Mother who murdered her two daughters after they got in the way

Scarlett Vaughan (right) and Lexi Draper (left) Scarlett Vaughan (right) and Lexi Draper (left)Credit: BPM Media Three-year-old Lexi Draper (L) and 17-month-old Scarlett Vaughan The jury heard both children had symptoms consistent with deliberate airway obstruction and Scarlett had signs of recent bleeding in her neck tissue, suggestive of neck compression.Opening the case, prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC said: “The overwhelming inference is that Lexi and Scarlett died because someone deliberately interfered with their breathing.”That someone can only have been this defendant.” 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. A mother who murdered her two young daughters after they “got in the way” of her sex life is facing a life sentence. Louise Porton, 23, suffocated Lexi Draper, three, and strangled 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan in Rugby, Warwickshire, in 2018.The part-time model was seen casually leading Lexi into their home hours before she she killed her on Jan 15 last year.Porton, who had searched “‘can you actually die if you have a blocked nose and cover your mouth with tape” online, waited “for some time” before calling 999, a court heard.Jurors were told that the mother-of-two did not seem distressed by Lexi’s death and accepted 41 friend requests on the dating app Badoo a day later. Three-year-old Lexi Draper (L) and 17-month-old Scarlett VaughanCredit:Warwickshire Police/PA Wire He added that the children “got in the way of [Porton] doing what she wanted, when she wanted and with whom she wanted”.Lexi had been taken to hospital twice less than two weeks before her death, but she was sent home with antibiotics for an apparent chest infection.Prosecutors said that while in hospital with her sick daughter, Porton went to the toilets and took topless photos and was arranging to perform sex acts for money with a man she had met through a website.It was in the days after Lexi was discharged on January 4, the prosecution alleged the mother looked online for “can you actually die if you have a blocked nose and cover your mouth with tape”.Porton also searched “how long after drowning can someone be resuscitated?” and accessed an article called “Toddler brought back to life after nearly drowning”, jurors heard. Porton killed her second daughter Scarlett less than three weeks later on Feb 1 and told a 111 call handler that her condition “did not seem urgent”.The toddler had died by the time paramedics arrived nine minutes later.Porton, described as “calm and emotionless”, denied all responsibility, telling police in a prepared statement: “I still don’t know how my daughters died, or what caused it.”She was convicted of two counts of murder on Thursday following a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.  “The only comfort is that Lexi and Scarlett are together,” they added.Detective Superintendent Pete Hill, of Warwickshire Police, said: “I will never be able to understand why Louise Porton murdered her children, Lexi and Scarlett.”It is clear from the evidence that Porton tried to kill her daughter Lexi on at least two occasions prior to her death on 15 January 2018.”Not content with killing one of her children, she did exactly the same to her other daughter, Scarlett, on 1 February 2018.”She has lied repeatedly to friends, family and professionals to cover her tracks.”At no point throughout the whole investigation has she ever shown any real signs of emotion.”Porton, formerly of Skiddaw, Rugby, Warwickshire, will be sentenced by Mrs Justice Yip on Friday. Afterwards, in a statement released through police, the children’s father and family said: “Only having a short time with Lexi and never meeting Scarlett makes it all the more heart-breaking.”We will miss out on all those special occasions they would have celebrated; their first day at school, birthdays, getting married and having children of their own.” read more

EHF EURO 2012 DenmarkSerbia in the final

← Previous Story Macedonia beats Slovenia for the 5th place! Next Story → DENMARK European Champion EHF EURO 2012! Serbia and Denmark will meet in the final of the European Championship 2012 in Serbia. After earlier Denmark beat Spain by one goal, now Serbia managed to make their fans happy and win the game in the Belgrade Arena. Croatia was leading with 14:13 at half time, but a terrific 2nd half performance from Serbia gave them a convincing win, 26:22. Momir Ilic was topscorer for the Euro host, having scored 8 goals from 11 shots, while Darko Stanic was brilliant on the goal, saving lots of important shots. read more

Munsters European dream ended in Dublin by impressive Saracens

first_imgMunster’s European dream ended in Dublin by impressive Saracens Mark McCall’s side were superb once again and emerged with a deserved 26-10 win. Short URL Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 5:09 PM MUNSTER: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Jaco Taute (Francis Saili ’56), Rory Scannell, Keith Earls (Darren Sweetnam ’64); Tyler Bleyendaal (Ian Keatley ’72), Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne (James Cronin ’53), Niall Scannell (Rhys Marshall ’61), John Ryan (Stephen Archer ’64); Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (captain) (Dave O’Callaghan ’53), Tommy O’Donnell (Jean Deysel ’51), CJ Stander.SARACENS: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Marcelo Bosch (Alex Lozowski ’75), Brad Barritt (captain), Sean Maitland (Chris Wyles ’63); Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth (Ben Spencer ’72); Mako Vunipola (Titi Lamositele ’72), Jamie George (Schalk Brits ’51), Vincent Koch (Petrus Du Plessis ’72); Maro Itoje (Jim Hamilton ’75), George Kruis; Michael Rhodes, Jackson Wray (yellow card ’23 to ’33) (Schalk Burger ’56), Billy Vunipola.Referee: Romain Poite [FFR].Analysis: Lancaster leads shift in Leinster’s unstructured attacking mindsetO’Brien ruled out with hamstring injury as Nacewa wins 50th European cap 29,056 Views Munster 10Saracens 26Murray Kinsella reports from the Aviva StadiumTHE PASSAGE OF PLAY between the 66th and 71st minutes summed this contest up. And ended it.Munster in the Saracens 22. 18 phases of one-out, direct carrying at a Sarries defence that loved every moment of it. The English side hammered in with superb tackle technique, chopping legs and slamming upper bodies again and again.Munster simply couldn’t find an attacking answer to the linespeed as they desperately fought for the score they needed to keep the game alive, before Tyler Bleyendaal missed with a sloppy drop-goal attempt.Three times Saracens exited their defensive territory, racing after the ball with impressive work rate and hunger, before they finally forced a turnover from Munster. Owen Farrell, summoning energy when others were out on their feet, grubbered in behind Munster and replacement wing Chris Wyles won the race to the ball.23-3 and confirmation of the result that looked like it had been coming for a long time. A better team finding the answer and ending this Champions Cup semi-final.Mark McCall’s impressive machine rolls on into the final in Edinburgh on 13 May, where they await Leinster or Clermont, while Munster’s European season ends in a fashion that will leave them with certain regrets.Rassie Erasmus’ men simply didn’t bring enough invention in attack as they relied solely on their kicking game as a means of pressuring Saracens. There were some rousing aerial wins from the likes of Simon Zebo, but it was simply too one-dimensional from Munster.With Bleyendaal struggling to bring the creative edge he has added on other occasions this season and Conor Murray missed at scrum-half, the southern province were blunt and impotent against Saracens’ superb defence.This season has been a heartwarming journey for Munster, bringing their incredible support – so vocal today – back to a stage where it feels like they belong, but the Irish side clearly have a long way to go before they reach the holy grail again.In the end, they were well beaten and a first-half that left them trailing 6-3 despite huge amounts of territory and possession, as well as Sarries being reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes after Jackson Wray’s sin-binning, was so damaging.There was a late consolation try from CJ Stander but even the talismanic number eight had a quiet afternoon as Saracens blitzed the Munster attack and gleefully soaked up pressure.McCall’s men even missed three try-scoring chances, rather uncharacteristically, and they will be extremely difficult to beat in the final.Munster’s start was ferocious and promised so much, with The Fields of Athenry booming around the Aviva as early as the fourth minute.Donnacha Ryan slammed into a hit on Billy Vunipola, before John Ryan destroyed Mako Vunipola in the opening scrum of the afternoon, leading into Tommy O’Donnell initiating a brilliant choke tackle for a turnover in Saracens’ 22. Munster scorers: Tries: CJ StanderConversions: Ian Keatley [1 from 1]Penalties: Tyler Bleyendaal [1 from 2]Saracens scorers:Tries: Mako Vunipola, Chris WylesConversions: Owen Farrell [2 from 2]Penalties: Owen Farrell [3 from 3] Apr 22nd 2017, 5:09 PM center_img 116 Comments Munster played off scrum advantage, before Sarries conceded rather cynically by not rolling away and Bleyendaal slotted three points in the seventh minute.Saracens should have been ahead only three minutes later as their slick attacking structure saw them shift the ball accurately wide left for the bust, but Richard Wigglesworth dropped Sean Maitland’s inside pass with a clear run to the tryline. A butchering.But the Sarries scrum-half was clever in ensuring a penalty for his side soon after, Andrew Conway the man pinged for not rolling away and allowing Owen Farrell to level proceedings.Munster were handed a boost with Wray’s yellow card in the 23rd minute, slightly harsh for a high tackle on Duncan Williams as the Munster scrum-half slipped into the tackle, though the contact was with the face.However, Sarries managed the 10-minute period like champions, soaking up the intense pressure of Munster’s kicking game, the aerial brilliance of Zebo and two close-range mauls from Erasmus’ men.Wray returned with Munster having failed to take advantage and Sarries pushed 6-3 ahead at the very next scrum, Farrell punishing Kilcoyne for being penalised for hinging.That half-time deficit for Munster felt like scant return on a 63% share of possession and 72% of the territory.The first drizzle of the afternoon arrived in time for the second half, with Williams’ box kick directly into touch meaning a negative start for Munster.It was a sign of things to come as Saracens got wholly to grips with Munster’s kicking tactics and the accuracy from Williams and Bleyendaal dipped. Sarries grew into the game.Twice, they could have scored between the 50th and 54th minute. First, Chris Ashton knocked-on wide on the right with the tryline in sight after a brilliant double-screen play from a lineout platform.Then George Kruis spilled over the tryline as he reached out following a clever break over the top of a ruck under the Munster posts, with replacement back row Jean Deysel’s despairing tackle proving crucial.But the pressure continued to build and Munster cracked in the 55th minute. Sarries’ maul took them to within striking distance before Mako Vunipola burrowed through the tackle of Keith Earls and Jaco Taute to touch down, with Farrell converting.Francis Saili followed Deysel off the bench as Erasmus looked for attacking spark, but it was Munster’s forward carriers who eked out a kickable penalty only for Bleyendaal to miss when his side so badly needed something.It had been a must-score situation but the Kiwi’s error on what was a poor day was morale-sapping and Saracens turned the screw even further when Farrell’s penalty rewarded a powerful scrum to make it 16-3.Losing captain Peter O’Mahony to a head injury didn’t help matters for Munster and they simply couldn’t manage the final twist of strangulation from this classy Saracens side. By Murray Kinsella http://the42.ie/3353206 Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Green un documentaire raconte la déforestation à travers les yeux dun grand

first_imgGreen : un documentaire raconte la déforestation à travers les yeux d’un grand singe Dimanche, la chaîne France 5 diffusera un reportage poignant sur l’impact de la déforestation. Baptisé Green, ce reportage nous propose de découvrir le monde à travers le regard d’un grand singe victime de la destruction de son habitat naturel.Ce documentaire sera diffusé à 20h35 dimanche soir. Bouleversant, il nous plonge dans l’univers de Green, une femelle orang-outan accueillie dans un refuge créé par une ONG à Bornéo en Indonésie. Le reportage de 48 minutes, filmé par Patrick Rouxel, sonne comme une nouvelle alerte face à la menace qui pèse sur les grands singes, confrontés à la déforestation.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airPour réaliser son documentaire, Patrick Rouxel s’est envolé pour l’Indonésie armé d’une seule petite caméra et d’un visa de touriste. Cet homme, qui depuis sept ans consacre sa vie entière à la préservation de la forêt tropicale, a filmé les derniers jours de Green, qui, paralysée du côté gauche, est morte dans le refuge qui l’avait recueillie.Le reportage n’est accompagné d’aucun commentaire. Alors que la femelle orang-outan ferme les yeux, elle se souvient de la forêt où elle a vécu, avant qu’elle ne soit dévastée par des  tronçonneuses, des bulldozers et des incendies. Une oeuvre exceptionnelle et poignante, qui a reçu plusieurs récompenses, et notamment le Golden Panda Award et le Natural History Museum Environment Award.La diffusion de Green sera suivie d’un débat animé par Carole Gaessler, auquel participeront Patrick Rouxel et Yann Arthus-Bertrand.Le 3 décembre 2010 à 18:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bordeaux leau peut à nouveau être consommée

first_imgBordeaux : l’eau peut à nouveau être consomméeSelon l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (Anses), le perchlorate d’ammonium retrouvé dans les sources de captage d’eau potable à Bordeaux, n’est n’est ni cancérigène, ni mutagène.Depuis le 1er juillet, un quart des sites de captage d’eau de l’agglomération bordelaise sont à l’arrêt et ce, pour une durée indéterminée en raison de la présence dans l’eau d’un produit dangereux pour la santé, le perchlorate d’ammonium. Suite à cette découverte, la Lyonnaise des Eaux, en tant que distributeur avait ainsi recommandé à 35.000 foyers de la région de ne pas boire l’eau du robinet.Le perchlorate d’ammonium provient en fait du site industriel du groupe Safran SME qui l’utilise pour la propulsion de missiles, de fusées et aujourd’hui des airbags. Selon les mesures réalisées, le perchlorate d’ammonium atteignait alors par endroit une concentration de 30 microgrammes par litre. D’après Antoine Bousseau, directeur régional d’Aquitaine de la Lyonnaise des eaux et délégataire du service de l’eau pour la CUB (Communauté urbaine de Bordeaux), il faudrait “près d’un an et demi pour que cette pollution se résorbe naturellement car seule la dilution est aujourd’hui connue comme efficace”.La France, premier pays à fixer des seuils de toxicitéOr, par pur hasard, c’est aujourd’hui que l’Anses devait indiquer les normes de toxicité concernant le perchlorate d’ammonium, une première européenne. Cette valeur devait être déterminée après qu’a été relevée une pollution à cette substance toxique, fin janvier, dans les eaux de la Garonne à Toulouse. A cette époque déjà, la société SME en était responsable. Grâce aux études, l’Anses a donc fixé les seuils de toxicité à 4 microgrammes par litre pour les nourrissons et 15 microgrammes par litre pour les adultes. À lire aussiCe corail préfère manger du plastique plutôt que de sa nourriture habituelleAinsi, l’Agence régionale de santé de l’Aquitaine (ARS) a indiqué que l’eau pouvait à nouveau être consommé par tous, y compris les nourrissons, avant de souligner que “les perchlorates ne sont ni cancérigènes ni mutagènes”, comme le rapporte 20minutes.fr. Néanmoins, elle a évoqué que “même si aucune étude épidémiologique n’apporte de preuve concernant les effets des perchlorates sur la fonction thyroïdienne, des études expérimentales suggèrent qu’ils peuvent induire un déficit en hormones thyroïdiennes”.   Le 22 juillet 2011 à 10:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Labour Market Information System facilitates jobs for 2000 persons

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 15, 2017 – Kingston – Some 2,000 persons have been successfully placed in employment through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) since 2013, when the website was enhanced and redeployed.   Additionally, more than 3,700 vacancies were identified and 6,000 individuals referred for employment.Through the LMIS, employers can post job openings and search for matching candidates, while jobseekers can post résumés and apply for jobs online.   The LMIS also provides a comprehensive database with indicators on the economy, the population of the labour force, employment levels, educational levels of persons in the labour force, education and training, and the emergence and contraction of industries and sectors within the economy.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said the Ministry’s Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) Department has, over the years, formalised a series of partnerships which have resulted in not only improved awareness, but also increased access to the system for both employers and jobseekers.These include collaboration with the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, a business organisation consisting of 29 employers; and the Jamaica Library Service (JLS), which operates 119 branch libraries and 106 other supporting units across 13 parishes, all providing access to the LMIS portal.“The project supported the development and implementation of various labour market studies designed to improve the functioning of the labour market.   Consequently, in a fulsome way, it is providing employers, educators, students and parents, and all other labour market actors with the relevant information for making important decisions in respect of critical hiring, employment, career and educational programme decisions, in addition to addressing the mismatch between skills and jobs,” she said.Mrs. Robinson was addressing a ceremony hosted for Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Executive Vice-President, Julie Katzman, who visited the Ministry on September 6.The Minister, who accompanied Ms. Katzman on a tour of the ELE satellite location at 1F North Street in Kingston, used the occasion to highlight the unit’s daily operations as well as the LMIS’ research component.The labour market study has enabled the identification of key skills gaps in areas such as science and technology, mathematics, engineering and other related disciplines, Mrs. Robinson said.“This along with the efforts of the Labour Market Reform Commission will result in a labour market which will present the potential of fostering productivity, generating higher real incomes, encouraging competiveness – in both the local and global marketplace, and providing an effective social safety net,” she added.Since 2013, the IDB has provided financial and technical assistance in support of the objectives of improving human capital and labour market outcomes in Jamaica, by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of public employment services.JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Economic group gets new name identity

first_imgGreenlight Greater Portland, a private-public economic development organization, has a new name along with a new brand identity and website, the group said Wednesday.“We want the Portland-Vancouver area to become a real player in the international market, and this new brand is the first step toward building that credibility,” Greg Ness, president and CEO of StanCorp Financial Group and marketing liaison for Greater Portland Inc., said in a news release.Underpinning the group’s new efforts are three concepts: intelligent confidence; assertive; and progressive: the capacity to lead a new direction, it said. Greater Portland plans to fly in about 25 CEOs from around the world this fall to show what the Portland-Vancouver region has to offer.last_img read more

War on white collar offenders is to secure economic justice

first_imgThe preamble to our Constitution reads: “We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign, socialist secular democratic republic and to secure to all its citizens: Justice, social, economic and political…” etc. To put it simply the Constitution of India’s citadel is built on the solemn resolve of the people to make India a ‘socialist,’ secular and democratic state and secure to all its citizens, inter alia, social, economic and political justice. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Therefore, it is the Constitutional mandate to a democratically elected government to see that all necessary measures are taken to achieve these avowed Constitutional goals. The much-hyped concept of socialism will remain only on paper if concrete measures to narrow down the gap between the rich and poor are not taken. Similarly, in order to ensure economic justice also the inequalities between the haves and have nots have to be narrowed down. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Obviously, the obstacles coming in the way to achieve these two goals, namely, socialism and economic justice need to be tackled effectively. As was mentioned by the Prime Minister in his address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the Independence Day recently, while it is true that creating wealth is not a sin and deserves to be encouraged by the government of the day, we should not lose sight of the fact that the means to acquire wealth and quantum of wealth by an individual or a legal entity too, are equally important. Advertise With Us In other words, wealth creation by foul means like corruption, money laundering, hoarding, profiteering, swindling, cheating and similar malpractices should and must be discouraged by the government and such economic offenders must be brought to books in the right earnest. Seen in this context, the brouhaha over P Chidambaram’s arrest is unwarranted. On the other hand, all right-thinking people must celebrate his arrest and incarceration for the simple reason that a heavy weight who in the past wore several prestigious hats such as the Finance Minister and Home Minister at the Centre, has been nabbed by our impartial and most competent investigating agencies. This is the classic case of the fence eating the crop. Chidambaram was directly responsible to achieve the Constitutional goals of socialism and economic justice by devising methods to ensure the equitable, impartial and honest distribution of wealth among the people, but he betrayed the nation by swallowing huge public resources and robbing other needy people of their rightful dues. Unfortunately, the big names so far hauled up by the sleuths such as Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and now P Chidambaram is only a tip of the iceberg. Alas, instead of hiding their criminal faces, these snobbish criminals not only laugh at the system and gesture thumb up sign but also have audacity to go public through media. How many absconders in the country have got such an exclusive privilege to address the media in along with a battery of lawyers is a moot question. The only solution to such melody is to further tighten the relevant laws and make provisions for speedy justice. PIL on ‘restrictive’ abortion law The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a PIL seeking full right to women to choose whether or not to continue with pregnancy and challenging “severe restrictions” imposed by “archaic’ medical termination of pregnancy Act 1971, on her right to abort. CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta agreed to hear the plea which gave statistics about the legal position in other countries on termination of pregnancy and juxtaposed it with violation of women in India through the 50-years old MTP Act. FSSAI tightens rules Now when the festival season is about to begin, the food quality regulatory body, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has tightened the rules. Accordingly, bakeries, sweet shops and other food outlets can use the logo “trans-fat-free” on their products or for display only if their products contain 0.2gm or lesser trans-fat per 100 gms of food. The order aligned with international food regulations has been issued by the country’s ally to eliminate industrial trans-fat, which contributes to most heart disorders and other related diseases causing at least 28 lakh deaths per annum. The FSSAI also said that it will soon issue orders to further reduce the trans-fat content in fats and oils used in food products. Currently, the trans-fat content is limited to 5%. However, the regulator plans to reduce it to 3% by 2021 and 2% by 2002, moving towards a zero-trans-fat regime ultimately. It is pertinent to note that globally, several high-income countries have virtually eliminated industrially-produced trans-fat through legally imposed limits on the amount that can be contained in packaged food. In India, the use of trans-fat free logo is voluntary. However, the regulator has made it binding on food business operators to comply with the regulations. “Food establishments are encouraged to use healthier fat/oil options, thereby reducing the trans-fat content in the foods. ” the FSSAI said in the order issued recently. In a first, city police chief witnesses court trial Hyderabad Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar surprised not only the additional Public Prosecutor P. Shailaja of the VII additional metropolitan sessions judge’s court, but also the entire legal fraternity, because it was for the first time that the city police chief had visited the court and witnessed a murder trial. Prior to attending the court of Y Satyendra, the VII AMSJ, the city police chief had a long discussion with the Addl. Public Prosecutor in her chamber. Undoubtedly, this gesture of the city police chief would provide encouragement to the investigating officers, court duty officers and the prosecuting officers. Hope, Anjani Kumar will make the visit of criminal courts a regular affair. Witnessing a will There is nothing in Section 63 in the Indian Succession Act that legislature ever intended to lay down a principle that the attesting witnesses should have had previous knowledge or information of identity of the testator, held a division bench of the Kerala High Court while considering an appeal filed by defendants against a trial court order decreeing a partition suit disbelieving the Will executed by their father. The division bench comprising Justice A. Hariprasad and Justice T V Anilkumar disapproved a contrary view expressed by a single judge in Janardhanan vs. Jayachandran and observed: “It is one thing to say that absence of attestation by a witness having prior knowledge of testator may be picked up as a suspicious circumstance to doubt the genuineness of Will and another thing to say that law does not permit a witness not having prior knowledge of identity of testator to attest a Will. … The previous knowledge , association or information etc; of the attesting witness about the testator may be a relevant fact when the identity of the executants of the Will is an issue.” The court added that bequeathal of properties under a Will is the absolute choice of the testator arising out of his sweet will and pleasure and also his attitude to persons concerned. SC asks Centre to regulate errant cabbies Taking note of the growing number of sexual harassment cases by cab drivers, the Supreme Court has directed the Centre to consider framing a law to regulate app-based transport service providers like Uber and Ola to ensure safety of women commuters. A bench of Justices S A Bobde, R Subash Reddy and B R Gavai said the government should step in to amend the existing law to make the internet-based service providers accountable and to regulate them. It also suggested that safety mechanism like GPS-linked panic button be installed in such cabs. The petitioner told the bench that there should be some mechanism to regulate the service provider as some of them are foreign-based and are not willing to come within the jurisdiction of India. These operators are not covered under the Motor Vehicle Act as they claim themselves to be intermediaries which cannot be regulated, they are operating a vacuum. These companies do not carry out background checks on their drivers, making the passengers vulnerable. The court said it was for the Centre to regulate the app-based transport service providers. The centre, however, said that the existing law has to be amended to bring such companies under regulation. “Only you can amend the law. So, you do it,” the court told the government. Indeed, there is an urgent need to regulate the cabbies because it is in their own interest. By inculcating discipline and fear of law, this sector will gain credibility and public confidence which would ultimately result into soaring revenues. Demand for SC benches South India Advocates’ JAC has demanded for setting up of a Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court in New Delhi and Cassation Benches in four regions at Delhi, Chennai/Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai to reduce the heavy backlog of cases in the higher courts and meet the problem of finding suitable persons for appointment as Judges in these courts. Addressing the media persons newly appointed Head of the Law Department, Osmania University and Chairman of the JAC, Prof. Gali Vinod Kumar underlined the need of setting up of such Benches of the apex court. State Bar Council’s Vice Chairman Sunil Goud extended support of the Bar Council and said that at district level also we shall raise the demand for setting up of Benches of the supreme court Earlier, S Nagender, convenor, introduced the eminent persons associated with the Organisation. Advocates Damodar Rao, Bhanumurthy, E Sudarshan, D Ambedkar and Satheesh also spoke. Enact ‘Ramya act,’ demands Ramya’s father Venkata Ramana, a software engineer and father of Ramya who had died along with her uncle and grand-father in a road accident caused by drunken driving three years ago, is a frustrated person today. His agony got words when he said, “I lost my daughter, brother and father in that gruesome accident. There is no responsibility and no accountability for lives lost in India.” Concerned about the slow progress of the case in the court, he demanded that like the Nirbhaya Act, it is high time to enact the Ramya Act to ensure speedy justice to the victims and families of the road accidents. It is true that the wheels of justice move at a snail’s speed but ultimately, they grind fine. Still, Ramya’s father’s demands for enacting a law to ensure speedy justice and providing more stringent punishment for drunken driving have merit and need urgent consideration by the government. New judges for Bombay HC The government has notified the appointment of four advocates as additional judges of the Bombay High Court.They are :Avinash Gunwant Gharote, Nitin Bhagwantrao SURYAWANSHI, Anil Satyavijay Kilor and Milind Narendra Jadhav.last_img read more

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew White Calls For Ending Death Penalty

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys CoteraAndrew White, Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a Texas Tribune event on Jan. 11, 2018.Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White on Thursday called for the abolishment of the death penalty.“It’s not a deterrent. It’s a broken system because there are people who are innocent on death row, and we’re finding out about more and more every day,” the 45-year-old Houston entrepreneur told The Texas Tribune.White, a self-described “common-sense Democrat,” said he plans to use data to make decisions, even if the approach takes him outside party lines. In this case, he said, data has shown the death penalty does not create a lower murder rate. The candidate’s stance aligns with that of his late father, former Texas Gov. Mark White, who initially championed capital punishment before reversing his position, partly due to the number of people released from death row following evidence of their innocence.Under state law, the governor can grant a one-time, 30-day reprieve to people convicted of capital crimes and also appoints members to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, which can recommend clemency. White said he plans to appoint those who would favor commuting sentences in an attempt to shift the highest penalty from capital punishment to life without parole. Earlier Thursday at a Texas Tribune event, White pledged to veto any bills limiting a woman’s access to an abortion, despite describing himself as being “deeply, personally pro-life.” Since announcing his candidacy last month, White has expressed his respect for the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and denounced previous legislation restricting reproductive rights passed under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.“I trust women to make their own health care decisions,” White said Thursday. “Period. End of story.”Ed Espinoza, the executive director of the liberal group Progress Texas, said White’s promise to veto future anti-abortion bills as governor was crucial to hear for the reproductive rights community.“Obviously, we want all of our candidates to have a strong position of defending abortion rights in Texas,” he said. Regarding White’s candidacy in particular, Espinoza said: “I think it remains to be seen if there are still concerns.”At the event, White acknowledged he could do a better job explaining his position to the electorate. Wendy Davis, the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, and other progressives in the party have labeled him “anti-choice” in the past. White said he has taken steps to shake off the label, such as contacting Davis to talk more about his views. Going forward, Espinoza said, other voters and groups may want to have similar conversations with White. But the way the candidate handled Thursday’s questioning was “a good sign,” he added. White is one of nine candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for governor, with Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez being the most well known. Here’s what White said at the Thursday event on other issues: Education — White said the state’s public education system needs billions more dollars in funding. To pay for the increase, he proposed redirecting hundreds of millions of dollars state lawmakers currently put toward border security, which he argued should fall solely under the federal government’s jurisdiction. White said he would also close state corporate tax loopholes to fund education.Health care — White said the state needs to expand Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program for the poor and disabled. He also proposed finding alternative pathways for people without insurance to receive health care besides the emergency room, a plan the candidate argued is essential to improving the system’s cost structure.Minority outreach — At the event, Jen Ramos, the communications director for Texas Young Democrats, told White he has not done enough to champion minority communities and is unable to effectively reach young voters. White rejected the premise of the criticism, saying “their issues are important to me.” White added that the first thing he would do if elected is remove a plaque in the Capitol claiming the civil war was not about slavery.Disclosure: Progress Texas has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors is available here.last_img read more

Breaking Down Barriers Roundtable Seeks Solutions to Improve Lives of MD Women

first_imgWomen leaders of Baltimore attended the Breaking Down Barriers Roundtable, which was hosted by Hillary for Maryland at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center March 30, to discuss policies that would enhance the lives of women in Maryland. Among the 14 women on the panel were Tessa Hill-Alston, president of the Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP; Paris Bienert, president of the Maryland Women’s Political Caucus; Khalilah Harris, senior advisor to the director at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; and Maryland Del. Brooke Lierman, D-Dist. 46.Also in attendance were Ricarra Jones, political organizer with 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; Tashea Coates, former member of the Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee in the 45th District and Rebecca Nagle, founder and co-director of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture.  Host and moderator Karenthia Barber, representative of Hillary Clinton’s national campaign, quizzed the leaders about the policies they want changed in Baltimore. The women were questioned on three topics: working women, policing issues, and public education.On the issue of working women, leaders were asked about the changes needed to ensure equity in the workplace and to make it easier for women to balance work and family.“Paid sick leave is one really important policy change,” Nagle said. She added, “Another really important policy change is raising the minimum wage. Our minimum wage is not a living wage; it’s not enough money for people to be able to support a family.”Harris chimed in: “There are lots of systems and policies in this city and in this state that are contributors to systemic oppression. Some of them look like they are intended to help people when, instead, it is set up to keep people in their place.”Bienert said change would not happen unless more women were elected “from the most local office all the way up to president of the United States.“Women are not going to be fully and equally represented until women are at the table making these policy changes,” she said.On policing policy, the panelists were asked what reforms should be implemented on the state or national level to address police brutality, the disconnect between officers and communities, and other issues, and ways to make Baltimore streets safer for everyone.“We have to stop allowing the police to police themselves” was Jones’ suggestion.“I think it’s critical, especially for Baltimore City, that its police live within city limits,” Harris said. “If we can, within Baltimore City limits, enact some legislation to ensure that our police are community police and not occupiers of our community, I think we can go a long way.”Attendees of the roundtable signaled approval and agreement with Harris’s response with a hearty applause.On the subject of public education, panelists were asked what improvements could be made to help Baltimore youth receive a quality education to improve their chances of success in life.“We need affordable childcare, universal pre-k, to make sure that when kids enter the system they are ready to learn, and we need to figure out summer opportunities for kids,” said Lierman, who also indicated a need to integrate schools.“Right now schools are being closed because of, geographically, where they sit,” opined Hill-Aston. “No child should be left out based on where they live or what their parent can’t afford and so everyone is not going to make it.”Coates added, “The reason that Montgomery County and Prince George’s County is so strong is because of the PTA. In order to make change from the bottom up, it starts with the parents first.There was a question-and-answer session after the event for attendees to ask the women questions.Other participants of the roundtable included: Verna Jones-Rodwell, former Maryland state senator; Mary Pat Clarke, Baltimore City Council member representing the 14th District; LaDavia Drane, National African American Outreach for Hillary for America; Brittany Oliver, director of Hollaback! Baltimore; Stephanie Pettaway, supervisor at the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.last_img read more

BJP divided over Raje fate Cong goes for jugular

first_imgA party insider told Millennium Post that senior leaders are in a fix on whether to retain or remove Raje. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah will take a final call on the matter only after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is back from his US trip.The BJP, which has been defending Raje, was on the back foot when the Congress flashed signed documents (dated August 18, 2011) by Raje, favouring Modi, in a press conference recently. The document signed by Raje and filed by Modi’s immigration attorney Ghersons with the UK authorities endorsed his claim of facing political persecution in India.  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIHence, he deserved to be given a resident status. The conclusion of Raje’s letter was “she was making the statement on the condition that it wouldn’t be known to the Indian authorities.”According to sources, Raje has already admitted to senior party leaders in Delhi that it is her signature, but insisted that she has done nothing wrong as per Indian law. However, a section of party leaders refused to buy Raje’s theory, suggesting that she should step down from the CM’s post in  the party’s interest, especially when crucial state elections are round the corner. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSensing that things were going haywire and realising that she was facing the worst crisis in her political career, Raje on Thursday met party MLAs in Jaipur to flaunt her support and popularity before the Union ministers. On Thursday morning, she met over 20 BJP leaders – her Cabinet colleagues, MLAs and BJP functionaries –at her official residence, where a section of media were heckled by security officers.Many feel that the meeting was part of a pressure tactic on BJP leaders in Delhi, indicating the kind of support she enjoys from the party’s Rajasthan unit. “Going by the situation, if something (bad) happens, then there are possibilities that she might float her own party,” said the party insider. However, Rajasthan Health Minister Rajendra Rathore has ruled out Raje’s resignation, saying: “There are media speculations that the Central leadership will ask her to resign. But all I want to say is that she is not going to resign.”Meanwhile, the Congress intensified its protest against Raje. The CPI-M and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), too, have demanded her immediate resignation. “Vasundhara Raje knows that the signature is hers and she has never denied it. At this late stage, I don’t think anybody will buy if she comes up and says that they are forged or falsified. I hope BJP will also not buy that argument,” said Congress leader Sachin Pilot.He added: “Unfortunately for BJP, they have to realise the inescapable truth is that she has broken the law. She has transgressed the Indian law knowingly and the flying statement, which shows that she was trying to help Lalit Modi get travel documents, is in violation of law and by no means the BJP can continue to defend the indefensible.” “Where is the zero tolerance to corruption, Mr Prime Minister,” Pilot questioned.last_img read more

Mysteries and Price Tag of the Space Boots used for Walking on

first_imgOne probably wouldn’t wear space boots out in public. They’re not so comfortable for everyday wear, possibly tested in the Arizona deserts, and costs as much as $30,000. That price is certainly fine with NASA in the interest of sending people to the Moon. But for the rest of us… Space boots must be flawless, embracing the finest of hi-tech features. Their worth is perhaps best explained in the words of National Geographic writer and editor-at-large Cathy Newman, who wittily remarks that “the first man on the moon is myth–it was the first shoe on the moon.”Neil Armstrong Apollo spacesuit, Photo by Phil Plait, CC BY-SA 2.0In her story for National Geographic, Newman reveals more about the boots Neil Armstrong wore on the Apollo 11 mission. He reportedly donned a size 9 1⁄2 pair of boots–and they were left behind on the Moon. Newman explains that the Apollo astronauts had to discard their boots because they collected samples of moon rock, and needed to maintain the balance of their overall weight.Regarding the current condition of the abandoned space boots, rare examples of human artifacts on the surface of the Moon, according to Newman, the boots should be happily free of rust given the fact the moon is oxygen free. However, any part of the boot made of silicone or any other synthetic fiber is long gone by now. “Should anyone try to retrieve them, there’s a good chance the shoes would turn to powder if touched,” she concludes.Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 EMU displayed on a tabletop before the missionUnraveling the details of the Apollo astronauts footwear gives clear hints that space boots, as much as any other part of the space suit, require top-notch quality if astronauts want to remain resilient to the numerous threats that come with traversing the space.One such example is the M2 Trekker model, designed by ILC Dover, a company operating from Frederica, Delaware, and hired by NASA to engineer space apparel. “We’re planning for the moon and beyond” were the words of Dave Graziosi from the company, which has a long history of engineering space equipment for NASA. For instance, they were the ones to outfit the Apollo mission astronauts with spacesuits and accessories. Founded in 1947, the company came up with early products such as high-altitude pressure suits and helmets for the U.S. Navy and Air Force.One of their latest space footwear offerings, the M2 Trekkers are composed of three parts. An outer protective layer shields a middle layer that supports the boot structure, and the third, inner layer, that is set to regulate pressure. Despite the fact that the boot looks enormous, the M2 Trekkers are thinner and not as heavy as the ones used in the 1960s missions.Neil Armstrong casting his footprint, July 2007Spacewear, nevertheless, is no joke. Space boots along with other parts of the suit should assure optimal conditions for the human body, which that is not in its natural environment and cannot survive if not properly isolated. All equipment should provide optimal pressure to the body so that bodily liquids retain their liquidity. Not to mention protection from temperature extremes and other unwanted casualties that might be caused by space debris such as micrometeoroids possibly coming from any direction in the vacuum of space.Related story from us: Death in space: after the three astronauts of Soyuz 11 became heroes of the Soviet Union, catastrophe struckIn the case of Earth’s faithful satellite, the Moon, gravity is weaker, which means human movements on the surface would differentiate from that on Earth. Hence a proper space boot should allow astronauts to make movements with as much ease as possible.Whether the M2 Trekker makes the first boot to hit Mars, we are yet to see.last_img read more

The Herd Exclusive Dana White makes an offer to Floyd Mayweather –

first_img Advertisement White still isn’t convinced that a guy like Mayweather, who he said charters private jets for his luggage, doesn’t need the money.“Don’t think Floyd doesn’t need the money. Because Floyd loves to burn it.”Dana White is pissed.Here’s the full video of Colin’s interview with White: UFC President Dana White stopped by The Herd today, and he’s pissed. The flames of the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather Boxing/MMA superfight have been fanned recently on social media by both fighters, and most recently by statements Mayweather made to ESPN regarding the division of the purse from a potential fight. Not surprisingly, Mayweather envisions the split overwhelmingly in favor of the Money Team.Mayweather says he’ll  take $100 million for the fight, and is willing to let McGregor take home $15 million for his troubles. The negotiation of the potential pay per view split would still be negotiated. Mayweather called himself the “A” side of the negotiation, and said that McGregor shouldn’t get more of the purse because he’s never made anywhere close to that in his career.Dana White doesn’t see it that way. Today, he sat on the couch and set the record straight on what it’s going to take to make the fight happen, and that if any deal gets done, it’s getting done through him.He came out firing.“To think that you’re the “A” side? The last major fight that you were in, you left such a bad taste in everybody’s mouth that nobody wants to see you again. His last fight did 350,000 Pay Per View buys. Conor’s last fight, Conor did a million-three, and a million-five pay per views.”center_img White also thought the $15 million to McGregor for the fight was insulting. He proposed a hard counter.“To offer him 15 million. I tell you what Floyd, here’s a real offer, and I’m the guy. I’m the guy that can actually make the offer. And I’m actually making a real offer. We’ll pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million. And we’ll talk about Pay Per View and a certain number. There’s a real offer.”That should set the record straight with the Mayweather camp if there was any confusion.When asked what he thought the fight would do in terms of Pay Per View numbers, White said he would expect the fight to draw in excess of 2 million buys.He also said if the fight does eventually happen, he’ll stack the undercard so the event resembles a UFC Pay Per View. He thinks this would be better for the fans.“So you’re guaranteed that night, to at least get your money’s worth, unlike the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight.”last_img read more

Announcing Docker Enterprise 30 Public Beta

first_imgUpdate: On July 22, 2019, the Docker team announced that the Docker Enterprise 3.0 will be generally available. He also added that more than 2,000 people have tried the Docker Enterprise 3.0 public beta program On April 24, the team at Docker announced Docker Enterprise 3.0, an end-to-end container platform that enables developers to quickly build and share any type of application (from legacy to cloud-native) and securely run them anywhere, from hybrid cloud to the edge. It is now available in Public Beta Docker Enterprise 3.0 delivers new desktop capabilities, advanced development productivity tools, a simplified and secure Kubernetes stack, and a managed service option to make Docker Enterprise 3.0 the platform for digital transformation. Jay Lyman, the Principal Analyst for 451 Research, “Docker’s new Enterprise 3.0 promises to automate the ‘development to production’ experience with new tooling that aims to reduce the friction between dev and ops teams.” What can you do with the new Docker Enterprise 3.0? Integrated Docker Desktop Enterprise Docker Desktop Enterprise provides a consistent development-to-production experience with a set of automation tools. This makes it possible to start with the developer desktop, deliver an integrated and secure image registry with access to the Hub ecosystem, and then deploy to an enterprise-ready and Kubernetes-conformant environment. Docker Kubernetes Services (DKS) can simplify the scaling and deployment of applications Compatible with Docker Compose, Kubernetes YAML and Helm charts, DKS provides an automated and repeatable way to install, configure, manage and scale Kubernetes-based applications across hybrid and multi-cloud. DKS includes enhanced security, access controls, and automated lifecycle management bringing a new level of security to Kubernetes that integrates seamlessly with the Docker Enterprise platform. Customers will also have the option to use Docker Swarm Services (DSS) as part of the platform’s orchestration services. Docker Applications for high-velocity innovation Docker Applications are based on the CNAB open standard. It removes the friction between Dev and Ops by enabling teams to collaborate on an application by defining a group of related containers that work together to form an application. It also eliminates the configuration overhead by integrating and automating the creation of the Docker Compose and Kubernetes YAML files, Helm charts, etc. It also includes Application Templates, Application Designer and Version Packs, using which Docker Applications makes it possible for flexible deployment across different environments, delivering on the “code once, deploy anywhere” promise. With the announcement of Docker Enterprise 3.0, Docker also introduced Docker Enterprise-as-a-service – a fully-managed service on-premise or in the cloud. To know more about this news in detail, head over to Docker’s official announcement. Read Next DockerHub database breach exposes 190K customer data including tokens for GitHub and Bitbucket repositories Are Debian and Docker slowly losing popularity? Creating a Continuous Integration commit pipeline using Docker [Tutorial]last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter To celebrate Anantara

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterTo celebrate Anantara’s 15th anniversary this year, 15 lucky competition winners will experience their Anantara Dream Journey, simply by sharing their travel dreams.A decade and a half ago in 2001, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas brought a new kind of luxury discovery to Thailand. Anantara’s journey has continued across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East and most recently Africa, and now boasts 35 unique hotels and resorts across 11 countries. Evolving to meet the needs of new explorers, in 2016 Anantara proudly offers authentic luxury that excites, in some of the world’s most incredible destinations.Wherever travellers dream of, Anantara’s well-located hotels and resorts ignite the joy of travel with passion and plenty of inspiration. Families can delight in natural encounters with majestic elephants in the fabled Golden Triangle in Thailand. Thrill seekers can go dune boarding on a remote African island. A calling for beautiful wellness is answered in an Ayurvedic spa retreat in Sri Lanka. The fantasy of private dining on a deserted sandbank comes to life in the Maldives. Desires for city getaways are fulfilled in the excitement of Bangkok’s street life, and the shopping Mecca of Dubai. While a trip to Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat ticks a box on the bucket list of world wonders.Celebrating 15 years of inspirational travel stories, Anantara is inviting modern globetrotters to live out their own travel dreams. Starting on 6 June 2016, Anantara is giving away one Anantara Dream Journey every week for 15 weeks.For the chance to win one of these extraordinary journeys, travellers simply have to visit www.anantaradreamjourneys.com and describe why they are dreaming of a highlighted destination each week. In weeks one to 14, Anantara is giving away stays of three days or more in some of the most sought-after hotels and resorts in their luxury portfolio. In the final week the competition hots up, with the chance to win the grand prize of a multi-destination journey in Thailand including international flights with Emirates and domestic flights with Bangkok Air, along with additional exclusive indulgences.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter All Nippon Airways ANA

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAll Nippon Airways (ANA) has renewed its wine line-up and added new Japanese sakes to its in-flight menu selection, enhancing the carrier’s award-winning wine menu.Approximately 2,800 wines from 18 different countries were reviewed, and 30 experts from around the world came together in a blind taste-test to taste around 200 wines.Two sommeliers who joined ANA’s connoisseur program last year – Olivier Poussier, named the Best Sommelier in the World in 2000, and Satoru Mori, the Executive Sommelier of Conrad Tokyo – participated in the selection process. They were joined by ANA chefs, staff and flight attendants with sommelier qualifications.At the blind taste-testing, 54 (28 inflight/26 lounges) wines were eventually selected from a variety of regions, including Japan, Europe, North and South America, Oceania and South Africa. ANA’s own original blended wines will also be offered in ANA International First Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class. Further, it will also start providing champagne on Japan domestic Premium Class.All Nippon Airways’ new First Class wine rangeAll Nippon Airways’ new Business Class wine rangeFrench wines dominate the menu, but among the range is the home-grown drop from Margaret River in Western Australia: Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016, served in International First-Class cabin. View the complete range here.“Our wide selection of fine wines meets and surpasses our customers’ needs and complements our inflight meal options,” said Yutaka Ito, Executive Vice President of ANA.Passengers are able to enjoy award-winning wines such as Champagne Krug 2004, first-place winner in the Champagne and Sparkling Wines International First Class category; the Nielson by Byron Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2015, third place in White Wines International First Class; Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru “Morgeot” Maison Louis Latour 2015, second place in Red Wines International First Class; and the Champagne Duval-Leroy Brut Réserve, the third place in Champagnes International Business Class.All Nippon Airways’ sommeliersNot only the wine selection was enhanced but also the sake menu, which will see the addition of Aramasa No. 6 ANA-type Junmai Namazake (Unpasteurized Sake) to the First-Class menu and Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute “Yamahai Ginjo” in Business Class offerings from September.Also available in September will be ANA original blend wine made by Olivier Poussier and Satoru Mori, to be found in ANA First Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Search for cheap flights to Catania 1 Plan your d

first_imgSearch for cheap flights to Catania1. Plan your day in Piazza DuomoThis attractive square is the heart of the city, with views down its main axes to Etna in the north, the Baroque quarter in the west, the sea and port to the south and the railway station and seafront to the east. The Fontana dell’Elefante, with its somewhat saggy baggy elephant carved in black lava and surmounted by an Egyptian obelisk, has been adopted as the city’s symbol. Lined with fine Baroque buildings designed by Vaccarini in the early 1700s, it’s a lovely space to enjoy a coffee, a spremuta (juice), a Sicilian pastry or an ice cream as you plan your day.Address: Piazza Duomo, 95100 Catania CT 15. Marvel at Monastero dei BenedettiniThis centuries old Monastery now belongs to the University of Catania, who work to preserve to keep the Sicilian Baroque architecture in the spotless state it’s in. It’s particularly worth checking out the roof garden and courtyards in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, first built in the 1300’s. Opening Hours: 9am-5pm dailyTickets: Free to enterAddress: Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily 3. Fish out the PescheriaThis wonderful market is located at the western edge of Piazza Duomo, just behind the Fontana dell’Amenano. The sound, colour and scents are intoxicating, and this is a true working market full of traders, chefs and housewives, not simply a tourist display. You’ll find live lobsters and seafood, swordfish standing guard over a rainbow array of sardines and anchovies, glowing oranges and cedro, outsize lemons peeled and sliced for you on the spot with the sweet pith contrasting with the sharp flesh. There are sheep’s heads complete with horns, and cheeses in all shapes and sizes. Enjoy today’s catch in one of the trattorias round the edge of the market.Opening Hours: 8am-2pm, closed on SundaysTickets: Free to enterAddress: Piazza del Duomo, 95131 Catania CT 10. Eat aranciniAs Montalbano would tell you, there’s nothing more deeply satisfying than arancini – golden, deep fried, stuffed rice balls to fill the gap between meals – and some of the very best are available in Catania. These ‘little oranges’ made of moist risotto can be filled with pistachio, ragu, ham and provola cheese, spinach, aubergine and tomato. You’ll have to queue, order, then pay before you can make off with your fragrant booty… try not to drool too much! 4. Go up EtnaIt’s hard to take in the sheer bulk and height of Mount Etna until the cloud and mists roll away and its snowy cone and black slopes burst onto the horizon, filling out the top of Catania’s main street, Via Etnea. Although it’s a tourist magnet, there’s a real fascination in this all too active volcano and the lush landscape it has spawned. There are lots of opportunities to explore, from a gentle trip round its flanks by train to a full scale and relatively serious walking expedition. One of the quirkier options is to ski on its slopes, crosscountry or downhill. It’s just too dangerous to go to the summit cone, but you can feel the force in the heat through the soles of your shoes and the plumes of smoke thatburst from the fumaroles.Opening Hours: 24 hoursAddress: Mt Etna, 95031 Adrano, Province of Catania 11. Play King’s & Queens at Castello UrsinoMuseo Civico Castello Ursino – the Bear’s Castle – is just south of Catania city centre. First built in 1230, this used to be home to the Sicilian Royal family, but it was claimed by the City of Catania in the 1930s and redeveloped to allow visitors. There used to be a moat around the castle, built in the 17th century, and it used to sit on a cliff by the sea – but Mount Etna has since filled the empty spaces with lava, laying claim to the castle itself. Opening Hours: 9am-7pm, open til 8.30pm on MondaysTickets: €6 per personAddress: Piazza Federico di Svevia, 3, 95121 Catania CT 8. Imagine the high life in Palazzo BiscariDoes a visit to Sicily conjure up images of the life of leisure led by its fading aristocrats, as depicted in Giovanni di Lampedusa’s The Leopard? If so, a visit to the beautiful Palazzo Biscari will give you some insight into that age of elegance and opulence. Although part of it is used as municipal offices, you can visit the rest of the palace by private arrangement with its owners, the Paterno Castello family – and you may just find that your guide that day is the owner herself…Opening Hours: 9am-4.45pm, closed on Wednesday, Saturday, SundayTickets: €5 per personAddress: Via Museo Biscari, 10, 95131 Catania CT 9. Take a road trip with Commissario Montalbano, Italy’s favourite policemanThe TV adaptation of Andrea Camilleri’s novels about Montalbano, the literary detective whose love of Sicilian food means more to him than his fiancee, is spectacularly set in south-eastern Sicily within reach of Catania. Vigata and Montelusa are amalgams of the wonderful Baroque towns of Ragusa, Modica and Scicli, and other locations nearby are also featured. Take the bus or drive and explore these exuberant and theatrical cities, reliving favourite moments from the stories. How to get to CataniaThere are direct flights to Catania from London. All other U.K cities have indirect flights, stopping off in Rome or London.Search for cheap flights to CataniaWhere to stay on a city break in CataniaIf you’re looking for a hostel:Be in the heart of the action (close to Via Etna and the Cathedral) without compromising on your budget – Ostello Degli Elefanti also have a rooftop terrace and free Wifi! If you’re looking for a hotel:Hotel Royal is in a listed building with suites, free Wifi and a restaurant. It’s everything you’ll need. If you’re looking for luxury:The Liberty is furnished with antiques, it’s close to the University and there’s a marble tiled courtyard. The Italian dream?Search for hotels in Catania Looking for cheap flights to Catania? Search nowReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Baroque and rollIt seems that you’re never far from a church in Catania, nowhere more so than in Via Crociferi with its monumental Baroque facades piling up the narrow street. While most of the interest is in the exteriors, it’s worth the admission to see the extravagantly frescoed interior or San Benedetto, revealed under grey paint following a bombing raid in 1943 and lovingly restored. From the sublime to the ridiculous, the Baroque churches come in all shapes and sizes, from the charming, curvaceous Collegiata chapel on Piazza Universita to the vast San Nicolo l’Arena, intended to be the largest church in Sicily and used as a depot for refuse lorries in the 1970s. 12. Marvel at Catania’s CathedralThis is where you can find the tomb of Bellini, but it’s the epic lava-carved facade that you need to see. Architects Girolamo Palazzotto and Giovanni Battista Vaccarini designed the exterior, which was completed (again in Baroque) in 1736. Opening Hours: 9am-2pm dailyTickets: €10 per personAddress: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 163, 95100 Catania CT 5. Meet the Romans and GreeksDespite being overwhelmed by lava and earthquakes, Catania’s Roman and Greek past bursts through its dark lava pavements to remind you of its illustrious past. There are the substantial remains of a Roman theatre in the midst of houses and streets off Via Vittorio Emanuele built on the site of a Greek theatre in the second century AD. Nearby, Roman baths built on top of a Greek thermal complex can be found at the Terme della Rotonda under a curious low dome which housed a Norman and a later Baroque church. The remains of a Roman amphitheatre take up half of Piazza Stesicoro on Via Etnea.Address: Via Vittorio Emanuele 13. Pause for coffee in Piazza UniversitàAlongside Piazza Duomo, this is another main meeting point in Catania – it’s where the street entertainers congregate, students sit in the sunshine and couples sit, sipping coffee and nibbling on a pastry or two. The university buildings are also well worth a visit for their mosaic floors and Baroque arhcitecture. Opening Hours: 24 hoursTickets: Free to enter (it’s free to enter the University too)Address: Via Roccaforte, 95124 Catania CT14. Picnic in Orto Botanico dell’Università di CataniaThere are more than 100 different types of palm tree growing in this botanical garden, which make excellent shade should you choose to take a picnic into the grounds. There’s also an impressive selection of cacti and flowers in the garden, preserved by the University of Catania. Opening Hours: 9am-5pm daily, 9am-4pm on Saturday, closed on SundaysTickets: €3 per personAddress: Via Etnea, 397, 95125 Catania, Sicily 2. Celebrate Vincenzo Bellini, a favourite son of CataniaThe famous 19th century composer was born in Catania in 1801 and is celebrated lavishly throughout the city. See his tomb in the cathedral and his statue in Piazza Stesicoro, both of which quote his greatest operatic hits. The house where he was born has a small museum of mementos including scores, a death mask and models of scenes from his operas. And where better to enjoy the spectacle of one of his operas than in Teatro Bellini, a renowned opera house? Finally, to revive you after your pilgrimage, you’ll want to eat a plate of Pasta alla Norma, which was fashioned by Catanian chefs in honour of Bellini’s most famous creation and features a heady mix of tomato, aubergine and sheep’s milk ricotta. 7. Stroll down Via EtneaVia Etnea is an elegant and sophisticated thoroughfare and it’s a pleasure to stroll from Piazza Duomo up to Villa Bellini, enjoying a bit of window shopping and cafe culture along the way. On Sundays, the lower part of the street is closed to traffic and you can amble among the craft stalls that spill out from the side streets. A procession of brightly painted Sicilian carts carrying musicians and high stepping horses rounds off the truce with the traffic before the usual chaos resumes.last_img read more

Handing over shares will safeguard taxpayer investment Georgiades says

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe government wants to prevent the bailed out Cooperative Central Bank from becoming yet another costly semi-governmental organisation, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades has said, and is therefore likely to explore ways to hand over the ownership to taxpayers.“What we want to ensure is that the investment made by the people of this country in the co-op bank is safeguarded,” Georgriades said in an interview.The government, which injected almost €1.7bn in taxpayer money into the lender following the 2013 bailout, wants to prevent a repetition of the Laiki Bank scenario, which received €1.8bn in May 2012 before going down 10 months later, Georgiades said.“We feel that it will not be preserved if the Co-op (remains) under the tight and full ownership of the government where it will gradually become another EAC (Electricity Authority of Cyprus), another CyBC (Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation), essentially part of the broader administration,” he continued.Georgiades said workers at the Cooperative Central Bank — which administers a total of 18 separate lenders — their customers and members, as well as “other segments of society, not excluding those members of society who suffered a loss through the bail-in,” could benefit from such a step, if the government does decide to go ahead.As part of Cyprus’s bailout agreement, Laiki depositors lost all their deposits in excess of €100,000 while those at Bank of Cyprus, saw almost half of their uninsured deposits turned into equity. Bondholders at both banks saw their investment wiped out. Co-op depositors on the other hand, suffered no losses.“We have not taken any decisions, we have not even embarked on exploring options, but we shall be exploring all options in their legal, financial, and every (other) dimension, ultimately aiming to see the co-op function not as a as semi -governmental organisation, but as a private entity,” the minister said.The lender, which is preparing for its Cyprus Stock Exchange listing and is also earmarked for privatisation via successive share which will dilute the government’s stake from 99 per cent to 25 per cent, posted an after-tax profit of €62.1m in the first nine months, compared to a loss of €165.5m in 2015. In September, 59.8 per cent of its loans were not performing.At an extraordinary meeting in November, the bank’s shareholders decided to meet again in January to take final decisions aiming at speeding up the bank’s stock exchange listing and procedures to improve its financial performance and loan portfolio quality.A month ago, Alexander Michaelides, a prominent Cypriot academic who teaches finance at the London-based Imperial College, compared the Co-op to a “perpetual black hole” for public finances, as in the absence of a proper corporate culture, it will have difficulties succeeding while the government will have difficulties attracting private investors, effectively suggesting that allowing the bank to fail was an option.“Our objective is to ensure that there will be no problems,” Georgiades said in response to a question on whether handing over co-op shares to various groups was a way to get rid of a problem. “It’s not like passing the problem (to someone else) but our objective is to act pre-emptively and ensure that this will not become a new problem but a positive addition in the financial sector of Cyprus”.Georgiades brushed aside moral concerns related to handing over co-op shares.“In our decision making, the criterion of being popular is not as important as being rational,” he said. “And what would be the most irrational and damaging option for the economy and the taxpayers if this significant investment is lost again. And there are many ways that we have seen state participation in banks across Europe, especially in Greece, being diluted almost in full even as a result of supervisory action”.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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