US Officials Urge Trump Administration to Support Morocco on Western Sahara…

Rabat – US attorney general of Idaho Lawrence Wasden and Utah’s attorney general Sean Reyes have co-written a opinion piece, emphasizing the role of Morocco as a leading counter-terrorism country.Published on December 14 by Salt Lake Tribune, the opinion piece points out Morocco’s steady support for the US’s security efforts in the MENA region. The opinion piece analyzes Morocco’s efforts in fighting cyber terrorism and criminal crimes, such as human trafficking. Both officials were tasked to visit Morocco and learn about its “efforts to counter human trafficking, cyber terrorism, and transnational organized crimes.”Referring to their trip to Morocco, Wasden and Reyes said that they found Morocco to be “a country that cares deeply about security and rule of law, in a region hostile to both.”The officials also spoke about their meeting with the governor of the Dakhla province in Western Sahara. They highlighted that the region has “witnessed a variety of development projects” in recent years, hinting at Morocco’s increasing efforts to improve living standards and employment prospects for the region’s locals.Read Also: Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowRyes and Wasden emphasized the credibility of Morocco’s autonomy plan introduced in 2007 to the United Nations. Both Attorneys general recognized that the autonomy plan received “large bipartisan support in the US Congress” as it represents a “win-win compromise solution” to the conflict.Arguing that Morocco is the US’s most reliable ally in the region, the American officials warned Trump’s administration against losing their North African ally.Read Also: Western Sahara: Everything You Should Know About Morocco’s Autonomy PlanThe US should intensify its support to Moroccan positions as no other countries in the region are as committed as Morocco to the values and interests that the US shares with allies, they said of the conflict in Western Sahara. Morocco’s efforts in countering terrorism and radicalization, “underscore the need for continued US support to help Morocco resolve the Western Sahara conflict,” the noted. “Although this dispute remains a frozen conflict with seemingly little relevance amidst a variety of hotspots in different parts of the world, it remains nevertheless pertinent today as it threatens to undermine a vital U.S. ally in North Africa.”For all the pro-Morocco sentiment in the opinion piece-and increasingly in conservative circles in the US-it is still unclear what they direction the Trump administration will take regarding the conflict.Read Also: US Congresswoman: US Sides with Morocco on CounterterrorismLast week, Bolton expressed frustration over the continuity of the conflict, criticizing the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, also known as MINURSO. “Ladies and gentlemen, 27 years of deployment of this peacekeeping force, 27 years and it’s still there? How can you justify that? I have got to know over the years the Saharawi people, I have enormous respect for them, I have enormous respect for the government and people of Morocco and Algeria, is there not a way to resolve it?” Bolton wondered with frustration.Read Also: Bolton ‘Frustrated’ With UN Failure to Resolve Western Sahara DisputeMorocco-US alliance on counterterrorismThe officials also touted Morocco’s counterterrorism and the fight against radicalization as key assets that the US should take into account. According to them, the cooperation will deepen cooperation in both “military and security” between the two countries.Read Also: Morocco Wants Strong Security Cooperation with US Against IranMorocco’s strategy to fight against terrorism has attracted interests among counter-terrorism experts worldwide. The North African country cooperates with a host of international security services, including in the US, Spain, and France.In October, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said that the US allies itself with Morocco in the fight against terrorism and in maintaining security.”Ros-Lehtinen indicated that Morocco is a strong country with which the US shares “the same problems.”The opinion piece also recalled Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran over Hezbollah’s support for the Polisario Front. “This should not come as a surprise given that Iran has been seeking to destabilize a number of states, in an effort to weaken the U.S. allies in the Middle East and North Africa, and in so doing, creates a security risk to our friends and our nation,” the commentary added.They emphasized that the US “must” back Morocco as the country leads the way in terms of “reforms and as an exporter of peace while at the same time addressing the challenges brought by regional instability, rising extremism and external threats from Iran,” the officials concluded read more

CPA strongly rejects statement by Bellanwila Wimalaratne Thero

“Our shock and sadness in this regard are compounded by the fact that the Venerable Thero made a deeply respected contribution to our ‘Never Again’ public interest television campaign in 2008 marking the 25th anniversary of Black July, the central message of which was non-violence and peaceful coexistence amongst all the peoples of our country,” CPA said.In keeping with its non-partisan organisational mandate, CPA has engaged in strengthening good governance and democracy in Sri Lanka since its inception in 1996. CPA will continue to work on research and advocacy to build broad public support for a new constitution. CPA also notes that the Venerable Thero does not produce any evidence in respect of the allegations made against CPA and its Executive Director’s purported role in the constitutional reform process. Accordingly, CPA regrets to have to state that such remarks by such a personage are alarmingly irresponsible and even inflammatory. “CPA strongly rejects the statement made by the Venerable Thero. His comments unfortunately associate him with the extremist opponents of the constitutional reform process. These extremists have labelled supporters of a new constitution “traitors”, threatened them with death and called for Parliament to be bombed if a new constitution is passed by its members. In this context, CPA is appalled and saddened by these remarks of such a highly respected member of the Sangha,” CPA said in a statement. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) strongly rejected claims made by the Venerable Bellanwila Wimalaratne Thero.Addressing a conference of Bikkhus at the Dhammikaramaya in Ratmalana on the proposed new constitution, the Venerable Thero stated that CPA and its Executive Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu are behind “constitutional courts” and are “pumping” the constitutional reform process with “NGO money”. A report to this effect was also published in the Lankadeepa newspaper on 1st November 2017. CPA fervently hopes that the public debate on the new constitution can be carried out without misinformation, insinuations and threats of violence, which are all reminiscent of the recent past. We believe our country needs a new constitution that meets the aspirations of all of its peoples and comprehensively rejects the politics of hurt, harm and hate. We strongly appeal to our fellow citizens, politicians and all religious leaders to engage in and lead an informed, responsible and constructive debate on this pivotal issue. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Kevin Love Is Only Following The Same Rubric As Six Decades Of

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love made news Monday when he endorsed Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA MVP race. Now, normally that wouldn’t be much of a story — we’ve made the case for Westbrook ourselves — except for one not-so-tiny detail: Love picked Westbrook over his own teammate, LeBron James.Asked to choose between Westbrook (Love’s old college teammate at UCLA) and James by Dan Patrick on his eponymous radio show, Love said:They’re both having an MVP-type season, but I’m going to go with Russell Westbrook because … every single night you’re looking at his stat sheet, they’re fighting for a playoff spot, with Serge Ibaka going down now, Kevin Durant potentially being out the rest of the year and him still going out there and fighting for his team, and winning, and fighting for that seventh or eighth spot in the playoffs. … I think Russ is arguably having the better season.The supposed slight between teammates was later downplayed by James (“Kevin has his own opinion of who he believes is the MVP. No one should fault him for that.”). But to some, it added to the speculation about a growing rift between the two superstars — and what it could mean for Love’s future in Cleveland. If he chooses to, Love can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.Then again, maybe Love was just following the same rubric that MVP voters have adhered to for over a half-century. Several years ago, Justin Kubatko (then of analyzed historical patterns in NBA MVP voting, attempting to create an algorithm that would predict the front-runners for the award in-season. After going through a variety of statistical combinations, he found that four categories had by far the most influence on MVP results: team wins, points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.That research forms the basis for’s MVP tracker tool, which currently gives Westbrook about twice as good a shot at the award as James. While James’ team has been better, winning 64 percent of its games — compared with 58 percent for Oklahoma City — Westbrook’s edges over James in points, rebounds and assists per game are traditionally more than enough to offset the difference in team records. The Thunder’s winning percentage would have to drop to 48 percent for Westbrook and James to have the same MVP probability per the model.(For what it’s worth, the metric also lists Houston’s James Harden and — especially — Golden State’s Stephen Curry as overwhelming MVP favorites, with Curry garnering a 41 percent probability of taking home the hardware. So it’s still unlikely that Westbrook or James will win the award.)In other words, Love isn’t necessarily going out of his way to disrespect James here. Perhaps the homer pick — publicly backing one’s teammate despite evidence to the contrary — is still a customary gesture of solidarity among colleagues. But by picking Westbrook instead, Love was at least highly consistent with the way media members have voted for players since the first MVP was handed out. read more

British expat pensioners arrested over £2m cocaine smuggling plot named

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. The cruise liner MS Marco Polo, on which Roger and Susan Clarke were arrested The cruise liner MS Marco Polo, on which Roger and Susan Clarke were arrestedCredit:Bork/ullstein bild via Getty Images Details on her Facebook page show that Susan is from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire and worked as a secretary in aviation industry. She now lives with her husband in Guardamar del Segura, just south of Alicante in Spain.The cocaine was intercepted at the ship’s penultimate stop, rather than at its final docking point of Tilbury, Essex.Portuguese police chief Vitor Ananais said: “We acted when we did rather than wait for a possible handover because we wanted to protect the investigation and ensure we seized the drugs.“We do not know for sure at the moment where the cocaine was going to be brought ashore,” he added.“We believe the couple were given the drugs in a Caribbean island but are still looking into which island at this stage.“The couple were not at all showy and blended in well because most of the other passengers on the cruise liner were elderly.“They were travelling alone. They didn’t try to protest their innocence after their arrests. They haven’t said anything to police as to how the drugs got in their cases.”The couple appeared in court on December 5, with Susan currently being held at a prison in Tires near Lisbon and Roger in a prison in the capital. Two pensioners arrested on suspicion of smuggling £2 million of cocaine into Europe on board a cruise ship have been named as husband-and-wife couple Roger and Susan Clarke.Roger, 72, had apparently loaded four new suitcases onto the Marco Polo cruise liner while it was docked in St Lucia, according to the Sun, who say they spoke to a fellow passenger on the boat.The pair were arrested in a targeted raid by Portuguese police on December 4, who boarded the cruise liner as it docked in Lisbon.Vitor Ananais, who led the operation for the Policia Judiciaria, said: “We knew who were looking for and boarded the cruise ship with a search warrant.”He described how nine kilograms of cocaine, with a reported street value of £2 million were found inside the couple’s cabin, hidden in false bottoms of their suitcases. The Foreign Office have been contacted for comment. According to the Sun, Roger bragged about buying cheap luggage to fellow guests on board the Marco Polo, saying: “I tell you what Sue, I’ve done a really good deal. $200 for four suitcases. Wasn’t that cheap?“They would be £1,500 in Harrods.”Susan, 70, was understood to have stayed on the boat while her husband went onshore. read more

Thiess in new contract for Rockys Reward nickel mine

first_imgThiess has been awarded a A$225 million contract with BHP Nickel West to provide mining services at the Rocky’s Reward nickel mine in Western Australia.The 34-month contract incorporates a further cutback at the Rocky’s Reward pit and works at a satellite pit. The mining services include mine planning and engineering, drilling and blasting, mining of overburden and ore, and rehandling services to the Leinster processing facility.CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said: “This award continues our strong working relationship with BHP Nickel West. We’re pleased to continue our support at Rocky’s Reward, delivering value through our mining expertise and our experience in planning and scheduling mining around existing underground workings.”CIMIC Group Executive Mining and Mineral Processing and Thiess Managing Director Douglas Thompson said: “This contract recognises our ability to bring the right equipment, people and expertise to projects. We look forward to building on our experience at Rocky’s Reward where we delivered strongly in production and safety. We also look forward to continuing to provide opportunities for local jobs and suppliers.”A member of the BHP Billiton group, Nickel West is a fully integrated nickel business comprising the Mt Keith, Cliffs and Leinster mines, the Kalgoorlie smelter, the Kambalda concentrator and the Kwinana refinery.Rocky’s Reward is located at Leinster, 400 kilometres north of Kalgoorlie.last_img read more

This is a new island created by the massive earthquake in Pakistan

first_imgA MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE in Pakistan yesterday killed 328 people (according to latest reports from provincial officials) and destroyed communities in the remote area of the southwest.The 7.7 magnitude quake also created a new island off the country’s south coast.Gwadar’s local government office issued photos of the new land today, showing people walking on what used to be part of the Arabian sea.A close-up:Read: Major earthquake kills at least 39 in Pakistanlast_img

Joao Cancelo expressed gratitude to Inter after Fridays encounter

first_imgAfter Juventus defeated Inter Milan in Friday’s Serie A blockbuster classic, Joao Cancelo has expressed his gratitude to his ex-clubThe Nerazzurri have practically scouted the Portuguese wing-back for the Bianconeri, helping him to adjust to the Italian Serie A before his €40.4m transfer from Valencia to the Allianz Stadium in the summer.What’s more, the Milanese giants were determined to keep hold of Cancelo during the summer, but have failed to see the deal through due to the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.Known for his devastating pace and excellent technique, Cancelo has emerged as one of the best Europe right-backs, establishing himself as an indispensable first-team member under Max Allegri this term.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.After the derby, the skillful defender has revealed his affection for Inter.“It was an important victory against Inter, who are a great team and a direct rival for the Scudetto,” he told Sky Sport Italia, which has later been transmitted by FourFourTwo.“Inter was a very important team for me, that made me grow a lot. Now I’m wearing Juventus’ colors, and I think only of Juve, but Inter remains in my heart.”last_img read more

Claire Foy paid less than Matt Smith for starring in The Crown

first_imgSomething for the weekend: British actress Claire Foy may have to consider raiding the Crown Jewels for a payday bonus after it was reported that she was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith for playing leading monarch Queen Elizabeth in the hit Netflix drama The Crown.According to Hollywood publication Variety, show producers confessed at a television industry conference in Jerusalem that Foy’s on-screen husband Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was able to command a more princely pay packet than Foy due to his previous work on popular shows such as Doctor Who.Golden Globe winner Foy, 33, was reportedly paid £28,000 per episode for The Crown’s first two series, while Smith’s pay per episode remains unconfirmed.Suzanne Mackie, co-producer on The Crown, told the conference that the pay difference would be rectified moving forwards, although Foy will still not benefit from this because a new cast of royals are being introduced for series three and four.Mackie told Variety: “Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the Queen.”Here at Employee Benefits, we are glad to hear that the new occupants of The Crown’s Buckingham Palace will be paid on an equal basis moving forward, however we think a meeting with the Queen herself would certainly be an ample reward…last_img read more

CES Responded To Flipped Boat Near Jims Landing No Reported Injuries

first_imgCES Chief Dan Grimes: “We responded with an engine, two engines, and a command rig. We also contacted the Russian River Ferry and had them meet us at the landing with their boat.” CES put two rescue swimmers on the boat and went downstream roughly 500 yards South of Jim’s Landing and located the flipped boat. Grimes: “Three victims all on shore, they were wet and cold, but okay. We brought them back safely to the landing.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services responded to a flipped over boat in the Kenai River near Jim’s Landing around 9:51 p.m., last night. According to Grimes all occupants were wearing life jackets.last_img

Infosys Likely to Appoint Board Member Seshasayee as Interim Chairman

first_imgInfosys is likely to appoint board member R Seshasayee as interim non-executive chairman. He will replace KV Kamath, who will leave the company to take charge as the first president of the newly formed $100-billion BRICS Bank.The company is expected to confirm the candidate for the post of non-executive chairman within 2-3 weeks, according to the two sources close to the development.”It is quite likely that Infosys will opt for an interim non-executive chairman for now. Ideally the company would like to have a chairman in place before the AGM (on June 22),” a source said, The Economic Times reports.Seshasayee, who started his career with Hindustan Lever in 1971, was appointed as the board member of India’s second largest IT firm in January 2011. Seshasayee served as the executive director and managing director of Ashok Leyland before joining Infosys.”Seshasayee is the most likely candidate to be selected as interim non-executive chairman, given his experience and the fact that he is among the senior-most people on the board,” one of the sources said.Infosys’s chief executive officer Vishal Sikka and outgoing Kamath are also expected to work together in scouting for an external candidate as the next chairman.”Infosys ideally wants the next chairman to have a profile similar to founder NR Narayana Murthy or Kamath. That person could come either from within the board or outside Infosys,” the person added.After retiring as the CEO of ICICI Bank on 30 April, 2009, Kamath got appointed as the chairman of Infosys, replacing its founder NR Narayana Murthy in August 2011.”Infosys needs (a chairman) with experience in institution building. Right now the company is undergoing a serious transition and a lot of changes are taking place under the new CEO. So Infosys needs to pick someone who can be a good sounding board to Sikka,” said Kavil Ramachandran, executive director of Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business.Kamath, 67, has been appointed as the chief of New Development Bank proposed by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations. The president of the bank will have a term of five years.last_img read more

Rupee hits twomonth high on dollar weakness

first_imgThe Indian rupee continued to strengthen on Wednesday, hitting a near two-month high against the US dollar. It appreciated by 43 paise to close at 64.98 against the greenback.A strong rebound in the rupee was supported by a weakening dollar in the wake of reduced chances of an interest rate hike by the US central bank. Last week, an official data showed that the employment growth in the US remained weak in September, leading to a decline in expectations over monetary tightening by the US Federal Reserve in 2015.”We expect INR to be one of the outperformers in the region. India is among the best positioned in Asia to benefit from lower oil prices and it is also relatively insulated from China’s economic growth slowdown (from a trade perspective) with exports to China accounting for just ~5% of India’s total exports in 2014,” said RBC Capital Markets in a note.Besides, the rupee was underpinned by a rebound in domestic stock markets, which rose for a sixth consecutive session on Wednesday amid a revival in buying interest from overseas investors. So far this month, foreign investors have bought equities worth about Rs 1,500 crore (net) in the cash market, NDTV Profit reported.The benchmark BSE Sensex index has gone up nearly 1,300 points since 29 September, the day on which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) surprised the markets by announcing a 50 bps cut in key lending rate.Analysts said that the domestic currency will also benefit from the RBI’s decision to raise foreign investment in government bonds.Last month, the central bank said that “it would gradually increase the limits it sets for foreign investors buying government debt by up to Rs 1.2 lakh crore by March 2018.””Again, RBI is doing its part to help, announcing a range of measures to liberalise financial markets. For example, it increased the current USD30bn limit for foreign investment in govt bonds by USD18bn (by March 2018 in stages; currently fully utilized and up to 5% of outstanding),” said RBC note.last_img read more

Bulls return to DStreet climbing 1000 points in March amid gaining traction

first_imgRepresentational image.PixabayThe bulls are on the rampage on the Street revved up by foreign buying and the brightening prospects of the return to power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Balakot bomb run in retaliation to Pulwama attack. Sensex, the 30-scrip benchmark index of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) surged about 1,000 points in six sessions of March in what is seen as the beginning of a long rally to close on Tuesday at 37,535 points. The broader 50-index National Stock Exhange (NSE) Nifty clocked about 400 points to close at 11,301 points.Indian rupee touched a new 2-month high on the back of strong foreign buying of both debt and equity. Market observers see renewed risk appetite in foreign institutional investors (FII), who have poured in about Rs 8,000 crores so far this month, according to a report in the MoneyControl website. FIIs sustained net inflows in February and January pumping in Rs 13,564 crores and Rs 127 crores respectively. Foreign portfolio investors (FPI) have also been supporting net inflows having brought in a net amount of Rs 11,182 crores last month.Market watchers are confident of a continued bull run this time unless there is a disastrous political turn as the rally has been broad based with strong movement in all sectors. The Nifty Bank index on Tuesday surpassed its all-time closing high of 28,320 hit on August 9, 2018, to hit a high of 28,363 in the intra-day trade, the Business Standard website said. The most active stocks on NSE were Reliance Industries (RIL), ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Titan Company and UPL hitting their high.The bullish turn is attributed in part to the market euphoria over polls that have predicted a return of the Bharatiya Janata Party under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The mid-and small-caps have been gaining traction among the investors after having bled for more than a year. Experts are bullish on the segment because of their favourable valuation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a programme at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on March 9, 2019.IANS/PIBChandresh Nigam, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Axis Mutual Fund, had told Business Standard recently: “We have seen increased flows from HNIs in the mid- and small-cap schemes in the last four-five days. Sophisticated investors are taking tactical calls on the mid- and small-cap categories. There has been sustained correction in some of these categories. Some wealthy investors see this as a good time to deploy their funds.”The bulls have also found traction in the revised notes by foreign brokerages such as HSBC, BNP Paribas and Morgan Stanley on Indian equities. HSBC recently raised its weightage on India from ‘neutral’ to ‘overweight’ and remains bullish on financial, metal, and consumer discretionary sectors in the Indian context, according to a report.”Aside from the elections, the macro backdrop is looking better in 2019 than in 2018. Inflation is low, and our economists are now looking for a rate cut in April. We expect overall GDP (gross domestic product) growth to accelerate, possibly supported by reforms (such as GST) starting to bear fruit,” Herald van der Linde, head of equity strategy for the Asia Pacific at HSBC wrote in a note along with Devendra Joshi and Prerna Garg. The global cues have also been conducive for the Indian bull run. The Asian shares have been upbeat after the European Commission’s nod for changes to a Brexit deal ahead of a vote in the British parliament. European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to additional assurances in an updated Brexit deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday, according to Reuters. The easing of trade war clouds between the US and China have also helped the global markets, reflecting the shine on Indian equities.last_img read more

Three cheers for Collette

first_imgThree cheers for ColletteThree cheers for ColletteCharming French Canada tour wins big at Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards Top Hotels in CanadaCollette is celebrating after the announcement of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler’s Top Hotels In Canada: Reader’s Choice Awards 2016, with three of the listed properties featuring in the tour operator’s new Charming French Canada tour!Collette’s new 8-day Charming French Canada tour delves deep into Canada’s rich culture, brimming with French influence.Guests on the Charming French Canada tour will marvel at the magnificent architecture of rustic Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello’s magnificent architecture – rated #3Others may decide to stroll the grounds of the stately Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac – coming in at #6 on Conde Nast Traveler’s list.Moving through the tour, Collette guests will visit beautiful Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, Conde Nast’s #8!Guests on this tour will explore Canada’s many treasures in style – for the reasonable lead in price of $2599Read more about the awards Click HereFor more information on Charming French Canada and Collette’s other tours Click Here Collettebook your tour here Source = Collettelast_img read more


first_imgBelmondentertainmentfamilieshotelsluxuryrailSouth America The little bear from ‘darkest Peru’ has returned to the big screen with the release of ‘PADDINGTON 2’ on 10 November 2017 and, since Belmond British Pullman has a starring role in the film, Belmond is celebrating too (perfect for families!).Adventurous travel packages to the famous bear’s homeland are on offer – ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ – and may even include marmalade treats served on a rooftop overlooking Lima’s beachfront, and discovering Peruvian oranges growing along the route to Machu Picchu!POSTCARDS FROM PERUThe new four and seven night packages aptly begin in Lima – where Paddington’s Aunt Lucy lives – at the city’s most stylish address, Belmond Miraflores Park, overlooking the seafront and bustling promenade. From the hotel’s rooftop, children can gaze across the ocean, dreaming of their upcoming adventure as they feast on sticky marmalade breakfast treats and get into character with their very own red bush hat, courtesy of Belmond.From Lima, the journey takes guests to Cusco, and one of the city’s most treasured landmarks – Belmond Hotel Monasterio. Families can explore the city on foot or spend time meandering through the hotel’s stunning courtyard, cloisters and flower-lined walkways, stopping to make a wish at the 300-year old cedar tree and mythical fountain. After a long day of sightseeing, children are invited to make bear-shaped cookies with the chef – a sweet-tasting stopover to help bear cubs re-charge for their next escapade. Next on the itinerary is one of the most highly-anticipated experiences in Peru; a journey to Machu Picchu aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham – the country’s most famous 1920s-inspired vintage train. Just as Paddington arrived into London by train, families will arrive by rail in unrivalled luxury, through wild river canyons and lush jungle, to the heart of the Inca Empire. Passengers will be gifted a special jar of organic marmalade with a map to spot where the most succulent Peruvian oranges are grown along route. Before taking the train back down from Machu Picchu, guests spend a night at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel to be situated at the gates of the ancient citadel and overlooking the breath taking sacred peaks. Hidden within the tropical plantation and garden terrace are jars of marmalade, just waiting to be discovered by mini explorers. Guests on the longer seven-night package are transported to the heart of the Sacred Valley and oasis of calm Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, exclusively located on the shores of the Urubamba River. A special Paddington-themed ‘movies under the stars’ night offers family fun by the wild-running river, with cosy woollen blankets provided to wrap up warm, popcorn waiter service and dessert bar inspired by the film.BEAR NECESSITIESThe four-night ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ package is priced at $3,158/£2,835 per person and includes one night at Belmond Miraflores Park, two nights at Belmond Hotel Monasterio on B&B and one night full board at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, with one day train journey aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham and entrance to Machu Picchu, Paddington-themed activities across properties, transfers, and sightseeing tours and is valid for travel from now through 2018. The package does not include international and domestic flights, airport departure taxes and travel insurance. Prices per child are on request.The seven-night ‘A Bear’s Life with Belmond’ package is priced at $4,804/£3,625 and includes the above plus a second night at Belmond Miraflores Park, two nights at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado on B&B and return domestic flights, Lima/Cusco.MONTH OF THE MOVIESDuring November and December 2017, guests wishing to embrace the magic of the film will be able to join in the fun as Paddington-themed activities take place daily across Belmond’s Peruvian portfolio. At Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco families can enjoy a Paddington-afternoon tea time in the hotel’s ‘secret garden’ with preservative sandwiches in generous supply. All activities are offered complimentary to guests staying overnight at any of the six hotels and/or travelling aboard Belmond Hiram Bingham. LONDON – Paddington Afternoon Tea journeysBelmond British Pullman offers steam-hauled Paddington Afternoon Tea journeys departing London Victoria Station on 2 December 2017, 16 February 2018 and 7 April 2018. Prices start from £550, based on two adults and two children (under 16) travelling together.Visit or call Peru reservations on +51 1 519 5705 last_img read more

Frances Total may expand presence into block 8 of EEZ Updated

first_imgFrench energy giant Total, wants to expand its presence into block 8 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Monday.Speaking to reporters at the presidential palace after the meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and the Regional Director of Total, Stephane Michel, Lakkotrypis said the discussion had been constructive. “The next steps in the exploration programme were discussed and one of the most important issues was the interest by Total in participating in block 8,” he said.Block 8 was licensed to Italy’s ENI and “now we see interest by the French company to grow in this segment. It is a very important development that strengthens the [ENI-Total] consortium and expand its presence in Cyprus’ EEZ,” Lakkotrypis added. The consortium has 50 per cent stake each in blocks 6 and 11.Michel, who is in charge of production and research activities in the Middle East region, echoed the minister saying: “We applied as well to enter block 8 owned by ENI and wanted to come to support that demand which is currently being examined by the Minister,” he said.He did not give any further information on the share that the French company wished to acquire in block 8 or on the timetable for confirmation drilling in Calypso field in block 6.Asked about Calypso, Lakkotrypis said the consortium’s work was continuing there but the government planned to secure an independent assessment of quantities in the field.In February, ENI announced that it made a discovery of lean gas after drilling an exploratory well at Calypso. The company said it believed the gas play to hold around 6 to 8 trillion cubic feet.“We discussed the next steps. We are not ready yet to say anything. We are in discussions on other issues, which will be announced as they develop,” he said.Michel, asked if the company would proceed with confirmatory drilling in Calypso, said there was a lot of technical work to be done before this happened. He said so far results had come only from the first borehole and noted there would certainly be confirmatory drilling.To another media question, Lakkotrypis referred to the navy blockade imposed by Turkey on ENI’s drillship in February this year, which prevented it from carrying out its work in block 3, the minister said: “After everything had occurred in Block 3, what we see is that one of the most important partners of the Republic wants to expand its presence in our EEZ, especially in a field such as block 8 which is largely still unexplored.” He said 3D surveys had already been carried out in block 8. “They are currently being processed to determine targets,” he said.Turkey has repeatedly warned Cyprus against taking “unilateral steps” in exploring and developing hydrocarbons without factoring in the Turkish Cypriots with whom Ankara signed a ‘continental shelf delineation agreement’ in 2001.Turkey’s claims on the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Ankara also supports the north’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field in block12. You May LikeCrutchfield.comOur Top 5 Smart Pet Picks to Welcome Your New Dog or CatCrutchfield.comUndofinguide.info8 Mistakes We Make in Living Room Designfinguide.infoUndoWifi BoosterEveryone In United States Is Going Crazy Over This High Speed WiFi BoosterWifi BoosterUndo New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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