Bomb scare in Niagara Falls

Three separate events were halted at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls as a result of a bomb threat. While many of the patrons were nervous and frustrated, some think they know what was behind the threat.As police arrived at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, it was obvious that this was more than event security. They quickly entered the building and began to check the washrooms.Wayne Bergen is a gamer: “Three policemen showed up, two of them had shotguns on their, on their backs, and they were asking guys in stalls if they were making phone calls from their cell phone and who they were talking to.”Police had received a call that a man was barricaded in one of the stalls, with an AK-47, and that there were bombs throughout the building. At around seven o’clock the centre was evacuated, and crowds were slowly herded away from the glass face of the building. Few had information.Carlos Flores is a gamer: “I asked one of the guys that was walking out with a walkie talkie, I said whats going on? He’s like I hear it’s a bomb threat — they want us to leave the building and go as far as possible away from the building.”The K-9 unit did a sweep while paramedics showed up to keep a perimeter. There were three events being held at the time of the call. A dance competition, the Niagara food and wine show, and a video game tournament. One of the players from that event says that the bomb threat is a prank, known as a swat attack. Common during gaming conventions.Doug Martin is a professional gamer: “It’s happened before, it’s happened before in the past and it’s happening right now too.” At other gaming events? “Ya at other gaming events, most recently was at University of Georgia, Philly 4 months ago — now it’s happening here.”As predicted, the threat was found to be non existent and patrons were allowed back in just before nine.And because this turned out to be a hoax, a representative from the food and wine show says that anyone who did go home early and had a hand stamp or a ticket that was not honoured, they can come back throughout the weekend and it will in fact be hounored. They don’t want anybody missing out because of one unfortunate incident. read more

First woman set to lead UN health agencys regional office for Americas

Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, who is also the first Argentine to hold the position, will take her oath as Director of the 100-year-old Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at a ceremony on Friday in Washington, D.C.Dr. Roses was elected last September by the Pan American Sanitary Conference and will replace Dr. George Alleyne, whose five-year term ends on Friday. She most recently served as PAHO Assistant Director in charge of all technical cooperation programmes as well as the Organization’s Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Coordination Programme.

The College Football Playoffs Doomsday Scenarios

PLAYOFF PROBABILITY MiamiWWL40 SCENARIOCHANCE OF HAPPENINGWISCOSUBAMAAUBUGACLEMMIA Alabama wins Iron Bowl60%84130 With two weeks of regular-season football left before the conference championships, the number of teams with any realistic chance of making the College Football Playoff has been trimmed down to about a dozen or so. (According to our CFP projection model, 10 teams have at least a 5 percent playoff probability, with four more clocking in between zero and 5 percent.) But that doesn’t mean the potential for chaos is any lower than it’s been all season — after all, which of that small group will make the selection committee’s Final Four is still very much up in the air. So as we wait for the relative calm of Week 121Only one matchup — Wisconsin vs. Michigan — features two Top 25 teams. to pass for the promise of disarray in Week 13 and beyond, let’s map out some of the scenarios most likely to give the committee fits over the next few weeks.Scenario 1: Auburn wins the Iron BowlAfter Auburn beat the bejeezus out of previously unbeaten and top-ranked Georgia last Saturday, the 8-2 Tigers opened the door for what could be one of the best longshot playoff bids in CFP history. In this scenario, Auburn would beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 25, giving them the SEC West crown on a head-to-head tiebreaker. The Tigers would then face Georgia in the conference championship game, where either outcome would inflict chaos. An Auburn victory there would practically assure the Tigers of becoming the first two-loss team to ever make the playoff (our model would give them a 94 percent chance of getting in), while a UGA win would make the Dawgs a solid but far from certain playoff pick (73 percent). The College Football Playoff’s ultimate doomsday scenarioThe only scenario in our 20,000 simulations where nine teams have at least a 10 percent chance of making the playoff after conference championships AuburnWWL20 * In conference championship game. Wisconsin loses Big Ten*57%6507022327055 Alabama also loses Iron Bowl227424855347256 Odds based on Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and ACC scenarios PLAYOFF PROBABILITY Current68%22%31% Auburn wins Iron Bowl40445432 * In conference championship game. PLAYOFF PROBABILITY SCENARIOCHANCE OF HAPPENINGOUTCUBAMAAUBUGAWISCOSUCLEMMIA The dilemma: Should Ohio State get in with two losses — particularly since the second was an ugly, 31-point shellacking by Iowa with three weeks left in the regular season? It seems unlikely, but consider that under the scenario above, the Buckeyes would also have had to beat Michigan on the road and knock off the previously undefeated Badgers, in addition to last week’s 45-point destruction of then-12th-ranked Michigan State. Of course, Wisconsin would have only one loss on its résumé, but its strength of schedule is weak enough that even after closing the season with games against ranked Iowa, ranked Michigan and (presumably) OSU, the Badgers wouldn’t be an obvious pick. This situation would also create quandaries outside the Big Ten, particularly if Scenario 1 from above also happens: Losses by Wisconsin and Alabama would destroy the committee’s tidy setup and force them to choose among as many as six one-loss teams and a handful of other two-loss squads. Good luck with that.Scenario 3: TCU runs the tableAt various times this season, it’s seemed as though Oklahoma was a long shot to make the playoff (after losing to Iowa State) and then a relatively strong bet (after beating TCU). But the Sooners still aren’t quite safe. The Horned Frogs could get their revenge with a win over OU in the Big 12 title game,3With head-to-head wins over both Oklahoma State and West Virginia, TCU would simply need to hold steady with them (at two in-conference losses apiece) over the next two weeks to make the conference championship on a tiebreaker. and throw the CFP picture into disarray in the process. A TCU victory would by itself give the Frogs about a 34 percent chance of making the playoff, but it would also make life extra-difficult for the committee if some of the nation’s other playoff favorites lose. Odds based on SEC championship scenarios WisconsinLWL0 Alabama also loses Iron Bowl1272651573545277459 Current41%29%68%22%31%69%53% Miami also loses ACC*137434856349730 Georgia beats Alabama*1950082 Miami also loses ACC*48285457378529936 Ohio StateWWW20 TCU beats Oklahoma*29%83473243345337257 The dilemma: What to do with Alabama? If the Tide don’t make the SEC title game, there’s a decent chance they won’t make the CFP either. In the universe where Auburn beats Georgia for the conference championship, our model assigns the Tide a 40 percent chance of becoming the second SEC team in — but Alabama would have to hope its case outweighs those of the other “at-large” style bids around the nation. Things get even more complicated if Georgia beats Auburn: Under that circumstance, our model would give Alabama a 49 percent chance of getting a CFP nod despite sitting out championship weekend, so it’s anybody’s guess what the committee would do. (Try explaining to either Georgia or Alabama if one gets left out of the playoff with the same number of losses as the other.) And none of this even touches on the craziness that would ensue if Alabama wins the Iron Bowl but loses the SEC championship to UGA, setting up a head-to-head circle of parity among the Bulldogs, Tide and Tigers.Scenario 2: Ohio State wins the Big TenThe most straightforward playoff scenario is one where Alabama, Wisconsin, Miami and Oklahoma all win out, leaving relatively little debate about who should be in. Three undefeated major-conference teams, plus another with just one loss?2In this scenario, Clemson and Georgia, each of whom currently has one loss, would by definition lose a second game in their respective conference championships. It’s the kind of smooth sailing the committee dreams about. You could also swap in Clemson for Miami and not add much chaos: If the Tigers beat the Canes for the ACC championship, Clemson would simply slide in as a lock for the CFP alongside the other three. But give Wisconsin a loss in the Big Ten title game — most likely to Ohio State, which our model currently has favored to win the conference — and the picture becomes much more interesting. * In SEC championship game. Auburn beats Georgia*2340941 OklahomaWWL30 Wisconsin also loses Big Ten*69275657379507461 Odds based on Big Ten, SEC and ACC scenarios RESULT TEAMWEEK 12WEEK 13WEEK 14PLAYOFF PROBABILITY Alabama beats Georgia*4010015 GeorgiaWWW100 The first domino to fall here would be Michigan beating Wisconsin this weekend (which our model gives a 24 percent chance of happening). Then Bama would need to lose the Iron Bowl, Georgia would beat Auburn for the SEC, Clemson would beat Miami for the ACC, TCU would beat Oklahoma for the Big 12 and Ohio State would beat Wisconsin for the Big Ten. (Plus, USC would need to win the Pac-12, most likely over Stanford.) Needless to say, it’s very improbable that all of those circumstances would line up together perfectly — but if they do, it could make for the most headache-inducing committee meeting in CFP history.Check out our latest college football predictions. Also, see what it will take for Notre Dame, Clemson, Washington, Penn State and Oklahoma to still make the playoff.CORRECTION (Nov. 16, 2017, 2:45 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the scenario in which Wisconsin would finish the season with one loss. This exact scenario happened 10 times in 20,000 simulations. ClemsonWWW100% SCENARIOCHANCE OF HAPPENINGALABAMAAUBURNGEORGIA The dilemma: Under the most extreme of the scenarios above, the committee would have no major-conference undefeated teams to choose from, but plenty with one loss (Alabama, Clemson, Miami, Wisconsin and possibly Georgia) and even more with two (TCU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, USC, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oklahoma State and possibly Auburn and Washington or Washington State). Add in the fact that several of the two-loss teams would have beaten a fellow contender for a conference championship, and it would make for a tremendous mess. Even after three years of studying the CFP committee’s behavior, our model is pretty uncertain about who would be picked under such a scenario, aside from its relative confidence that Clemson would make it if it wins the ACC.Scenario 4: The messiest of them allOut of all 20,000 simulations that go into our CFP predictions each week, 10 (or 0.05 percent) spat out a scenario where nine teams had at least a 10 percent chance of making the playoff after every single game was played. This is the ultimate doomsday scenario — where our model basically has no idea who the committee will pick for its Final Four, despite analyzing its previous choices and poring over the usual norms of college football rankings going back nearly a century. Current58%10%68%22%31%41%29%69%53% TCUWWW20 Georgia beats Auburn*1849373 USCW—W40 AlabamaWL—30 read more

Duchess of Sussex will be a hands on mother and raise baby

Mr Martin was at pains to stress Meghan’s awareness of social injustice, recalling how her mother took her to Los Angeles’ infamous ‘skid row’ to feed the homeless.”You hear these stories and there’s no truth to them,” he told CBS presenter Gayle King, another friend of the Duchess who also attended the baby shower.”I know her so well, and I know she doesn’t deserve all this negative press.”   He dismissed reports of a feud between Meghan and the Duchess of Cambridge, saying “that’s what’s so frustrating, you hear these stories. In the years I’ve known her, the years I’ve worked with her, she’s never had a diva fit. Never.” Mr Martin said Meghan is so protective over her privacy that she even kept the details of her wedding dress secret from him – despite the fact he was doing her make up for the big day. He also revealed it was his idea to arrange a lavish baby shower in New York for the Duchess in February, breaking down in tears as he discussed the negative press backlash the affair had provoked.  The Duchess of Sussex will be a “very hands on” mother who is likely to make her own baby food, her close friends have revealed.Members of Meghan’s inner circle took the unusual step of appearing on a special report about the royal couple on US network CBS to dismiss rumours Meghan was difficult to get along with and to highlight her philanthropic work.Actress Janina Gavankar, a longtime friend of the Duchess, said the pair have spoken about Meghan becoming a mother for “over a decade”. “She’s always wanted to be a mom,” she said, appearing on CBS’ Harry and Meghan Plus One programme. “She’s going to be such a good mother. I think she’ll be very low maintenance. I think that she’ll be very hands on.”Her comments were echoed by makeup artist Daniel Martin, who said she “totally sees her making her own baby food” because of her love of cooking and organic food.”This baby is going to be raised clean and green,” he joked. Mr Martin said he believed Prince Harry was a natural with children, sharing details of the couple’s wedding day. “Even when they were doing the family portrait after the wedding with everybody, he was on the floor, just playing with the kids,” he said. “And that’s when I knew, I was like, ‘he’s going to be the coolest dad’.” read more

Family forbidden from exhuming fathers ashes after court rules they just want

A family has been refused permission to exhume their father’s ashes after a church court ruled they just wanted a graveyard nearer their home. Ms Morton and her brothers, Paul and Kevin, claim that the area surrounding St Mary the Virgin’s church in the village of Deane has become “derelict” with “dubious and unsavoury characters hanging around, possibly drug dealing”. Following… Julie Morton requested permission from Church of England officials to exhume her father’s remains from the local church in Bolton, Greater Manchester.  However the church refused permission for the exhumation of her father, George Humphreys, saying that the case did not meet the threshold for changing a last resting place. 

MineSense welcomes ABB unit to register in latest equity financing

first_imgCaterpillar, Mitsubishi Corp and ABB Technology Ventures have bought into MineSense Technologies’ real-time, sensor-based ore data and sorting solutions for large-scale mines in its latest equity raising.The $18 million oversubscribed financing will be used to help commercialise the company’s digital offering and expand into key mining regions worldwide, MineSense said.MineSense calls itself a pioneer in Industrial Internet of Things solutions, with its fast, scalable, and robust mineral sensing platform creating “transformational value by providing precise, accurate, real-time grade control and ore routing decisions at the point of extraction for maximum resource conversion and metal recovery”.This technology can also reduce CO2 emissions and the consumption of wear materials, energy, water and reagents during the whole mining process, according to the company.This is the second time Cat has invested in MineSense, with Cat’s Director of Mining Technology, Jim Hawkins, saying such technology could have a significant impact on the bottom line for mining companies.“We are very pleased with the progress MineSense has made in the last 18 months to introduce its innovative technology and are excited to support the company into the next stage,” he said.Mitsubishi Corp has provided support to MineSense since its late 2017 $4 million debt investment, converted to equity in this round, while this is a first investment for ABB’s strategic venture capital unit.Brandon Spencer, Managing Director of Business Unit Process Industries at ABB, said the company was excited by the direct impact the MineSense technology may provide to its customers.The financing also included existing investors Aurus Ventures, Chrysalix Venture Capital and Cycle Capital.The British Columbia-based company says its system is the only one that can work with run-of-mine at “commercially relevant throughput”.The MineSense ShovelSense™ system is designed for extreme environment conditions and to be easily retrofittable on any existing mobile equipment. The system comes equipped with a human machine interface that provides the operator with full information, including the ore type, within each dig cycle. It can also connect directly to fleet management or other existing control software systems.The main application of ShovelSense is at the open-pit dig face or underground hauling point. It is equally effective working in stockpiles and in blending where mobile equipment is used, MineSense says.Teck partnered with MineSense for the first full scale trial of the bucket-mounted ShovelSense technology in 2017 at its Highland Valley Copper Operations in British Columbia. The sensors are now in use on one shovel, and additional shovels could be considered for later in 2018.MineSense’s BeltSense™ system can be operated in bulk, semi-bulk or particle sorting mode. Its typical use is post primary crushing prior to the mill, but it also has mill applications such as in the pebble circuit. BeltSense is also highly effective in blending operations, according to the company.BeltSense can be used sequentially and in conjunction with ShovelSense to maximise the ore concentrating impact, taking a first cut at the haul point and second further downstream.In addition to this recent financing, MineSense closed a $19 million equity deal in February 2017.last_img read more

Haughey sought military advice on a common defence plan for Ireland and

first_imgOf course this was in part a ‘bait’ to attract the interest of someone known to be concerned about ‘Western defence and therefore likely to be worried about ‘gaps’ in those defences which a neutral or quasi-neutral might be thought to represent.In 1980, Haughey also publicly hinted at this plan by saying that ‘joint studies have been covering a range of issues including security measures [between these islands]‘ had been commissioned.Speculation in the media that this route was being considered is said to have caused heated debate  in the Dáil, although the issue of defence was dismissed by Thatcher as “not a bilateral matter”.Previous defensive pacts like this were envisioned in the past, such as Plan W which would have seen Irish and UK military forces working together in the event of a German invasion of Ireland during World War II under Operation Green.Read: 6 key moments that defined Margaret Thatcher’s relationship with Ireland >More: Is Ireland part of the British Isles? FORMER TAOISEACH CHARLES Haughey sought military advice on a ‘common defence’ plan between Ireland and the United Kingdom, documents published under the 30 Year Rule have confirmed.The plan, to be tabled during talks with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to give a new dimension to the “Irish Question”, had previously been hinted at by the Taoiseach ahead of this meeting.Confidential papers detailing meetings between the two leaders state that Haughey was prepared to speak with Thatcher in private on the matter, and referred to the common defence plan as partly a way of ‘baiting’ the PM into discussing the possibility of Irish reunification.This plan was seen as forming part of a potential ”settlement package”.The notes state that it was ‘unclear’ as to what extent it was eventually discussed, although shed some light on thinking behind the plan:last_img read more

Accountant scams disabled brother

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Accountant James Fourikis has been ordered to repay close to $200,000 for having misused his disabled brother’s money on playing the stock market and lavish overseas holidays. Following the death of their father in 2010, Mr Fourikis was handed the reins to his brother Alexander’s estate, of which the net value fell from $210,000 to under $60,000 within two years. Mr Fourikis’ representation claimed that the defendant had misused the money due to employment instability and other financial troubles. However, despite his claims Judge Graham Anderson found the acts to be deliberate in advancing “his own personal interests while neglecting Alexander’s” and he was ordered to repay the money, including the value of lost interest and any unaccounted income.last_img read more

Spain increases terror threat level after France attack

first_imgMADRID — Spain raised its terror threat level Wednesday following the attack on a French satirical newspaper that killed 12 people.But Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said there was no intelligence indicating the nation faces imminent danger more than a decade after it was hit with Europe’s worst Islamic terror attack.The threat level was raised from Level 2 to Level 3, with four being the highest on the scale. The move means that authorities will increase security measures at key infrastructure installations, but Fernandez Diaz didn’t specify which ones.Spain last used the terror Level 3 measure in June for nine days when the country prepared for the coronation of King Felipe VI.About 200 people in Madrid gathered outside the French Embassy Wednesday night to voice their outrage about the attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper. Some held pens aloft in support of the newspaper’s satirical cartoon-like drawings while others chanted “Freedom of Expression” and “We Are All Charlie.”A similar rally with about 200 people was held outside the French Consulate in Barcelona.In March 2004, bombs on rush-hour trains killed 191 people in Madrid in Europe’s most deadly Islamic terror attack.On Wednesday, the offices of the leading El Pais newspaper were evacuated after the France attack when a person left a package that security personnel deemed suspicious. Journalists spent about an hour outside the building until police determined the package containing a bottle connected to a cable wasn’t explosive.The Madrid Press Association representing journalists in the Spanish capital condemned the Charlie Hebdo shootings as a “blatant attack on freedom of the press intended at fostering a climate of journalistic fear and self-censorship.”The association added in its statement: “Killing the messenger, in this case journalists, has always been the method of intolerant and fanatical people to restrict freedom of expression and to restrict citizens’ rights to information.”last_img read more

The Private Scandals that Followed the Rebellious Creator of Pippi Longstocking

first_imgShe was boyish, she was opinionated, she was independent, sassy, and determined to live a “modern” life: Is this the rebellious pig-tailed Pippi Longstocking or the Swedish author who imagined her? Turns out the answer is both! Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson, born in 1907, was raised in a deeply religious family in a tight-knit town in southern Sweden. During her teenage years, she began charting her own course, which was pretty unusual for the day. She cropped her hair short and took to wearing trousers. She began writing, and her evident talent caught the eye of a local newspaper editor, Reinhold Blomberg, who knew her parents. He hired her as one of the only female trainees.Astrid, just 19 at the time, thrived at the newspaper, but unfortunately for her future, her editor was interested in more than just her writing talent. Though Blomberg was in the process of divorcing his second wife, he was still married. He had seven children, the youngest of whom was the same age as Astrid.Astrid and Blomberg soon began an affair. “Girls are so silly,” she later told a TV interviewer, according to Jens Andersen’s new biography Astrid Lindgren: The Woman Behind Pippi Longstocking. “Nobody had ever been seriously in love with me before, and he was. So, of course, I thought it was rather thrilling.”Astrid Lindgren in 1960The affair was thrilling until Astrid became pregnant, and then it became a problem. To say it was a scandal is to put it mildly. Her parents, tenant farmers at the local rectory, were horrified and felt betrayed. They worried about how their neighbors would judge their daughter’s behavior.Defiant Astrid decided to leave the suffocating confines of small-town life and fled to Copenhagen to give birth anonymously in a more forgiving cosmopolitan city. “Being the object of gossip felt almost like being in a snake pit, so I decided to leave the snake pit as soon as possible,” she wrote, according to Andersen’s biography.For the first few years of his life, Astrid’s son, Lasse, was raised by a foster mother in Denmark, while Astrid lived in a boarding house in Stockholm, learning stenography—a skill that would prove useful once she began publishing fiction. It seems she once again had an affair with her employer, as she married her boss, Sture Lindgren, in 1931, shortly after his divorce with his wife was finalized. After they were married, Lasse came to live with them.Inger Nilsson at the age of 12 as Pippi Longstocking at the RAI in Amsterdam 1972 Peters, Hans / Anefo – Nationaal Archief CC BY-SA 3.0 nlThree years later, Astrid had a daughter, Karin. When Karin was 7, bedridden with pneumonia and bored, she nagged her mother, as so many kids will do, to tell her a story. Karin made up the name on the spot: “Tell me a story about Pippi Longstocking.”“I didn’t ask her who Pippi Longstocking was,” Astrid Lindgren told The New Yorker in 1983. “I just began the story, and since it was a strange name it turned out to be a strange girl as well.”Lindgren in 1924The “strange girl” reflected not just her creator but the era in which she came to be. “Astrid’s war diaries from 1941 to 1943 indicate that Pippi was a response not only to the war but to the people behind its lunacy with their urge to terrorize and destroy,” Andersen writes in his absorbing biography.When Pippi Longstocking was first published in 1945, the rule-breaking, authority-defying, but fair and kind-hearted Pippi captivated a public coming off the brutal war years. Lindgren became immediately and immensely popular and influential in her home country, a champion of children’s rights.Lindgren receives the Right Livelihood Award in the Swedish parliament, 1994 Photo Ceyla de Wilka -CC BY-SA 3.0Astrid Lindgren’s tumultuous personal life was not yet free from scandal, however. Her husband, Sture, fell in love with another woman. Though Astrid and Sture did not divorce, he died soon thereafter of a heart attack at 51.Related story from us: When the Swedish author of “Pippi Longstocking” had to pay 102% in taxes, she fought the injustice with her best weapon: her writingNor was her life free from controversy. In 1976, she learned that tax laws would effectively charge her a rate of 102 percent. She fought the injustice with her pen, and “won,” sort of, reducing her tax rate to 80 percent, if that’s a victory.Astrid Lindgren passed away in 2002 at age 94.last_img read more

Puerto Aventuras said to lack infrastructure to be independent

first_imgPuerto Aventuras, Q.R. — The town of Puerto Aventuras does not have the quality of infrastructure needed to have its own mayor, says current mayor of Playa del Carmen, Cristina Torres Gómez.Municipal president Cristina Torres Gómez said that Puerto Aventuras does not yet have the quantity or quality of services to be financially independent and have its own mayor.“We consider that Puerto Aventuras has infrastructure, but from our perspective and from a legal perspective it needs a little more infrastructure and services to have independence.”The desire for independence and the creation of a mayor position for Puerto Aventuras has been a request by several political groups mainly headed by Luis Fidel Parra, president of the Citizen Council of that delegation.Fidel Parra argues says that Puerto Aventuras should have a mayor, “Undoubtedly it should be done because there are more than 20,000 people living in the town.”After explaining why city council did not proceed with the creation of a mayor’s position, Torres Gómez indicated that in order to make that decision, serious analyzes needs to be carried out with academic institutions such as the University of Quintana Roo.However, Erika Alonso Flores, academic director of the University of Quintana Roo says that to date, the institution has not been asked to carry out a study project for that purpose.Puerto Aventuras is located 20 kilometers south of Playa del Carmen and remains the only delegation inside the municipality of Solidaridad after the separation of Tulum in 2008..Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A look at powers decreed by Egypts president

first_img Sponsored Stories (AP) – Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi issued decrees giving himself broad powers and effectively neutering the judiciary. Morsi, an Islamist hailing from the Muslim Brotherhood, defends the step as necessary to clear obstacles holding up Egypt’s transition, particularly from judges who could have disbanded a controversial assembly writing the constitution or overturned his decisions. Critics say Morsi, who already holds both executive and legislative powers, is setting himself up as a new dictator. Comments   Share   Here is a look at the main points of his decrees:_ All laws and decisions by the president are final, cannot be appealed, overturned or halted by the courts or other bodies. This applies to decisions he has made since taking office in June and any he makes until a new constitution is approved and a new parliament is elected, expected in the spring at the earliest._ No judicial body can dissolve the upper house of parliament or the assembly writing the new constitution. Both are dominated by the Brotherhood and other Islamists and several cases demanding their disbanding were before the courts, which previously dissolved the lower house of parliament._ The president can take any steps or measures necessary to prevent threats to “the revolution, the life of the nation or national unity and security” or to the functioning of state institutions._ A new judiciary body of “protection of the revolution” is created to reopen investigations, prosecutions and trials of former regime officials, including ousted President Hosni Mubarak, for the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising. Other police officers accused of killings, however, will not be retried. _ The controversial prosecutor general, a Mubarak appointee seen by many as lax in pursuing former regime figures, was removed from his post.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Parents, stop beating yourself up Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Lebanon to lure tourists in 2016 with newer trends

first_imgLebanon is expected to witness a growth equivalent to 2.5% in 2016 which will be higher than last year. One of the significant factors behind this growth is the tourism winter season where all ski lifts are running a swing opportunity to benefit from this leisure sport.The International Airport of Beirut in 2015 had received a greater number of arrivals, and this trend is helping many hospitality actors to shape their business plans and invest not only on the traditional sources but also on the meetings and conventions segment revealing to be very effective for the corporate side of business.With gourmet tours, fashion shopping, wine tasting, and medical tourism, Lebanon can cater in tandem to archaeology and history to all niche markets, including environmental trips to hidden trails and valleys.Forests cover 13.4% of the Lebanese land area with a few old cedar trees remaining in pockets of forests. The country is actively working to conserve and regenerate the forests and has created several nature reserves that contain cedars, including the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, the Jaj Cedar Reserve, the Tannourine Reserve, the Ammouaa and Karm Shbat Reserves in the Akkar district, and the Forest of the Cedars of God near Bsharri. This Cedar Nation is a sensory delight for travellers.last_img read more

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