Volkswagen says it will pay Indian fine even as it appeals

first_imgNEW DELHI — Volkswagen Group says that it will pay a fine of 1 billion rupees ($14.2 million) imposed by India for installing software that allegedly cheated pollution testing devices, though it is still appealing the order.A company statement says that it has challenged the National Green Tribunal’s order in India’s top court.Company spokesman Gagan Mangal declined to say Friday whether the company had transferred money to India’s Central Pollution Control Board. The panel set Friday as the deadline for payment.The company statement said all Volkswagen cars were compliant with the emission norms in IndiaThe Indian panel on Nov. 16 said that Volkswagen diesel cars caused air pollution in the Indian capital due to excess nitrogen oxide emissions.The Associated Presslast_img read more

LS polls Caste equation one of key obstacles in Congress AAP alliance

first_imgNew Delhi: The caste equation seems to be one of the key obstacles in alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. Political pundits believe that there are basically two major hurdles in the alliance. First, the AAP has declared its candidates for all the seven seats and the other reason is the differences on choice of seats sharing based on caste equations between the two parties.With declaration of the candidates on six seats, the AAP has limited the space for the seat division, said a senior Congress leader. Especially on the three seats, that the Congress party considers to have stronghold, the AAP has fielded such candidates who don’t suits with caste equations in the constituencies, he added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCiting caste equations the Congress party claims its stronghold in South, East, North East and North West Delhi constituencies. It may be mentioned that the AAP has fielded Raghav Chadha from South Delhi, Atishi from East Delhi, Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi and Gugan Singh from North West Delhi. Out of these, Chadha, Atishi and Pandey are not looking in the mood of compromise.With both parties sharing a similar vote-bank-minorities, scheduled castes, OBC and people living in slums and resettlements colonies-the exercise has been become difficult. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile North-east Delhi has approximately 21.05 per cent Muslims, 17 per cent and 14 per cent Scheduled caste and 14 per cent backward caste voters here. Similarly, in east Delhi Parliament constituency has 15 per cent Muslim voters, 17 per cent Scheduled caste and 22 per cent backward caste votes.It is pertinet to mentioned that AAP has fielded all six candidates, while Congress and BJP did not announce candidate name’s yet.Based on Congress party’s formula on castes, in the South Delhi there are 35 per cent voters from Jats, Gujjars and Yadavs and other OBC community and only 12 per cent Punjabi Khatri and Sikh voters. This equation do not suits the candidature of Raghav Chadha from South Delhi constituency. Meanwhile, the South Delhi constituency comprises 19 per cent SCs, 10 per cent Punjabi Khatri, two per cent Sikh, nine per cent Brahmins, five per cent Vaishya five per cent Muslim, five percent of Jat, 10 per cent Yadav Gujjars and 20 per cent other backward class voters.On the other hand in East Delhi there are 17 per cent SCs, 15 per cent Muslims, six per cent Gujjars-Jats, thus the Congress party believes is in favor of any backward or Muslim candidate for the seatlast_img read more

Nasa records first likely quake on Mars

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s robotic Mars InSight lander has recorded a likely “marsquake” for the first time ever, the US space agency said. The faint seismic signal, detected by the lander’s Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, was recorded on April 6, the lander’s 128th Martian day. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the planet, as opposed to being caused by forces above the surface, such as wind, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USScientists still are examining the data to determine the exact cause of the signal. “InSight’s first readings carry on the science that began with NASA’s Apollo missions,” said InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the US. “We’ve been collecting background noise up until now, but this first event officially kicks off a new field: Martian seismology!” Banerdt said. The new seismic event was too small to provide solid data on the Martian interior, which is one of InSight’s main objectives. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe Martian surface is extremely quiet, allowing SEIS, InSight’s specially designed seismometer, to pick up faint rumbles. In contrast, Earth’s surface is quivering constantly from seismic noise created by oceans and weather. An event of this size in Southern California would be lost among dozens of tiny crackles that occur every day. “The Martian Sol 128 event is exciting because its size and longer duration fit the profile of moonquakes detected on the lunar surface during the Apollo missions,” said Lori Glaze, Planetary Science Division director at NASA Headquarters. NASA’s Apollo astronauts installed five seismometers that measured thousands of quakes while operating on the Moon between 1969 and 1977, revealing seismic activity on the Moon. Different materials can change the speed of seismic waves or reflect them, allowing scientists to use these waves to learn about the interior of the Moon and model its formation. NASA currently is planning to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024, laying the foundation that will eventually enable human exploration of Mars. InSight’s seismometer, which the lander placed on the planet’s surface on December 19, 2018, will enable scientists to gather similar data about Mars. By studying the deep interior of Mars, they hope to learn how other rocky worlds, including Earth and the Moon, formed. Three other seismic signals occurred on March 14, April 10 and April 11. Detected by SEIS’ more sensitive Very Broad Band sensors, these signals were even smaller than the Sol 128 event and more ambiguous in origin. The team will continue to study these events to try to determine their cause, NASA said. Regardless of its cause, the Sol 128 signal is an exciting milestone for the team. “We’ve been waiting months for a signal like this,” said Philippe Lognonne, SEIS team lead at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) in France. “It’s so exciting to finally have proof that Mars is still seismically active. We’re looking forward to sharing detailed results once we’ve had a chance to analyze them,” Lognonne said. Most people are familiar with quakes on Earth, which occur on faults created by the motion of tectonic plates.last_img read more

Central Asian countries cite instability in Afghanistan as serious threat

Addressing the Assembly’s 68th high-level debate, Uzbek Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, stressed the only way to end the Afghan crisis is through a political solution based on negotiations with the main confronting forces and achievement of consensus “regardless of how difficult it might be and given the active assistance on the part of the international community and the United Nations.” Mr. Kamilov noted that as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) draws down next year, the conditions could lead to an escalation of the confrontation in the country which could have a negative impact on Central Asia and neighbouring regions.Uzbekistan, the Foreign Minister noted, will continue to adhere to an “open and clear” policy with respect to Afghanistan based on principles of good neighbourliness and non-interference in its internal affairs. In his statement, Mr. Kamilov also stressed the importance of water resource management, and particularly the problem of the drying up of the Aral Sea.Erlan A. Idrissov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderMeanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Erlan Idrissov, stressed his country’s commitment to sustainable and stable development of Afghanistan, in keeping with the Istanbul progress and the Almaty forum.“The Asian continent is transforming itself into a global power house for the 21st century, with its production of more than 57 per cent of global GDP – and this trend is expected to increase,” Mr. Idrissov said. “However, this growth could be jeopardized by an aggravation of existing conflicts, illegal migration, drug trafficking, territorial claims, separatism, religious extremism and terrorism.”To counter these, the Foreign Minister called for a regional security architecture to more effectively make joint decisions related to security and cooperation in Asia.Mr. Idrissov also urged nuclear abolition, noting that when the Semipalatinsk nuclear site closed shortly after the country’s independence in 1991 and renounced the fourth largest nuclear arsenal in the world, Kazakhstan “made a unique contribution in the multilateral effort to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.” The General Assembly debate continues through 1 October. read more

Automotive Production Figures November 2010

295,800 221,279 Home 18,602 27.0% 125,458 YTD 2010 20,951 21.2% 17.6% YTD 2010 31,696 Nov-10 Nov-10 153,607 Total 43.6% 11,136 327,496 -2.7% Cars 114,337 1,290,484 11.1% 84.7% 74.9% 21.2% 2,231,340 % of total Commercial Vehicles 1.0% Total Engines 1,176,147 % change % change 8,787 82,641 27.2% 962,988 29.7% Export Nov-10 Nov-10 YTD 2010 72.0% Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 21.8% 624,309 14.8% Data: 69.4% -0.5% 880,347 74.6% 14.3% 34.7% 106,856 -22.9% 35.3% 2,349 Total Vehicles % change % of total 85.2% 28.7% 72.3% SMMT Ltd 11.8% -24.9% YTD 2010 29.4% 1,607,031 4.5% 25.1%Download 36.1% 37.1% 26.6% 136,594 78.9% 115,643 67,672 read more

Bears fishing and a childrens party Everything we know about William and

first_imgAfter taking part in the BC Government’s ‘Taste of British Columbia’ festival at Mission Hill Winery, the Duke and Duchess will fly to Whitehorse, Yukon to meet the Canadian Rangers, the military branch that provides a presence in the north of the country. The evening will be spent watching a cultural performance at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre before the couple stay overnight in Whitehorse.Wednesday, September 28: Whitehorse and Carcross, YukonThe morning begins with a visit to the MacBride Museum, where the Duke and Duchess will learn about Yukon’s history. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited the telegraph office, now part of the museum, in 1959.After a colourful party on Main Street in Whitehorse, showcasing local artists and craftsmen, the royals will head to Carcross, a small town of less than 300 people 70km from Whitehorse on the Klondike Highway, to meet the locals. After that it’s on to Montana Mountain, a stunning mountain biking hot-spot before making their way back to Victoria.Thursday, September 29: Victoria, British ColumbiaIt’s likely George and Charlotte will make an appearance today at a children’s party in Government House with military families.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Highlights of the tripThe trip features formal elements like a ceremonial welcome at British Columbia Parliament Buildings, events mirroring their charitable concerns like mental health, and relaxed engagements reflecting their interest in the natural world and outdoor pursuits.Highlights of the trip will see William and Kate go fishing on Haida Gwaii – an archipelago of some 450 islands off the British Columbia coast – when they visit members of the Skidegate Youth Centre. While on the islands they will travel in a canoe and receive a traditional welcome from the area’s Haida people.The Cambridges will also visit British Colombia’s Great Bear Rainforest – the world’s largest temperate rainforest.As a contrast in Vancouver at the Immigration Services Society of British Columbia they will meet some of the thousands of Syrian refuges who have arrived from UNHCR camps and at a separate event learn more about an outreach programme providing health and social services support to pregnant women and mothers with drug and alcohol issues.Tour outline day-by-daySaturday, September 24: Victoria, British Columbia After dropping their bags at Government House, the Duke and Duchess will make their way to British Columbia’s Parliament buildings and pay their respects at Victoria’s Cenotaph, unveiling a new plaque paying tribute to the veterans of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan conflict.Then their formal welcome to Canada begins with a guard of honour and speeches before returning to Government House to meet Canadian leaders. When are they going?The family will arrive in Canada on Saturday, September 24, touching down at Victoria Airport on a Royal Canadian Air Force plane. They will fly back to Britain on Saturday, October 1st.There are more than 30 engagements planned along the way as the couple visit five communities in British Columbia – Victoria, Vancouver, Haida Gwaii, Bella Bella, and Kelowna, and two communities in Yukon – Whitehorse and Carcross.Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau invited the whole family to visit in July. William and Kate will fly to Canada this weekend with Prince George, aged three, and 16-month-old Princess Charlotte, spending eight days travelling around British Columbia.The tour will see them take in everything from the bustling global city of Vancouver – population 2.5 million – to the remote and beautiful Bella Bella, home to less than 2,000 people. It comes five years after their honeymoon trip to the largest Commonwealth realm as newly-weds in 2011. Canada’s Globe And Mail has described the up-coming tour as a “match made in paparazzi heaven, featuring Prince William, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and their equally telegenic families”.Here’s everything we know about what the Cambridges will be up too in the wilderness of west Canada. An aerial view of the stunning Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia.Credit:Rex/Shutterstock Sunday, September 25: Vancouver, British ColumbiaThe Duke and Duchess travel from Victoria to Vancouver by float plane where they will be welcomed in Jack Poole Plaza located by the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, named after the late Jack Poole, who was a key player behind the success of the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics held in Vancouver. After that, the couple will visit Sheway, a charity that helps mothers battling addiction and other issues, followed by the Immigration Services Society of British Columbia where they will meet Syrian refugees taken in by Canada.Later, there will be an event to celebrate young leaders in Canadian arts, music, sport, charity, business, and film. and finally a meeting with first responders at the Kitsilano Coastguard Station in Vanier Park.Monday, September 26: Bella Bella and Great Bear Rainforest, British ColumbiaThe Duke and Duchess head to the Great Bear Rainforest – the world’s largest temperate rainforest, located on the Central Coast of British Columbia – for an aerial tour by float plane before being welcomed by the Heiltsuk First Nations community in Bella Bella. After a tour of the community centre by young people, they will travel to nearby Mcloughlin Bay where they will see one of the new walking trails, before returning to Victoria for an evening reception at Government House.Tuesday, September 27: Kelowna, British Columbia and Whitehorse, YukonToday, the couple fly to Kelowna, a city in the Okanagan Valley where they will visit the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia, meeting students and watching the campus’ nationally ranked women’s volleyball team in action. How big is their entourage? William and Kate will be joined by an entourage of 12 – three private secretaries, a four-strong communications team, tour secretary, operations manager, personal assistant, and – paid for privately – a hairdresser and nanny Maria Borrallo.Kate’s hairdresser is likely to be Amanda Cook Tucker who has accompanied the Duchess on all her recent tours abroad, and was one of the first people to visit the Duchess in hospital after the births of her two children.  Where will they stay?The famous Royals will be based in Government House, Victoria. throughout their stay. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and was named after William’s great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. It is likely their children will remain in the city when they travel to engagements. Naikoon Provincial Park, Haida Gwaii Masset, British Columbia Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia. Naikoon Provincial Park, Haida Gwaii Masset, British Columbia.Credit:REX/Shutterstock Meet the Trudeaus…Mr Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau have three children – eight-year-old Xavier, seven-year-old Ella-Grace and two-year-old Hadrien.Former school teacher-turned-politician Mr Trudeau was elected last year, ending almost 10 years of Conservative rule in Canada.The Liberal leader once fought and won a charity boxing match against a Canadian Conservative senator in 2012. He also did a striptease down to his vest for charity in 2011 and has a tattoo of planet Earth inside a Haida raven on his left bicep.Earlier this year, he became the first Canadian prime minister to march in a gay pride parade and also performed one-armed press ups to demonstrate his country’s readiness for the Invictus Games. Friday, September 30: Haida Gwaii, British ColumbiaThe penultimate day of the trip will be spent at Haida Gwaii, the remote archipelago on the northern coast of British Columbia that is home to the Haida Nation.The couple will get the chance to paddle in a canoe to the beach at the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum, before an address by the President of the Haida Nation and cultural performance from local children.Then they will open the Haida Gwaii Hospital and Care Centre, which has transformed medical provision on the islands before joining youth from the Skidegate Youth Centre for a fishing trip.Saturday October 1: Victoria, British ColumbiaA busy final day for the Duke and Duchess. First up is a visit to the Cridge Centre for the Family – one of Victoria’s most well-known charitable institutions which provides a range of services, including support for women who have experienced domestic violence.Next it’s meeting families that have been supported by the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, one of British Columbia’s leading mental health charities, before they board a tall-ship operated by the Sail and Life Training Society, a charity that uses the power of sailing to give young people skills and direction in their lives.In the afternoon the couple will take part in an official departure ceremony at Victoria Harbour Airport before embarking on a brief tour of the southern tip of Vancouver Island just before they head home. They’re taking the childrenIt’s Princess Charlotte’s first tour abroad. Prince George travelled to Australia and New Zealand with his parents in 2014 when he was nine months old. He stole the limelight from his mother and father whenever he made an appearance – joining a playgroup in the New Zealand capital Wellington and enjoying a family trip to the zoo in Sydney.But the young prince and princess stayed behind in the UK with their nanny  when the Duke and Duchess visited India and Bhutan earlier this year.William and Kate visited Canada for the first time as a couple in 2011 just a few months after their wedding, and William visited Canada with his parents Charles and Diana along with brother Harry in 1991.last_img read more

April Fools Day 2018 How the EU trolled Britain and all the

first_imgPrince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:getty It’s great when two Virgin companies work together to come up with a really great idea. Well done to everyone at @VirginAustralia and @VirginActiveOz for introducing the world’s first in flight spin class. Will be touring Australia later this year and can’t wait to join one pic.twitter.com/cTIAxUuVZS— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) March 31, 2018 Tasmania’s police, meanwhile,  showed off their new highly-trained Hoon Dog Elvis. “Elvis, our highly-trained Hoon Dog responds to octane content and engine decibels to identify hooning cars,” the service said. “While opponents have criticised him for the fact he aint never caught a rabbit, we’re satisfied that he ain’t nothing but a Hoon Dog.” Today is the day for real fake news. It’s April 1, which means companies, newspapers and japesters around the world try to make fools of us with pranks. And because it’s Easter Sunday too, you can expect some of the gags to have a recurring theme.Here’s a round-up of some of the jokes so far.  How the EU trolled BritainThe European Parliament has poked fun at Britain – and, specifically, our new blue post-Brexit passports, with its April Fool’s joke.It claimed that “all EU passports [are] to become dark blue”  – which would render our symbolic passport choice useless. Virgin Active Cycle Head Coach, Emma Masters said: “Each Spin Class has been designed to achieve optimal in-flight heart rate and maximum calorie after-burn in the case of the Jetlag Buster and Spin & Sleep classes. For those looking to relax, the Cruise in the Clouds options provides a more laid-back workout.”SodaSoakSodaStream has introduced SodaSoak, a sparkling water marker for the bath.Game of Thrones star Thor Bjornsson and reality star Reza Farahan featured in the launch the SodaSoak which told viewers the SodaSoak “didn’t just stop at tickling your tongue”.  The joke has been widely praised by Remainers. Sarah Wollaston, a Tory MP who supported Remain during the referendum, tweeted: “Best April Fool of the day.”Scottish Labour MP Ged Kellen said the tweet was “top trolling.”Burger KingIt’s Easter, so of course chocolate needs to be on everything. Burger King certainly think so, creating its first Chocolate Whopper. The fast food chain got into the spirit early this year, posting a video on Friday announcing the release of a dessert version of its signature Whopper burger. “Coming soon to your local Burger King. maybe,” it teased. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The new cabin class allows passengers to burn calories on board during long haul international flights. An LED Screen alerts the crowd to a VAR reviewCredit:PA Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Google Maps BREAKING: All EU passports to become dark blue https://t.co/C6g8kEQx5d pic.twitter.com/xIadOfDSPn— Europarl UK (@EPinUK) April 1, 2018 “Meghan wants Harry to spend the weekend getting grounded, not inebriated,” a friend told the newspaper. “She thinks a weekend of meditation and chakra-cleansing in Wales will fit the bill perfectly.”Coca-cola’s three new flavoursCoca-cola is reportedly launching three news flavours for the “Instagram generation”: avocado, sourdough and charcoal. The company said research showed their new flavours were among the most favoured by the “brunch-loving, superfood-snacking millenial”, the Sunday Mirror reports. Coca-Cola said in a statement to the newspaper: “Not only do they promise to be the perfect tasty, sugar-free refreshment, but they’ll also double-up as the ideal accessory for any brunch time social media photo – guaranteed to see the ‘likes’ rolling in.”VAR fetchedThe Sun on Sunday have played with two topical subjects: VAR and virtual realty. It says that referees at the World Cup will use £5,000 VAR headsets in order to speed up controversial video decisions.The technology means referees will no longer have to rush to view a pitchside TV to check a decision. Instead, they will be able to see VAR images instantly on a 3D digital screen, the newspaper reports. OHMYGOSH! Check out our new SodaSoak ad featuring The Mountain. Learn more at https://t.co/FdHnMKw393 pic.twitter.com/kezfd2V6Ch— SodaStream UK (@SodaStreamUK) March 28, 2018 That actually sounds quite tasty.’Divisive and dangerous’ emojisThe Observer has opted for a Brexit-themed spoof this year. It reports that an Italian firm is planning to cash in on the debate by creating official Brexit and Remain emojis, dubbed Brexit Bulldog and Starry Blue.A paid-for app download is due to be launched on Sunday, giving people the option to use the emojis to give their social-media profiles a Brexit “brand identity”, Scherzo Primavera reports for the newspaper.The European Collective – a group of pro-Brexit Conservative MPs –and the Remain Group – an umbrella organisation representing pro-EU MPs – both condemned the app as “making money out of politics”.“Nobody who campaigned in the referendum wanted to give shadowy organisations the chance to exploit British voters,” the groups said in a joint statement. “Brexit is far too serious a matter for foolish jokes.”Harry’s stag do – in a yurt retreatPrince Harry is reportedly going to spend his stag weekend drinking laverbread smoothies and engaging in pre-dawn ancient Celtic chanting at a spiritual yurt retreat in West Wales later this month. According to the Mail on Sunday, Meghan Markle has organaised the trip to the foothills of the Beacons for him.  Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream, said: “SodaStream is always looking for disruptive ways to create moments of joy and April Fools’ Day is the perfect time to do so”.As for Icelandic man mountain Thor Bjornsson, he’s on a war against plastic. “The thing about SodaStream’s campaigns,” he said, “is that they address important themes — health and wellness or the global plastic bottle pollution problem — in a lighthearted and funny way that keeps a finger on the pulse of pop culture.” According to the video, the Chocolate Whopper includes a chocolate cake bun, a “flame-grilled chocolate patty,” raspberry syrup instead of ketchup, white chocolate rings that resemble onions, candied blood oranges rather than tomatoes, milk chocolate “leaves” of lettuce and vanilla frosting “mayo”. When you open the app, a playable version of Where’s Wally pops up. “He shared his location in Maps, but he’s in a crowd. Find him and his friends as they travel around the world,” a message reads. Australian policeThe police Down Under love a social media joke, especially the Queensland Police Service.This year, it cracked an Easter-themed joke. In a statement on Facebook, it said police were investigating after “many children have woken up to find fruit hidden inside Easter Egg wrappers”.”Eggsperts say parents might be playing the April Fool or it could be a case of sour grapes,” they said. the NEW chocolate Whopper. coming soon to your local Burger King. maybe. pic.twitter.com/9N1snyYhRX— Burger King (@BurgerKing) March 30, 2018 Google Maps Its built-in gridwork of digital lines super-imposed across the turf allows refs to make accurate offside calls while a unique motion scanner can also detect players diving – all in real time. Fifa spokesperson Avril Blague told the newspaper: “The trials proved this headset is the future for VAR.”Google MapsLast year, it launched the Google Gnome, an AI speaker for your garden. This year, the internet giant is having some fun with its Maps service. An LED Screen alerts the crowd to a VAR review She has chosen a holistic £750-a-night campsite run by her reiki-master friends Mungo Chavez and Jetsun Khandro, who have carefully erected a cluster of sustainable felt yurts in a circle of prehistoric Preseli bluestones, Flora Pilo writes. Virgin AustraliaRichard Branson often gets in on the April Fool’s Day fun. This year, his airline Down Under, Virgin Australia, launched Spin Class, the world’s first in-flight cycling studio.last_img read more

Tourist arrivals to set new record

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Foreign tourists visiting Greece this year are expected to add up to a record 21.2 million, including cruise visitors, Andreas Andreadis, the president of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE), said this week.The head of tourism professionals in the country explained that demand is growing far above the original estimates, and that the figures to be recorded this year had been set as the targets for the next four years.He added that in this context investments for the creation of more top-category hotel units need to be accelerated while the infrastructure of regional airports needs upgrading.Andreadis expects cruise passenger arrivals to remain at last year’s levels – 2.2 million – and even considers SETE’s latest estimate for 19 million international tourists as “rather conservative,” having recently revised the figure from the previous forecast for 18.5 million.Athens alone is set to receive some 750,000 more visitors than last year, which is indicative of the momentum that the Greek capital is enjoying.In order to satisfy future demand for beds in Greece, SETE has set a target for the creation of an additional 250,000 by 2021 at high-category hotels (four- or five-star), of which some 150,000 will be new and 100,000 will come from the upgrade of the existing capacity. This will require the implementation of investment programs adding up to 24 billion euros.Some 3 billion of that is expected to come from the state and the rest from the private sector.Another key point is the creation of new installations at regional airports, some of which are easily saturated during peak times in the summer season in terms of handling flights.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

Un anticorps prometteur contre les maladies de la rétine et les cancers

first_imgUn anticorps prometteur contre les maladies de la rétine et les cancersUne étude parue en ligne dans le Journal of Experimental Medicine, révèle l’existence d’un anticorps spécifique qui permettrait, une fois administré, de faire régresser des tumeurs, et d’améliorer l’état d’une maladie de rétine.A ce jour, la biothérapie mise au point par les équipes d’Armand Bensussan et de Philippe Le Bouteiller, n’a été testée que sur l’animal. La technique pourrait toutefois être bientôt appliquée à l’homme. Plusieurs chercheurs ont ainsi mis au point un anticorps capable de bloquer l’angiogénèse, à savoir le développement de nouveaux vaisseaux sanguins, considéré comme un facteur favorisant les maladies de l’œil ou les cancers. À lire aussiGlaucome : définition, traitement, symptômes, de quoi s’agit-il ?Dans un premier temps, l’étude a consisté à reproduire des pathologies humaines chez des lapins comme le rejet de greffe de la cornée afin de traiter localement les animaux avec l’anticorps “anti-CD160”. Le CD160, est un récepteur présent sur les cellules des nouveaux vaisseaux sanguins formés lors de certains cancers. En traitant les lapins avec cet anticorps, les chercheurs ont constaté une baisse du développement de ces vaisseaux. Un phénomène similaire a également été constaté après l’injection de l’anticorps pour traiter des pathologies de la rétine. Associé à un traitement de chimiothérapie l'”anti-CD160″ permettrait une diminution de la tumeur. L’expérience effectuée sur des souris a montré que l’anticorps, qui agit sur les nouveaux vaisseaux qui “nourrissent la tumeur”, sont un bon complément des traitements de chimiothérapie acheminés par les vaisseaux plus matures. La nouvelle thérapie représente un nouvel espoir pour les traitements de cancers et maladies rétiniennes. Elle pourrait ainsi prochainement représenter une nouvelle alternative aux traitements actuels pour bloquer l’angiogénèse. Le 16 avril 2011 à 13:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Piratage en France 39 des logiciels sont des copies illégales

first_imgPiratage : en France, 39% des logiciels sont des copies illégalesEn matière de piratage, la France est championne d’Europe. Une récente étude révèle en effet que 39% des logiciels installés sur les ordinateurs des Français sont des copies illégales. Un taux impressionnant qui représente un énorme manque à gagner pour les éditeurs.La Business Software Alliance (BSA), une organisation défendant les droits des éditeurs de logiciels informatiques, vient de publier une étude sur le piratage dans 116 pays du monde en 2010. Ces travaux relayés par 20minutes, font de la Grèce, l’Italie et le Royaume-Uni les plus mauvais élèves d’Europe, la première avec un taux de 59% de logiciels piratés, et les deux autres avec un taux de 49%. En France, 39% des programmes informatiques installés sur les ordinateurs sont des copies illégales. Des chiffres qui semblent bien faibles si on les compare aux 93% de logiciels piratés de la Géorgie.À lire aussi”Choc Climatique” : les propositions du Sénat pour que la France agisseToutefois, la France arrive en tête du classement européen en matière de manque à gagner pour les éditeurs. En 2010, ces pertes auraient atteint 1,9 milliard d’euros en France, tandis qu’à l’échelle mondiale, elles sont estimées à quelque 44 milliards d’euros, dont 6,71 milliards pour le seul marché nord-Américain. La France devance l’Allemagne qui cumule 1,4 milliard d’euros de manque à gagner, mais aussi l’Italie et le Royaume-Uni (1,3 milliard). “Ces constats montrent que, malgré un lent recul du taux de piratage des logiciels dans notre pays, au rythme d’un point par an, le travail à accomplir demeure considérable. En effet, la France reste le pays d’Europe où la valeur commerciale des logiciels piratés est la plus élevée”, déplore Jean-Sébastien Mariez, un porte-parole de BSA.L’étude révèle en outre l’ampleur du piratage dans les pays émergents. “Les taux de piratage dans ces pays sont 2,5 fois supérieurs à ceux du monde développé et la valeur commerciale des logiciels piratés (21,7 milliards d’euros) y représente plus de la moitié du total mondial”, précise en effet l’étude.Le 16 mai 2011 à 15:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wisconsin man arrested in teen’s abduction, parents’ deaths

first_imgBARRON, Wis. — A 21-year-old man shot a Wisconsin couple to death in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for three months in an isolated north woods town before she managed to escape, authorities said Friday.Jayme Closs, 13, was skinny, disheveled and wearing shoes too big for her when she approached a stranger to tell her story Thursday in the small town of Gordon, where police said Jake Thomas Patterson lived.Her discovery set off joy and relief 60 miles away in her hometown of Barron, population 3,300, ending an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst the longer she was missing.“My legs started to shake. It was awesome. The stress, the relief — it was awesome,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference, describing the moment of joy when he learned that Jayme had been found.Jayme told one of the neighbors in Gordon who helped take her in after her escape that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held captive.last_img read more

Emails Needed to Senate Offices in Support of RobertsStabenow GMO Labeling Compromise

first_imgWith the introduction of the compromise on GMO labeling from Senate Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow on Thursday, so begins the both big and important task of turning up the volume on the Senate to ensure that we get the result we want on this bill when it comes to the floor for a vote next week. The American Soybean Association (ASA) fully supports the Roberts/Stabenow bill, and will work each Senate office to encourage their support as well. ASA loaded an email template into the Soy Action Center for you and farmers in your states to contact their Senate offices directly. Once the Coalition for Safe, Affordable Food has its toll-free number up and running on Monday, we will add that information to the daily action alerts that we will send. In the meantime, please get an early jump on contacting your Senators.This is an effort in which we need all 25,000 members engaged, as each of us knows the importance of this technology to the industry. Please do not assume that simply because your Senator hails from a farm state that he or she is on board.Emails and calls are needed to all 60 soy-state Senate offices repeatedly until this legislation passes. Additionally, please pass on any intelligence you gather in response to your contacts with the ASA DC team, as it will help us greatly in our work on this end.last_img read more

Rescuers from two counties search back roads for crash

first_imgWhen a pickup carrying three people lurched out of control on a gravel road and hit a tree in remote, forested Bear Prairie late Thursday, rescuers from eastern Clark County and western Skamania County began searching for them.Someone from the truck called 911 about 10:30 p.m., but didn’t know where they were, said Chief Scott Koehler with East County Fire & Rescue. There were reports that one of three might be badly injured.“We had units driving all over trying to find them,” Koehler said. “It was a major effort. Some of the descriptions they gave could match any of many roads up there.”Dispatchers with 911 tried using a “ping,” trying to find them by triangulating with cellphone towers, but it didn’t work in the remote area of state forestland.“They were about three miles north of where the ping said,” said Sgt. Tony Barnes with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Rescuers from Skamania County reached the victims first, Koehler said, adding, “They were on a road I didn’t even know exists.”They were found a few miles north of the Washougal River in the Bear Prairie area.Koehler said his firefighters were told to return to their station.Because of the vagueness of the caller’s description, East County had been searching around Turner and Gibson roads, south of the Washougal River.last_img read more

Downtown Vancouvers Asian Mini Mart to close its doors Friday

first_imgThe Asian Mini Mart at 812 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver will close its doors Friday as part of a business move to Southern California, a store spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.The company’s owner, Jaehee Kim, will not renew the store’s lease with the Al Angelo Co., which owns the retail ground-floor retail space in the Heritage Place Condominium building next to Esther Short Park.Store spokeswoman Ginhee Gentle said Kim will move two former Vancouver stores south: the mini mart and the former Young Arts boutique and art lessons studio. That business, formerly located at the corner of Eighth and Esther streets, closed in late March.last_img read more

House Panel Zeroes in on Condition of Control Towers

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Air traffic control facilities used by the Army and Air Force are falling apart and, in many locations, jeopardizing safety as the Defense Department has been forced to postpone funding for military construction, according to the House Appropriations Committee report accompanying the FY 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill.“[Army] facilities are unsafe, antiquated, and do not provide adequate control, communications or observation abilities for the current air traffic levels at certain locations,” the report states. The existing facility at Fort Benning, Ga., for example, will not be able to handle the current pace of operations, requiring a replacement.“The committee is concerned that this could be a problem throughout the Army enterprise with the recent reductions to the Department of Defense’s construction accounts,” the panel wrote.To address the issue, the committee directs the Army to conduct a risk assessment of its air traffic control facilities and craft a plan to update the facilities.The panel said it was concerned about the deteriorating condition of the Air Force’s air traffic control towers and resulting environmental health risks. “In some cases, towers have developed extensive mold issues and contain health risks related to the use of asbestos and lead-based paint,” according to the report.Lawmakers also cited concerns about the obstructed views experienced by some towers. The committee urges the Air Force to prioritize funding for affected towers “in a much timelier manner.”The committee report, which includes a listing of milcon projects by installation, is available on the committee website.last_img read more

Allen West Says Hes Exploring A Run For Texas GOP Chair

first_imgBy Defender News ServiceAllen West, the former Florida congressman who now lives in Texas, announced Wednesday evening that he is exploring a run for Texas GOP chair, setting up a potential challenge to the party’s current leader, James Dickey.“As I look ahead as to how I can continue my service to this constitutional republic and the great state of Texas, my family and I … have decided to explore the opportunity to be the next chairman of the Republican Party of Texas,” West said in a live YouTube broadcast.DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Allen West, the former Florida congressman who now lives in Texas, announced Wednesday evening that he is exploring a run for Texas GOP chair, setting up a potential challenge to the party’s current leader, James Dickey.Delegates will elect the next chair of the Republican Party of Texas at its 2020 convention, which is scheduled for May 14-16 in Houston. Dickey first won the job in 2017 after the previous chair resigned, and he was reelected a year later — both were contentious races.After West’s announcement, Dickey issued a statement making clear he is running for re-election next year — and warning against intra-party conflict during a critical cycle for Texas Republicans.“We are on an incredible path and we must not waver,” Dickey said. “Division in Texas amongst our base is not what we need to defeat what will be next year the greatest Democrat onslaught that we have seen in decades.”West’s announcement was closely watched in the Texas political world. He had said in advance that he would announce whether he was running for one of three offices: the 32nd Congressional District, U.S. Senate or state party chair.He acknowledged that he may be letting down some supporters by not seeking a return to Capitol Hill. “But if the soul of Texas is lost, then what gain do I have in that personal accomplishment or achievement?” West asked.His potential candidacy for the 32nd District drew particular attention. The incumbent — freshman U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas — flipped the seat last year, and Democrats were salivating at the prospect of facing a conservative firebrand like West in a battleground district.West’s re-emergence on the political stage still gives fodder to Texas Democrats, and the state party reacted to his potential chairmanship bid by highlighting the GOP’s array of down-ballot losses last year.“With that record of mounting failure, it’s no surprise that right-wing conspiracy theorist and ousted Florida Congressman Allen West would see these results and decide to run for Texas’ Trump Republican Party Chair,” the Texas Democratic Party’s executive director, Manny Garcia, said in a statement.West represented Florida’s 22nd District from 2011-13. After redistricting, West chose to run in a different district in 2012 and lost to Democrat Patrick Murphy in a pricy, high-profile battle.West moved to North Texas in 2014 after being named CEO of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis. The next year, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed West to a spot on the state’s Sunset Commission, which periodically reviews the operation and efficiency of state agencies.West has remained active in conservative circles, regularly appearing as a pundit on Fox News and joining the Texas Public Policy Foundation last year to lead a new initiative there. TPPF announced Monday that West had left the job.This article originally appeared in the Defender News Network.last_img read more

Should You Be Worried About Apple Having Your Fingerprints

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. What will Apple do with your fingerprints?It is a uniquely modern question prompted by the dovetailing of Apple’s new technology, which uses a fingerprint-based Touch ID to unlock the latest iPhone, and the heightened focus on government intrusion and surveillance of emails and communications, as demonstrated by the National Security Agency scandal.Apple’s iPhones can read fingerprints. Presumably, somewhere, somehow, that information is stored – perhaps just on the phone itself. Apple itself is saying the right things, pointing out that individual fingerprint data is encrypted and kept “inside a secure enclave.”But there are a few reasons to worry. To wit:1. Does anyone trust encryption anymore?Time was, saying something was encrypted gave an added dose of safety. But the joint report by ProPublica, The Guardian and The New York Times suggested the NSA found a way around that issue. “For the past decade, N.S.A. has led an aggressive, multipronged effort to break widely used Internet encryption technologies,” said a 2010 memo describing a briefing about the NSA for the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters “Cryptanalytic capabilities are now coming online. Vast amounts of encrypted Internet data which have up till now been discarded are now exploitable.”So, saying something is encrypted now doesn’t mean it’s not accessible, just a little harder to unlock. And still, in the government’s own words, “exploitable.”Related: Cybersecurity Basics: Surf the Web Safely With These Browsers2. Will the iCloud be next?Apple is saying that fingerprint data won’t be accessible to the iCloud, but we aren’t too far away from the technology being more widespread. A fingerprint, after all, replaces a password. While fingerprints could be locally stored on a phone, it doesn’t take a big intellectual leap to see that biometric data captured in a larger, more global database.Such a database is vulnerable. Apple itself is one of the companies that was a feeder for the government’s PRISM program. That program mined chats, emails, photos and documents. Now, presumably, there will be a biometric database to tap.3. Fingerprints aren’t as unique as you think.You might think it doesn’t matter that someone has your fingerprints. After all, if you travel, you’re used to giving a print, banking uses the technology and many kids still get fingerprinted for safety. What’s the problem, you might argue, if your prints could be matched to a government database. It’s not like you’re committing a crime.Truth is, science has yet to prove that fingerprints are unique. In fact, even fingerprint matches in criminology are less about exactness than about a pattern of similarities. In the case of the new iPhone, that could mean someone with similar prints might be able to open your phone. Down the line, though, it could mean that your prints turn up wrongly in an investigation. That could happen now, given the government’s own database of fingerprints. But the chances rise the more print information is stored and available.Related: How to Avoid Getting Hacked (Infographic)4. There is already too much information about you out there.Databases are filled with information that is less quantitative and more qualitative. Apple has your fingerprints, but Facebook has your face, and its database of facial recognition data that presumably can be used to match you to, say, a video camera somewhere.Perhaps fingerprints won’t go the way of all the other data about you. Perhaps there is nothing to worry about, and folks can focus on other technologies, like the 64-bit speed, new case and different colors of the new iPhone.But the world has changed. Time was, you needed to protect your credit card and Social Security numbers. Now your fingerprints are at someone else’s fingertips. That’s reason to pause.Related: Web Startup Sniffs Out E-Commerce Fraud Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img September 10, 2013 4 min readlast_img read more

Understanding Youth Culture Is the Key to Success in 2019 and Beyond

first_imgNovember 28, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read Jane Buckingham started trend-hunting at age 17, when she wrote her first book, Teens Speak Out. Some three decades later, she’s still hot on the scent — and still hanging out with teens, because doing so provides a keyhole view of the future. “They’re not so set in their ways, so that’s where you see change happening,” Buckingham says. The firm she founded in 2009, Trendera, forecasts what’s next through deep research and consumer surveys on everything from technology to gender fluidity. Entrepreneurs should pay particular attention to shifts in culture, she says, “because when attitudes change, there’s always opportunity.”Related: The Young Founder of This Celebrity-Loved Activewear Company Shares Why You Should Always Trust Your InstinctsWhat macro trends are you seeing in 2019? Entertainment is all about to change. Youth culture is where trends often take root. There’s a company called Brat that’s doing 10- to 15-minute shows online for teens. Let’s call it a Sweet Valley High meets Riverdale. They’re acting like a TV channel but using social media as direct marketing and making it the primary draw. They’re getting, like, two million views an episode. I think we’ll see a shift to our phones as our central entertainment system. That’s a huge opportunity. Give us another big trend.“Have it your way” to the 98th degree. “I want what I want, when I want it.” On-demand and personalizing will trump everything. For example, cars are one of the least customizable big purchases. I have to imagine that’s an area that could ultimately explode. One of Trendera’s reports this year talks about self-protection.We’re entering an unfortunate period of totally excused bad behavior. We’re going to see more safeguarding developments — whether it’s a nail polish that tells you if your drink has been roofied, or a digital contract that allows college students to tape themselves during sex so they can prove it wasn’t rape.Related: Isn’t It Time to Be Your Own Boss? These Women-Founded Companies Want You to Join the Movement.Are you making this up? Oh, totally! I don’t know what that looks like, but people will become self-­protective. But a more positive trend is health. Aren’t we already obsessed with health?What’s new is the integration of wellness into everything — from work to school to food to parenting. It’s one of the few things we feel we can control, so it’s a gold mine for entrepreneurs.What’s in your crystal ball with tech?Have you seen this workout device called Mirror? You work out in front of it with a virtual trainer in the mirror showing what to do. That’s going to be the next evolution. So you’re going to have technology in your kitchen where someone walks you through the recipes, and tech where someone scans your closet and tells you, “Oh, you know what would be a great outfit for today?” Related: Millennial Women Are Facing Serious Burnout — Here’s How to Beat ItAre you seeing opportunities to invent these tech products or use them? Both. There are tons of areas for entrepreneurs to ask: How do we make technology feel more human by incorporating people? And on the business side, it’s everything from better bots to better customer service to better shipping and delivery. It’s all going to just get more connected.  That sounds great.Till the robots overtake us. Because we really have seen this movie, right? We all know how it ends [laughs]. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story appears in the December 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Hilton Worldwide appoints new VP in Asia Pacific

first_imgHilton Worldwide has named Joanna Ong as new vice president of corporate communications in Asia Pacific.Ms Ong will be based in Singapore, and will oversee internal and external communications strategies for Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of brands in Asia Pacific.Ms Ong has more than 18 years of experience in communications, joining Hilton Worldwide from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group where she was vice president of public relations and communications for the Asia Pacific region.Her previous roles include senior corporate affairs manager at Standard Chartered Bank and communications manager Asia Pacific with InterContinental Hotels Group.A Singaporean national, Ms Ong holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, majoring in Communications Studies & Comparative Literature, from Murdoch University in Western Australia.“Hilton Worldwide has tremendous growth trajectories in Asia Pacific and it is exciting to be part of it. I look forward to working with the team to further enhance the reputation of Hilton Worldwide and engage our stakeholders to drive stronger business results,” Ms Ong said.Hilton Worldwide president Asia Pacific Martin Rinck, said Hilton is very excited to welcome Joanna Ong to the team.“I am delighted that Joanna has joined our Asia Pacific leadership team. She is a seasoned communications leader, bringing with her strategic communications experience which will be key in the development and implementation of communications strategies in support of our growth in Asia Pacific.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more