Jet Airways founder Goyal cant go abroad

first_imgNew Delhi: If Naresh Goyal, founder of the cash-strapped Jet Airways, wants to go abroad, he should first deposit as guarantee Rs 18,000 crore his company owes to lenders, the Delhi High Court observed Tuesday while refusing to allow him to leave India. The high court however sought the Centre’s reply on his plea challenging a look out circular (LOC) issued against him. No interim relief can be granted to Goyal at this stage, Justice Suresh Kait said. “If you are ready to deposit Rs 18,000 crore bank guarantee, you can go abroad” he observed.last_img read more

Prime Minister shocked by attacks in France

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a note to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, said that he was deeply shocked and saddened by the unprecedented and dastardly terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 which resulted in the loss of a large number of innocent lives and injury and trauma to many more.“Having suffered due to terrorism for many decades, Sri Lanka unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Attacks of this nature clearly indicate the urgent need for concerted measures by the global community to combat terrorism and extremism,” the Prime Minister said. He said the government and people of Sri Lanka stand in solidarity with the government and people of France during this time of tragic loss and suffering. read more

Zoom Goes Public

The video-first cloud communications provider was originally considering a stock price range between $28 and $32 per share, based on investment the company had already received. But as interest grew in the runup to the offering, Zoom increased the range to $32 to $35 last week, and yesterday announced it would be pricing the IPO at $36 per share. That price valued the company at $9.2 billion, CNBC reported, noting that Zoom is valued at nearly 50 times its enterprise value — “by far the highest multiple for U.S. software companies.” What We Can Learn from the Zoom IPO Dave Michels April 24, 2019 Competition will intensify, but as the company has shown all along, it’s not to be underestimated. Company officials were understandably pleased. “We want to keep ourselves grateful and humble and we want to keep doing what we’ve done so far,” Oded Gal, Zoom’s head of product management, told me. Zoom Video Communications solidified its status as one of tech’s hottest new companies, with an IPO today that saw the company’s shares surge to close 72% above its initial price, which itself had already been raised from the firm’s original plans. Zoom Headed for IPO Beth Schultz March 25, 2019 Cloud-native, video-first provider seeks to parlay growth into public offering. Highfive, BlueJeans, Lifesize Talk Growth Beth Schultz April 08, 2019 Cloud video is a hot market, and nobody wants to be left out of the discussion. Goal-Setting in the Public EyesZoom’s goals in going public are more about company visibility and recognition rather than having much to do with raising funds, Gal told me. “We didn’t really need funding,” he said. “We were already profitable and had funds in the bank. This is about being more of a recognized company. The company feels more enterprise-grade for our customer base by being public.” See All in VCaaS » The company intends to continue down the path it started on last year when it expanded its video-focused portfolio into an end-to-end collaboration portfolio with the introduction of a voice offering, now called Zoom Phone. This product portfolio expansion is turning Zoom into more of a communications platform, with a suite of products that work together, Gal said. This is one of the main reasons Zoom believes it’s important to lead with this video-first strategy — to provide for this next-generation of worker but also to differentiate itself from the giants in the enterprise collaboration space, like Microsoft and Cisco, whom Gal couldn’t resist tweaking. He asserted that video can be treated almost as secondary with these larger players: “If you look at the UC space, we’re coming in as an independent, standalone company, and there’s been a lack of that in this industry. It may have held back innovation,” he said.Tags:News & ViewsZoomIPOZoom PhoneMillennialsOded GalVCaaSCloud CommunicationsConferencingFuture of WorkUnified Communications & CollaborationVendor NewsVendor StrategyVideo Collaboration & A/V Articles You Might Like ZoomIPO_774.png And with the U.S. workforce now 35% Millennials, communication styles at work are changing, Gal added. These new workers bring new work styles and demand new tools, “so this new generation coming into work is impacting what enterprises are rolling out in their companies,” he said. In addition, office space is becoming more open and the workforce is becoming more distributed, but the need for face-to-face communication only gets stronger, he said. “We’ll always be video first. We tackled the biggest problems first, by focusing on the video aspect, and now we’re adding other modalities,” he said. Following Zoom’s Nasdaq debut under the ticker symbol “ZM,” the price soared by as much as 80% to a $66 per share high before closing at $62 a share, up $72% from the initial price. Defining the ‘New’ Cisco Webex Zeus Kerravala May 20, 2019 A look at how Cisco has overhauled Webex with an eye on delivering enterprise predictability with startup velocity Log in or register to post comments read more

Convocation preview Friday June 8

Brock University’s 103rd Convocation concludes Friday with a busy morning in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium. Only a 10 a.m. ceremony will be held on the final day of Spring Convocation, and it will include graduands from the Faculties of Humanities, as well as Math and Science.Giving the Convocation address will be St. Catharines native and world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, who will receive an honorary degree. His remarkable photographs of industrial landscapes have been included in the collections of more than 60 major museums around the world.A major milestone will also be celebrated when Brock’s 100,000th graduate will receive their degree. Exactly who will be the milestone graduate will remain a secret until they cross the stage. The watershed moment comes 51 years after John Auld became the first-ever Brock graduate at a ceremony held on May 26, 1967.Many awards are handed out during the course of Convocation ceremonies, but one of the most remarkable will take place Friday when Michelle Przedborski will receive the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award. Given to the graduate student with the highest academic average of anyone in the 2017-18 year, Przedborski finished her PhD in the Fall with a 97.25 per cent average. That comes after she finished her master’s with a 94 per cent average.All of the Convocation ceremonies are free to attend and no tickets are required. Parking is free for guests throughout the week. Free Wi-Fi is also being provided throughout Convocation week. The BrockEvents Wi-fi network can be accessed using the username: BROCKGRAD and password: welcome2brock!For those who can’t make it to the Brock Campus for Spring Convocation, all of the ceremonies will be streamed at brocku.ca/livestream read more

Bobcat Co to celebrate production of 1 millionth skidsteer loader with event

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2014 12:25 pm MDT GWINNER, N.D. – Bobcat Co. on Saturday marked its 1 millionth skid-steer loader to come off the assembly line.The West Fargo-based company celebrated the event Saturday in Gwinner with a 5K run, factory tours and a party at the city park.The three-wheel, self-propelled loader was originally invented to ease manure-removal chores on area turkey farms.Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, said the Gwinner community, Bobcat’s employees and the state’s effort to build a pro-growth business climate have enabled the company to thrive.“Today’s celebration of the one millionth Bobcat loader is a real milestone, and a symbol of the company’s growth and dynamism,” Hoeven said at the ceremony.Gwinner-based Melroe Manufacturing Co., which later became Bobcat, bought the rights to the loader in 1958. It’s the state’s largest manufacturing company, with more than 2,000 employees across Bobcat’s West Fargo headquarters and production facilities in Fargo, Gwinner and Wahpeton.Bobcat manufactures other light construction equipment.North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said the company is a major employer and a valued member of the state’s thriving manufacturing sector.“Achieving this remarkable production milestone is a testament to Bobcat’s skilled workforce and to the company’s commitment to quality and innovation,” he said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bobcat Co. to celebrate production of 1 millionth skid-steer loader with event in Gwinner read more

Happ scores 20 rallies No 12 Badgers past Rutgers 6964

MADISON, Wis. — Ethan Happ scored 20 points and D’Mitrik Trice added 14 as No. 12 Wisconsin rallied to beat Rutgers 69-64 on Monday night.Nate Reuvers finished with 10 points, and Happ, who scored 12 second-half points, shot 10 of 17 from the field as Wisconsin (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) closed out the win by hitting five of its last six shots.Eugene Omoruyi scored 17 points and had eight rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (7-2, 0-2), who lost to a ranked opponent for the second straight game. Geo Baker and Peter Kiss added 15 and 12 points, respectively, for Rutgers, which shot 13 of 32 in the second half.Khalil Iverson energized Wisconsin in the second half with a jumper, a steal and layup on consecutive possessions as the Badgers closed within a point, 31-30, with 19:18 remaining.Reuvers, a 6-foot-10 sophomore forward, hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 18:05 left that gave Wisconsin its first lead of the game at 35-33.The Scarlet Knights shot 53.8 per cent from the field in the first, with Carter contributing 9 points on 4-of-7 shooting as Rutgers built a 31-26 halftime lead.Caleb McConnell made a layup with 2:28 left in the first half to give Rutgers a nine-point lead at 24-15.BIG PICTURERutgers: The Scarlet Knights are good inside and from the perimeter. Sophomore Peter Kiss has a nice scoring touch and isn’t afraid to roam the perimeter to find a good shot.Shaq Carter is confident under the basket – scoring nine first-half points in the paint.Leading scorer Geo Baker, who averages 14.5 points per game, has good sense of his mid-range shooting ability.Wisconsin: The Badgers overcame a second-half deficit for the third straight game.The Badgers’ sluggish start against Rutgers included no first-half assists and 1-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.UP NEXTWisconsin plays intrastate rival Marquette on Saturday at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.Rutgers returns home to host Fordham in a non-conference game Saturday.___More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25Tamira Madsen, The Associated Press read more

OSU studentathletes prove blood is thicker than pool water

Ohio State synchronized swimmer Meghan Kinney didn’t think it was serious when she experienced pain in her knee. Doctors told her otherwise. “I had been training on national team in California for six months and I noticed this pain in my knee,” Kinney said. “I was expecting to hear maybe I needed surgery … instead they sat me down and told me they found a tumor.” Osteosarcoma, or cancer of the bone, was causing the knee pain that Kinney had believed to be nothing more than a tear in her meniscus. “I felt like my life was in jeopardy,” Kinney said. Kinney was diagnosed Oct. 5 and left the synchronized swimming team to recover from her chemotherapy treatments and the surgery to remove the tumor in her knee. “It was complete shock. It was one of those moments they always say, ‘You never thought this could happen to you,’ it was exactly like that,” Kinney said. “I just felt right away nothing else mattered.” Doctors removed the tumor from her knee, and followed up with full body scans to make sure there were no other tumors. They did not find any. After the removal, Kinney has no cancer in her body, but is going through extensive chemotherapy to make sure the cancer never comes back. “The only cancerous tumor they found was in my knee,” Kinney said. “I am getting eight more months of chemo to prevent anything in the future, because if it came about in the first place it could come back in a while.” When word got around to other OSU athletes, the rowing team took charge to help raise money for her. The effort became known as Team Meghan and has been a collective effort of multiple teams across campus to raise money for Kinney. “I think it’s just really cool to see the Buckeye family, especially in athletics, just coming together to support one of their fellow Buckeyes,” said Monica Finnigan, a senior synchronized swimmer. “Some people don’t even know Meghan. Nobody on the rowing team knew Meghan before they started this fundraiser.” Those involved in the effort, which has been going on for nearly two months, set the goal to raise $10,000. The money will be used to help Kinney with medical expenses throughout her fight with osteosarcoma. “I want to do this,” said freshman synchronized swimmer Julia Gaylard. “It’s not something that we just needed a few people to do this. I want to help her family and help her because she’s a Buckeye and one of us.” Team Meghan has raised nearly $4,500 for Kinney from selling wristbands, including $1,925 that was raised during the men’s hockey games on Feb. 18 and 19. The wristbands, which are teal and have “Support TeamMeghan.com” written on them, have no set price. Whatever the amount of the donation, the supporter receives a wristband in return. “We can talk about how Buckeyes are there for each other, but it’s happening. It’s so powerful to see. And the other teams have been huge in helping. It’s so meaningful,” said Katherine Greene, a junior synchronized swimmer. “It’s been so incredible to see that.” Kinney’s teammates said she has impacted the team and holds a place in their hearts, and helping to raise money and support her in her fight with cancer was something that they were more than happy to do. “Meghan is so dear to my heart, that I wouldn’t do this for just anybody. The fact that she is such a close friend, I feel very privileged to be able to help her,” Greene said. “I just feel so happy to do this for her. I really feel so blessed.” Other teams involved in Team Meghan, whether through donating money or volunteering time, are fencing, men’s swimming and diving, men’s hockey, men’s track, women’s volleyball and men’s golf. Kinney said she is grateful that so many people, most of whom did not know her before Team Meghan, are willing to help her. “It means the world to me,” Kinney said. “The rowing team started selling these bands, before I knew it the whole team was involved in this fundraising effort for me.” Kinney said the hardest part for her has been not having control in her own life because of the cancer. “I feel like something’s been taken away from me,” she said. Kinney has hopes to return to the pool when she recovers from the surgery, which also included a knee replacement, and her treatment. “Swimming, it’s my passion, it’s my second home, being in the water,” Kinney said. “As soon as I can I’ll be back in the water.” read more

SW Medical Center gets patients in regional drill

first_imgVolunteer “patients” portraying gunshot victims were scheduled to test Southwest Washington Medical Center’s ability to respond to a regional mass-casualty incident Thursday.The Vancouver hospital was part of the “Big MAC” — Multi-Agency Coordination — emergency exercise drill staged in Wahkiakum and Cowlitz counties. The drill’s scenario started with a domestic violence incident in Cathlamet.It escalated into a series of shooting incidents that culminated in Longview.A dozen or so of the most critically wounded “victims” were to be brought to Southwest Washington Medical Center, including some who were to be airlifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.last_img read more

Climate warming demonstrated in ice core samples of the Alaska Range

first_imgThe bottom 8 inches of the first 682-foot ice core (of two) collected from Mt. Hunter. Imbedded pebbles and discolored ice indicate that this represents the bottom of the glacier in contact with underlying rock. This ice is at least 5,000 years old, and most likely 20,000 years old. Analyses of this deepest portion of the ice core, representing thousands of years or time, are ongoing. (Photo courtesy of Mike Waszkiewicz)While the full swing climbing season in the Alaska Range has yet to begin, the planning stages for various groups are underway. The National Park Service, air taxis and mountaineering groups are figuring out their upcoming 2019 climbing logistics. One particular group of climbing scientists from Dartmouth College have been coming through Talkeetna for over ten years to collect ice core samples on Mt. Hunter. Even with their advantage of scientific research, they too, are challenged by how to plan accordingly for the best window to be mountaineering due to the warmer summer temperatures in the Alaska Range.As an expert on climate change, Erich Osterberg has been studying ice cores from around the world, including Greenland and on Mt. Hunter of Denali National Park.Osterberg, an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College, and his colleagues have been conducting field research on Mt. Hunter since 2008 to capture climate history preserved in ice core samples. In 2013, two separate 700-foot-long ice cores were collected at an ideal location on Mt. Hunter’s summit plateau.Professor Osterberg explains the value of these ice cores and their ability to detect climate warming.“With the ice cores, they go back a thousand, or in some cases, two thousand, three thousand years in time,” Osterberg said. “So we are able to put these recent changes into a much longer context… and say, you know, how unusual is this.. and what our results show is that for that with the warming, this is really different.”Scientist have detected a 3.5-degree Fahrenheit increase in temperature over the past century.The ideal climbing season window has been shifting to a month earlier due to warmer temperatures. Osterberg describes some of his observations on their climbing route.“You know the biggest changes that we’ve seen have really been changes to the West Buttress Route,” Osterberg said. “It seems like we need be coming earlier and earlier in the season to try and avoid, later in the season when these snow bridges are melting out and people start falling into cracks.”While there is a tremendous amount of effort and teamwork in organizing a month long trip on the glacier, the real work begins when they extract the ice cores. Professor Osterberg describes some of the findings in the ice cores.“And so when we compare the warming rates that we see in the ice core to the warming that is seen, at say weather stations around Alaska, down at lea level…what we see is that the mountains are actually warming faster,” Osterberg said.Osterberg sees two main stories that the ice cores tell.“One is that the summers are, in fact, getting warmer and warmer,” he said. “We’ve seen a sixty-fold increase in the amount of melt water that occurs up on Mt. Hunter.”While local residents in the Upper Sustina Valley may be noticing less snowfall in the past few years, research up on Mt. Hunter shows that snowfall amounts during the winter have doubled over the last 150 years.“And when the air is warmer, it holds more moisture,” Osterberg said. “And so it can snow and rain more. So that the storms that we are have in today’s winter are very different than the storms that we had naturally, say one hundred-fifty, two hundred, three hundred, five hundred, one thousand years ago.”Osterberg says that this is clear evidence that the climate is warming.“And I’m really eager to stop…stop talking about this and start doing something about it,” he said. “We have to stop having this really silly debate about whether it’s real. The data are clear. It’s absolutely real and frankly among scientist there is no debate about that anymore, or about humans causing it.”The impacts of climate warming are troubling. As an expert scientist on climate change, Professor Osterberg states that society depends upon scientist for solutions to this growing problem.“It’s how are we going to address this as a society and a responsible way that, you know, maintains our standard of living and keeps the economy rolling…and, you know, how do we do this in the way that it should be done.. and try to avoid the worst of these impacts,” Osterberg said.last_img read more

Ershad on life support

first_imgHM ErshadJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad, now undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka, has been placed on life support as his condition deteriorated, reports UNB.The 89-year-old former military strongman was put on life support at 4:10pm on Thursday, his deputy press secretary Khandaker Deloar Jalali told UNB.On Monday, health minister Zahid Malik said the Jatiya Party chairman was put on life support as his condition turned critical.But Jatiya Party acting chairman GM Quader on Tuesday claimed that he was only given oxygen support for his respiratory problem.Earlier on Thursday, GM Quader said the health condition of Ershad was not improving as physicians expected.”His (Ershad’s) health condition remained unchanged,” he said while speaking at a press conference at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office.The Jatiya Party acting chairman said his brother’s drowsiness has increased and he remains asleep almost all the time. “Physicians are not considering it as a good sign.”He said urea in Ershad’s blood is now high, causing the drowsiness, and physicians are trying to control it. “The CMH physicians have been providing the former president the world-class treatment in consultation with specialist physicians at home and abroad.”Quader, however, said Ershad will be taken aboard if CMH physicians suggest. “If necessary, we’ll bring physicians from abroad.”He said neither the infection in his brother’s lungs is easing as per expectation nor the kidneys are functioning properly.The Jatiya Party leader said the physicians are working sincerely to ensure the best treatment to Ershad.He urged the people of all religions to pray for the quick recovery of Ershad on Friday in their religious institutions.Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, was admitted to the CMH on 26 June as his condition deteriorated.The former military ruler has been suffering from various old age complications, including low haemoglobin and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious keen pain.last_img read more

Regional Religious Leaders Call For Inclusive Immigration Reform

first_imgMarissa CummingsBishop Scott Jones talking about welcoming immigrants to the U.S. with kind hearts.Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Houston and Galveston, alongside regional religious leaders came together to urge for immigration reform that acknowledges immigrant families and communities.“They have grown their families here,” says Lynn Hargrove, Presbytery of New Covenant. “They have established careers here, and it is not right to take them back to a country with whom they have no relationship.” At the Christ Church Cathedral in Downtown, Reverend Simon Bautista has had people from his congregation come to him with their personal questions and concerns.“’Well, if I’m deported who do I need to contact to pick up my children and who knows what to do to protect my children if I get arrested,’”says Bautista. “So people are making plans not because they want to go or want to leave, but because they know it can happen at any moment anytime.” Family unity, a viable path to citizenship, and restoration of due process procedures are some key principles the group of faith leaders would like to see integrated into immigration reform. X 00:00 /01:01 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Two persons arrested with leopard hide in Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: Two persons, arrested in Darjeeling with a leopard hide, was produced at the Darjeeling court on Monday and remanded to 14 days of judicial custody.Pranesh Subba (27 years) of Ramji Bustee and Anant Tamang (23 years) of Rangbhang Bustee were arrested on Monday morning by the Forest department and a leopard hide recovered from their possession. The forest department claimed that the two had killed the leopard at Rangbhang area and had buried the carcass near the Rangbhang river around 4 months ago. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe area is under the Sukhipokhari block on the Indo-Nepal border. “Based on the tip-off we conducted a raid in the area. The skull of the leopard was recovered from the near the river while the hide was recovered from the Ramji Bustee. During interrogation they duo revealed that Pranesh had hit the leopard on the head with an iron rod and killed it,” said Swapan Hingmang, Range Officer, Singhalila National Park. The forest officials are not sure as to what plan the duo had for the hide. “We are conducting awareness programmes and educating the villagers that killing wildlife is an offence. We have asked them to inform us of such incidents. We are planning to print pamphlets in Nepali stating that killing of wild animals is punishable. In case of sighting of such animals they should inform the forest department. Contact numbers will also be provided,” said the Ranger.last_img read more

Google – The Biggest Threat Yet

first_imgGoogle and travel has been the elephant in the room of the online travel business for awhile. In a related sense, I have been astounded that agents continue to use wholesalers that retail as ultimately, you are giving money to your competitors to take you out of business.But this is different. Very, very different.The Sabre press release demonstrates thethreat of the new development to agents “…reducing the abandonment rate commonly seen when consumers have to switch sites to complete a transaction.”It’s like saying it’s so easy, why not do it all now. Search once. Book. Its immediate, connected, technology.Why the big threat?Google is omnipresent . If you have a Gmail account the content can be scanned. Every Google travel related search has been stored and categorized and the big data pool flooding like nothing before it. Google has more market intelligence on travel than anyone. Their work on big data is unprecedented.Google knows more about how, where, when and why people want to travel. Now they are giving pax the option to book that directly. They will even track when people travel. Big brother.Can Google be trusted?Put simply, in this context would be if you search for accommodation in New York, is the top result the most relevant one or the one which services the Google commercial interest?On one hand, Google has made life great. Business has changed. Rules are different. The whole anti-trust thing has been tried but it’s hard to prove and Google are so big that they have the best lawyers and no one is going to legally kick their arse anyway.  There has been accusations that Google in its search results returns results for products/services/knowledge which in turn promotes their business. People can’t be that fussed as we continue to use Google.An Expedia Manager has written some articles were factually incorrect with search result ranking. Point taken David. So make up your own mind. Remember, you don’t have to use Google, Expedia or Facebook, but people do. You can’t complain as they are freebie information sources.Who is going to hurt?Travel agents, although Australian and New Zealand travel agents will hurt least as it still a long way to go from Australia to anywhere. On the other hand, Expedia does sell to whilst simultaneously competing with travel agents, but at least travel agents can make some commission through an agent program. No benefit for agents with the Google tech.How will Expedia and Tripadvisor search results be displayed in the future? How far away are we from seeing Google’s own hotel ranking algorithm which becomes the new gold standard instead of TA?How about Sabre?For many years Sabre have been known for their work providing platforms used on a day-to-day basis by travel agents. Commercially they have made a great move by aligning with Google. Massive win. The business community is pretty happy as Sabre shares have gone up 8% in the past week.Will traditional travel companies feel the same?? Time will tell.Is it the end or just the beginning?Depends how you look at it. With the NDC or new distribution capability being rolled out, Sabre and Google have positioned themselves at the absolute forefront to capture the travelers dollar as soon as they finished searching.Hotels are only the beginning.That elephant in the room is going to be very hard to ignore.Source = roomsXMLlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter China World Hotel Beij

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterChina World Hotel, Beijing this month unveiled 126 newly refurbished Horizon Club rooms and suites after a renovation program that began in early 2016. The hotel is located in the heart of the China World Trade Centre, in the Beijing Central Business District.The newly refurbished club rooms on Levels 18 to 20 enjoy views of the city skyline and Chang An Avenue. Guests staying on the Horizon Club floors will have exclusive access to the new club lounge on Level 3. This is in addition to enjoying exclusive privileges and benefits such as a separate hotel entrance, a selection of revitalising detox juices, daily American buffet breakfast and evening cocktails.China World Hotel Beijing | Horizon roomThe refurbished Horizon Club rooms and suites each come complete with classic royal furnishings. The silk, gold-accent feature-wall panels highlight the elegant proportion of the trimmings, and padded leather headboards give a sense of luxury. An interior millwork of refined oak and walnut complements bespoke furniture found throughout the hotel, including in the new rooms and club lounge. Central to the new design is an “East meets West” ethos, to reflect a modern China of the 21st century while honouring Chinese heritage.China World Hotel Beijing | Horizon Club ReceptionEach of the specialty suites features a bespoke, classically inspired furniture collection to showcase its character and charm, from Italian marble table tops and handcrafted light fixtures to the finest leather and rich-fabric-upholstered sofas and beds.Every Horizon Club room and suite incorporates advanced technology in bathroom equipment and amenities. Essential conveniences include a multi-functional charger at the head of the bed and Bluetooth connectivity for music enjoyment.See shangri-la.com/en/beijing/chinaworld Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

The human cost of not cooperating

first_imgHOPES of bringing to justice the murderers of George Low, a British tourist stabbed to death in Ayia Napa last summer, are virtually non-existent, due to the political non-recognition conundrum between the Republic of Cyprus, Turkey, and the Turkish Cypriot administration north.Victim George LowLow, 22, was murdered in the early hours of August 14 last year, when a man he had had a brief altercation with minutes earlier returned with a friend and stabbed him and another man near the bustling Ayia Napa square.Two men, 22-year-old Turkish national Mehmet Akpinar and Bulgarian national Sali Ahmet, 42, were identified as the prime suspects but fled to the north, where they were arrested for illegal entry and entering a prohibited military area.Despite unofficial overtures, the detained suspects were never handed over to the Republic of Cyprus’ authorities.Instead, they were tried, convicted, and jailed in the north, Akpinar for three months – he was released and ‘deported’ to Turkey in February – and Ahmet one year, due for release in September.The case is eerily reminiscent of a much older one, which returned to the fore earlier this month due to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, according to which Cyprus and Turkey violated the European Convention of Human Rights because they failed to co-operate in its investigation.The ruling related to a 2005 incident, in which a Turkish Cypriot family of three was gunned down in their car on the Nicosia-Larnaca highway.Turkish Cypriot businessman Elmas Guzelyurtlu, his wife Zerrin, and their 15-year-old daughter Eylul were kidnapped from their home in the government-controlled areas and driven to the location where they were later found dead.The perpetrators, criminals from the Turkish Cypriot underworld, fled to the north and escaped prosecution because of the lack of co-ordination between the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey.Mehmet Akpinar left and Sali AhmetThe investigation was provisionally closed in 2008, “pending future developments”.On April 4, the ECHR announced that it had found that Cyprus and Turkey had violated Article 2 – right to life/investigation – of the European Convention of Human Rights with regard to the case.The Republic of Cyprus had requested the suspects’ extradition and declined a request by the Turkish Cypriots to hand over the case file containing the evidence collected so they could prosecute.On the Cypriot government’s side, the court said, it was evident that what had driven the unwillingness to cooperate was the refusal to lend any legitimacy to the ‘TRNC’ – “an argument that this court rejected”.It ruled in this respect that it did not accept that steps taken to cooperate in this case would amount to recognition, implied or otherwise of the ‘TRNC’.“On the other hand, the court found it striking that the extradition requests made by the Cypriot Government, the sole legitimate government of Cyprus, had been completely ignored by the Turkish government.”Alone in the world, Turkey does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus as a legitimate government, routinely referring to it as “the Greek-Cypriot administration”.“This is exactly the conundrum – this is the reason such cooperation is just impossible,” Greek Cypriot co-chair of the bicommunal technical committee on criminality Andreas Kapardis said.“Turkey doesn’t recognise us, and the Turkish Cypriots demand reciprocity for any hand-over – they want recognition. But consider this: if the Republic of Cyprus receives a request from the Turkish Cypriots for the arrest and handing over of a Turkish Cypriot accused of having committed a crime in the north – a Turkish Cypriot being a legal citizen of the Republic – how do we arrest him? On what grounds? It just can’t be done – it is constitutionally forbidden.”Similar political considerations are blocking progress in the George Low murder case.“Mostly Turkey,” police deputy spokesman Stelios Stylianou made a point of correcting when the Mail pointed out that the ECHR ruling blamed Cyprus and Turkey jointly for the impasse in bringing suspects to justice over the Guzelyurtlu murders.Stylianou said the ruling has not prompted updated instructions to Republic of Cyprus police on how to deal with instances of suspects fleeing to the north, though the Mail has learned that Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou has asked for a detailed briefing on the ECHR decision – ostensibly to explore ways of improvement.“We have received no revised instructions on how to handle such cases, but they are, anyway, the remit of the bicommunal committee on criminality,” he said.“Because what can be done in such cases can be done, by default, informally and unofficially.”Last month, two Georgian convicts escaped the Central Prison in the Cyprus government-controlled area.One was caught before he could get far, but the other managed to flee to the north.Hours later, and even though he, too, had entered the Turkish-held area illegally, the convict had been delivered by Turkish Cypriots to RoC police, via the United Nations, proving there is a way for the justice system to work efficiently, despite the politics.“I can’t be sure how things worked in this case,” Kapardis said.“Maybe he crossed over through one of the checkpoints and that’s why he wasn’t arrested in the north.”But the Low case is unique in another way: it involves not just Greek and Turkish Cypriots and Turkey, but another country, too – a guarantor of Cyprus’ independence, no less.The British government is treating the Low case as a “Republic of Cyprus-jurisdiction investigation” and has on several occasions unofficially tried to nudge Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots into handing over the two suspects, but to no avail.A spokesperson for the British High Commission in Nicosia told the Mail that it is unable to step in to push things along.“We continue to offer all the support we can to the families at this difficult time, and remain in regular contact with them,” the spokesperson said.“We cannot interfere in another country’s investigation, but continue to ensure our concerns, and those of the victims’ families, are understood.”A country as influential in Cyprus as the UK, the United Nations’ peacekeeping force on the island, the island’s two communities, and common sense, have yet to resolve such a largely procedural issue, cooperation in which, per the ECHR, need not necessarily amount to recognition.But Kapardis insists that, save for a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem, there is simply no way for such cooperation to take place, officially or unofficially.“Not a legal way, no,” he said.“The only way to do it would be to ignore the constitution.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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