EU Operation to Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants

Marrakech- A Europe-wide operation, backed by Italy, which has the European Union presidency, was proposed in an EU memo dated 10 July 2014. The document calls for a joint police operation “Mos Maiorum” or “Our Ancestors”. The operation is now being put into effect.The Italian Ministry of Interior is leading the operation with the Italian border police and the EU Border Agency FRONTEX. It is a continuation of previous EU actions against illegal immigration, according to the EU memo. It calls for apprehending illegal immigrants on European territory and the gathering information so that action can be taken against criminal human trafficking organizations. The police operation will coordinate the enforcement of border checks and surveillance and an update of the general status on illegal immigration.Human rights organizations have pointed out that many migrants are asylum seekers fleeing death and persecution in their country of origin, as well as economic migrants who cannot find work in their own country.The island of Lampedusa in Italy is one of the areas swamped with illegal immigrants arriving by boat. Spain and Morocco have also been under pressure for some time by immigrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar.The data collection will involve migrants’ details, including nationality and date and point of entry into the EU. The goal is to create an up-to-date picture of people trafficking and the continuing abuse of the victims.Morocco has recently introduced a process to regulate the presence of African migrants in Morocco, so that some of them can become legal in the country, allowing them to work. read more

Canadas economy stuck in low gear

OTTAWA — The pace of Canada’s economic growth held steady in the second quarter, supported by business investment but kept in check by weaker exports and a softer housing sector.Gross domestic product rose 0.5% between April and June, matching increases in the previous two quarters, Statistics Canada said Friday.On an annualized basis, GDP was up 1.8% in the second quarter, the same pace as the first previous quarter and slightly stronger than the 1.7% growth in the United States.That increase nearly matched the forecast by the Bank of Canada, and beat economists’ calls for a 1.6% annualized increase in the second quarter.Business investment in plants and equipment grew 2.3%, the strongest increase in a year, the federal agency said, “continuing a string of consecutive increases that began in 2010.”Corporate spending in machinery and equipment was also higher, rising 1.8%, compared with an increase of 1% in the first quarter. Much of that investment was in transportation equipment and industrial machinery, the agency said.Consumer spending rose 0.3%, up slightly from 0.2% in the January-to-March period. Still, that was down from growth of 0.7% in the fourth quarter.By industry, the advance in GDP was led by goods production, up 0.9%, and services, up 0.3%. “Mining and oil and gas extraction, and construction were the main contributors to overall growth,” Statistics Canada said. “Gains were also recorded in manufacturing, agriculture, wholesales trade, the finance and insurance sector and professional services.”The retail and utilities sectors declined in the second quarter.Meanwhile, housing investment slowed to 0.2% after a 2.5% jump in the first quarter, reflecting recent data showing the residential market is beginning to cool.Export growth was also weaker, rising just 0.2% in the second quarter, compared to a gain of 1% in the previous quarter and marking the slowest pace since the third quarter of 2011.Imports, on the other hand, rose 1.6% after rising 1.3% between January and March.For June, GDP was up 0.2% from the previous month, beating economists’ expectation of a 0.1% gain.Not surprisingly, government spending declined 0.1% in the second quarter amid public-sector cost-cutting measures.In a speech last week to the Canadian Auto Workers union, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney said that despite a slowing global economy, Canada’s output is “roughly in line with growth of the economy’s production potential” and is expected to pick up in 2013.“Consumption and business investment are expected to be the primary drivers of this moderate growth, reflecting very stimulative domestic financial conditions,” he said.“While Canadian exports are projected to improve, they are likely to remain below their pre-recession peak until the beginning of 2014.”The central bank has held its key interest rate at a near-record low of 1% since September 2010 in an effort to stimulate the economy coming out of the recession. read more

First victim of London tower fire named as search for the missing

first_img Jun 15th 2017, 11:05 PM Italian couple Marco Gottardi, 27, and Gloria Trevisan, 27, were both missing, feared dead, according to one of their fathers.The two architects had moved to London three months ago for work.“At the moment there are two of our citizens who are confirmed as missing,” an Italian foreign ministry official told AFP.An Italian newspaper, Il Mattino di Padova, said Gottardi had been on phone with his father and told him the smoke was rising before the line suddenly cut.The paper said the couple lived on the 23rd floor.Business graduate Source: Rachael Burnett/PA ImagesMariem Elgwahry, 27, lived on the 19th floor of Grenfell Tower, where she is reported to have lived with mother Suhar.Family and friends told the Independent that they had searched local hospitals, but had found neither women.Elgwahry’s online profile said she was a senior marketing manager at cashback website Quidco, having graduated from the University of Roehampton in 2011 with a degree in business management.‘Very, very scared’ Girls have photos of missing Jessica Urbano on their t-shirts near scene of the massive fire in Grenfell Tower. Source: Alastair Grant/PA ImagesJessica Urbano, 12, has not been traced since talking to her aunt Sandra Ruiz at around 1.40am.“She was with a group of people in the fire escape, in the fire stairs, they live on the 20th floor,” said Ruiz, while appealing for information.“She would have been in her bed clothes and she will be very, very, very scared. We’re just desperate to find her.”Oldest missing personSheila Smith, 84, is the oldest of those to be declared missing so far.Her son Adam, who describes himself as a tech entrepreneur, launched an appeal on Twitter, writing “my Mum is missing – Sheila, 84 years old, 16th floor Grenfell Tower.”Rania Ibrham, 30, uploaded a distressing Facebook Live video as she pleaded for help from a smoke-filled corridor before going back into her flat. She has not been contactable since.© – AFP, 2017London fire: ‘There is a risk we may not be able to identify everybody’London fire: Theresa May orders full inquiry, as death toll rises to 17 Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 11:05 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,431 Views Short URL Great-grandad Tony Disson, 65, made a series of phone calls from his flat, saying he was trapped in his bathroom.The ex-market trader’s phone stopped responding around 4am after he told a friend to “tell my sons I love them”, according the Sun newspaper.His eldest son Lee, 47, posted a Facebook message reading: “If anyone has seen my dad, Tony Disson, could they let us know. My heart goes out to all the people at Grenfell tower.”Six-month old missingFarah Hamdan, her husband Omar Belkadi and their six-month-old daughter are still unaccounted for, according to Farah’s father, Rkia.“We’ve been to all the hospitals and we’ve been searching all day but we still haven’t found them, we just want to know they are safe,” he told The Sun.Her other two daughters, aged six and 10, were eventually found in hospital.Italian architects An acclaimed photographer, a six-month-old baby and a pair of Italian architects are among the dozens reported missing in the London tower block fire.Seventeen people have been confirmed dead, although police say they believe the toll will rise.Around 35 appeals to find lost loved ones have so far been made in the press and on social media, including the following residents of the 24-floor Grenfell Tower:Acclaimed artist Source: InstagramPhotographer Khadija Saye, 24, recently had her work shown at the Venice Biennale, writing on Facebook that: “It’s been a real journey, tears shed, highs and lows, but mama, I’m an artist exhibiting at the Venice Biennale and the blessings are abundant!”She was believed to have been living in the tower with her mother, Mary Mendy, who is also missing.Saye has known Labour MP David Lammy for a “number of years,” and the politician led the appeals on Twitter, calling her a “beautiful soul and emerging artist”.“We grow more sad and bleak at every second,” Lammy told BBC radio.‘Tell my sons I love them’ THE FIRST VICTIM of the Grenfell Tower fire has been named as Mohammed Alhajali, as families search for their loved ones in hospitals and community shelters.The first victim of the Grenfell Tower fire has been named as Mohammed Alhajali.He was a Syrian refugee who came to the UK in 2014 and was studying civil engineering.His brother, Omar, told the BBC that he became separated from his brother during the evacuation. 55 Comments Source: Pierfrancesco Loreto/Twitter Gloria Trevisan and her boyfriend Marco Gottardi had come to London only 3 months ago and she would have gone back home tmrw #GrenfellTower— Pierfrancesco Loreto (@pierloreto) June 15, 2017 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: BBC Breaking News/Twitter Share3 Tweet Email1 Man who escaped London Fire breaks down talking about how his brother is its first confirmed victim #GrenfellTower— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 15, 2017 By AFP First victim of London tower fire named as search for the missing continues Mohammed Alhajali has been named as the Grenfell Tower fire’s first victim. last_img read more

We all need to stand up to hate Taoiseach condemns New Zealand

first_img Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Mar 16th 2019, 6:15 AM Short URL TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has condemned the attacks in New Zealand and called the killings an act of cowardice, stating “we all need to stand up to hate”. Speaking to reporters in Chicago, on the second leg of his St Patrick’s Day trip to the US, Varadkar said Muslims should not be afraidAt least 49 people were killed yesterday at two mosques, when a man opened fire on people while videoing the massacre. One man was arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand.It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday, noting that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.“I condemn the act of terrorism that occurred in New Zealand. It was an act of terrorism. Also an act of cowardice because it targeted children and people who were at prayer.“We’ve expressed through our embassy and our diplomatic channels our solidarity and support  for the people of New Zealand and the government of New Zealand at what is a very difficult time for them.” 44 Comments By Christina Finn Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 6:15 AM 7,275 Views center_img Taoiseach Leo Varadkar condemns New Zealand terror attack— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) March 16, 2019 ‘We all need to stand up to hate’: Taoiseach condemns New Zealand terror attack At least 49 people were killed yesterday at two mosques, when a man opened fire on people while videoing the massacre. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images The Taoiseach then moved to reassure Muslims in Ireland, stating that they have nothing to fear. “To our Muslim community in Ireland, all 70,000 of them, to Muslim communities all around the world, I think “That we don’t allow the terrorists to win by changing our lifestyles or changing the way we look at each other because of what was a terrible act.”An Garda Síochána said yesterday that it has a productive and positive relationship with the Muslim community in Ireland built up over many years.Community gardaí will be visiting mosques provide support to the country’s Muslim community following the mass shootings in New Zealand. Share580 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Réchauffement climatique une menace directe pour les tortues deau

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : une menace directe pour les tortues d’eauPrésentés le 3 Juillet à Glasgow durant la conférence annuelle de la Société  de biologie expérimentale, des travaux australiens montrent l’impact physiologique et comportemental direct d’une augmentation des températures sur certaines tortues aquatiques d’Australie, particulièrement menacées, donc, par le réchauffement climatique. Elusor macrurus, la tortue de la rivière Mary, est endémique d’un unique bassin fluvial d’Australie. Or, les scientifiques s’inquiètent des effets prévisibles du réchauffement global sur cette espèce : après avoir incubé des œufs de cette tortue à différentes températures – 26, 29 et 32 °C – et observé les jeunes issus de leur éclosion, des biologistes de l’Université du Queensland ont observé, chez ceux couvés 32 °C,  une capacité de natation réduite et une préférence pour les eaux peu profondes.À lire aussiLa tortue luth cache la bouche la plus effrayante au monde”L’eau plus profonde, non seulement fournit aux jeunes tortues une protection contre les prédateurs, mais c’est aussi là que se trouve leur nourriture. Les jeunes présentant des capacités de natation médiocres et s’attardant près de la surface sont incapables de se nourrir et sont très susceptibles d’être capturés par les oiseaux. Ces résultats sont préoccupants, car les prévisions sur les changements climatiques pour la région suggèrent que des températures de 32°C, pour les nids, sont susceptibles d’être atteintes durant les décennies à venir”, explique le Dr Mariana Micheli-Campbell.Déjà considérée comme en danger par l’UICN à cause de la collecte de ses œufs pour les animaleries et l’introduction dans son milieu de prédateurs tels que chiens et renards, la tortue de la rivière Mary serait particulièrement sensible au réchauffement du climat, à cause de la faible profondeur de ses nids, comparativement aux tortues de mer, par exemple. Mais d’autres espèces pourraient être dans le même cas.Le 10 juillet 2011 à 11:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Stonier school bill passes state House

first_imgFormer teacher and current state Rep. Monica Stonier kept granola bars in her classroom for students she knew weren’t getting enough food at home.“Teachers do that all the time,” Stonier said. “The problem is that’s not a system-wide approach to ensure they aren’t hungry at school.”But this week, the Democrat from Vancouver championed a measure she hopes will make it easier for students to focus on their education rather than a grumbling stomach.“We have so many kids unable to focus on their school work because they are food insecure or homeless,” Stonier said.House Bill 1508 would allow students who arrive late to school and miss breakfast to still access food. It’s up to the district to implement the program, so they could do it by having a kiosk with available snacks or by providing a snack basket in classrooms. It would also allow for students to eat at their desks to ensure instructional time isn’t being missed. The measure expands the breakfast after the bell program and focuses on those schools that have a high percentage of students who qualify for free-and-reduced priced meals.“Kids are hungry at school. They don’t have food at home. Some would say that’s not the responsibility of the schools, (but) we’re responsible for educating,” she said.last_img read more

Lloris on Frances quality We can be explosive

first_imgFrance captain Hugo Lloris believes that the quality within the national team is “explosive” ahead of the World CupLes Bleus head to Russia aiming to win their first World Cup title in two decades, where head coach Didier Deschamps himself captained the side to glory at home soil.France boasts the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele in their ranks this summer and Lloris is confident that they can prove themselves to be a serious threat for favourites Spain and Germany.“I don’t think the French players have the same DNA as the Spanish, the quality of France is that we can be explosive,” he told Marca.“The Spanish and German teams like to have more possession and take their time to create, we can counter-attack at a frightening speed.“We must be ready to suffer in difficult moments, because that’s where we have to be strong as a team and then take our chances to score.”Expectations are high within the French camp, but Lloris would prefer to take things one step at a time and focus on progressing through the group stages first.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“Before looking to the final, you have to focus on the group,” confirmed Lloris.“The danger is to believe that things are going to be easy, we know that at this level every match will be complicated.”You can only be focused on the present, but we do have potential and quality.”The 31-year-old believes that the role of a captain has changed over the years and feels that the most important thing is to be firm in your convictions.“There are different ways of being a captain, it depends on your character,” he said.“Maybe 20 years ago the captain would have made more noise in the dressing room, today there are other ways.“The most important thing is to be firm in your convictions and be respected by the coach and your teammates, I’m aware of my responsibility.”last_img read more

On Location Rapper Pouya On Miamis HipHop Scene

first_img Facebook Rapper Pouya On Miami’s Hip-Hop Scene location-rapper-pouya-miamis-hip-hop-scene “On Location”: Rapper Pouya On Miami’s Hip-Hop Scene News Twitter Email Learn about the history of hip-hop in Miami from the 23-year-old native rapperRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 6, 2018 – 10:44 am Whether you know it or not, Miami has a huge hip-hop scene, rich with history and active artists moving the genre forward. One such rapper representing that community is Miami native Pouya who’s been jamming out tracks such as “Daddy Issues,” “Underground Underdog” and “Void.” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 6, 2018 – 10:43 am Rapper Pouya On Miami’s Hip-Hop Scene While “On Location” in Miami to capture the first episode of the new music and travel series, Recording Academy host Charlie Travers made a trip to Tropical Park to spend some time on the lake with the 23-year old rapper (and meet his 11-year-old dog Princess). While taking a break on the dock, we learn more about Miami’s hip-hop scene.”Back in the day they had the electric, EDM stuff,” Pouya says. “Then fast forward a little bit then came Uncle Luke, which was one of the first Miami rappers. Uncle Luke, the 2 Live Crew, those were the first Miami rappers ever putting on for Miami. Then came Trick Daddy. Fast forward a little bit came Rick Ross, Trina. Fast forward to today it’s me, Denzel Curry, the list goes on. … The list is too long.”Pouya, who tells Travers his father is Iranian and his mother came to Miami from Cuba, has always called Miami home. And when asked what he thinks might be missing from Miami’s music scene, it turns out this is the wrong question entirely.   “There’s nothing missing really,” Pouya says. “I think the world is missing out on us. We support each other as a city. I ride or die for my city. This is my city.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

OBITUARY Shirley Jean Nutt Nolan 72

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Shirley Jean (Nutt) Nolan, age 72, of Tewksbury, passed away surrounded by her loving family on March 18, 2019 at the Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus.Shirley was born on June 16, 1946 in Arlington, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Alfred and Ellen V. (Trombley) Nutt.Shirley married her “sweetheart” Robert Nolan over 50 years ago; the couple lived in Wilmington before moving to Tewksbury. Shirley loved her home and she took pride in raising her children Keith and Dawn-Marie. Shirley was a wonderful wife and mother; she was the “glue” of the family and she cherished all the great times they had together.After Shirley’s children went to school, she went to work as an administrative assistant. Shirley loved her job; she was a “jack of all trades”; her endearing personality and great people skills made her a favorite among her co-workers as well as her customers. Shirley retired from Dell several years ago to take a position as a full time “Nana,” for her only granddaughter Makayla Jean; this was her most favorite job.Shirley will be remembered as a simple yet strong lady; she was an amazing person and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.Shirley was the beloved wife of 50 years of Robert J. Nolan, devoted mother of Keith W. Nolan and Dawn-Marie Nolan, loving “Nana” of Makayla Jean Nolan all of Tewksbury, dear sister of Dorothy Alcott and her late husband Joe of CT, Trudy Ann Wade & her husband Frank of Milford, NH and the late Cynthia Wilson, sister-in-law of William Nolan of Wilmington. Shirley is survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 21st from 5:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Shirley’s name may be made to Philanthropy Office, Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854.Shirley Jean (Nutt) Nolan(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Joan Forte-Jack, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88In “Obituaries”last_img read more

RBS initiates closure of branches to shut India banking business by yearend

first_imgConfirming reports that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Plc would choose to wind up its India banking operations over seeking other exit options, the bank in statement on Monday announced it was closing down its corporate, retail and the institutional businesses in the country.”After examining a number of options for our banking business in India, we decided to wind down our corporate, institutional and retail banking businesses in India,” said RBS. It added that the bank will shut down all its 10 retail branches in India in a phased manner.Earlier in 2016, the bank had initiated its corporate and institutional businesses exit and also sold its onshore loans portfolio. Its offshore loan book and private banking business were sold last year, reported Mint.The Financial Times on April 12 reported that RBS’ decision to wind up was based on the country’s stringent regulations on acquisition of banking businesses within the country. “You are in limbo. Every day, the value is eroding until it becomes cheaper just to close down the operation,” a senior executive complained on India’s lengthy process for acquiring/selling banking entities.However, in a statement to Reuters, its chief executive Ross McEwan had said the decision to close its India business was a part of its overall global plan to sell or shut businesses in two-thirds of the countries it operates in. The company wanted to bring down operations to 13 countries from the existing 38. The bank had also held that it was not feasible for it to sell its India businesses in its entirety and that it would consider sale of individual parts, if not an outright winding up.Shuttering RBS’ banking operation will mean a loss of 700 jobs, according to FT. However, it added that RBS’ 13,000-strong back-end employees supporting global operations would continue to exist in India.RBS said in Monday’s statement: “We are committed to provide our employees with a range of support and will ensure that they are treated in a fair and transparent manner in line with RBS’ principles and local policies.”last_img read more

New MacBook Pro Taken Apart by iFixit

first_imgStay on target Apple announced new MacBook computers the other day, and one of them doesn’t have function keys. Instead, it’s got a touch bar display. Weird, right? That one isn’t out yet, but the new MacBook (the one with all the buttons) has fallen into the clutches of the electronic murderers at iFixit. Even if we don’t get to see how that touch bar looks on the inside, there’s a lot of new stuff to see in the 2016 MacBook Pro as its torn asunder.Getting into MacBook’s is old hat by now — just remove a few of Apple’s traditional pentalobe screws, pry up the case, and you’re in. The power connector is secured with a large security screw, which is new this year. The trackpad is also easier to remove this time, whereas the last MacBook trapped its cabling under the battery. Speaking of the battery, it was glued in pretty well. The capacity is 27% lower than the previous MacBook Pro, but Apple says improvements in hardware mean the battery life is the same.Going after the core components, iFixit found the SSD was very easy to remove, but it uses a new shape and pin configuration. Next to the vibration-resistant fan are the speaker drivers. The new MacBook Pro has large speaker grilles on either side of the keyboard, but most of that is fake. There are only two small holes for the drivers on each side.Apple talked up its new thermal control system at the event, but it turns out all that means is putting a few screws in different places (sad trombone). On the logic board (that’s a motherboard in PC-speak) you’ll find the Intel CPU, LPDDR3 RAM, WiFi module, storage controller, and more. The display comes off fairly easily after removing the spring mechanism that holds the display cable flat.iFixit gave the 2016 MacBook a repairability score of just 2 out of 10 because of the glued in battery, pentalobe screws, soldered in RAM, and proprietary SSD. Hey, at least the trackpad is easy to take out. Save Up to 75 Percent Off on These Certified Refurbished Apple ProductsThe Next Apple Laptop Might Be Two Linked Touch Screens last_img read more

The MagicFlight Launch Box Is a Capable Vape but Nothing Fancy

first_imgMagic-Flight’s Launch Box has an air of light-hearted braggadocio to it. Its name alone keenly hints at its purpose, and the packaging is covered in proprietary symbols, suggesting that, upon ordering the vape, you might have been enrolled into a cult. You’ve joined one of “them.”To be sure, there is an undeniable appeal to the thing. It’s simple. You have a battery, the oven, and a mouthpiece, and that’s it. Put the herb in the over, slide the battery in and you’re all set. That affinity for efficiency gives the Launch Box a sense of upward momentum — apt, considering the name. If you’re looking for anything beyond that, though, you’ll probably come away disappointed.There isn’t any way to control temperature, for example, other than carefully timing your draws. Plus, since the oven is so close to the mouth piece, draws can be warm and on the harsh end. According to the manual, you’ll know when you’ve burned through your herb when it starts to taste “like buttered popcorn.” While that’s a good tip, it always made me feel a little… uneasy? But, the Launch Box is pretty efficient, though, given that it only heats the bottom, you’ll have to stop and mix up the herb from time to time, so you should know well before then when you’re about done.Another knock against the Launch Box is its short battery life. It comes with two nickel-metal-hydride batteries, which provide an enormous amount of power for their size, but they also need to be recharged after 5-10 minutes of use. Thankfully, Launch Box’s oven heats up pretty quickly, so you’re not wasting much time, but there have been a few instances where I just flat ran out of power before the session was over. To alleviate that a bit, Magic-Flight sends two batteries as well as a wall plug charging station, but if you’re going to be doing several sessions back-to-back, that still may not be enough.All-told, the Launch Box is a wonderful little machine. It’s efficient, small, and easy to carry wherever you go. But that portability and simplicity come at a cost. The built quality is excellent, and the team has invested a lot in making sure the design and feel of the vape is sturdy and its aesthetics pleasing. So the compromise, naturally, is on features and extras. At $80-125, it’s capable, just don’t expect anything fancy.You can purchase the basic model directly from the company here or aim for the more premium entry at Amazon.ProsSuper portableExtremely StraightforwardHeats up quicklyConsTrouble to cleanShort battery lifeNo extra features or pack-insBottom LineThe Launch Box is about as basic as portable vaporizers get. It’s shockingly compact, easy-to-use, and straight forward, but with that simplicity comes a dearth of features and add-ons that leave it feeling… basic.last_img read more

IATA pushes for Single European Sky

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> In the aftermath of last week’s volcanic crisis, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has gotten behind the call to fast track the unification of Europe’s fragmented national airspaces.“The volcanic ash crisis that paralyzed European air transport for nearly a week made it crystal clear that the Single European Sky is a critical missing link in Europe’s infrastructure” said IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani this week.More than 100,000 flights were grounded due to the volcanic ash last week because individual countries made different decisions over whether or not to open up their airspace.The Single European Sky would put the skies under one regulatory body and act as a crisis management mechanism which would eliminate confusion.It will also improve Europe’s competitiveness and environmental performance, said IATA.Europe’s Transport Council is set to meet on May 4 to discuss the issue of implementing a Single European Sky. “We have been discussing the Single European Sky for decades…the technical plans are in place” said Bisignani.“The 4 May meeting must back up the technical preparations with an implementation time line for a fully integrated Single European Sky and the political will to achieve it.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

Solar causes eclipse in Cairns bookings

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Wednesday’s solar eclipse has travellers eyeing out hotel and accommodation bookings in Cairns, according to new data.Transpiring on 14 November this year, the event referred to as a total eclipse, will completely obscure the light of the sun and occurs somewhere on earth every 18 months but will not return to that location for another 360 to 410 years. Giving Aussies an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness it on their home turf, online searches for Cairns picked up by 25 percent for around the 14 November eclipse, according to figures, while searches more than doubled the seasonal average for check-ins two days before the event.The online booking site’s insights and analytics expert Paul Hayden added that other regions within the path of the eclipse, including Port Douglas were being eyed, gaining “unusually high hotel interest for a weekday period”.“The eclipse is obviously an event that’s generating lots of interest in the area and that will likely prove quite lucrative for the local tourism community,” he explained.Meanwhile hotel prices picked up by 11 percent during the week of the eclipse, with an average nightly rate of $152.22 compared to the average rate of $136.91 the week before. last_img read more

Akinci lauds Eide as a true friend of Cypriots

first_imgUN Special-Adviser Espen Barth Eide maintained his integrity and remained focused on his goal to solve the Cyprus problem despite the barrage of unfair criticism he received – which wasn’t from the north of the island – Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said on Friday.Speaking during a farewell reception held in honour of Eide before his departure at the ‘presidential palace’ in the north, Akinci said during the 27-month long negotiations Eide had been a part of, he had the responsibility of maintaining a very delicate balance between the two sides.Although the adviser had received a lot of criticism – which was not from the northern part of the island – “Eide leaves us with a clear conscience having done everything in his hand to find a mutually acceptable solution in the island.”He would also be leaving with “a bitter feeling that (a solution) was never reached,” Akinci said.Eide, in his own speech called the Turkish Cypriot leader “a true friend and real leader” saying Akinci had been honest from day one right through the end and “I never doubted that you meant everything you said.”That is what this country needs, Eide said. Truly honest leaders.Akinci noted that although a solution had not been reached in Crans-Montana, a lot of progress had been achieved on all chapters of the negotiations over the past two years with the support of Eide and his team.Although this was not the time to assign blame, Akinci said he felt at peace with his conscience “but this is not enough. We have to move forward. The fate of the Turkish Cypriots should not be to live in unjustified isolation from the rest of the world.”Although the adviser and Akinci did not always see eye to eye, Eide said the Turkish Cypriot leader had honestly tried hard to reach a solution and had not given up on a bizonal, bicommunal federation based on EU principles.Eide said it constantly felt like the two communities were looking for something different. It was not healthy for someone to be ‘in the waiting room’ he said in reference to the feeling of isolation felt by Turkish Cypriots.The feeling was similar to someone at an airport waiting to fly to their destination but never reaching it, he said.Communities should reflect on the feeling “but never give up on the dream,” Eide said adding he was convinced a solution would be reached.Akinci wished Eide the best of luck for the elections he will run for in his native Norway and thanked him for his “balanced stance towards both communities on the island.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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