The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today said it had secured a radioactive source found last week in Uganda and had determined that there were no other similar insecure materials in the country.Following a request from the Ugandan Government, the IAEA sent two radiation safety specialists to check the integrity of the shielded container, measure the level of radiation and verify the security of the location.The IAEA team concluded that the radioactive source, which contained a significant amount of cobalt-60 and was impounded by the authorities after its discovery, did not pose any immediate threat to the public.
Having now been designed to help build lasting peace in war-torn countries, “UN peacekeeping today involves more than policing ceasefires,” he said in a message delivered by Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi to the conference organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) of Singapore in Hiroshima, Japan.Mr. Annan noted that in his recent report to the General Assembly, “In Larger Freedom,” he urged Member States to create strategic peacekeeping reserves and to support regional standby capacity, as well as standby UN civilian police.”I also called for the creation of a new inter-governmental organ within the United Nations – a Peacebuilding Commission, supported by a Peacebuilding Support office within the Secretariat to effectively address the challenge of helping countries with the transition from war to lasting peace,” he said.He said he looked to Member States, which are responsible for their peacekeeping troops, to enact policies allowing for “zero tolerance” of sexual exploitation of minors and other vulnerable people by their national contingents and expected those States and UN staff members to do everything to stamp out such abhorrent acts.In the context of ensuring accountability and effectiveness, he thanked UNITAR and IPS for the conference initiative, which began more than a decade ago when he was head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and which helped ensure that lessons were learned, applied and passed on.
“The outbreaks of polio in Ethiopia and Yemen, coupled with large population movements between Somalia and its neighbours, have put Somali children at risk of polio,” David Heymann, Polio Eradication Representative at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, said.Somalia has been free of polio since 2002.”It is crucial that all efforts are made to ensure that the polio virus is not allowed to reverse the gains made so far in Somalia,” the WHO representative for Somalia, Ibrahim Betelmal, said.Over the past 12 months the disease had also broken out in Sudan, infecting 152 children, he added.WHO said that, together with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), it has organized tens of thousands of volunteers, health workers and parents, as well as community, religious and traditional leaders, to move from house-to-house and village-to-village across the country to hand-deliver the polio vaccine to every child under age 5. Immunization would be carried out this weekend in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, on 18 to 20 June in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland, and from 24 to 26 June in the south and central areas of the country.According to WHO, vaccinators would initially use the recently developed monovalent oral polio vaccine Type 1 (mOPV1), which has been known to boost children’s immunity more rapidly than the commonly used trivalent oral polio vaccine. Further campaigns would take place in July, August and September, it said.
OSU freshman midfielder Sarah Roberts (10) during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Sam Harris / For The LanternHeavy winds and rain were major factors in Saturday’s match against the nation’s No. 10 team.Penn State got on the board first in the early minutes of the game when sophomore forward Frannie Crouse went one on one with OSU redshirt junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker, knocking it right past her through the net.Both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions played an aggressive first half as OSU tried to break through the Nittany Lions’ defensive front but couldn’t get anything going offensively.The Nittany Lions put the next point on the board in the 39th minute as freshman midfielder Marissa Sheva finished inside the left post from 15 yards out.“In the first half, honestly, I couldn’t see,” OSU junior forward Lindsay Agnew said. “The rain was coming in and the wind was blowing hard. It stinks that they got those two goals, because I really feel if we would have held them to one goal then we could have buried them in the second half. Once the conditions changed, they couldn’t get ahold of the ball.”The Nittany Lions’ underclassmen were a threat to the Buckeyes on Saturday, just like they have been all season, as they have accounted for 24 goals on the year, two of which were scored against OSU.The teams went to halftime with Penn State in the lead, 2-0. The Lions also held the 8-2 advantage in shots, including 5-0 on goal.“I told them it was the best position I ever felt being down 2-0,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “The wind was such a factor trying to get out early on. Having that at our back in the second half, I just said we have to take advantage of it and fight back and just get one at a time. I am pleased that we were able to come back out in the second half and really do that.”McVicker was replaced in the second half by freshman goalkeeper Devon Kerr.“I was confident and ready to play,” Kerr said. “I really wanted to make a change in the game in a positive way to get my team upbeat.”Walker downplayed the change, saying switching goalkeepers is not a big deal. She said a team has to take advantage of the skills each keeper can contribute to the game.“There’s nothing that (McVicker) did wrong in the first half,” Walker said. “It’s just a matter of utilizing players’ skill sets. At this school we change quarterbacks, and we change goalkeepers. It’s just what we do.”Back-and-forth play consumed much of the second half, as it the game remained at 2-0 until the 81st minute when OSU finally broke through the Nittany Lion defense. Freshman defender Kylie Knight found Agnew inside the box, who then knocked it in from eight yards out to cut the Penn State lead to 2-1.Agnew’s goal reignited her team as it tried to equalize.“I think it gave us another little bit of hope,” Agnew said. “But leading up to that goal, we had so much momentum and everyone was working really hard and winning every ball. Kylie played an amazing ball to me over the top and I was just happy to put one away.”Walker said the goal lit a fire under the team, but the clock remained its biggest enemy.“It really excited us, ignited us,” Walker said. “Because when you’re fighting back you just need that one thing to kind of change the momentum. Unfortunately, we just ran out of time.”For the game, the Nittany Lions held a 15-7 advantage in shots, including 9-2 on goal.Saturday’s game was also the return of redshirt junior defender and co-captain, Morgan Wolcott to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Wolcott saw action in last weekend’s game, but it was her first game played back at home.Wolcott had been sidelined due to injury for much of the season.“I thought playing for the first time again, under the lights, in the rain, just got my adrenalin going,” Wolcott said. “Playing with my team and seeing how hard we fought all the way through, a full 90 minutes was unbelievable. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”The Buckeyes now prepare for their final regular season match of the season against the Michigan State Spartans.“Looks like it’s all going to boil down to that one,” Walker said. “It’s a championship game. I love championship games, and I think our players will show up for it. It’s home, it’s senior day, so there’s a lot of great elements to play for.”OSU is slated to kick off against the Spartans at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
These are exciting times in the mining shovel market. With the first Komatsu Mining P&H 4800XPC model soon to be assembled at a large Canadian mining operation that cannot yet be named (but watch this space), there is also news on the Komatsu P&H 2650CX hybrid model. The first pilot machine saw evaluation trials at the ASARCO Mission copper mine in Arizona, and this machine (unit #1) has now been relocated to a surface mine in Colorado. Lucas Tolley, Product Manager – Hybrid Shovels at Komatsu Mining told IM thatthe unit is being assembled now and will begin operation in April 2019. The new location allows Komatsu to validate machine performance in a colder climate and at high altitude.But there is more news in that the Komatsu P&H 2650CX #2, the second unit, is scheduled for a mid-2020 build in the company’s Milwaukee manufacturing facility. Tolley said: “Although not officially determined, it will likely be a field-follow unit going to a different region and/or mining environment.” The hybrid’s shovel’s payload capacity of 59 t enables a four-pass match to 220 short ton haul trucks and will accommodate trucks ranging from 135 ton to 360 ton.He added that by and large, the pilot machine has operated as it expected and the differences between unit #1 and unit #2 are minimal; however, there are differences between unit #1 today and its original design. “The majority of these changes focused on harmonising previously unlinked systems. This pilot unit has hundreds of strain gauges and transducers on board to evaluate structures, temperatures, pressures, speeds, torques, etc. Engineers have utilised this data and proactively made design updates. The undercarriage, bucket, hoist, hydraulics, and SR technology are some of the updated areas.” He adds: “In 2016, the P&H 2650CX was a pilot machine. Today, it is nearly a finished product.”The concept for the 2650CX was first introduced at MINExpo 2012 as an alternative to 550-700 t hydraulic excavators with the possibility to reduce total cost of ownership by 10-15%. This cost advantage is achieved through a 25% reduction in fuel consumption, 5-10% reduction in maintenance and repair costs and a 1-3% increase in availability. These savings are enabled to a major extent by the innovative SR (Switched Reluctance) Hybrid Drive system, which was brought to the 2650CX from the P&H Generation 2 wheel loaders, which includes machines up to the massive L-2350 machine. It has an operating capacity of 72,574 kg, and can centre load haul trucks with payload ratings ranging from 320 to 400+ short tons.
← Previous Story Wisla Plock signs Tioumentsev Next Story → Qatar Handball Center – Impressive basis for the future 24 teams, four venues in three cities and exactly 100 matches until the gold medallist is confirmed: On Sunday (20 July) the Women’s (U18) Youth World Championship will throw off in Macedonia.The cities of Skopje, Strumica and Ohrid will be hosting this event during the preliminary round with the city of Ohrid as the venue for the crucial matches from the quarter-finals on.24 teams from four continents have qualified for the World Championship, for which only host Macedonia had straight ticket.For the second time at Women´s Youth World Championship there will be a field of 24 participants. The premiere in Montenegro two years ago was tremendous so that the enlargement from 20 to 24 participants presents a great step for the emerging handball nations all over the world. To be part of a Women´s Youth World Championship will help to improve in the next steps of younger age categories to the senior national teams.The groups for the preliminary round:Group A in Skopje: Sweden, Brasil, Korea, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, NetherlandsGroup B in Ohrid: Russia, Hungary, Norway, Paraguay, Japan, DR CongoGroup C in Strumica: Denmark, Uzbekistan, Romania, Germany, Macedonia, ArgentinaGroup D in Ohrid: Portugal, Angola, Montenegro, China, Croatia, FranceThe each four best-ranked teams of each group qualify for the eighth-finals, the in total eight remaining teams play for the positions 17-24 in the President’s Cup. The quarter-finals, the semi-finals, the placement round 5-8 and the final and bronze final will be played in Ohrid.Find all information on the Women’s Youth (U18) World Championship here:www.ihf.info
IT WASN’T JUST supporters who were relieved to hear about Conor Murray’s new two-year contract yesterday.Munster lock Paul O’Connell joined the outpourings of relief upon learning that his teammate will remain on home soil until 2016 at least. In the former Lions captain’s opinion, the scrum-half is integral to the province’s hopes of success over the coming seasons.“That’s brilliant news. He’s a fantastic player, a great trainer, a great guy to have around the place. He’s everything you’d want in a teammate, so that’s a great bit of news.”Irish rugby is in an uneasy position currently, despite the confirmation that Murray will be staying. The likes of Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Donnacha Ryan and Martin Moore are all out of contract at the end of the season and have been heavily linked with moves abroad.However, O’Connell says there are important advantages for players in deciding to re-sign in Ireland and feels that Murray’s mind may have been swayed by those positive points.I think the Irish team and the Irish provinces have a great set-up. We’re really well managed from a medical point of view, from a physical point of view. Rugby is a very tough sport and I think you need to care [about] what you’re playing for.“I think that’s very important and I think that’s one of the strengths the Irish provinces have. It’s brilliant Conor is staying. He’s a fantastic player, he’s a man for the future; a big leader for our team in the way he conducts himself, the way he plays and trains. So I’m delighted he’s staying.” O’Connell says Murray is a huge part of Munster’s future. ©INPHO/Billy Stickland.Munster have also announced the addition of Cardiff Blues back row/lock Robin Copeland for next season and O’Connell agrees that this is another positive step in the province’s development. The Wexford native has excelled at No. 8 for the Welsh side in recent times, but his versatility will be useful.Copeland has reached this point in his rugby journey after spells with the Leinster Academy, Plymouth Albion and Rotherham Titans in the English Championship, before finally pitching up in Cardiff. O’Connell has great respect for the road less traveled.“I’ve never met him, but he seems to always play well against Munster. Cardiff aren’t a side that’s always going forward at the moment, but he always seems to stand out and seems to be able to dig in and produce performances in a side that’s struggling.“He’s Irish as well, and that’s another important thing. He’s a really good signing and fair play to him; he’s done it the hard way. You have to have respect for these guys who go away. [Damian] Varley did it, [Jerry] Flannery did it, [Eoin] Reddan did it.Those guys go away and create a career for themselves, and then are badly wanted by the provinces. You have to admire that mental strength and that part of his character as well. So I think he’ll be a really good signing for us.”The next step for Munster is tying up the ongoing negotiations with O’Connell himself. The 34-year-old’s current contract ends next summer, but it is understood that he is close to agreeing a new deal.Seeing the iconic lock in any jersey other than Munster or Ireland’s is close to unimaginable, and given his enthusiasm for Munster’s future it would be no surprise if his contract announcement is next in line.Audio courtesy of Limerick’s Live95FM.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Simon Hick column: The horizons have shifted after Leinster’s Garden partyAnalysis: Leinster’s accuracy returns to blitz the Saints
Google répond aux interrogations sur la vie privéeLa société américaine a répondu à une lettre des sénateurs américains inquiets de la nouvelle politique de confidentialité du groupe Internet.Google n’a pas mis très longtemps à réagir. Lundi, huit sénateurs des États-Unis ont envoyé à Larry Page, co-fondateur et PDG de la société, une lettre lui demandant des éclaircissements sur la manière dont les données des utilisateurs seront collectées, sécurisées, archivées, partagées entre différents produits et utilisées par des parties tierces. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une demande motivée par le lancement d’une nouvelle politique de confidentialité mise en place en fin de semaine dernière qui unifie les produits et services de Google, relaye Clubic. Et s’il avaient donné jusqu’à fin février à Google pour y répondre, ces sénateurs ont finalement obtenu des explications immédiatement, preuve que Larry Page et ses collaborateurs prennent cela au sérieux.Google explique ainsi ne prélever que trois types de données, à savoir les archives de connexion anonymes permettant d’identifier la machine de l’internaute, les données créées par l’internaute et les données de services. Ainsi, lorsqu’on se connecte à son compte, Google récolte des informations qui sont “fournies par l’utilisateur et peuvent inclure, le nom, le numéro de téléphone, les événements du calendrier, les emails reçus ou envoyés, les publications de Google+ ou les vidéos mises en ligne sur YouTube”. Et si la société affirme ne pas se différencier de la concurrence en termes d’interactions entre les produits, elle reste floue sur la rétention des données. Celles-ci peuvent être conservées “pour des raisons légales ou des objectifs commerciaux légitimes”, mais seront effacées en cas de clôture de compte dans les 60 jours suivants. Le 1 février 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambert
Both players scored yesterday in their 2-2 draw between Manchester United and Southampton in the English Premier LeagueRomelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera scored yesterday to give Manchester United a 2-2 draw against Southampton.The Red Devils were down by two after 20 minutes, but in six minutes both players were able to rescue a draw.And for United midfielder Herrera, the best of Lukaku is yet to come.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“When the ball was fed to him, he held it for the team,” Herrera told MUTV.“He was not selfish at all, he was playing with us without shining, but he was good for the team and he has to build on that.”“He played a fantastic 60 minutes and he has scored which is very important for the strikers and I think we are going to see the best Lukaku in the next games,” he concluded.
ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – His wife calls him a ‘trooper’ and the prayers and well wishes continue for former premier, TCI businessman and philanthropist, Galmo Williams who remains in hospital in Florida, after a Sunday night shooting in Grace Bay. In an update on Facebook, Althea Williams, Gilley’s wife tells the public that her husband is experiencing some discomfort but has pulled through at least one surgery well.Galmo Williams was on Sunday approached by three masked, armed men who robbed him of his wallet and his wedding ring and then still turned around and shot him; we are learning not once but twice in the left knee. By Monday afternoon, Williams was airlifted for special attention to that knee, which was badly injured by hollow bullets. Hollow bullets do more damage explained a resident to Magnetic Media; they are said to be designed to assure one’s target does not survive. But Gilley did survive and is said to be in high, positive spirit.Mrs. Williams said he will stay in hospital until the more definitive internal procedure can happen, which will be in a few weeks. She asks for continued support, love & prayers…Meanwhile, Magnetic Media awaits an update from Police on the investigation. If you know anything about this or any other crime, please contact Crime Stoppers, which answers your call in Miami, Florida – anonymously at 1 800 TIPS.Friends have put up a $20,000 reward for information in the crime.#MagneticMedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribunePresident Donald J. Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott.With the North American Free Trade Agreement again in President Donald Trump’s crosshairs, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday urged the country’s top trade representative to safeguard two provisions of the pact in particular that the governor said greatly benefit Texas’ businesses and consumers.Trump threatened earlier this week to dismantle NAFTA — which he derided as Mexico’s “cash cow” — if that country didn’t do a better job of policing its border with Central America. The president has said for years that NAFTA is a bad deal for Americans, but negotiations on changing the landmark trade pact between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada have continued for more than a year without a final compromise.Abbott’s request to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is the latest in an effort to highlight how much Texas and other border states have benefitted from the 1994 pact. Since Trump took office, several business groups have grappled with how to convince the White House that NAFTA isn’t just a good deal for border states but for the country as a whole. Several Republican leaders who were initially in favor of keeping the status quo have since conceded that the decades-old initiative could undergo some modernization. But they have stopped short of embracing all of the ideas the administration has put forth.In the letter to Lighthizer, Abbott said that as those negotiations continue, negotiators should protect a NAFTA provision that governs how disputes between private investors and member countries are handled. The Investor-State Dispute Settlement, or ISDS, allows investors to seek monetary relief for alleged violations of the trade pact’s policies.“Those protections reflect fundamental private property rights under U.S. law, including fairness and due process, non-discrimination, and compensation for expropriation,” Abbott stated in the letter, adding that American companies have received more than $100 million in compensation through the process since NAFTA was implemented. “The enforceability of those protections is one of the driving forces for Texas businesses and businesses across the country to invest in Mexican and Canadian infrastructure and natural resource development.”The protections are especially important, Abbott noted, as Mexico continues to explore and allow private foreign investments into its energy sector, which was state-owned for more than seven decades.The future of the ISDS mechanism has proved to be one of the largest hurdles in the ongoing negotiations after the Trump administration flirted with the idea of opting out of it, Politico reported in February. That’s because some administration officials saw it as a way to incentivize foreign investment, which goes contrary to Trump’s “America First” mantra, Forbes reported late last year.Abbott also stressed in his letter to Lighthizer the importance of NAFTA’s Rules of Origin provision. That stipulation outlines the percentage of domestic parts that must be included in one complete product in order for it to qualify for NAFTA’s tariff exemption. Abbott said raising the content requirement for NAFTA countries could adversely affect the benefits of trade because of the amount of products that include components from other countries. He specifically highlighted the auto and petroleum industries, both of which are a boon to the state’s economy.“Texas annually imports 40 percent of its intermediate goods under NAFTA, including $6 billion in auto parts from Mexico and $11.5 billion in petroleum products from Mexico and Canada,” he wrote. “Stricter rules of origin will force Texas businesses and businesses throughout the country to produce greater numbers of goods without NAFTA benefits, which will lead to increased production costs, higher consumer prices and job loss.”Texas is Mexico’s largest trading partner and the ports of Laredo and El Paso are two of the busiest in the nation, due in large part to NAFTA. According to WorldCity, a Florida-based company that tracks trade data, Texas is home to six of the top 10 busiest trade stations that do business with Mexico. “Since NAFTA took effect, Texas exports to Mexico have increased by 13 percent annually,” Abbott wrote in his letter. “This organic growth in exports stems from the stability inherent in a long-term trade agreement … Today, Texas’ unemployment rate is at an all-time low, thanks in large part to more than 1 million Texas jobs that depend on NAFTA.”
The National Museum in the Capital is holding a month long show of the single piece of work to emphasize on the fact that what belongs to the country must be strictly protected.A seminar was held recently based on the same thought process where the unanimous consensus was that a detailed, nationwide documentation of all existing monuments across cultures and regions is essential so as to avert illicit international trafficking of antiques.Simultaneously, the country requires an environment that encourages the development of a domestic market for artefacts by suitably amending the Antiquities Act, according to experts at the symposium on Return of Yogini: Art & Crime noted during day-long deliberations. The speakers also discussed ways of creating general awareness about heritage objects, thus promoting transparency through better informed public stakeholders. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The meet was organised by the National Museum Institute (NMI) as part of an ongoing exhibition — The return of the Yogini — that displays an exquisite 10th-century stone sculpture which recently returned to the country from Paris to where it was smuggled out a quarter century ago.The single-object exhibition organised by the National Museum was to end on 6 October, but has been extended till 20 October, owing to public request, according to Dr Venu V, director-general of the museum.
Kolkata: Firhad Hakim on Monday took his oath as the Mayor of Kolkata, soon after winning the election for the post by bagging 121 votes. There are 122 councillors of Trinamool Congress in Kolkata Municipal Corporation at present. Susmita Chatterjee, the councillor of Ward 63, failed to turn up for voting due to ill health.”My identity is my work and not my religion. Our party Trinamool Congress, under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, believes in working for the service of people. The biggest religion should be humanity and that should be present in every individual,” Hakim told reporters while sitting on the Mayor’s chair. He is the first Mayor from the minority community since independence. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the same vein, Hakim lashed out at BJP and alleged that they are trying to divide the country on the ground of religion. He took his oath in English, while Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh took the same in Bengali, in presence of councillors at the KMC house. The new Mayor said that urban forestry will be on his priority list. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the city to be ‘clean and green’. We will be waiving property tax upto 90 percent if somebody takes to urban forestry by planting big trees on his/her land. The tax deduction will be on the basis of the land where he/she takes up the plantation programme,” Hakim added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe will be also speaking with the Railways and Kolkata Port Trust, urging them to utilise their land for urban forestry with full support of the state government. “We will be stressing on segregation of wastes and for this we will adopt the model of New Town. The multi-storeyed apartments will be urged to take up recycling of wastes on their own,” he maintained, adding that he will soon hold a meeting and prepare a 20-point programme for running the civic body. Hakim also stressed upon addressing the issue of waterlogging in some pockets of Behala and the water problem in certain pockets of Jadavpur and Tollygunge. “People can text me on WhatsApp in my number 9830037493 with pictures, if they find any problem regarding garbage disposal, waterlogging, bad roads or similar civic problems,” he said. All the MMiCs in the municipal board under former Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, also took oath on Monday. Chatterjee himself took part in the voting as well.
Related posts:US officials in Cuba to discuss embassies As talks with US begin, Cubans anticipate changes in their lives US says next round of Cuba talks to take place in Havana on Monday US, Cuba resume talks amid Venezuela tensions See also: Latin American leaders hail renewed US-Cuban diplomatic relationsAmong the sharpest memories Guillermo “Bill” Vidal has of being sent from his childhood home in Cuba was waiting in the airport. There he was in 1961, he and his two brothers and so many other kids, distraught, excited, scared, separated from their parents by glass.“It was terrible,” he said. “It was called La Pecera, the fishbowl, and all the people leaving would be put inside the waiting area and the parents would be on the other side. They would be looking at you through the glass of the boarding gate. We were on one side and we would touch the glass and they would put their hands on the other side and mouthing ‘I love you.’ ”Like many Cuban Americans, Vidal now looks at President Barack Obama’s announcement that the United States will seek to reestablish diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba with nuanced feelings. In many cases, they are overjoyed. In others, skeptical. Some are of a generation that still hears the voices of their parents, who believed Fidel Castro robbed them and should be punished until the regime collapses. In Operation Peter Pan, 14,048 kids aged 3 to 17 left Cuba without their parents from 1960-1962. (WikiMedia Commons)In the first years following the revolution and Castro’s seizure of power from dictator Fulgencio Batista, 14,000 children like Vidal left Cuba for the United States, under the auspices of the Catholic Welfare Bureau. They were relocated with relatives or placed in foster homes and orphanages. Operation Pedro Pan, the exodus was called. Peter Pan kids, they would come to be known. Many were joined by their parents later. Some were not. They would grow up to become professors, lawyers, doctors, business and city leaders, or, as in Vidal’s case, a mayor of Denver.“We never thought we would be here forever,” said Ledy García Eckstein, whose parents sent her and her brother to the United States in August 1961. “I mean never. We lived in Iowa, my mom was there for I don’t know how many years, and she wouldn’t let me buy an electric beater. She would say, ‘I don’t [want] to be burdened by all that stuff when I got back to Cuba.’ ”Vida’s father was of the same mind: “He called life in the United States exile and when you are in exile, you can never plant roots. You can never establish relationships. We were as Americanized as you could get. We were going to high school and college. We were looking at a future in the U.S. and they were looking at a future in Cuba. When they sent us away, Papí said, ‘We’ll see you in a couple of months.’ ”Vidal and Garcia Eckstein greeted the news of closer ties between the United States and Cuba after decades of embargoes as a development long overdue.“Whatever we can do to normalize relationships is what I want,” Garcia Eckstein said. “As a student of politics, I know that a policy that doesn’t work for 50 years or more is a policy you don’t keep doing. It doesn’t make sense. The purpose [of the embargoes] was to get rid of Fidel and [brother] Raúl [Castro] and it hasn’t worked, so let’s see what we can do to help the people of Cuba back into the 21st century.”María Halloran’s parents sent her to the United States on April 20, 1962. It was just before her 12th birthday and she would wind up in an orphanage in Denver. Her parents joined her a year and a half later.“And like everyone else, we did not think we would stay here because previous regimes were short-lived and here we are 52 years later. But I never thought what happened today would happen in my lifetime,” she said pausing, her voice breaking. “We had given up. We really had.”The move announced Wednesday has not been universally praised throughout the larger Cuban community. Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the American Principles Project’s Latino Partnership, a conservative political advocacy nonprofit group, blasted the decision, calling Obama naive. “The truth is that renewed American economic activity in the island will only help the regime line its pockets, and thus strengthen its repressive hold on the country,” he said.Upon hearing Aguilar’s reaction, Vidal was quiet for a moment and then said he felt “great reverence for that opinion. It was my father’s opinion.”“My father felt he gave up everything and that he was living a life that was not of his own choosing. . . . But under current policy, [it] is the common people who are suffering,” he said. “. . . The embargo was cruel to people who are not responsible for the government in place.”Related: White House travel exemptions to Cuba do not cover tourism Members of Operation Peter Pan meet at Barry University to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the operationin 2010. Juan Castro Olivera/AFPNelson Valdés, a writer and a retired professor who taught at the University of New Mexico, is not as certain. His stepfather sent him to the United States on April 13, 1961, four days before the Bay of Pigs invasion. He was 15, a teenage boy with wanderlust, under the influence of François Truffaut and his movie “The 400 Blows.”But Valdés believed, as many others did, that he would return to Cuba. He did, eventually, in 1977, when President Jimmy Carter tried to do what Obama is trying to do now. It was a controversial move to defy the anti-revolutionary zeal and return to Cuba but all this informs Valdés’s view that, while the president’s message is “generally positive,” it also carries with it the distinct odor of paternalism.“The very concept of ‘normalizing’ relationships is a very peculiar one, because Cuba has never had normal relations with the U.S.,” he said. “What may be normal from a U.S. viewpoint may not be normal from the Cuban.”Washington Post staffers Danielle Paquette and Jonnelle Marte contributed to this report.See also: Pope leads global praise for ‘historic’ US-Cuba rapprochement© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments
Virgin Atlantic announced it has teamed up with one of London’s most talked about restaurants to offer the first ever pop-up at an airport.Critically acclaimed ‘Ceviche’ is a Peruvian restaurant based in Frith Street, Soho and has fast become one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in London.The pop-up will be available to Upper Class customers travelling through Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse from 12th to the 18th August and will be positioned in the exclusive Loft area of the award winning lounge.This Ceviche pop-up is a first at Heathrow which promises to serve delicious, healthy Peruvian dishes including Drunk Scallops (king scallops, serviced with pomegranate, Pisco and coriander oil) to Ensalada de Quiona will be served to passengers from 12 noon to 12:30pm for one week only.Mark Murphy, Clubhouse Food and Beverage Executive, Virgin Atlantic commented:“Our aim at Virgin Atlantic is to constantly surprise our customers when they travel with us. Ceviche is famous as one of the most exciting new cuisines around and we are so pleased to be partnering with them to open the first ever pop-up restaurant in our Clubhouse at Heathrow.“It’s our aim to offer Upper Class customers an ever-changing experience and this will give them the chance to enjoy the tastes of Lima with the buzz of Soho before they fly.”Martin Morales, Founder, Ceviche said:“At Ceviche we love doing things people have never done before. Innovation is key in what we do and above all it’s fun to do new stuff. We love serving Peruvian food, dishes and cocktails and so we are excited by our collaboration with Virgin Atlantic.“There has never been a pop-up at an airport and we think the combination of our world-class food with Virgin Atlantic’s world-class Clubhouse is perfect. It’s only on for a week so it’s a real one off treat for us all.”The Virgin Atlantic Heathrow Clubhouse provides the ultimate pre-flight experience for every customer with an array of exciting and unique areas. Passengers can enjoy a stylish haircut in the salon, choose from a range of Dr Hauschka treatments in the spa; enjoy a game of pool in the Den, or enjoy a delicious cocktail at the 14 metre long bar. Source = Virgin Atlantic
Bruneisharia law From 3 April 2019, the full sharia penal code (law) will be in force in Brunei. Smartraveller says the new law “… applies to Muslims, non-Muslim and foreigners even when on Brunei registered aircraft and vessels. Under this code some offences can attract physical punishment while others attract executions. Offences that attract the death penalty include blasphemy, sodomy, adultery, rape and murder.”Smartraveller has specific advice for LGBTI travellers.Although homosexuality has long been illegal in Brunei, the introduction of sharia law means that Muslims (and some non-Muslims) accused of engaging in homosexual activities will be sentenced to death, most likely through whipping and stoning.Politicians around the globe have been quick to condemn the new laws, and celebrities including George Clooney and Elton John, have called for a boycott of luxury hotels owned by The Brunei Investment Company, among them the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA, the Dorchester in London and the Plaza Athenee in Paris.
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