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InFocus The Education of Augie Merasty

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:Sometimes it takes years before residential school survivors share their personal experiences.For Augie Merasty, it took decades.With the help of an award winning writer, Augie’s personal memoir was eventually published: The Education of Augie Merasty.He’s now 86 years old.  His daughter tells us about how they weren’t sure he really was writing a book, until one day, sure enough, they knew it was true.Watch how the story unfolded.last_img

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Toyotas Nissans global sales fall short of Volkswagens

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. says it sold 10.59 million vehicles globally last year, fewer than the 10.83 million delivered by German rival Volkswagen AG.Also Wednesday, Nissan Motor Co. said its global sales totalled 5.65 million vehicles last year, while Renault SA of France, which owns 43 per cent of Nissan, recorded global sales of 3.9 million vehicles.Nissan owns 34 per cent of smaller Japanese rival Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which sold 1.2 million vehicles last year.That adds up to 10.75 million vehicles, although that is not the official alliance tally.The numbers released Wednesday underscore intense competition among the automakers.U.S. automaker General Motors Co. was the No. 1 selling automaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008. Its sales have shrunk in recent years.The Associated Press read more

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Stiff opposition to Tamil Nadu Muslim preachers Visit

The Sri Lankan government is likely to deny entry to Moulvi P Jainul Abideen, better known as PJ, the founder and star speaker of the fundamentalist Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ), the New Indian Express reported.A powerful section of the Sri Lankan Muslims who fear that PJ’s presence in the island will disturb intra-Muslim and inter-religious harmony are putting pressure on the government to cancel his visa. Earlier in 2005, PJ was deported on the same grounds. It is not clear as to which view has majority support among Lankan Muslims, but what is undeniable is that some politically influential people are against PJ and his brand of Islam. (Colombo Gazette) PJ had been invited by the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaat (SLTJ) for the release of the Sinhala translation of the Koran on November 8. A powerful section of Lankan Muslims who fear that PJ’s presence in the island will disturb intra-Muslim and inter-religious harmony are putting pressure on the government to cancel his visa. Earlier in 2005, PJ was deported on the same grounds. Razik has challenged the All Ceylon Jamayyathul Ulama to an open debate on this. He asks why the ACJU has never protested against the arrival of non-Muslim preachers or preachers from various Muslim sects like the Ahmadiyas, Bohras and Shias. Why target only PJ? And there are also Muslims who say that as Lanka is a democracy with freedom of expression, PJ should not be barred. The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) issued a statement appealing to the SLTJ not to send PJ in the interest of peace and communal harmony. Some went to the court alleging that the Sinhala translation has grievous flaws and sought an injunction. Express learns that the Defence Secretary has advised the immigration authorities to review his case in the light of the objections.PJ is not liked by sections of Lankan Muslims because he is campaigning against certain popular practices which he considers un-Islamic. For example he is against worship of graves of saints (dargas). He expresses sharp views against Muslim sects like the Ahmadiyas and Shias.His opponents allege that the Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath  and Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaat  have accepted crores of rupees from Saudi Arabia for spreading Wahabi Islam. Others accuse him of criticising nearly a hundred Hadiths (sayings of Prophet Mohammad).But the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaat  General Secretary R Abdur Razik says that PJ, Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath  and SLTJ are only promoting true Islam, unadulterated by non-Islamic influences. read more

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Preparing mass repatriation UN refugee chief to visit West Africa

With West Africa now at the centre of a huge repatriation movement as hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by long-running civil wars return home, the head of the United Nations refugee agency begins a six-day mission to the region on Sunday for talks with all sectors, ranging from presidents to the returnees themselves.The four-nation tour will take UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers first to Guinea and then on to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, all of them torn in recent years by civil war or unrest and flooded with refugee influxes from each other.Mr. Lubbers is scheduled to meet with Heads of State, top government and UN officials in the region, refugees, returnees, UNHCR’s implementing partners and staff. In Sierra Leone, he is expected to visit areas of the country where refugees have returned, seeing first-hand how they are faring. UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme there ended in mid-2004, with some 280,000 refugees electing to return home.He will then cross the border to Liberia with a convoy of Liberian refugees returning home. UNHCR launched its voluntary repatriation programme for Liberian refugees last October. An expected 340,000 people are expected to be repatriated by the time the programme ends in 2007. Already, more than 6,000 Liberians have returned from neighbouring West African countries on regular convoys by land, sea and air.On his final stop Mr. Lubbers will visit neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire, which in November last year saw an exodus of refugees into Liberia. Some 10,000 were registered at the height of the crisis, which has now eased. read more

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Disney Games announced LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

first_imgGiven the dreadfulness of most movie-to-game film conversions, the LEGO series of games have been a breath of fresh air. The LEGO game series started with Star Wars and surprised everyone: who could have known that an all-ages, mute retelling of the Star Wars saga could be so charming? Indiana Jones and Batman followed, each delightful in its own way, and now we’ve got a new LEGO game property on the way: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game.Disney has just formally announced LEGO Pirates, which will be developed by TT Games and hitting store shelves next year, alongside the fourth movie in the franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.AdChoices广告The events of the game take place during the first three movies, but also encompass some moments from the new film. The player will, of course, be able to control everyone’s favorite brown-toothed scallywag, Captain Jack Sparrow, but will also be able to control up to 70 additional playable characters. Who knew the Pirates-verse had so many to draw upon?LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game will hit every major console, the PC and mobile devices in May of 2011.last_img read more

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Angelo Sardellis awarded Volunteer of the Year

first_imgMonash has honoured its outstanding community leaders, one of whom was Angelo Sardellis. Awarded Volunteer of the Year, Mr Sardellis was one of 40 nominees present at Wednesday night’s ceremony at the Monash Gallery of Art. Also among those recognised for their dedication and hard work was 16-year-old Mount Waverley student Neha Salahuddin, who was awarded for Youth Leadership and also presented with the Sir John Monash Award for Outstanding Leadership. Despite being one of the youngest to be nominated, she boasts an impressive record of community service, having raised funds for cystic fibrosis, and has also advocated for the improvement of indigenous health and education.“Neha and her fellow nominees show just how strong and enduring the sense of community spirit is in Monash,” said Mayor Geoff Lake.“You often hear today that technology, globalism and the pace of life are leading to a decline in community spirit, but that’s certainly not the case in Monash. “We have so many people who go out of their way to help others. It’s a privilege to have been able to thank 40 of these community contributors in this year’s awards.”Also awarded on the night were Loretta Leary for Sustainability Leadership; Margaret Hepworth for Inspirational Women’s Leadership; Andrea Whitty for Positive Ageing Leadership; Binquan Yan as Multicultural Champion; Glen Waverley Socccer Club for Active Monash; and Brian Girling as the Outstanding Advocate of People with Disabilities. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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New Superantibiotic is an Microbebusting Megaweapon

first_img We may soon have a soon last-line antibiotic — vancomycin 3.0. Earlier versions were developed as far back as the 50s and have helped lead the fight against bacteria. The microbes have been fighting back, though, and hard. There are now more than a dozen types of antibiotic-resistant diseases, and we need new weapons in this war, fast. And that’s just what vancomycin 3.0 is for.Researchers are calling this new drug a “superantibiotic,” and it may be one of our biggest breakthroughs in the field in some time.Antibiotics are among the most important healthcare discoveries ever. With them, we can cure thousands of diseases. You can ask anyone who’s ever had strep throat and been prescribed amoxicillin just how quickly you can feel better once you’ve taken the first dose. These really are miracle cures — wonder drugs that have saved and will continue to save millions of lives… unless bacteria evolve faster than we can make counters.Historically (by which I mean over the past few hundred million years), bacteria and fungi have been at war with one another. Mushrooms, just like you and I, can get bacterial infections and die. But the way fungi have developed along their evolutionary branch has given them a host of natural chemicals that are hyper-toxic to bacteria. For the past few decades, humans have been harvesting them for our own use. With them, we were able to all but eliminate deaths from major infections like staph.In our excitement, however, we’ve used far, far too many antibiotics and the microbes have developed near-immunity to even our most potent drugs. By synthesizing and mega-producing these chemicals, we’ve given the little fellas plenty of time to evolve counter-measures. It didn’t help that doctors, patients, and even ranchers have been extraordinarily cavalier with these substances, too. Doctors prescribe them too often, patients often don’t finish their scrip, and ranchers will give their livestock high-grade drugs that we’re supposed to hold back for critical, antibiotic-resistant infections in humans. The practice has created some terrifying new superbugs that we have little other defense against. That’s why vancomycin 3.0 is so important.But it goes a step further here. V3, as I’ve just decided to call it, isn’t just an upgraded antibiotic. That, as we’ve discussed, wouldn’t be that useful for long. In a few years’ time, we’d be giving it to cattle and swine and soon after start seeing the first resistant bugs. No, instead, V3 attacks bacteria in three different attack vectors at once, making it the antibacterial equivalent of a small nuke.The three-pronged attack is special because it means that even if a bacterium can handle one, it probably won’t survive all three. This dramatically cuts the odds that we’ll see future superbugs that can handle V3, which means we’ve bought other researchers more time to work on more permanent solutions to the bacteria problem with CRISPR or phages both of which, while powerful tools, will need a lot more research to bring to market.In the mean-time, scientists will be testing V3 to make sure it’s safe. First in animals, then humans — as always. But scientists are really confident they’ve leaped ahead of the microscopic competition.“Organisms just can’t simultaneously work to find a way around three independent mechanisms of action,” researcher Dale Boger told Science Magazine. “Even if they found a solution to one of those, the organisms would still be killed by the other two.”Boger worked directly on one piece of V3. His group worked out of the Scripps Research Institute in California. After that team discovered how they could, essentially, re-engineer vancomycin to be toxic to bacteria once again, other groups discovered that slight changes to the formula would still interfere with the basic functioning of bacterial cells. Then, all it took was to bring them all together into one chemical.Initial tests are stunning. Because bacteria reproduce so fast, they evolve very quickly. After just a few rounds of treatment, antibiotics generally won’t work. V3, however… oh V3… after 50 rounds, none of the bacteria had developed resistance.“What could possibly make this story better?,” I hear you asking. Well, we also largely produced this compound by working backward from what we already know works. Most antibiotics are discovered largely by trial and error. This represents a concerted effort to engineer a bacteria-killing mega-weapon from the ground up, and damn does it look promising. Microbiologist Makes Colorful ‘Game of Thrones’ Sigils Art With BacteriaOil-Eating Bacteria Found in World’s Deepest Ocean Trench Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Obama in Washington to see mudslide damage

first_imgOSO — Swooping over a landscape of unspeakable sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished in a mudslide last month. He pledged a nation’s solidarity with those who are enduring “unimaginable pain and difficulty” in the aftermath of the destruction.“We’re going to be strong right alongside you,” Obama promised the people whose lives were upended when a wall of mud and water swept away the hillside on March 22 and took with it at least 41 lives and dozens of homes. Obama first boarded a helicopter to survey the awful scene.Evidence of the mudslide’s power was everywhere: trees ripped from the ground, a highway paved with mud and debris, a river’s course altered. And in the midst of the awful tableau, an American flag flying at half-staff.Even as the president flew overhead, the search for bodies continued below. Two people were still listed as missing.Back on the ground, the president gathered at a community chapel in the small town of Oso, about an hour northeast of Seattle, to mourn with families of the victims. He met separately with emergency responders before speaking in a small brick firehouse about all he had seen and heard on a clear, sunny afternoon.“The families that I met with showed incredible strength and grace through unimaginable pain and difficulty,” Obama said. Then he offered them a promise.last_img read more

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Is sleep management the next big thing in workplace health and wellbeing

first_imgViewpoint: Sleep management schemes can boost productivity and wellbeingAsk any hard-pressed employee how they are genuinely feeling and there is an 80% chance they will tell you they are tired and never seem able to catch up on their sleep. One-third of our life is taken up by sleeping and all the evidence suggests getting enough of it is critical to our health and wellbeing.While workplace health initiatives that focus on aspects such as diet and exercise are fairly commonplace in employee wellbeing programmes, interventions to support staff getting better quality sleep are unusual. This is somewhat surprising given the strong evidence that staff are less productive and more prone to make mistakes, act unsafely and fall ill if they are sleep deprived.Sleep management programmes can take a variety of different guises; they can come in the form of educative training made available via workshops or accessed online. Or they can have a physical presence such as installed sleeping pods or on-site mini-bedrooms where fatigued staff can go for a restorative nap.Sleep programmes can be cast in both preventative and remedial health camps. However, wherever they sit in an organisation’s health framework, they will only succeed if there is an established wellbeing culture. By this, I mean senior leadership actively supports them, their managers are able to signpost them, they are easy to access, they are evaluated for impact and the actual content, whatever the format, is relevant to the workforce in question.Top-flight athletes make sleep a priority in their daily training routines. As Usain Bolt once said: “Sleep is extremely important to me; I need to rest and recover in order for the training I do to be absorbed by my body.” If this is normal operating procedure for sporting professionals, we can certainly expect to see more sleep initiatives being introduced for our own weary corporate athletes.Dr Bridget Juniper is director at health data consultancy Work and Wellbeing Addressing sleeping habits and their impact on health and productivity could be the next big thing in workplace wellbeing programmes, particularly if UK employers follow the example of US organisations. More than a third (39%) of US employers offer programmes addressing sleep disorders, compared to 32% in 2014, according to data collected for Mercer’s National survey of employer-sponsored health plans, published in November 2015.Affect on employees’ healthThe amount of sleep a person has can greatly affect their concentration and productivity, so a good night’s sleep is important for both employees’ welfare and that of the organisation. In the long-term, poor sleep hygiene could prove damaging to employees’ motivation and engagement. Mark Winwood, clinical director, psychological health, at Axa PPP Healthcare, says: “A decent night’s sleep has a huge impact on productivity and overall brain health.”Poor sleeping habits can also take their toll on employees’ mental wellbeing. “Lack of sleep produces tonnes of cortisol hormone, which is associated with stress; it hijacks the frontal lobe of the brain so you can’t think positively,” explains Winwood.In fact, employees with below-average sleep quality are 54% more likely to experience higher stress levels than those with average or above-average sleep quality, according to Global Corporate Challenge’s Insights study, published in December 2014.Employers can support employees by educating them about the importance of sleep and communicating information about what can be done to improve sleep quality and quantity, says Nick Boyton, client relationship director at Broadstone Corporate Benefits. “Sleep management could help employers understand the potential underlying health issues in their workforce,” he adds.Sleep management programmesEmployers can introduce sleep management programmes into their current health and wellbeing strategies, which will complement other elements such as healthy eating and exercise promotion. Winwood says: “Employers should be promoting sleep just as they would any other health and wellbeing benefit; by getting the most senior employees involved first, and modelling behaviours from the top down.”It is best for employers to have a health and wellbeing strategy in place before implementing a sleep management programme, says Beate O’Neil, head of wellness consulting at Punter Southall Health and Protection. “Sleep management is next on the agenda for employers that already have strategies,” she says.A sleep management programme can include a number of elements. These can range from sleep pods in the workplace to seminars that inform staff about the dangers of overusing their smartphone or tablet to help to improve their behaviours. Angela Steel, director, employee wellness and nutrition at Super Wellness, says: “A lot of people go to bed late and get up early, which can influence a lack of work-life balance, especially with how much technology creeps into employees’ lives.”Utilise employee data However, sometimes technology can also provide answers. The increase in the use of wearable technology within health and wellbeing programmes means that employees are able to easily track their sleeping patterns. Data mined from health and wellbeing programmes, including sleep management, is a valuable information source from which an employer can form its approach. For example, data such as employees’ resting heart rate, how much rapid eye movement (REM) sleep they get, blood pressure, amount of exercise and diet can be collated to get an overall picture of the workforce’s health.Jay Brewer, professional head of clinical wellbeing at Nuffield Health, says: “People are becoming walking, talking data machines, and wearable technology has become so popular and affordable, and data-collection policies are so easy to opt out of should employees want to.”Data collection can be completely anonymous and analysed as an entire organisation rather than individually. Tom Gaynor, employee benefits director at Metlife, says: “Employers could monitor the collective weight loss of the entire workforce and the amount of sleep the whole workforce had through a week.”Employers could then offer a reward for the entire workforce for the amount of weight lost or sleep gained to keep them motivated to continue and to encourage teamwork.Employer supportEducating staff about the importance of healthy sleeping habits is beneficial to both the individual and the business as a whole. As Nuffield Health’s Brewer says: “Better sleep hygiene means improved productivity.”Employers can help staff to improve their quality of sleep by educating them about the dangers of the lack of it. “Employers need to educate workers about the dangers of sleep deprivation, for instance, higher risk of stroke and breast cancer,” says Gaynor.When implementing a sleep management programme, employers need to carefully consider the needs of their workers and address the many myths concerning sleep and productivity, such as the idea that long hours equate to high performance. As Brewer says: “Benefits for better work-life balance are growing, and in the next five years sleep management will become bigger.”Learn more about the latest trends in health and wellbeing at Employee Benefits Live 2016 on 11-12 October at Olympia National, LondonBlue Apple improves employees’ sleep quality by 26%Catering firm Blue Apple achieved a 26% improvement in its employees’ quality of sleep between September and December 2015, throughout which it ran a wellness programme provided by Super Wellness.The organisation also tracked stress resilience, which improved by 10% over the period, as well as food cravings, which reduced by 16%.Additionally, Blue Apple kept track of its 330 employees’ concentration levels, which increased by 19%, while overall mood improved by 16%.The programme focused on healthy eating, and included presentations on digestive health. Employees who took part were given monthly confidential body composition checks, as well as group coaching sessions.Sarah Prentice, business development manager at Blue Apple, says: “In today’s world, everyone has so much to do and is constantly busy using technology. So sleep is more important than ever, especially considering that it improves productivity and concentration, and decreases stress.“We wanted to emphasise the importance of a good diet; our head office used to be full of sweets and cakes, but now there are avocados and nuts everywhere. It’s been such a good change.”Blue Apple’s leadership team also took part in the scheme, which Prentice felt was a key factor in its success.She says: “We want employees to feel better and live longer, and their welfare is so important to being a successful organisation. If employees can sleep more and get more done, it can only be a good thing for the organisation.” Need to know:Lack of quality sleep can affect employee productivity, engagement and stress levels.Employers must gauge how to tackle employees’ sleep problems to best suit their needs.Sleep management programmes could include seminars, data analysis and even the introduction of sleeping pods in the workplace.last_img read more

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Ornaments of Kali idols stolen in Birbhum villagers protest

first_imgSuri (WB): The ornaments of two Kali idols of a temple were stolen at Chinpai village of Birbhum district triggering furore among locals who blocked road, the police said. The idols were decorated with gold and silver ornaments on the occasion of Kali puja Tuesday. Those were found missing by the priest this morning, they said. Angry over the theft, hundreds of villagers, including women, sat on the busy national highway. Initially, police tried to disperse the villagers, but failed. Once the officer-in-charge of the local police station reached the spot, he was chased by them. After about two hours, Additional Superintendent of Police Subimal Pal arrived and the blockade was lifted. Superintendent of Police Kunal Agarwal said that the situation was under control. Senior police officers were camping in the spot.last_img read more

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A glance at Nobel Peace Prize winner the OPCW

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 5 treatments for adult scoliosis New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 WHY NOW?Because the OPCW is at the center of global efforts to keep Syria’s 2 1/2 -year-old civil war from worsening into a deeper international conflict. Syria’s government last month signed the chemical weapons treaty under pressure from Russian diplomats and the threat of U.S. air strikes. An OPCW inspection team is currently deployed in Syria documenting its chemical weapons supplies and planning their destruction, a mission expected to take nine months.IMPACTThe Nobel honor puts a spotlight on an organization that typically attracts no public attention from its headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands. It could strengthen the OPCW’s hand in seeking additional financing and powers, and could encourage the few nations still boycotting the treaty to join the club.WHO HASN’T JOINED?Only seven officially. Israel and Myanmar have signed the treaty but not yet ratified it through their parliaments. Angola, North Korea, Egypt and South Sudan have rejected it. Taiwan says it accepts the treaty but cannot ratify it because the United Nations denies the nation membership. Several ratified members, most notably Iran, have been accused of building stockpiles illegally. And some signatories, such as the United States and Russia, have yet to destroy all their declared stores despite starting the process in 2000. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility (AP) – WHO WON?The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an international panel formed in 1997 to enforce a treaty banning the use of chemical weapons.FOR WHAT?Behind-the-scenes work in identifying whether all 190 nations that have signed the treaty adhere fully to terms of the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. That treaty outlaws the production or use of chemical weapons; authorizes OPCW staff to decommission chemical-weapons production plants; and gives them power to inspect a country’s industrial sites suspected of involvement in such production. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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East Timor Australia argue over oil treaty deal

first_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice Monday’s hearing was the latest step in a high-stakes legal battle pitting resource-rich Australia against its tiny and impoverished northern neighbor over the oil and gas under the sea that divides them.East Timor lawyer Elihu Lauterpacht urged judges to deliver “a clear, firm and severe condemnation of what Australia has done” and order Canberra to seal all the documents and data and turn them over to the court.Australian Security Intelligence Organization agents last month raided the Canberra homes of lawyer Bernard Collaery and a former spy who intended to testify in hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration that Australia allegedly bugged the East Timorese Cabinet ahead of sensitive oil-and-gas revenue-sharing negotiations.East Timorese Minister of State Agio Pereira said the Australian agents also seized the spy’s passport, preventing him from traveling to The Hague to testify in the arbitration case. The spy cannot be identified for legal reasons.Pereira said the documents relate to East Timor’s challenge to the validity of a bilateral treaty struck with Australia in 2006 over sharing seabed oil and gas reserves worth billions of dollars. East Timor argues that the 2006 treaty is invalid because Australia had illegally bugged government offices and listened to confidential discussions relating to the negotiations.“It is simply unconscionable that one party to negotiations or litigation should be able to place itself by these means in such a position of advantage over the other,” Lauterpacht told the court Monday.Australian Attorney General George Brandis, who authorized the ASIO raids, would not comment on the case Monday because the dispute was before the court. Australia is presenting its case Tuesday.Brandis had previously said he told ASIO that none of the seized information was to be shared with lawyers representing Australia in The Hague.Australia negotiated the treaty after East Timor, an impoverished half-island nation, broke away from Indonesia in 1999. Indonesia had previously struck a similar agreement to share the seabed.Rulings by the International Court of Justice are final and legally binding.____McGuirk reported from Canberra.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – East Timor asked the United Nations’ highest court Monday to order Australia to turn over documents and data its agents seized from the impoverished nation’s lawyer last month ahead of arbitration in a multibillion-dollar treaty dispute.The International Court of Justice opened three days of hearings into East Timor’s request for the U.N. panel to order Australia to immediately turn over the seized documents pending the outcome of a case challenging the legality of Australia’s raid on the lawyer’s office in Canberra.last_img read more

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A320neo lands Airbus record

first_imgAirbus has created and booked a record number of aircraft in 2011 with up to 534 commercial aircraft delivered and 1,419 net orders. According to the aircraft engineering company, the Group achieved record breaking results for ten consecutive years with chief executive Tom Enders contributing 2011’s success to the introduction of the A320neo.”Airbus’ record order intake is the result of our strategic decision for A320neo,” Mr Enders explained.  “With this innovation we established a new industry standard, appreciated by our customers and followed by the competition.”He continued that the company is looking to hire up to 4,000 skilled people this year to help keep up with growing demand in production and delivery.”With a solid backlog and an excellent cash position we are well prepared for the future,” the chief executive said.“However, the continuous ramp-up to unprecedented production rates in all programmes will demand a strong focus on the supply chain and our own delivery capabilities.” According to the company, aircraft deliveries topped the 2010 record by 24 aircraft and included 87 A330s.Meanwhile orders put through last year included 1,226 firm sales of the A320neo as well as 18 light and medium and eight P-3 conversions. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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European rails missing link missing in action

first_imgFyra: suspended due to ongoing problems. Image: Radio Netherlands Worldwide Dubbed the ‘missing link’ in Europe’s high-speed rail network, the Fyra train has been plagued with technical glitches since its launch in December, Associated Press reported.   With trips between the Dutch and Belgian capitals repeatedly delayed, Belgian officials finally halted the service late last week while a decision on its future was finalised.      Worryingly, the Dutch transport minister said it could take months for Fyra to get back on track.Capable of travelling 250kms (155mph), the Fyra train was supposed to slash an hour off the travel time between the two cities. Tourists looking to travel aboard the new Fyra train connecting Amsterdam and Brussels will be disappointed to learn that Europe’s latest high-speed rail service has been suspended.center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Government launches new Air Travel Services Panel

first_imgThe Government has appointed a new whole-of-Government panel for air travel services for the next five years. The new panel consists of 18 airlines, including:Air New ZealandAir NiuginiBritish AirwaysCathay Pacific AirwaysChina Eastern AirlinesEmiratesEtihad AirwaysFiji AirwaysFinnairGaruda IndonesiaLATAM AirlinesQantas Airways (including Jetstar)Qatar AirwaysRegional ExpressRoyal Brunei AirlinesSingapore AirlinesThai AirwaysVirgin AustraliaReplacing the current domestic and international air services panels, the new panel is expected to reduce travel expenditure by departments and agencies and additionally, increased baggage allowances, reduced or removed fees and more flexible fare conditions are expected to provide further savings.Compared to the previous contracts, the new panel provides:competitive route deal fares and discounted point of sale, point of origin and inbound fares that provide departments and agencies with substantial savings in comparison to market fares;flexible fare conditions that provide a range of benefits for government travellers;supports compliance with the government’s best fare of the day international travel policy and lowest practical fare domestic travel policy;detailed reporting on government travel patterns;simplified contract management; andthe ability to adapt to the government’s changing travel needs.In 2014-15, the Government booked approximately AU$420 million of domestic and international air travel, across 1.4 million sectors. The new panel began on 1 May 2016.Source = Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, Minister for Financelast_img read more

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