first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakan Calhanoglu pledges commitment to AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHakan Calhanoglu has pledged his commitment to AC Milan.The midfielder has been linked with a move to RB Leipzig this month.But Rossoneri boss Gennaro Gattuso has blocked the move.“I’m in Milan, I’m a Milan player and I’m happy here,” Calhanoglu told TRT Spor.“The rest is out of the question right now. I’m preparing for our match at the weekend.” last_img read more

first_imgWashington: A former CIA officer has been jailed for 20 years for disclosing military secrets to a Chinese agent in return for $25,000, bringing to a close one of several cases involving Chinese bids to recruit former American intelligence officers, the media reported. Kevin Mallory, 62, was found guilty of several spying offences following a two-week trial in June 2018 and sentenced by a federal judge in Northern Virginia on Friday, the New York Times reported. Prosecutors said that he provided a Chinese intelligence officer with classified documents, a violation of the Espionage Act. The fluent Mandarin speaker from Leesburg, Virginia, held top-level security clearance and had access to sensitive documents. He was convicted of selling secrets to China for $25,000. Evidence at his trial included a surveillance video which showed him scanning classified documents onto a digital memory card at a post office. He also travelled to Shanghai to meet a Chinese agent in March and April 2017, the US Justice Department said. “Mallory not only put our country at great risk, but he endangered the lives of specific human assets who put their own safety at risk for our national defence,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This case should send a message to anyone considering violating the public’s trust and compromising our national security. We will remain steadfast and dogged in pursuit of these challenging but critical national security cases,” added the attorney. The Justice Department said Mallory held a number of sensitive jobs with government agencies. He had worked as a covert case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and as an intelligence officer for the Defence intelligence Agency (DIA). “This case is one in an alarming trend of former US intelligence officers being targeted by China and betraying their country and colleagues,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers following the sentencing. Earlier this month, former CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee pleaded guilty to spying for China. Prosecutors said the naturalized American citizen was paid to divulge information on US covert assets. Last June, former US intelligence officer Ron Rockwell Hansen was also charged with attempting to spy for China.last_img read more

MONTREAL — Bell is asking the federal cabinet to direct the CRTC to follow its own policies after the regulatory body nixed its $3.4-billion takeover of Astral Media.Bell says it has asked cabinet to issue a “policy direction” under Section 7 of the Broadcasting Act, which requires the CRTC to follow its already in-place policies when reviewing change of control transactions in broadcasting.However, the government has suggested it has little appetite to intervene, with Industry Minister Christian Paradis saying that the CRTC is an independent commission that makes its own decisions.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission turned down the friendly takeover of Astral last week, saying it wasn’t in the best interests of Canadians.[np-related]CRTC commissioner Jean-Pierre Blais said had the regulator allowed the deal, BCE would have controlled almost 45% of the English TV viewership and almost 35% of the French.But Bell disagrees, saying Bell and Astral combined would have an English-language TV market share of 33.5% and the combined companies would have a 24.4% stake in the French-language TV market, both within the rules.The discrepancy arises because Bell included U.S. competitors in the calculations, while the CRTC did not.As well, it would have become the largest radio station operator in Canada and control over half of TV pay and specialty services.The telecom giant also says the CRTC overestimated Bell’s share of the English-speaking market because it did not include U.S. content viewed by Canadians.Bell says the CRTC has ignored its own rules, creating new criteria not included in any of its existing policies and never used before, without giving Bell any opportunity to comment.“In rejecting the Astral transaction, the CRTC rejected its own established policies, creating serious regulatory uncertainty in Canada’s vital broadcasting sector,” Mirko Bibic, Bell’s chief legal and regulatory officer said in a statement.“We’re requesting that cabinet provide the required guidance to the CRTC to follow its own rules in place, with which the Astral-Bell transaction fully complied.”The Canadian Press read more

The vote on the motion was taken after an agreement was reached with President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday to amend the original motion which was submitted by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) this week. The agreement was also to conduct the vote using the electronic voting system or to call by name.However opposition leader R. Sampanthan said that as Government Parliamentarians were protesting and as the electronic voting system or a vote by name could not be conducted, a voice vote was taken for the second time this week and the motion was passed. A motion on no-confidence on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, was passed in Parliament with an amendment today.The motion was passed as a tense situation arose in Parliament with Government Parliamentarians protesting and occupying the Speaker’s seat. The original motion refers to the gazette notice issued by the President on October 26th but the amendment removes that part. Jathika Hela Urumaya leader Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the no-confidence motion was passed legally, in line with what was expected by the President.He said that the no-confidence motion was passed with 122 votes for and zero against it. (Colombo Gazette) read more

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot is taking on a real-life woman’s remarkable history.Showtime said Friday that Gadot will play actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr in a limited series.Lamarr, a stunning beauty who came to Hollywood from Europe in the late 1930s, worked with top stars including Judy Garland and Clark Gable. “Ziegfeld Girl” in 1941 and 1940’s “Boom Town” were among Lamarr’s films.But it was her work as an inventor that distinguished her, including a patented device that became a foundation for modern Wi-Fi technology.The untitled series will look at feminism during Hollywood’s golden age and World War II through Lamarr’s life and work, Showtime said. An airdate was not announced.The late actress was the subject of a 2017 documentary, “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.”The Associated Press read more

TORONTO – When Toronto actor Shawn Ahmed asked his bank for a mortgage in early 2013, he ran up against the lending policies that some say are shutting young contract workers out of the loans market altogether.Ahmed was drawing a full-time salary working in sales for a theatre company and, at 27, had already appeared in numerous TV shows and movies including the sixth chapter of the Saw franchise.But TD Bank and then PC Financial turned down his applications because he didn’t fit their framework for an ideal borrower, Ahmed said.One bank wanted him to prove four years of salary at the same job, he said, and both institutions told him from the beginning that any mortgage would probably be less than he wanted.“The process wasn’t exactly hard. It wasn’t difficult to be rejected,” Ahmed said. “I was never going to get a mortgage for a place I actually wanted to live.”He turned to private lender RCI Capital on the recommendation of his real-estate agent, and signed the papers for a mortgage on a one-bedroom condo in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood in July 2014.“The bank’s process is very black and white,” Ahmed said. “There was definitely no problem-solving.”Ahmed faced the problem of an increasing number of young people, the so-called Millennial generation of those under 35 for which contract and short-term employment is much more common than full-time work.The number of contract workers has grown more than four times faster than the number of full-time employees since 2008, according to Statistics Canada.Young people have seen a big shift from full-time employment, which has grown 3.5 per cent since 2008 for those aged 25 and 44, to contract work, which is up 24.9 per cent in the same period.McMaster University labour studies professor Wayne Lewchuck said he has heard from many contract workers who have consistent difficulty in getting loans.“We’ve seen a lot more contract work in the last decade,” he said. “Banks are reluctant to take on the risks of lending to someone who doesn’t have a steady stream of income.”Yet Canada’s big banks haven’t updated their lending rules to deal with this new reality, said Julie Fortier, who ran into troubles securing a mortgage.When Fortier and her husband first applied for a mortgage in 2012, her bank said their contract positions wouldn’t be enough to guarantee a loan, she said.“We’re all on contract,” said Fortier, 32. “Banks don’t really understand how to deal with it.“I’d had steady employment since 2005 in my field, but it wasn’t good enough.”Fortier eventually received a loan from her husband’s bank.“If you don’t have a permanent job, it doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing or how much you’re making,” Fortier said. “All they care about is permanency. It’s such a Baby Boomer mindset.”Now new lenders are making their way into the market, with online outlets such as Borrowell and Grouplend looking to bridge the gap between high-interest credit cards and low-cost loans.Borrowell CEO Andrew Graham and Grouplend CEO Kevin Sandhu said their products use personal information to build a more complete picture of a borrower to offer loans and rates to people who believe they are being ignored by the major banks.Follow @Henderburn on Twitter. by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated May 20, 2015 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Getting a loan may prove elusive for millennials in contract work Actor Shawn Ahmed poses for a portrait in Toronto, Friday, May 15, 2015. For an increasing number of young Canadians, contract and short-term employment is much more common than full-time work, with Statistics Canada reporting that the number of contract workers has grown more than four times faster than the number of full-time employees since 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Galit Rodan read more

“If countries don’t know what makes people get sick and die, it’s a lot harder to know what to do about it,” said Marie-Paule Kieny, UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation. Of the estimated 56 million deaths globally in 2015, 27 million were registered with a cause of death, according to one of WHO’s annual flagship publications, the World Health Statistics . That figure is up from 2005, when only about one-third of deaths had a recorded cause. Collecting vital statistics is also important in monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the third SDG related to ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for people of all ages.The Governments of China, Turkey and Iraq are among those that have made “significant” strides towards strengthening their data collection, according to WHO. Ninety per cent of deaths in those countries are now recorded with detailed cause-of-death information, as compared with five per cent in 1999.However, “while the quality of health data has improved significantly in recent years, many countries still do not routinely collect high-quality data to monitor health-related SDG indicators,” the UN agency said.In countries where such information is recorded, WHO found that essential health service coverage has improved since 2000, with greatest improvement in coverage of treatment for HIV and bed nets to prevent malaria. read more

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) and sophomore guard C.J. Jackson walk down the floor late in the second half against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorExcitement and uncertainty. If there were two words to describe near-universal opinions from everyone about the Ohio State men’s basketball team, those two words would probably fit best.In addition to a coaching change with Chris Holtmann being hired as head coach, the roster has experienced a high degree of turnover. The Buckeyes lost three of their five starters from a season ago while adding three touted recruits and gaining a healthy redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop.The uncertainty starts in the head coach’s office as Holtmann said he knows who only two of his five starters will be when the team kicks off its season with an exhibition game against Wooster at 4 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Schottenstein Center.“[Senior forward] Jae’Sean Tate is going to be in [the starting lineup], Keita Bates-Diop is going to be in it,” Holtmann said in an interview with The Lantern Wednesday. “After that, I’m still trying to figure out where to go from there.“I think we have multiple guys that can play and I think we’ll have a fairly fluid starting lineup throughout the year. That happens when you have eight to 10 guys that can potentially all start a game for you.”Ohio State then-sophomore guard C.J. Jackson attempts a shot over Indiana’s Thomas Bryant on March 4 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe only other position Holtmann would go so far as to name a favorite in was at point guard, where junior C.J. Jackson was called the “likely starter.” Jackson being the likely starter should come as no surprise as he is the only true point guard on the roster.  A heavy weight will be added to Jackson’s shoulders if he is asked to be the on-court leader at point guard. Though he appeared in all 32 games for the Buckeyes last season, he started only nine games and averaged just 5.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Holtmann said he has seen steady improvements out of Jackson since hired in June, but said he still needs to learn how to keep a cool head even he is dealt with some struggles.“I’ve challenged [Jackson] to be a little more physical, to kind of grow in his areas of physicality and toughness and he’s embraced that,” Holtmann said. “Our biggest challenge with C.J. has been not to get too frustrated with himself because he’s going to have to play through mistakes this year because the ball’s going to be in his hands a lot, and he’s going to play an important role and he’s going to have to stay with the right approach.”Jackson being the only natural point guard is a clear sign of the dire lack of depth the team possesses at the position. Holtmann said he believes both Tate and redshirt senior Andrew Dakich could play at the one if called upon by the team. However, Tate is more of a wing and Dakich played just 203 collegiate minutes before transferring to Ohio State. And, in prior seasons, he was more of a bench player.The depth is not much more improved at the shooting guard position either. Freshman Musa Jallow and redshirt senior Kam Williams are natural shooting guards and are both unlikely to see much time at the point. Jallow is also a freshman playing college basketball in what would have been his senior year of high school — he reclassified over the summer and committed to Ohio State — and Williams was inconsistent last season.“We are thin in the backcourt, we know that,” Holtmann said. “I think that’s well documented right, everybody who knows our team knows that people reflect on the point guard position, but we’re thin at the two.”As for the roles of the trio of highly touted freshmen, Holtmann has yet to devise a full plan for what to do with them. The aforementioned Jallow will be able to play both shooting guard and small forward, while freshman Kaleb Wesson will provide the Buckeyes with a low-post player who could receive starting minutes at both center and power forward. Freshman Kyle Young is a big man who has the positional versatility to provide the Buckeyes with depth at both forward and potentially guard. The flexibility of the young players gives Holtmann options when examining ways to fit them into his lineup. “I think all three are going to play in every game,” Holtmann said. “I think they’ll all play significant roles. And when I say significant roles, I think they’re going to be in our top nine or 10 in our rotation, which is a significant role as a freshman. I think it’ll be varying degrees based on how guys develop and our needs for the relative to their position, but all three are ready to help us.”The starting five is made all the more uncertain by the fact the team is currently dealing with a handful of injuries. Though Bates-Diop was listed as one of the starters, Holtmann said he has a knee injury. Wesson and Young each are also dealing with ailments as the former has a sprained ankle and the latter had his tonsils removed. Holtmann added that all three “have missed significant days of practice.”“That slows you down a little bit, but you know, it’s nothing that is going to keep them out for a significant time and we’re all back and healthy right now,” Holtmann said.Though clouded with uncertainty, Holtmann’s squad has the first-year head coach excited to begin the season and see what players will step up. “We certainly have some new faces and some young people that we’ll need to grow into new roles,” Holtmann said. “But I’m excited about the potential of this group and I see those things.” read more

first_imgBUS ÉIREANN HAS advised customers that the vast majority of its services will not be in operation today because of ongoing industrial action.Customer have been advised to check the Bus Éireann website, as well as local and national media, for updates throughout the day.The company has outlined the following services as the only currently operating:Expressway Inter-cityRoute 1 Dublin-Belfast No Bus Éireann services operating. Translink services are operating. Translink services are at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00 EX Dublin. Services Ex Dublin will operate from Custom House Quay.Route 33 Dublin-Derry no Bus Éireann services operating. Translink services are operating. Translink services are at 10:00, 13:00, 17:30 and 22:00. Services from Dublin will operate from Custom House Quay.GOBE – Dublin Airport-CorkAll services expected to operate with services operating from Dublin city centre will pick up at Georges Quay in Dublin and Merchants Quay in Cork.Bus Éireann anticipates that school transport services will operate as normal today, but has advised parents and guardians to check the Bus Éireann website in the event that there is any change to this.Bus Eireann has apologised for any inconvenience caused to customers.GALLERY: Check out how quiet Busaras is during the strikeRead: Some school pupils will be affected by Bus Éireann strike tomorrowPoll: Are Bus Éireann workers right to go on strike?last_img read more

first_imgINTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO end the conflict in Syria accelerate on Monday with key talks in Brussels and Paris, amid a push for a new peace conference despite growing divisions within the Syrian opposition.US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian and French counterparts in Paris to advance an initiative for an international conference on ending the more than two-year conflict.However Syria’s main opposition group ended a fourth day of talks in Istanbul on Sunday with little sign of a joint approach to the attempt to bring all sides to the negotiating table.The talks have been dubbed “Geneva 2″ after a conference last June that produced a peace roadmap which failed to win support, triggering the resignation of Kofi Annan as special Syria envoy.European divideAhead of the Paris meeting, the 27 EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels, with the bloc deeply divided over whether to arm the rebels.After months of bitter argument, the issue will come to a head as the ministers meet ahead of the expiry at midnight on Friday of far-reaching EU sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime including a weapons embargo.Britain and France are leading the push to have the arms embargo maintained against Assad but relaxed against the Syrian opposition.But British-based charity Oxfam has warned that allowing more weapons into Syria “could have devastating consequences” and “fan the flames of the conflict”.The latest peace push comes as Syria’s leading opposition group was in total disarray at fractious talks in Istanbul, with discussions on their participation in the US-Russian peace initiative stalled.Who to allow in?There was squabbling over a vote early on Monday on expanding the opposition umbrella group, although the results formalised the entry into the Syrian National Coalition of veteran dissident and Marxist intellectual Michel Kilo.Although the secular Kilo would bring in several women and members of Syria’s religious minorities, critics said his entry would curb the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence and force Saudi control on the coalition.Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem upped the ante on Sunday, saying his government would attend a new Geneva conference, terming it a “good opportunity for a political solution”.With the conflict spreading, Muallem said his government had agreed “in principle” to attend the conference.Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem meets with his Iraqi counterpart, unseen, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, Pool)The opposition’s long-standing position is that, after more than two years of devastation which activists say has killed more than 94,000 people, it will not negotiate until Assad quits.Recognised by dozens of states and organisations as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, the opposition Coalition is marred by divisions that some members blame on regional bids for influence.Forging a united position on Geneva is all the more urgent given rebel military setbacks on the ground, with regime forces reinforced by fighters from Lebanon’s Shiite militant group Hezbollah.ViolenceTwo rockets hit Hezbollah’s heartland in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Sunday as its fighters battled alongside Syrian regime forces for control of the strategic town of Qusayr just across the border in central Homs province.A Lebanese man looks at a part of a rocket, seen on the ground, which struck a car exhibit, near a damaged car at the Mar Mikhael district south of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday. (AP Photo/Ahmad Omar)UN leader Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply concerned” by Hezbollah’s growing role in Syria and called for greater efforts to halt the spread of the conflict.Hezbollah’s chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday it was in the militant anti-Israeli group’s own interest to defend Assad’s regime.“I have always promised you a victory and now I pledge to you a new one” in Syria, he said.Hours later, the two rockets slammed into Beirut, wounding four Syrians, in the first time the Lebanese capital’s mainly Shiite southern suburbs have been targeted during the Syria conflict.During the past week, 31 people have also been killed in clashes in Lebanon’s northern port of Tripoli between Assad supporters and opponents.Hezbollah’s intervention has given Assad the upper hand in Qusayr, a key town in central Syria for both the regime and the insurgents.It is an important rebel supply line from Lebanon but also links Damascus to Assad’s Alawite coastal heartland.Syrian forces mounted an offensive on Qusayr a week ago but are meeting fierce resistance.On Sunday a source close to Hezbollah said regime forces had taken control of 80 percent of the town.© AFP, 2013Syria Through a Lens: life of slain filmmaker and activist honouredOxfam urges EU foreign ministers to extend the arms embargo on SyriaKerry set to unveil plan for West Bank economylast_img read more

first_img Source: Philip Toscano/PA ImagesTHIS MORNING, UK Prime Minister Theresa May made the shock announcement that a snap general election will be held on 8 June.With the Brexit negotiations set to get underway in earnest after May triggered Article 50, the Conservative party leader is clearly seeking a mandate from the people for the kind of “hard Brexit” she has previously indicated.Speaking to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the phone today, May reiterated commitments regarding Ireland and Brexit, and said that these remained unchanged.Kenny emphasised that the upcoming election should also not mean that a return to direct Westminster rule in Northern Ireland should be contemplated, according to a spokesperson for the Irish government.The UK has traditionally seen one party holding the power in government, with the Conservatives winning a clear majority in the last election.But, recent history shows us that coalition rule isn’t entirely out of the question in Britain, with the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats working together in the previous government.Already, May’s rhetoric has shown that this general election will hinge on Brexit and the main parties’ approach to it.The smaller parties, such as Plaid Cymru in Wales and the DUP and Sinn Féin in the North, will likely win a few seats, but nowhere near enough to play a huge role in the upcoming election.So, who are the main players? And who is the most likely to win?Labour Jeremy Corbyn has faced a lot of infighting in the Labour party since he was elected leader Source: Ben Birchall PA Wire/PA ImagesThe Labour party had a disastrous general election in 2015. They failed to convince voters that they would be better in government after five years of Con/Lib Dem rule and lost 26 seats in Westminster.When leader Ed Miliband stood aside, veteran left-wing backbencher Jeremy Corbyn swept to a surprise victory to become the new leader.The party has been dogged with infighting ever since, with other leading Labour MPs refusing to back Corbyn.That came to a head following the Brexit vote last year. Many senior Labour MPs felt that Corbyn only put a half-hearted effort into campaigning for a “remain” vote, given his long-standing eurosceptic views.He managed to survive the attempted coup, with a large support among the grassroots of the party.This will be his first general election as leader of the party, but recent poll figures do not paint a pretty picture for Labour.According to the latest poll from YouGov, conducted last week, Labour was a full 21 points behind the Conservatives, with only 23% of people saying that they’d vote Labour if there was a general election tomorrow.Islington MP Corbyn clearly has a lot to do to convince the British electorate that he can lead the country going forward. He has indicated that the party would press ahead with Brexit, but only his government could secure the best deal for Britain.In his initial statement, he also declared a wider pledge on a number of issues that the Labour party would address. Source: Tim Farron/Twitter This is your chance to change the direction of your country— Tim Farron (@timfarron) April 18, 2017 Theresa May’s to lose? Here’s how the main parties measure up ahead of the UK election The Conservatives will hope to win another majority over Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP. 22,529 Views 50 Comments The Tories see a chance to move the UK to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts. Let’s stand up for Scotland. #GE17— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) April 18, 2017 Source: Jeremy Corbyn MP/Twitter Source: Nicola Sturgeon/Twitter Chances?The SNP will almost certainly maintain its current level of seats, with the potential to win more from the few isolated Conservative and Labour constituencies in Scotland.Labour politicians ruled out a coalition in the past and, while unlikely now, that could become a very interesting topic of debate if the Conservatives do not win a majority.Conservatives Source: Stefan Rousseau PA Wire/PA ImagesThe Conservatives won a clear, if narrow, majority at the last election. It won 330 of the 650 available seats.That, however, was when David Cameron led the party. Since then, he has been replaced by Theresa May and the country has voted to leave the EU.Although officially an advocate of remain, May easily beat off her rivals to become prime minister and has since set out to placate the members of the party who’d advocated for a hard Brexit.However, May’s repeated insistence that she wouldn’t call an election, and the lack of clarity over what Brexit deal the UK will secure are just two of the main points of criticism she will have to face in the upcoming campaign.She has repeatedly insisted that a Conservative majority would be the best thing for Britain, and securing this will give her a clear mandate to conduct the Brexit negotiations as her government sees fit.Choosing this time to call an election, also, signals a confidence from May and her party that they believe they can win a majority in the House of Commons.Chances?The pollsters put them way ahead on 44%, and the bookies have them at 1/7 to win a majority, so it appears that this election is “the Conservatives to lose”.However, with two party heads going into their first general election as leader, it’s not completely cut and dry. Yet.So what happens now?The first, and only, hurdle to holding a general election will be overcome in parliament tomorrow.For an election to be held before the five-year term has elapsed, two-thirds of parliament must vote to hold a fresh ballot.With both the Conservatives and Labour indicating that they want to go to the polls, this vote should easily pass.Read: Snap election to be held in UK on 8 Junecenter_img Short URL Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 5:55 PM Apr 18th 2017, 5:55 PM Chances?In that YouGov poll, the Liberal Democrats polled at 12%. Since the UK doesn’t operate its elections with proportional representation, like we do here, that may not necessarily translate to the party winning 12% of the seats on offer.Again, they’ll have a mountain to climb given their current low number of seats but running with their anti-Brexit stance may win over a portion of the electorate that voted to remain in the EU last year.Scottish Nationalist Party Nicola Sturgeon has called for another independence referendum in Scotland Source: Andrew Milligan PA Wire/PA ImagesIf Theresa May has signalled that this election will focus solely on the issue of Brexit, then the SNP’s leader Nicola Sturgeon will relish the battle.The party won almost every seat in Scotland – winning 56 in all – at the last election, and may increase that a bit further in the upcoming election.The party failed in its bid for Scotland to cede from the United Kingdom in the 2014 independence referendum, but Scotland’s vote to remain in the EU has seen the issue flare up again.Sturgeon recently announced plans to hold another referendum on whether Scotland should leave the UK, and any more seats won in Westminster by the SNP would legitimise and embolden that movement.The SNP were used as a tool to beat Labour with in the run-up to the last election, with the Conservatives claiming that the Scots would dictate policy at the cabinet table.Times have changed, however, and the SNP has the potential to be the kingmaker in the upcoming election if it maintains its seat base and the Conservatives fail to win a clear majority. Share Tweet Email1 By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Chances? Even though the pollsters did get it wrong predicting the results of the 2015 UK general election, and last year’s Brexit vote, it is clear that Labour has a mountain to climb to reverse the 100+ seat difference that the Conservatives won in the last election.Liberal Democrats Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has said that the party would act as the alternative to a hard Brexit. Source: Danny Lawson PA Wire/PA ImagesIf the 2015 general election was bad for Labour, it was an utter catastrophe for the Liberal Democrats.The party won 57 seats in 2010. In 2015, it only won eight.The electorate punished the Lib Dems, and its leader Nick Clegg, for its coalition with the Conservatives and the breaking of a number of campaign pledges, including a commitment not to raise the price of going to university.This time around, the party and its new leader Tim Farron are hopeful for a return to the front bench of British politics.They’ve been quick off the mark today, positioning itself as the party of the “soft Brexit” which would see Britain remain in the single market and offer a “change of direction” for the country.It has campaigned on an anti-Brexit ticket in recent by-elections, and its membership has apparently swelled since Theresa May’s announcement this morning.In a statement, Farron said that, with the Labour party flailing, only voting Lib Dem could prevent a Conservative majority. I welcome the PM’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) April 18, 2017last_img read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Parasites can even manipulate uninfected animals into doing what they want The urge to remain in a group has been shown to make fish engage in risky behaviour, increasing their chances of being eaten. Jun 23rd 2018, 5:31 PM Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 5:30 PM By Ceimin Burke The urge to remain in the group is stronger than exercising caution against any attack by a bird independently.However, the opposite is not true, when infected fish are in the minority, they continue to engage in risky behaviour despite the more conservative patterns of the rest of the group.The scientists suspect that the ability of the tapeworm to influence the behaviour of healthy sticklebacks could also have a wider effect on stickleback and bird populations.Because more fish could be lured into dangerous waters, more waterbirds could congregate there. The predators’ urge to eat fish could thus increase, and ultimately more tapeworms could get into the birds’ intestines to reproduce.The research is published in the current issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Share25 Tweet Email2 A young stickleback fish. Source: DPA/PA ImagesPARASITES MANIPULATING THE behaviour of their hosts to benefit themselves is something we’ve known about for quite a while. However new research has found that the freeloaders can even influence healthy, uninfected, animals into doing their bidding.The tapeworm Schistocephalus solidus has a complicated life cycle. It lives and eats inside stickleback fish however it reproduces in the intestines of waterbirds, such as kingfishers.Inside the stickleback the parasite grows to such an enormous size that it can make up half of its host’s weight. Despite this the fish continues to live with the parasite inside it.As the tapeworm grows it doesn’t just feed off the fish and leave it to its own devices, it changes the stickleback’s behaviour so that it swims towards warmer water, which the parasite prefers, and it also causes it to venture into open water where it is easy prey for waterbirds.This is exactly what the tapeworm wants because once it’s inside the bird’s guts it can lay its eggs and complete the cycle. 12 Comments A kingfisher with a captured stickleback. Source: DPA/PA ImagesA team of evolutionary biologists have demonstrated for the first time that the tapeworm doesn’t just influence the behaviour of infected fish in a shoal – it can also cause healthy fish to engage in equally risky behaviour.The research found that if the majority of fish in the shoal are infected, and begin swimming into open water, even the healthy fish will follow, putting themselves at increased risk of being eaten.“The reason for this ‘wrong’ decision on the part of the non-infected sticklebacks presumably has something to with shoaling behaviour,” one of the researchers, Dr Jörn Scharsack, said in a statement. Short URL 11,893 Views last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Our most celebrated contemporary novelist and playwright Christos Tsiolkas is on a winning streak with his most recent book, The Slap. Tsiolkas was one of five writers shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the most significant prize for fiction in Australia.” It’s amazing, it feels like a new fate that comes from these acknowledgements” he said to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) Tsiolkas added, “The best thing about these nomination and awards is the impact it has on family and friends, it’s good for my world but it’s not what it makes you write. I just don’t have to say anymore ‘I am a writer.’” Last month he took the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best novel in the Pacific region and as he said to NKEE, if he won the Commonwealth prize he would ask the Queen “to return the Parthenon Marbles back to Greece”.  The book is selling fast due to enthusiastic reviews when it was published last November, strong word of mouth and because as Tsiolkas says, “It is about us, about the new reality, of people of culturally diverse background living in the suburbs.” The Slap is a thought-provoking account of what happens to a group of friends and family when a misbehaving child is slapped at a suburban barbecue by an adult who is neither his parent, nor a family member. Tsiolkas faces ferocious competition from three of Australia’s most acclaimed writers of literary fiction with long and successful records of publication and winning literary awards.The other novels on the list are: Breath by the three-times Miles winner Tim Winton; The Pages by Murray Bail, who won the prize in 1999; Wanting by Richard Flanagan, who has been shortlisted on three previous occasions; and Ice by Louis Nowra.Tsiolkas acknowledged that like all writers he suffers “insecurities.” The nomination does not change that, but it mean that he no longer has to convince himself he is a writer.  Tsiolkas knows how tough the competition will be, he is also aware of the fact that he is now a mainstream writer, and relays a story when someone in the media asked him “Does that mean you have matured enough to be acknowledged by the establishment?” and Tsiolkas response was “The establishment has matured a little by accepting me, the world is no longer what it was in 1969.” He spoke of how the children and grandchildren of Jewish, Italian and other immigrants in the United States, like Norman Mailer, Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg influenced him.“I was of a generation that did not have to look at Australian films or books to be accepted,” he added. The winner of the prize, which is worth $42,000, will be announced on June 18.last_img read more

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday arrested a bank official from Barisal Sadar in a graft case, reports news agency UNB.ACC deputy director Nilkamal Paul of its Patuakhali zila office, arrested senior officer of Agrani Bank’s Jhalakati branch ANM Bazlur Rahman, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed.On 31 June, 2016, the ACC filed a case against him and others with Barisal Sadar Police Station for allegedly swindling out money from Agrani Bank.According to the case statement, Bazlur Rahman disbursed a loan of Tk 700,000 to a person against the mortgage of a land document when he was stationed at Barisal Chaukbazar branch of the bank.Later, he allegedly stole the document from the bank’s locker and handed it over the loan receiver. And then, Bazlur in collusion with the land owner sold the land at Tk 1.17 million and plundered the money without repaying the bank loan.last_img read more

first_imgBob Smietana @bobsmietana As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Kashmiri Americans organize to put a human face to the crisis in their homeland Bob Smietana Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service.,Load Comments,Former Muslim chaplain alleges workplace discrimination at New York prison Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — In the early 2000s, Jeff Sharlet was invited to live at Ivanwald, an Arlington, Va., house run by the Fellowship Foundation, the nonprofit group behind the National Prayer Breakfast.He thought the experience would fit in a book he was writing about religion in America. Instead, he stumbled into the story of a lifetime, about a secretive Christian group whose membership, largely elected officials and wealthy businessmen, has helped shaped our politics for more than 50 years.They call themselves the Family. They work behind the scenes through relationships forged at Bible studies, prayer breakfasts and private meetings with leaders from around the globe.Family members have befriended dictators such as Ferdinand Marcos, Moammar Gadhafi, Suharto – offering friendship in the name of Jesus to promote political ends. Members often did so in secret at the behest of their longtime leader, the late Doug Coe, who often told his followers, according to Sharlet, that Jesus did not come to reach the poor or the outcast, but to help the powerful.Sharlet’s books on the Fellowship, “The Family” and “C Street,” are the basis for a new five-part Netflix documentary series that traces the Fellowship’s history from its founding in 1935 by Abraham Vereide, a Methodist minister, to the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast.Religion News Service Editor-in-Chief Bob Smietana spoke by telephone recently with Sharlet and with Jesse Moss, the series’ director. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.Director Jesse Moss, left, and Jeff Sharlet chat during a production break. Courtesy photoWhat’s been the response to the series on Netflix?Sharlet: It’s been pretty tremendous. The two things I was afraid of were, one, right-wing anger. But even conservatives are saying, “Oh, this is a problem.”The other thing I was afraid of is that people would not get it. When someone like a Jerry Falwell pounds the pulpit and starts talking about “the gays” and all this kind of thing, that’s easy to understand. The Family is much smoother.So that is the good news. The bad news is that so many people are saying, ‘I didn’t realize this.’ We all need to be a little bit more literate if we’re going to hold on to this democracy.The members of the Family who appear in the series are very earnest about what they are doing. You’re not simply saying, “Look at how bad these people are.” They have a chance to explain what they are doing and why they do it.Moss: They have a point of view, and it was important to represent that point of view. Getting their cooperation was time-consuming. We only ended up with Zach Wamp and Larry Ross at the end of a long dialogue. But finding people who were still willing to talk to us and who were deeply inspired by Doug Coe and in some way, this movement — those were essential conversations for me.Doug Coe, left, meets with the Reagans in the Netflix series “The Family.” Photo courtesy of NetflixSharlet: I just had an exchange this afternoon that I thought was revealing. A member of the Family had been writing to me, very upset. She was very close to Doug Coe and she loves him and says, “How can you say these things about him.” My response is we don’t actually say too much about him.  We’ll let him do the talking and we let the record of his actions speak for themselves.And I said, look, you know, this is not an anti-Christian message. I’m not a Christian, but I’m incredibly compelled by the Christ who cares for the least of these.Her response — and this is coming from a place of deep earnestness and even hurt on her part — was that Doug served, you know, a Christ who cared for the powerful. She said that “it seems like you have some sort of problem with people in power.”Yes, I do, as a journalist whose job is to speak truth to power, as a citizen of a democracy whose job is to question power. And as someone who has been very interested in faith for a long time and been compelled by the whole history of Christian witness. Christian witness is not about cozying up to power.Do you think members of the Fellowship are after power for power’s sake? They seem to have a post-millennial motivation — we’re going to make God’s kingdom. And the way we are going to build it isn’t by democracy.Sharlet: I think you’re right about post-millennialism and that is something I have argued for a long time. That’s part of what historically has made it difficult for the press to understand their work. Secular folks, when they think of politicized Christianity, they think about rapture theology. And even now people say, those guys can’t wait till the end of the world.Russians Mariia Butina and Alexander Torshin at the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast. President Trump later spoke from the podium in the background. Photo via Facebook That’s not these guys, that’s not the project. They’re in it for the long game.I think we have to decide if that is right. Do you think preaching a gospel of American power, and anti-LGBTQ values in Romania and putting American power behind that is the right side? Do you think covering up the affairs of the powerful so that they can stay powerful is being on the right side?Moss: This tension is clearly embodied in the third episode, about the National Prayer Breakfast and in the story of Mariia Butina. Was she pure of heart and spirit when she came to the prayer breakfast? Or was she exploiting this transactional event with a network of powerful people?Is this naiveté or cynicism?  The answer is the Fellowship manages to be both.Let’s talk about naiveté. Some of these politicians have to know that when they show up at a foreign leader’s office, they are not just a brother in Christ. They are representatives of the U.S. government. But they seem to want to set that aside and say, I just love you in the name of Jesus.Moss: That contradiction is embodied in Mark Siljander, who tells his own story about trying to pray with Gadhafi. What could be wrong with that? You know, just a prayer for peace. On the other hand, Siljander was using the Fellowship to launder money and went to prison for it.Sharlet:  In their own documents, Coe, and certainly many of the political leaders, were fully aware that they were using American power to pry doors open on behalf of this particular religious project. They would be explicit about this in their correspondence. And that to me is a deeply cynical exercise.When Coe says from now on, we’re going to submerge the institution. We’re not going to use our own letterhead (to invite people to the prayer breakfast.) Use congressional letterhead so it looks like it’s coming from Congress. That’s deception. That’s just deception.“The Family” premiered recently on Netflix. Photo courtesy of NetflixI wonder if you could talk about Doug Coe’s parable of the wolf king.Sharlet: Going back way back to my days at Ivanwald, they were always sort of talking about the sheep and wolves. I remember hearing them asking, what if Christ came not for the sheep but for the wolves? This becomes more articulated in this parable of the wolf king. The idea is that the leader of the pack is the most powerful figure. And you can go to the most powerful figure and you can pry open that door and say, let’s come alongside you.The movement sought out wolf kings around the world — in Indonesia and Somalia, Guatemala and El Salvador — and lent American support to those regimes.But within the United States, they still had to work within this shape of democracy. Now at last Trump, the wolf king, has arrived at home. And it doesn’t matter that he’s a believer. The wolf king likes strength and you’re going to put your strength alongside his. That’s the transitional moment we see in the film that we’re in. The Family’s practices that were once mainly just overseas are now coming home.President Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)For those of us who report on religion in America, it’s no secret that there have been elite religious leaders for a long time who were willing to make deals with leaders they knew to be “imperfect vessels,” as the Fellowship calls them.And yet public religion always depended on, at the very least, the veneer of piety. Liberals tended to see that as hypocritical, but I think they missed that it functioned as a form of accountability. Even if they adhered to values that secular folks would find offensive or hateful, there’s still a form of accountability.Now we see white conservative evangelicalism engaging in this transactional religion with the politics of Trump in which accountability doesn’t matter. In which the ends do justify any means.I think that’s an evolution.A still featuring President Trump from the Netflix docuseries “The Family.” Image courtesy of NetflixThe Family seems to reflect the influence that business leaders have in evangelical religion. Most of the leaders are Christian businessmen or politicians, rather than clergy. And they seem to have a disdain for religion.Sharlet: That’s the ethos of “Jesus plus nothing.” And the appeal. “Oh, you haven’t read the Bible, that’s fine. Religion is too complicated.” Christ without Christianity absolves you of any responsibility for misinterpretation and allows you to do whatever you want and say it’s in Jesus’ name.It shows the way good intentions can go disastrously awry.Moss: Good people make catastrophic and terrible decisions. And bad people may even have some goodness in their hearts somewhere.Can you talk more about the Fellowship’s idea that some people are chosen by God as leaders?Author Jeff Sharlet in “The Family” on Netflix. Photo courtesy of NetflixSharlet: I mean, wouldn’t that be amazing if you got a message from God that you are chosen? Not the person next to you. You are special. You are on a special mission. And as evidence of this, you’re on a private jet and you’re meeting with a president of a foreign country and there are powerful people all around you.Everybody is crying and everybody is gentle and you say, you know what? We’re going to cut through all the crap and finally do good. Who could say no to that? Not many.Moss: When I read Jeff’s book, I love how he encountered this group kind of innocently, then his perspective shifted. I thought, how can we give the audience that experience, to see the attraction that comes from being in the small and intensely devoted group of people? It’s not hard for me to see the appeal of being in a brotherhood.For me personally, it was not till I went to visit a group in Oregon and sat with those men and they said, well, you have to be in this group if you are filming it. I’ve never participated in any kind of small group therapeutic conversation and I loved how they challenged me.They said, look at your crew. It’s all white. What’s wrong with you? And I, you know, fumbled for a response. It’s so unusual to encounter a space where people are talking honestly, in this case about race. There’s something, something here that I can relate to and I wanted to show that to the audience.Doug Coe in 2016. Coe died on Feb. 21, 2017. Photo courtesy of A. Larry RossYou show Doug Coe talking about the need for secrecy and about Nazis and you think, who is this guy? Then you see him talking one-on-one with people and he’s so gentle. How can we reconcile these two sides?Sharlet: To me, that’s not a contradiction at all. This is the naiveté of American political life. We see a man who is kind and we are willing to look away from a well-documented record of a person who, given the choice between power and a witness to the faith, chose power every single time.(Editor’s note: RNS reporter Jack Jenkins appears in the Netflix series.) Share This! 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first_img More information: Spanish researchers build electric motorcycle prototype The price is not likely to deflate the interests of serious electric bike enthusiasts who, to parrot the Lightning Motorcycles company motto, believe that choosing to ride an electric motorcycle should not be a compromise. The company has focused on refining the technology of their electric bikes for best performance.The company–the result of founder Richard Hatfield getting together with engineers who shared his belief that clean tech transportation can deliver high performance–continues to work out technical challenges. Its key goal is placing electronic motorcycle technology in parity with gas-powered motorcycles.Lightning Motorcycles is especially happy with its choice of the Ener1 lithium-ion battery pack used in the record-breaking run. The driver of the SuperBike was Paul Thede, the owner of Race Tech. Thede, who has a degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic University, is known as a motorcycle suspension guru. He developed the Lightning SuperBike’s suspension system. For Thede, breaking the 200 mph mark on an electric motorcycle was special not just for the numbers, he said, but because it is a step toward “green” technology. Citation: Fastest electric motorcycle tops 200 mph for world record (2011, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The speeds also signify how Lightning Motorcycles broke its own 2010 record of 173 mph. The bike has a Remy HVH250 electric propulsion motor, and an Ener1 battery pack. The pack provides mileage of over 100 miles on the freeway and a combined city/highway range of 150 miles. Lightning Motorcycles is taking orders on its website for the SuperBike, with a base price set at $38,888. © 2011 Explore further ( — The Lightning Motorcycles SuperBike recently set a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats as the world’s fastest electric bike, vrooming in at over 200 mph. Lightning Motorcycles set its newest speed coups at a record-breaking 215.960 mph with a best speed of 218.637 mph. Until this month’s triumph, no electric motorcycle had ever topped a speed of 200 mph. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Cancun, Q.R. — At precisely 11:00 p.m. Saturday night, President Enrique Peña Nieto, accompanied by his wife Angélica Rivera, waved the national flag from the Central Balcony of the National Palace for the Grito de Independencia.The Cry of Independence was given in front of thousands in the capital’s Zócalo as the current president shouted for the sixth and last time during his administration.“Mexicans, live the heroes that gave us homeland and freedom. Live Hidalgo! Long live! Live Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez! Long live! Live Aldama! Long live Galeana! Long live Matamoros! Long live National Independence!”Upon completion of the cry, the national anthem rang through the city, commemorating the start of Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16.Independence Day across Mexico begins with Grito de IndependenciaPhoto: Gobierno de Quintana RooIn Quintana Roo, similar celebrations were witnessed by thousands more as Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin led the Grito de Independencia ceremony in the state’s capital city of Chetumal.In front of a crowd of more than 10,000 Carlos Joaquin also waved the national flag, rang the bell and harangued the heroes of the homeland at the Government Palace. He was accompanied by his wife Gabriela Rejón de Joaquín, his children Carlos and Miguel, and his mother Mrs. Delmi González.Photo: Gobierno de Quintana RooUnited in a voice, locals sang the Mexican national anthem before fireworks illuminated the Explanada de la Bandera and la Bahía de Chetumal.In Cancun, mayor Remberto Estrada Barba also performed his patriotic duties in front of thousands with the waving of the flag and la Grito de Independencia.Photo: Ayuntamiento de Benito JuárezFor Sunday, the official Day of Independence, the City Council of Benito Juárez says they will have several central roadways closed for the Civic-Military parade, which will be held along Bonampak Avenue.The Municipal Traffic Director, Rodrigo Alcázar Urrutia, says vehicular traffic will be closed on Avenida Bonampak at the junction with Av. Coba as well as Bonampak Avenue with Lopez Portillo, Av. Uxmal (the entrance to Puerto Cancún), with Av. García de la Torre and Av. Chichén Itzá.Residents are being advised to use Tulum Avenue as an alternative. More than 50 police will be on hand to help ensure the safe flow of traffic.last_img read more

first_imgAustralian pilots launch innovative appAustralian pilots launch innovative in-flight entertainment & flight-tracking appInflighto Pty Ltd, an Australian-based company, today announced the launch of their new in-flight entertainment and flight-tracking app, Inflighto, in the Apple App Storeand the Google Play store. The Inflighto app is the first in-flight entertainment app designed by pilots for use by airline passengers while in-flight. It combines highly-accurate ADSB flight-tracking technology and premium content to give passengers an elevated perspective of the world from the air. The Inflighto app supersedes the traditional ‘moving-maps’ currently used by airlines.Inflighto is one of the most sophisticated flight-tracking apps available. It’s the first flight-tracking app to feature geolocated points of interest, tourist destinations and events information so airline passengers can easily see flight-path highlights and identify key landmarks as they fly. This information, from premium content providers, is displayed on highly-detailed ‘moving-maps’. Furthermore, Inflighto is the only flight-tracking app to incorporate live marine vessel tracking, live weather radar, satellite images and in-flight chat. For aspiring pilots, the Inflighto app provides live flight data such as; altitude, ground-speed, vertical speed, heading and geographic location coordinates – which further uplifts the flying experience.The founders of Inflighto are two Australian pilots who are passionate about heightening the flying experience of passengers. Co-founder and commercial airline pilot John Hopkins said that the Inflighto team wanted to create an app that answered the questions most often asked of pilots from passengers; “Where are we?” and “What are we flying over?”. He said that what differentiated the Inflighto app from other flight-tracking apps was the combination of super-accurate tracking technology, premium content and unique features like live marine tracking. John said that the Inflighto team wanted to provide passengers with a better, more informative and inspiring in-flight entertainment experience than the traditional ‘moving-maps’ most airlines currently provide.Inflighto’s co-founder, Christopher Smyth said that the Inflighto app allows airlines to transition traditional, seat-back moving-maps to passengers’ own mobile devices. He said that many airlines are replacing seat-back, in-flight entertainment systems with ‘bring your own device’ solutions to reduce the cost of expensive technology installation and to save weight and fuel costs. Chris said; “The Inflighto app provides a cost-effective moving-map solution to airlines that is fully autonomous and doesn’t require integration with aircraft systems. Inflighto uses ADSB flight-tracking technology so it remains super-accurate on large airliners, at any altitude, anywhere in the world”. The Inflighto app is designed for use with in-flight Wi-Fi which is being rolled-out on commercial airlines globally, and tracks over 90,000 flights and 7,000 airlines world-wide.The Inflighto app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play as a free download. Inflighto also offers a number of paid ‘upgrades’ for users who want premium features such as live weather radar overlay – so they can see where the clouds are on the flight-path and at their destination. Co-founder John Hopkins said; “Passengers can access live weather information so they can better understand why an aircraft may be placed in a holding pattern due to severe weather or anticipate when to expect turbulence during their flight. It’s like the weather radar pilots have in the cockpit but in the palm of your hand!”.Another unique feature of the Inflighto app is In-flight Chat. This innovative feature allows passengers to chat with flight crew and fellow passengers in an open chat-room dedicated to their flight. Chris Smyth said; “Inflight Chat provides the potential for pilots and cabin crew to communicate with interested passengers about flight path highlights without using the PA system. This doesn’t disrupt other passengers who may be resting”. Inflighto also integrates with the major social media platforms to allow passengers to share flight-path images and accurate flight schedule information. Passengers can let family know their actual arrival time and even their gate number with the tap of a button.Response to the launch of the Inflighto app has been very positive with very strong downloads in both the Google Play and Apple App Store and a fast-growing user-base. “Inflighto is helping window-seat aficionados and passengers of all ages engage more with their flying experience by providing them with super-accurate information on aircraft position and key features and landmarks along their route” said John Hopkins, airline pilot and Inflighto co-founder. “If we can help passengers enjoy flying as much as we do, then our job is done!”.About Inflighto Pty LtdInflighto Pty Ltd is an Australian-based technology company formed in 2017 by two Australian pilots, John Hopkins and Christopher Smyth. John and Chris are available for media interviews. Contact Chris Smyth on +61417298598 or More information and images for media use can be found on the Inflighto website and on the Inflighto app store pages. App Store promotion codes are available on request for parties wishing to review Inflighto premium features.Source = Inflightolast_img read more

first_imgSource = Destination Southern Highlands The Southern Pie-lands warming up for Pie Time 2018The Southern Pie-lands warming up for Pie Time 2018The Southern Highlands is donning its chef’s hats, rallying their many star bakers and bakeries, taste testing some amazing pie fillings, and heating up the pie warmers for what promises to be an even bigger and better Pie Time this June.“Off the back of our National Award-winning short breaks destination marketing campaign for Pie Time 2017 at last month’s Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, the region –  where there is a large saturation of quality pie producers –  is super excited to become The Southern Pie-lands once again for the month of June,” said Steve Rosa, Manager Tourism and Events, Destination Southern Highlands.“June definitely is the time the entire region celebrates the great Australian pie with a series of mouth-watering pie themed events and festivals,” Steve continued.Mr. Rosa revealed some big changes planned for Pie Time 2018 at an industry briefing held last week in Bowral.“This year sees the expansion of the Best Pie Competition to become the NSW and ACT Best Pie Competition. On from 13-15 June, it is this year held further ahead of the Pie Festival allowing bakers from near and wide throughout NSW and ACT to pit pie against pie in five categories, and to be able to keep up with the baking demands to have the pies available for the public at the festival later in the month,” Mr Rosa said.He continued by saying that both Destination Southern Highlands and their Pie Time Events partner, The Big Event Group, have really listened to feedback from both industry and consumers for how Pie Time 2018 could improve upon last year.“Our two-day pie festival has been re-located to the Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse in Bowral this year to accommodate a greater number of stallholders and activities and to make access and parking easier for patrons. Taking place 23-24 June, the newly branded PieFest will celebrate all things pies, wine, beer, cider and spirits from the Southern Highlands and further afield,” Mr Rosa continued.He said the local pie makers, bakers and producers from the Southern Highlands will once again take part in the other pie related events which were highly successful at last year’s Pie Time including Dine with a Pie, where visitors can sample the region’s signature pies at hotels, cafes and restaurants available only for the month of June;  a locals’ pie night; and the Pie Trail where visitors can tour and sample locally made pies from over 30 local pie outlets and pie cooking classes.“We’ll also have a range of brand new pie themed experiences in 2018 including Pie Trike Tours, Pinot and Pie tours and Pie-cycle, a cycling tour which takes in several famous pie stops throughout the Highlands,” Steve continued.For more information on Pie Time visit read more