Thousands of Nova Scotians and visitors from across Canada were in Lunenburg today to celebrate the relaunch of the Bluenose II. Taking advantage of morning tides, the schooner was slowly winched into the water, link-by-link, from the 1,200-tonne marine railway at the Lunenburg Shipyard. “The return of Bluenose II to water is a significant milestone in preserving Canada’s and Nova Scotia’s proud maritime history and a testament to the shipbuilding history of our great province,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia. “Our government is a proud partner in the restoration of this historic vessel as we focus on creating local jobs, boosting tourism and spurring economic growth in Nova Scotia for years to come.” “Seeing the Bluenose II return to the water where she belongs marks a proud day for Lunenburg residents, Nova Scotians, and all Canadians,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “The Bluenose II restoration has captured Nova Scotians’ pride in our province’s shipbuilding tradition and has boosted tourism and provided good, local jobs. Dozens of people have clocked countless hours to return the Bluenose II to the water, reminding us all that ships start here.” The original Bluenose was an international racing and fishing champion schooner designed by William J. Roué and launched in 1921. Oland Brewery built the Bluenose II in 1963 and sold it to the province in 1971 for one dollar, paid with 10 Canadian dimes. Since then, the schooner has received many upgrades, but none matching the latest restoration, which included the complete rebuilding of the vessel’s hull. The restoration was carried out by the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance, a company owned by Snyder’s Shipyard, Lunenburg Industrial Foundry and Engineering and Covey Island Boatworks. Over the coming weeks and months, the schooner will receive its masts, rigging and sails, as well as new mechanical and electrical systems. The Bluenose II will sail again in spring 2013, with many visits to Nova Scotia communities. The Government of Canada has invested up to $4,937,500 toward eligible restoration costs through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The Province of Nova Scotia has invested about $11 million in the restoration project. The Government of Canada has engaged provinces, territories, municipalities and key stakeholders in a series of roundtables to guide the development of a new long-term infrastructure plan that will support job creation, economic growth and prosperity. To improve infrastructure across Canada and leverage new investment, the Government of Canada’s new long-term plan will encourage greater use of public-private partnerships, while respecting the capacity of Canadian taxpayers. -30-
MAllahabad: Lamenting that Allahabad University hostels have become a “haven for criminals” who have converted its campus into a “play ground” for their misdeeds, the Allahabad High Court has asked the varsity and the police to apprise it of steps taken by them to address the issue.A bench comprising chief justice Govind Mathur and justice S S Shamshery made the observation on Tuesday while taking suo motu cognizance of media reports on the murder of a youth at PCB hostel of Allahabad University on Monday night. The court issued notices to Uttar Pradesh chief secretary, state director general of police and district commissioner and senior superintendent of police of Prayagraj as well as the registrar of Allahabad University on the issue. The court directed the University registrar to file an affidavit about the steps taken to make the university campus free from criminals. The court also directed the SSP of Prayagraj to file a status report regarding steps taken in the matter. “In a democratic society, rule of law is to prevail and any harm to that cannot be accepted in any manner. No one can be allowed to cause even a minor injury to the peace and tranquillity of the area and inhabitants thereof,” the court said in its order. “It is brought to our notice that a huge number of criminals are staying in the different hostels under the control of university though they are not regular students,” it said. The bench, in its oral observations, said that “campus and hostels of Allahabad university have become a haven for criminals”. “The entire campus has been converted by them into play ground for their criminal deeds,” it said. The court directed the district magistrate and SSP of Prayagraj and the registrar of the university to be present in court on April 22.
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Phillips 66, up $1.78 to $93.52Higher refining margins helped the oil refiner beat Wall Street forecasts.Mattel Inc., up $2.87 to $15.23Strong sales of Barbie dolls pushed the toy maker to a fourth-quarter profit.Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., down $1.86 to $18.69The tire maker fell short of Wall Street forecasts due to lower sales and issued a weak outlook for the tire market.Hasbro Inc., down 86 cents to $89.39The toy maker’s fourth-quarter results fell far short of forecasts as it contends with the loss of Toys R Us.Eli Lilly and Co., up $2.10 to $119.60The drug developer is divesting its stake in Elanco Animal Health as it focuses on its core pharmaceutical business.Arconic Inc., down 58 cents to $17.10The maker of engineered products for the aerospace and other industries will split into two separate companies.Amazon.com Inc., down $26.15 to $1,588.22CEO Jeff Bezos says he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer.Coty Inc., up $2.27 to $9.33The beauty products company beat Wall Street forecasts, despite a drop in sales and a loss for the quarter.The Associated Press
26 March 2010The international community’s lack of financial support for healthcare activities in Somalia could undo the progress made so far in the Horn of Africa nation, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. The international community’s lack of financial support for healthcare activities in Somalia could undo the progress made so far in the Horn of Africa nation, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.“WHO had requested, in the 2010 Consolidated Appeals Process for Somalia, $46 million, of which only 8 per cent have been funded so far,” agency spokesperson Paul Garwood told reporters in Geneva, noting that the main donor was the UN Central Emergency Fund itself.In recent years, millions of children have been vaccinated and hundreds of medical staff have been trained in surgery and surveillance of disease outbreaks. The WHO is currently on the verge of reducing such activities in parts of the country, even as the number of reported disease cases, such as cholera, is on rise and the risks of outbreaks very high, Mr. Garwood said. In addition, fighting between Government and its supporters and rebel forces killed 48 people and wounded more than 400 others in the first half of this month, he added.Meanwhile, the top United Nations envoy to Somalia today said that he is pleased with the momentum generated by recent events in regard to the peace process in the war-torn nation, including a security sector reform meeting and the signing of an agreement between the Somali Government and a rebel group. “We are a quarter of the way into the second year of the TFG’s [Transitional Federal Government] term and managing the status quo is not an option. A number of firm and significant steps have been made that show the willingness and ability of the Government to use this transitional period wisely and for the benefit of the Somali people,” Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said in a statement. The comments come just days after he met with Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke and the head of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), Boubacar Diarra, at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, of the Joint Security Committee (JSC). During the meeting this past Tuesday, participants discussed the progress made and future actions needed to further the TFG’s national security and stabilization plan, including training initiatives supported by the European Union and other members of the international community. The UN does not have a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, but is mandated by the Security Council to work politically and logistically with the international community to support AMISOM and the TFG. TFG President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was elected in January 2009, the first formal Government in Somalia since the overthrow of Siad Barre in 1991 pushed the country into turmoil. A number of former rebel groups have at times supported TFG, the most recent being Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a, which signed a peace agreement with the Government earlier this month. Mr. Ould-Abdallah said the agreement was an additional indication of the Government’s commitment to associate all willing parties towards restoring peace and reconciliation. In a related development, the Independent Federal Constitutional Commission (IFCC) wrapped up a workshop on Tuesday in Djibouti to lay out new parameters for the Constitutional process. The IFCC is expected to have a final draft Constitution prepared by 1 July. This weekend, the Special Representative, along with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will attend the Arab League Summit in Sirte, Libya. While the meeting will focus on the Middle East, specifically the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, Mr. Ould-Abdallah is expected to raise the situation in Somalia with Arab leaders. The talks will come ahead of a conference hosted by Turkey addressing Somalia’s reconstruction and development, which is expected to take place on 22 May in Istanbul.
They were brought to Trincomalee and KKS Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations. The asylum seekers are residents of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee, Muttur, Ampara, Batticaloa, Kinniya, Maradankeny, Chavakachcheriya and Peduruthuduwa. The Navy arrested 76 people bound for Australia in two multi-day trawlers over the weekend, the navy media unit said today.A trawler name “Rashith Putha” with 24 people on board including 12 Tamils ( 10 men and 02 women) and 12 Muslims and another other multi-day trawler name “ Sadev Putha I ” with 52 tamil persons including 45 men , 05 woman and 02 children on board were intercepted off Trincomalee and Manalkadu respectively.
Fred Eckhard told reporters the immunity of the officers, who have been serving with the Jordanian Special Police Unit (SPU) of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), has been lifted during the arrest, detention and pre-trial investigation process.The UN Police Commissioner in Kosovo, Stefan Feller, said yesterday that an investigation has begun into Saturday’s shootings at the Mitrovica Detention Centre, which occurred when at least one of five officers from the SPU on guard fired at a group of 24 correctional officers leaving the centre in a convoy after a routine day of training. The officers in the three-car convoy returned fire.Two correctional officers from the United States – Kim Bigley and Lynn Williams – and the officer from the Jordanian SPU who opened fire were killed, and 11 others – one Austrian and 10 US officers – were injured in the shoot-out, which began about 3:20 p.m.Mr. Eckhard said today Secretary-General Kofi Annan was deeply saddened at the deaths of Ms. Bigley and Ms. Williams, and wished to convey to the families and friends of the victims “his profound and heartfelt sympathy at these tragic deaths.”The Secretary-General also expressed his concern at the injuries to the 11 injured officers, some of whom are in critical condition, and wished them a swift and full recovery, the spokesman added.
Relieved and flashing peace signs, 439 Uzbeks arrived in Timisoara, western Romania, after a seven-hour chartered flight from the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, accompanied by staff of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration.They included 14 who were released from detention in the Kyrgyz border town of Osh but UNHCR is very concerned about the fate of the 15 others still detained there after reports that Uzbek officials were present at the detention centre in an apparent effort to press for their repatriation, although Kyrgyz authorities have assured UNHCR they will not be deported back home. Last night Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the Kyrgyz authorities to facilitate their departure for Romania, stressing that “returning refugees or asylum-seekers to a country where they may face torture is a violation of international refugee and human rights law.”UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis told reporters in Geneva today that the agency was negotiating with the Kyrgyz authorities for their release.“We have strongly reiterated to the Kyrgyz authorities that the Uzbeks in detention should not be returned to Uzbekistan, as this would be contrary to the 1951 Refugee Convention to which they have acceded, and contrary to Kyrgyz national law,” she said. “The authorities have assured UNHCR that these 15 will not be deported to Uzbekistan but kept in Kyrgyzstan for further processing.”Fourteen others detained in Osh were released last night for today’s flight. “It was heart-breaking to see the joy on the faces of those who were released from prison when they were reunited with the families they had not seen since May,” UNHCR country representative Carlos Zaccagnini said.UN officials from Mr. Annan on down have repeatedly expressed “serious concern” over the fate of the asylum seekers and their possible forced repatriation after they fled violence in the eastern city of Andijan in May.Earlier this month, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) noted that while the Uzbek Government claimed fewer than 200 people were killed in the unrest, other sources put the death toll at hundreds more. “It is not excluded, as described by eyewitnesses interviewed, that the Andijan incidents amounted to a “mass killing,” it said.Ms. Pagonis thanked UNHCR’s partners for their help in the airlift. “During this complex and charged transfer operation, UNHCR has received enormous support from the authorities in Kyrgyzstan, particularly the Foreign Affairs Minister, the Romanian Government, the US Government, many other governments, the EU (European Union), OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), UN sister agencies, IOM and the international community,” she said.
WASHINGTON — Romone Saunders scored 17 points, Chase Freeman added 12 and Wagner rallied to beat American 64-58 on Friday night.Freeman’s layup with 59 seconds left gave Wagner (3-4) the lead for good at 56-54 and the Seahawks made all eight free throws in the final 39 seconds to secure the victory.American (4-2) had the largest lead of the game when Mark Gasperini’s free throw made it 42-33 with 11:30 left in the second half. The Seahawks went on an 8-0 run to get within one and tied it at 46, 48 and 51 before finally overtaking the Eagles at 54-51 on Nigel Jackson’s 3-pointer with three minutes left.AJ Sumbry added 10 points for the Seahawks, who made 19 of 22 shots from the foul line.Sa’eed Nelson had 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals for American. Sam Iorio added 10 points.The Associated Press
Ohio State senior Nate Romans (7) swings at home plate in the Buckeyes’ home opener against the Lipscomb Bison on March 15, 2019 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternDespite the cold temperatures, the Ohio State baseball team heated up to end itsfive-game losing streak in its home opener. Ohio State (8-9) routed Lipscomb (9-7) 14-3. The bats came alive for the Buckeyes, producing 18 hits, a season-high, and two home runs. “I told [the team] after the game, ‘That’s us. That’s what we’re capable of. That’s what we can do,’” head coach Greg Beals said. The Buckeyes blew the game open with a seven-run fifth inning. Four of those runs were scored with two outs, and the lead was extended to 13-1. Freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo erupted with two home runs in the game, his second and third of the year, adding three RBIs. “Both those pitches were up and out,” Dezenzo said. “Just tried to put a good swing on it and hit something hard.”Freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn shined against a Lipscomb team that came into the game batting .297. Burhenn allowed three runs, one of which was earned, and two hits in six innings of work. “It feels really good to be back at home and being able to start our home series and set the tone for the weekend,” Burhenn said. “I feel like we all did a great job. It was a good team win.”Burhenn struck out five, while walking two. The solid pitching was continued by Ohio State redshirt senior Thomas Waning and junior Joe Gahm. The pair struck out three and allowed only one hit in two innings of relief. With two runners on via walk, Ohio State junior first baseman Conner Pohl opened the scoring with a two-out single in the bottom of the first inning, knocking in junior shortstop Noah West. Pohl would finish the game with three RBIs. West recorded his first two stolen bases of the season. The Buckeyes increased their season stolen base total from five to eight. Lipscomb came into the game with 25 stolen bases, but were unable to steal a bag in the series opener.Lipscomb senior pitcher Chris Kachmar would go on to struggle recording outs in an efficient fashion. He was pulled in the fourth inning after recording only nine outs on 93 pitches. Kachmar came into the game with a 3-0 record and seven walks allowed in four starts. The starter earned his first loss of the season and had an uncharacteristic four walks allowed in only three innings pitched. After a pair of singles by Ohio State junior right fielder Dominic Canzone and senior left fielder Brady Cherry and a walk to redshirt sophomore catcher Brent Todys, the bases were loaded in the third inning. A 10-pitch at bat to fifth-year senior designated hitter Nate Romans ended with a two-run, two-out single to right field to balloon the lead to 4-0. “I was just trying to fight, because I was down to two strikes both at bats. Just fighting off his good pitches and then put a good swing on it,” Romans said. Romans finished the game with three RBIs on two hits. The first hit surrendered by Burhenn came by way of a solo shot in the fifth inning over the left field wall. It was junior Lipscomb junior shortstop Brian Moore’s first home run of the season. Dezenzo hit his second home run of the day when he skied a two-run bomb over the right field fence in the fifth inning. After a triple by redshirt senior center fielder Ridge Winand, West hit him in with a one-out double to extend the lead to 9-1. The Bisons drew more blood in the sixth inning as sophomore outfielder Carson Wright brought in two runs on a two-out single to make the game 13-3. Winand scored his third run of the game on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to end the scoring for the Buckeyes. Burhenn moved to 3-1 on the year with the win. “I think we’re really confident in this home stretch here that we can get things turned around the right way,” Dezenzo said. The Buckeyes will play their second game against Lipscomb at 3:05 p.m. Saturday.
Police officers stand outside the home of Thomas Mair after Jo Cox’s deathCredit:CRAIG BROUGH/Reuters On the day of the murder, Mr Mair walked to the centre of Birstall carrying a brown coat, which the prosecutor suggested may have been “to allow him to have the firearm drawn and ready to use without it being visible”.Mr Whittam said: “Thomas Mair’s intention was to kill [Mrs Cox] in what was a planned and pre-meditated murder for a political and/or ideological cause.”Mrs Cox was with her manager Fazila Aswat and senior case worker Sandra Major driving to Birstall library to hold a surgery from 1pm-2pm. Moments after they had got out of their car, the killer pounced.Shelly Morris, a care home worker who dialled 999 as the attack was going on, recalled hearing “a loud bang, like a popping sound, there was also a loud piercing scream”. She saw a man holding “what looked to be a large steak knife with a jagged blade” and saw him “swing the knife in a stabbing motion”. Mr Carter-Kenny was stabbed after going to Mrs Cox’s aid, the court heard.He was waiting in his car outside the library for his wife Doreen when he saw the MP being attacked.Mr Whittam said: “He saw Jo Cox, who he recognised, and he described the attack. He heard a bang and saw Jo Cox roll into the road and then he saw a man ‘shoving it – a knife – at her’.”He went to try and help. He was stabbed.”A local taxi driver, Rashid Hussain, saw what happened as he dropped off a fare.The court heard that when he challenged Mair, saying “leave her alone”, the defendant warned him: “You just go away, otherwise I’m gonna stab you.” He also alleges Mair said “Britain first” or similar.Another witness, Jack Foster, saw Mair shoot Mrs Cox and shout “Britain first” the court heard. Mr Foster then shouted “f****** leave her alone” but Mair shot the MP a second time, jurors were told. A gun that was presented in evidence during the trial of Thomas MairCredit:West Yorkshire Police/PA On June 16, Jo Cox was with her manager, Fazila Aswat, and her senior caseworker, Sandra Major.Ms Azwat drove the three to the surgery, due to be held from 1pm to 2pm, in a silver Vauxhall Astra and they arrived in Market Street and parked near the library. All three of them got out.The attack started at 12.52am, the court heard, and was captured in the distance by local council CCTV cameras.Mr Whittam said it was “a dynamic, fast moving and shocking incident”.He said: “It was a sustained attack with a firearm being fired and a dagger-like knife being used to inflict multiple stab wounds”. 2:12PM’She fought for a better world every day’: The tributes to Jo Cox The knife that was shown to the jury during the trial of Thomas Mair, accused of murdering Jo CoxCredit:West Yorkshire Police Jean and Gordon Leadbeater arrive at the Old BaileyCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty 4:01PMDesperate attempts to save Jo Cox’s life Mr Whittam told the court: “As she arrived, she was brutally murdered by one of her constituents, this defendant, Thomas Mair.”It was a cowardly attack by a man armed with a firearm and a knife. Jo cox was shot three times and suffered multiple stab wounds.”In the course of the attack, a 77-year-old man called Bernard Carter Kenny risked his life to save Ms Cox and was stabbed with the same knife used to stabbed Mrs Cox, the court heard. 1:52PMWho is murder trial defendant Thomas Mair, the volunteer gardener? As prosecutor Richard Whittam QC begins to open the Crown’s case, here’s a quick 90-second video to remind you of Jo Cox’s career: from Labour activist to a rising star of the party as MP for Batley and Spen. Ms Aswat repeatedly hit Mr Mair with her handbag, said Mr Whittam, but “was forced to retreat in fear of her own life being taken”. She heard him saying: “Britain first, this is for Britain, Britain will always come first.”Ms Major said that after Mrs Cox had been shot and stabbed, she “tried to get away from him” but was shot again. She heard the killer shout: “Make Britain independent.” Bernard Kenny, 77, was parked outside the library when he heard a bang.He got out of his car, intending to wrestle the attacker to the ground, but Mr Mair stabbed him once in the abdomen, it is claimed. Mr Kenny collapsed in the doorway of a nearby sandwich shop.He survived the attack. Another witness said Mr Mair walked away from the MP “only to return seconds later with a firearm”. Proceedings have now finished for the day.The trial continues and is expected to last two weeks. 2:59PMJo Cox’s killer also researched prominent Remain campaigner William Hague, jurors told The court heard of the desperate attempts to save Ms Cox’s life.Mr Whittam said: “Fazila Aswat tended her and pleaded with her to think of her children in a desperate bid to stimulate her so she could stay alive.” She was pronounced dead at 13.48pm.A post mortem showed Ms Cox had 15 different stab wounds, that had penetrated her heart, lungs, stomach and liver. She had three gunshot wounds, one to her lower chest and two to her head.Mair allegedly made off down the street after the murder. At around 13.10 he was seen by two policemen who shouted to stop and drop the bag he was carrying. The defendant eventually released the bag and raised his hands to shoulder height, saying: “It’s me.”Mair allegedly told the officers he had a knife in his pocket and had a firearm in his bag. A clear plastic bag of ammunition was found in his trouser pockets. When one of the police officers found what appeared to be a firearm, Mair said: “I am a political activist”. Eight men and four women were sworn in at the Old Bailey on Monday morning to hear the case.Trial judge Mr Justice Wilkie told them that the prosecution would outline the case at 2pm.He warned jurors not to do any research on the internet and only discuss the case when they were all together.He also asked them to avoid watching or reading anything about the case, which had already attracted considerable publicity.The trial is expected to last for up to three weeks. 3:21PMA loud bang… and then a piercing scream: Court hears how ‘sustained’ attack unfolded Mr Whittam told the court that Shelley Morris, a worker at the Priestly Care Home, said she heard “a loud bang…like a popping sound… There was also a loud piercing scream.”She looked over a wall at the Care Home and saw a man holding “what looked to be a large steak knife with a jagged blade” and saw him “swing the knife with a stabbing motion”.Ms Azwat said Mair approached Mrs Cox from behind and stabbed her before shooting her. During the attack, she hit the defendant several times with her handbag, before she retreated for fear of her life.Mr Whittam said: “During the course of the attack, she heard the defendant say ‘Britain First, this is for Britain, Britain will always come first.” Thomas Mair had lived locally in Birstall for many years and his internet usage and items found in his house suggested he “had strong political and ideological interests”, said prosecutor Richard Whittam QC.The evening before the attack, Mair was spotted in the library at about 5pm. He was a regular visitor to use the computers and logged onto the internet for about an hour.The court heard details of his internet searches in the weeks before the alleged murder.A month earlier, on May 17, Mair had accessed a Wikipedia page for the Occidental Observer, “a far right online publication that covers politics and society from a white nationalist and anti-Semitic perspective”, the court was told.On June 13, he had researched Jo Cox’s Wikipedia and Twitter pages, and researched William Hague, another prominent Yorkshire-based Remain campaigner, as well as Ian Gow, the last sitting MP to be murdered, jurors heard. Thomas Mair allegedly shot and stabbed MP in Birstall, near LeedsHe denies murder of 41-year-old mother of two days before EU voteJo Cox ‘cowardly’ killed outside constituency surgery, jurors toldOld Bailey prosecutor says ‘brutal’ murder was for ‘political cause’Mair allegedly said ‘Britain first’ while killing Remain supporterHe is also said to have researched Remainer William HagueLabour MP’s death prompted wave of grief from politiciansActress Tracy Brabin new Batley and Spen MP after by-electionA white supremacist carried out the “political” murder of Labour MP and Remain campaigner Jo Cox after conducting internet searches on fellow Remainer William Hague, and Ian Gow, an MP killed by the IRA, a court heard.Thomas Mair, 53, shouted “Britain first, this is for Britain” as he shot and stabbed the MP for Batley and Spen a week before the EU referendum, a jury at the Old Bailey in London was told.Mrs Cox tried desperately to defend herself as she was shot three times and stabbed 15 times in a “brutal” and “cowardly” pre-meditated attack. When Mr Mair was stopped by police 20 minutes later, he held up his hands and told them: “It’s me … I am a political activist,” it is claimed.Mr Mair denies murdering Mrs Cox on June 16 this year, as well as three other charges relating to the attack. Floral tributes and candles by a picture of Labour MP Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament Square in London in JuneCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP Mrs Cox, 41, a mother-of two, was the first MP to be murdered since Mr Gow was assassinated by the IRA in 1990, and the first female MP to be killed.Her parents and sister were in court to hear terrible details of her death described to jurors by the prosecutor, Richard Whittam QC.He told the jury: “The circumstances of her death are shocking. It is important that you do not let emotion or sympathy affect your judgment in this case.”He said that on each of the three days leading up to the murder, Mr Mair had visited public libraries in Batley and in Birstall.There, he used computers to look up Mrs Cox’s Twitter page and a Wikipedia page about her, searched for Mr Hague – a fellow Remain campaigner from Yorkshire – and answers to the question: “Is a .22 round deadly enough to kill with one shot to a human’s head?”. Gardener Thomas Mair repeatedly shouted “Britain First” as he shot and stabbed Jo Cox a week before the EU referendum, the prosecutor said.Richard Whittam QC told jurors how mother of two Mrs Cox had supported the Remain campaign leading up to the referendum on June 23.Mr Whittam QC added: “During the course of the murder Thomas Mair was heard by a number of witnesses to say repeatedly ‘Britain First’.”The prosecutor told jurors: “The murder took place whilst she was performing her role as a Member of Parliament.”Thomas Mair’s intention was to kill her in what was a planned and pre-meditated murder for a political and/or ideological cause.” 2:04PMJo Cox’s parents pictured arriving at Old Bailey Mr Whittam said: “The defendant then stood above Jo Cox and discharged the firearm at close range, firstly towards her head and then towards her chest … he appears to have returned to make sure she was fatally wounded”.Jurors were shown pictures of the gun, a .22 Weihrauch rifle with the stock and most of its barrel removed.Mr Mair, of Birstall, West Yorkshire, denies murder, inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a firearm and possession of a knife. The trial continues. 2:35PMAttacker repeatedly shouted ‘Britain First’ during pre-meditated murder for political cause, jurors told He also searched .22 ammunition, including answers to the question “is a .22 round deadly enough to kill with one shot to a human’s head?”On the eve of Ms Cox’s death, Mair had looked at web pages on far right politicians, members of the Klu Klux Klan and material about the Waffen SS, jurors were told. 2:27PMProsecutor: ‘She was brutally murdered by one of her constituents… it was a cowardly attack’ Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, begins opening the case for the prosecution, saying the circumstances of Jo Cox’s death are “shocking”.He tells Court Eight in the Old Bailey that the events took place in Market Street in Birstall, near Batley in Kirklees on Thursday, June 16.Mrs Cox was the 40-year-old MP for Batley and Spen. She was “well known as a hardworking MP and mother of two young children.”On June 16 she was due to hold a surgery in the library in Market Street, just off the Market Square, between 1pm to 2pm. 4:31PMEnd of day 1 Court artist sketch of Thomas Mair (back left) in the dock at the Old BaileyCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of the terror-related murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.Thomas Mair, 53, allegedly shot and stabbed the 41-year-old outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, on June 16.He is charged with Mrs Cox’s murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon – a dagger.Mair, from Birstall, is also charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Bernard Carter-Kenny on the same date. He denies all the charges against him. Labour’s Jo Cox after being elected as MP for Batley and SpenCredit:Julian Hughes Thomas Mair pictured in a court sketch flanked by security guards during a previous hearingCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA 1:34PMProsecution set to outline case on Monday afternoon Thomas Mair, with a closely cropped hair and beard, wore a plain blue suit and dark tie as he sat in and listened to the four charges against him.He denies murder, having a firearm with intent, grievous bodily harm and possession of a dagger. Police outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where MP Jo Cox was holding a constituency meeting before she was attackedCredit:Ben Lack for The Telegraph 2:19PMVideo: Jo Cox’s path to the House of Commons 1:40PMWho was Labour MP Jo Cox? Jo Cox’s sister, mother and father arrive at court for the start of the trialCredit: i-Images The following day he looked up Nazi Party material, political prisoners, serial killers, the human liver and vertebral column and the crime of matricide, or killing one’s mother.While he was there, he asked a library worker: “Do you have to book an appointment to see Jo Cox?” On June 15, the day before the murder, he went to the library at Birstall, where Mrs Cox would be attacked, and carried out searches into the Ku Klux Klan and people murdered by them, material about Hitler’s Waffen SS, coffins, lying in repose, lying in state and pauper’s funerals.Mr Whittam told the jury: “You may think that it helps you to understand his apparent motive in deciding to carry out this murder.” 3:38PM’He went to try and help. He was stabbed’ 1:41PMVideo: How MPs paid tribute to Jo Cox in the House of Commons As we await the start of the trial, Jo Cox’s parents Jean and Gordon Leadbeater have been pictured arriving at the Old Bailey.The jury was sworn in this morning and we are expecting the trial to begin with the prosecution case opening after the lunch break in the next few minutes. Stay with us for updates. Police forensics officers arrive at the scene of Jo Cox’s death in JuneCredit:Ben Lack for The Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A female police chief has been found guilty of gross misconduct after she humiliated another senior officer for getting a “boob job” despite high-profile character references in her defence. Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe was labelled “cruel” for telling Superintendent Sarah Jackson she was “silly, vain and frivolous” for getting breast implants, during a Senior Women in Policing conference last May.The disciplinary panel, sitting at Greater Manchester Police HQ, recommended the mother-of-three receive a written warning, rather than be dismissed from her £109,000-a-year job. It said a chief officer “with a weaker record” would have been recommended for dismissal. Sutcliffe was suspended from her £96,500 a year post at Greater Manchester PoliceCredit:CAVENDISH PRESS Had she been sacked, Ms Sutcliffe would have faced a pension shortfall of more than £500,000.Ms Sutcliffe, 47, who was the most senior female Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer at the time, verbally attacked her younger subordinate following a gala dinner at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel.She had been drinking wine when she confronted Supt Jackson and publicly condemned her for having a “tit job”.She then exposed her own breasts and said: “Look at these, look at these, these are the breasts of someone who has had three children. They are ugly but I don’t feel the need to pump myself full of silicone to get self-esteem.” Supt Sarah JacksonCredit:CAVENDISH PRESS The haranguing only concluded when Ms Sutcliffe told her colleague she was no longer going to support a further promotion for her.Ms Sutcliffe denied gross misconduct but admitted simple misconduct in failing to treat Ms Jackson with respect or courtesy and that she abused her position and authority.Ms Sutcliffe also acknowledged that her actions discredited the police service.Earlier in the hearing, Ms Sutcliffe’s counsel, John Beggs QC, told panel chair Rachel Crasnow QC, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor and independent member Alastair Cannon that she was still a “role model” to women despite the incident.He said the officer’s “stupid mistake” of getting too drunk did not demand dismissal because she was someone who could continue to make an “immensely positive contribution” to policing and service to the public.He said: “Assistant Chief Constable Sutcliffe remains a role model – a role model who is not perfect, who has human frailties. “Greater humility has been brought upon her. She will emerge as an even more impressive senior leader if you permit her to.”She is a strong leader. She is an inspirational and visionary leader.”He referred to a number of character references – including one from the BBC’s director of strategy and former Labour culture, media and sport secretary James Purnell.Mr Purnell wrote that Ms Sutcliffe “seems to me an important type of officer to retain in policing”. He said that while not “excusing or condoning” her reported behaviour, “the region’s police force would be poorer without her and a force for good would be lost”.Speaking upon the conclusion of the hearing, Ms Jackson, who is now a Superintendent with Cumbria Constabulary, said: “The entire incident, including the incorrect reports of my involvement in it, has been distressing for both me and my family.”Despite not initiating or encouraging the incident, I greatly regret that members of the public had to witness it and that the reputation of Greater Manchester Police has been damaged by it, as these are two things I care very deeply about. ACC Sutcliffe herself recognises I was not at fault and has apologised to me several times.“I have been a police officer for 21 years and I want to now concentrate on continuing to serve the public as I have done for the whole of my career.”It is believed that Ms Sutcliffe is the most senior officer to face a public disciplinary hearing since they were introduced by the Government last year.The panel’s recommendation will now be considered by Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling, who has the power to accept or reject the recommendations.With lower ranking officers the panel’s ruling would be final but in a case involving an Assistant Chief Constable, GMP will decide on a sanction. Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah SutcliffeCredit:Manchester Evening News Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Brideshead Revisited..Felicity Jones as Cordelia Flyte, Hayley Atwell as Julia Flyte, Emma Thompson as Lady Marchmain and Matthew Goode as Charles RyderCredit:Nicola Dove/Miramax Films Emma Thompson has revealed she almost quit the set of Brideshead Revisited because she felt a fellow actress was being pressured to be thin.Thompson did not name the woman she was referring to, but branded the pressure put on actresses as “evil” and said the problem is getting worse.The two-time Oscar-winner said she knew female stars who “simply don’t eat” as she spoke about anorexia in the film industry.Thompson, 57, said she once threatened to quit the 2008 British film Brideshead Revisited when a co-star was told to lose weight. The actress starred in the film, based on Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel, alongside Hayley Atwell, Sir Michael Gabon, Ben Wishaw and Felicity Jones.In an interview on Swedish chat show Skavlan, she said: “The anorexia – there are so many kids, girls and boys now, and actresses who are very, very thin, who are into their 30s, simply don’t eat.”There was a wonderful actress I was working with on something called Brideshead Revisited.”The producers said to her, ‘Will you lose some weight?’. She was absolutely exquisite.”I said to them, ‘If you speak to her about this again, on any level, I will leave this picture. You are never to do that’.”It’s evil, what’s happening, what’s going on out there, and it’s getting worse.”Thompson said one of the reasons she had never moved to Los Angeles was because she felt she was deemed “too fat” when she visited.”It is a strange place and I couldn’t live there,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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Instant noodles (most often ramen) are the pick-me-up of choice for college students and budget-conscious geeks the world over, but they weren’t always so ubiquitous. Nissin, one of the major brands for instant ramen, recently debuted an anime-inspired rap video detailing the true story behind the origins of the savory snack. And it’s… surprisingly awesome.You can (and should) watch the video below.Pulling heavily from shows like Samurai Champloo, the “Samurai Noodles” video opens with a syncopated back-beat and relaxed Japanese rap set against noir-inspired background art. In the days of post-World War II Japan, after the mass destruction of war and an anemic economy, many were left hungry. They would wait in long-lines at makeshift ramen stalls because it was often the only food available. The pain and anguish of his people sends Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodles and founder of Nissin, into a deep despair.“Peace will come to the world when there is enough food,” Ando said. “Only if I can create ramen that can be quickly prepared and eaten at home with just hot water…” So, in secret, he decides to save his people and feed the hungry with easily prepared noodles.Ando built a shed behind his house and worked every day to come up with working formula. His “Eureka!” moment came when he say his wife making tempura, and it helped him realized that he could dehydrate noodles by flash-frying them in oil. In 1958 he finally had a recipe he could mass produce. He founded Nissin and began shipping the first instant noodles — chicken flavored, if you were wondering.
Stay on target Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHands-On: ‘Sparklite’ Is a Fun Zelda-Inspired Roguelike Cuphead, if you couldn’t already tell, is an absolutely gorgeous video game. When we all saw the first few snippets of its stunning recreation of classic cartoon art styles during Microsoft’s 2014 E3 press conference, it immediately became one of the gaming community’s most anticipated indie titles.After three long years of waiting, Cuphead is now only days away. I got to play what had to be a near-final version of the Xbox One/PC platformer at a recent Microsoft event and learned some more about the artistry behind it.The goal was always for Cuphead to be a full-fledged adventure, according to artist and producer Maja Moldenhauer. But at first the team at Studio MDHR didn’t believe they could pull off that kind of scope with its initial resources. It’s like making a stop-motion short vs something like Kubo and the The Two Strings. The amount of meticulous extra work required would be exponentially increased.That’s why originally Cuphead was just going to be a collection of boss battles, stunning boss battles, but just boss battles all the same. After launch, the team would then expand the game with more traditional levels you’d expect from the classic shooters Cuphead pays homage to like Contra and Gunstar Heroes. However, the game earned so much goodwill after its debut, as well as extra support from Microsoft, that the version launching later this September is much more complete out of the gate.If the art is anything to go by, those extra months of work certainly haven’t been wasted. Moldenhaur explained how the number of hand-drawn and animated 2D frame went from 15,000 to 120,000. Furthermore, the game is nothing but original backgrounds, some made using rotoscoped real objects. And while the colors are digital, that decision was made after tests showed the end visual result would be no different from something analog.Even if you don’t have an animation background, anyone who looks at Cuphead can’t help but notice how much craft has been put into its aesthetic. Colorful characters chock full of personality constantly pour onto the screen to squash and stretch and shake their noodle limbs. Expressive faces shift from devious to shocked to ecstatic. Film grain and energetic jazz music transports you to the slightly naughty, feverish pre-Disney cartoon time period (hopefully without the racism).I don’t think my writing is good enough to convey the visual splendor. Seeing the pretty stills is one thing but seeing the game in motion is transformative. Cuphead is so hypnotic to look at it’s almost distracting.Distraction is fatal though since Cuphead is also brutally difficult. While its art style takes inspiration from old cartoons of the 30s, its gameplay is ripped straight out of old games of the 1980s. Along with the dancing drawings the screen is a nonstop Hell of bullets, either the ones coming from numerous enemies or the ones your twitching fingers are shooting right back at them. It’s relentless.In these early stages, I could aim in any direction and fire either a stream of standard long-range shots or closer-ranged spread shots. I could shoot powerful charge shots or land enough hits to pull off an ultimate attack like turning into an adorable atom bomb. Other moves include an air dash out of a jump, a parry against certain projectiles, and situational moves like changing the size of your biplane in a flying sky battle against an evil cloud.Cuphead plays well and looks unbelievable. All the pieces are there for a fantastic time. But for as bad as it feels to notice flaws in something with this much love and care clearly behind it, it doesn’t mean those flaws aren’t there. Cuphead wisely adopts some modern conveniences like infinite lives and saving, but I encountered some enemy groupings that were about as cheap as an arcade game trying to steal your quarters. Maybe playing with a friend would’ve softened things up.Worse, the one boss battle I completed against a psychic carrot(!) went on so long and was so repetitive it was more of an endurance or patience test than a challenge of skill. I just ran in the same pattern to dodge his same attacks, land some hits, and hope the escalating music was cluing me in that the dragging fight was almost done since there was no health bar. It felt more tedious than triumphant by the time I was finished.But it was hard to stay mad at any particular aspect of Cuphead because whenever you’re playing Cuphead you’ve also given yourself a chance to just look at Cuphead. I died numerous times just because I couldn’t take my eyes off a particular animation or character design. Even if you have no interest in the unforgiving run and gun gameplay, just watching a stream of this game may be the most transfixing entertainment you’ll find this year. Pull back the curtain on Cuphead September 29 on Xbox One and PC.View as: One Page Slides1/51. Cuphead is an absolutely gorgeous 2D shooter-platformer for PC and Xbox One.2. Formerly just a series of boss battles, the game is now a full-fledged adventure.3. Over 120,000 hand-drawn animated frames recreate the look of classic cartoons.4. The game’s brutal shooter gameplay pays homage to classics like Contra and Gunstar Heroes.5. Cuphead looks so good it’s almost distracting.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WSVN) – Florida wildlife officials are investigating a case of possible alligator abuse.Snapchat video shows a man dragging an 8-foot long alligator behind an ATV. The video was taken on Wednesday, and officials said the man was with a group near U.S. 1 in Volusia County.In the video, the man appears to tie the gator to the back of his ATV before dragging it back and forth on the road.“They are dangerous animals, and it could have turned out bad with the gentlemen being bitten and also bringing harm to the animal,” said Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Chad Webber.The video has drawn comparisons to video taken last summer, showing a shark being dragged behind a boat off the Florida Coast.It took about a month for FWC officials to identify the men in the video and charge them. “Sometimes it is tough to identify these people,” Webber said.But while FWC says the intent to harm the shark in that video appeared clear to them, this incident with the alligator is not so clear. FWC says it received a tip right away about the video, and investigators have already spoken with the man.Should investigators determine the man wanted to harm the reptile, he could face charges.People who saw the video said they couldn’t bare to watch it.“There’s no justification for it at all,” said Volusia County resident Dan Friend. “I was appalled to see the video.”Wildlife officials said when they finish their investigation, they may send the case to the State Attorney’s Office for possible charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Close to 500 Harley Davidson motorcycles made their way to the northern Berg for the 13th annual Steel Wings Rally over the weekend. National Steel Wings chairman Pieter Groenewald and his wife Corinne were pleased with the turnout.“18 of the 19 Steel Wings chapters attended. This year’s rally was called ‘Thunderberg’ and it was a blast, as usual. We rented out the entire Alpine Heath for the weekend and from there, the festivities continued,” says Corinne.On Saturday morning, the bikers were split into two manageable groups. The first stop on their out-ride from Alpine Heath was the Tower of Pizza for a poker run.The second group stopped at Bingelela just outside Bergville for some good old fashioned sports.“The rally is basically a team-building exercise. The chapters are spread far and wide across the country, and this gives us the opportunity to get together and have some fun,” adds Corrine.A member of the Bloemfontein chapter, Markus Oberholzer, commented that only Harley Davidson motorcycles are allowed at the rally.“Steel Wings is a Harley club; it is the only requirement. You have to have a passion for Harleys and the people who ride them.”The Ladysmith chapter was there in full force. “We had so much fun this year! We have such an amazing chapter here in Ladysmith and it’s wonderful to be part of the bigger picture with such fantastic people,” said Ladysmith’s Braam Potgieter, who of course also rides a Harley and is a member of the chapter.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
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It was only last week when a report by The New York Times brought to light the shocking allegations against Andy Rubin’s (creator of Android) sexual misconduct at Google. Now, more than 200 engineers at Google are organizing a “women’s walk” walkout this week to protest against the company’s response to the reports of sexual misconduct, as per Buzzfeed news. According to the report by the New York Times, after Rubin was accused of misbehavior in 2014 and the allegations were confirmed by Google, he was asked to leave by former Google CEO, Mr.Page, but received $90 million as an exit package. He also received a high profile well-respected farewell by Google in October 2014. But Rubin isn’t the only one, at least four senior executives have been protected by Google in the past, despite them being accused of sexual misconduct, as per the NY Times report. Andy Rubin spoke out about the allegation on Twitter where he denied the NY Times report: As per the Buzzfeed reports, Google executives had hosted an all-hands meeting last Thursday, during which they tried explaining their behavior towards Rubin and apologized to employees. Google CEO Sundar Pichai also sent an email to all Google employees on Thursday clarifying how the company has fired 48 people over the last two years for sexual harassment where 13 of them were “senior managers and above”. He also mentioned how none of the accused employees received any exit packages. “We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace. We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action”, read the email. The protest is a response to Google’s handling of sexual misconduct within the workplace in the recent past, that employees found as inadequate. Moreover, Google employees participating in the planned protest are dissatisfied that senior executives such as Drummond, Chief Legal Officer, Alphabet, and Chairman, CapitalG, mentioned in the NY times report for indulging in “inappropriate relationships” within the organization continue to work in highly placed positions at Google and have not faced any real punitive action by Google for their action. In April this year, Google employees protested against Project Maven, with petitions, and better demands for more transparency within the organization. The demands of the upcoming protest haven’t been made specified yet, but, shares similar sentiments. The planning for the walkout was done on an internal online forum by the Google employees to map out the details regarding the protest. By yesterday, that post had upvotes, as per a current Google employee who wishes to remain anonymous. The day and timing of the walkout haven’t been fixed yet but is likely to take place this Thursday, as reported by BuzzFeed. One of the Google employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, told BuzzFeed, ‘Personally, I’m furious. I feel like there’s a pattern of powerful men getting away with awful behavior towards women at Google‚ or if they don’t get away with it, they get a slap on the wrist, or they get sent away with a golden parachute, like Andy Rubin. Public reaction towards the protest is largely positive: Our take on this development If this protest manages to get a response from Google on the veracity of the claims made by the NYT article, it would be a good place to start healing. Openly acknowledging issues is the first step towards working on them. The protest could be more effective had the organizers has a clear set of goals to achieve from the walkout. Currently, it appears more like an emotional response to the revelation than as a way to move the company in the right direction on the topic of making the workplace safe and treating everyone fairly. Of late Google, employees seem to increasingly place the role of the companies moral compass on contentious and sensitives topics. Holding Google accountable for its role in enabling workplace misconduct is a worthy cause to stand up for. However, doing this via continuous protests or through media leaks does not seem to be an effective long-term approach to dealing with organizational issues – for both employees and for Google. There is the risk of employees becoming jaded and distrusting or management simply taking the easy way out by choosing to leave behind those that don’t align with its new vision only to become a monolithic thinking machine. Frequent employee protests is a symptom of a deeper value-misalignment problem that Google must reflect on. Read Next Ex-googler who quit Google on moral grounds writes to Senate about company’s “Unethical” China censorship plan OK Google, why are you ok with mut(at)ing your ethos for Project DragonFly? Google takes steps towards better security, introduces new API policies for 3rd parties and a Titan Security system for mobile devices
Discover Puerto Rico has appointed United Kingdom-based travel representation and PR consultancy Hills Balfour, an MMGY Global company, as its international agency. Hills Balfour will oversee Discover Puerto Rico’s marketing, trade and PR interests in Canada, Colombia, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, working together to grow international arrivals.Discover Puerto Rico is a private, not for-profit enterprise whose mission is to make Puerto Rico visible to the world.Hills Balfour will work in partnership with the organisation to position the Island as a premier travel destination to an international audience in order to increase visitation, dispersal and spend. As part of this effort, Hills Balfour will work collaboratively with its international network, Travel Consul, to develop and implement a strategic plan that will help Discover Puerto Rico achieve its goals to raise global awareness of the destination and grow international arrivals.“Tourism benefits everyone on the island enormously and we look forward to putting a new emphasis on growing our international arrivals through our expanding global footprint in partnership with Hills Balfour. “Puerto Rico is thriving, and we are taking exciting steps to widen our reach, encouraging more international travellers to experience our rich culture, beautiful natural wonders and immense bounty of one-of-a-kind experiences,” said Brad Dean, chief executive of Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s first-ever destination marketing organisation. “With world-class facilities and developing infrastructure projects, including new hotels, restaurants and attractions, alongside an increase in international flight options, there truly has never been a better time to visit Puerto Rico.”In Puerto Rico, the travel industry employs roughly 77,000 people and impacts 17 other sectors of the economy.Tourism contributes to 6.5 per cent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product and is on the rise given the Island’s popularity as a must-visit destination.Amanda Hills, Hills Balfour president, added: “We are incredibly excited to be working with Discover Puerto Rico at this pivotal moment in time. “We believe that Puerto Rico has been the hidden gem of the Caribbean for too long and that its unique mix of treasures are the perfect fit for the increasing demands of international experience seekers. “Travellers today want more than just good weather and beautiful beaches, though Puerto Rico has plenty, they want to explore and connect with local people and cultures.” NewerMoloi returns to Grei at the Saxon Hotel OlderSwiss-Belhotel Bogor expands brand presence in Indonesia