The first stop for Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe will be Beijing, where he will hold talks with senior officials on a range of UN-related issues from 13 to 15 August. On 16 August, Mr. Pascoe will be in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, where he will deliver a message on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the summit of Heads of State of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – a regional body comprising China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. While in Kyrgyzstan, he will also meet with a number of visiting leaders to discuss the situation in Central Asia and the broader region.Mr. Pascoe will be in Kathmandu from 18 to 19 August to discuss the peace process with national leaders and to consult with the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which is providing critical assistance to the holding of Constituent Assembly elections later this year. During his stay in the Himalayan nation, Mr. Pascoe is expected to meet with Nepal’s Prime Minister and other key political figures in the country. 10 August 2007The top United Nations political official will travel next week to Asia on a visit that will take him to China, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal, a spokesman for the world body said today.
1 April 2008Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova and United States basketball star LeBron James are among 50 celebrities from the fields of sport, arts, fashion and business teaming up in new advertisements organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova and United States basketball star LeBron James are among 50 celebrities from the fields of sport, arts, fashion and business teaming up in new advertisements organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The pro bono advertisements, part of a campaign entitled “Team Up Against Poverty,” feature the celebrities in pairs as portrayed by top professional photographers. Ms. Sharapova, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP, and Mr. James were photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.Under the campaign the celebrities have also agreed to take part in specific anti-poverty activities, such as funding water and sanitation initiatives, supporting educational programmes and assisting HIV/AIDS-related projects, according to a news release issued by UNDP on Friday.The MDGs are a set of eight targets which more than 190 world leaders pledged in 2000 to try to achieve by 2015, and they include the eradication of poverty, fighting deadly diseases, promoting women’s rights and expanding access to safe drinking water.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market gave up a modest gain to close little changed Friday while investors looked to the release of a disappointing read on U.S. home sales last month.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 4.65 points to 14,205.72 at the end of a positive week for the Toronto market.The Canadian dollar continued to pile up losses for a third day, down 0.28 of a cent to 89.82 cents US as Statistics Canada said that December retail sales tumbled 1.8% from November. Economists had expected a drop of just 0.4%.The agency also reported that the Canadian consumer price index was up 1.5% in January compared with a year earlier.U.S. indexes were lacklustre as the National Association of Realtors said existing house sales dropped 5.1% in January following a 0.8% rise in December.It was the worst pace in 18 months as cold weather, limited supplies of homes on the market and higher buying costs held back purchases. The drop took the annualized rate of sales down to 4.62 million but analysts said one month of negative data doesn’t change the trend.“The concern that started to surface last year with the move in interest rates was whether we would see a big impact on mortgage financing — and we did see a temporary slowdown on the housing front,” said Mark Bayko, vice-president and portfolio manager at RBC Wealth Management.“That was cause for some alarm but, thus far, people remain fairly comfortable with the improving trend that has been in place now for quite some time.”The Dow Jones industrials fell 29.93 points to 16,103.3, while the Nasdaq lost 4.13 points to 4,263.41 and the S&P 500 index dropped 3.53 points to 1,836.25.Techs were the biggest TSX drag as BlackBerry (TSX:PBB) shed 24 cents or 2.3% to $10.17.The gold sector moved down about 0.4% even as April gold gained $6.70 to US$1,323.60 an ounce.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD) shares were 16 cents lower to $7.96 as the miner posted a US$687.6-million quarterly net loss amid lower values for its assets and reduced gold prices and output. Revenue was $231.7 million, down from US$350 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.The energy sector rose 0.23% even as the April crude contract in New York declined 55 cents to US$102.20 a barrel.March copper was up a cent at US$3.29 a pound and the base metals sector rose 0.19%.Thompson Creek Metals Co. Inc. (TSX:TCM) posted an adjusted net loss of US$28.5 million or 17 cents per share, missing forecasts for a loss of three cents a share. Revenue was also below expectations. But its shares rose 26 cents or 8.81% to $3.21 as it also said that it will suspend operations at its molybdenum mine in Idaho by the end of this year due to persistent low prices.In the U.S., Groupon plunged 21.88% after the online deals company said it expected to post a loss this quarter. The company also issued a weak outlook for the year.The TSX ended the week with a solid gain of 1.07%, reflecting general satisfaction with fourth-quarter earnings reports and positive U.S. manufacturing data on Thursday. The Dow faltered somewhat this week, down 0.3% but strong earnings reports have left the index up 2.57% for the month while the TSX has jumped 3.73% so far in February.The Canadian Press
The Latest: BA cancels all flights from Heathrow, Gatwick by The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2017 6:45 am MDT Last Updated May 27, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Latest on British Airways flight stalled by IT failure (all times local):4:40 p.m.British Airways says it is cancelling all of its flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports for the rest of the day because of a “major IT system failure.”BA has not said what is causing the computer problem, but says it has no evidence of a cyberattack.The airline had earlier suspended flights up to 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) because the two airports had become severely congested.The global computer failure has caused misery for tens of thousands of travellers on a key holiday weekend in Britain. Both airports — major hubs for worldwide travel — are overflowing with stranded, frustrated passengers.Passengers at Heathrow reported long lines at check-in counters and the failure of the airline’s website and mobile app. BA says the problems have also affected call centres.BA says it’s working to restore services beginning Sunday, although there will still be some disruption. It says it expects London-bound flights to land on schedule on Sunday.___1:20 p.m.British Airways has cancelled all flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports as a global IT failure causes severe disruption for travellers.The airline says it has suffered a “major IT systems failure.”BA says terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick have become extremely congested and it is cancelling all flights from the airports until 6 p.m. (1700GMT). It is urging passengers not to go to the airports.Earlier, passengers at Heathrow reported long lines at check-in counters and flight delays.BA has not said what is causing the computer problem, but says it is working to resolve it as quickly as possible.___12:10 p.m.Air travellers faced delays Saturday because of a worldwide computer systems failure at British Airways, the airline said.BA apologized in a statement for what it called an “IT systems outage” and said it was working to resolve the problem. It said in a tweet that the problem is global.Passengers at Heathrow Airport reported long lines at check-in counters and flight delays. One posted a picture on Twitter of BA staff writing gate numbers on a white board.“We’ve tried all of the self-check-in machines. None were working, apart from one,” said Terry Page, booked on a flight to Texas. “There was a huge queue for it and it later transpired that it didn’t actually work, but you didn’t discover that until you got to the front.”The problem comes on a holiday weekend, when thousands of Britons are travelling.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said Sunday he will sit during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice and segregation.Bennett sat on the visiting bench during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Seahawks’ preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams, a decision he made prior to protests by white supremacists at the University of Virginia over the weekend. But what happened in Charlottesville, Va., including the death of a young woman when she was struck by a car deliberately driven into a group of counter-protesters on Saturday, solidified Bennett’s decision.“With everything that’s been going on the last couple of months and especially after the last couple of days, seeing everything in Virginia, seeing what’s going on out there earlier today in Seattle, I just wanted to be able to use my platform to be able to continue to speak over injustice,” Bennett said.“First of all, I want people to understand I love the military. My father was in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American. But I don’t love segregation. I don’t love riots. I don’t love oppression. I don’t love gender slander,” he said. “I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve, and I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message of that, you know, and keep journeying out and keep finding out how unselfish can we be as a society.”Bennett was at least the third prominent NFL player to protest during the anthem in the first full week of preseason games. Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, a former teammate of Bennett’s in Seattle, also sat during the anthem. Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist, continuing his approach from last season following then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem.Kaepernick is a free agent, and the controversy over his decision to protest the anthem and the form he used has not quelled, even as he remains unsigned.Bennett said he is willing to deal with similar fallout.“Of course I’m going to face backlash,” Bennett said. “This is bigger than me. This is bigger than football. This is bigger than anything that we have. This is about people. This is about bringing opportunities to people, giving people equality. This is bigger than a sport.”Bennett said he had spoken to several other NFL players about possible protests but had not talked with Lynch yet. While he acknowledged the possibility of more widespread and formally organized protests happening later, Bennett wanted to express himself.“I think everybody has a time where they feel like they need to be who they are and stand up for what they believe in,” Bennett said.Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not have a response to Bennett’s actions, saying he only became aware of it after the game.Bennett said the aim of his protest is to make people uncomfortable. In the process, he hopes to spur greater communication, understanding and involvement across racial, gender and socio-economic lines.“Everyone is in their comfort zone right now,” Bennett said. “Get out there and become uncomfortable. Go out there and see what it’s like out there in society right now.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists his team must pick up all three points when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday.The Premier League champions host Palace at the Etihad Stadium for their 18th league game of the season looking to keep the pressure on league leaders Liverpool.Pep Guardiola’s side are currently second behind Liverpool, who travel to the Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night and the former Barcelona manager believes his team face a tough task breaking down the organization of Roy Hodgson’s team.Speaking about what makes the Eagles a tough opponent, Guardiola said, according to the club’s official website:“It’s simple, the quality of players they have.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“All the players have quality and (they have) an incredible experienced manager.”“It’s so good and complicated to attack them. The reason why was that.”“When you win 18 games in a run you have to lose, that’s normal. We played decent and they missed a penalty.”“They know exactly what they have to do so maybe people expect better results but they create chances. It’s complicated.”
May 7, 2019 California governor wants to end tax on diapers AP Categories: California News, KUSI, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: May 7, 2019 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to end the sales tax on tampons and diapers and use revenue from legal marijuana sales toward enhancing child care programs.Those items are part of a “parents’ agenda” Newsom will announce Tuesday in a preview of the revised state budget he’ll present later this week.“As anyone who takes care of kids can tell you, these costs add up,” Newsom will say, according to excerpts of his remarks released by his office. “From diapers to child care, raising kids is expensive wherever you live. But when you factor in the cost of living here in California, it is close to impossible.”Cutting the diaper and tampon tax would eliminate about $55 million in revenue from the budget, according to legislative estimates. His child care proposals, meanwhile, would cost about $130 million, with about $80 million coming from taxes on legalized marijuana. Newsom also wants to give families with children under 6 a tax credit of $1,000, but his office did not say how much that would cost.Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who has proposed a bill to eliminate the tampon tax several times, praised Newsom for including it in his budget. She said her proposal is about creating “menstrual equity,” meaning that women don’t face taxes for products their biology requires them to buy.The proposal is about “having a tax code that’s gender neutral (and) a tax code that represents our values,” she said.Several other states including New York have already eliminated the tax on tampons. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown rebuffed eliminating the tax on menstrual products and diapers in 2016. He vetoed the proposals alongside five other tax-related bills, suggesting that such issues should be considered as part of the budget. But he included neither proposal in any of his future budgets.“Tax breaks are the same as new spending – they both cost the General Fund money,” he wrote in his veto message. “This is even more important when the state’s budget remains precariously balanced. Therefore, I cannot sign these measures.”Newsom has said he plans to maintain Brown’s reserved approach to budgeting by limiting new ongoing spending in favor of using extra money to pay down debts and bank away for the next recession. On Thursday, he’ll offer an updated budget that will show whether he’s maintaining that approach. He and lawmakers must agree on a one-year spending plan by June 30.In January, he proposed a $209 billion budget with a $21.5 billion surplus, the state’s largest in at least 20 years. His plan increased spending by about 4% but pledged more than $13 billion to build the state’s reserves and pay down debt. He proposed several billion dollars’ worth of new spending on child care, education and housing, and also called for a new tax to pay for improvements to drinking water.On child care, Newsom would spend an additional $54 million on county-run child care programs through CalWORKS, the state’s public assistance program. Newsom also wants to spend $80 million in tax revenue from legalized marijuana to pay for child care programs, though his staff didn’t offer specifics ahead of the press conference.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Updated: 12:36 PM AP,
A proposed increase in co-pays for prescriptions has emerged as one of the thorniest issues in negotiations between the House and Senate Armed Services committees over the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.As of last week, the ranking members of the two committees had sided with Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) against House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) over the health care fees. McCain, along with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), favor DOD’s plan to increase co-pays for drugs purchased through Tricare by mail or at retail pharmacies while continuing to allow prescriptions to be filled at military clinics for free.McCain wants to use the savings generated to fund new retirement benefits and other defense initiatives while also leading more military families and retirees to get their prescriptions filled at military clinics, where they’re more likely to buy cheaper generic drugs, reported Politico.Thornberry said he does not believe the increases are needed to balance military health care budget accounts, and has offered to accept only 30 percent of the Senate’s proposed hike. If any co-pay increase is approved, it would be the third such hike for military families and retirees in the last four years.The standoff has forced negotiations over a compromise version of the annual policy bill to drag on until Congress returns next month from its August recess. Competing proposals to overhaul military retirement benefits are another major sticking point. Both chambers would create a new benefit that adopts portable 401(k)-style savings plans. Current service members would be grandfathered under the existing system requiring personnel to serve 20 years to receive retirement benefits. However, they would have the choice of opting into the updated system, reported Military Times.The overhaul is intended to provide benefits to the 83 percent of troops who leave the military before finishing two decades of service. It would provide personnel pension-style payouts for 20 years of service, but at a 20 percent reduction from the current benefit.The House and Senate versions differ, though. The Senate wants a smaller federal match to the investment accounts, a slower start to the new system and lump sum options for some payouts, according to the story. The House plan offers more generous provisions to future generations of troops. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Just a day ago, Apple launched a special promotional discount offer on the iPhone XR, effectively bringing the down the base model to Rs 53,900 in India. Now, the Cupertino-based technology giant has made a big announcement related to Apple Music subscription.The company has slashed the Apple Music subscription to just Rs 99 for individuals, Rs 149 for the family sharing option and just Rs 49 per month for students. It can be noted that users will get a three-month free trial subscription.Previously, individual members, after the free trial, had to pay Rs.120 per month. While the family sharing plan and student membership used to cost Rs190 and Rs 60 per month, respectively. Apple Music is set to dominate India music industry soonApple.com (screen-grab)Going by the recent developments such as the local assembling of the iPhone 7 and the limited time iPhone XR discount offer, we can see Apple is showing earnest commitment to the Indian market in particular and not just for short term, but for longer and establish a large user base both in terms of hardware and service.Some sceptics may say the sudden slash in Apple Music subscription might be a reaction to the recent debut of Spotify and Google’s YouTube Music in India. It can also be noted that even local players such as Reliance JioSaavn and Gaana too, earlier this week, reduced the annual subscription charges by up to 70%. Recent development will make Apple Music reach more audiences in India.Apple.com (screen-grab)Have to say, unlike hardware products, Apple Music team in India, has shown instances of its commitment to the Indian industry better than others. Within a short span of time, it has been able to offer songs in several regional languages and has signed a partnership with top Saregama, T series, Zee Music, YRF, Universal and Sony Music, among others to cater to varied tastes of Indian music aficionados.In recent times, Apple Music has become a go-to platform for not just emerging, but also veteran indie musicians to launch their music albums.Last year, I had the opportunity to meet to some of the talented Indie artists including Slumdog Millionaire-famed Ankur Tiwari, Raman Negi (lead vocalist of The Local Train), up & coming singer, Kavya Tehran, Progressive Rock artist Sutej Singh, (singer and music composer) and they all shared common opinion on Apple Music being a level playing field, where can they compete with Justin Beiber and big-ticket Hollywood artists for the consumer’s attention. Apple Music offers more than 50 millions songs.KVN Rohit/IBTimes India”I wanted my music to be available in a place where it’s easily accessible to listeners, and on a platform that believes in us. With Apple Music, the biggest benefit was to see my name on a global platform. As artists, we feel respected. Here, our music speaks the loudest,” Delhi-based multi-faceted music composer-cum-writer and singer Dhruv Visvanath said to International Business Times, India Edition.Last month, Indian rapper Divine was interviewed on Beats 1 by Ebro Darden highlighting Indian hip hop scene to the international audience.Some of the initiatives of Apple Music to support local artists include Hear it Hear. First. (HIHF) and New Artist Spotlight and offers a platform of exclusive releases (singles / EPs/albums) on a monthly basis. Apple Music subscription fee slashed in IndiaApple.com (screen-grab)There is also a New Artist Spotlight, which is dedicated to launching at least one new artist every month with an exclusive release. So far artists including Prabh Deep, MADM, Sutej Singh, among others have been benefitted by this initiative.Besides that, Apple Music offers 14 localised radio stations in local languages such as Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and Bengali stations and stations offering an array of music genres like the 90s Bollywood Radio, Telugu Romance and Hindustani Classical and more in India.Furthermore, Apple collaborates with the Radio City to host Bollywood Chart Show in India called ‘Apple Music Top 25′ with Radio City every Saturday. They play top 25 most streamed Bollywood songs on Apple Music and also feature local artists’ interviews.Apple Music made its debut on Google’s Play Store in the 2015 fall and as per the latest report, more than 40 million Android phone users have installed the app.Having said that, Apple Music has still got a long way to go, as it needs to continuously add more regional (old & new) songs in its library and considering the recent development, it is going in the right direction. As of now, Apple Music has more than 50 million songs in its library and has over 56 million global subscribers. 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Event IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/2:55Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Square Enix revealed earlier today that Final Fantasy XV has been delayed once again to November, not helping to quell the cries of “Vaporware!” that fans have been making for many years.You can’t really blame them. After a staggering 10-year development cycle it was announced earlier this year that Final Fantasy XV was finally going to be released on September 30. Now we can expect an additional two months of waiting… but it’s for a good cause.In a press release and video message from Hajime Tabata, the game’s game director, he revealed that the global release date is being delayed t0 November 29 in order to avoid a huge day one patch. They are confident in the master version of the game (the final version that will end up printed to disc) but they have been working on further refinements which would only be available as a patch that will be available upon release. So they are pushing back the date in order to get this new improved version on the disc therefore avoiding having to ask gamers to carry out a big download before being able to play it.AdChoices广告“From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series. Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this,” said Tabata. “As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologize for the additional wait. As a team, we want Final Fantasy XV to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding.” To quell any more rumors they are creating a 30-minute gameplay video that will release on August 16, and the master version of the game will also be playable at Gamescom this year. Of course, two more months shouldn’t be hard for die-hard fans to wait, but it’s a bit sad that they will never claim Duke Nukem Forever’s crown as king of the delayed titles. Just five more years!Square Enix also announced that they haven’t decided if the disc release dates of both the feature-length tie-in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and the web anime series Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV will be changed or unchanged, although the digital release date of Kingsglaive is still set for August 30. (Note- after publication we received word from Sony that Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will still be released on August 19 in select theaters nationwide, on Digital HD on August 30, and then on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 4.)First revealed as Final Fantasy Versus XIII at the 2006 E3, Final Fantasy XV was announced at the same time as Final Fantasy XIII for the PS3, to give you an idea of how long this has been in the works. The development has consisted of changes of every conceivable type- name, production, engine, gameplay, and platform. It’s basically unrecognizable from the game that was originally promised, and is now an open-world adventure with real-time “Active Cross Battle” combat.A demo for the game titled Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae was released in March 2015 with the first print copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and at E3 this year a demo failed to leave much of an impression on audiences who saw our hero ineffectively battling a giant’s forearm.When it releases it will be the third part of the weirdly Latin-themed (Latin as in the dead language, not Latino) Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy mythos, even though it will be the sixth installment released when (if?) it does.That’s not stopping the promotion for the game, though. Just a few days ago Florence + the Machine released three songs created specifically for the game– Too Much Is Never Enough, I Will Be, and Stand By Me, a cover of the Ben E. King classic. The latter is the theme song for the game, as well.While the artist may seem like a random pick for the game, Florence has apparently always been a fan of the series.Even with the official delay, fans can pick up a Digital Premium Edition of Final Fantasy XV complete with six DLC packs, which will also be available as a Season Pass. Xbox One and PS4 owners will also get console-specific bonuses such as Xbox Avatar Items or PlayStation themes and soundtracks.So was Square Enix right to delay the game? Would you have rather had the game earlier with the day one patch, or do you appreciate them making this fairer for everyone?
Traffic has been held on the M6 in Cheshire because of a collision between a HGV and a car. The nortbound carriageway between junction 16, Crewe, and junction 17, Sandbach, was closed off shortly after 9.30am today (November 12). North West Motorway Police and Highways England are currently on the scene. Read MoreFirefighters rescue driver after car drops 25ft into stream A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 in Cheshire is blocked northbound between J16 and J17 (near Sandbach) due to a collision involving a car and a HGV. “Our traffic officers are en-route to the scene.” Traffic monitoring service INRIX revealed all of the lanes were held at 9.25am. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. We will bring you more on this incident in the feed below. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. 10:07Vehicles moved into roadworksThe vehicles have now been moved into the Smart Motorway roadworks and all lanes reopened. There are delays of around 4.5 milies. 09:57Congestion backing up three-and-a-half miles.09:51Traffic now passing using lane three09:40Accident location (Image: Google/INRIX)09:40North West Motorway Police09:39INRIX updateStationary traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and lorry and car accident on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area. Cameras show as of 09:25 that no traffic is passing the accident at this time.
Related posts:Travel Alert: Temporary road closures on Route 32 start Wednesday Ferry service between Puntarenas and Playa Naranjo to restart on Sunday Bad People Alert: Vandals destroy and steal new lane dividers on Costa Rica’s Route 32 Intense rains in Costa Rica’s Caribbean, northern regions prompt evacuations The Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) on Friday suspended temporary closures on Route 32, which connects San José and the Caribbean province of Limón, as they are close to finishing the demarcation of 37.5 kilometers of highway that began earlier this month.Starting Saturday police officers will be regulating traffic on a stretch of highway from Santa Elena de San Isidro to the intersection at Río Frío, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Alejandra Acosta, an engineer from MOPT’s Traffic Engineering Department said “motorists will only have to wait a few minutes but traffic will not be closed.”Traffic regulation will be enforced to allow demarcation of the highway and to place traffic signs.Next week, MOPT staff will start placing yield, intersection, and speed limit signs, among others.The final stage of the ₡223 million ($433,000) project is the placement of 2,000, 1-meter high flexible lane dividers.The plastic dividers are painted with reflective yellow paint to guide motorists, as fog and rain in the area usually reduce visibility, particularly during the rainy season that runs from May to November in Costa Rica.The devices will be fixed to the ground at 15-meter intervals, which is “a recommended distance to discourage illegal passing,” Acosta said. Facebook Comments
Related posts:Water and Sewer Institute announces rationing plan for up to four months El Niño heat expected to last through May Water rationing in Central Valley to continue for two more weeks Low rainfall in Central Valley, northern regions; La Niña still a no-show Water supply problems in most of Costa Rica during the past two dry seasons has prompted the Water and Sewer Institute (AyA) to draft a bill aimed at promoting water-efficient appliances and fixtures.The proposal’s main strategy is to cut the import, sales and selective consumption taxes on all products that save water. The draft bill includes an initial list of some 25 items that would be exempt from all three taxes, including water tanks, faucets, shower heads, dishwashers, washing machines and toilets.The draft also leaves the possibility open for including any other device, piece of equipment or spare part that meets the law’s objectives. In order to apply for a tax exemption the proposal states that AyA will conduct tests and measurements to verify that a new proposed item effectively saves water.AyA experts recently carried out a pilot plan at the institute’s main building in San José to test the water efficiency of some devices. Standard toilets were switched out for ones with smaller tanks, dry urinals were installed, and pipes and valves were replaced with ones that regulate water supply in several areas of the building. Results of the program showed that water consumption in the building decreased by as much as 50 percent.The draft bill is currently under study by AyA officials and has also been sent to the Finance Ministry to assess whether the tax cut plan is feasible. The next step is to submit it to the Legislative Assembly.More than 150,000 Central Valley residents are facing daily water rationing since the beginning of the year. Water shortages in some communities last up to 12 hours a day and some households have faced full days without a single drop in recent weeks.Extreme rationing measures recently prompted residents from several communities in the southern and eastern parts of San José to protest and block some of the capital’s busiest streets to demand a solution.AyA began distributing water in tankers and also installed water tanks at public hospitals and schools in the areas facing shortages. Some public schools in March and early April were forced to send children home due to the lack of drinking water.Rainy season expected to ease water shortagesAyA expects that the rainy season will help replenish water sources and end rationing. According to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), the transition to the rainy season, which normally runs from May to November, will begin this week.The first showers of the season already fell across many areas of the country except for some regions in the Pacific provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste. IMN expects the rainy season in Guanacaste to begin in late May.IMN experts attribute extreme weather conditions over the past two years to an El Niño weather phenomenon, which caused rainfall shortages in most of the country but also above-average precipitation in some parts of the Caribbean region.Effects of El Niño on local weather are expected to end this year, IMN experts have stated.IMN expects precipitation levels this year to increase some 30 percent over last year and up to 70 percent in Guanacaste, the province most affected by drought.AyA officials agree that recent water problems in the country are largely due to the impacts of climate change, but say it is also caused by overconsumption and the pollution of aquifers, rivers and other fresh water sources.AyA has started working on plans for at least 10 new drinking water projects for 2017 across the Greater Metropolitan Area, which includes San José, Cartago, Alajuela and Heredia. Facebook Comments
Comments Share But critics say Demirel symbolized a culture in which power came before principles, and helped entrench patronage and graft. They point to a notorious “family photograph” in which he was surrounded by relatives and associates from the business world — some of whom were later jailed for corruption.Demirel died at 2:05 a.m. Wednesday at Ankara’s Guven Hospital of heart failure and a respiratory tract infection, doctors said in an announcement broadcast on Turkish television.In one of his last public appearances in October, Demirel said he believed he had paid his debt to the state.“Whether it was paid back to the full — that is for the people to decide,” he said.“My conscience is clear. I dedicated my life to the service of the people and of the state,” he said at the inauguration of the “Democracy and Development Museum” in his birth village of Islamkoy, in southern Isparta province, honoring his political career.Demirel added: “We said: ‘Let’s save this country from darkness.’ We took light to the most out-of-the-way villages of Turkey. We took electrical lamps to replace gas lamps.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He was deposed in a second military coup in 1980.According to late journalist Mehmet Ali Birand’s account, Demirel was on the telephone to his interior minister on the night of Sept. 11, 1980, when the line went dead. Looking out of the window of the prime minister’s residence, he saw that his bodyguards had been replaced by armed soldiers.“It is a pity, a pity for the motherland, a pity for us all,” Demirel said, before packing his bags for prison.Banned from politics for much of the 1980s, he returned as prime minister again in 1991. He became president in 1993 on the death of Turgut Ozal.As president, Demirel fostered ties with the Turkic republics of the former Soviet Union, and took credit for brokering the peaceful ouster of an Islamist government under pressure from the secular-minded military in 1997, at a time when many feared a coup. The ouster was later dubbed Turkey’s “postmodern coup.”Demirel’s wife, Nazmiye, died in May 2013. The couple had no children.He was expected to be buried in Islamkoy after a state funeral, tentatively set for Friday, in Ankara.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Suleyman Demirel, Turkey’s former president who has died at age 90, dominated his nation’s politics for much of the past half-century, serving seven terms as prime minister and surviving two coups in a time of rapid development and sometimes violent turmoil.He believed that his governments of the 1960s and 1970s deserved much of the credit for transforming Turkey from a largely agrarian society into an increasingly industrial and urban one, bringing higher living standards for most Turks. That seemed to be working in the mid-1960s, with annual growth of around 6 percent a year as electricity and roads reached new corners of Turkey.But by 1970, Demirel was on the defensive amid rising political radicalism. On the left, students and workers groups demanded radical reform, while Demirel was being outflanked on the right by new nationalist and pro-Islamic parties.When the ideological conflict started to turn violent, Turkey’s powerful military intervened. Generals issued an ultimatum that forced Demirel out of office in 1971 — the so-called “coup by memorandum.”Successive governments, led first by military-backed technocrats and then by Demirel’s great rival Bulent Ecevit, failed to get a grip on the spiraling violence, which worsened in the 1970s as Turkey’s economy, hit by sharply rising oil prices, slumped into crisis.Demirel was back in power in 1975, but his unwieldy coalition — including Islamists and nationalists — couldn’t halt Turkey’s slide into chaos. Many accused Demirel of turning a blind eye to his nationalist coalition partners who openly incited violence that saw dozens killed weekly in clashes between left- and right-wing gangs. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Demirel “will be remembered by our beloved people in times to come for the task he took on, the services he brought about and his political role.”Demirel, who served as president from 1993-2000, launched his political career after the 1960 military coup that deposed the government of Adnan Menderes. Menderes and two Cabinet colleagues were executed, and many leading figures in their party were banned from politics — leaving a vacuum on the center-right.Into that gap strode the political unknown Demirel. Trained as an engineer, he had headed a dam-building program under Menderes before joining the private sector.At the age of 40 — youthful by Turkish political standards, then and now — Demirel was a surprise choice as leader of the newly formed Justice Party, a center-right successor to Menderes’ party.The first leading politician from a younger generation that had played no part in the formation of a modern, independent Turkish state after World War I, Demirel came to power with a landslide win in 1965.His populist style — Demirel was known as “Sulu the shepherd” because of his village background — and his canny use of the symbols of Islam proved a vote-winner in the conservative countryside where most Turks lived. His government had to balance the demands of its rural support base with the need to push Turkey into the industrial era. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies FILE – In this Oct. 21, 2007, file photo, former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel speaks to the media at a polling station in Ankara, Turkey. Officials at an Ankara hospital say former Turkish President Demirel has died. Doctors at Guven hospital said Demirel died at 2:05 a.m, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. of heart failure and a respiratory tract infection.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File) Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 5 treatments for adult scoliosis
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