Living in a world of technology makes our lives convenient. However, technology is also making us increasingly disconnected from what we call the real world. Konversai aims to change that. An eBay of knowledge, Konversai is the world’s one-stop shop for any and all human knowledge. It connects people on a one-on-one basis and enables video conversations between them for the exchange of knowledge. There are millions of people who have knowledge and skills, have time, and need income but don’t have a way to offer it and earn from it. There are also millions of people who need face-to-face interactions to learn something or get trustworthy information but are limited by geography, time and money. Konversai offers the solution to both of these problems. It is the platform that allows everyone to be part of the gig economy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainKonversai is the brainchild of Sushma Sharma, a corporate lawyer and a professor based in New York, with Law degrees from Delhi University, the University of Oxford and Columbia Law School. She originally comes from Patna in India and has lived in more than 6 cities in 4 different countries. She had no plans to be an entrepreneur but when her daughter, who was 7 years old upon moving to California from Hong Kong in 2014, developed an illness, a new journey began. It took months to figure out what was wrong, and that was a trying time to say the least. Only after her daughter recovered did Sharma find someone who had been through a similar experience with her son, and all she could think of was, “Why didn’t I meet her earlier?” Despite her extensive network, all she needed was a person who had experienced something similar and that wasn’t available. That was the beginning of Konversai – a place to find someone when you need him or her for any conversation or knowledge you seek. The idea grew rapidly to become a place where we can share all or some of our skills, experiences, and knowledge that we acquire during our lifetime. “Information is everywhere, but not knowledge,” Sharma says. “Right now you can Google anything, but when you speak with someone whom you can see and you learn from that person, there is a sense of trust that is lacking in anonymous online encounters.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWith the proliferation of online video sharing, another video-based platform may seem redundant. But Konversai provides the kind of personal connection that does not exist in other social media platforms. In Sharma’s own words, “I felt so strongly that there had to be a place where you didn’t have to pretend to be someone, a place where you could talk to someone at a real level.” The platform can be used for any subject of interest – the only limit is your imagination. Whether it’s Hindi language, cooking, Bollywood dance, traveling, calculus, computer science, yoga, or something else entirely different, any and all knowledge, skills, and experiences have value on Konversai. You can use the platform as you wish (minor exceptions do apply). For a non-tech person to create a website, create a team, find users, and find funding has not been an easy journey. But with time, help of her team, initial investors, and many very good friends, she has still managed to grow Konversai from 6000 users just two years ago (at the time of tragedy) to over 150,000 + users. Konversai is continuing to grow at an exponential rate now, which shows that there is an intrinsic need in the world for it.
CUPERTINO, Calif. — The Latest on Apple’s streaming TV event (all times local):10:25 a.m.Apple will debut a subscription news app that lets users read articles from hundreds of magazines, including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and Cosmopolitan.The new service will be called Apple News Plus and will cost $10 per month.It will also have articles from some newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.The company is announcing the service at Monday’s event at its Cupertino, California, headquarters.The new subscription is a way for Apple to bring in revenue from selling digital subscriptions as sales of the iPhone decline. Apple says 5 billion articles are read on its current Apple News app each month.The news industry has struggled for years as advertising dollars shift to social media and other digital media. But some publishers are wary to participate in Apple’s news service because the company is reportedly taking 50 per cent of subscription revenue.___midnightApple is expected to announce Monday that it’s launching a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself.It’s a long-awaited attempt from the iPhone maker, several years after Netflix turned “binge watching” into a worldwide phenomenon.The new video service is expected to have original TV and movies that reportedly cost Apple more than $1 billion — far less than Netflix and HBO spend every year.Also expected is a news subscription service.The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline. The company is pushing digital subscriptions as it searches for new profit growth.The Associated Press
24 December 2008Germany has filed a complaint against Italy at the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Italian judgments awarding damages to victims of Nazi war crimes on the grounds that it has already paid reparations under international treaties with Italy. It also argues that as a sovereign state it has immunity in Italian courts, and that any Italian is therefore unenforceable. At the same time, it reiterated that Germany “fully acknowledges the untold suffering inflicted on Italian men and women” during World War ll. “In recent years, Italian judicial bodies have repeatedly disregarded the jurisdictional immunity of Germany as a sovereign State,” the complaint filed with the ICJ in The Hague says, citing a ruling that Italy held jurisdiction on a claim by a person deported to Germany during the war to perform forced labour in the armaments industry.After this ruling, numerous other proceedings were instituted before Italian courts by others who had suffered injury due to the war, and enforcement measures have already been taken against German assets in Italy, including a “judicial mortgage” on a German-Italian cultural centre, the complaint said.It also cited “attempts by Greek nationals to enforce in Italy a judgment obtained in Greece on account of a . . . massacre committed by German military units during their withdrawal in 1944.”Germany asked the ICJ to adjudge that Italy must ensure that all decisions of its courts and other judicial authorities infringing Germany’s sovereign immunity become unenforceable and that in the future Italian courts do not entertain legal actions against Germany founded on such occurrences.
20 January 2010The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is assessing the structure of buildings and working to avoid potential environmental emergencies in Haiti where the immediate focus is on medical assistance, clear water and sanitation, emergency shelter, and food for the nearly 3 million people affected. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is assessing the structure of buildings and working to avoid potential environmental emergencies in Haiti where the immediate focus is on medical assistance, clear water and sanitation, emergency shelter, and food for the nearly 3 million people affected.“OCHA [Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs] will lead on overall coordination, while UNEP will ensure the integration of environmental issues into the respective cluster response plans,” said Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, John Holmes.According to a press release today, the most urgent issues for UNEP include waste management, mass burials and disposal of demolition material. Since last week, UNEP staff has actively assisted UN colleagues on technical matters including structural assessments of buildings and emergency environmental assessments of destroyed sites.Initial assessments conducted by UNEP have not indicated acute environmental emergency situations, but major issues are anticipated in the early recovery phase. A flash appeal for $562 million, covering a period of six months, was launched by the UN and international partners on Friday. The appeal included $1 million for environmental interventions during the early recovery phase of operations.The Joint UNEP-OCHA Environment Unit and the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) are working closely with the local Haitian Government, and with partners in WHO, UNDP, the World Bank and European Commission and the NGO community to deliver what is needed.In addition to post-disaster interventions, UNEP will continue to develop the Haiti Regeneration Initiative. The long-term programme is aimed at reducing poverty and vulnerability to natural hazards through the restoration of ecosystems and sustainable natural resource management.Earlier this month, as part of its multi-faceted efforts to bring stability and development to the country, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) launched a pilot project that recycles used tires to bring jobs to unemployed youth while protecting the environment.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today strongly protested the decision by the Government of the Sudan to deny access to the agency’s flights to 43 locations in southern Sudan, where some 1.7 million people are in dire need humanitarian assistance.”These flight bans can have a devastating impact on entire populations,” warned Judith Lewis, WFP’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa. “Extremely debilitated people will be virtually cut off from basic assistance such as food and health care.” According to the agency, most of the 43 locations to where flights have been denied are areas where the population is extremely vulnerable as a result of insecurity and drought.The search for alternative ways to provide aid will place a heavy financial burden on relief operations, WFP said. “Most agencies already struggle to find the necessary funds to maintain their humanitarian activities in southern Sudan,” Ms. Lewis said. “The resources required for alternative systems would be much better spent on humanitarian programmes.”Since the Government announced that it would not provide access to the 43 sites, WFP officials have met with the Sudanese authorities to press for a lifting of the restrictions. The agency reported that despite achieving limited progress, WFP would not be able to operate adequately without greater access.
“The challenge is to turn words on paper into reality in order to end the continuing suffering of the displaced in Georgia,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons Walter Kälin said following a visit to the country. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced during separatist wars in the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions during 1990 and Mr. Kälin recalled how he had been shocked by the miserable living conditions of many IDPs during a visit he made last year.“Allowing and assisting internally displaced persons to integrate into society and live normal lives in dignity, and respecting their right to return to their homes and communities, are not mutually exclusive,” he had said at the time. “Rather, the two principles reinforce each other.” In today’s statement, he commended the draft’s reaffirmation of human rights and called on the Government and Parliament to finalize its adoption without delay. “One of the main strengths of the strategy is that it has been developed through a broad-based consultative process which brought together relevant State agencies, IDP associations and civil society, as well as the international community,” he said. “The participation of displaced persons from the outset is likely to render policy responses more effective.”
Brock students who enrolled in 2014 spring/summer courses will have a chance to win an iPad Mini (silver or space grey), tuition exemption, plus a $25 Campus Store gift card just by answering a few survey questions.How does a free iPad Mini sound? How about tuition exemption for a half-credit course?Brock students who enrolled in 2014 spring/summer courses will have a chance to win either prize, plus a $25 Campus Store gift card just by answering a few survey questions.Surveys were emailed to spring/summer students at the beginning of August. Feedback gained from the surveys is used to help improve the courses for next year and beyond. It also automatically enters participating students into a draw for great prizes.Three Brock students have already won $25 gift cards from the Campus Store. Draws take place every Friday until the survey ends Aug. 29. Remaining draws and accompanying prizes include:Aug. 22: one $25 gift card and one iPad mini (silver or space grey)Aug. 29 (survey closes): one course fee release and one iPad mini (silver or space grey)Winners will be announced through Brock’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and be listed online. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell dribbles the ball down the court during the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team needed less than a quarter to run away with a victory Wednesday night against Penn State. The Buckeyes went on a 14-0 streak during a four-minute stretch in the middle of the opening frame to pull away. By the end of the first quarter, senior guard Kelsey Mitchell had 12 of Ohio State’s 24 points, more than the Nittany Lions’ entire team, which had just 10 points.Ohio State progressively built its lead and cruised to a 94-64 win against Penn State at the Schottenstein Center behind a dominant performance in all phases of the game.Even when things went wrong for the Buckeyes, the result went in Ohio State’s favor. Mitchell airballed one of her seven missed 3-point attempts, but redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman grabbed the whiffed shot out of the air and put it back up to give the home team a 63-38 lead with 3:15 left in the third quarter.The Buckeyes (18-5, 7-3 Big Ten) never trailed and outscored the Nittany Lions (13-10, 4-6 Big Ten) in every quarter. Ohio State made 46 percent of its shots, while Penn State hit just 27 percent.Ohio State took advantage of Penn State’s frequent missed shots and missteps, scoring 21 points off turnovers. The Buckeyes had just seven turnovers, compared to the Nittany Lions’ 15 turnovers.Mitchell followed up her strong first quarter by accumulating a game-high 27 points on 9-of-16 shots. She hit 5-of-12 shots from beyond the arc. The Buckeyes had a season-high 23 assists. No one had more than Mitchell’s five assists, but four players had at least four. Penn State, which entered the game averaging the second-least assists per game in the Big Ten, assisted on only nine made shots. Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga and the rest of the Buckeyes took advantage of an undersized Penn State front court, holding a 48-20 scoring advantage in the paint. Mavunga dropped 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ohio State held a 46-37 edge in rebounds.I thought our ball movement tonight and making the extra pass was as good as it’s been all season,” McGuff said. “The other thing that we’ve done the last two game that we weren’t doing as well at the beginning of the year, we’re getting the ball inside. That gives us a little bit more balance in our offense and everything seems to flow a little bit better at that point.”Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper added 13 points, snagged 10 rebounds and had three assists. Redshirt senior forward Alexa Hart added 12 points, the most in a game since November.“That’s as good as [Hart has] been in a little while,” McGuff said. “Hopefully that gives her a lot of confidence, and it should.”Redshirt sophomore guard Amari Carter led Penn State with 12 points and had a team-leading nine rebounds, as well. Nittany Lion starting guards Teniya Page and Jaida Travascio-Green combined for 27 points, but the pair went 7-for-22 from the floor.
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. A Yorkshire pub rumoured to have hosted Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers the night before a famous 17th-century battle is at the centre of a new fight over plans to turn it into a “trendy wine bar”.Conservationists claim plans for a major refurbishment of the 600-yearold Black Bull in the West Yorkshire market town of Otley are “corporate vandalism” and will destroy its historic character.The Grade II-listed watering hole, with its low oak beams, flagstone floor and log fire, is one of the oldest in the country and featured in the Hairy Bikers’ Pubs that Built Britain series. The Kay Mellor TV drama The Chase was filmed there in 2006.It is also close to the site of the Battle of Marston Moor where, during the English Civil War in 1644, the Royalist army of Charles I was effectively destroyed as a fighting force by the Parliamentarians’ New Model Army.The evening battle only lasted around two hours but in that short time around 4,000 men were killed and 1,500 taken prisoner. The victory boosted the reputation of Cromwell, who commanded the cavalry under Sir Thomas Fairfax.Renovation work at the Black Bull over the years has uncovered a wealth of finds, including what is thought to be a 17th century stone fireplace and a pump and well from the 18th century, according to the Otley Pub Club. Now owners Star Pubs and Bars, part of the Heineken brewing empire, want to turn it into a “modern, stylish pub” with industrial furniture and open plan seating.But members of the Otley Pub Club claim the “appalling” scheme is “inappropriate and destructive”. A spokesman said: “This is an absurd attempt to turn a popular, historic, traditional listed local into a young persons’ venue and dining pub.”The owners bought both The Black Bull and the nearby White Swan in 2017 and plan to transform both of the Grade-II listed buildings. Matt Hardin, the pub club’s chairman, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Both are listed and in a conservation area, so it’s just disgraceful that Star Pubs and Bars have come up with such inappropriate plans.”They are both historic pubs, both centuries old and this character should be preserved and celebrated, not destroyed by being absurdly turned into modern, trendy venues, which just won’t work, as well as being architecturally”We urge Star/Heineken to put these plans on hold and meet with the community and the excellent sitting licensee of the White Swan to discuss how they can and should work with him to keep the pub as it is, respecting the will of the community and regulars.”
Angry Birds maker Rovio has teamed up with 20th Century Fox for the latest version of its insanely popular Angry Birds series. The game, a tie-in with Fox’s upcoming movie, Rio (a CGI movie due out in April), is “like the original with a few new twists,” according to Rovio.The company added that the game will be available “app stores everywhere in March.” So, iPhone and Android for sure, right? Probably Nokia’s Ovi store. And maybe Windows Phone 7 and HP’s webOS store? At launch, the game will offer 45 levels and improved graphics over the original. Future updates will bring “more levels and a surprise or two.” The game will hit the market in March. Check out a trailer after the jump.
Braconnage : 200 rhinocéros tués en Afrique du SudLe Fonds mondial de la nature (WWF) dénonce le braconnage qui a lieu en Afrique du Sud. Selon l’organisme, près de 200 rhinocéros ont été abattus depuis le début de l’année.Le WWF indique dans un communiqué que, depuis janvier, 193 rhinocéros ont été tués par des braconniers, dont 126 dans le parc Kruger, situé en Afrique du Sud. “Les actes de braconnages sont presque sans exception commis par des criminels sophistiqués qui parfois chassent depuis des hélicoptères et utilisent des armes automatiques”, s’insurge le coordinateur du programme Rhinocéros au WWF, Joseph Okori. “L’Afrique du Sud mène une guerre contre un crime organisé qui risque de mettre à mal les avancées exceptionnelles réalisées au siècle passé”, ajoute-t-il.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosL’Afrique du Sud abrite 70% de la population mondiale de ces grands mammifères. Mais depuis 2006, le pays enregistre une recrudescence du braconnage des rhinocéros blancs et noirs. En effet, ceux-ci sont très recherchés pour leurs cornes qui servent d’ingrédients dans les préparations médicinales ou tout simplement d’ornements. Le record a été atteint l’an dernier avec 333 rhinocéros tués, contre 122 en 2009 et 13 en 2007. La réserve sud-africaine de Kruger a été la plus affectée avec 146 rhinocéros abattus. Ces dernières années, le pays a donc intensifié ses programmes de lutte, n’hésitant pas à répondre à la violence des braconniers, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Depuis janvier, les forces de l’armée patrouillent dans le parc et ont arrêté jusqu’ici, 123 personnes suspectées d’avoir commis des actes de braconnage. Six d’entre elles ont été condamnées. “Nous serions ravis de voir davantage de condamnations”, a déclaré Morne du Plessis, le chef du WWF en Afrique du Sud. “Appliquer des sanctions sévères pour des crimes commis à l’encontre de la faune comme le braconnage de rhinocéros démontrerait l’engagement du gouvernement sud-africain vis-à-vis [ … ] du patrimoine du pays”, a t-il indiqué.Le 9 juillet 2011 à 18:01 • Maxime Lambert
In a familiar finale to the holiday season, local Boy Scouts will tour many Clark County neighborhoods Saturday in the annual Christmas tree recycling sweep.The Boy Scouts of America will collect trees left in front of homes in Battle Ground, Camas, Vancouver and Washougal, starting at 8 a.m.The service is free, but donations will be accepted; the suggested donation is $7.Pickup optionsThere will be several other tree-disposal options, including at-home pickups and drop-off locations.Waste Connections will pick up trees during its yard debris collection or regular garbage service available in most parts of the county. Trees taller than 5 feet must be cut into smaller sections no longer than 5 feet, regardless of whether they will be collected with yard debris or garbage.Yard debris customers may put smaller trees into their carts. They also may place a single 5-foot or less tree or section of a tree next to their cart for no additional charge. Customers who place more than one section or more than one tree next to the cart will be charged an extra yard debris pickup fee.Customers who do not have yard debris service can put trees next to their garbage containers and pay for an extra 32-gallon collection. Trees collected with garbage will be sent to the landfill.
“I wanna tell them to hang on, that we’re right behind you,” said Morales. “We’re with you, and we wish you a speedy recovery.”Two separate crashes took place less than 24 hours apart, Sunday and Monday, that put Miami-Dade Police Maj. Ricky Carter and Miami Police Officer Carlos Gomez in the hospital.Gomez sustained leg and head injuries in a crash, Monday, near Northwest Second Avenue and 29th Street, in Miami. Police said he was responding in emergency mode to a priority call when he collided with a black Mazda, sending the cruiser barreling into a building.Paramedics transported Gomez to the hospital in critical condition.“He’s second generation police officer,” Llanes said of Gomez. “His father is a Miami-Dade police officer. He’s dedicated to his job.”Carter lost his leg when he crashed his personal motorcycle on Interstate 75, Sunday, while off-duty. He was on his way to a charity event at the time.“He’s such a good person. He does so much for the community that when I saw they were doing a blood drive today, I said it’s the least I can do,” said Melissa Adames, a friend of Carter. HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Blood drives continue, Tuesday, as a Miami community lends a hand to two hospitalized police officers injured in crashes. Meanwhile, one young student is being honored for directly helping one of the officers at the scene of his crash.A line of people were seen waiting outside Miami Police Headquarters to donate blood to the officers who were injured. It started with one Oneblood bus but has since expanded to three, which will be there until 9 p.m., Tuesday.At Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters, located at 9105 N.W. 25th St. in Doral, the blood drive has been extended until 8 p.m.“It’s a very dangerous job, and I think that the community appreciates what we do,” said Miami Police Maj. Manuel Morales, “so it’s our turn to show them that we appreciate the sacrifice the officers made.”P.K. Klein, who attended the blood drive, said she was willing to do anything to help. “Anything that you can do to help them out, to do their jobs better, I think is really important,” said Klein.Several officers took time out of their day to donate blood, including Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes, Tuesday. “This is a little bit more than prayer, so it’s important for all of us to come out and give blood.”The event was overwhelming for everyone who attended. “It’s the only way that I can right now give back to both of our brothers who are in need,” said Miami Police Officer Lesley Diaz. “I know Major Carter because he’s a fine member of our community,” said Miami Police officer Kenia Fallat on Tuesday. “But he was always there. He’s always been there for the community.”However, Carter’s life might have been saved thanks to 17-year-old Thalia Rodriguez.Rodriguez said she was on her way to the Hialeah Fire Station for a ride-along, Sunday, when she came across the incident involving Carter. She ran towards him and said her first responder training at Westland Hialeah Senior High School came into play.“He had a low level of responsiveness,” said Rodriguez. “He wasn’t talking back to me, but his eyes were open, and he was looking at me, obviously in shock.”Another good Samaritan who turned out to be a nurse also stopped to help Carter. “I told her, ‘Do you have a tourniquet,’” said Rodriguez. “She’s like, ‘Yeah, let me see if I have a tourniquet.’ She ran to her car and brought back a belt, and we both put it on his leg, so we did stop the bleeding. We both did what we could at the time.”“Talk about putting school to work into action,” said Westland Hialeah Senior High principal Giovanna Blanco. “It’s very important for our community to know that these programs do exist because we’re not only educating our students with the basics of math, science and social studies, but we’re also training them to become productive citizens in our community.”Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho presented Rodriguez with a certificate of achievement, Tuesday, for her heroic acts. “This is a superintendent certificate of achievement written to you, a student at Westland Hialeah Senior High,” Carvalho said, “in recognition of your quick thinking response and the use of your life-saving CPR skills, which saved the life of a fellow citizen.” Rodriguez has been preparing for a career as a first responder. “You never know what you’re capable of until you’re put on the spot,” Rodriguez said.“This is the contagious nature of doing something right and something good,” said Carvalho, “so she’s going to ride with me downtown and participate in the kickoff of our blood drive.”Rodriguez said she hopes to meet Carter and plans to move to Tallahassee after she graduates, next month, to continue learning how to save lives.Businesses in Miami-Dade, like Coldstone Creamery, are getting involved for anyone who donated blood Tuesday. If you donated blood, go to any Coldstone store in Miami-Dade to get some free ice cream.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Nussbuam and the existing executive committee will remain in place, but a new board will be selected, with Nussbaum continuing as chairman. Update: There will be no other staffing changes as a result of the deal. “Tinicum’s investment will bolster F+W’s ability to aggressively target both bolt-on and larger-scale acquisitions to build out its core categories of craft, art, writing, design, lifestyle and outdoors,” says Nussbaum in a statement. The company has been fairly acquisitive in the last couple years, buying The Martha Pullen Company, Aspire Media and New Track Media, among others. It also expanded its licensing agreement with Hubert Burda Media into a 50/50 joint venture this year. In 2010, F+W underwent a significant financial restructuring, reducing debt by 50 percent. Lead investor at the time Abry Partners subsequently had a much smaller share in the company as the management team took on a larger ownership stake.Update: The ownership structure had not changed much since then, aside from some equity issued to private equity firms Frontenac and Catalyst as the result of the Aspire Media deal, says Ogle, who says the new ownership structure will likely be more consolidated once the tender offer is complete. On the heels of announcing a corporate rebranding, F+W has sold a majority stake to Tinicum L.P., a New York-based private investment firm. Terms of the deal were not released, but F+W says it has grown its e-commerce business—described by chairman and CEO David Nussbaum as a “very meaningful percentage” of the company’s overall revenue—from $6 million in 2008 to about $60 million this year. Update: According to F+W COO/CFO Jim Ogle, the deal includes an initial investment for a 62 percent stake that could go up to 95 percent, depending on the results of a tender offer that went out last Friday. Current stockholders have 20 days to respond. “We expect some holders to retain their share in the business so final Tinicum ownership will end up somewhere in between [that] range,” he says.
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump boards Air Force One before departing from Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey over the weekend. Trump is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, among other heads of state, at the G-20 summit.President Trump arrives in Poland on Wednesday afternoon. Over the next few days, he’ll be attending a Group of 20 summit and meeting with a wide array of world leaders.It’s likely none of those meetings will be more closely scrutinized than Trump’s first face-to-face sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Trump has often said he would like to see closer ties between the U.S. and Russia. But that has been complicated by Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.Throughout the campaign, Trump routinely praised Putin as a strong leader, often contrasting him with then-President Barack Obama.“I think in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A, and our president is not doing so well,” Trump told Bill O’Reilly of Fox News in 2015.Now that Trump is in office, national security adviser H.R. McMaster says, he has pursued a two-track approach with Russia: looking for areas in which the two countries can cooperate, while confronting the Russians for their bad behavior around the world.It’s a mixed message, and Trump himself has tended to highlight the cooperative part.“They’re a very powerful nuclear country and so are we,” Trump told reporters at a news conference in February. “If we have a good relationship with Russia, believe me, that’s a good thing, not a bad thing.”Meanwhile, confronting the Russians has largely been left to others in the administration. After a chemical weapons strike in April by Russian ally Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson complained that U.S.-Russia relations had hit a low point. Trump retaliated for the attack by launching a volley of cruise missiles at a Syrian air base. And Tillerson accused Russia of failing to enforce Syria’s chemical weapons agreement.“It is unclear whether Russia failed to take this obligation seriously or if Russia has been incompetent,” Tillerson told Group of Seven foreign ministers. “But this distinction doesn’t much matter to the dead.”Russia also continues to draw international criticism for its occupation of Crimea, its ongoing interference in Ukraine and its political meddling in the U.S. and elsewhere.“You have seen me bash Russia on Ukraine,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on June 28. “You’ve seen me bash Russia on Syria. You’ve seen me call out Russia if we see any sort of wrongdoings by Russia. And, yes, I do think Russia meddled in our elections. And, yes, I’ve said that to the president.”It’s that last charge that makes Trump’s meeting with Putin especially fraught. The president continues to challenge the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the U.S. election to boost his chances of winning. And he fired the FBI director who was investigating possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.A day after that firing, Russian agencies shared photos of an apparently chummy meeting Trump held in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. That makes the optics of this Putin meeting especially important.“It’s not going to be good for the president’s standing back at home if the pictures that come out of that meeting have a smiling, jovial President Trump yukking it up with President Putin the same way that you had the pictures come out of the Oval Office with President Trump and Foreign Minister Lavrov,” said Steven Pifer, a retired foreign service officer who oversaw Russian affairs for the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.Many members of Congress want the Trump White House to adopt a tougher stance on Russia. Last month, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on Moscow and make it harder for the White House to relax existing penalties.Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution says that even if Trump wants to forge a more cooperative relationship with Putin, political pressures in the U.S. leave him little room to maneuver.“Trump can’t afford to put out any new ideas that he and Putin could engage on, because it’s going to seem like he’s just beholden to Putin or he’s still in Putin’s pocket,” O’Hanlon said. “So he’s got to make a pretty firm statement in this meeting of being frustrated and angered by Russia’s behavior.”In his February news conference, Trump acknowledged it might not be possible to build a better relationship with Russia, but he blamed that not on Russia’s conduct, but on the news media’s.“The false, horrible, fake reporting makes it much harder to make a deal with Russia,” the president said.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
“Cows are among the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures” – Thomas de QuinceyToday (Friday) marks a special day for the bovine species, as we celebrate ‘Cow Appreciation Day’. So what does this all mean? Well, let’s take a look at an animal we would otherwise not pay too much attention to…Cows play a huge role in our food cycle, in which they provide us with milk, butter, ice cream, delicious steaks and, of course, the value of remaining calm and just enjoying life.Not only do they serve a good purpose in our food cycle, cows are regarded as a very important aspect in some cultural activities, with one of them being in the Zulu tradition (Ilobola) where a man produces a number of cows to the family of a woman he wishes to marry, and in doing so, the number of cows requested by the family represent her worth.To celebrate ‘Cow Appreciation Day’, just be thankful you don’t have small pox and never will, and then go into your local burger joint and order yourself a great big bacon cheeseburger with a tall cool shake! There’s no better way to celebrate them than to truly appreciate their sacrifice. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!,DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Have a happy ‘Cow Appreciation Day’!
Record six months of visitors to AucklandAuckland has experienced a bumper first half of the year with record numbers of international and domestic visitors choosing to come to the region for a holiday.Domestic and international commercial guest nights, between January and June, have hit 3,65 million, up 2.6 per cent compared to the same timeframe last year. Domestic guest nights made up 56 per cent of this and international guest nights 44 per cent.More than 1.3 million rooms have been sold in Auckland hotels alone in the last six months, worth around $106 million, up $13 million compared to the same period last year.Just over one million international visitors have arrived in Auckland in the last six months, up 9 per cent compared to the same period last year, with more than half of these visitors here on holiday, up almost 14 per cent.Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says these are some great results for Auckland.“It’s fantastic to see the tourism industry experiencing such solid growth in both our domestic and key international markets. It’s particularly good to see that Auckland is attracting more domestic visitors than any other region in the country helping smooth out seasonal peaks,” he says.“We’re still seeing some good momentum on the back of our unprecedented summer of major events and our focus now is to keep building on Auckland’s popularity and attract more Australian and domestic visitors in our shoulder season.”Auckland has also experienced double digit growth in the Asian market in the last six months. Chinese holidaymakers increased by 36.26 per cent, Japanese by 16.23 per cent and Koreans almost 25 per cent.There has also been good increases in our other key markets, with Australia up just over 3 per cent, Germany up 2.23 per cent, United Kingdom up almost 15 per cent, Canada up 2.61 per cent and USA up 14.31 per cent.Mayor Len Brown says these results further cement Auckland’s positioning as a top tourism destination.“Tourism provides direct benefits to Auckland and plays a key role in achieving Auckland’s vision. More visitors to the region creates more jobs, more money for the economy andhelps support the development of better infrastructure to accelerate the transformation of Auckland to the world’s most liveable city.”The Auckland Visitor Plan – created on behalf of Auckland Council – aims to grow the region’s visitor economy from a $4.8 billion industry in 2012 to a $7.2 billion sector in 2021. Integral to this is to grow annual domestic tourism receipts from $2.37 billion in 2012 to $3 billion in 2021.Source = Aukland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
Police were on Thursday evening advising motorists of possible detours on the Limassol-Paphos highway as a precaution due to the high possibility of a local dam overflowing.Authorities said that a private dam in the area of Ha Potami, Paphos district was expected to overflow sometime during the night.As a precaution, police were already in the vicinity preparing if need be to cut off sections of the Limassol-Paphos highway and of the old Limassol-Paphos road.Drivers were being advised to avoid the area unless absolutely necessary.For more information, the public can call 199 or 112.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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