum got underway and involved the students of that government run institution. Youth Director, Jasmine Parker told Magnetic Media: Among the issues these teenagers will confront as they join in what is now a global conversation, is understanding to what magnitude the various dynamics of bullying are affecting the student population; They will weigh in on exploring ways to tackle the problem of bullying in school, and the students will help these leaders to explore how to review aspects of schools’ social and civic objectives and the cultural and leadership efforts in order to combat bullying. There is no statistical data in the Turks and Caicos on how prevalent bullying is… but the problem does exist according to young people we have spoken to over the years. On that panel at HJ Robinson: Dr. Alicia Malcolm; Desiree Adams; Maqueita Carter; Kevin McCartney; Inspector Jerome Caley and Claudel Seymour the HJ Guidance Counselor. Bottom line is children and youth will be empowered to actively intervene to prevent and stop bullying. Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Paylast_img read more

Pedestrian killed on Hwy 14 near Evergreen Boulevard

first_imgA 36-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon when he reportedly jumped or walked in front of a truck and was hit on state Highway 14 westbound, just west of the off-ramp to Evergreen Boulevard.Lemuel Gibson III of Portland was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Patrol.Shortly after 4 p.m., the bulletin said, Gibson had been walking east, toward oncoming traffic, on the north shoulder when he moved in front of a westbound 2007 Freightliner box truck driven by Dan R. Pierce, 41, of Portland.Pierce stopped after hitting Gibson, as required by law, and was not reported injured, the bulletin said.A witness, Bill Glaser of Ridgefield, said he saw the man dive onto Highway 14 from the ledge at the foot of Andresen Road.Glaser said he’d been driving his mail-delivery truck on Andresen near Southeast Highland Drive and St. Joseph Catholic Church when he first saw the man walking downhill.“He stepped out in front of my truck, and I almost hit him,” Glaser said. “I yelled, ‘Dude, what are you doing? Are you trying to get run over?’“I looked him in the eye and it was just like he didn’t hear anything I was hollering,” Glaser added. “He wasn’t there.”last_img read more

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first_img 00:00 /01:11 The new passport offices are located at public libraries in Spring, Clear Lake, Bear Creek and Humble.Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel said there’s a need because of federal cutbacks to post offices, which also issue passports.“It’s become apparent that the demand is outgrowing the ability for the existing passport offices to meet that demand,” he said.The district clerk’s office plans on hiring an additional five staff for the service.Daniel said the new locations were chosen for a reason.“We looked at, geographically, where people were coming from to drive all the way downtown to use our office instead of their local post office,” he said. “And that’s how we were able to determine what libraries to go to.”The new locations opened last month as a pilot program, and Daniel said they already average 60 passport applications per office.Unlike at many post offices, walk-ins are welcome.Currently, they open only one day per month but the plan is to extend those times in the future. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Sharelast_img read more

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first_img China: apple prices soar, concerning Beijing … July 03 , 2019 U.S. apple industry suffers hard blow with India’s … Continued brand successPink Lady has seen its reputation continue to grow in all markets since 2016 (date of the last survey).Indeed, 7 of the 10 countries surveyed had scores in excess of 80% for recognition of the brand’s popularity.  Belgium stood at 81%, Ireland at 92% and Denmark at 89%.Encouraging results have also emerged in terms of the marketing and communications strategy used over the last three years, which was designed to give greater visibility to the brand’s CSR commitments, strengthen its digital presence and adapt deployment to local markets in order to reinforce proximity with consumers.Corporate responsibilityIn recent years, the Pink Lady Europe association notes it has committed to a strategy of corporate responsibility and progress.It points out that it has taken a number of steps forward this season toward these aims.For example, it has rolled-out Bee Pink, an awareness program for the protection of bees in Spain and Italy and for further studies into bee pollination in the wild.Another move was its the launch of an ambitious new policy. This policy supports the development of new techniques and technologies (smart pomiculture).A third – of many more – is the reinforcement of the Pink Lady Talents, We Are Pink and Pink Lady Day initiatives, which are designed to boost the sharing of best practices throughout the sector, promote them and reward the involvement of the company’s internal stakeholders. T&G apple harvest underway amid expectations … center_img U.S.: Late season Ruby Frost apple variety gives r … Pink Lady saw a slight dip in its apple sales this season, largely due to declining consumption in key EU markets, says Pink Lady Europe.However, even with the minor drop, the company says Pink Lady “maintained good performance”, with 170,000 tons sold (compared to 178,000 tons year-on-year).What’s more, the minor decline – attributed to harsh weather conditions during harvest time – didn’t stop the brand from increasing its market share, demonstrating its rise in popularity and an ongoing desire to prove its CSR commitments, in line with the IMAGINE 2025 strategy, says the company.Strategic results for Pink LadyPink Lady has seen sales growth in three top markets. These include +15% in the Netherlands with over 10,000 tons; +14% in France with 22,250 tons and +9% in the U.K. with more than 33,000 tons.It also experienced tangible market share gains in the majority of countries, particularly in Ireland, Germany and France. These countries saw rises of 5, 1.5 and 0.8 points respectively.Thus, the category should begin the next season on a positive note, says Pink Lady Europe.The company adds that its Pinkids, the Pink Lady apple for children, continued its upward trajectory, up 20% compared to last season. This is mainly due to new product roll-outs in Germany, Spain, and Belgium, it explains. You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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first_img2. Vancouver, Canada2014 was a good year for up and coming restaurants in Vancouver, with a host of different snack shacks springing up all over the Canadian city. But what Vancouver is arguably best known for is its dim sum. With a large Chinese community, it’s easy to find authentic and delicious dim sum, bite-sized munch filled with either meat or fish. Foodies on a budget should head to Victoria and 41st Avenue to get the most dim sum for your dollar.3. Galway, IrelandYou can’t visit western Ireland without treating your taste buds to the holiest of trinities: fresh oysters, home baked brown bread and pints of Guinness. Locals are proud of their produce here, and after a trip to the outdoor Galway Market it’s easy to see why. Gorge your way through the day and wander around stalls overflowing with fresh vegetables, homemade jams and stacks of locally produced cheese; just leave the calorie counter at home. 4. 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Philly Miami Vegas you name it Last summer there was a big fight in New York between Uber and Mayor [Bill] de Blasio De Blasio tried at the behest of the taxi industry to pass legislation through the City Council that would have limited Uber’s growth We ran a very aggressive campaign and we won That got a lot of publicity On the heels of that I launched Tusk Ventures which is a venture business It’s not really a fund but we work for pre-IPO companies in regulated industries and help solve political problems in return for equity That put me in passing or blocking legislation passing and blocking regulation it put me in procurement it put me in dealing with the media it put me in dealing with unions put me in policy work grassroots work We have equity now in 18 different companies The portfolio currently has 13 that are active The most prominent one at the moment is FanDuel where we’re running campaigns in almost every state around the country We work on a lot of interesting topics from a politics perspective For Handy [a platform for finding home repair and similar services] we’re working on worker classification and how do you deal with workers in the sharing economy who are probably somewhere between a 1099 and a W-2 For Eaze [a medical marijuana delivery service] we work on cannabis regulation We work for a company called Nagare on water desalination issues There are lots of different companies that we work for Almost all of them by definition have interesting public policy questions because they have some new platform new technology new idea to which the law is basically silent because the people who wrote the law never conceived of these ideas Almost every time we’ve got to go in there beat up the entrenched interest trying to stop the new idea from happening convince the regulator that what we want to do is okay and allow the company to go about its business When you’re looking for a company to work with is the criteria: A there’s an interesting public policy debate here and B we think this company could be successful Yeah We probably flip that around If we don’t think they could be really successful then we don’t engage And then it’s do they have a significant regulatory political problem or need that we can really help fix And if we do fix it does it allow the company to really be successful If you look at FanDuel its biggest issue far and away is regulatory No one really debates that the ability to play fantasy sports on the Internet isn’t a successful business model except is it permissible We knew that if we did our job right that company is going to be incredibly successful and so we were very happy to take equity and we’ve been passing laws all over the country Sometimes we will take on companies because the issue’s really interesting or we think it’s a space that we want to learn more about We have companies in both the cannabis and desalination spaces I don’t know whether or not those companies are definitely going to be the ones that make it I hope they are But either way those are spaces we want to be in long-term and so helping them also gives us the opportunity to learn a lot more about those sectors What’s been your most difficult fight so far Helping Tesla fight the auto dealers was really hard Unlike taxi medallion owners or casinos on behalf of FanDuel or Uber auto dealers are fairly sympathetic They’re very entrenched in the local community they’ve been there for a long time they know everyone They’re much harder to beat Worker classification is hard because it really should be resolved by Congress and the IRS But because Washington is so dysfunctional we’re dealing with it on a state level instead Trying to make these massive public policy changes on a state level is tough I think we will succeed eventually because there are just so many people in the sharing economy that I think it will force the question but it is a lot harder than we’d like it to be With FanDuel it’s hard to pass legislation in dozens of states on any topic Even if you’re saying the word “Hello” is the most popular word it wouldn’t matter it’s hard to pass that many bills But what we found is our customers are so rabidly in favor of FanDuel and DraftKing and daily fantasy sports being allowed to remain that mobilizing them is not that hard Once representatives state senators and governors see how much support there is on the ground they get it and they typically allow it You mentioned the idea of mobilizing users How powerful of a mechanism is that in terms of drumming up support for a startup’s position on a certain issue It’s powerful at times Meaning if you can do it it’s incredibly powerful but it’s not applicable to all startups For Uber it works really well because the juxtaposition of an Uber ride which is typically clean and efficient and your given taxi in any city is so significant that when customers of Uber in a typical market say “Oh no I don’t want the taxi regulator to put Uber out of business because then I’ll have to go back to these really bad taxis” we can mobilize people We can do it right through the app itself So they’re on the app they press a button and we can generate a tweet or a email or whatever we need to It works really well with FanDuel because our customers are so passionate about the product itself We don’t work with Airbnb but they’re a good contrast They have a real mobilization problem because most of the scale happens on the guest side By definition an Airbnb guest is not a voter in the jurisdiction they stayed in Airbnb which has had a lot of problems in New York recently if a New York State senator gets an email from someone who lives in Stockholm saying they had a lovely time at an Airbnb in Brooklyn what does he care That person’s not a voter here And most hosts are afraid to be mobilized because they don’t know if what they’re doing is legal or not It’s sort of legally tenuous Because of the nature of their business a company like Airbnb is obviously a great product but they have a very hard time mobilizing their customers If you’re interested in the space of tech intersecting with public policy why not get involved with Airbnb In this case they’re not a company that we have worked with We tend not to take equity from companies that are that late stage because the growth potential at that point is pretty limited so it doesn’t make sense from a business standpoint But we are working with a company called Flip which is really interesting because they’re really young and it’s all 30-day rentals What they do is they’ve got a mechanism that allows you to sublet your apartment without dealing with any fees without dealing with the hassle of paperwork and dealing with your landlord and everything else So it’s sort of the ease of booking at Airbnb but you’re doing a sublet instead We feel that’s a really good solution that complies with the law here in New York and other jurisdictions We would rather own a chunk of a company like Flip and help them grow and succeed than own a tiny tiny tiny fraction of Airbnb at series E or F or whatever they’re in What we have found is frequently especially in startups whose laws are governed by municipalities as opposed to states they have a problem where they have to get the same kind of permit or approvals from town after town after town and it’s not a sustainable thing they just don’t have the bandwidth and resources to do that So we came up with this idea called “innovation lanes” that we sent off to governors saying “Why don’t you create a program that takes startups who want to operate in your state and pick a few that you think are interesting and give them a one-year operating permit with a set of rules that they have to abide by” Then it exempts them from having to go from municipality to municipality and it allows them to operate and get off the ground If at the end of the year they’ve complied with everything and it makes sense you can pass legislation to make it permanent If it doesn’t you can take it away from them We think that’s a sensible way to deal with regulatory challenges that a lot of startups are facing On a philosophical basis do you always view startups as the good guys and the incumbents and the regulators as the bad guys No not at all I think there are a lot of times where regulators are not backwards they’re not corrupt they’re just trying to do their job and enforce the law that’s on the books Some of them are smarter than others some of them are more creative than others But just because they’re incomparable with a startup doesn’t necessarily make them evil or wrong And not every startup is right either in terms of the technology or the regulatory position The reality is right now the relationship on both sides is a lot more hostile than it needs to be Startups tend to as a general rule approach the idea that they don’t believe in regulation broadly That’s basically telling the regulator “I don’t think you should even have a job” All of a sudden you’re right away in a bad dynamic and it tends to get worse from there Are there times where you have a regulator who’s so entrenched or even maybe corrupt that the only way to get through is through fighting Yes absolutely I think that was totally true with de Blasio and Uber He was taking payoffs from the taxi industry in the form of campaign contributions and he wasn’t going to listen to reason because he didn’t care he had a political incentive But most of the time there’s a lot more common ground than either side realizes That’s why we put that innovation lane idea out there Rather than starting where there’s some conflict let’s let states take a look and say “Okay let’s find some startups who want to do business here recognize if their model doesn’t necessarily comply with the law that’s currently written and figure out a way to make it work” Is it hard to get founders who might want to move fast and break things so to speak to acknowledge the role of regulators It was much harder five years ago When I started working for Uber it didn’t take that long to see that A this was fun and B the equity was going to be pretty valuable I wanted to do what I’m doing now for a long time but I could not get founders to recognize the importance of it They basically said: the regulators will have to realize that we’re really smart we know what we’re doing and that we can do what we want I tried to explain that’s not how it works and they ignored me I really couldn’t get other companies It was only after all the high-profile fights that Uber Airbnb and others had that the dynamic in Silicon Valley started to shift where I could go from one company in our portfolio and now I’m at 18 Do you think there’s warning for disruptive startups and founders in what happened to Theranos Yes and no Yes because they were so f–ked up excuse my language But no for the same reason which is what they did seems like I’m just an observer here was just out of fraud It 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