October 20, 2019

MeT predicts no relief from scorcher in South Bengal dists

first_imgKolkata: South Bengal districts continue to burn in the scorching summer heat with humidity level on the higher side. However, North Bengal districts have received heavy rainfall in the past few days which has lead to a flood-like situation in some areas.There is no prediction of heavy rainfall in South Bengal in the next few days. There will be no respite from unbearable heat and humid conditions in the South Bengal districts. Some scattered rainfall, in some parts, have failed to bring the mercury down. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersMonsoon made its official entry to South Bengal on June 21 bringing rainfall in various parts of the state. There was a deficit of rainfall in June and the current month may also witness the same situation, the weather experts apprehend. Deficit rainfall has hit paddy cultivation in the districts. Various crops have also been hit due to high-level of humidity. Scattered rainfall in South Bengal failed to provide any considerable relief to the people as the prolonged heat coupled with high humidity have been causing discomfort. The weather is sultry mainly because of two reasons — the scattered rainfall did not last and due to the increasing level of humidity. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHeat spell conditions have been prevailing in all the Western districts such as Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram, Birbhum and West Burdwan. The temperature in the Western districts is likely to hover around 37-39 degrees Celsius in the next few days, while the Real Feel temperature may be slightly higher due to humidity level in the air. “Heavy rainfall will continue in North Bengal in the next couple of days. However, there is no prediction of heavy rainfall in the city and other South Bengal districts yet. There may be scattered rainfall in some parts of South Bengal. The sultry and discomfort will stay in South Bengal in the next few days,” a weather official said. Incessant rain over the past few days jeopardized normal life in North Bengal with a flood-like situation looming large in the low-lying areas and triggering landslides in the Hills. Five districts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal — Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar — received heavy rainfall in the past few days. People were shifted to safer locations. Hundreds of people from different villages in Moynaguri block were taken to safer places on Saturday. Due to continuous rainfall, landslides were triggered in the Dooars region of North Bengal. Many areas in Malbazar, Moynaguri and Dhupguri towns were inundated. A man died in Jalpaiguri district after he fell into an overflowing drain, a police officer said on Sunday, as incessant rain continued to wreak havoc in the low-lying areas of North Bengal. Bimal Sil, a man in his early 40s, reportedly slipped into the gutter while wading through a flooded street on Saturday night at Shanupara locality of the district, he said. Sources in the administration said downpour over the past five days had inundated several parts of the sub- Himalayan districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar. The Met department warned of “heavy to very heavy” rainfall in these districts till Monday. Among other areas, Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur are likely to experience heavy rain, the weatherman said. Overflowing rivers have breached banks at many places, flooding localities and displacing thousands of people, an official said. Water level at Teesta, Sankosh, Raidak, Kaljani, Korola, Shil, Torsa and Ghish rivers have risen to alarming levels owing to rainfall, he official. Traffic movement on National Highway-10, which was disrupted over the past two days due to landslides, have, however, resumed, following clearing of debris from the throroughfare, the official said. In the worst-affected Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts, several people have taken shelter in school buildings and some were seen moving to higher ground. At Moynaguri town of Jalpaiguri district, around 200 families had to move to safer locations after rainwater entered their homes. Angry residents on Sunday blocked National Highway-27 for more than five hours, protesting lack of relief materials and shelter provisions in the area. Jalpaiguri recorded the highest rainfall at 204 mm in 24 hours till Sunday 8 am, the Met department said. Among the other north Bengal districts, Alipurduar recorded 150 mm rainfall, followed by Coochbehar at 110 mm, Siliguri at 105 mm, Kalimpong 60 mm and Darjeeling at 30 mm.last_img read more

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October 12, 2019

MINURSO Discussions between Morocco and UN were Fruitful French Ambassador

New York – Talks between Morocco and the United Nations were “fruitful” as an agreement between the two parties was reached as part of “a clearly positive trend,” France’s permanent representative to the United Nations, François Delattre, said Tuesday in New York.“There is clearly a positive dynamic today as we have noticed 15 days ago. Deep discussions between Moroccan authorities and the United Nations were fruitful as an agreement was reached between the two parties,” the French diplomat pointed out before the start of a Security Council meeting on the MINURSO, noting that under this agreement, a first group of 25 civilian members of the MINURSO returned to headquarters in Laayoune.France, he said, is “very committed to MINURSO’s full functionality”, adding that “the progress made so far is a significant step in this direction.” “We will continue to fully support the political process led by the United Nations for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution”, the French diplomat stressed, noting that his country deems the autonomy plan presented by Morocco in 2007 as “a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution.”Morocco’s plan to return to the African Union is “an important contribution to the growing integration of Africa,” he pointed out, adding that “a united Africa is indeed a factor of peace, stability and development for the continent and the rest of the world.”With MAP read more

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October 12, 2019

Hawaii hotels report February was worst month in a decade

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s hotel industry has reported February was its worst performance month in about a decade.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that the Hawaii Tourism Authority report published the previous day used analytical data from the hotels.One hospitality consultant says a drop in occupancy is a carry-over from last year’s volcanic eruption on Hawaii island and severe weather events.The report says statewide occupancy fell nearly three percentage points to 83.4 per cent from February 2018 and revenue decreased nearly six per cent from a year ago to $360 million.The report says the average daily room rate dipped more than 1 per cent to $290 and revenue per available room declined more than 4 per cent to $242.The newspaper reports the last time Hawaii’s hotels reported similar performance levels was August 2009.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press read more

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October 8, 2019

Metro acquires majority stake in readytocook meal service MissFresh

MONTREAL — Grocery store retailer Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) has signed a deal to acquire a majority interest in ready-to-cook meal delivery service MissFresh Inc.Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available.MissFresh was started in Montreal in 2015 by Marie-Eve Prevost, Bernard Prevost and Ritter Huang.Metro says MissFresh’s three co-founders will retain a 30 per cent stake and continue to take an active part in the company’s management.

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October 7, 2019

US stocks fall giving up some ground after 3 straight gains

U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in early trading Tuesday, weighed down by a mixed batch of company earnings and another decline in bond yields.Banks drove much of the selling as investors reacted to the decline in yields. The 10-year Treasury note slipped to 1.54% from 1.59% late Monday. When bond yields fall, it pulls down the interest rates that banks pocket on mortgages and other consumer loans. Bank of America slid 1.2% and Wells Fargo dropped 1%.Technology companies, which like banks have tended to lead the market’s gains recently, also took heavy losses. Chipmakers were among the biggest decliners a day after climbing on news that the U.S. gave Chinese telecom giant an extension to buy more supplies from U.S. companies. Advanced Micro Devices fell 2.3% and Nvidia dropped 1.5%.Home Depot climbed after the home improvement retailer reported earnings that topped Wall Street’s forecasts. But two other big retailers didn’t fare as well. Investors sent Kohl’s and TJX lower after their latest quarterly report cards fell short of analysts’ expectations.The selling erased some of the indexes’ gains from a three-day winning streak, the latest twist for the market, which has been caught in the grips of volatile trading all month.Investors are trying to parse conflicting signals on the U.S. economy and determine whether a recession is looming. A key concern is that the escalating and costly trade conflict between the world’s two biggest economies will hamper growth around the globe.The S&P 500 was down 0.4% as of 10:16 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 75 points, or 0.3%, to 26,055. The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, dropped 0.3%.Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced plans to extend tariffs across virtually all Chinese imports, many of them consumer products that were exempt from earlier rounds of tariffs. Although many of the tariffs have been delayed, the founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei said Tuesday he expects no relief from U.S. export curbs due to the political climate in Washington. He expressed confidence the company will thrive because it develops its own technology.Ren Zhengfei also said he doesn’t want relief from U.S. sanctions if it requires China to make concessions in a tariff war. He noted that the biggest impact will be on American vendors that sell chips and other components to Huawei, the biggest maker of network gear for phone companies.Huawei has become a big part of the trade war, with the White House showing a willingness to use sanctions against the company as a bargaining chip. The U.S. government blacklisted Huawei in May, deeming it a national security risk, meaning U.S. companies aren’t allowed to sell the company technology without government approval.“While it is not unexpected, the extension for the easing of Huawei sanctions had added to the relief for markets at the start of the week,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist for IG in Singapore.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press read more

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October 2, 2019

Empower teachers give them the freedom to teach UN urges on World

Target 4C of Goal 4, in particular, calls for “substantially increasing” the supply of qualified teachers by 2030, and in that context, underlines importance of international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States. Marked annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers – the primary reference framework that addresses teachers’ rights and responsibilities at the global scale. The theme for this year’s commemoration is Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel, which complements the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, stressing the importance of teacher autonomy and academic freedom in building a world in which education and learning are truly universal. “Being an empowered teacher means having access to high-quality training, fair wages, and continuous opportunities for professional development,” the heads of key UN agencies and programmes said today in a joint message on World Teachers’ Day. Empowerment also means teachers having the freedom to support the development of national curricula, the professional autonomy to choose teaching methods and approaches and being able to teach in safety and security during times of political change, instability and conflict, they added. The joint message was issued by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Guy Ryder, the Director-General of International Labour Organization (ILO); Anthony Lake, the Executive-Director of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Achim Steiner, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP); and Fred van Leeuwen, the General-Secretary of Education International (a global federation representing organizations of teachers and other education employees). It emphasized that academic freedom – while important for teachers at all levels of education – is especially critical for higher-education to support the educators’ ability to innovate, explore, and stay up-to-date on the latest pedagogical research. “This World Teachers’ Day, join us in empowering teachers to teach in freedom so that, in turn, every child and every adult is free to learn – to the benefit of a better world,” they urged. The importance of building a skilled, valued and empowered education workforce has also been underscored in the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more

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September 22, 2019

VIDEO Australian PM lashes out at sexist Abbott

first_img(YouTube: NewsOnABC)Gillard said she had been offended by many of Abbott’s remarks over the years, including that she should “make an honest woman of herself” politically and a comment that abortion was “the easy way out”.Sexism and misogyny“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man,” she railed in parliament as she pointed at Abbott.I will not, and the government will not, be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man, not now, not ever. AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER Julia Gillard launched a scathing attack on opposition leader Tony Abbott earlier today, accusing him of sexism as he attempted to have the parliamentary speaker sacked.Gillard, the nation’s first female leader, lashed out after Abbott called for the removal of speaker Peter Slipper over lurid text messages sent to an aide which included crude references to female genitalia.Fit and properAbbott said Slipper was not a “fit and proper” person to hold the office after court documents revealed text conversations he had with ex-staffer James Ashby, who has accused him of sexual harassment.The texts included one in which Slipper called a conservative female politician an “ignorant botch (sic)” and another in which he said women’s genitalia looked “like a mussell (sic) removed from its shell”.Abbott said:Every day the prime minister stands in this parliament to defend this speaker will be another day of shame for this parliament, another day of shame for a government which should already have died of shame.But in a blistering address, Gillard accused Abbott of hypocrisy and double-standards:What the leader of the opposition should be ashamed of is of his performance in this parliament and the sexism which he brings with it. If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror.Slipper stood aside in April amid claims of gay sex harassment and travel fraud, while proclaiming his innocence and slamming a “trial by media”.The travel fraud claims were later withdrawn. But the sex harassment case, in which the married Slipper is accused of sending former aide Ashby lurid and inappropriate text messages, is ongoing.Abbott’s motion to remove Slipper was defeated 70 votes to 69.His removal would have been a blow to Gillard who last year engineered his promotion to speaker after he defected from Abbott’s Liberal Party, a move that lost the opposition one vote and shored up her wafer-thin hold on power.Read: Australian parliament votes down proposal for same-sex marriage>last_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Active Interest Media Buys Marine Group Assets from Source Interlink

first_imgThis is the second acquisition AIM has done with Source Interlink. In 2010, AIM bought 7 print magazines serving the equine market, including EQUUS.And with this deal, AIM has built up a significant marine group, having purchased Passagemaker and Passagemaker’s Trawlerfest event, along with the Soundings brands from Dominion Enterprises in July, 2011. The company already had Yachts International magazine and produces the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and other boat shows in St. Petersberg and Sarasota.According to Clurman, the deal closed on the first of February, and the back office and other systems will be decoupled from Source Interlink by early April. Sail will remain in its Boston offices, while Power & Motoryacht will relocate from New York City to the Essex, CT office where the Soundings titles are produced. Active Interest Media, the enthusiast publisher with titles and events in the healthy living, home buying, marine and outdoor markets, has taken over the marine group from Source Interlink Media in an asset deal. The brands included in the transaction are Power & Motoryacht and Sail. Terms were not released, but AIM is effectively taking over the publishing of the brands in an asset deal, with a performance-based buyout down the road—a deal similar to one AIM’s outdoor group did with Skram Media in June, 2010. AIM COO Andy Clurman declined to offer more details on the terms of the deal, only noting it was an asset sale, not a stock-based transaction. Power & Motoryacht is a monthly with a circulation of almost 150,000. According to Source Interlink, its website gets about 150,000 monthly uniques. Sail, also monthly, claims a rate base of 100,000.last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Juul vaporizer What is it why are teens addicted and is it

first_img 12 Photos Comments Meet the smart vapes: App-enabled vaporizers seek to cash in on cannabis Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: In a statement, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, “…the nicotine in these products can rewire an adolescent’s brain, leading to years of addiction.”But, he continues: “Make no mistake. We see the possibility for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products like e-cigarettes and other novel forms of nicotine-delivery to provide a potentially less harmful alternative for currently addicted individual adult smokers … But we’ve got to step in to protect our kids.”How did the company get its start? Juul Labs spun off from Pax Labs in 2015. Founders Adam Bowen and James Monsees co-founded the company when, as former smokers, they decided they wanted a better alternative to cigarettes than anything that was already on the market. Their idea of “better” manifested as Juul’s high nicotine content and slim design that puts off very little vapor compared to other vapes. Since its debut, Juul has grown to dominate more than 50 percent of the market share.In December 2018, Altria — one of the largest companies in the world that produces tobacco products — bought a 35% stake of Juul for $12.8 billion dollars. Altria owns Phillip Morris, which owns the brands Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Parliament and other cigarette brands.Juul copycats zonk-cotton-candy-400x400Candy and dessert-flavored e-juice is enticing to kids who might be otherwise turned off by vaping or smoking. Zonk E Liquid Juul’s staggering success prompted many e-cigarette brands to follow suit with high nicotine content and new designs. The FDA isn’t happy with these copycat brands, and neither is Juul, who filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission for patent infringement. Everyone should be concerned about copycat Juuls, especially those that openly market to children using enticing flavors like Blue Slushie Lemonade and strawberry whipped cream. The attributes of these vapes — attractive, compact and free of odor — make them popular with young people because they can easily hide them from authority figures, like teachers and parents. Juul’s popularity and the influx of similar products raises concern that this new “pod mod” class of e-cigarette products is not just a trend and will influence the decisions and habits of adolescents for their entire lives.Staying true to its stance on nicotine use among minors, Juul announced that they are going after companies who do market to children and teens, but the FDA warns that this is an ongoing battle.  Watch genetically modified T-cells kill cancer cells Get your vitamins by vaping 1:40 Juul pods currently come in eight flavors; cucumber, creme, mint, mango, menthol, fruit, Virginia tobacco and classic tobacco. It’s worth noting that the FDA’s Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act banned flavored cigarettes in 2009, so it’s possible that this might come into play for vapes one day, too. How much nicotine does a Juul deliver?juul-pods-and-chargerThe Juul charger and pods look like USB drives. Natalie Weinstein / CNET Juul measures nicotine content by weight, which is different from most brands, which usually measure by volume. Juul originally only sold pods with 5 percent nicotine by weight, but started offering 3 percent pods in August 2018.According to an older version of Juul’s FAQ page, one 5 percent pod contains roughly the same amount of nicotine as one pack of cigarettes, or about 200 puffs. However, this information is no longer available on Juul’s website, and there’s no precise information about 3 percent pods, either. However, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine says that the 5 percent pods contain a concentration of 59 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid. In contrast, most vapes pre-Juul frenzy contained roughly one to three percent nicotine by volume. A study in the journal Tobacco Control notes that the new average seems to be rising to that 5 percent mark. Juul’s creators increased the nicotine because they felt other vapes on the market couldn’t compare to the sensations delivered by regular cigarettes. juul-website-faq-april-2018Enlarge ImageAn older version of Juul’s FAQ page disclosed precise information about the nicotine content in Juul pods. However, this information is no longer on the site. truthinitiative.org Is it addictive? Is it more addictive than cigarettes?Nicotine is a known addictive substance, and Juul is no exception. There are no studies that prove whether or not Juul is more addictive than regular cigarettes, I certainly know people who seem as addicted to their Juul as they are to their iPhones, and I’ve watched friends throw fits when their pod runs dry. Nicotine is a harmful drug, regardless of delivery method. It’s linked to various changes in the body and brain, and public health officials worry that most people, especially youth, aren’t aware of the potential consequences.What are the risks of vaping?Many people consider vaping a safer alternative to smoking because it eliminates tobacco, which is a known carcinogen. But cigarettes contain many chemicals beyond tobacco, and e-cigarettes contain some of the same. Studies have detected acetamide (a compound used in industrial solvents), formaldehyde and benzene (another known carcinogen) in various e-cigarettes brands. Not all e-cigarette liquids contain all of these toxic compounds, and even in those that do contain them, the concentration isn’t always high enough to present concern. No studies to detect these chemicals have been conducted specifically on Juul e-liquid. The real issue arises when companies don’t disclose what’s in their products. Juul openly states its e-liquid ingredients, all of which appear to be safe in reasonable doses — except the nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that causes cravings and bonafide withdrawal symptoms when those cravings are ignored. Whether or not vaping is a “gateway” to cigarette smoking is irrelevant because vaping itself is an addictive habit. Nicotine isn’t just addictive, but it’s also toxic. It stimulates your adrenal glands, spiking adrenaline production and leading to a series of bodily reactions: Users experience a release of glucose and an increase in heart rate, breathing rate and blood pressure. The drug seems to act as both a stimulant and a depressant at the same time, as it’s linked to increased alertness but also increased relaxation. Use of nicotine is also associated with a number of side effects on organs and organ systems, including:Increased risk of blood clotsAtherosclerosisPeptic ulcersChanges in heart rhythm Lung spasms Nicotine can also alter or harm the development of the brain in children and teens. “The prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for decision-making, logic, personality expression, and many other traits integral to one’s personality, is not fully mature until around the age of 25,” Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, Chief Medical Officer of American Addiction Centers, told CNET. “Introducing nicotine to the brain 10 years prior to that, without speaking of the massive amount of nicotine contained in each cartridge, will undoubtedly alter that developing brain.”Looking beyond nicotine, using e-cigarettes — Juul or otherwise — comes with many health risks, including the possibility for seizures, heart attacks, lung damage and birth defects.Dentists have also been noticing that their patients who vape are experiencing more cavities, tooth damage and dental issues. Especially when it comes to the enamel on your teeth, once damage is done it cannot be reversed.Lastly, e-cigarettes work by heating a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. While the amount of aerosol in a single puff isn’t likely to harm anyone, it’s worth noting that inhaling aerosols is associated with impaired judgment and functioning. Can vaping cause heart disease?The Stanford School of Medicine released a study in May 2019 that suggested the e-liquids in Juuls and other vapes could increase a person’s risk of heart disease. When inhaled, the e-liquid affects a certain kind of cells, called endothelial cells, that line the inside of blood vessels. Researchers found that endothelial cells exposed to e-liquid or to blood collected from people who smoked e-cigarettes exhibited DNA damage and cellular death. Damage occurred even in the absence of nicotine, which means other compounds in the e-liquids are harmful. Interestingly, the severity of the damage varied by flavor, with cinnamon and menthol found as the most harmful. The endothelial cells the researchers tested were grown from stem cells, but the implications still mean a lot for human endothelial cells. “This study clearly shows that e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes,” said Joseph Wu, director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, in a press release. “… We saw significant damage. The cells were less viable in culture, and they began to exhibit multiple symptoms of dysfunction.”Why is Juul so popular, especially among teens?juul-starter-kitJuul’s starter kit contains the Juul device, a USB charger and four Juul pods for $50. juul.com Although Juul demands age verification upon navigating to its website and holds a firm stance against minors’ use of Juuls, these vapes are still wildly popular with teens. Depending on the state, no one under 18 or 21 is supposed to be able to purchase e-cigarettes, or any tobacco products. But according to a report from the CDC, e-cigarette use is rising among middle school and high school students, and more than 3.5 million of them used e-cigarettes in 2018.Advertising is part of the problem. According to the CDC, more than 18 million high school and middle school students combined were exposed to e-cigarette ads in 2014. And Stanford researchers point out that Juul’s marketing hasn’t been congruent with its adults-only stance. One can guess it’s so popular for a few reasons:It’s relatively inexpensive: You can buy Juul’s “starter kit,” which includes the e-cigarette, USB charger and four pods for $50. After that, packs of four pods cost $21.It’s discreet: People may be more inclined to use Juul because its compact design is easy to hide from parents, teachers and other authority figures.It doesn’t smell like a cigarette: Cigarette smoke permeates the air in a relatively large radius. Juuls, on the other hand, don’t give off the smell of tobacco or smoke.It comes in many flavors: Juul’s sweet flavor options make it a more palatable option than regular cigarettes and many other e-cigarette options. One CDC survey notes that 31 percent of survey respondents (all students in grades six to 12) chose e-cigarettes because of  “flavors such as mint, candy, fruit, or chocolate.” The explosive popularity of Juul and others like it among kids is particularly troubling because they often do not see it as harmful. A report showed that 63% of people aged 14 to 25 aren’t even aware that vaporizers like Juul contain nicotine at all.What’s the FDA’s stance on Juul?Well, the FDA doesn’t love Juul. In April 2018, the FDA demanded that Juul submit marketing and research documents, and explain what Juul knows about the use of its products among teens. A month later, as part of the FDA’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, the agency also requested information from several other e-cigarette manufacturers. And in October 2018, FDA visited Juul’s San Francisco headquarters to gather information on the company’s sales and marketing tactics.Despite the fact that selling tobacco products to minors is illegal, the FDA has so far uncovered 40 violations for illegal sales of Juul products to young people. Warning letters were issued for those violations. The company also shut down its Facebook and Instagram accounts in November 2018 to avoid promoting its product to teens and non-smokers — two groups that Juul specifically says it does not want to become customers. Now playing: Watch this: Eva Hambach / AFP/Getty Images Vaping has become one of the biggest public health issues of our time, and at the center of it is San Francisco-based e-cigarette company Juul. While there are many vaporizers on the market, Juul has gained popularity (especially among teenagers) for its sleek design and easy-to-use pods. Even after the company was forced to shutter its social media presence while the FDA investigated concerns that Juul was promoting underage use of tobacco products, Juul continues to prove popular with rising sales and affectionate nicknames, such as the “iPhone of vaporizers.”But what exactly is Juul, and is it safe to use one? Here are all the details you need to know about Juul. Read more: How to quit Juuling, according to addiction expertsWhat is it?Juul is like many other e-cigarettes, but with a couple caveats that set it apart. First, this vape is sleek and hardly noticeable: It’s USB-drive design can be enclosed in the palm of a hand, and it doesn’t produce a massive plume of vapor like some other e-cigarettes. Second, the nicotine content in its cartridges or “pods” set a new precedent for the e-cigarette market. E-cigarettes work by converting liquid nicotine into a vapor that the user inhales. They’re battery operated and intend to provide a similar stimulus to that of smoking regular cigarettes. Vaping Increases Among TeensJuul is small and discreet Portland Press Herald/Getty Developed by two former smokers, Juul’s mission is to “improve the lives of one billion adult smokers by eliminating cigarettes.” One way the company encourages the switch from cigarettes to Juul is with their Juul calculator, where people can estimate how much money they’d save if they used a Juul instead.How does Juul compare to other e-cigarettes?Juul’s high nicotine content used to be an anomaly in the e-cigarette market, but now researchers note it seems to be the rule. After Juul’s surge in popularity, other e-cigarette manufacturers began bumping up the nicotine content in their products.Juul uses a closed system, which means users can’t refill the pods themselves, a helpful factor for quality control.  Some e-cigarettes, such as the Suorin Drop, use open systems that allow users to refill the vape themselves with bottles of e-liquid or e-juice.Juul’s small size, compact design and minimal plume make it more discreet than many other brands. With no buttons or switches — just disposable, snap-on cartridges — Juul is simple, and its built-in temperature regulation prevents you from experiencing a “dry hit.” Dry hits occur when vape cartridges get too low on liquid or when they overheat, and produce a burnt taste and throat irritation. The Juul vaping system in Washington, DC.The Juul e-cigarette uses closed cartridges of “juice.” The Washington Post/Getty What is in the liquid that the Juul turns to vapor?The Juul comprises two parts. There’s the e-cigarette itself, which contains the battery, temperature regulator and sensors that read the charge level. The pod contains Juul’s patented e-liquid formula. A mixture of nicotine salts, glycerol, propylene glycol, benzoic acid and flavorings.Glycerol serves as a humectant, which means it adds moisture to the solution. Glycerol is classified as “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA, so it’s approved for consumption. Propylene glycol is a synthetic compound commonly used in polyester production, but it’s also approved as an additive for food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Benzoic acid occurs naturally in many plants, but its synthetic form is also widely used as a food additive and preservative. It’s “generally recognized as safe” for those uses, but can be an environmental and health hazard in large quantities.Flavorings is an ambiguous term, but most often refers to various natural and synthetic ingredients that companies use to flavor their products. For example, Juul doesn’t specify what’s in it’s mint-flavored pod, but it probably contains peppermint extract or oil. The nicotine salts in Juul pods are a type of nicotine that supposedly feels more like a cigarette when inhaled, as opposed to other vapes that use freebase nicotine. Freebase nicotine, which can cause coughing and leave a film in people’s throats, is harsher and commonly used in cigars. 21 4:37 Tags Wellnesslast_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Ninja disgusted with Twitch after pornography appears on his channel

first_img Disgusted and so sorry. pic.twitter.com/gnUY5Kp52E— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 1/ Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content. To help ensure they find great, live channels we’ve been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline.— Emmett Shear (@eshear) August 11, 2019 A subsequent tweet stated “this wouldn’t even have been an issue if they didnt (sic) use my channel to promote others in the first place.” Blevins notes this practice isn’t the norm for Twitch streamers who have changed platform, with dormant channels usually featuring a breakdown of the streamers channel information. Not so for the ridiculously popular page run by Ninja, however, with a message that read “the streamer you’re looking for is in another castle.” Shortly after Ninja’s video went live, Twitch pulled the plug, reverting the channel to the normal state and removing the message. 16 Photos Twitch CEO Emmett Shear responded, via Twitter, on Sunday evening, saying the company has been “experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline,” in addition to personally apologizing to Blevins for the indiscretion. Share your voice Comments Tags Fortnite’s Epic spectacular at E3 2019 Originally published Aug. 11, 5:12 p.m. PT.Update, 6:46 p.m.: Adds Emmett Shear comments.Correction, Aug 12: Earlier version of this article listed Ninja as having 14.5 million subscribers. Twitch calls these “followers”.  19 Gaming Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Getty/Johannes Eisele One of the world’s most popular video game streamers, the blue-and-red-haired Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, has taken to Twitter to air his grievances with video streaming Goliath Twitch, after pornography appeared on his offline channel on Sunday. After dropping Twitch video and moving to rival platform Mixer earlier this month, Ninja’s channel was being used to promote other content across the platform.Blevins made his name streaming Fortnite and had amassed around 14.5 million followers on Twitch before jumping ship to Microsoft’s Mixer on a new exclusive deal. His Twitch channel remained available to view, but offline, with Twitch taking the unusual step of promoting a feed of “popular Fortnite channels” across the streaming service in place of the usual offline page. The top channel on that feed featured hardcore pornography.Blevins took to Twitter with a message for his followers that he was “disgusted and so sorry” about the mishap. Twitch has now reverted my channel back to how an offline page should look. Thank you.— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 Ninja Pornography Twitchlast_img read more

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September 2, 2019

Houston Man Sentenced To 16 Years For Attempting To Assist ISIS

first_imgA Federal Court on Monday sentenced Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan — who was living in Houston at the time of his arrest in 2014– to 16 years in prison for plotting to leave the United States and join ISIS as a soldier and bomb-maker. According to court records the Iraqi-native was also trying to build a bomb for use in Texas. Share New images of alleged #Houston terror suspect Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan https://t.co/sVrfKdqWHK More on #KPRC2 @ 6p pic.twitter.com/PMZu47sec0— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) January 8, 2016After federal officials discovered Al Hardan had acquired manuals on circuitry and military circuitry, a federal informant met with him 17 times and learned that he planned an attack on a military facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. The convicted man also discussed how a mall could be bombed with the informant.Judge Lynn N. Hughes, of the U.S. Southern District of Federal District Court said that lying in an attempt to obtain a passport so the convicted man could join ISIS as a bomb-maker and soldier, is why he determined the sentence of 16 years. Making claims on social media, having and ISIS flag in his home, watching training videos on how to build a bomb, and obtaining five cell phones to use in detonating bombs was not why he was giving the 192 month sentence, which is guidelines of 51 to 71 months.Al Hardan arrived in the U.S. in 2009 and got his green card in 2011. Federal authorities began monitoring his activities in 2012.The judge called the sentencing process, “almost mechanical,” and said his decision was, “cold, rational, and a fully informed decision.”last_img read more

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September 1, 2019

Durant is Mondawmin Santa For More Than Three Decades

first_imgLuke Durant has been the Mondawmin Mall Santa Claus for 34 years. Here Kashton asks Santa for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Ninja Megazoid. Mondawmin Mall, in the heart of West Baltimore, is one of the oldest malls in America.(Courtesy Photo)last_img

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September 1, 2019

Detmers Shines in Louisvilles Series Opening Win Over James Madison

first_imgDetmers had it working from the outset Friday, striking out the first five hitters he faced. He retired the first eight batters of the day before hitting a man with two outs in the third. The runner didn’t deter him though, as a groundout on the next pitch ended the inning. PDF Box Score Detmers, the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week, dazzled on the mound Friday. The southpaw held JMU hitless for the first seven innings of the contest before exiting after eight with one hit allowed and a career-high 14 strikeouts. Reid Detmers Postgame Story Links With a four-run lead, Detmers continued to dominate. He struck out two in the sixth and set the side down in order on strikes in the seventh. The no-hit bid came to an end in the eighth, as a hard-hit ball deflected off the glove of a diving Wyatt at first base. Detmers would finish off the inning without trouble though, finishing his night with eight scoreless innings. Henry Davis tacked one final run onto the Louisville line score with a single that brought home pinch-runner Trey Leonard in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Cardinals then turned the game over to Michael McAvene, who worked a perfect ninth to finish off the victory. Highlights Next Game: James Madison 3/2/2019 | 12:00 PM Live Stats Louisville (6-3) went with two outs in the third, started by a Tyler Fitzgerald single. The junior proceeded to steal second and third base and Oriente legged out an infield single to allow Fitzgerald to score and give UofL a 2-0 advantage. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the second straight week, University of Louisville starting pitcher Reid Detmers stole the show, as the eighth-ranked Cardinals blanked James Madison 5-0 in the series opener Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville and James Madison will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday scheduled to begin at noon ET. Photo Gallery Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster ACC Network Extra Meanwhile, the Louisville offense gave him a little cushion with a run in the second and third innings. Logan Wyatt doubled to lead off the second and Danny Oriente followed with a single that put runners on the corners. Alex Binelas then cashed in the run-scoring opportunity with a sacrifice fly to get the Cardinals on the board. The sophomore worked seven no-hit innings in his previous start against Brown and built his streak of consecutive hitless innings to 14.2 before a leadoff single in the eighth. After tallying 11 strikeouts in his last outing and 14 on Friday, Detmers is the first Cardinal to reach double digits in back-to-back starts since 2017 Golden Spikes Award winner Brendan McKay did it in three straight in March of 2017. Detmers kept rolling on the mound, piling up two more strikeouts in the fourth and another in the fifth before the offense added to the lead. Fitzgerald started the action again in the fifth, this time with an infield single with one away. Again, the shortstop stole second and third base before coming across on another swing by Oriente. Following a walk to Binelas, Ethan Stringer picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice to stretch the margin out to four. Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored for the Cardinals. His four stolen bases match the Louisville single-game record, done eight other times with the most recent coming from Corey Ray against Longwood on March 8, 2016. Print Friendly Version Dan McDonnell Postgame Previewlast_img read more

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August 19, 2019

United to fly nonstop between Chicago and Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. United Airlines announced plans Wednesday to begin new non-stop service on several international and domestic routes in the spring, including weekly year-round service between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and San José, Costa Rica, scheduled to begin April 13.The flight is subject to government approval and will operate using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the company said in a release.From other hubs, United also will begin international service between Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport and San José, subject to official approval.The airline is set to launch new domestic services from Dulles to Vancouver, British Columbia, between Newark and Edmonton and between Denver and Fort McMurray, Alberta. Facebook Commentslast_img

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August 17, 2019

Dubais Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Best Hotel in the World

first_imgSource = Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Best Hotel in the WorldOn 18th May at the Daily Telegraph’s much coveted annual Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards (ULTRAs), Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the World’s Most Luxurious Hotel, was once again voted the Best Hotel in the World and Best Hotel in the Middle East.Burj Al Arab Jumeirah was awarded the ‘Best Hotel in the World’ title, a new category added to the Awards in 2013, for the third year in a row. The award of ‘Best Hotel in the Middle East’ marked the ninth year in a row that Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has received this second accolade. The awards were collected by Gerald Lawless, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group and Melanie Bisch, Assistant Guest Relations Manager of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.Every year, the readers of Ultratravel, the Daily Telegraph’s luxury-travel magazine, vote on 20 categories to select the best of luxury travel. The ULTRAs Reader Survey provides a unique and trusted source of advice to travellers worldwide. The awards recognise the best luxury hotels, airlines, cruise companies, spas and destinations globally.Earlier in the day, at the 2015 Ultratravel Forum – in partnership with TTG Luxury -Jumeirah Group’s President and Group CEO Gerald Lawless took part in The Presidents’ Panel. This highlight of the Forum invited a panel of leaders in their field to discuss how they see the luxury landscape, how their product and experiences are changing and how they continue to adapt to ensure affluent travellers are attracted to their hotels and destinations.Gerald Lawless said: “For Burj Al Arab Jumeirah to retain the crown of ‘Best Hotel in the Middle East’ for the ninth year running and ‘Best Hotel in the World’ for the third is a powerful endorsement of its status as the world’s most luxurious hotel. On behalf of Jumeirah Group, the operator of this outstanding property, I would like to thank the readers of Ultratravel for their vote of confidence, our guests for their continuous support and our many colleagues who deliver the service for which the hotel is rightly renowned.”last_img read more

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August 17, 2019

LATAM Airlines inaugurates modern training simulator

first_imgLATAM Airlines Group inaugurated the most advanced simulator for training maintenance technicians for its Boeing 787 fleet, which took place at the Technical Training LATAM (TTL) centre located at its Maintenance Base in Santiago, Chile.The Boeing 787 is one of the industry’s most modern aircraft, and the company’s already have 18 in its fleet (ten 787-8s and eight of the latest model, the 787-9), making it the Latin American airline with the highest number of 787s.This simulator is the first of its kind in Chile and was developed together with Boeing and Aerosim Technologies, a leading provider of technologies and solutions for commercial aviation training.The simulator reproduces the aircraft’s operation and represents various real-life scenarios within a controlled and safe environment, which allows technicians to learn without putting the aircraft or their personal safety at risk.The simulator design incorporates real information from the aircraft for analyzing faults, providing training on processes, identifying parts, problem resolution exercises and other tasks.“LATAM Airlines Group continuously invests in the most modern technology to optimise its operations and the service it offers passengers. The new simulator will allow us to train more technicians in less time and at a lower cost, and the examples used in the courses can be tailored to our specific situation. Between 2016 and 2019, we expect to train more than 500 technicians in the region”, said Sebastián Acuto, Senior VP of Maintenance at LATAM Airlines Group.About the SimulatorThe simulator is installed in a room especially equipped to train 16 technicians (eight training stations) who can practice different scenarios at the same time. It also has one station for the instructor with three parallel projectors that can be personalised to show different views of the simulation (instruments, aircraft exterior, schematics, etc.).Common defects can be simulated, which allows the technicians to follow the fault resolution process recommended by the manufacturer (problem resolution) without putting the aircraft at risk and to learn as if they are working on the actual aircraft.Each student station also has a Maintenance Laptop, which simulates the laptop used by technicians who carry out maintenance tasks on the Boeing 787 fleet. LATAM Airlines GroupSource = LATAM Airlines Grouplast_img read more

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August 15, 2019

FirstREX Recruits Two New Hires to Grow Funding Program

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing New,FirstREX Recruits Two New Hires to Grow Funding Program “”FirstREX””:http://www.1rex.com/, a real estate equity finance firm operating out of San Francisco, has brought on Don Shewmaker and Jim McGuire to help the company meet growing demand for its down payment funding program, “”REX HomeBuyer””:http://www.rexhomebuyer.com/.[IMAGE]As director of operations, Shewmaker will oversee day-to-day operations of the REX HomeBuyer program. He has more than 28 years of experience in the financial services industry, having served in management positions at Bank [COLUMN_BREAK]of America, Wells Fargo, and Deutsche Bank. In his most recent position, he served as bank operations executive at Pacific Capital Bancorp.McGuire has taken the role of sales director and will be responsible for introducing and expanding REX HomeBuyer into new markets. He has an extensive background in mortgage banking, having built McGuire Mortgage Company into one of the largest home equity lenders in the Midwest. He also founded 1-800-One-Loan and OneLoan.com, two early pioneers in online mortgage originations.””As our REX HomeBuyer volume grows, Don’s track record in managing high-tech, high-volume operations for some of the largest banks in the country is going to prove invaluable,”” said FirstREX co-CEO Jim Riccitelli. “”Likewise, Jim is a seasoned mortgage professional with deep talent and experience, who will help bring our home finance solutions to clients in the largest and most dynamic real estate markets in the country. We’re delighted to have these high-caliber professionals join our team.”” August 13, 2013 467 Views center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-08-13 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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August 15, 2019

Will Nonprime Mortgage Lending Increase in 2018

first_img Non-prime borrowers are likely to get more access to mortgage loans as the mortgage market continued to perform well in the first quarter of 2018 according to the latest quarterly TransUnion Industry Insights Report released on Tuesday. The report features data and insights on consumer credit trends including mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, and personal loans.The report revealed that while balances rose in aggregate for the year, average new mortgage loan balances declined from $235,361 in Q1 2017 to $229,538 in Q1 2018 as a result of a deceleration in refinancing activity and a lower share of super prime loans. The shift in new origination mix, as a result, pushed subprime and near-prime originations to 16 percent in the last quarter of 2017 from 14.4 percent in the last quarter of 2016. TransUnion said that originations were viewed one quarter in arrears to account for reporting lag.“It is encouraging that balances continue to increase, as new purchase originations outpace paydowns. As time passes from the housing bubble and mortgage loan performance continues to remain exceptionally low, non-prime borrowers may begin to see their access to mortgage credit open up,” said Joe Mellman, SVP and Mortgage Business Leader at TransUnion. “However, it’s likely that mortgage lenders will approach the non-prime market cautiously, incorporating new alternative data sources to determine which non-prime borrowers offer the least risk.”Serious mortgage delinquency rates also continued to decline for the 19th consecutive quarter and fell to 1.74 percent in Q1 2018 from 2.07 percent during the same quarter last year.Despite an overall drop in delinquencies, the hurricanes in the third quarter of 2017 “have driven an interesting dynamic related to the number accounts in forbearance, which are typically reported as current to credit reporting agencies regardless of their actual payment status,” the report noted. In areas like Houston, Miami, and Tampa only 1800 out of 2.36 million active mortgages were reported to be in some form of forbearance in the second quarter of 2017. “That number skyrocketed to 164,000 mortgages in some form of forbearance status by the end of Q1 2018,” the report revealed.“The opening quarter of 2018 was more of the same on the mortgage delinquency front. Borrowers continue to perform well, making on-time payments that are more in line with traditional patterns observed prior to the mortgage crisis,” Mellman said. “We will also monitor the forbearance population in areas affected by last year’s hurricanes to better understand that dynamic and its influence on the region’s mortgage market.” Will Non-prime Mortgage Lending Increase in 2018? May 8, 2018 896 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img Borrowers Delinquencies Forebearance Lenders loans mortgage Mortgage Credit Non-Prime Origination Paydowns TransUnion 2018-05-08 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

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August 11, 2019

Go back to the enewsletter Outrigger Resorts has

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOutrigger Resorts has opened its first branded Voyager 47 Club Lounge in Hawaii. Located at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, the Voyager 47 Club Lounge is available exclusively to guests staying in the resort’s Voyager 47 Club suites or Voyager 47 Club oceanfront rooms.The premier club lounge is located on the third level of the resort’s Diamond Head building with both indoor and outdoor seating available and an expansive deck that overlooks Waikiki Beach with spectacular views of the blue Pacific, iconic Diamond Head and colourful Hawaiian sunsets in the evening. Premium refreshments and elevated amenities are available that allow guests to discover specially curated localised experiences. Room décor includes an art piece by local artist Shannon McCarthy made from recycled marine debris. Outrigger paddles and art work of the voyaging canoe Hokule`a also adorn the walls commemorating Outrigger’s long-standing support and partnership with the Polynesian Voyaging Society.Club level guests are invited to start their day with a “Sunrise Invitation for Exploration,” a locally inspired tasting menu, including premium coffee, as they review expert advice for their day’s travels. Before leaving the lounge, guests can take a local snack to-go, which is perfectly paired with the recommended activity, or consult with a Voyager 47 concierge.The “Signature Sunset Celebration” is an early evening reception that welcomes guests back to the resort for a night of rejuvenation and relaxation. Guests can enjoy light snacks, cocktails, and a specialty draft bar by Kona Brewing Company that features seasonal brews, other spirits by local distillers and mixology specialties created for Voyager 47.In addition to the Voyager 47 Club Lounge at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, current lounges at the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort in Thailand and Outrigger Guam Resort will soon be rebranded, with more premier club lounges to come at other Outrigger Resorts properties.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img
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August 9, 2019

Georgiades wants bailout financing reestablished

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesFinance Minister Harris Georgiades said he intends to ask his colleagues at the next Eurogroup meeting to re-establish Cyprus’ bailout financing after it was suspended following the foreclosures limbo two months ago because the government will have to refinance debt maturing.“Our budgetary planning is much more prudent than in the past and in to extent revenues are covering expenditure,” Georgiades told reporters in Nicosia on the sidelines of the Economist Conference.“However there is also the issue of debt maturities and obviously we should be able to refinance debt maturities also. So it is not an issue of money running out imminently but an issue of re-establishment of a programme that will be important to our efforts to establish confidence and be able to finance our needs eventually from the markets”.According to the Public Debt Management Office, Cyprus has more than €2 billion in maturing debt coming by November next year.Georgiades said that Cyprus needed to firmly stay the reform course “because it is delivering, barely a year and a half in to the effort”.“We are aware it is actually a difficult task but one that is bringing the Cypriot economy back to recovery,” Georgiades added.The minister said that he was satisfied with the “responsible manner” in which political forces had behaved in “these difficult times”.“It is inevitable that in the implementation of such an ambitious programme there will be an issue or two where there will be political disagreements,” Georgiades said.“I hope, and I am confident, that we shall be able to manage these political disagreements responsibly and we shall be able to take final decisions working together in a manner that will avoid the creation of new deadlocks”.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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