An independent United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the recent decision of a court in the Maldives to acquit an opposition party member of accusations of “causing disharmony through an unlawful assembly,” saying the ruling demonstrated that the island chain was making progress towards having an independent judiciary. Leandro Despouy, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, issued a statement after the decision of the Criminal Court on 5 March to acquit Imran Zahir, a member of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), of an accusation that is punishable under the penal code. Mr. Despouy visited the Maldives in February last year, after which he voiced concern that the Maldivian constitution placed the judges under the control of the President and that there was “a serious lack of trained judges and lawyers.” He also noted that since 2004 a number of political activists have been charged under the current penal code with such offences as disobedience to order, disruption of religious harmony, unlawful assembly, peace disruption and obstructing police duty. “The current effort of the Government of the Maldives, through the Attorney General’s Office, to review these cases represents an important step towards the effective implementation of the human rights obligations of Maldives under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),” Mr. Despouy’s statement said. “The political determination of the Government of the Maldives to comply with its international human rights obligations prior to the first multi-party election is very encouraging. The Special Rapporteur is committed to offer his assistance to support the current effort of the Government to review the remaining cases.” Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity who report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. 14 March 2008An independent United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the recent decision of a court in the Maldives to acquit an opposition party member of accusations of “causing disharmony through an unlawful assembly,” saying the ruling demonstrated that the island chain was making progress towards having an independent judiciary. read more

CALGARY — Discounts on Canadian crude oil widened to multi-year highs on Wednesday as oil and gas executives took turns at a conference pointing out Canada’s competitiveness gap in attracting energy investors.Prices for both Western Canada Select, an oilsands bitumen blend, and Edmonton Sweet crude oil, fell relative to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate because of a lack of pipeline capacity, growing production from the oilsands and a reduction in demand due to U.S. refinery maintenance shutdowns, said Tim Pickering, founder of price tracker Auspice Capital in Calgary.“All of those things have culminated into a system that is completely overloaded,” Pickering said.“Anything people can move out, they’re moving out, but we’ve basically just got the perfect storm.”‘Serious unintended consequences’: Climate change policies to cost oilpatch $25 billion over 10 yearsEncana to sell New Mexico assets to DJR Energy for close to $615 millionNatural gas sector poised for big boost if LNG Canada moves aheadHe said the WCS differential grew to as much as US$48 per barrel on Wednesday morning, the highest since at least 2011, and the Edmonton Sweet differential was at US$27.50 per barrel, a multi-year high that’s more than three times its typical size.On the sidelines of the Energy Roundtable conference in Calgary, meanwhile, CEO Kevin Neveu of Precision Drilling Corp. said the differentials are having an immediate chilling effect on companies’ ability to fund drilling budgets in Canada.“It’s proportionate to the cash flow. So if (a drilling customer) expected a netback of $50 Canadian or $55 or $60 and they’re only getting $45 or $50, they’ll adjust back to that outlook quickly, within the quarter,” he said.He said the drilling industry in Canada is headed for revenue this year in line with 2017, which was the second-worst year for drilling profitability after a disastrous 2016.Earlier, Doug Suttles, CEO of Encana Corp. said government policy is making Canada an uncompetitive place to drill for oil and gas.“Today, every well we drill in British Columbia, we pay over $100,000 in carbon tax just on the diesel used to drill and complete that well,” he said during a speech at the conference.“Those products are largely moving to markets in the United States. In the United States, we don’t pay a dollar of carbon tax.”Calgary-based Encana is focused on four major oil and gas plays, the Montney and Duvernay in Western Canada and the Eagle Ford and Permian in the southern United States.Suttles said Encana gets no credit for the clean-burning natural gas it produces, nor for the three B.C. gas plants it built that are powered by hydro electricity.He added it also won’t get credit if the gas is shipped in future to a hydro electricity-powered liquefied natural gas export terminal on the West Coast and on to Asia, where it may replace coal in producing electricity and cutting global emissions.Due to corporate tax cuts under U.S. President Donald Trump, Suttles pointed out Encana also pays higher income taxes in Canada than it does in the U.S.“As a Canadian, it’s easy to get really down,” said Ian Dundas, CEO of Enerplus Corp., a Calgary-based company with 90 per cent of its production in North Dakota and little in Canada.“We’ve let the Americans outcompete us and outregulate us and we find ourselves in this position.”He said the solution is to stop making the situation worse — citing Ottawa’s Bill C-69 to reform the National Energy Board and its proposed clean fuel standards as examples of that — and start coming up with ways to help Canadian companies compete with U.S. rivals.He added he hopes next year’s federal election encourages the public to discuss changes to national energy policies. read more

“The events of the last two weeks speak to the need for all of us to address honestly the tensions between the West and an Arab World moving to democracy,” he told scores of heads of State and Government attending the 67th General Assembly’s General Debate on its opening day, calling on world leaders to espouse the peaceful settlement of disputes.Cities in North Africa and the Middle East recently experienced violent protests in response to an anti-Islamic video produced in the state of California by a US citizen. In the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, the US ambassador to the country, Christopher Stevens, and three other diplomats were killed, and others injured or killed, when suspected Libyan religious extremists stormed the US Consulate there. The film has drawn widespread condemnation around the world, including from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.“On this we must agree: there is no speech that justifies mindless violence,” President Obama said, calling the video “crude and disgusting,” but explaining how such hateful comment is allowed by the freedom of speech clause in the US constitution.“There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There is no video that justifies an attack on an Embassy. There is no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan,” he added, referring to the attacks that killed Ambassador Stevens and caused deaths elsewhere.“Burning an American flag will do nothing to educate a child. Smashing apart a restaurant will not fill an empty stomach. Attacking an Embassy won’t create a single job,” he noted.President Obama said the US has supported the forces of change that have toppled dictators in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, and he called for an end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, where more than 18,000 people have been killed in an uprising against his rule over the past 18 months.“However, I do believe that it is the obligation of all leaders, in all countries, to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism,” he declared, stressing that the recent violence or hateful speech by some individuals does not represent the views of the overwhelming majority of Muslims any more than the views of the video producers behind the anti-Islam film represent those of Americans.“It is time to marginalize those who, even when not resorting to violence, use hatred of America, or the West, or Israel as a central principle of politics,” the US President said. “For that only gives cover, and sometimes makes excuses, for those who resort to violence.”President Obama pledged that the US will never retreat from the world and will bring to justice those who harm its citizens and friends, while standing with its allies and partnering with countries to deepen ties of trade and investment, science and technology, energy and development.“It is time to leave the call of violence and the politics of division behind. On so many issues, we face a choice between the promise of the future, or the prisons of the past,” he declared.“The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt – it must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted ‘Muslims, Christians, we are one.’ The future must not belong to those who bully women – it must be shaped by girls who go to school, and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons…“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims and Shiite pilgrims.”Turning to specific crises, President Obama said the future for Israelis and Palestinians must not belong to those who turn their backs on the prospect of peace and thrive on conflict, and those who reject Israel’s right to exist, but to those who pursue the hard but clear goal of a secure, Jewish state of Israel and an independent, prosperous Palestine.On Iran, he said the US wants to resolve nuclear issue through diplomacy and believes there is still time and space to do so.“But that time is not unlimited,” he warned. “We respect the right of nations to access peaceful nuclear power, but one of the purposes of the United Nations is to see that we harness that power for peace. Make no mistake: a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained.“It would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of Gulf nations, and the stability of the global economy. It risks triggering a nuclear-arms race in the region, and the unravelling of the non-proliferation treaty. That is why a coalition of countries is holding the Iranian government accountable. And that is why the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”Scores of the world’s heads of State and government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October.The US President also met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today. In their meeting, the two men discussed the importance of combating hate speech and incitement to violence while protecting free speech, and agreed on the importance of the UN’s work to promote tolerance.Other topics they discussed included the situation in Syria and its impact on the region, the needs of the Palestinian people and the growing challenges in West Africa’s Sahel region, in addition to the global challenges on food and nutrition, women’s and children’s health, and education, and the need for UN reform. read more

“Changing weather, floods and droughts in many places increasingly threaten people’s safety and livelihoods. That is leading a lot of families to have to consider whether they can stay where they are, or try to live somewhere else,” said Koko Warner, who leads on migration issues at the UN climate change convention (UNFCCC) secretariat. While it is very challenging to quantify the number of people who have been displaced by climate change, today, over 258 million people live outside their country of origin. Global warming is expected to increase this number as its impacts increasingly render some areas of the planet uninhabitable.“For example, if you’re a farmer and the rains fail you for several years in a row, you may all of a sudden lose not only your access to food, but your entire source of income, and the well-being of your entire family can become very precarious,” explained Ms. Warner.Currently, four times more people in the world are displaced by extreme weather events than they are by conflict.  To address this, a set of recommendations to help countries cope with climate-change-related displacement was presented here at COP24, the key two-week meeting being held in Katowice, Poland, to define the way forward on the commitments made by all countries for climate action in the 2015 Paris Agreement.“We’ve come a long way. Climate change migration was more or less absent from discussions until 2010, in Cancún. In Paris, five years later, the countries asked for some recommendations on how to better prepare and respond to this phenomenon, and in Katowice, now, we are hoping they will adopt them,” Ms. Warner explained. The various recommendations delivered to the 197 parties to the UN Climate Change Convention include proposals on contingency planning, consultation and data analysis, and cooperation among countries. The document was prepared by a Task Force on Displacement and presented on Saturday for endorsement by the technical delegates of the Member States. Next week, they will be presented for adoption at ministry-level. “The goal is really to help countries understand the scale of what is coming and really prepare for it,” UNFCCC’s climate vulnerabilities expert noted. “It’s really about finding ways to reduce the suffering and ensure the safety, dignity of the people at risk of displacement in the face of climate change.”These discussions are taking place just two days before the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration – the first-ever UN global agreement for a common approach to international migration – to be held in Marrakech, this coming Monday and Tuesday.The recommendations vary in size and their criticality will depend on contexts. On planning, for example, one of the recommendations includes suggestions like forecast based finance which would enable communities who are facing natural disasters to prepare adequately. Another recommendation made is to focus on data collection and risk analysis to better map and understand human mobility. The document insists on the need to include and ensure the participation of affected communities every step of the way, so they feel empowered and well-informed when making decisions about their lives.“We are very pleased with how far this topic has moved in the discussions, and we hope the countries will use the recommendations,” said Ms. Warner. “The real impact,” she noted, “will only be measured through the steps countries take to avoid and minimize unnecessary suffering, and address the risks involved in climate-related displacement.” read more

Global Olympic gold medals per capita are at their lowest point since the first modern Olympics in 1896.There are 306 events at the Olympics this summer, with one gold medal per event.1Though an extra gold or two could result from ties. Also, more than one athlete can share a medal in team and relay events, so the number of athletes earning medals is greater than the number of medals in the country-by-country medal table. There are more than 7.3 billion people worldwide. That’s fewer than 42 events for every billion people, and that ratio has been declining since the 2000 Sydney Games, when the Olympics grew to 300 events, up 11 percent from 1996 and 48 percent higher than in 1980.In 2002, an International Olympic Committee report warned that the games were growing too big. “Today, the Olympic Movement must contend with the reality that more sports want to participate in the Olympic Games, more athletes want to compete in the Olympic Games, more people want to attend the Olympic Games, and more media want to cover the Olympic Games,” the report said. As a result, the cost of hosting the games was increasing and some countries were being left out of the running in bids to serve as host, according to the report.The IOC has heeded the report’s warning and pressed pause on the Summer Olympics’ rapid growth rate.2The number of events in the Winter Olympics hasn’t stopped growing, in part because those games are so much smaller than the Summer Games. Population numbers for the per capita numbers in the text and chart are from the U.S. Census Bureau, which has annual estimates since 1950. For Olympics before 1950, I used United Nations 1999 estimates compiled by the Census Bureau for global population in 1850, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 and 1950, interpolating for Olympic years for which an estimate wasn’t available by assuming linear growth between estimated years. Though events per capita were much higher in the first half of the 20th century, everything that surrounded those events has grown, including the number of security forces and members of the media. Also, many more athletes today compete per event, from far more countries, than did then. The number of events has not quite doubled since 1920, but the number of participating athletes is roughly four times higher today and the number of participating countries is about seven times higher.3Media reports put the number of athletes this summer at somewhere between 10,500 and more than 11,000, and the number of countries at 206 or 207; the organizing committee’s media office didn’t respond to a request for a count.The decrease in events per capita has meant more athletes are competing for a chance to win roughly the same number of medals. It also has meant that sports not yet in the Olympics have had a hard time breaking into the games, and when they have, it has usually come at the expense of others, such as baseball and softball. That will change in Tokyo, though, as yet another new Olympic philosophy on growth will bring five new sports into the fold. read more

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun shoots a free throw during the Buckeyes’ 110-80 exhibition win against Ashland on Oct. 29. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorLast season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team averaged 85 points per game.As it looks ahead to the 2018-19 season, only 6.5 of those points will be returning to the roster.Having lost one of the greatest basketball players ever to don a scarlet and gray uniform in Kelsey Mitchell and three other regular starters for the Buckeyes, Ohio State had already been gutted of enough of its roster. On Tuesday, that escalated further when Rutgers announced that Ohio State redshirt senior guard Sierra Calhoun — the only remaining starter from last season — would be heading east to wear a new kind of scarlet as a graduate transfer.During the 2017-18 season, Calhoun was fourth on the team with an average of 11.6 minutes per game. She also was the team’s second-best 3-point shooter among the starters, having made 77-of-215 shots for a 35.8 percent success rate. She started all 35 games with Mitchell, forward Stephanie Mavunga and guard Linnae Harper. Guard Asia Doss started in 30 games, but forward Alexa Hart filled in for the other five due to an ankle injury to Doss late in the year.Calhoun’s departure leaves Ohio State without much of any experience to turn to from the prior season.Redshirt senior Makayla Waterman is the only returning player to have averaged more than 10 minutes over the course of the season. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 3.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.The top returning guard and the player with an inside shot at cracking the starting five is former five-star recruit Jensen Caretti, who averaged 8.7 minutes, 2.4 points and 0.6 assists per game in her freshman campaign with Ohio State. This means Ohio State’s lineup, expectedly, will take on a completely different look. The Buckeyes will have unfamiliar players at guard, but the team still has a plethora of other options. Ohio State received five graduate transfers, all of whom were guards for their former schools: Adreana Miller from La Salle, Najah Queenland from Pacific, Carly Santoro from Bowling Green, Ashanti Abshaw from Cleveland State and Carmen Grande from Bowling Green.It also added four-star guard recruit Janai Crooms, who is listed as the No. 62 overall recruit by ESPN.Grande, who has compiled the second-most assists in the country over the past three seasons, could be counted on to become one of the team’s top ball-handlers while Abshaw leaves the Vikings having become the third-fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 points. That guard depth could be tested by an Ohio State team that has traditionally used four starters at guard as opposed to a more traditional three- or two-guard lineup. Last season, head coach Kevin McGuff started four guards in 30 of the team’s 35 total games. That could again be the case in 2018-19 given the team’s lack of forward depth. Outside of Waterman, Ohio State will have only three-star freshman Aaliyah Patty, four-star freshman Dorka Juhasz and former walk-on Savitha Jayaraman at forward. Patty is listed as the No. 17 overall forward in the 2018 class according to ESPN, while Prospects Nation lists Juhasz as the No. 12 overall international prospect coming to the U.S. to play in 2018. This season will be a trial by fire for most of Ohio State’s roster. Now with Calhoun leaving, the Buckeyes face the prospect of putting out a team with little to no existing chemistry, relying on a roster that returns four players in total and sees nine new players entering the fold.Finding another Mitchell will be difficult if not impossible for McGuff in this this new-look roster. But, he will hope to find a group that can at least come close to the 85 points of last season. read more

first_imgRichard Sabin, who has curated the marine mammal collection at the Natural History Museum for 24 years was inspired to become a marine biologist after visiting the whale in the mammal hall when he was just 10 years old.“When I think about the ten year old me walking pars the dinosaurs and straight into the mammals hall to see the whales I am feeling as excited about this as I was then,” he said. “I honestly think we’ve created something unique.“I think when people see that enormous skeleton, in that wonderful space, any critics we have will be silenced and children over the next twenty to thirty years will come to see the whale as the new iconic specimen of the museum.” The blue whale is lifted into position at London’s Natural History MuseumCredit:BBC  “And there is a big health and safety element. Getting it down safely and getting it up so it’s safe so that’s keeping me up at night.”Once all the bones were safely in the hall they were rearticulated and attached to the Victorian girders in the roof with steel wires to be pulled into place by a team of steeplejacks hanging from the rafters.But as the whale was lifted into a position, a sharp cracking noise echoed round the hall and the whole skeleton shuddered as a bolt attaching the vertebrae sheared off.Mrs Cornish added: “We were literally whale watching for hours, and there was a definite sense of nervousness when the bolt snapped. But their is a tremendous feeling of achievement now it is finally in place.“It’s taken the best part of three years. I feel emotional every time I walk under it and I can’t wait for the public to see it.”Horizon: Dippy and the Whale will be shown on July 13, BBC Two at 9pm. Hintze Hall reopens to the public on Friday 14th July. But unlike the dinosaur, which stood statically in the centre of the hall, the whale has been articulated to dive down from the rafters, tail flipping up and mouth agape as if plunging through a school of fish or scooping up visitors in its giant jaws as they enter the museum.  The project, which has never been attempted before, was so challenging it required a huge team of conservationists, structural experts, riggers and even engineering experts RCI, who built the skeletons for the Tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park. Blue whales are the biggest creature ever to have existed on Earth After decades in storage, she first went on display in 1934 in the new mammals gallery, where she has remained untouched ever since. Few visitors notice the whale is there because she is largely hidden by a huge replica of a blue whale which hangs beneath.Conservationists had to remove 81 years worth of dust before taking the 82ft skeleton apart piece-by-piece, carefully packing it, labelling it and repairing cracks with putty so it was strong enough to hang from the girders in Hintze Hall. The whale is replacing Dippy the Dinosaur which is going on tour Credit:Getty  A nail-biting three-year project to hang the enormous skeleton of a blue whale in the place of ‘Dippy the Dinosaur’ at London’s Natural History Museum almost ended in disaster when a crucial bolt sheared off mid-hoist, a new BBC behind-the-scenes film has revealed.As the 4.5 tonne skeleton hung precariously in mid-air, emergency welders were called in to reattach the huge vertebrae to a massive steel frame to prevent the bones from slipping again.The heart-stopping moment is captured in special episode of BBC Two’s Horizon, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which has followed the astonishing endeavour since 2014.Blue whales are the biggest animal that has ever lived on Earth and the huge skeleton was the overwhelming choice to replace Dippy, the massive diplodocus cast which has delighted visitors since 1979. The erection of the giant jigsaw took more than three weeks Credit:BBC The Horizon team travelled back to Wexford in Ireland, to find the original site where the whale washed up in 1891. The juvenile female, who was probably between 10 and 15 years old was still alive when she beached, but whale meat and oil were rich commodities at the time and locals wasted no time in harpooning the stricken creature to death.Her blubber was sold for oil and her meat sent to a dog food factory, but canny businessman William Armstrong contacted the Natural History Museum to see if they would take her skeleton, eventually selling her bones for £250. Riggers hoist the skeleton into place Credit:BBC Lorraine Cornish, the museum’s Head of Conservation, said: “When we put it back up and we have the public wandering underneath it we really don’t want bits of it to drop off onto them.“Some parts were missing completely. When the girls were cleaning the right flipper it was looking a bit suspicious as if the surface wasn’t quite the same as if it should be if it was natural bone, and after a few tests we found out that it was mainly plaster and so I think everyone was surprised about that.”The team was also dismayed to learn that the whale’s head was so big it could not fit through the Grade 1 listed doorways of Hintze Hall. They were forced to mount it on a giant steel frame and tip it onto its side to push it through the front doors where it was reunited with the rest of the 221 bones. The erection of the giant jigsaw took more than three weeks  Horizon: Dippy and the Whale Blue whales are the biggest creature ever to have existed on Earth Riggers hoist the skeleton into place  Speaking during the tricky move, Jennifer Flippance, the Project Manager, said: “We’re doing a lot of things we’ve never done before, so it gives you a sense of nervousness. The whale is replacing Dippy the Dinosaur which is going on tour  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.last_img read more

first_imgTHE COAST GUARD helped to rescue a dog that had been missing for nearly three days on a Valentia cliff.The tale was recounted by Suzanne Gibbons of Animal Heaven Animal Rescue, who was phoned by local man David O’Connor about his missing dog on Saturday.She said on Facebook that O’Connor could hear the dog crying but couldn’t find him.Gibbons said that she had bought some rope and was going to rescue the dog – after phoning for ‘professional help’ and being told that they would be unable to help.She said that O’Connor’s son, the owner of the dog, had recently died of cancer.Gibbons managed to get in touch with members of the local Coast Guard and a number of its volunteers assembled to help with the rescue.A spokesperson from the Coast Guard in Valentia told TheJournal.ie that the area where the dog went missing was a very dangerous one.He said that at 12.12pm today the Knightstown Coast Guard received a call about the dog and went to help.“They are very steep cliffs in Valentia,” said the spokesperson. “The person went down and that was the problem there, as a [person] was going down to rescue the dog.”He said that a lot of the cliff has fallen into sea and it was hard for even the dog to scale.The Coast Guard volunteers used ropes and other items to ensure they were able to make their way along the cliff, while the Coast Guard life boat was also sent to the scene.Gibbons said the rescue took a number of hours, and that when the dog was eventually found, “I swear I could have burst with excitement”.She described the rescuers as “some of the nicest guys you could meet to risk their lives today for this dog”.Read: Dog welfare group say Christmas dumping of dogs has already started>Read: After 3 days stuck in a frozen drainpipe, this cat has a nice warm home>last_img read more

first_imgRetro telly alert: How Do You Do? 6 things we remember about learning Irish in school> THOSE MARKETING DIVILS at Tayto know what they’re up to.They’ve released a limited edition pack As Gaeilge to celebrate several things: Tayto being Irish and selling 1 million packs worldwide every day (Yes, ONE MILLION!)Seachtain na GaeilgeSt Patrick’s DayThe limited edition retro packs will be sold nationwide for the next eight weeks.Crisp sandwiches ahoy!last_img

first_imgL’Europe ne veut pas voir l’Etat français au sein de l’ArcepL’UE pourrait engager des sanctions contre la France si le projet d’une introduction d’un commissaire du gouvernement au sein de l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (Arcep) était voté au Sénat ce jeudi.La Commission européenne n’apprécie pas vraiment que l’Etat français veuille se mêler des affaires de l’Arcep, le gendarme des télécommunications. La cible des réprimandes de Bruxelles ? Un projet de loi, adopté à l’Assemblée Nationale et qui sera examiné au Sénat ce jeudi, qui stipule qu’un commissaire nommé par le gouvernement puisse siéger à l’Arcep. Si le texte était adopté, l’UE pourrait déclencher “une procédure d’infraction” contre la France, a expliqué son porte-parole, Jonathan Todd, cité par Numérama. “S’il y a incompatibilité, on peut décider d’engager une procédure d’infraction, c’est toujours une possibilité. Franchement, ce serait beaucoup mieux d’éviter une procédure d’infraction en évitant d’adopter jeudi cet amendement à la législation”, a-t-il expliqué, avant d’ajouter : “On a presque l’impression que les autorités françaises font la sourde oreille à nos préoccupations”. Qu’est-ce que la présence d’un émissaire gouvernemental au sein de l’Arcep soulève comme problème à la Commission européenne ? En réalité, si l’Etat est représenté au sein de ce conseil, dont la mission première est de réguler les télécommunications en France, cela signifierait que France Télécom s’y trouverait aussi d’une certaine manière, 26,7% de l’entreprise appartenant encore au domaine public. Et ça, l’Europe n’en veut pas… “L’Etat français est un actionnaire très important dans France Télécom et vu que le régulateur des télécoms, l’Arcep, a accès à des informations commerciales sensibles concernant des concurrents de France Télécom, c’est une raison supplémentaire de s’inquiéter”, a ainsi expliqué Jonathan Todd, qui déplore l’absence de réponse à ces craintes de la part du ministre de l’économie numérique, Eric Besson.  Le 9 février 2011 à 10:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgReady for the heat? Check out our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this week.Clark College grad Sam Elliott, The HeroSam Elliott has a voice like a bear — big and strong, serious and smooth.You may have heard him intone, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” while the mouth of Smokey Bear moves on TV. Or, you may have caught Elliott saying, “Support the campaign for Clark College, ensuring a bright future,” over appealing images of our local community college. Those Clark College Foundation spots ran in 2013.Main Street merchants save Vancouver’s cruise-inLadies and gentlemen, start your engines! While you can’t Cruise the Gut this summer, on July 15 you can definitely Cruise the Couve.“When it was clear that (Cruise the Gut organizer) Phil (Medina) was going to back out, a bunch of local businesses all sat in a room and figured out how to move forward,” said Bryan Shull, the owner of Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver’s Uptown Village.“The businesses that stepped up to help from Day One … are all on Main Street,” he said.Shull is now the project manager and owner of a new organization called Cruise the Couve, which has jump-started the mobile homage to vintage cars that Medina launched in 2009 but decided not to stage this year — taking much of Vancouver’s car-loving community by surprise.last_img read more

first_imgWashington health officials have a message for hikers heading outdoors to enjoy the spring weather: Beware of ticks.Tick season is in full swing in Western Washington, with ticks growing active as the seasons change and more people head outdoors. Health officials are urging people to protect themselves, and their dogs, against ticks, which can carry diseases harmful to humans and animals.To submit a tick to the Washington State Department of Health for identification — a surveillance program funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — print an identification form from the website. Follow instructions on the form to submit the form and tick.For more information about ticks, visit the Washington State Department of Health website.“Yes, we do have ticks around the state, all over the state,” said Liz Dykstra, public health entomologist for the state. “We do have ticks that carry disease. … The risk is there and it’s worthwhile to protect yourself against tick bites.”Those who come across ticks during springtime camping or hiking are urged to mail them to the state health department in Olympia for identification.last_img read more

first_imgNearly 25,000 Washington residents completed applications for health plans in the first three days of open enrollment through Washington Healthplanfinder.The state-based insurance exchange launched its second open enrollment period Saturday, but exchange officials pulled the site offline within a few hours after learning of a glitch involving tax credit calculations. The site was back up Sunday morning.Through Monday, more than 10,000 people across the state completed applications for individual health plans — 2,000 of them scheduled their first payments — and more than 14,000 people signed up or renewed their coverage for the Medicaid program, called Washington Apple Health, according to exchange data released Tuesday evening.The exchange website, www.wahealthplanfinder.org, had more than 40,000 visits during the first few days of open enrollment and the call center, 855-923-4633, received more than 11,000 calls.More data about the second open enrollment period, including Clark County-specific figures, won’t be available until early December.“Our initial data shows that we’re off to a strong start,” Richard Onizuka, the exchange’s chief executive officer, said in a news release. “The numbers demonstrate that people are aware of the opportunity and taking action to sign up or renew their existing plan.”Open enrollment runs through Feb. 15. During that time, people with individual health plans and those who are uninsured can enroll in health coverage. After open enrollment, only people with qualifying life events will be eligible to enroll in a health plan through the exchange. Medicaid enrollment is year-round.last_img read more

first_imgCoated magazine paper manufacturer NewPage Corporation announced today a restructuring plan to integrate the former Stora Enso North America facilities and services, which the company officially purchased earlier this month.As part of the plan, NewPage in February will close a Stora Enso paper machine in Rumford, Maine, which produces coated freesheet and groundwood papers for magazines. About 60 employees will be affected by the shutdown. By April, the company also will close a pulp mill and two paper machines in Niagara, Wisconsin, affecting more than 300 employees. The machines annually produce 230,000 tons of lightweight coated groundwood that’s used in magazines.NewPage also will close a paper machine in Kimberly, Wisconsin, and a converting facility in Chillicothe, Ohio. The Kimberly mill, which is set for closure by the end of May, produces coated freesheet papers. Nearly 200 employees will be affected by these closures.According to NewPage chairman of the board and CEO Mark Suwyn, the SENA restructuring “will create the platform essential to become one company, remain competitive in the marketplace, serve our customer more efficiently and reach $265 million of synergies we have committed to achieve. Despite the permanent closures … we are merging the operations in a manner that will actually increase our 2008 North American production by three to eight percent compared to the combined production in 2007.” NewPage says it will inform personnel of the company’s long term plans for each of its departments.In other paper news, Verso Paper is finalizing the size and price range for the company’s proposed initial public offering of common stock. The offering price could reportedly reach $345 million, and 30 to 40 percent of the company could be sold.last_img read more

first_img Dandelion seeds reveal newly discovered form of natural flight Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: P. G. Ledda et al. Flow dynamics of a dandelion pappus: A linear stability approach, Physical Review Fluids (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.071901 Last year, a team at the University of Edinburgh published the results of their study on the flight of dandelion seeds, conducted using cameras and miniature wind tunnels. They discovered that the unique design of the pappus—the parachute-looking bristles—allowed the seeds to float on the wind in a very efficient manner. They found that as the pappus floats along, the spines channel the air around them in such a way as to form a vortex in the pappus’s wake. And because the air pressure is lower in the vortex, the pappus and its seed cargo are able to remain aloft longer than they would otherwise. In this new effort, the researchers sought to better understand the role of the number of spines in creating the vortex and in maintaining flight stability.To better understand the flight behavior of the pappus, the researchers created models to mimic its behavior using equations from fluid dynamics. In their paper, they describe their models as collections of rods connected together in a way that was similar to the spokes on a bicycle wheel. The physics equations allowed them to model airflow patterns that occur naturally as a pappus floats through the air. Credit: Physical Review Fluids (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.071901 The researchers report that their models showed the same kinds of vortices forming as the researchers with the prior effort had seen first-hand. They next ran the models using different numbers of rods. They found that the optimum number was 100, which matched the number found in a real pappus. At this number, the pappus was most stable while floating—with more rods, flight became unstable; with fewer rods, flight distance was reduced. They suggest their findings could be used to design lighter-weight parachutes.center_img Citation: Equations from fluid dynamics used to find optimum arrangement of rods in dandelion pappus (2019, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-equations-fluid-dynamics-optimum-rods.html A team of researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the University of Twente and Università di Pisa has used equations from fluid dynamics to find the optimum arrangement of rods in a dandelion pappus. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their work and what it showed. © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

first_imgAccording to esoteric and mystical philosophies, the third eye offers a route to a higher state of consciousness. In societies around the world since ancient times, the third eye has been conceptualized as a symbol of enlightenment, clairvoyance and out-of-body experience. Moreover, many ancient societies associated the third eye to one particular part of the human body: the pineal gland.The pineal gland is found in the brain, and takes its name from the pine cone, due to its distinctive cone-like shape. We now understand it as an endocrine gland that secretes important hormones such as melatonin, and helps in the modulation of sleep patterns.Pineal gland parenchyma with calcifications. Photo by Difu Wu CC BY-SA 3.0Throughout history, the pineal gland has been associated with the third eye, and is thought by some to be the point of access to higher states of consciousness. In Hindu mythology, for example, the third eye is depicted as a giant eye in the middle of the forehead, representing enlightenment.Accessing the third eye is a way for the subject to attain higher realms of existence. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, some ancient Hindu thinkers believed that the connection between the pineal gland and the third eye was a sign of its physical presence within the body.A Cambodian Shiva head showing a third eye.This link is also reflected in the visual iconography associated with the Hindu deity Shiva. His wild hair is often depicted wrapped in snakes, creating a pine cone effect that strongly resembles the pineal gland and associated images of the third eye.The presence of snakes is important as according to Hindu mythology they often point to the chakras, the focus points of the body used in Hindu and Buddhist spiritual practice. In particular, the Ajna chakra, which is associated with guidance, is thought to be located in the brain, right at the point between the two hemispheres where the pineal gland is found.A Durga Puja being celebrated in Kolkata in 2016. Photo by Kinjal bose 78 CC BY-SA 4.0References to the pineal gland are also found in Egyptian mythology. The eye of Horus and the eye of Ra both take an important place in Egyptian iconography, and bear a striking resemblance to the pineal gland as it is situated in the brain.Once again, these images are also often associated with snakes, emerging from the gland and the center of the forehead, indicating wisdom.An Eye of Horus or Wedjat pendant.The pine cone is often found in many different cultures as a symbol of wisdom and insight, and some historians believe that this is due to its association with the pineal gland. Pine cones are used to indicate authority and power in images of the Sumerian gods, and may also be found in depictions of Dionysus in Greek mythology.In Egyptian iconography it is often found on the staff of Osiris, and there is even an enormous pine cone statue at the Vatican in Rome, originally part of an ancient Roman temple to the Egyptian goddess Isis. These associations of the pine cone and the pineal gland with wisdom, transcendence and visions connect it strongly to corresponding ideas about the third eye.The pine cone statue at the Vatican. Photo by Wknight94 CC BY-SA 3.0The pineal gland was celebrated as the third eye in many ancient cultures. However, the Greek physician Galen, who would heavily influence the development of Islamic and Western medicine, argued against the prevailing view of his time.Galen’s contemporaries believed the pineal gland to be involved with the circulation of psychic pneuma, the substance in the body that sustains consciousness. However, Galen was not satisfied with this explanation, and instead suggested that the gland regulates blood flow.GalenThis view persisted in the West until the 17th century, when French philosopher René Descartes put forward his theories about the relationship between body and soul. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, for Descartes the pineal gland was “the principle seat of the soul,” and the point in the body that connected it to all thought.This was the aspect of human existence that permitted the mind to take over animal instinct and reflexes, allowing the mind to connect to the body.Although Descartes’ theories on the pineal gland were never fully accepted by his contemporaries, they represent an important philosophical attempt to conceptualize the relationship between mind and body.Read another story from us: How a 17th Century Revolutionary Gave us the Word “Guy”Today, the pineal gland continues to hold a deep fascination for practitioners of New Age spirituality, and many believe that it holds the key to activating the third eye. Moreover, scientists and neuroscientists continue to investigate its role in regulating circadian rhythms and our relationship to light and changing seasons. It seem that this unique part of our brains has yet to reveal all its secrets.last_img read more

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | October 29, 2009 CAD Targets MRI Solutions for Prostate, Breast News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems At this year’s RSNA, computer-aided detection (CAD) solutions target MRI. These new CAD systems include:• VividLook MRI prostate analysis solution, provides more diagnostic information by utilizing all available time points (ATP), creating colorized images based on signal changes defined by tumor physiology. This post processing software package is designed to provide a reliable means of visualizing the presence and pattern of contrast induced enhancement of MRI images in the prostate, helping radiologists distinguish benign from malignant lesions.• SpectraLook CAD technology is designed to assist radiologists in distinguishing potential cancers in the breast as part of their overall analysis of the MRI procedure results. It provides radiologists with more diagnostic information by creating colorized images based on direct signal changes due to contrast agent influx and efflux rates using key physiological measures that relate to tumor physiology. These physiological markers can aid in the analysis of large MR data sets.• PrecisionPoint, iCAD’s interventional planning solution for breast MRI, provides radiologists with an automatic calculation of the location and depth of a targeted region of interest making biopsies easier, faster, and more reliable for both grid and post and pillar methods. PrecisionPoint is an integrated module within CADvue, iCAD’s MRI review software solution. Using CADvue and PrecisionPoint, radiologists have a quick, easy way to secure all the necessary data for an interventional procedure, streamlining their planning and performance of MRI-guided percutaneous breast biopsies.• CADvue is iCAD’s MRI review software and analysis solution that facilitates the analysis of ATP colorized images and quantitative data. CADvue allows the user to create standard and customized reports that enable the radiologist to communicate time-sensitive breast and prostate MR study results to referring physicians. CADvue software also provides an efficient method for clinicians to compare studies of the same patient performed over time to assess the morphology and kinetic changes. CADvue compares several parameters including EVF, PERM, and volume of selected regions of interest enabling improved quantitative analysis. News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read morelast_img read more

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s top officials on Sunday welcomed the initial agreement struck with world powers over its nuclear activities, hailing the deal as the beginning of a new era for the Islamic republic, both in its relations with other countries and for its sanctions-ravaged economy.“Trust is, of course, a two-way street, and we must also find this trust in others. The first step in creating that trust has been taken,” Iran’s new president, the moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani, said in a statement broadcast live on television Sunday morning.Addressing concerns over the language in the agreement between the six world powers and Iran regarding Tehran’s ability to continue work on its nuclear program, Rouhani said, “Let anyone make his own reading, but this right is clearly stated in the text of the agreement that Iran can continue its enrichment, and I announce to our people that our enrichment activities will continue as before.”Rouhani, who was joined on the broadcast by the families of several Iranian nuclear scientists who were assassinated in recent years, also reiterated what Iran claims is the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.“Let me say once more, the Iranian nation does not want nuclear weapons,” Rouhani said, referring to the accusations that Iran is attempting to build a bomb as “one of those funny jokes of history.”A key point for Tehran throughout the negotiations with the group of world powers has been a clear path to reductions in the sanctions that have wrought havoc on Iran’s economy in recent years.One of the achievements of Sunday’s agreement, according to Rouhani, is that “the sanctions will be broken. The cracks in the sanctions began last night, and in the future those gaps will be grow.”Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has long doubted the sincerity of Western leaders, expressed guarded approval of the agreement.Responding to a letter from Rouhani, Khamenei thanked the efforts of Iran’s negotiating team, led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, but asked the members to continue their vigilance in dealing with old enemies.“God willing, standing against the arrogant powers is and will be the main criteria on the path forward for those in charge of this issue,” Khamenei wrote.While the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive to the announcement of the initial agreement in Tehran, some conservative lawmakers are giving signs that they may try to short-circuit any deal.“Our minister of foreign affairs says something, the U.S. secretary of state says something else, our television and 8 a.m. news are all saying things that are contradictory. We want to help the government, but the Geneva agreement must be ratified by the parliament,” Hamid Rasaei, a cleric and hard-line parliament member, told fellow lawmakers on Sunday.Throughout Sunday Iranian state media went to great lengths to say that the deal was in Iran’s favor, with the news ticker highlighting the rights that Iran will retain, the promise of reduced sanctions and quotes from Israeli lawmakers who called the agreement a “win” for Iran.It is the hope for improved economic prospects that is capturing the attention of most people here.“Let the world know that we do not have a dispute with any country. Now that sanctions are going to be relaxed, our economy will start growing and people will feel better. I hope the end result becomes reduction of prices to ease people’s lives,” said Mahmood Gerami, a 48-year-old shopkeeper in Tehran.Authorities are counting on that positive sentiment to help jump-start Iran’s long-slumping economy, and the first sign that the agreement is having that effect was a early-morning rise of nearly 2 percent in the value of Iran’s national currency, the rial, against the U.S. dollar.“Some of our economic problems are related to psychological issues, especially the prices of gold coins and currencies’ exchange rates. This negative effect will diminish and ultimately disappear because of this agreement,” Yahya Ale Eshagh, head of Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce, said in an interview with the state-run Mehr News agency.Others remain cautious in their optimism, acknowledging the heavy burden that Iran has faced in fighting to maintain its nuclear program.“I’m happy to hear the news of an agreement, but I doubt that change will come soon or easily,” said Aida Sarbandian, a 34-year-old secretary. “So many problems have piled on top of each other especially during the last four years, and it will take time to solve them. But all in all, this is a breakthrough.”The deal comes on Rouhani’s 99th day in office and the milestone was an important one for the administration, which has had few measurable successes in its early months.“I’m happy that before my first 100 days finished we had this victory,” Rouhani said. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgThings are looking up for the Costa Rican tourism sector and maybe Ticos looking for work in a tight job market, according to a new report released last week.Costa Rica’s world famous tourism sector is set to grow 5.8 percent during 2014, according to the latest economic impact assessment from the World Travel and Tourism Council. The jump is up from 4.6 percent of gross domestic product in 2013, some $6 billion.The report estimated tourism’s total contribution to the national economy added up to 12.1 percent of GDP in 2013 and prognosticated that tourism will make up 13.7 percent of Costa Rica’s GDP by 2024. Figures showing travel and tourism’s contribution to Costa Rica’s GDP and employment. Courtesy World Travel and Tourism CouncilGrowth in tourism could be a boon to out-of-work Ticos. The WTTC estimates that growth in the leisure sector during 2014 will add 7.2 percent more jobs than in 2013, and 6.2 percent more to total employment. The travel organization estimates that Costa Rica could see the biggest bump in the Americas in 2014 for tourism-related jobs, far exceeding the regional average of 2 percent growth.The WTTC findings contrast with a survey from the National Tourism Chamber from January that said 70 percent of tourism businesses did not plan on hiring more staff during peak tourism season between December and April, despite anticipated growth.Costa Rica has the second highest uneployment rate in Latin America, behind Colombia, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Unemployment in Costa Rica fell to 8.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the National Statistics and Census Institute, down from 9.8 during the same period in 2012.The WTTC estimated that tourism and travel-related industries account for more than 11.5 percent of jobs in Costa Rica.Costa Rica’s tourism industry took a hard hit during the global financial crisis in 2008, but has seen improvement since 2011.The tourism research organization also put some hard figures to something many U.S. travelers already know: Flying is too expensive.The report noted that U.S. passengers pay more taxes on their flights — 20 percent — than “sin” goods, like firearms (10 percent) or liquor (11 percent). The organization argued that the travel and tourism industry bears a disproportionate tax burden in the United States, an average of 14 percent, compared to manufacturing (4 percent) and health care (11 percent).The WTTC describes itself as a forum dedicated to promoting the economic impact of the travel and tourism industry. Facebook Comments Related posts:Highway headaches didn’t delay flights for tourists during Sele celebrations Tourism season kicks off in Costa Rica despite high costs for travelers Crime against tourists down, says Costa Rica’s Tourism Police director Fishermen, locals are the ‘real heroes’ in Costa Rica catamaran accident, says survivorlast_img read more

first_imgTransaction overview:IHG is to acquire a 51% interest in a joint venture with Formosa International Hotels Corporation to acquire the Regent Hotels & Resorts brand and associated management contracts.The 51% interest will be acquired for $39 million in cash, paid in three tranches of $13 million, the first upon the date of completion, the second in 2021 and the third in 2024. These amounts will be funded within IHG’s existing capital expenditure guidance of up to $350 million gross, and $150 million net, per annum into the medium term.IHG has the option to acquire the remaining 49% stake in a phased manner from 2026. This will be via a combination of put and call options, is capped, and is based on a trailing 12-month multiple of joint venture income, which based on current projections would result in a payment of less than $100 million.There are currently six hotels in the Regent system. The annual fee income of those management contracts acquired by IHG will be offset by costs associated with the JV.There are currently three hotels in the Regent pipeline.IHG expects to grow the brand to more than 10,000 rooms (40 hotels) over the long term.The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2018 upon satisfaction of certain customary conditions.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterInterContinental Hotels Group has announced that it has agreed to acquire a 51% stake in Regent Hotels and Resorts for $39 million in cash. IHG will have the right to acquire the remaining 49% interest in a phased manner from 2026.IHG will bring Regent into its brand portfolio at the top end of the luxury segment and will accelerate its growth globally, supported by IHG’s powerful enterprise. IHG’s intention is to grow the brand from six hotels today to over 40 hotels in key global gateway city and resort locations over the long term.The Regent brand has set the benchmark for luxury hotels globally since it was founded in 1970. It has a world-renowned heritage, built around the elegant, timeless design of its hotels and rooted in its focus on delivering a truly unique and superior luxury experience for guests.IHG is already a global leader in this segment with the world’s largest luxury brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The acquisition of Regent is part of one of IHG’s new strategic initiatives focused on continuing to expand its footprint in the fast-growing $60 billion luxury segment. This initiative is supported by the creation of a new dedicated division to further enhance capabilities in this area and will be funded by IHG’s efficiency program, as outlined in the Full Year Results on 20 February.IHG also announced that following an extensive refurbishment due to commence in early 2020, InterContinental Hong Kong will become a Regent Hotel in early 2021. The hotel originally opened its doors in 1980 as one of the most iconic hotels to ever carry the Regent brand.Keith Barr, CEO of IHG, commented: “IHG is already one of the world leaders in luxury with our InterContinental Hotels and Resorts brand, but we see significant potential to further develop our global footprint in the fast-growing luxury segment. As one of the pioneers in defining luxury hotels both in Asia and around the world, Regent is an excellent addition to IHG’s portfolio of brands. We see a real opportunity to unlock Regent’s enormous potential and accelerate its growth globally.  In addition, by creating a dedicated luxury division, we will be bringing together some of the most experienced and respected people in the industry who will help drive our luxury offer, ensuring that our existing luxury brands continue to evolve and allowing us to bring in new brands such as Regent to enhance our brand portfolio.”last_img read more