Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_imgCAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Cow Bay Overpass Open The overpass connecting Cow Bay Road to Upper Prince Street in Sydney is now open to traffic. The structure also features an active transportation trail that is also open. The temporary access route from Highway 125 that was in place during construction has been closed. -30-last_img

Shripad Naik leads in North Goa by 11587 votes

first_imgPanaji: Union Minister of State for AYUSH and sitting BJP MP Shripad Yesso Naik is leading over his nearest rival and state Congress President Girish Chodankar by 11,587 votes from North Goa, election officials said. In the South Goa Lok Sabha, former Chief Minister and Congress candidate Francisco Sardinha polled 48,778 votes against 38,770 votes received by his BJP rival and sitting MP Narendra Sawaikar. In counting for the four Assembly by-polls, the Congress is leading from the Mapusa and Panaji constituencies while the BJP and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) are ahead in the Mandrem and Shiroda Assembly seats respectively.last_img read more

Judge rules Ontario woman meets requirement for medically assisted death

first_imgTORONTO – A judge says an Ontario woman with incurable erosive osteoarthritis fits a key requirement to receive a medically assisted death after her doctor refused to help her because he feared criminal prosecution.In a decision delivered in a Toronto court on Monday, Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled the woman’s “natural death is reasonably foreseeable.”He said the 77-year-old woman’s doctor had reached the same conclusion but changed his mind because he feared he would be accused of murder.Perell did not grant the woman’s request to declare unequivocally that she meets all criteria for medically assisted death, but he noted that clarifying the federal law on reasonably foreseeable death would help her case.Shanaaz Gokool, CEO of Dying with Dignity Canada, says she is pleased with the ruling and hopes it will give doctors more confidence in dealing with similar cases.Gokool praised the woman, identified in court documents only by the initials AB, for having the courage to take her case to court so she can die with dignity.“I want to applaud her for coming forward and putting herself in a very vulnerable position with this case,” said Gokool, who has met the woman. “Now that her physician has some comfort, I am hopeful she will be able make a decision of her choice and her making now that she knows that her natural death is reasonably foreseeable.”Under the law, adults can receive a medically assisted death if they have a serious and incurable illness or disability, are in an advanced state of irreversible decline, endure intolerable pain, and face a “reasonably foreseeable” death.The latter has been called too vague and has been a point of contention for health-care providers, Gokool said.AB could still live for years with her illness, Gokool noted, but she said her condition is deteriorating, there are no treatment options and she “is definitely in the trajectory toward death.”“I think this decision may be able to help others in similar situations and it might bring enough clarity that doctors who have been hesitant about providing an assisted death may look to this decision,” Gokool said.In his ruling, Perell said he considered the reluctance of the doctor and did not want to create a situation where civil courts grant immunity from Criminal Code prosecutions.“In my opinion, making this declaration of statutory interpretation would be useful and fall with this court’s jurisdiction to interpret and declare the civil law,” he said.He also noted that AB’s case, which he called “heartbreaking” and “pitiful,” was caused by doctors’ misunderstanding the new law and being overly cautious.last_img read more

FINANCE MINISTER BILL MORNEAU INSISTS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STILL HAS NO PLANS

first_imgFinance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government still has no intention of imposing a Netflix tax because it would result in a financial hit for middle-class Canadians.Morneau’s remarks about the online streaming giant come a couple of days after Heritage Minister Melanie Joly insisted she never agreed to exempt Netflix from any sales tax as part of a deal that has been a political nightmare in her home province of Quebec.Pressed about the issue on Friday, Joly said anyone with concerns about the lack of federal taxes on online streaming services should talk to Morneau because he’s in charge of taxation. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Joly unveiled a cultural policy in September that secured a $500-million pledge by Netflix to set up a Canadian office and fund original homegrown content — but the plan did not include taxes on the company’s service.The ensuing weeks have seen the provincial government in Quebec vow to tax foreign online businesses, including Netflix, if Ottawa didn’t do so.The issue has sparked outrage from artists and producers in Quebec’s cultural industry who have described it as an unfair subsidy.Morneau insisted Sunday that Ottawa has no intention of changing its promise not to tax Netflix, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself has repeatedly and categorically ruled out a Netflix tax.Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Sunday that he plans to raise the issue with Morneau when federal, provincial and territorial finance ministers meet for two days of talks in Ottawa. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Bill Morneau – Photo by Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

POTMUSIC FEST IN VAUGHAN CANCELLED AS ORGANIZERS BLAME BYLAW

first_imgAdvertisement Journey organizers say the festival signed a contact with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and the Boyd park, but they were blindsided when a new bylaw was passed on May 14 which allowed Vaughan to regulate smoking of tobacco and cannabis within city boundaries.Murray Milthorpe, chief experience officer of the festival, says organizers were not given advance notice that a bylaw was in the works, despite attempts to work closely with the city over a special events permit.“Sadly, Vaughan city council is on the wrong side of history here,” Milthorpe said in a statement.“Journey intends to send an important message to politicians that cannabis is legal. Education, including how to talk to our children about substance use, should not be politicized for partisan gain. Vaughan’s by-law is all about self-preservation and status quo thinking and is a stigmatizing action that hurts the legal market.”Representatives for the City of Vaughan did not respond to requests for comment.Other music festivals have put a stronger emphasis on cannabis following legalization last year. Plans for a sprawling event that blended cannabis education with a summer music festival have been snuffed out by the City of Vaughan.Organizers of the Journey Cannabis and Music Festival say new bylaws introduced by the city have forced their three-day event at the 990-acre Boyd Conservation Park, north of Toronto, to be cancelled.Journey, originally slated to run from Aug. 23 to 25, was supposed to combine a bring-your-own-cannabis approach with a multi-genre lineup of musicians, though performers had yet to be announced. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The premises were also set to include a beer village, booths selling cannabis paraphernalia and culture items, and a selection of licensed producers who would discuss trends and products, but not actually sell weed. Electronic music event Ever After in Kitchener, Ont. allowed concertgoers to toke up, while this year’s annual 4/20 celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver united a park of cannabis vendors with a performance by hip hop act Cypress Hill..Organizers of the Journey festival say ticketholders will receive full refunds within the next week.They’re also searching for a new venue to host the event next year.By David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

UNICEF seeks entries for childrens television award on AIDS awareness

8 March 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences called for entries for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) award honoring broadcasters for programming best reflecting the theme Unite for Children. Unite Against AIDS. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences called for entries for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) award honoring broadcasters for programming best reflecting the theme Unite for Children. Unite Against AIDS.Submissions will be judged on not only the quality of work, but also for broadcasters’ dedication to bolstering participation by youth in media, in connection with the theme Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, which is the name of a campaign launched in 2005 by UNICEF, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and other partners to alert the world to the fact that children are missing from the global AIDS agenda. “Children have the right to voice their opinions and broadcasters around the world are making that happen by getting youth voices on the air,” Stephen Cassidy, chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section, said yesterday. “We want to reward them for their dedication and commitment.” To be eligible for this year’s ICDB award, these broadcasts must have aired on or around Sunday, 10 December 2006, in conjunction with last year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting. UNICEF is also calling for radio entries for the 2007 IDCB Award for Radio Excellence. The submission deadline is 18 May, and entry forms can be found at www.unicef.org/icdb. Judges will select the best television entries in eight regions across the world, which will then go on to compete for the IDCB Award to be presented at the International Emmy Awards Gala on 19 November in New York. Last year’s television winner was Teleradio Moldova for their “Let’s Play!” programme, beating out five other regional IDCB winners to take the top prize. UNICEF also announced the 2007 ICDB theme, The World We Want. In 2002, youth from the world over convened in New York to discuss their hopes for the future, and on the fifth anniversary of this meeting, UNICEF wants to know how far we have come. The agency invites radio and television broadcasters to participate in the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting on 9 December and create programming which draws attention to children’s opinions of the state of the world, as they will then be eligible for the 2008 ICDB Award. read more

Situation at damaged Japanese nuclear plant remains very serious – UN official

The plant suffered major damage from the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on 11 March and has been spewing radioactive contamination into the environment ever since.“Overall, the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains very serious,” Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, told a news conference in Vienna. At the same time, he noted that the estimated percentage of core damage to several units of the plant has been revised. The core damage to Unit 1 was revised from an estimated 70 per cent to 55 per cent, while it was revised from 30 to 35 per cent for Unit 2 and from 25 to 30 per cent for Unit 3. This reflects revisions to assessments from 15 March rather than any recent changes in conditions in the reactor cores, he stated. Mr. Flory outlined a number of measures being carried out by Japanese authorities in recent weeks as part of their response to the accident, including the putting in place of counter-measures against water outflow to the sea and to prevent a minimized spread of the radionuclides in water.The Government has also announced no-entry, planned evacuation and emergency evacuation zones to be applied to specific areas within the vicinity of the plant. In addition, radiation monitoring continues for 47 prefectures, with the reported values showing that the deposition of radionuclides was still occurring in certain prefectures. “But the values for deposition are significantly lower than those detected in the first weeks of the emergency and the number of prefectures affected is diminishing,” said Mr. Flory.He noted that restrictions on the distribution and/or consumption of milk, and specific types of vegetables, have been in place in five prefectures since they were first imposed on 21 March. As of 3 May, the only restrictions remaining are in Fukushima prefecture and for two cities in Ibaraki prefecture. He added that marine monitoring continues near the discharge areas of the plant by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns the plant, as well as at off-shore stations by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). 5 May 2011The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant remains very serious nearly two months after it was damaged in an earthquake, a senior official with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today, as he outlined the ongoing measures taken by the Japanese authorities in response to the accident. read more

UN captures suspect in deadly minibus attack in TimorLeste

According to the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), the man was wounded and captured during an early evening gun battle as Fijian troops conducting a search came across a group of armed men trying to cross the Mota Loes river. The detainee was taken to a hospital under guard, but the other eight or nine members of the group fled, attempting to cross the river. Tracking patrols supported by armoured personnel carriers and a light observation helicopter pursued the men who fled the scene.The capture was part of the PKF’s extensive “cordon and search” operation supporting a local investigation into Monday’s armed attacks on a minibus and a truck near the border with West Timor that left one passenger dead and three seriously injured, the UN mission said. read more

Kentucky UConn Virginia Memphis highlight Ohio State mens basketball nonconference slate

Then-sophomore forward Marc Loving (2) passes the ball during a game against Campbell on Nov. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 91-64.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team released its 2015-16 non-conference schedule Wednesday afternoon, with several of the nation’s elite set to face off with the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to host Virginia — a No. 2 seed in last season’s NCAA tournament — in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1, and travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on the 2014 NCAA champion UConn Huskies on Dec. 12.The Buckeyes also have marquee games scheduled in neutral sites against Memphis (Nov. 27 in Miami) and Kentucky (Dec. 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y.).The matchup against Memphis is set to be played at American Airlines Arena, while the showdown with last season’s No. 1 overall seed Kentucky is set for the Barclays Center.The game against the Wildcats marks the second of three years of the CBS Sports Classic, a series involving OSU, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. OSU fell to UNC last season and is scheduled to conclude the series with a matchup with UCLA during the 2016-17 season.“As I look at this schedule we will be challenged on the road, at home and on neutral courts,” OSU coach Thad Matta said in a press release. “With the youthfulness of this team, I believe it will help us prepare for Big Ten play.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern and Rutgers both home and away, with single home games against Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State, and single road games against Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin rounding out their Big Ten schedule.The dates for their conference slate will be released at a later time, according to the press release.The Buckeyes are set to begin their season on Nov. 15 with a home matchup against Mount St. Mary’s.The full non-conference schedule can be found below:Nov. 15 vs. Mount St. Mary’sNov. 17 vs. GramblingNov. 20 vs. UT ArlingtonNov. 24 vs. Louisiana TechNov. 27 vs. Memphis (American Airlines Arena)Dec. 1 vs. VirginiaDec. 5 vs. VMIDec. 8 vs. Air ForceDec. 12 at UConnDec. 16 vs. Northern IllinoisDec. 19 vs. Kentucky (Barclays Center)Dec. 22 vs. MercerDec. 27 vs. South Carolina State read more

Ice cream truck destroyed in fire at Pembroke Pines strip mall

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – An ice cream truck burst into flames in the parking lot of a strip mall in Pembroke Pines.Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the blaze along Pines Boulevard, near Southwest 114th Avenue, Sunday afternoon.Crews closed the parking lot while they battled the flames.Nearby stores like Best Buy and Party City were not damaged, but the truck was a total loss.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

LRA for Plattsburgh AFB Winds Down

first_imgTwenty-one years after Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York’s Champlain Valley region was shuttered, the base’s local redevelopment authority is close to putting itself out of business. If three pending sales go as scheduled, Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp. (PARC) will have only three other properties left to market, Lee Mitchell, PARC’s chief financial officer, said last week at the corporation’s annual meeting. The three parcels total 16.3 acres and are valued at $933,000.Over the last two decades, PARC has taken advantage of $115 million in state and federal investment to refashion the site into an industrial park specializing in aerospace, rail transportation, manufacturing and other fields. PARC has negotiated 170 property sales or transfers and 200 leases to redevelop 1,717 acres, reported the Press-Republican.The corporation’s sale of a parcel to Clinton County in the previous fiscal year marked the end of its landlord responsibilities, according to Mitchell.“I think we can be proud of the work that has happened, and I think that shows we have done our job as well as possible,” she said. “Again, we’re almost there.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Fairbanks Borough taking comment on budget as budget teeters near cap

first_imgThe Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly takes public comment tonight on the proposed budget for the upcoming new fiscal year. Borough spending is up against a cap on property tax revenue, forcing a discerning look at budget priorities.Listen nowThe proposed $161 million borough budget comes close to current year spending. Borough chief of staff Jim Williams said the FY18 budget reflects a trend of rising costs and stagnant revenue.“They’re just some natural costs that go up, plus some contractual obligations,” Williams said. “And you have flat revenues. It’s gonna intersect at some point and we’re here now.”Over seventy percent of borough spending is covered by property taxes, and the new budget includes a small tax increase, bringing the borough the closest it’s ever been to a limit set under a long running voter imposed cap.”The revenue that we’re projecting to collect this year is about $9 under the cap,” Williams said. “We could put $9 somewhere in the budget and make it 100 percent, maybe buy a couple gallons of gas for a vehicle, but we’re at the cap.”The cap limits the amount of property tax revenue the borough can take in to the what’s collected the previous year with a few exceptions including, revenue from new construction, but Williams says not much of that is happening.”There’s not a lot of demand to build new properties and property values are staying relatively flat,” Williams said. “As that stuff stays flat or slightly increases, and when you apply the tax cap formula, it’s kinda the perfect storm of stuff.”With no increase in revenue, Williams said it’s important for borough residents to tell the assembly what their priorities are.”We need ideas,” Williams said. “I mean, what chess pieces do you want us to move?”The biggest piece is local school funding. The borough mayor’s proposal is $4 million short of what the school district is seeking. The district is already laying off teachers and considering other cuts in light of a pending state reduction in school support.last_img read more

Trump paid 38m in taxes in 2005 White House

first_imgUS President Donald Trump attends a meeting with US House Deputy Whip team at the East room of the White House in Washington, US. Photo: ReutersUS President Donald Trump paid $38 million in taxes on more than $150 million in income in 2005, the White House said on Tuesday, responding to an MSNBC report that the network had obtained two pages of the returns.MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said she received the documents from journalist David Cay Johnston, who said on her show that he received them in the mail.The returns, which MSNBC posted on its website, showed Trump paid an effective tax rate of 25 percent. The White House said in a statement that Trump, as head of the Trump Organization, had a responsibility “to pay no more tax than legally required.”Trump wrote off $100 million in losses to reduce his federal taxes, according to the documents.The White House said Trump took into account “large scale depreciation for construction.”Trump has refused to release his tax returns, saying his taxes were under audit by the Internal Revenue Service.Presidents and major candidates for the White House have routinely released their income tax returns. Experts say an IRS audit does not bar someone from releasing the documents.At times Trump paid no federal income taxes, according to news reports. That includes at least two years in the late 1970s, the Washington Post reported last year, citing a 1981 New Jersey gambling commission report.The New York Times reported in October that Trump declared a substantial loss in 1995 that could have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years afterward, based on records obtained by the newspaper.During a September presidential debate, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton criticized Trump for paying no federal income taxes.“That makes me smart,” he responded.Trump has feuded with the media since his inauguration, often accusing it of promoting “fake news” intended to undermine his presidency.“The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans,” the White House said.last_img read more

Mural In Westchase District Will Honor Harveys First Responders And Volunteer Rescuers

first_img Share – / 5Artist Larry Crawford started Tuesday working on a mural that will be located in Houston’s Westchase District and that will pay homage to the first responders and the volunteers who rescued Houstonians during Hurricane Harvey.The Westchase District has commissioned the mural, which –with an approximate size of 85 foot wide and 25 foot tall— will be the largest in that part of Houston, where there are already other murals.Using a technique that combines spray and hand painting, Crawford is painting the mural on the ditch located at the intersection of the Brays Bayou connector trail and the Wilcrest Drive connector trail. A rendering of the mural shows it in black and white, but Crawford is painting it in color.The ditch is property of the Harris County Flood Control District, which authorized the Westchase District to go ahead with the project.The mural will depict a combination of images that show Houston’s skyline, two rescue helicopters and two rescue boats to honor the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Guard, Louisiana’s Cajun Navy and volunteer rescuers in general.“This was one of those ditches that would have been full and serving its purpose as a water conveyance channel at the time of the storm and, now that it’s down and more to its regular levels, this will be a nice artistic thank you to those who worked so hard to save people that needed saving after the storm,” said Sherry Fox, vice president of Communications at the Westchase District.Brand identity and calming environmentFox explained that the mural will also help with the Westchase District’s “brand identity” and, additionally, there is research indicating that public art of this kind can be conducive to creating a “calming environment.” Moreover, this public art also contributes to maintaining and increasing property values.Crawford has already painted other murals in the Westchase District and categorized this new endeavor as “cool project” because the first responders and the volunteer rescuers “deserve the recognition.”The artist anticipates he could complete the mural in three or four weeks, weather permitting.last_img read more

HKVs new love spot

It is interesting to witness the mini transformation that Hauz Khas Village is undergoing. From an arty farty jaunt 10 years back to a designers’ den even a few years back, the small urban village, is slowly becoming Delhi’s very own St Germaine.  Yes, it is still dotted with designer studios and small shops which stuff themselves with art and quirky posters, but eateries rise above the clutter. No matter where you look, you are bound to hit a restaurant or two. And new ones keep opening before you could say ‘Enter’.   We went to one such place on a weekday evening [though going by the rapid metamorphosis HKV is undergoing, you won’t be incorrect if you brand Amour an old restaurant by now], and found it packed to the brim. Quite a feat especially because the patio, cafe and bar boasts of an extensive area. Apart from seating inside, one can also sit out at the terrace if the weather is any good. The décor is impressive, with dim lighting, chandeliers and comfortable high-backed chairs and sofas. We decided to sit out [don’t expect much of a view because the lake is across the road and from the terrace you can only see the parking area around the building, apart from bits of other nearby restaurants] with some decent Seafood salad. It comes with a generous amount of king prawns, Sri Lankan squids, octopus and lots of cherry tomatoes. The menu is a mish mash of Continental and Mediterranean which leaves one with lots of options unless you are a little snobbish [like me] about sticking to particular cuisines. What we liked was the Wild duck confit. The duck was cooked to perfection. However, keep second options ready when you are ordering your drink because the bar needs stocking up. Walk in with lots of time in your hands since the service is sluggish. Overall, could serve as a nice venue for that next party.  GRILLED BASA NISCOISE STYLEINGREDIENTS180gm Basa fish5gm Garlic60gm Tomato50gm Potato20gm Green beans20gm Green peas10gm Bell pepper5gm Capsicum15ml Olive oilMustard paste, to tasteSalt, to tastePepper, to tasteMETHODPeel and blanch potato with butter. Trim the green beans and make a bundle. For the sauce, saute garlic in olive oil. Add tomatoes and cook for a few minutes. Finish with seasoning. For the dressing, cut the bell pepper and capsicum. Mix with lemon vinaigrette. Marinade the fish with salt and pepper, lemon juice. Pan sear the basa fish fillets. Arrange delicately on the plate. Serve hot and garnish with garden fresh greens. read more

Uniworlds new ships launching in 2020 include

first_imgUniworld’s new ships launching in 2020 include: Go back to the enewsletterUniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced plans to evolve the cruise company’s offering over the next two years, which will include more than half of the ships evolving to “Super Ship” status, along with the addition of three new vessels in Vietnam, Egypt and Portugal. Another Super Ship renovation in Italy has also been confirmed. The new floating boutique hotels will feature the signature touches and distinctive themes the company’s ships are known for – more suites, more dining venues and more luxurious finishes – while maintaining their high crew-to-guest ratio.Uniworld CEO Ellen Bettridge said that over the last five years the company has successfully moved on its plan to transform the fleet that began in 2017 with the successful launch of the S.S. Joie de Vivre, the debut of the fully renovated S.S. Beatrice in 2018 and the premier this April of the completely transformed S.S. Bon Voyage. The plan continues in 2020 with four new Super Ships planned for the Mekong, Nile, Venetian Lagoon and Douro rivers.“We have been in a consistent and relentless pursuit of excellence,” says Bettridge. “But expansion for expansion’s sake has never been our business model.“Our ships are absolutely unique and like a boutique hotel, reflect the destinations they serve, from décor and artwork to food, beverage and programming. We look forward to making our high calibre of service and personalisation in these remarkable destinations even better.” SS Satet deck planS.S. Satet – EgyptLaunching on the Nile river on 6 January 2020. Named after the goddess of the Nile, S.S. Satet will offer three gourmet dining venues, including a private dining room and an al fresco dining experience on the upper deck, a swimming pool, massage room and 42 suites. This ship will include 12 adventure-filled days to experience Egypt and the Nile’s top sites starting and ending in Cairo.S.S. São Gabriel – PortugalLaunching on 26 March 2020, S.S. São Gabriel will be the newest ship on the Douro River. The entire top deck will offer all lavishly appointed suites, enhanced with butler service, giving guests the option to dine at any time they’d like while enjoying the ship. Guests will experience the UNESCO-designated Douro River Valley and indulge in the best of Spanish and Portuguese culture and cutting-edge, locally sourced cuisine.S.S. La Venezia – VeniceRiver Countess will undergo a complete design renovation and re-emerge as S.S. La Venezia on 27 March 2020, bringing guests complete luxury while exploring Northern Italy. She will offer a 10-day itinerary that starts with an included two-day land stay in Milan where guests will visit Da Vinci’s renowned The Last Supper, and then continue with an eight-day of cruising through and around Venice, the Po River and three outer-lying Venetian islands: Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Guests will also have the option of purchasing the eight-day cruise-only portion of the itinerary.Mekong Jewel – Vietnam & CambodiaDebuting on 3 January 2020, this will be the newest and most luxurious ship on the Mekong River. Uniworld’s all-suite ship will include two dining venues: one main restaurant and an al fresco eatery on the upper deck. Mekong Jewel will be 10 metres longer than Mekong Navigator, but with the same capacity, offering guests more space and amenities. The 13-day itinerary will take guests from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, with visits to Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat and more.Lead image: The external design of S.S La Venezia is under wrapsGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Voters going to the polls after shallow campaign

first_imgBy Elias HazouBy most accounts the lead up to Sunday’s presidential elections has seen the most detached election campaign in living memory.The reasons are many, but may be distilled into one sentence: quite simply, the stakes were not that high. And although the Sunday Mail is loath to forecast the outcome of the election, it’s fair to say that this state of affairs tends to favour whoever is the incumbent.“There’s been a disjointed, generic even, coverage of issues,” says Yiannos Katsourides, adjunct lecturer at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus (UCY) and director of the Prometheus Research Institute.“Mostly it’s been about the candidates challenging one another on who is the most fit to govern, who is the more reliable, who is more credible – did you keep your promises and so on. And while there were proposals made by the camps, the discourse usually slipped into personal attacks.”Katsourides has aptly dubbed the 2017-2018 election campaign a “Hobbesian ‘war of all against all’.” In a blog he writes:“This is particularly true for the three main candidates, Anastasiades, Papadopoulos and Malas. Accusations are exchanged constantly and on a daily basis between them, as well as between their supporting parties on all issues. For example, [Giorgos] Lillikas indirectly accused [Nicholas] Papadopoulos of offering him money and public office to withdraw his candidacy and support him.”Looking ahead, Katsourides predicts that “This polarisation between the candidates, in turn, questions their ability to form alliances at the second round and arguably places the strongest candidate (N. Anastasiades) in an advantageous position since the bridges between Papadopoulos and Malas and the parties supporting them seem broken.”The main ‘issue’ of this campaign has been the economy, with the Cyprus problem demoted to lower rungs. But here again, none of the nine candidates have offered a comprehensive economic model that they envision, with the discourse confined to minor tweaks – be it pledges to support research and development or business startups.Kasourides points out that major issues – such as Cyprus’ role in the European Union, or its participation in Pesco (Permanent Structured Cooperation) did not even get a mention.“It’s taken for granted, for example, that Cyprus being all-in in the EU is the way to go, which is a little surprising when you recall that European institutions played a part in the 2013 meltdown. And as far as Pesco goes, it seems to be a niche topic, with the opposition parties realising that it’s too complicated to explain to voters, who are mostly concerned with job security and the price of milk.“There appears to be a sense that the worst of the economic crisis is behind us, that after the shock of 2013 things are beginning to stabilise. And in the minds of many people, the thought then occurs: do we really want to experiment now and change things?”Once more, Katsourides tells the Mail, this plays into the hands of the incumbent.Antonis Ellinas, associate professor of political science at UCY, thinks that in these elections many will be voting for whom they consider to be the lesser evil.Polls have consistently reflected this sentiment, as there is little to choose between the candidates in terms of real issues.Matters are not helped by the fact the debate has been rather shallow. For instance, some of the candidates are promising to expand welfare spending, but their proposals lack any cost analysis whatsoever.“No spending figures are cited. There’s just an assumption that the government will keep generating fiscal surpluses to pay for these expenditures,” says Ellinas.With Anastasiades widely expected to make it to the second round, many will be glued to their TV sets today as they await to see who will be joining him in the runoff ballot.But if recent history is anything to go by, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. The best example being the 2016 US presidential elections, where a combination of flawed opinion polls and complacency among the Democrats led to the election of Donald Trump.We’ve had examples closer to home, too. A case in point are the 1993 elections when everyone predicted George Vassiliou would win in the runoff, but Glafcos Clerides just scraped through.Katsourides does not rule out an upset – Anastasiades not being re-elected – but thinks it will take a confluence of variables to make that happen.Certainly, the chances of a surprise result increase should an alliance be struck between Anastasiades’ second-round opponent and the camp that misses the runoff ticket.“If the Malas and Papadopoulos camps make a deal, true, it will hard to sell it to their respective supporters, given all the bad blood during the campaign. There’s no telling how people will respond. However, usually the thinking is: Let’s vote for Papadopoulos (or Malas, as the case may be), because that way our party will at least have some influence on the next administration.”Absent a pact between the Malas-Papadopoulos teams, Anastasiades’ chances of winning rise exponentially.Then there is the not-insignificant matter of voter turnout. Five years ago, the abstention rate in the second round came to 18.42 per cent, surpassing that in the first round (16.86 per cent). And the indications this time are that voter turnout could be the lowest on record for presidential elections.In total, there are 550,876 registered voters for these elections. Polling stations open at 7am, closing for a one-hour break at noon. Voting resumes at 1pm and polling stations will close at 6pm.The first returns should start coming out around 6.30pm, according to Deputy Chief Returning Officer Demetris Demetriou.The final result is expected a little after 8pm. 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