first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government sent a doctor to Cuba to examine Canadian diplomats who suffered everything from nosebleeds to short-term memory loss amid concern about mysterious acoustic attacks, newly declassified memos show.The June visit to Havana by Dr. Jeffrey Chernin of Health Canada revealed symptoms similar to those experienced by U.S. personnel in Cuba, the internal Global Affairs Canada notes say.Word of the perplexing phenomenon — which remains unexplained — emerged during the summer, prompting the United States to bring many diplomats home from Havana and to expel Cuban representatives from Washington.In August, Ottawa acknowledged that an unspecified number of Canadians in Cuba had been affected, but Global Affairs has said little about the events.The newly disclosed records, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, show that as early as May, Canada’s mission in Havana was seeking help in working out “next steps” for Canadian staff having problems.“Many of the symptoms are similar to signs of extreme stress, and there is the possibility that there could be mental health effects caused by the fear of being targeted,” wrote diplomat Karen Foss. “Either way, testing should help to rule out cases and reassure personnel that we have the means to be able to provide duty of care.”Symptoms included headaches, dizziness, nausea, hearing loss, nosebleeds and cognitive issues including loss of short-term memory.But Canadian officials were puzzled about who or what might have been behind the purported attacks.“There are no answers,” Foss wrote in a May 28 email. “We are left to (sift through) what we know about … the targets and possible suspects.”About a week later, Foss advised that the head of Canada’s mission in Cuba had called a meeting of staff to advise of the “increased threat level.”A security situation overview noted a need to review who in the mission “is most vulnerable because of any pre-existing condition or other consideration that means they are at greater risk if they are targeted.”Canadian officials quietly began drafting statements in case the “situation is leaked to the press” — noting there were hints the issue was being discussed at a Virginia school.By June 9, the mission was underscoring the need for help from a federal medical adviser and stressing that new diplomatic personnel bound for Cuba should be made aware as soon as possible of the strange ailments affecting staff.Local guards were asked to increase their patrols around the residential properties of Canadian staff and to be extra vigilant in reporting.Dr. Chernin arrived in Havana on June 18 to meet concerned staff individually and take part in a townhall-style meeting a few days later. The doctor found that symptoms, experience and recovery varied, but he seemed to rule out viral causes such as the flu or hearing loss due to age.Privy Council Office and Global Affairs Canada officials held a subsequent meeting with Cuban counterparts to encourage “closer collaboration” on fact-finding, explore the possibility of greater security in areas where Canadian diplomats were living “to discourage further attacks” and express Canada’s ongoing commitment to good relations.All Canadian personnel experiencing symptoms have undergone testing in Canada or the U.S., Global Affairs spokeswoman Sujata Raisinghani said Thursday.However, she declined to say how many diplomats and family members have been affected.“The government of Canada continues to work closely with Cuban authorities to ascertain the cause of these unusual symptoms.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgTISDALE, Sask. – Last Friday, Myles Shumlanski sped down the highway to the scene of a nightmare.He stopped there again Tuesday, looking through snow for wallets, cellphones and other belongings of the 16 people who died.“It’s starting to melt,” he told The Canadian Press.“I’m sure some parents would really appreciate something returned.”For Shumlanski, the rural intersection he passes each day on the way to his home in northeastern Saskatchewan will never be the same.He was one of the first to arrive after a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team collided with a semi truck about 20 kilometres north of Tisdale. The team was on its way to a playoff game in nearby Nipawin.Shumlanski’s 20-year-old son, Nick, a forward who had recently joined the Broncos, was on the bus.He was miraculously able to walk away from the wreckage, grab a phone lying in the debris and call home.His parents, sitting in their house along the highway just a kilometre away, had seen the bus go by.“You know, I kind of heard something. But we’ve got dogs so we really never paid attention,” said Shumlanski. “All of a sudden, a phone call. It was him. They were in an accident.”He said he jumped in his vehicle and headed down the road. It was a devastating site.“I don’t know how to explain it even as a nightmare, because it’s past a nightmare,” said Shumlanski.“When you come up you see that bus and you didn’t know it was a bus … the roof was beside the bus. It was torn off.“Some people thought it was just part of the trailer before they started seeing that carnage.”Shumlanski said he helped those he could.“I looked under the roof. The boys under there were still alive so I put blankets over them.”Shumlanski said his shaken son waited in the family’s vehicle.“I had to run back to give him a hug because you just knew, ‘Oh my God you’re a fortunate guy.’”Most of the debris has been removed since police reopened the intersection on Sunday. A large tarp remained over some of the muddy frozen ground where the bus landed.A memorial was set up — two crosses made of hockey sticks with the words “Humboldt Strong” written on them, with stuffed animals, hundreds of bouquets of flowers and messages of condolences as well as a small wooden altar covered in flowers and candles.“April 6, 2018. For those who were lost. For those that survived.”Lorrie White and his father Norman, who live on farms across the road from the crash came to pay their respects.“Dad kind of wanted to come and have a look and I was here last night just to show respect for the ones that lost their lives here. It’s terrible,” said Lorrie.He said he heard the collision.“I thought it was maybe the train because the train had just been here hooking up cars and when they do that it bangs, you know? But my wife said, ‘No. I think that was a different bang.’”Shumlanski said Nick is strong and doing okay despite what he has gone through and visits the hospital every day. Most of the 13 injured are still being treated for various injuries.“I think his counselling is staying at the hospitals with his buddies and talking to his hockey friends. The other night he was going to the hospital. It was a little late. I said are you sure you want to go. He said those boys need to see a survivor and so do their parents,” he said.RCMP said they continue to investigate the cause of the crash, but Myles Shumlanski said he can’t help but be angry at the truck driver, who wasn’t injured.“An accident of this magnitude shouldn’t have happened. But it happened and there’s nothing we can do about it now,” he said.“Of course I’m angry, because there’s a stop sign. What happened? Why would this happen?”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) has started work to renovate all the buildings on its main campus at College Street in a bid to ensure proper conservation of all these buildings as per its heritage value. The state Public Works Department which is executing the work has consulted the West Bengal Heritage Commission (WBHC) and the entire process of renovation is being supervised by Partha Ranjan Das, heritage conservation architect of WBHC. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The main purpose of preservation of heritage is to renovate the buildings in a way so that they maintain the look it had during its inception. Temporary constructions have come up inside the buildings here and there from time to time which does not go with the heritage. We are removing all encroachments that are deterrent to the heritage,” said Sonali Chakravarti Bannerjee, vice chancellor of Calcutta University. The verandahs of the buildings had turned into an eyesore with rooms for officers, attached toilets and similar constructions blocking the actual look of the balconies of heritage building. The four buildings that are being given a facelift are Asutosh Building, Darbhanga Building, Centenary Building and the Hardinge Building. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Darbhanga Building erected in 1912 houses university offices, including the chambers of the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Registrar and the Controller of Examinations. The Asutosh Building unveiled in 1926 accommodates the postgraduate language and literature departments and the department of commerce. The Senate House that was erected in 1872 and was the first habitation of the varsity was demolished in 1960. It used to provide the venue for Senate meetings, the chamber of the Vice-Chancellor, offices of the Registrar and also examination and lecture halls. Elaborating on the renovation work, Kanakendu Sinha, superintending engineer (Presidency Circle) of the state PWD, said the work begun with through examination of the strength of the buildings. The Darbhanga Building was found to be in a weak condition with many old furniture, papers being dumped at the top floor of the building. “Most of these things being very old hardly had any value and were highly risky in terms of fire vulnerability too. All these things were brought down to reduce the load at the top before taking up the work. The university authorities had provided us with maps, drawings and similar material of the inception days which have helped us immensely in execution of the work,” Sinha said. The syndicate hall of the university has already seen a major facelift with air conditioning and video conference facilities. The photographs of 51 chancellors of the varsity till date has also been restored and put up on the wall of the syndicate room. The work that had started in the middle of 2018 is expected to be completed in the next four to five months. “After the completion of the work on this campus we will undertake work to renovate our Rajabazar Science Campus which is also another heritage building,” the Vice-Chancellor said.last_img read more


7 April 2008A global educational initiative developed to promote social responsibility in private enterprise has now been endorsed by more than 100 business schools around the world, the head of the corporate partnerships programme at the United Nations announced today. “We are very happy about reaching this milestone because it brings us closer to mainstreaming UN values into the corporate world,” Manuel Escudero, Head of Academic Initiatives at the UN Global Compact told reporters in New York.“Business schools are a powerful multiplier of business ideas, since they prepare the business leaders of the future,” he added, describing the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which was launched less than one year ago under the patronage of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Institutions participating in the PRME make a commitment to align their mission and strategy with UN values in such areas as sustainability, labour practices and the fight against corruption, Mr. Escudero said. They are encouraged to develop curriculum, research and outreach as part of the initiative, which was formulated by an international task force of 60 deans, university presidents and other academic officials.As part of PRME’s further development, a Global Forum for Responsible Management Education will be convened on 1-2 December at UN Headquarters, according to a press release from the Global Compact. In addition to the Compact, the PRME steering committee includes the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).Also on the committee are the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, the European Academy for Business in Society (EABIS), the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), and Net Impact. The UN Global Compact pledges participants – which include some 3,600 businesses in over 100 countries – to observe principles regarding human rights, labour rights, the environment and combating corruption. read more


CALGARY — A second coal-mining company in four months is being hit with a seven-figure penalty for polluting incidents that impacted fish in tributaries of the Athabasca River east of Jasper National Park in Alberta.On Tuesday, Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) agreed to pay a fine of $1 million after pleading guilty in provincial court to three counts under the federal Fisheries Act.The Toronto-based company was charged five years ago due to incidents where wastewater considered toxic to fish was allowed to flow from its open pit Coal Valley Mine about 120 kilometres east of Jasper National Park into ecologically significant habitat for rainbow trout.In June, Prairie Mines & Royalty Ltd. — formerly known as Coal Valley Resources — was handed almost $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties after it also pleaded guilty to polluting tributaries of the Athabasca River.Prairie Mines was charged after a catastrophic break in an earthen berm at its Obed Mountain coal mine about 50 kilometres east of the park allowed an estimated 670 million litres of wastewater to escape into the river system in October 2013.Environment and Climate Change Canada said Tuesday the Sherritt charges were laid following an inspection in August 2012 at the coal mine located about 90 kilometres south of the town of Edson.The company was ordered to stop its practice and the ministry subsequently discovered that two other discharges had occurred in 2011.The severity of the fine reflects the size of the offence as half a million litres of poorly treated effluent was estimated to have escaped into the environment, said Daniel Smith, regional director for environmental enforcement for Environment Canada in Edmonton.“In this case, in addition to the significant volumes deposited in the river, the toxicity level was quite high in the tests that we performed … (It) resulted in 100 per cent mortality in our lab samples,” he said.“These rivers and creeks in the foothills contain sensitive habitat for some protected species so it is quite an important watershed.”He said the Coal Valley Mine was treating collected surface water with a chemical to remove suspended fine sediment but it wasn’t properly monitoring the dosage, resulting in discharges that were just as toxic to fish.Sherritt investor relations director Joe Racanelli said the company installed new sediment control systems and initiated better management practices after the charges were laid.He said the company is taking responsibility even though it sold the coal mine in 2014.“We do not own the Coal Valley Mine but we were operators and owners at the time so we are responsible because there was a non-compliance issue. Sherritt takes these kinds of issues very seriously,” he said.He wouldn’t comment when asked if the amount of the fine was negotiated in return for the guilty plea.Most of the $1-million fine is to be assigned to Environment Canada’s environmental damages fund to be directed to programs intended to benefit the natural environment.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more


Tourist arrivals for the year 2018 fell short of the target as a result of the political crisis, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said today.According to official data released by the SLTDA, Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals during the year 2018 has registered a healthy growth of 10.3% reaching to 2,333,796 million tourists compared to 2,116,407 million tourist arrivals in 2017. He also added that with Lonely Planet ranking Sri Lanka as the No. 1 destination to travel in 2019 and the new promotional plans, he is optimistic Sri Lanka will receive 4 million tourists and generate an income over $5 billion by the end of 2019.According to the Authority India, China, the United Kingdom, and Germany continued to dominate as the top source markets to Sri Lanka in 2018 and significant growth of arrivals was seen from Australia. (Colombo Gazette) “Although the tourist arrivals for the year 2018 was fallen slightly short due to the political instability we saw post 26th October, I think in terms of earnings we have reached the 3.5 billion target, Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga said. In terms of arrivals, the months of March, February, June, and November recorded the highest growth rates while the month of December recorded the highest number of arrivals of 253,169 for the year 2018. read more


first_imgShe added: “Throughout it all there was that feeling of ‘what if nobody comes?’“I just kept feeling guilty for my family back in Stockton, in case I didn’t come back.”Jon Bonfiglio, who was leading the expedition, said the group had no idea what they were getting into when they set out.”We were not naive idiots going over a cliff edge,” he said.“We sat down with locals and talked to them about the river, but people told us there was only one waterfall, even the local people didn’t know of all the waterfalls or the perils. I had no inkling of what we were getting into.”Gibraltan Jon had to spend the entire five days in his underpants, having stripped off to jump into the water and help another member of the group into a boat after their capsized.He said: “I was virtually naked throughout the whole thing, I lost all my clothes and had to stay in my underpants.”It was like all the best horror films, it started beautifully, the river was meant to be placid and gentle, no one mentioned the rapids and waterfall.”They were eventually rescued by a man named “John of the Gods” who took them to a nearby home where they showered and rested. “My legs were all cut from the palm leaves and I had bruising on my bum from sleeping on a branch,” said Rachel who also had an eye infection but did not need to be hospitalised.“We ended up being a very close group,” added Jon. “No one shouted at each other but there was the unspoken, ‘What happens if they don’t find us today? What happens if they don’t find us tomorrow?’” A group of conservation workers have revealed how they spent five days stranded in a Mexican jungle, surviving on a handful of peanuts and raw fish after their boat capsized.A British member of the group, Rachel Bradley, 31, said to keep from starving they used mosquito nets to catch tiny fish and swallowed them whole after removing the heads.The group of four were on a river expedition through the Yucatan Peninsula in south eastern Mexico when their adventure went wrong. Rachel said they were eventually rescued by a man called “John of the Gods” Jon Bonfiglio is the director of the Clipperton Project which takes explorers through some of the world’s most remote areasCredit:KTD Media Rachel said they were eventually rescued by a man called “John of the Gods” Credit:KTD Media Jon Bonfiglio is the director of the Clipperton Project which takes explorers through some of the world's most remote areas Rachel said: “I had a couple of bags of peanuts left and we were forced to ration them to five peanuts a day.“We were forced to use mosquito nets to catch little fish that were no bigger than your thumb. We had to bite their heads off and swallow them whole.”Without basic supplies, they were forced to sip dirty river water and with the jungle submerged at that time of year, sleeping arrangements were made in tree branches.Rachel said: “We realised the best way of being found was just to stay still.“Lying in a tree for a couple of days wasn’t the plan when we went out, but we thought the safest place was just staying put and hoping someone could find us.” After hurtling over waterfalls and emerging each time covered in leeches, the explorers found themselves being pushed further and further into the heart of the 1.9million hectare jungle.“The water just kept flowing faster and faster,” said Rachel, from Stockton in Teesside. “But at this point it was too late to go back.”When two of the four boats flipped over and were lost, their food, first aid equipment and GPS navigation system also vanished.The group anchored the remaining boats together using vines to stop them floating off and examined the food they had left. 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


But councils stressed the practice is illegal and warned perpetrators could face fines and even jail terms if they repeatedly offend. Critics say unwanted items have become obstacles on pavements and encourage further litteringCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Household objects are left on the street for bystanders to take free of chargeCredit:Alamy One in eight British adults have admitted taking something left outside a home that was being given away Councils have warned people who give away their possessions on the street Critics say unwanted items have become obstacles on pavements and encourage further littering “The legal position is that items left on the public highway are considered fly tip and residents leaving these items could be liable for a fine.”In Brighton, council leaders said furniture left on the street had become a “big issue”.Robert Nemeth, a Conservative councillor at Brighton & Hove Council, said: “The way I see it, is that it’s fly tipping with good intentions.“I represent an area that has many narrow pavements, and in an area that is very cluttered with bins already, this does not help. “Especially when it comes to young mums with buggies and elderly people on mobility scooters.” In London, the cost to councils of clearing up fly-tipping was found to be £18m a year, according to a recent report commissioned by the London Environment Directors Network and Keep Britain Tidy.Keith Townsend, Ealing Council’s executive director for environment, said: “We know that residents often want to identify ways for recycling and reusing items they may no longer want, and the intentions behind ‘free to take’ are often very positive. “We really need residents to take responsibility for getting rid of their unwanted items properly, and our preference would be for them to use the council’s bulky waste service, take items to recycling centres or use services such as Freecycle that encourage items to be reused. She told The Daily Telegraph: “There has been a huge rise in the ‘middle class fly-tipping’ since Brent began charging for household items collection and removal. “The majority of items left on the streets end up in a landfill. “It is a daily occurrence not only in the Brondesbury area but also in the surrounding Queen’s Park and West Hampstead.“If a household has items no longer needed, there are responsible ways of recycling, like taking clothes, shoes, tableware, crockery, books, CDs, toys etc to charity shops. Charity worker Chris Todd, 51, from Hollingdean, Brighton, is among those who admitted to leaving his furniture outside his home to be picked up by strangers. Town halls in London, Bristol, Brighton, York and Edinburgh told The Daily Telegraph the issue is affecting its streets.Critics said furniture left outside homes had become obstacles for people in wheelchairs and parents walking with pushchairs, while some expressed fears it encouraged further littering.Fines of up to £400 could be served to culprits, Richard McIlwain, the chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, warned. Kamila Williamson, from the Brondesbury Residents Association, in Kilburn, London said street boot fairs had become a “daily occurrence” in some well-heeled suburbs. The sight of unwanted furniture marked ‘free’ on our street corners has fast become commonplace as homeowners opt for a stress-free way to offload their possessions.But fed up councils warn those who carry out the practice face the same punishments as litterbugs dumping fridges and mattresses in fly-tip hotspots.Ministers said furniture should not be left outside homes for more than a day so as not to cause a nuisance for pedestrians or create a eyesore.Therese Coffey, the Environment minister, told The Daily Telegraph: “Recycling is clearly much better than goods ending up in landfill, but it’s important people don’t leave furniture outside their homes for more than a day or so as that can cause disruption for pedestrians and can be an eyesore for neighbours.”Everyone needs to understand they have a responsibility for their waste and that is why we have introduced new fixed penalty notices to stop wanton fly-tipping.”Authorities say the rise of middle class fly-tipping has seen increasing numbers of cabinets, sofas and wardrobes left unattended outside homes, instead of previously being disposed of at charity shops and recycling centres.Its popularity was highlighted this week in a YouGov survey, which showed that one in eight British adults had admitted taking something left outside a home that was being given away. A Brighton & Hove Council spokesperson said: “It is against the law for residents, businesses or visitors to fly-tip waste rather than disposing of it responsibly.“This is a big issue for us in Brighton & Hove due to our communal bin system. “Often items are left by residents with good intentions but this does have an impact on our service and the appearance of the city; fly tipping often leads to littering, graffiti and other offences.”The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils across England and Wales, said its latest figures showed the cost to taxpayers of clearing up fly-tipping rose to £57 million last year – a 13 per cent increase on the previous year. One in eight British adults have admitted taking something left outside a home that was being given awayCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images “It is each individual residents responsibility to maintain their own area clean and orderly. Don’t say “Someone else will take care of it”. You are that ‘someone else’.” Councils say the practice is just as troublesome as fly-tipping He said: “We’ve put all sorts out. Plants, chairs, small tables, shelving, kids toys and much more I can’t remember.“Often we don’t see who takes them. If we do get feedback, it’s always positive, especially with plants. I would say 95 per cent of things go. “Those that don’t we dispose of responsibly and we don’t leave things out overnight, which is when people are more likely to mess around. We’ve also occasionally picked up things from other people.” Household objects are left on the street for bystanders to take free of charge 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. Councils say the practice is just as troublesome as fly-tippingCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Councils have warned people who give away their possessions on the streetCredit:Alamy read more


first_imgA COACH EXPERIENCED a tyre blow-out on a Newry road at 5am this morning, causing damage to a crash barrier.There had been some reports online that the coach had turned over, but the PSNI confirmed to TheJournal.ie that this had not taken place.Police have closed the inside lane northbound of the A1 motorway in Newry close to the Camlough Road after the coach experienced the tyre blow out.Debris was spread on the road following the incident, and a crash barrier was damaged by the debris. The coach has been moved to the hard shoulder and the two passengers who were on board did not report any injuries.The incident occurred shortly after 5am, the PSNI said.last_img read more


first_img Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 4:28 PM Feb 28th 2019, 4:28 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 24,877 Views By Christina Finn 13 Comments Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Irelandcenter_img THERE WERE ACCUSATIONS of “mudslinging” today at an Oireachtas Committee meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is attending.Varadkar told the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach, that costs of the Moriarity, Cregan and Cook tribunals will overrun by millions. The Moriarty Tribunal kicked off in 1997 to look into the financial affairs of Charlie Haughey and Michael Lowry – and 22 years on, it continues to cost the State money.Officially called the Tribunal of Inquiry into certain Payments to Politicians and Related Matters, it took 14 years to find that former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry had an “insidious and pervasive” influence over the awarding of Ireland’s second mobile phone licence in the 1990s to Denis O’Brien’s Esat Digifone company.Lowry is currently still a sitting TD for Tipperary. He rejects the findings of the Tribunal, as does O’Brien.Earlier this year, the Public Accounts Committee heard the tribunal would cost €65 million.Today, the Taoiseach said it will top out at €75 million – but he said this depends on the final cost of the bills. Tetchy exchanges There were heated exchanges between Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty and the Taoiseach when the Donegal TD asked Varadkar whether he believed the Moriarty Tribunal was value for money. Varadkar said he thinks the tribunal did “very good work”, adding that some of its findings resulted in policy and legislative changes. Could the tribunal have done the same work for less money? The Taoiseach said “quite possibly”.Doherty asked the Taoiseach about whether he was happy relying on Michael Lowry’s government support, and also mentioned a recent meeting with businessman Denis O’Brien. The Taoiseach told the committee that Doherty’s questioning was just “mudslinging”. “I bumped into Denis O’Brien in a corridor in Davos,” he said, adding that the questioning was “ridiculous”. Varadkar shot back at Doherty, asking him if he was concerned that there are people sitting on the Sinn Féin benches who have “very serious criminal convictions”. Doherty said he was the one asking the questions at today’s committee hearing. IBRC Tribunal Referencing the Cregran Tribunal – which is the investigation into the sale of certain loans held by IBRC, the former Anglo Irish Bank, including the controversial Siteserv deal – the Taoiseach said costs will also increase. To date, it has cost €7 million, however, Varadkar said he expects it to cost around €30 million. He said it is difficult to give a final figure on any ongoing investigation as there is no end date in sight. The Cooke investigation, which is reviewing Project Eagle, Nama’s sale of Northern Ireland-linked loans to US company Cerberus, for €1.6 billion, has cost €2 million. The tribunal is due to report in June. Varadkar said he had no reason to believe that an extension would be sought. The Taoiseach said he expects it will cost around €10 million. In giving his predictions, he was keen to point out that they are estimates. He said the cost of tribunals is something “we should all bear in mind”,  stating that there isn’t a week that goes by that the opposition isn’t calling for a tribunal to be set up into a matter. Varadkar said while the calls may be merited in some cases, politicians have to remember that these inquiries don’t often provide the answers that are being sought, and ultimately it is the taxpayer that pays.Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen said that many of the tribunals and the matters they investigate are warranted.  Share93 Tweet Email1 Former FG Minister for Communications Michael Lowry arriving at the Moriarty Tribunal in 2007. Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland Former FG Minister for Communications Michael Lowry arriving at the Moriarty Tribunal in 2007. Taoiseach slams TD for ‘mudslinging’ as he confirms tribunal costs will overrun by millions There were tetchy exchanges between TD Pearse Doherty and the Taoiseach today. https://jrnl.ie/4517838 last_img read more


first_img American Gods is returning to Starz: The show’s second season might be the last power-hungry battle between the ancient gods and the new gods.On Sunday, Starz posted the American Gods Season 2 official trailer on YouTube. The trailer’s description hinted at an “epic war of the gods” and asked viewers where they will stand. The show’s second season, which stars Crispin Glover, Ian McShane, and Ricky Whittle, will premiere on Starz on March 10.The trailer opens with a mini history lesson: When people first came to America, the ancient gods traveled with them. Once U.S. citizens started building churches, cathedrals, and stone circles, they started abandoning the ancient gods. New gods began growing in the nation, and now, they want to eliminate the ancient gods from Earth.Despite this showdown, an important protagonist will have to choose a side: “War’s a-coming, Shadow,” Mr. Wednesday(McShane) tells Shadow Moon(Whittle) in the trailer. “And, I have a big role for you.” No other details are provided on Moon’s place in the war of gods.There are then clips of Mr. World (Glover) and the new gods that aim to destroy the ancient gods. “The war begins. I’m going to take him out,” Mr. World said in the trailer. “I’m going to take them all out.”Will the ancient gods reclaim their place in the U.S.? You’ll have to stream American Gods to find out who will win Season 2’s epic divine war.More on Geek.com:NYCC 2018: The ‘American Gods’ Cast Gives Us a Glimpse of Season 2Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in February 2019Netflix to Reboot ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Docuseries Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, June 18, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Health MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Wilmington Board of Library Trustees MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7pm in the Library’s Trustees Room. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.#4) Scam Prevention with the Better Business Bureau at Senior CenterThe Wilmington Senior Center is hosting a discussion with Officer Chalifour (Wilmington Community Liaison) and a Better Business Bureau Representative at 1pm to learn about scams so that you can prepare and protect yourself#5) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more


first_img $6 at Tidal Hubble happenings Tags Sprint Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Astronomers estimate Bedin 1’s age at about 13 billion years and say it’s been isolated from interactions with other galaxies. NASA likens it to the “astronomical equivalent of a living fossil from the early universe.”The Hubble discovery was a delightful accident.”Very few Hubble images allow such faint objects to be seen, and they cover only a small area of the sky,” said the European Space Agency.The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project between NASA and ESA. The researchers published their findings in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice $520 at HP $60 at Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Enlarge ImageBedin 1 appears on the lower end of this Hubble image of globular cluster NGC 6752. NASA, ESA and L. Bedin (Astronomical Observatory of Padua, Italy) Imagine you have a neighbor living down the block in a house you never noticed before because it was tucked in behind some apartments. The human residents of the Milky Way galaxy are now saying hi to a neighboring galaxy we didn’t even know existed.A team of astronomers serendipitously discovered the galaxy, nicknamed Bedin 1, while studying a globular star cluster known as NGC 6752. “In a celestial game of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Hubble’s sharp vision uncovered a never-before-seen dwarf galaxy located far behind the cluster’s crowded stellar population,” NASA said on Thursday.NASA says the dim galaxy is in our “cosmic backyard” at just 30 million light-years away. Bedin 1 is a fraction of the size of the Milky Way and is classified as a dwarf spheroidal galaxy.  See It Hubble wows with stunning space images Apple iPhone XS Read Google Home Hub review Angela Lang/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read the Rylo camera preview See it New Hubble view is ‘deepest image of the universe from space’ NASA Hubble telescope captures smiling face in space Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Best Buy Rylo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo NASA Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview $210 at Best Buy $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice Boost Mobile $299 at Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 7 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 0 $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Tags $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sci-Tech Read the AirPods review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Turo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $155 at Google Express 29 Photos See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. 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first_imgToopran: Zilla Parishad Chairperson Hemalatha Goud visited the social welfare residential school hostel for girls at Islampur near here on Friday. She inspected food and other facilities at the hostel. She directed the EE to address power-related issues in the hostel. She assured to address issues like toilet facility etc. She pulled up the school in-charge over lack of writing boards and attendance register.last_img


first_imgBack in May there was a rumor that Google was in advanced talks with Twitch about a possible acquisition. The price tag was a cool $1 billion, and the reason for that was Twitch’s high share of the live streaming market, which stands at around 44% for the US alone.Advanced talks do not mean “this is definitely happening,” though, and things have been quiet ever since. That is, until yesterday when it was confirmed to GamesBeat that the deal is done and the price tag is indeed $1 billion. Obviously everyone who counts as an investor in Twitch is very happy with the deal due to the huge return they are about to see.Neither company is talking about the acquisition yet, but an announcement must be coming pretty soon. What I, and probably every Twitch user out there wants to know is how hands off Google will be? We want Twitch to have Google’s bulletproof backend, but we don’t want the service to be messed with and become just another part of YouTube. Hopefully Google realizes Twitch works as it is and should be left to continue working, however, YouTube is thought to be handling the acquisition rather than Google itself.Another side effect of having Google as a parent company may be more scrutiny over the content included in Twitch streams. For example, copyright holders will expect YouTube’s monitoring tools to be used on Twitch and to either block or offer advertising next to any video deemed as infringing. On the flip side, that does also offer Twitch more protection from publishers because Google will now be dealing with any issues.As Russell explained when the acquisition rumor first appeared. The Twitch-YouTube mashup will end up being the best and worst thing to happen to streaming video. Let’s just hope Google doesn’t mess up Twitch.last_img read more


first_imgUpsetting Congress plans to wrest control of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council with an all out offensive, BJP won 100 wards out of 198, as the results were declared today by the State Election Commission for the polls held on August 22.After its wins in the civic polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Bengaluru results make it three-in-a-row for BJP, which weathered an aggressive campaign led from the front by the Chief Minister himself against its rule in BBMP. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJICongress bagged 76, JDS headed by former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda 14 and others eight, according to BBMP officials.Though marginally short of a simple majority mark of 103 in the 254-member council, BJP is expected to draw on support from Independent councilors to reach the magic figure.Admitting that the results are not according to his party’s expectations, Siddaramaiah said, “We had expected a simple majority for Congress.” He said, “This result is not a referendum on my government, but as a Chief Minister I own responsibility.”  Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindAmid wild celebrations by BJP, Union minister Ananth Kumar said, “This mandate shows that countdown has begun for Siddaramamaih and for the Congress.” Union Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said “the results show that Siddaramaiah-led government has not taken off till now,” while BJP Vice-President B S Yeddyurappa said the verdict “shows the relevance of Modi wave still.” The elections were the culmination of a prolonged court battle, as the Siddaramaiah government sought to defer it on grounds of trifurcating BBMP, with the Opposition crying foul and accusing it of doing so out of fear of losing the polls. A total of 1,121 candidates were in the fray. One candidate from BJP was already elected unopposed.Besides Corporators, the 254-member BBMP Council includes 56 other members from Bengaluru with voting rights– 28 MLAs, 15 MLCs, five Lok Sabha and eight Rajya Sabha members.During the 2010 BBMP polls, BJP which then was ruling the state had won in 111 wards, Congress in 65 wards, JD(S) in 15 and others 17.last_img read more


first_img Share TORONTO — Goway Travel has partnered with Virgin Australia to offer value getaways to Melbourne, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef, starting from $2,999 per person. Packages are currently on sale until July 15.Goway says the deals combine “fantastic airfares” from Vancouver with hotel deals in Australia that can include free nights, a discounted Sydney Harbour cruise or a 2-for-1 Great Barrier Reef cruise.Packages include roundtrip Virgin Australia airfares from Vancouver, roundtrip airport transfers, accommodation for four nights in Sydney, Melbourne or Cairns, an iVenture Attraction Pass with entry to three or five top attractions, a ‘Cruise Like a Local’ luncheon cruise and a Great Barrier Reef cruise.All vacations can be customized to travel to other parts of Australia onboard Virgin Australia. Flying from L.A. to Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, Virgin Australia passengers can connect to 40+ destinations within Australia. On domestic flights passengers get complimentary food, checked baggage allowance of at least 50 lbs, and a large selection of in-flight entertainment streamed to personal electronic devices.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterAgents who book a Goway air and land getaway can earn $55 paid onto their Goway Agent rewards card. “Simply book Virgin Australia airfares from North America with Goway and add at least five nights worth of land arrangements,” says Goway. Visit gowayagent.com for details. Friday, April 28, 2017 Tags: Australia, Goway Travel Goway’s Virgin Australia sale comes with agent incentivecenter_img Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Hammarskjold’s plane crashed over the African bush in Northern Rhodesia, today’s Zambia. One issue for the panel was whether the DC-6 plane was shot down.Three investigations into the tragedy have failed to satisfactorily settle the matter.Dujarric said Ban is pleased that the panel visited Zambia to meet with new witnesses, and that it gathered new information from member states and other sources including national and private archives in Belgium, Britain and Sweden.The U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously on Dec. 29 to ask Ban to appoint an independent panel to examine. On March 16, he appointed Tanzania’s Chief Justice Mohamed Chande Othman to chair the panel. Its other members were Kerryn Macaulay, Australia’s representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization, and Henrik Ejrup Larsen, a ballistic expert in the Danish National Police.The assembly’s action followed publication of “Who Killed Hammarskjold?” by Susan Williams in 2011 which set off a renewed round of speculation because it relied on testimony ignored by earlier inquiries. It also followed an independent investigation by a Commission of Jurists released in September 2013 which concluded that “significant new evidence” existed which might shed light on the circumstances of Hammarskjold’s death. It said the U.S. National Security Agency might hold crucial evidence, which remains classified. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent panel of experts that examined new information about the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold on a peace mission to newly independent Congo has delivered its report to current U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. said Friday.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the secretary-general will study the panel’s findings, conclusions and recommendations and release the report, “subject to any considerations of a medical or private nature,” as soon as possible with his own assessment “and options on the way forward.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Four benefits of having a wireless security system Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Congo won its freedom from Belgium in 1960, but foreign multinationals coveted its vast mineral wealth.Hammarskjold was flying into a war zone infested with mercenaries and riven by Cold War tensions.The country was facing a Western-backed insurgency in Katanga, which hosted mining interests belonging to the U.S., Britain, and Belgium. The Western countries were jockeying for influence with the Soviet Union, which was trying to spread communism to the newly independent nations of Africa.All four powers had a stake in the outcome of Congo’s struggle, and published reports have pointed fingers at all four as potential suspects in Hammarskjold’s death.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more


first_imgThis Year’s Housing Forecast Looks a Lot Like 2006 Forecasts Freddie Mac Housing Market 2016-04-28 Seth Welborn Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketcenter_img Inconsistencies in the economy during the first quarter have not dampened Freddie Mac’s forecast for housing for the coming year. Freddie Mac has held fast to its prediction that 2016 will be the best year for housing since before the crisis.Freddie Mac doubled down on its housing forecast for 2016 as it released the results of the latest Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) on Wednesday. The national MiMi, which consists of the purchase applications, payment-to-income, current on mortgage, and employment indicators, stood at 83 at the end of February. It was the highest level for the national MiMi since September 2008—right at the beginning of the crisis, and the same month that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken into conservatorship by the government.A level of 83 indicates a housing market that is on the outer range of its historic benchmark level of activity. Inside of the national MiMi, the current on mortgage indicator rose by nearly 8 percent over-the-year up to 85.5, which is the low end of the “stable” range but the highest level since August 2008—indicative of the increasingly lower levels of mortgage delinquencies that the mortgage industry is seeing.The employment indicator rose above its historic benchmark level in February up to 106.5, driven by robust employment growth. The payment-to-income was the only one of the four indicators that declined year-over-year, largely due to low mortgage rates—though that is not necessarily a bad thing.“Lower rates are helping to support homebuyer affordability across the country, for the moment outweighing the impact of higher house prices,” Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer said.“Lower rates are helping to support homebuyer affordability across the country, for the moment outweighing the impact of higher house prices.”Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist, Freddie MacIn its April 2016 Economic Outlook, Freddie Mac downwardly revised its prediction for GDP growth in the first quarter from 1.8 percent down to 1.1 percent. Despite this, Freddie Mac held fast to its prediction for a stellar year for housing in 2016, stating that they “expect housing to be an engine of growth.”In Freddie Mac’s March 2016 Monthly Outlook released nearly a month ago, Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti laid out the reasons why he believes that 2016 will be the best year for housing in a decade despite widespread reports of low inventory holding back the housing market for many months.“Low mortgage rates, robust job growth, and a gradual increase in housing supply will help drive housing markets forward,” Becketti said. “Low levels of inventory for-sale and for-rent and declining housing affordability will be major challenges, but on balance the nation’s housing markets should sustain their momentum from 2015 into 2016 and 2017.”The national MiMi’s February level of 83 is 40 percent higher than its all-time low, reached in October 2010 at the peak of the foreclosure crisis. Even with Freddie Mac’s prediction that 2016 will be the best year for housing in a decade, the national MiMi’s February level of 83 is still significantly off from its all-time high of 121.7 reached in 2006 during the bubble. April 28, 2016 524 Views last_img read more


first_imgRevenue from tourism rose 24 per cent to €46.6m in February compared to the respective month of 2016 after arrivals rose at a similar pace, the statistical service said.In the first two months of the year, total revenue from tourism rose 23 per cent to €82m compared to the respective period last year against a 26 per cent annual rise in arrivals in the same period, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.The increase in revenue in February was mainly on a 25 per cent increase in the number of travellers arriving on the island in February, Cystat said. The increase in arrivals almost offset the impact on revenue resulting from an average length of stay shortened by 0.4 days to 8.4 days and the 0.6 per cent drop in average spending per person to €566.79.Tourists from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’s major source of incoming tourism, increased their spending in Cyprus in February 11 per cent to €704.34 and shortened their stay on average by 0.2 days to 10, Cystat said. Visitors from Russia, which in recent years became the second most important tourist market, spent on average during their stay in February €625.33 which is 21 per cent less compared to the respective month of 2016. They also stayed in Cyprus on average 7.8 days which was 1.6 days less compared to a year before.Directly or indirectly, tourism accounts for roughly one quarter of Cyprus’s economy.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more