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Annan says he will make Iraq report public on Monday

“I have studied the team’s report and recommendations, and I think the team has laid the groundwork for further progress,” Mr. Annan said.Speaking to reporters following a meeting with Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi, the Secretary-General also stressed the importance of outside support for Iraq. “International cooperation would be essential as we move ahead and help the Iraqi people regain their sovereignty and build a peaceful, democratic and stable Iraq.”Towards that end, Mr. Annan said he and the Foreign Minister had discussed the important work that can be done by the “Friends of Iraq” group, which met late last week.After he briefed Ms. Kawaguchi on the fact-finding mission to Iraq led by Special Advisor Lakhdar Brahimi, the Secretary-General said they discussed a range of international concerns, including Afghanistan.“The Foreign Minister and I also talked about a number of issues that may not be on the front page of our newspapers or on our television but they also deserve urgent attention,” he added, citing conflict prevention, HIV/AIDS and “the African development that Japan has paid so much attention to.”Mr. Annan also commented on his High-level Panel on Change, voicing hope that its work would help the UN keep pace with emerging trends. “After 58 years in existence? we need to look at ourselves critically and see the challenges we face and if the problems and the nature of the challenges we face have changed, the responses have to change, too.” Hailing Tokyo’s support, he welcomed assurances from the Foreign Minister that Japan remains committed to development. “My discussions with the minister reaffirmed that strong and valuable partnership between the UN and Japan,” he said. “At the time when there are so many common concerns, it is encouraging to know that the United Nations and Japan can count on each other.” read more

Exxon earnings fall 4 per cent on lower production refining margins results

Exxon earnings fall 4 per cent on lower production, refining margins; results top expectations by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2014 6:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Exxon Mobil said Thursday that its net income fell 4 per cent in the fourth quarter as it produced less oil and natural gas and posted weaker refining results.Cost-cutting and higher prices for its oil and gas helped the company beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts. Shares rose slightly in trading before the opening bell.Exxon earned $9.1 billion in the first three months of the year on revenue of $106.77 billion. During the same period last year, Exxon earned $9.5 billion on revenue of $108.36 billion.On a per-share basis, Exxon earned $2.10, compared with $2.12 last year. Analysts expected earnings of $1.88 per share, on average, according to FactSet.Exxon, like its Big Oil peers, has been working to reduce costs to offset the increase in spending needed to find and develop large new oil and gas projects that can deliver enough production to replace natural declines in current fields.“These companies are spending a lot of money and they aren’t seeing the returns,” said Brian Youngberg, an analyst at Edward Jones.It is the fourth quarter in a row that Exxon’s profit has fallen compared with the year before.But Youngberg described Exxon’s results as “a strong start to the year” in part because of its ability to cut costs.Exxon’s capital and exploration expenditures fell 28 per cent in the first quarter, which helped deliver higher profits even though oil and gas production fell 5.6 per cent.“Like its peers, (Exxon) is growth-challenged on the production front,” Youngberg said. “Investors want these companies to focus less on volume growth and more on profitability but in reality they have to strike a balance.”Exxon’s oil production fell 2 per cent to 2.1 million barrels per day from 2.2 million barrels per day. Natural gas production fell 9.1 per cent.Earnings from oil and gas production rose, however, because natural gas prices rose, the company produced relatively more higher-profit crude oil, and Exxon controlled costs.Refining results were hurt by higher prices for raw materials such as crude oil and natural gas and relatively lower prices for petroleum-based fuels and products such as diesel, gasoline and chemicals.Jonathan Fahey can be reached at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey . This April 29, 2014 photos shows Exxon signage at a mini-mart in Dormont, Pa. Exxon Mobil reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) read more

Bank of Canada Governor visiting Calgary

We’ll find out Monday, what the experts are predicting for the economy next year.Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz is the keynote speaker Monday at the Calgary Economic Development’s 2016 Economic Outlook Luncheon.Also making presentation are ATB’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch and Glen Hodgson, Vice President and Chief Economist for the Conference Board of Canada.Mayor Naheed Nenshi will also be there.The event starts at 11 a.m. at the BMO Centre. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS by audreywhelan Posted Sep 21, 2015 7:16 am MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2015 at 7:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank of Canada Governor visiting Calgary read more

Home sales in BC return to historic averages says real estate board

Home sales in B.C. return to ‘historic averages’ says real estate board VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says the province’s housing market has tumbled from record highs posted in 2016 to return to what it calls historic, long-term averages.The association says 4,487 condos, townhomes and detached homes sold in B.C. in January, down 23 per cent compared with the same period last year.The total sales value also dropped 36.5 per cent over the same period to $2.79 billion, while the average home price was off 17.5 per cent to $621,093.Figures from the real estate association show the change was most pronounced in Vancouver where fewer detached homes sold and sales of all property types made up just 35 per cent of sales across B.C., an eight per cent decrease from January 2016.With fewer expensive, single-family homes changing hands compared with condos or townhomes, the association’s news release says the average price of a property in the Vancouver area skewed downward.It says the residential benchmark price in Greater Vancouver declined 3.7 per cent over the last six months, but record hikes last year mean prices are still 15.6 per cent higher than they were in January 2016.“A marked decrease in the average residential price (across B.C.) is largely the result of relatively more home sales occurring outside of the Lower Mainland,” association chief economist Cameron Muir says in the release.He said Victoria’s sales showed above average performance in January, but overall, the market is returning to long-term average levels. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 15, 2017 10:38 am MDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

G20 countries have political responsibility to tackle worlds greatest challenges Ban

Speaking to reporters at a press conference on the margins of the G-20 Summit, Mr. Ban highlighted the need for global action in three critical areas namely promoting inclusive growth and decent jobs, meeting the climate challenge and providing financing for sustainable development. The determination of the G20 to raise growth by more than 2 per cent in the next five years is a step in the right direction. But the quality of growth is just as important as its quantity, the UN Chief said. We must pursue an agenda that advances sustainability, addresses inequalities and generates decent jobs, especially for young people, he added. On climate change, he commended the recent announcement by the United States and China of their post-2020 climate action, which comes on the heels of Europe’s decision on emission reduction targets. As the transition towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient future accelerates, other leaders and major economies, especially among the G20, should come forward with contributions that will sustain momentum. The world also looks to the G20 to lead on climate finance, Mr. Ban told reporters as he urged G20 countries to make ambitious pledges towards the capitalization of the Green Climate Fund at next week’s pledging conference in Berlin. We must act quickly and decisively if we want to avoid increasingly destructive outcomes but we also have the means to limit climate change and build a better future, the UN Chief emphasized. Growth and sustainable development agendas depend on financing public, private, domestic and international. Hence, the G20 must continue efforts to reform the global financial system, strengthen tax systems, fight corruption and reaffirm their commitment to meeting the target of 0.7 per cent of gross national income for official development assistance. Turning to the Ebola epidemic, Mr. Ban stressed the need to intensify the international response in West Africa and also thanked front-line health-workers and countries that are making life-saving contributions. He commended Australia for being one of the first to contribute to the United Nations trust fund set up to combat Ebola in West Africa. The rate of new cases is showing signs of slowing in some of the hardest-hit parts of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. But as rates decline in one area, they are rising in others. Transmission continues to outpace the response, Mr. Ban warned. He urged the G-20 to step up efforts to meet the 70/70 goal: isolating and treating 70 per cent of all Ebola cases and providing safe and dignified burials to 70 per cent of those who have died. Equally important is addressing the secondary impacts on healthcare, education and soaring food prices caused by a disruption in farming that could provoke a major food crisis.On the war in Syria, he said the protracted conflict continues to destabilize the region and cause immense humanitarian suffering. In Syria, Iraq and northern Nigeria, extremist groups control territory larger than that of many countries. Unilateral steps are making a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict seem more elusive than ever. And in the heart of Europe, the Ukraine conflict has raised fear of Cold War-style divisions that can impede collective efforts to solve problems. Across these arcs of crisis, we need more determined steps to end grave abuses of human rights, resolve the conflicts and address the underlying sources of instability, Mr. Ban said. read more

Thesis and portfolio defences — May 7 to 11

The following is a list of thesis and portfolio defences taking place at Brock from May 7 to 11.All are open for the University community to attend.PhD in Educational Studies portfolio defenceEducation student Brandy Doan will defend the portfolio “Building Confidence Through Personal Self-Assessment and Growth Mindset” on Tuesday, May 8 at 2 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Camille Rutherford, Chair; Ruth McQuirter, External Examiner (Brock University); Susan Drake, Supervisor; Vera Woloshyn, Committee Member; and Dragana Martinovic, Committee Member (University of Windsor).Critical Sociology MA thesis defenceCritical Sociology student Grace Maich will defend the thesis, “Precarious Work and Communities: The Impact of Neoliberalism on Working Class Politics,” on Thursday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Wayne Lewchuk, External Examiner (McMaster University);  Jonah Butovsky, Supervisor; and June Corman and Kendra Coulter, Committee Members. read more

Reeves scores 15 Providence downs rival Rhode Island 5950

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Freshman A.J. Reeves had 15 points and Providence survived a long field-goal drought in the second half to hold off Ocean State rival Rhode Island 59-50 on Saturday.Isaiah Jackson added 13 points and nine rebounds and Nate Watson finished with 12 points and seven rebounds as the Friars earned their third straight victory.Providence has won eight of the last nine matchups with Rhode Island. The Friars haven’t lost to the Rams at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center since 2002.Cyril Langevine led Rhode Island with 18 points and 12 rebounds.The Rams trailed by 12 at halftime and opened the second half by missing their first seven shots. They stayed close at the free-throw line, trimming Providence’s lead to 44-37 with 12:35 to play.Providence held on to its lead despite going more than eight minutes without a field goal after Reeves opened the second half with a 3-pointer.The Friars used their speed to drive the ball inside and were able to get into the interior of Rhode Island’s defence, which led to easy baskets early on. They outscored URI 20-12 in the paint in the opening 20 minutes and 26-18 for the game.It helped offset an off night by Friars’ leading scoring Alpha Diallo. He came in averaging 19 points per game but finished with just five on 0-of-6 shooting from the field.But Providence did just as good a job limiting URI leading scoring Jeff Dowtin. He was averaging 17.2 points per game but was held to 12 points and 5-of-14 shooting.The Friars bench was also active, outscoring their URI counterparts 29-8 for the game.URI, which entered the game shooting just 40 per cent from the field, continued to struggle, shooting 30 per cent. The Rams were just 2-of-18 from the 3-point line.When Providence wasn’t getting the ball inside, it was adding to its lead from the perimeter. The Friars were 5-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc. It marked the first time this season that a team has shot better than 20 per cent from behind the 3-point line against the Rams.ROUGH HALFProvidence led 39-27 at halftime.The Friars built a 23-13 lead with 10:29 left before halftime, but then went nearly four minutes without a basket.URI got as close as 27-23 before being outscored 12-4 the final 4:07 of the half.BIG PICTURERhode Island: The Rams struggle most when Langevine is frozen out of the offence. Getting better production on the perimeter will limit opponents’ ability to key on him when Rhode Island needs scoring.Providence: Fresh off being named Big East freshman of the week, Reeves continued to establish himself as one the Friars’ go-to scoring threats. He is becoming as comfortable driving on defenders as he is taking outside shots. Providence will need both as it prepares to open conference play at the end of the month.UP NEXTRhode Island has a week off before travelling to Holy Cross next Saturday.Providence plays at Boston College on Tuesday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Kyle Hightower, The Associated Press read more

Grenfell fire memorial Royals attend St Pauls Cathedral service

first_imgA fireball erupting from Grenfell Tower in west London She added: “I just hope it measures up to everybody’s expectations and people will … a lot of family will find healing from the messages, the sermons, and I hope it’s soul-enriching.”I hope there’s words that will just echo and resonate, and say, ‘yes, there is empathy, there is humanity, there is hope for the world’, because I think this service is the platform that can really start to change humanity depending on the right words and – it’s a church, people of god – how they convey the message to mankind. “I just hope this service resonates with people, with the hunger people have spiritually.”A lot of people, right now there’s no trust in the Government, a lot of people have more faith and trust in their religion.” Prince William speaks to firefighters after the Grenfell Tower fireCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph  Britain's Prince Charles arrives at St Paul's Cathedral for a memorial service in honour of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, London He said he hoped today’s service would mark the start of better relations.His inquiry has been bogged down in rancor while conservative councilors were banned from St. Paul’s cathedral after survivors objected to their presence.Sir Martin said: “Every day would be a good day to put things on a better footing. We are working hard to to do that.”Theresa May slips in through back doorTheresa May avoided journalists by slipping in through a back door but Jeremy Corbyn told reporters: “This country had ignored the poor for too long.Today’s service will remind them of the bad service of the borough of Kensington andCchelsea council.”  Diane Abbott, the shadow Home Secretary. Waded into the row over the ban on Tory councillors. She accused boris Johnson of politicising the tragedy after the foreign secretary sId it was wrong for the elected leaders of Kensington to be ordered to stay clear of the cathedral. Ms Abbott said: “most of us are trying not to political this and I am here because this is a day of remembrance.” Theresa May sits beside Sajid Javid Politicians and mourners were sat together in the cathedral Credit: pixel8000 Adele was there – she has been present at many Grenfell events, helping survivorsCredit:BBC News/PA Survivors ask for justiceMouna Elogbani, 43, who lived on the 11th floor of the tower and managed to escape with her husband and three children, said: “I want this service to bring the nation together. We have not moved on.”Mrs Elogbani and her family are living in two hotel rooms in Shepherd’s Bush and will spend Christmas there. She lost good friends and neighbours in the fire. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service held at St Paul’s Cathedral on December 14, 2017 in LondonCredit:Getty People arriving for the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service Two of her neighbours died on the 11th floor and two families she was close to on the 21st and 22nd floor.”We want justice,” she said, “but today is a day to reconcile and try to move forward.”Inquiry judge says he hopes the service will help people move onSir Martin Moore-Bick, the retired appeal court judge chairing the public inquiry, said he hoped today’s service will help to bring people closer and move on. The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in LondonCredit:PA Politicians and mourners were sat together in the cathedral  An opportunity for ‘words of healing and truth’Clarrie Mendy, whose cousin Mary Mendy and her daughter Khadija died in the fire, helped to shape the service.She said she had asked for the event to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral and that she hoped the names of the 53 adults and 18 children who died would be read out as a mark of respect and recognition.Ms Mendy said: “I think a lot of people are anticipating and looking forward to this service at St Paul’s. I know there’s a lot of expectations. I know there’s a lot of diversity from your normal tradition. Council leader: We hope to rebuild trustKensington and Chelsea Council leader Elizabeth Campbell will not be present after some families said they did not want the council to attend in an official capacity.She said: “It is only right that we respect the wishes of those involved in the service. A fireball erupting from Grenfell Tower in west LondonCredit:Guilhem Baker /Pressframe “This is a hugely important moment for us all to remember the victims who died in the fire, and the effect this has had on those who have escaped. Many of them are in temporary housing, have lost their possessions and are still suffering from  the experiences many of us can barely imagine.” The service is to include messages of support for the bereaved, offering strength and hope for the future “for those of all faiths and none”. The council will instead mark the occasion with a minute’s silence at 11am at the town hall in High Street Kensington.Met Police chief: Scale of fire ‘almost unimaginable’Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Cressida Dick said the fire was a “tragedy of such a scale it is almost unimaginable” and said today was a day when “we should all reflect and remember what so many lost that terrible night”.She added: “My officers and staff are committed to doing everything in our power to support those so deeply affected and to carry out a thorough and effective investigation.” SurvivorsKensington and Chelsea Council said 209 households from the tower, consisting of both families and single people, required rehousing following the fire. This figure is higher than the 129 flats, due to “changing housing compositions”, the council said, understood to include families with children over 18 becoming two households, rather than one.As of December 12, 111 families remained in emergency accommodation – mainly hotels.Only 45 households had moved into a permanent address and 54 into a temporary home, despite the council pledging to get every resident out of hotels by Christmas.Of those still in hotels, 29 have children, the council saidForty-nine families have accepted permanent housing offers but have yet to move.The council hoped to bolster its housing stock by an extra 300 properties by Christmas to meet the demand.Police investigationKensington and Chelsea Council, which owned Grenfell Tower, and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), which formerly managed the estate, are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of corporate manslaughter. Further criminal charges could follow.The council funded a refurbishment which saw a flammable cladding system wrapped round the 24-storey block, a process designed and overseen by the KCTMO, an arms-length body which worked on behalf of the council, in conjunction with contractor Rydon.Investigators said in September that they had seized 31 million documents and 2,500 exhibits, identified 2,400 different individuals to speak to and taken more than 1,000 statements.More than 300 different organisations were identified as having had some kind of involvement in working on Grenfell Tower.Eight people have been charged or are under investigation for fraud in connection with the disaster. In November Anh Nhu Nguyen, 52, admitted two counts of fraud after claiming his wife and son died in the blaze, to pocket £12,500 intended to help victims.ResponseThe Government earmarked an extra £28 million to help with the aftermath of the fire, including £15 million to invest into the estate on which Grenfell Tower stands, Lancaster West.The council matched the £15 million cash injection for the neighbourhood.The KCTMO was stripped of its responsibility over the 9,000 property housing stock in Kensington and is faced with the prospect of being disbanded.Grenfell Tower will be returned to the council in the spring, after police conducted a finger-tip search and removed 15.5 tonnes of debris from each floor.It is currently being covered by white sheeting, floor by floor, ahead of a planned demolition at the end of 2018.InquiriesThe Grenfell Tower public inquiry has held three preliminary hearings and hopes to begin evidence hearings in the new year, with an interim report planned for the spring. More than 400 individuals and groups were given core participant status.The Equality and Human Rights Commission announced this week that it would carry out its own review, following concerns the public probe, led by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, would neglect human rights concerns. It aims to conclude its work by April 2018.Dame Judith Hackitt is carrying out an independent review of building regulations and fire safety, which will submit its final report next spring. The investigation was ordered after it was suggested outdated building regulations led to high-rise towers across the country having dangerous cladding systems installed on them. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service held at St Paul's Cathedral on December 14, 2017 in London Smoke and flames rise from the Grenfell TowerCredit:Natalie Oxford/AFP Adele was there - she has been present at many Grenfell events, helping survivors Video: How the tragedy unfolded A banner with the Grenfell Heart will be displayed in the domed building, while the Ebony Steel Band, the Portobello Road Salvation Army Band, an Islamic girls’ choir from the Al Sadiq and Al Zahra Schools, and the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir will perform.A pre-recorded sound montage of anonymous voices from the Grenfell community will also be played.Following the service, bereaved families and survivors will leave the cathedral together in silence, holding white roses. “I hope I’m just not hoping for too much, but I am expecting a lot from this service, especially words of healing, and of truth.”Royals a constant strand of supportBen Gabbitas, whose close friend Sheila died in the fire, hailed the Royals’ presence as a constant strand of support through the uncertainty of the past six months.The 48-year-old said healing would take a long time and that “the service and people’s faith is an important part of what’s getting them through”.Mr Gabbitas said he had been immediately struck by the way the tragedy touched the nation, praising the “almost immediate spontaneous, visceral response of people wishing to help”.He said: “Another unifying force was the presence of the sovereign, which seemed almost immediate again in terms of they hardly needed to be consulted.”I think the nation at that point appreciated her being present, and particularly William and Harry, and I think that was a unifying force of which there were no politicians who managed that.” The council said that all its elected Tories had been told to stay away from the service, while Labour councillors had been invited. The authority has been blamed for the fire in the 24-storey block in which 71 people, including a stillborn baby, died on June 14. Survivors are angry that many are still in temporary accommodation as Christmas approaches. The Bishop of Kensington, who led the service to mark six months since the tragedy, said tensions between the victims’ relations and the Conservative-run council led to the decision to exclude them. “It is being held for the people who lost everything on that terrible night six months ago, and it is in memory of those who tragically lost their lives.”I want them to know that we will be thinking of them. We hope to rebuild trust, but we understand that we have a long way to go.” Theresa May sits beside Sajid JavidCredit:Pixel8000 Members of the congregation arrive for the Grenfell Tower National Memorial ServiceCredit:Gareth Fuller /PA The royals’ numerous visits to the community since the fire formed a thread which has led to their presence at the service, he said, adding: “That is wonderful that there is recognition at that level, and as I said it was one of the only unifying forces and at these times I guess we are more thankful we have a royal family and its place within our society.” Prince William speaks to firefighters after the Grenfell Tower fire Britain’s Prince Charles arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral for a memorial service in honour of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, LondonCredit:Reuters Smoke and flames rise from the Grenfell Tower Members of the Royal family have joined victims of the Grenfell Tower fire at a memorial service in St Paul’s Cathedral.The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were among those who gathered to remember the 71 people who died in the blaze.Around 1,500 people – including survivors, those who lost loved-ones and rescue workers – are attending the multi-faith service on Thursday, which is exactly six months after the fire.Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Communities Secretary Sajid Javid are some of the politicians attending.But Elizabeth Campbell, the leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council, was not present after some families said they did not want the council to attend in an official capacity. What we know about Grenfell six months laterVictimsPolice believe 293 people were in the 129-flat Grenfell Tower on the night of the fire, of which 223 escaped, based on CCTV and body-worn video.The final death toll was put at 71, including stillborn baby Logan Gomes, following an arduous process of recovering and identifying remains from the block. Westminster Coroner Fiona Wilcox said this was “highly unlikely” to change.The youngest child victim was Leena Belkadi, found dead in her mother’s arms at just six months old, while the oldest was grandmother Sheila Smith, 84.Three generations of the same family were killed on the 22nd floor: grandmother Sirria Choucair, 60, was found dead with Bassem Choukair, 40, his wife Nadia Choucair, 33, and their children Mierna Choucair, 13, Fatima Choucair, 11 and Zeinab Chouciar, three.A total of 400 people were listed as missing in the aftermath of the blaze. One person was reported missing 46 times.Bodies of some victims were so badly damaged by the fire that they had to be identified using anthropology, meaning their remains were meticulously reconstructed, and by consulting secondary, supportive evidence.Inquests were opened and adjourned for 70 of the victims across 19 hearings spanning five months. The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service at St Paul's Cathedral in London 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.last_img read more

Kerry County Council backs samesex marriage

first_imgKERRY COUNTY COUNCIL has followed a number of other local authorities in showing support for same-sex marriage.A motion, tabled by Labour Councillor Gillian Wharton-Slattery this week, was carried by a vote of 18 to seven.To date, 14 county or city councils have backed marriage equality.“This is a wonderful step by Kerry County Council to raise awareness of this important issue at local level,” said Moninne Griffith, the director of advocacy group Marriage Equality.Marriage equality is not just a national issue, it’s a local one. It’s about respecting and protecting loving couples and families who are part of our communities and treating them as equal. That is why putting the issue on the agenda at local level is so important. Tralee is hosting its first-ever Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride in May this year, and the passing of today’s motion helps to further boost Kerry’s reputation as a place that welcomes diversity and LGBT people.Last year, some 965 civil partnerships were registered in Ireland but any legislation to provide for same-sex marriage will require a referendum of the Irish people.The provision of marriage equality is to be discussed at the Constitutional Convention on 13 and 14 April. Although the Taoiseach has previously declined to express a solid view on the matter, Griffith said she would like Ireland to become a leader when it comes to family equality. She has urged citizens to make a submission to the convention through its website to tell government why the issue is important.According to Wharton-Slattery, about 5.5 per cent of the population of Kerry is gay.The vote was taken on Monday afternoon during the council’s monthly meeting. Most councillors stuck with the party line and just one – Pat McCarthy of Fine Gael – abstained from the ballot.The two Healy-Raes were divided on the issue with Danny voting against the motion and Johnny voting in favour.Significantly, Fine Gael’s John Sheahan and Labour’s Pat Leahy were the only coalition party members to vote against the motion. Other ‘no’ votes came from Fianna Fáil’s John Joe Culloty and Independent Michael Gleeson.Last week: Kerry County Council to vote on same-sex marriagePoll: Should Ireland legalise same-sex marriage?last_img read more

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after serious assault in Cork

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1 Tweet Email Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 3:12 PM By Dominic McGrath 6 hours ago No Comments Gardaí appeal for witnesses after serious assault in Cork The assault happened in Cork city on Thursday. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie 13,133 Views Short URL Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4810527 GARDAÍ HAVE APPEALED again for witnesses after a man in his 40s was left in a critical condition following an assault in Cork city on Thursday. The assault took place on Patrick Street in Cork, close to the junction with Academy Street, just after 9pm on Thursday evening. The man, who was taken to Cork University Hospital, remains in a serious condition. No arrests have been made so far in the investigation. Speaking at Anglesea Street Garda Station today, Superintendent Michael Comyns said that Gardaí are “particularly anxious to speak to the occupants of several cars which were on Patrick Street at the time of the assault”. Gardaí are asking anyone who was in the area from 8.30pm to 9.30pm to contact them. Anyone with mobile phone or dash cam footage is also being asked to come forward. Gardaí at Anglesea street garda station can be contacted on 021 4522000 or at the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station.last_img read more

Harrys Back

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram FORMER Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) staffer, Harry Nicolaides arrived in Melbourne on Saturday after almost seven months in a Thai prison and fell into the arms of his father Socrates and brother Forde. Harry’s first priority is to try to come to terms with what occurred to him and the shock of his mother’s stroke. “I cannot stop crying” he said to NKEE.Asked if he can describe what he is feeling Harry said, “I am bewildered, I am dazed and I have lost touch with my feelings and my ability to relate to my environment.”Harry was informed about his mother’s stroke an hour after his release, “I am overwhelmed with concern about my mother, my brief feelings on release of epiphany and exquisite joy dissolved when I was confronted with the news of my mother’s stroke – I am in a state of shock and disorientation.”“She was overcome with emotion, she was crying when she saw me” added Harry.Harry received a royal pardon, last Thursday for the crime of lese majeste, a law punishing any insult to the Thai royal family. Harry was sentenced to three years jail for a paragraph in his self published book Vesrimilitude that talks of a fictional Thai prince’s alleged infidelities.Harry was aware of the Thai law; “I knew the law existed but not in my wildest dreams did I think that they would take me seriously enough to drag me into the ordeal that I have experienced. I wrote that book three years ago.”Harry admits that an article by him published in Eureka Street, a Melbourne based publication, alleging that Thai police turned a blind eye to the importation of child pornography from Burma, may have impacted on his situation, “It may have put me on the radar, I knew I was always provocative but at worst if anything at all happened I thought I would be deported, never jailed.”Harry describes what he felt when he was in prison, “like falling in a dark hole. It was an experience of shock and disbelief so unfamiliar to anything I could even imagine.”In fact, the last day before being released Harry fell into a sewer hole leading to a large cesspool, “If not for the holding on to a rusted and flimsy man hole wires I would have been submerged in human excrement.”He describes the prison as being like a “prisoner of war camp that you see in movies like The Great Escape, with gun turrets and barbed wire everywhere”.“The conditions are impossible to comprehend or believe, it shocked me and disgusted me, it was like the worst of Bangkok’s slums only a hundred times worse,” Harry says.He talks of the process of “suspending humanity and allowing for a form of numbness, a mortification as all I could do is fulfil my basic human needs.”“In prison I encountered many people and experiences that could have easily nurtured antipathy in me towards the Thai people, but I never lost sight for the reality that this was an extreme situation and that the essential goodness of most of the Thai people”Harry expresses his feelings to NKEE of being in a prison “surrounded by foreign culture and a language I did not understand, I was in prison within a prison, we had to prostrate ourselves in front of prison officials.”Harry adds, “I need to rise above some of those feelings, my partner Jiantana who is Thai helped me tremendously in the process.”But Harry’s antipathy to the prison guards is hardly veiled, “The guards are lazy, corrupt and self servicing and they beat people for no reason. I remember near the last day when we were eating they picked a poor Thai man and made him bend over and beat him with a heavy wooden pole across his back. When I asked some Iranian prisoners who spoke some Thai why they were beating him, they said because the prisoner had not finished laundering the guard’s clothes in time.”His mind will always be seared with images of prisoners “left to die from TB or HIV instead of being treated”, or corrupt Thai guards humiliating prisoners and the eternal stench of the prison.While in prison he met a number of foreign nationals one of the being Viktor Bout the infamous weapons dealer depicted by Nicolas Cage in the film Lord of War.“I was the unofficial correspondent Victor Bout who ran an airline serviving all the African nations and is now awaiting extradition to the US.” He also shared a cell with one of the world’s leading drug king pins now awaiting extradition to Australia.While Harry maybe considering the writing of a book about his nightmarish experiences in a Bangkok jail, his main focus for the time being is to become normal and to assist in the care of his mother.NKEE has sought an exclusive in-depth interview with Harry Nicolaides which will be appearing soon. last_img read more

Fukushima laveuglement des autorités dénoncé dans un rapport

first_imgFukushima : l’aveuglement des autorités dénoncé dans un rapportSelon un nouveau rapport officiel le gouvernement japonais et la compagnie Tepco n’ont pas pris les mesures nécessaires lors de l’accident de Fukushima. Le document fustige l’aveuglement des autorités et de l’opérateur face aux risques et leurs erreurs dans la gestion de la catastrophe.Un rapport commandé à un comité comprenant des ingénieurs, des chercheurs, des juristes et des journalistes par le gouvernement japonais lui-même révèle, au cours des 450 pages, que les autorités tout comme Tepco n’ont pas correctement réagi lors de l’accident de la centrale de Fukushima. “Le problème principal provient du fait que les compagnies d’électricité, dont Tepco, et le gouvernement n’ont pas perçu la réalité du danger, car ils croyaient au mythe de la sécurité nucléaire au nom duquel un accident grave ne peut se produire dans notre pays”, ont souligné les membres de la commission d’enquête.A l’issue d’entretiens avec 772 personnes impliquées avant ou pendant l’accident du 11 mars 2011 à la centrale Fukushima Daichi (dont le Premier ministre Naoto Kan), le document indique que non seulement les autorités et Tepco n’ont pas pris de mesures suffisantes pour empêcher cet accident nucléaire mais aussi que leur gestion de la catastrophe a laissé à désirer. Le rapport pointe “une gestion de crise déficiente, une structure organisationnelle peu adaptée aux situations d’urgence et une formation insuffisante du personnel en cas d’accident grave”. Pourtant, Tepco continue de prétendre que la puissance du séisme et l’ampleur du tsunami avaient dépassé toutes leurs prévisions et n’avaient donc pu être envisagées.Les experts ont indiqué espérer que la compagnie “réformerait en profondeur ses systèmes de formation afin d’améliorer la capacité de son personnel à lutter contre l’accident”. D’ailleurs, 16 mois après l’accident et quoi que les émissions radioactives soient infiniment plus faibles selon les relevés tout danger ne peut-être complètement écarté. Les installations restent en effet fragiles après les explosions qui ont frappé les bâtiments au début de la crise. D’autant que de fréquents tremblements de terre continuent de secouer la région de Fukushima.”Plus de mal que de bien” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le rapport accuse en outre Tepco de traîner les pieds “pour identifier les causes de l’accident”, ce qui empêche l’industrie nucléaire nippone d’en tirer les conclusions adéquates. L’ancien Premier ministre Naoto Kan n’est pas épargné par le document qui critique ses interventions directes dans la gestion opérationnelle de l’accident. “Son intervention directe a fait plus de mal que de bien, car cela a pu entretenir la confusion, empêcher de prendre des décisions importantes et entraîner des jugements erronés”, peut-on lire. Un autre rapport officiel avait déjà jugé que la catastrophe avait été “un désastre créé par l’homme” et non pas simplement provoqué par le séisme et le tsunami.Le 23 juillet 2012 à 16:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE Survivor Series expanding to four hours in November NXT taping TV

first_img October 29, 2016 at 1:44 am Twitter 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WWE Survivor Series expanding to four hours in NovemberThe official Ticketmaster.com listing for the upcoming WWE Survivor Series PPV on November 20 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is now listing the show as beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern (5:30 CT), an hour earlier from the previously scheduled 7:30 start time. This means this year’s Survivor Series will be expanding to a four hour live show.NXT taping TV at Smackdown Live in OttawaWWE has announced that an episode of NXT will be filmed at the upcoming Smackdown Live taping on November 22 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The taping will air the following night on the WWE Network coming off the latest NXT TakeOver: Toronto special.Get your tickets for #SDLive from @CdnTireCtr in Ottawa on Nov. 22 to also see a special taping of @WWENXT! Tix: https://t.co/POzy6weE3q pic.twitter.com/Mx74aBOALF— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) October 28, 2016 Now Playing Up Next 5 COMMENTS Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Jeremy King Now Playing Up Next I don’t see the need for ppvs to run for so long. I mean why do they need 4 hours that they can’t accomplish in 3? Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Google+ Facebook I remember the feeling I used to get from wrestling shows in the 90’s when they would pack the time slot with action and drama and still leave you excited about the next show. Now it’s such a long slog through so many hours of meaningless content just to get to anything memorable. Cesaro October 28, 2016 at 9:38 pm Cameron Huff October 30, 2016 at 2:46 pmcenter_img Seth Rollins Videos Articles Comments are closed. NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 I remember when WrestleMania 32 was 4 hours and that WrestleMania was cringeworthy at best. Hopefully,Survivor Series 2016 won’t be terrible. Pinterest WhatsApp The fans there wished it was only 4 hours. Including all the pre-game stuff, it ran for 7 hours! (:P And to call it cringeworthy is giving it a better compliment than it deserves. It outright sucked.Now with Survivor Series being the most neglected of WWE’s big 4 PPVs, I don’t see it being anything but terrible. October 29, 2016 at 10:21 pm If they cut half the promo build up videos and pointless talking, they’d easily fit it in 3 hours…. but that won’t happen Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Roman Reigns is in Remission October 29, 2016 at 9:59 am TheCyberZon WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Steven Herrera tafkagalast_img read more

ASA joins Agriculture Industry in Joint Letter to Senate Finance on Tax

first_imgASA recently joined several other agricultural organizations in a letter to the State Finance Committee with suggestions regarding tax reform.Addressed to Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, the letter commends the State Finance Committee for thoughtfully tackling tax reform, and states that it is not the group’s intent to represent a comprehensive statement on the issue, instead offering “common sense” suggestions “and guidance on agricultural issues.“While we generally support the concept of creating a simplified pro-growth tax code, it is our goal to provide you with guidance as to how your proposed changes will impact the agriculture industry,” the groups said in the letter.The letter addressed two items contained in the Chairman’s Discussion Draft of particular interest to farmers and ranchers:Cash Accounting vs. Accrual Accounting – The letter states that “the discussion draft proposes a fundamental change to a common practice in most agricultural businesses. According to the discussion draft, agricultural businesses with more than $10 million in gross receipts will be required to shift from the cash accounting method to the accrual method of accounting. Due to uncertain and fluctuating income that results from variable cropping practices, weather conditions, and markets, farmers and ranchers need a tax code that allows them to manage the risks associated with agriculture while complying with tax liabilities under the law.”Section 179 Expensing – The groups also wrote that “the small business expensing provides agricultural producers with a way to maximize business purchases in years when they have positive cash flow” and commended the inclusion of the Section 179 provisions in the cost recovery discussion draft and support maintenance of a $1 million Section 179 small business expensing limitation and $2 million acquisition limit.“As organizations representing small businesses, we are encouraged that Senate Finance Committee members are working to develop a comprehensive tax plan that addresses the needs of a twenty-first century economy and we look forward to working with you to provide insight and direction,” the groups said.To read the entire letter, click here.last_img read more

Terror activities wont pay Kishan Reddy

first_imgSecunderabad: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy contended here on Sunday that terror activities won’t pay. He called for a society giving up the path of bloodshed. “Taking the path of non-violence offers solutions to problems. This is the most ideal.”Reddy was speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of the four-day photo exhibition ‘Mana Mahatmudu’, on Gandhi’s life, organised by the Regional Outreach, near platform no 1 in Secunderabad Railway Station to mark the 150th Jayanthi of the Mahatma. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us He lauded the photographs on Gandhiji, right from his childhood, on display. He said Gandhiji’s life should be an inspiration for the people of the country, particularly youth. “Those showing Gandhiji’s participation in the ending stages of the freedom struggle are interesting,” he observed. The minister advised people to visit the exhibition and follow the path shown by Gandhiji.last_img read more

Infosys Q2 Profit Rises 286 Shares Jump on Bonus

first_imgInfosys Ltd. on Friday reported net profit of ₹3,096 crore for second quarter (July-September) of the fiscal 2014-15, posting 28.6% year-on-year (YoY) growth and 7.3% sequentially.In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the IT bellwether said consolidated revenue increased 2.9% YoY to ₹13,342 crore and 4.5% sequentially for the quarter (Q2) under review.Under the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS), net income grew 6% YoY to $511 million and gross revenue 6.5% to $ 2.2 billion for the quarter.Infosys Ltd. has retained annual revenue guidance for this fiscal (2014-15) at seven-nine per cent in dollar terms and 6.7-8.7% in rupee terms, as given in April at the beginning of the fiscal.In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Friday, the IT bellwether said consolidated revenue is expected to growth 7-9% in dollar terms under the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) and 6.7-8.7% in rupee terms for the fiscal (FY 2015-16) under review.The global software major has discontinued giving quarterly guidance since a year.Infosys declares 1:1 bonus shares to investorsInfosys Ltd. on Friday declared 1.1 bonus issue of equity shares to increase liquidity of its blue-chip stock and expand the retail shareholder base on the bourses.In a regulatory filing on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the IT bellwether said it would give one bonus share for every share held by investors to increase the volume of shares (liquidity) in the stock market for trading and help in expanding the retail shareholder base.”We are giving bonus shares after 15 years to our investors in India and 1:1 stock dividend of American Depositary Shares (ADS) to increase liquidity on the bourses and the retail shareholder base,” Infosys chief financial officer Rajiv Bansal said.The ₹5 per share of the blue scrip shot up 6.16% to ₹3,870 on the BSE within an hour of trading commencing Friday from opening rate of ₹3,685 and Thursday’s closing rate of ₹3,645.55.The global software major also declared an interim dividend of ₹30 per share for the first half (April-September) of this fiscal, which is six times (600%) the par value of its ₹5 per share.last_img read more

McDonalds to drop antibiotics in chicken supply

first_img McDonalds US restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to change chicken producers practices in the fight against dangerous superbugs.The worlds biggest restaurant chain announced on 4 March that within two years, McDonalds USA will only buy chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. The concern is that the overuse of antibiotics for poultry may diminish their effectiveness in fighting disease in humans. McDonalds policy will begin at the hatchery, where chicks are sometimes injected with antibiotics while still in the shell.Scientists and public health experts say whenever an antibiotic is administered, it kills weaker bacteria and can enable the strongest to survive and multiply. Frequent use of low-dose antibiotics, a practice used by some meat producers, can intensify that effect.Superbugs are linked to an estimated 23,000 human deaths and two million illnesses every year in the United States, and up to $20bn (£13.1bn) in direct healthcare costs, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.McDonalds expects its suppliers will treat any animals that become ill, using antibiotics when prescribed. McDonalds, however, will not buy those treated chickens.By starting down the path with chicken, getting rid of these antibiotics and hormones, thats a first step forward and then eventually they can work towards improving the quality the food and the ingredients through their supply chain for other products on the menu. So, its a very important first step for them and certainly consumers will respond very positively toward this change, said Darren Tristano, executive vice president at the food consulting firm Technomic.There are exceptions to McDonalds new policy. The company will buy chickens from farmers who responsibly use ionophores, an animal antibiotic not used in human medical treatment.The phase-out applies only to McDonalds roughly 14,000 US restaurants. It currently does not affect the companys approximately 22,000 international restaurants.Clearly, its going to take some time for them to get all of these antibiotics out of the system and for suppliers to catch up with the great demand. But, its going to really change the way producers, chicken producers, look at how theyre treating these animals and what the demand looks like, added Tristano.Overall, I think this change is going to be good, not only for McDonalds and its customers but for the rest of the industry because McDonalds leads and generally sets an example.The action by McDonalds, which has been fighting to win back diners and bolster sagging US sales, is in step with consumer demand for food made with clean and more natural ingredients. But it falls short of similar policies at smaller chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, which ban the use of all antibiotics.A Reuters investigation last year revealed that some of the nations largest poultry producers routinely fed chickens an array of antibiotics, not just when sickness strikes, but as a standard practice over most of the birds lives. Closelast_img read more

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TravRays launches unique B2B travel technology platform in UAE

first_imgTravRays, a Dubai-based travel technology company, has launched a complete end-to-end technology platform which encompasses an advanced Booking Engine using multiple sources of air and non-air content, combined with customer profiling,  comprehensive reporting and management capabilities, thereby addressing the need of travel industry and e-retail products for distribution network.Hari Kumar Manivannan, General Manager of TravRays, said through its Core Engine, TravRays (www.travrays.ae) was all geared up to provide solutions and manage business requirements to multiple opportunities that exist in a market place. The systems act as a platform where travel agents, travel suppliers such as airlines, car rentals and hotels can be both a supplier and a customer at the same time.He added, “With our professional experience of 20 plus years in the industry, we understand the importance of delivery and customer satisfaction. Our team and the core engine are committed to service round the clock. TravRays platform is ready to integrate with any travel supplier within the UAE and beyond. We have beta-tested with over 75 travel agents and our clientele base is increasing day by day.”R Sankaranarayanan, founder of this technology, said TravRays offers a single window to address the needs of the travel agency allowing the administrators / consultants and key decision-makers to have complete control of their business.TravRays is currently focused in the UAE, and it will expand to GCC markets in next two years. In the UAE, it has set a target of bringing 2500 travel agents under the platform.“End to end transactions of a travel agency might look easy and smooth for laymen, but unlike the common perception, it is complex and hectic. Almost 75% of all travel industry transactions are manual. Existing platforms -in the market offer-only single interface (airlines) whereas TravRays offers multiple content option with process made simple, transparent and straight-forward, he said.last_img read more

Autumn is here and winter is almost upon us but a

first_imgAutumn is here and winter is almost upon us, but as the last of the sun’s rays leave UK shores, you can still find plenty of heat just a short flight away.Don’t suffer another dreary winter at home. Brighten these dark months and plan your escape from Britain’s cold, wet shores, with one of these warm, welcoming sun spots. Just don’t forget the sun cream!1. Gibraltar, £77This little slice of Britain in the Med is the perfect place to escape if you don’t want too much of a change from home, just better weather, with temperatures still in the 20s (centigrade) during winter.The sands of Eastern beach stretch for hundreds of meters and are great for strolling, jogging or just catching those rays. Marina Bay has a dive school for those wanting to explore beneath the waves while Camp Bay is wonderful for families with a small swimming pool for younger children, a waterfall and plenty of cafes to cool off in. Find flights to Gibraltar2. Tenerife, Spain £127This stunning Canary Island offers sun hunters a balmy 17 plus degrees centigrade throughout the winter months along with blue seas, long stretches of golden sands, palm trees, energetic nightlife, not to mention gorgeous landscapes dotted with banana plantations and whitewashed villages.The high quality resorts are hugely popular with families and couples while those wanting to let their hair down will find plenty of bars and clubs to party the night away. Santa Cruz and Los Cristianos offer fantastic shopping and there’s even a colossal volcanic peak (Mt Teide) for those wanting to escape the crowds on a hike. Find flights to Tenerife3. Madeira, Portugal £167 A sub-tropical climate means that Madeira is warm all year round with temperatures up to 18 degrees, even in winter. Madeira has something for everyone, from exciting water sports like diving, sailing and windsurfing to quiet family beaches on Porto Santo to thumping nightclubs in converted warehouses, like Vespas.The famous Reid’s Palace hotel is the place to stay on the island, a luxury hotel with views stretching out across the blue ocean. Be sure to come home with a little reminder of your time in Madeira with a bottle of the famous Madeira wine, and a slab of Madeira cake. Find flights to Madeira.4. Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt £182 RelatedTop 10 Best Winter Sun Spots from SkyscannerTop 10 Best Winter Sun Spots from SkyscannerBargains of the Week: Exit Planet Snow!Swap snow and ice for sun and sand with one of these great winter escapes.10 cheap winter sun destinations We’ve found 10 affordable hotspots where you can shed those winter layers and top up your vitamin D, all with great value off-season price tags. Explore cheap flight deals in the app 1. The Canary Islands Best for: a holiday with something for everyone There are several reasons UK travellers… As well as lazing on silky soft sands in roasting temperatures of up to 25 degrees centigrade, even in the winter, Sharm el Sheikh also offers incredible diving with blue seas stuffed full of colourful corals and fish, designer boutiques for shopping and ritzy casinos, bars and restaurants to enjoy the long, warm evenings.From resorts with private beaches to quiet family run hotels, you can have your pick of accommodation but the main reason to go to Sharm is the beautiful beaches, ideal for soaking up the sun. Want to impress your other half? Head for the heat of the Sinai Desert in a dune buggy to a romantic Bedouin camp where you dine and relax under starry skies. Find flights to Sharm el Sheikh5. Cape Verde, £254 Feel like a proper castaway in this unspoilt paradise with china-white beaches and swaying palms all lapped by aquamarine waters. Drifting off the west coast of Africa, Cape Verde offers visitors far flung holidays with few tourists and still at very reasonable prices. You won’t even need to bring a pair of shoes for this tropical paradise. Sailing, surfing, sunbathing and golf…you can do it all on Cape Verde in temperatures of 25 degrees centigrade throughout the winter months.Nightlife in Cape Verde is low key but luxurious; bars and restaurants have a backdrop of sea views and the sound of waves lapping on the shore mingled with soulful African and Portuguese music. Find flights to Cape Verde ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more