Fake news a drawback of tech penetration: Parrikar

first_imgSpread of technology comes with fallouts and drawbacks like fake news, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday. “Today we have got technology penetration everywhere but there are some drawbacks also like fake news. There are news reports that say cell connectivity is dangerous to humans … People want cell phones, but they don’t want towers in their village,” Mr. Parrikar said at an IT-related public function here.”People should realise that fake news can do enormous harm and a rumour can do more harm,” the Chief Minister said. He announced that the Goa government was gearing to go fully digital vis-a-vis government transactions by December this year. “We have been completely online on payments whether it is Real-time gross settlement systems (RTGS) or other modes. Now we have decided that all our transactions will be digitalised. We are trying to do it by September but it may go up to December ,”Mr. Parriakar said.last_img read more

The men who protect PM Narendra Modi

first_imgBoth the security men are part of the elite SPG force. While those in suits form the inner ring of PM’s security set up, the others come out during Republic Day and I-Day for outer security cover.Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave jitters to his security detail when he suddenly stopped before boarding his car following his Independence Day speech at the Red Fort and moved into a children’s enclosure. The spontaneous act, which was appreciated by the children who were thrilled to have the prime minister amidst them, sent waves of panic through the Special Protection Group (SPG) that forms the inner circle of Modi’s security.Thorough jobThis was the first time in recent years that a prime minister broke away from the strict protocol followed at national functions and the SPG was perhaps not prepared for the detour. Thankfully for the security agencies, there were no more hiccups in the foolproof security cover prepared for the event at the Red Fort to deal with any eventuality. An estimated 10,000 security personal from Delhi Police, paramilitary forces and the SPG were deployed to secure Prime Minister Modi’s maiden speech from the Red Fort. The Independence Day speech is always a well guarded event, but this time the security forces went an extra mile. Regulars at the event said that there was more aggression in the entire set-up but the hallmark of the arrangements was the smooth conduct.Even those living around the Red Fort in areas like Chandni Chowk said the security agencies were more alert this time. All vantage points across Chandni Chowk and surrounding areas were taken over by snipers around a week before the event. The SPG deployed its personnel in combat gear, carrying F2000 bullpup assault rifles and Glock pistols, at the Red Fort. The inner circle of the SPG were in their hallmark black suits, openly sporting P90 personal defence weapon. The weapons are not concealed by SPG personnel during big events like Independence Day or Republic Day.advertisementThe standard drills for protecting the airspace and dealing with contingencies like an aerial attacks were also in place. Anti-aircraft guns and the air defence mechanism was on full alert during the speech, which lasted a little more than an hour.Every corner of the venue and the crowd were under the watch of a massive network of close circuit television cameras, which were positioned at all vantage points. Even the route taken by the Prime Minister to reach the Red Fort was under strict surveillance and the police control room received real-time pictures of all activities.last_img read more

Pushback in BC as Trans Mountain pipeline expansion hearings start

first_imgNational Energy Board hearings are set to start Monday in British Columbia on the detailed route of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion which would run through North Surrey, Coquitlam and Burnaby.The federal government approved the pipeline in November 2016 along a 150 metre corridor and the hearings will help determine the route within that corridor.But there is still a lot of local pushback.Municipalities and residents in Metro Vancouver are set to argue the proposed route would damage the environment and adversely impact homeowners.There have already been a number of protests and Mike Lloyd with NEWS 1130 in Vancouver said that will continue.“People setting up protest camps along some of these areas where the survey work has been done, some of the early survey work they’re doing before finalizing these routes and getting them through to the tank farms and the areas here in the coast,” he explained.Burnaby is a major opponent of the project and will present for three days during the hearings, but Lloyd said lines have been drawn within communities as well.“When you look at it a little more regionally, there is a lot of support for the expansion of the pipeline, but it certainly has been a contentious issue for many people still and that’s what we’ve seen with these protest camps,” he said.Spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said the company tried to route the new line along the old line where possible, but in some areas, urbanization made that difficult.She added they’re committed to replanting trees and minimizing the impact of construction on sensitive areas.The existing Trans Mountain line has carried oil from Alberta to B.C. since 1953.The hearings wrap January 31 before a second set of hearings is held in March.last_img read more

Thousands march in support of Quebec farmers against USMCA concessions

first_imgMONTREAL — Thousands marched through the streets of Montreal this afternoon in support of farmers who say they are threatened by the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.Many in the crowd brandished signs and kitchen utensils and pushed shopping carts as they joined an hour-long march organized by Quebec’s farmers’ union.The union, known as UPA, says Canada made “unprecedented” concessions in the dairy sector during negotiations for the USMCA deal.They’re calling on the Quebec and federal governments to support local products and make sure any new imports have to meet the same standards Quebec producers are bound by.Monia Grenier, a dairy producer and union representative from the Estrie region, says the hardest part of the new deal is the uncertainty about what will happen to the market.She hopes Canadians will rally behind farmers and pledge to buy only homegrown products.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A lot safer place Calgary university uses AI to monitor threats

first_imgCALGARY — A post-secondary school in southern Alberta is turning to artificial intelligence to make its buildings safer and to allow security officers to catch criminals in the act.The technology at Mount Royal University in Calgary alerts officials when anything out of the ordinary occurs in the normal flow of university hallways or on its grounds.Developed in Australia, the iCetana system breaks everything down to pixels and “learns” the movement patterns of people, equipment and vehicles across the campus over a 14-day period. It comes to recognize shapes, sizes and movement — but not people or specific objects.“What it will do if people normally walk in this hallway, and now they’re running, it’s going to … flash it on the screen,” explains Grant Sommerfeld, the university’s associate vice-president of facilities management.“All the system does essentially is track the movement of pixels. It could be a gun. It could be a backpack, a selfie stick. It’s not going to automatically know that’s a gun. It doesn’t look for images.”Sommerfeld says security officials used to watch an outdated bank of video screens, which would cycle through cameras on campus.“Security staff faced with a wall of monitors and a full shift could almost get hypnotized by it and essentially it just becomes like wallpaper.”New, high-resolution, 360-degree cameras that have been installed across campus catch details the old ones would have missed. And the screens are black unless something out of place has been detected.“When there’s a change in the movement of the pixels on these screens, it flashes up in security with 15 seconds of what was happening before the pattern changed. It fast-forwards … and presents a real-time image,” says Sommerfeld.“The human sitting at the desk decides we’ve got to go and investigate or decides, no, that’s fine.”Sommerfeld says the system also recognizes something as simple as a backpack left in an empty hallway.“It may be somebody forgot a backpack or it could be more sinister than that. It just knows that something is not normal in the movement on that hallway.”Sommerfeld says security staff can intervene right away if there is a problem, unlike previously when video was used as evidence after the fact.“It allows us to become much more proactive in terms of intervening and stopping crimes or bad behaviour,” he says. “I think it makes the school a lot safer place.”There are other artificial intelligence models being developed, especially in the aftermath of school shootings.A computer software company out of Philadelphia has it’s own AI threat detection. It identifies weapons and sends images of the firearms and the shooter to law enforcement and school officials.“We’re not in Canada right now,” says ZeroEyes spokesman Rob Huberty, who adds the technology is still part of pilot projects.Huberty says the software focuses on active shooter situations and uses video systems already in place.“We basically take all the weapons that have been used in school shootings as our models and we constantly add to our data base,” Huberty says.“A lot of people in school shootings expose their weapons fairly early, a lot of times in the parking lot, so we can let everybody know before any shot is fired.— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Australia calls for probe on alleged war crimes

Australia says it continues to encourage the Sri Lankan government to ensure that allegations of serious international crimes committed by both sides to the conflict are investigated.Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie, was Chief Guest today at the opening of the Advanced Seminar on International Humanitarian Law for members of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, jointly organised by the Faculty of Law of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and the International Committee of the Red Cross. High Commissioner Mudie welcomed Sri Lanka’s constructive engagement over the past four years of consultations on a possible mechanism which will be considered when the States Parties to the Geneva Conventions (including Australia and Sri Lanka) gather in Geneva for the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in December this year.High Commissioner Mudie reiterated Australia’s support for the Sri Lankan Government’s democratic reform and good governance agenda, and its commitment to improving human rights, meaningful reconciliation and a credible domestic accountability mechanism to account for alleged violations during the conflict. As High Commissioner Mudie said, International Humanitarian Law remains as relevant as ever despite the changing nature of warfare. “These changes pose challenges… and highlight the dire need for improved compliance with International Humanitarian Law.” The High Commissioner spoke about the continuing importance of International Humanitarian Law, also known as the law of war or the law of armed conflict. “Australia continues to encourage the Sri Lankan government to ensure that allegations of serious international crimes committed by both sides to the conflict are investigated and prosecuted in a transparent and independent manner”. (Colombo Gazette) read more

James Harden Scores 26 to Help Houston Beat Toronto

Jeremy Lin poured in 31 points and James Harden scored 10 of his 26 points after regulation as the Houston Rockets outlasted the Toronto Raptors in a 110-104 double-overtime thriller at the Toyota Center.Lin finished 10-of-17 from the field and netted nine of his points in the two overtimes to help Houston bounce back from two straight home losses. The Rockets were nearly dealt a third after Toronto rallied from a 17-point third- quarter deficit to force extra time.Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons each had 18 points in the win, with Howard pulling down 24 rebounds and blocking five shots.“We just have to stick with it,” Howard said. “Second half we didn’t play as good as we wanted to, but we got a good win. We needed on especially at home, and I’m glad we got it.”Rudy Gay put up 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors before fouling out in the final stages. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry had 22 and 16 points, respectively, in the loss, with Jonas Valanciunas notching a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.After missing out on a chance to win at the end of regulation and failing to hold onto a four-point lead in the first overtime, the Rockets finally put a game Toronto squad away in the second extra session.Lin ended Houston’s opening possession with a successful jumper and Harden buried a 3-pointer with 3:19 left for a 100-95 advantage. Lowry sank a pair of triples around another Harden basket, however, and Gay was fouled while canning a short jumper and sunk the bonus shot for a 104-104 tie with 1:50 remaining.The Raptors didn’t score again, however. Howard grabbed an offensive board and fed Terrence Jones for a go-ahead layup with 1:13 left, and Lin scored in the lane after an unsuccessful offensive trip for Toronto for a four-point spread with 33.4 seconds on the clock.“We fought with them obviously through two overtimes and shots that we usually hit, weren’t falling, you could say fatigue or a lot of different things but they are a great team and they played well,” Gay said. “I just wish I would’ve hit the easy ones (shots) and maybe things would’ve worked out differently.”This was the seventh straight loss in Houston for the Raptors.Source: SportsNetwork.com read more

Greek Australian honoured with reelection to prestigious UK body

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian architect Elena K. Tsolakis has been re-elected to the governing body of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the UK body for architecture and the architectural profession. Tsolakis will be taking her seat on Council from the 1 September as a chartered architect elected for a three year term. Born in Melbourne she is the daughter of local architect Kyriakos Tsolakis from Cyprus and Angela Raftopoulos from Ithaka. She is the granddaughter of Kassiani and poet Stathi Raftopoulos. Tsolakis moved with her parents to Cyprus in 1993. Tsolakis completed her studies at Melbourne University in Australia and in the UK at Westminster University and Kingston University. She currently works between the UK and Cyprus where she is a partner of Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects, a family architectural practice based in Nicosia. Her brother Nicodemos is also an architect and their sister Cassandra is completing her post-graduate studies in architecture at University College London. The practices current projects include the first purpose-built women’s shelter in Cyprus, zero energy residential projects, luxury homes, a war memorial and museum. She received the British Institution Award from the Royal Academy in 2009 and she has collaborated with artist Alana Jelinek on the images presented at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 2006. She has been a RIBA panel member for the validation of courses in architecture and a member of the committee Architects for Change, RIBA’s forum on equality and diversity. RIBA’s 40,000 global members elected five new national representatives for council from their membership. Tsolakis’ nomination was supported by notable international architects including John Assael, the current president of RIBA Angela Brady as well as president-elect Stephen Hodder. Tsolakis had been elected as the only graduate member from 2009-2011. “I am very pleased and humbled by the support I received by the institute’s membership for my election to RIBA Council. I believe I am the youngest chartered member and one of the few women so it is an honour and a responsibility I take seriously,” Tsolakis said of her election. The RIBA founded in 1834, was granted its Royal Charter in 1837 by the Privy Council under King William IV. It is governed by a Council of 60 members, elected from among the RIBA membership. The council passes down detailed responsibility and technical focus to the RIBA Board, main committees and executive. The executive is split into four subsidiary companies, each with its own board of directors, trustees and staff. RIBA champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and its members. The institute provides the standards, training, and support to its members and works with the UK government to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.last_img read more

Legendary theatre artist Bellary Raghava remembered Collector

first_imgAnantapur: The birth anniversary celebrations of legendary theatre artist Bellary Raghava celebrated at the local LKP Theatre here on Saturday. Several cultural artists were also felicitated on the occasion. Elaborating on the legendary personality, District Collector Sathyanarayana observed that Bellary Raghava was a Telugu and Kannada theatre personality. He was an actor, playwright, and director. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Raghava was born on 2nd of August 1880 into a family that was associated with theatre and his uncle Dharmavaram Ramakrishnamacharyulu was a famous Telugu playwright and actor. Bellary Raghava, whose original name was Tadipatri Raghavacharyulu, was a law graduate from the Madras University. He was introduced to the stage by his uncle. He groomed actors to focus less on long drawn out dialogues and more on conveying emotions through expressions and language, in addition to regular dialogues. He also insisted that women should play the female lead, as opposed to the practice of men playing female leads that was prevalent back then. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The cultural giant was interested in bringing theatrical ideas from other countries to his stage, and he visited London and met famous English theatre personalities like Bernard Shaw, Laurence Olivier and Forbes-Robertson. He staged the play ‘Tappevaridi’ (Whose Fault Is It?) by Rajamannar in Madras. This play was heralded for bringing in a new era in Indian theatre. His foray into cinema was not a success and he was not comfortable with the new medium and returned to the stage. Advertise With Us Bellary Raghava was famous for the many memorable roles that he played on the stage. He played the role of Shivaji in Shivaji-Roshanara, Vipranarayana in Prataparudriyam, and Chanakya in Chandragupta. The theatre artist also took on negative roles like those of Hiranyakashipu in Bhakta Prahalada and the part of the traitor Pathan Rustum in the Fall of Vijayanagara. He started a night school for Harijans. He brought in new life into Kannada and Telugu theatre and is still held in great regard for his contributions.last_img read more

Road accident kills 2

first_imgTwo people were killed and eight others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Shialdangi village in Pangsha upazila of Rajbari early Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Milon Pramanik, 22, son of Badsha Pramanik and Jalal Uddin Pramanik, 28, son of Shaheb Ali from Bogura.Jahangir Alam, officer-in-charge of Rajbari highway police, said the accident took place around 2:00am when a Baliaknadi-bound minibus from Bogura fell into the roadside ditch while giving side to a microbus coming from opposite direction, leaving two dead on the spot and eight others wounded.The injured were taken to a local hospital, he said.last_img

Elderly woman stabbed in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: An elderly woman was stabbed by a man who had come to her apartment in Kolkata’s posh Salt Lake area seeking monetary help, police said on Saturday. “Jayashree Chakraborty, 71, on Friday was alone at her apartment in Salt Lake’s Purbachal Housing Society when the man rang the doorbell and asked for money for medical treatment,” an official said. He said the woman turned around to give the money when he attacked her with a sharp object. She got injured due to the stabs while the man ran away with more money. “The woman is fine now. We are trying to collect the CCTV footage to track the culprit,” he added.last_img

What You Entrepreneur Can Do to Support Green Energy

first_img 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You like going outside, right? You have fond memories of going down the slide, swinging in warm summer air and jumping into pools, right? Whether you believe in global warming in an official sense, it should be important to you to preserve our environment and the natural resources around you.With the U.S. election now over and the changing of the guard, the environment has become a contentious topic for our country. I feel a bit like Peter Pan saying this, but some silly adults seem to be putting their 2017 profit margin at a higher priority than the entire planet. But all hope is not lost — an increasing percentage of our global population has decided that keeping our environment healthy is a critical and noble cause.However, 2017 looks to be a defining year in the battle between green initiatives and big business. Of course, not everything rests on the United States, though it is a major player. The fossil fuel industries are making moves in Europe, with oil suppliers cutting supply to drive up prices again. Additionally, China and India have shown signs that they would like to be leaders in clean energy, but politics can still derail that plan — and both are poised to act in reaction to the U.S.Related: What Big Tech Companies Can Teach Your Business About Going GreenThis situation has worn on me, and I have a feeling it’s wearing you down as well. To calm my nerves, I took a health check of the major green energy and environmental initiatives and also forecasted what we can expect in 2017. Lastly, because nobody likes to sit by and watch the world happen around them, I’ve hit on a few things we entrepreneurs can do to help.SolarBy almost every account, solar has had a good year. In fact, it has had a few good years, growing in the U.S. by substantial margins since 2010. This year, experts forecast that solar companies will install 73 gigawatts of new solar capacity, up from 51 gigawatts in 2015.Some forecasts predict that growth of new solar installations globally will decline to the single digits, due to market saturation in the U.S. and China, but will surge ahead again by 2019 as more markets (such as the middle and lower class) open up as technology becomes more affordable. Many are hoping to see China emerge as a leader in the industry — both as a producer and as a political leader.China has taken leadership in photovoltaic manufacturing and deployment. Now it also has the golden opportunity to do it in policymaking. With the uncertainty surrounding new U.S. energy and climate policy, China has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to move its policy positions forward — and it will, despite some disturbing signals from Beijing.So what can entrepreneurs do to help? First of all, look at your electrical bill, and make sure that — if it’s an option — you’ve selected to receive solar energy. If you own your own facilities, consider installing solar panels on the roof. Lastly, take a look at your supply chain. Ask your suppliers and vendors what they’re doing to support solar, and if they use panels at their own facilities.Do they have competitors who do more to preserve the environment around them? Consider switching (or at least threatening to switch) to make sure that your money goes towards helping the solar industry grow.Related: Here’s Why Solar Entrepreneurs Don’t Go Off the GridEnergy storageEnergy storage might be the most exciting clean energy technology to watch in 2017. Growth is expected in nearly every sector: at home, commercially and at public facilities.The energy storage industry in the U.S. is expected to grow to 478 megawatts in 2017 and more than 2,045 megawatts by 2021. The clean energy industry’s continued ability to cut costs and reduce the demand for fossil fuels is pivotal to its success in the coming years.So what can entrepreneurs do to help? As an entrepreneur, you’re in a prime spot to help. Consider storing energy yourself — this is a great excuse to invest in Tesla products. Just as with solar, consider putting your money towards vendors and suppliers who use energy storage with their green initiatives.WindIn the U.S., wind energy is not the bulk producer that solar is, though it should be noted that wind has much larger adopters abroad. Still, the wind energy industry continues to plug along, installing 7 gigawatts of production capacity in 2016.However, the future of wind energy is brighter than many realize. According to the American Wind Energy Association, there are 18.2 gigawatts of wind energy capacity currently under construction or in the planning process, which would represent nearly a quarter of current capacity.Thankfully, the political future of wind energy is still quite secure — even if some golf course owners aren’t huge fans. Legislation passed near the end of 2015 guarantees energy tax credits through 2019, which gives the industry time to further refine its technology before it has to go head to head with oil and coal. With the increased public awareness of the problems that oil and gas cause, I’m confident that by 2019, wind energy will have a secure place in the hearts and minds of the population.Vic Shao, founder and CEO of Green Charge, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the U.S., says that the fundamentals of the clean energy industry are good even if there are challenges in the new year.“The technology is viable. From solar and wind to hydro and energy storage, the technology is producing energy at competitive rates and there are more and more solutions that save consumers significant sums of money,” Shao says. “The new year certainly has question marks, but the industry as a whole is healthy. Clean energy as an industry is more robust than ever before.” He’s right – almost all of the numbers suggest that progress is continuing to accelerate.Related: 7 Clean-Tech Companies That Solve More Than Environmental ProblemsSo what can entrepreneurs do to help? Just as with the previous two, the best thing you can do as an entrepreneur is to get involved — put your money towards vendors and suppliers that use wind energy, support the industry and offer your assistance.If you’re still searching for your perfect startup idea, consider getting into green energy. More and more college startup ideas that are as profitable as they are ethical include a variety of possibilities, including organic catering, bicycle repair and eco energy consultant. Consider becoming part of these booming, prosperous industries by becoming a solar panel or wind energy vendor or installer or a bio-fuel producer. Equally needed are those who know how to perform maintenance on these modern machines — and you can learn how at most community colleges and ed tech programs.As environmental issues and concerns become a center issue in political debates around the world, it’s becoming apparent that 2017 is the year that green initiatives will have the opportunity to become more than what crunchy granola hippies talk about and become fully mainstream. I hate to think of what would happen if they fail. February 3, 2017 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

REVIEW QO Amsterdam Ethical and innovative hotel with great Dutch food

first_imgReview: QO Amsterdam hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands QO Amsterdam is one of the most sustainable, ethical hotels in Europe – if not the world.We all want to do a little good for the environment. The creators of the QO has not come up with ways of doing this, but in unexpected problem-solving ways too.The exterior is made up of fully responsive thermal panels, adapting to the climate outside. Carpets are made of 100% recycled yarn made from fishing nets. Water from the showers and sinks is used again to flush the toilets.But while it’s environmentally friendly, does it work as a hotel experience?I stayed at the QO Amsterdam for Pride, and I had a fantastic time.Location: 3/5 ★★★The hotel is around five minutes to the nearest metro station. From there, it’s about a 10 minute ride into central Amsterdam. Going to Museumplein involves a change, and takes about half an hour.This can feel a little frustrating at points. You definitely feel like you’re staying on the outskirts of the city. Nearby is a McDonald’s, a car park, and megastores.You can see forests and greenery in the distance, and from the top floor you do have expansive views.LGBTI life: 4/5 ★★★★Amsterdam is one of the most liberal cities on the planet. Many places in the city are overcome by tourists, like the Red Light District. And so, sadly, you might have to be slightly careful in those areas.But any place a Dutch person would go, you’re probably going to be absolutely fine. The hotel is around half an hour to the nearest gay bars. Check out the chilled out Spijker Bar, the dance club PRIK and the cabaret joint The Queen’s Head.Room: 5/5 ★★★★★While it’s not exactly the most central hotel in Amsterdam, the QO makes up for it in what it has to offer.Flooded with natural light, the room is comfortable, elegant and is opulent in its eco-friendly luxury style.A great size, the room I stayed in had a cushioned window bench to relax on. The large bed was wonderfully comfortable. The massive television, while not in the perfect position in the room (it was facing the window bench, not the bed) could allow me to connect my phone. GAYSTARNEWS- The bath was deep, relaxing, and come with sustainable lovely smelling Zenology products. A massive Hollywood mirror lights up the black stone bathroom, fitted with two sinks and a shower with a clear glass door.Design: 5/5 ★★★★★I loved the design of the QO Amsterdam. Sleek, modern, hip but with an emphasis on natural light and beautiful surroundings.There are some subtle wonderful touches. I like the iPad that controls the lighting and tech in the rooms.Service and Amenities: 4/5 ★★★★Staff members at the QO Amsterdam are young. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I do wonder whether the team would benefit from more experience or training.This means service was sometimes a mixed experience.At breakfast, staff members seemed stressed and sometimes confused. At dinner, service was exemplary. Bartenders knew their cocktails. And while there were some hiccups, it’s clearly a friendly team.Food: 5/5 ★★★★★The food is when QO Amsterdam really stands out. Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, I’d suggest coming specifically for the food.The restaurant, Pesijn, aims to do Dutch food to the most luxurious, sustainable level. Many of the ingredients come from the greenhouse on the rooftop.Breakfast is light smaller dishes. Try the apple pancakes, topped with apple blossom.We had the tomato, a red concoction of mozzarella, basil and dutch caprese, which was delicious. Make sure to have the josper grilled aubergine, topped with pepper and wheat. The tenderloin steak, with potato, mushrooms and brown butter, was expertly cooked.The entire menu looked fantastic – I wish I could have tried it all.Ranking of QO Amsterdam, the Netherlands: 4/5 ★★★★Find out more, including prices, on QO Amsterdam’s website.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Come have a stay at the QO Amsterdamcenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/review-qo-amsterdam-ethical-and-innovative-hotel-with-great-dutch-food/last_img read more

LIVE Snow in Meir power cut in Crewe and more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:Here’s the date of when Greggs festive bake hits storesHere’s the date of when Greggs festive bake hits storesUP NEXT: Click for Sound Watch Next Click to playTap to play The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Share this video Watch againcenter_img Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in  We Are Stoke-on-Trent We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday February 14. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsPerson hit by train near Nantwich19:24Tributes paid to two young fathers killed in serious accident17:3520:08Taxi service on offer for passengers after person hit by train at NantwichDelays of up to 90 minutes and some cancellations on Arriva Trains Wales services after someone was hit by a train at Nantwich. Road transport via Taxi is being arranged – passengers to communicate with station staff. 19:24KEY EVENTPerson hit by train near NantwichA person has been hit by a train near Nantwich.Emergency services were called to the scene on the line between Shrewsbury and Crewe shortly before 6.45pm.Read more here.19:01Person hit by train between Crewe and ShrewsburyServices at a stand on Arriva Trains Wales between Shrewsbury and Crewe due to person hit by a train at Nantwich. 18:30Accident at Holden BridgeReports of slow traffic due to accident on A5272 Hanley Road in both directions near A53 Leek New Road (Holden Bridge). 17:41Two vehicle accident in KeelePepper Street in both directions blocked, slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved between Scot Hay Road and A525. 17:35KEY EVENTTributes paid to two young fathers killed in serious accidentDarryl Smith, left, and Sean Broomhall were killed in an accident on the A41 (Image: Cheshire Police)The families of two young fathers killed in a serious crash last week have paid tribute to the ‘lovable rogues’.Darryl Smith, aged 29, and Sean Broomhall, aged 24, died on February 7 following a two vehicle collision on the A41 Whitchurch Road at Dragon Hall Business Park near Chester.Read more here.16:23Broken down lorry on M6Slow traffic and one lane closed due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. 16:22Gritters heading out tomorrow morning…Stoke-on-Trent City Council are sending out their gritters tomorrow morning…A spokesman for the council said: The rain will continue into the evening before clearing eastwards by around 8-9pm. It will then be mainly dry with clear spells with road surface temperatures (RSTs) dropping into marginal territory or just below zero in some places around or just after midnight. This will cause RSTs to rise briefly before dipping back to around zero or below zero in the early hours of tomorrow morning.So we will be gritting the roads described in the city council’s winter gritting policy at 4am tomorrow morning.”16:05All lanes re-opened on M6 after accidentQueueing traffic due to earlier accident, a lorry and a car involved on M6 Northbound between Keele Services and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). Travel time is around 15 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened.Lane one (of three) was closed just before J16. The car was situated in front of the lorry. Keele Services is located between J15 and J16. 16:02Broken down vehicle blocking M6 slip roadM6 Northbound lane blocked on exit slip road to one due to broken down Van at J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well. 15:45M6 accident moved to hard shoulderGood news. On the #M6 n/bound, J15 – J16, we’ve moved the collision out of the carriageway and onto the Hard Shoulder. Closed lane has re-opened. But allow time for the delays to ease. Approx’ 5 miles of slow traffic. @CMPG https://t.co/OtT1SwTT1r— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 14, 201815:44Double underground cable fault the cause for loss of power in CreweScottish Power Energy Networks said: A very rare double underground cable fault affected around 700 properties in the CW1 area of Crewe early this morning. We are investigating the possibility that recent third-party work may have impacted our network. Our primary concern was to reconnect supplies to homes and businesses and to keep customers informed of progress. Dozens of engineers and technicians and customer service teams have been on the ground all day. The first properties were brought back on supply just after 9am, and through the day we have reconfigured the network and brought in temporary generation to restore supplies to all of those properties affected. The last properties were reconnected at 2.30pm. Engineers will continue to work in the area over the next 24 hours to fully complete all repair works and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”15:26Accident in StaffordAlways take extra care on major roundabouts especially when they have multiple lanes & exits. Expect the unexpected and drive carefully to avoid incidents like this. Tactical Support Team assisting with this accident in Stafford pic.twitter.com/GJyctV85m6— Staffs Police TST (@Tactical_Police) February 14, 201815:02Accident on M6#Staffordshire On the #M6 n/bound, J15 – J16, a car and a HGV have collided. One lane is closed. Two lanes still open, but approx’ 4 miles of queuing traffic. Our traffic officers are already on their way. @CMPG pic.twitter.com/PPPnv1Qw5u— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 14, 201814:27Delays in HanleyQueueing traffic on A52 Leek Road in both directions near Botteslow Street. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights causing delays for gas main works. 14:27Trespasser at Stoke StationMinor delays of up to five minutes on London Northwestern at Stoke-on-Trent due to trespass incident earlier. 12:48Delays on trains between Stoke-on-Trent and LondonA London Northwestern Railway spokesman said: “Due to a fault with the signalling system between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction some lines are blocked, services running through these stations may be delayed.”12:31Man due in court on robbery and assault charges following incidentPolice were called to reports a man was spraying lighter fuel over cars and trying to set them on fire. More here.11:59A527 busy but moving A527 Brownhills Road Westbound busy but moving between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 11:47University Way busy but movingA5020 University Way Northbound busy but moving at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). 11:20Temporary traffic lights installed “Temporary traffic signals are in place at the junction of Earle Street and Rainbow Street, Crewe, whilst BT undertake emergency works to repair a sunken manhole frame and cover in the carriageway. Please plan your journey” – Cheshire East Council. 10:43Gritters out in Derbyshire as sleet and snow forecastAreas of Derbyshire which border Staffordshire are set to be gritted as sleet and snow is forecast to hit the region.A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said:Forecasters are telling us a band of rain which will arrive in the west of the county shortly could be preceded by sleet and snow. Our gritting teams are out on high routes and will blast areas with grit as needed. Take care if you’re out on the roads this afternoon.” 10:38Council say snow is starting to stick in MeirA Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said:Our forecast predicted light sleet this morning turning to rain around 11:00. We are getting reports that this sleet/wet Snow is starting to stick in the Meir area, We have dispatched a gritter to treat the area.” 10:21Police crackdown on ‘inconsiderate parking’ on streetPolice say they are responding to complaints about parking on Blackheath Lane in Stafford. More here.Police said they were cracking down on ‘inconsiderate parking’ on the lane (Image: Staffordshire Police)10:18Queuing traffic in CreweQueueing traffic on A5020 University Way Northbound at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. 09:33Accident in FentonReports of slow traffic due to accident on A50 King Street between Park Street and A5007 City Road.09:10Large areas of town without electricity following power cutScottish Power say they are working on the issues in Crewe. More here.There is a power cut in the area09:03Delays now clearing on A500 Delays cleared and traffic easing, broken down roadwork vehicles removed on A500 D Road Southbound between A52 Shelton Old Road / A5006 Stoke Road (Stoke Road Interchange) and A50 (Sideway Roundabout)..Sensors indicate any restrictions have now been moved after the earlier roadworks and broken down roadwork vehicles. 09:03Long delays in A53We’re getting reports of long delays on the A53 around Milton traffic lights08:44Accident between Sandon and HilderstoneThe road is partially blocked due to the accident. More on that here.last_img read more

Off on holiday soon These are the items you are NOT allowed

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPlanning a flight? Packing hand luggage can be a bit of a hassle when you consider the various rules and are trying to adhere to your airline’s size restrictions. Howebver, there are some rather surprising items you may not consider as troublesome when packing them in your case – but try topop them in your hand luggage and it’s a definite no-no. To give you a helping hand, the team at  MyBaggage.com  has unveiled some of the surprising items you’re not allowed to bring on board. If you do have any doubt about a particular item, make sure to get in touch with both the airline and airport, as these sometimes have varying rules on the same items. The UK government also has a guide on  hand luggage item restrictions . 1. Marmite Because of its consistency, Marmite falls under the 100ml restrictions, and with standard sized jars starting from 125g that can be problematic. However, the good news is that you can now find travel-size jars which do fit the restrictions (just make sure to put it in your sealed see-through plastic bag). It’s worth noting that similar home-comforts such as jams and honey also fall foul of the liquid restrictions. 2. Baby food The rules here depend on whether you are travelling with your baby or not. If you have your little one, you are allowed to bring baby food and baby milk with you. However if you’re not travelling with a baby you won’t be allowed to bring these. You can check out our  guide on taking baby food on flights  for more information. Read MoreThe top 10 airport scams Stokie holidaymakers need to be aware of this summer   3. Electronic devices with no charge If you cannot turn on your devices when requested by security personnel, they are allowed to confiscate these from you. This of course can make for a very stressful situation right before a holiday, so make sure you fully charge all of your gadgets before you set off for the airport. 4. Walking poles Heading on walking holidays and planning to take poles with you? You won’t be able to bring these into the cabin. They will need to be stored in the hold or you can check them in as sports equipment. (Alternatively, you can rent these on the other side). It’s worth checking with your airline before travelling to find out their regulations. Read MoreTravel warning issued to Stoke-on-Trent tourists visiting France this summer   5. Hair dye Whether you’re planning a temporary makeover for a festival or looking to finish off your beauty regime when you reach your hotel, unfortunately you’ll need to sort it before you travel as the chemical Peroxide found within the dye is banned from airplanes. A spokesperson from MyBaggage.com told the Mirror : “Ensuring everything you pack at home is allowed onto the plane is an easy way to prevent a stressful experience once you reach the airport. “Some items you might not think as a problem when packing, but when safety is considered it becomes clear why they aren’t allowed in hand luggage. “Having items removed from you and potentially being handed a fine is not how you want to start, or end, your trip away. Each airline may have different restrictions, so it’s important to check every time you fly.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Police search for missing womancenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowlast_img read more

Austrian charity plans to move into Hitlers house

first_imgVIENNA (AP) – An Austrian charity that helps immigrants reportedly plans to set up an office in the house where Adolf Hitler was born.The villa in the Upper Austrian town of Braunau has been empty for more than a year since a workshop for the mentally disabled moved out. A Russian parliamentarian threatened last year to buy and raze it _ a plan doomed to fail as the building is under historical protection because of its Renaissance origins. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The Kurier, a mainstream newspaper, in its Thursday edition cited unnamed officials of the Interior Ministry, which now leases the house, as being open to subletting to the Volkshilfe charitable organization.The charity’s head, Karl Osterberger, says that renting the house to an agency like his would send a “great signal.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Aussie travel aspirations expanding

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Australians intending to take a holiday in the next twelve months has increased slightly, compared with same period last year, while Melbourne defies a decline in domestic holiday plans, according to Roy Morgan Research.The August 2012 quarterly results of the Roy Morgan Research Holiday Tracking Survey revealed overall holiday intention increased slightly from 68 percent last year to 69 percent in 2012.While international travel intentions increased by one percent, domestic holiday intentions decreased from 55 percent to 54 percent year-over-year.“With a more optimistic outlook and the Australian dollar still at a high level, an increasing percentage of Australians are taking advantage and planning an overseas holiday,” Roy Morgan Research international director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianniello said. “New Zealand, UK, United States, Bali and Thailand are the most popular overseas destinations, with holiday intention to these destinations increasing.”Melbourne, Victoria continues to lure Australian tourists, despite the decrease in domestic travel plans. “It is growing in popularity in the short-break market as a place for shopping and dining, as well as cultural activities such as visiting museums, historical places, art galleries, concerts, and the theatre,” Ms Ianniello said.  “Melbourne is also known as the events capital of Australia, with many people attending sporting, cultural and other events.”There are signs that holiday intention is rebounding after consumer confidence increased in August when Australians showed more confidence than a year ago about the Australian economy and their personal financial situation.Ms Ianniello said the challenge for the tourism industry was to recognise and target well-to-do and optimistic Australian travellers.“They are not the young under-30’s, nor the struggling families or older pensioners; they are the more affluent ‘socially aware’ and ‘visible achievement’ segments who are also likely to be ‘trusted advisers’ – those whose opinions are sought by others about travel destinations and experiences,” Ms Ianniello said.last_img read more

Preliminary deal signed with ENIKOGAS

first_imgBy Elias HazouTHE government on Wednesday signed a preliminary agreement in Nicosia with an Italian-South Korean joint venture on exploring the development of natural gas offshore Cyprus.In a statement, the energy ministry said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is “aimed at investigating areas of cooperation related to Cyprus potential gas resources valorisation, with priority to the onshore LNG option.”The deal was signed with ENI and KOGAS, who hold prospecting concessions on offshore blocks 2, 3 and 9 of the Cyprus Economic Exclusive Zone.Italian company ENI is the operator of the three blocks with an 80 per cent participating interest. KOGAS is a partner with a 20 per cent participating interest.Cyprus has similar MoUs with Total, as well as with Noble and its Israeli partners, Delek and Avner, for the LNG plant.Meanwhile energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis also announced that the Block 9 partners will commence exploratory drilling at the end of the summer.The drill would take place in the field dubbed “Onasagoras” in Block 9, believed to be the most promising of the blocks licensed so far.Speaking to reporters after the signing of the agreement, Lakkotrypis said that six potential fields in total have thus far been identified in the three blocks under license by ENI-KOGAS.Asked about their prospects, and whether they are on a par with the ‘Aphrodite’ field in Block 12, the minister said only that the indications are “encouraging.”For the time being, the indications pointed to natural gas, not oil, he added.It’s understood that ENI are contractually obligated to carry out at least four exploratory drills. The sites other than “Onasagoras” have yet to be determined; the locations of subsequent drills will depend on the findings of the first.The drilling rig for the “Onasagoras” prospect is expected to arrive offshore Cyprus in September from Mozambique, sources told the Mail. The rig is owned by Saipem, an Italian oil services group and a subsidiary of ENI.US energy outfit Noble, which holds a concession on Block 12, is expected to carry out their next exploratory drill in early 2015. French giant Total, with concessions on blocks 10 and 11, would be carrying out their first exploratory drilling towards the end of 2015, Lakkotrypis had recently said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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