MONTREAL – Canadian automobile dealers are launching a national recruiting campaign next month after a poll suggested that millennials aren’t keen to pursue careers in a sector that has seen vehicle sales reach a record high.“There’s a lot of young Canadians…(for whom) it’s not even on their radar,” said Catherine Fortin Lefaivre, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association.She said research and anecdotal evidence suggests there’s a perception that auto dealerships is mainly about sales and parts.“The car dealership of 2018 is one that requires a lot more business people, a lot more marketing people, people with a background in innovation increasingly as the way cars are built is changing,” she said in an interview.Opportunities are also available in finance, IT and management roles at more than 3,200 car and truck dealerships across the country that employ 150,000 people.An Abacus Data survey released during the Montreal International Auto Show found that working in an auto dealership isn’t on the radar for 68 per cent of people aged 18 to 37.One quarter of the people surveyed said they have considered working in various capacities in an auto dealership, while seven per cent said they have worked in a dealership.Men were more interested in such careers than women.In addition to millennials, the association plans to target women, immigrants and veterans over the next three years.Light vehicle sales exceeded two million for the first time last year, pushing revenues to above $120 billion. Strong sales are expected to continue.The online survey of 2,000 millennials was conducted Dec. 22 to Jan. 8. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is considered accurate plus or minus 2.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.
LOS ANGELES — The legal marijuana industry urged Los Angeles City Hall on Monday to get tougher with illegal shops that are gouging their businesses in open sight.Illegal pot shops are widespread throughout Los Angeles and typically look like the real thing. And they’re thriving — they sell cheaper products than their legal rivals because they don’t charge hefty state and local taxes.In a letter Monday, the industry group Southern California Coalition recommended the city consider seizing cannabis inventory and cash from illegal shops that are found to be selling tainted products.In the legal market, marijuana, concentrates, cookies and other products must be tested by independent labs for consumer safety — a requirement that illegal shops can ignore.The group said that the failure to seize cash and pot products from illegal shops after raids allows the business to quickly reopen.With no testing safeguards in place in the illegal market “there’s a high probability the … cannabis products in these shops are contaminated,” the group wrote.They urged the city “in the strongest possible terms to continue testing cannabis … in unlicensed shops.”California’s effort to transform its longstanding illegal and medicinal marijuana markets into a unified, multibillion-dollar industry kicked off last year. But the transition has been uneven and it’s likely to take years for the legal market to find its footing.Many communities ban marijuana sales and growing, leaving residents in those places without access to legal shops. Businesses complain about hefty tax rates that can approach 50 per cent in some communities, which they say drive consumers into the tax-free illicit market. There’s on ongoing fight over home deliveries, and a promised tax windfall never arrived.There have been problems in other states with legal marijuana. In Nevada, a court fight is underway after some businesses charged that the state system for awarding licenses is unfair. In Oregon last year, an excess of marijuana in the supply chain prompted regulators to suspend processing new applications for marijuana business licenses.In Los Angeles, the industry group said that many legal shops are being driven toward bankruptcy because they are surrounded by rogue shops undercutting them.Because of taxes and heavy regulatory fees, legal operators “cannot compete with illicit operators,” the group said.The group also recommended ticketing employees at rogue shops to discourage them from returning, and having building inspectors always accompany police on raids to close down unsafe structures. They also suggested the city consider placing tax liens on illegal shops.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, told reporters in New York today that the Council would hear a briefing by Hans Blix, the Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), during Thursday’s closed consultations. Council members will then conduct their weekly review of the oil-for-food programme, which has been extended through 3 July with a view to changing the sanctions regime at that time.”Maybe at the end of tomorrow’s meeting I can tell you a little bit more about the political direction, or absence of it, which may come out of tomorrow’s meeting,” Ambassador Chowdhury said.Reporting on his meeting yesterday with Iraqi Ambassador Mohammed Al-Douri, the President said the two had discussed Baghdad’s response to the latest Council action concerning the country. Ambassador Chowdhury said the Iraqi Permanent Representative “reiterated that the oil production has been stopped, oil export has been stopped.” Asked what would happen at the end of the month, Ambassador Chowdhury replied, “Nothing is decided yet — this is early in the month so let’s see,” adding, “It will be a difficult and laborious process, that I can assure you.”
Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, is a ‘shameless coward’ who was ‘too scared’ to go to war himself, Whitehall sources said last night in a move to humiliate him on the eve of his release. Whitehall sources said they hoped young impressionable… Choudary, 51, will walk free from jail on Friday, having served half his prison sentence. He will be moved to a probation hostel in north London under 25 strict conditions that include a ban on him talking to children and using the internet. Senior sources ridiculed Choudary, undermining his reputation as a jihadists’ leader by pointing out he had encouraged vulnerable young men to fight in Syria but always refused to do so himself.
The Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) has awarded the 2008 Platinum Award for Corporate Excellence to Formation Capital Corp. This prestigious honor was awarded for “perseverance and leadership in pursuing a mining operation which has minimal impact on the environment and for supporting the efforts of the NWMA”. During the NWMA Annual Awards Ceremony on December 2, 2008 in Reno, Nevada, a very surprised Mari-Ann Green, Chairman and CEO Formation Capital Corporation, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the many groups and individuals who have worked tirelessly in their efforts to bring the Idaho Cobalt Project (ICP) from mineral discovery to exploration, feasibility, permitting, equipment procurement and what could eventually be commercial mine production. Unwavering in her commitment to the industry, Laura Skaer, Executive Director of the NWMA, stated “Formation has shown the mining industry how to involve all stakeholders in a collaborative process to ensure the most environmentally and socially responsible mining project goes forward and we are proud to recognize their achievement with this award”Mari-Ann Green states, “It was an honor for Formation Capital to be recognised for perseverance. Despite many setbacks, we have always kept our eye on the goal of becoming a fully integrated miner and refiner of high purity cobalt metal with a commitment to do so in an environmentally sensitive manner”.The Northwest Mining Association (NWMA) is a 113-year-old, 1,800-member non-profit, non-partisan trade association supporting the mining industry throughout the United States and especially in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. The NWMA represents members’ interests throughout Canada and the US, facilitates global interests and works closely with the National Mining Association, state mining associations in the western United States, and provincial and regional mining associations throughout Canada. They are recognized internationally as innovative and proactive leaders in addressing the needs of an increasingly global mining industry and for fostering and promoting economic and environmentally responsible mining.Formation Capital continues to work diligently on the permitting efforts for its ICP and is expecting a new Record of Decision from the US Department of Agriculture Salmon-Challis National Forest Service (Forest Service) in January 2009. Pre-empting opposition to the upholding of the Record of Decision, major agreements have now been signed with all concerned environmental groups including Earthworks, Boulder White-Clouds Council and the Idaho Conservation League (ICL), Idaho’s largest environmental steward. Formation Capital Corporation, U.S. is receiving numerous proposals for consideration in the Formation/ICL Conservation Action Program, participation in it being an integral component of the negotiated Formation/ICL environmental agreement. The Conservation Action Program was designed to implement projects that would contribute to the natural and wildlife resources in the Upper Salmon River Watershed. Representatives of Formation and ICL are currently reviewing proposals and will make awards based on previously established criteria. Ongoing negotiations also continue with other parties and Formation remains confident that the new Record of Decision will be upheld and, pending financing, mine construction will commence Q2 2009.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald APPLICATIONS ARE NOW open for Irish 18-year-olds to apply for a free travel pass to explore the countries in the European Union. The DiscoverEU initiative allows members of the European Union who are 18 years old to apply for one of 20,000 travel passes for travel around the EU later this year. The aim of the scheme is to get young people interested in connecting with Europe.Applications opened yesterday and will remain open until 16 May. Ireland has a quota of 189 passes. Successful applicants can travel with up to four of their friends on their pass. To use the pass, people must travel between 1 August this year and 31 January of next year. Anyone who travels is expected to be a “Discover EU Ambassador” and to “report back on your travel experiences through social media tools like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #DiscoverEU”.This is the second round of the programme, which kicked off last year. You can find out more about the initiative here Image: Shutterstock/Marija Vujosevic Image: Shutterstock/Marija Vujosevic Friday 3 May 2019, 12:24 PM Share66 Tweet Email17 https://jrnl.ie/4618375 24,873 Views 34 Comments May 3rd 2019, 12:24 PM Irish 18-year-olds can avail of new free interrail tickets to travel around Europe The aim of the scheme is to get young people interested in connecting with Europe. Short URL
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sophie Mirabella has launched an all out attack on the Federal government following the announcement by Ford Victoria of the 440 job losses blaming the carbon tax and an instable government who keeps “changing the goal posts” for industry in Australia. However, the Victorian and Federal governments are defending their decision to give Ford a multi-million-dollar bailout earlier this year, despite the car maker’s plans to axe hundreds of workers.Ms Mirabella told Neos Kosmos that the opposition “criticised the grant in January because the Prime Minister did not base that on any transparent criteria”.“[The Prime Minister] did not ask for any job guarantees and the funding bailout in January followed 1.4 billion of broken funding promises to the industry, 460 million imposition of the carbon tax and this has raised great uncertainty and instability in the industry.”Further to this, Ms Mirabella added that what the industry needs is “certainty of government policy”. She said Ford is undergoing challenging market conditions and they really need stability of government policy. “The government has promised them the earth, the moon and the stars at the election then cut funding significantly then has tried to patch up its mistakes and it makes a very challenging situation more difficult for industry.”She says that industry is suffering from a “crisis of confidence” and that they don’t know what economic environment they are going to be operating in because “the government keeps changing it’s mind”.When asked how the carbon tax has impacted on industry in Australia, Ms Mirabella, said that it just added another burden to the industry.“They are facing significant challenges and they have been hampered in their ability to deal with to deal with these challenging situations by the government changing its goal posts. “We heard in the middle of last year the head of Holden say this changing of goal posts, what it does to multinational companies for the first time it raised the problem of sovereign risk of investing in Australia,” she said. In response, Ms Mirabella said the Liberal want to support the car industry and said there is a better way to do it.“We want to get the Productivity Commission and the industry together with government to determine clear transparent criteria and benchmarks for funding so that the companies know what they need to do in order to get that funding and the tax payers know what is required of a private company before they are granted the privilege of tax payers dollars.”
La conférence de l’ONU sur le climat s’ouvre aujourd’hui à DurbanC’est aujourd’hui que s’ouvre à Durban, en Afrique de Sud, la conférence de l’ONU pour la lutte contre le changement climatique. Prévue pour durer 12 jours, cette conférence cherchera notamment à prolonger le protocole de Kyoto.En tout, 194 pays sont membres du processus onusien visant à lutter contre le changement climatique. Au cours de la conférence qui vient de s’ouvrir à Durban, en Afrique du Sud, 183 d’entre eux seront représentés. La cérémonie d’ouverture a eu lieu ce matin à 8H40 GMT en présence du président sud-africain Jacob Zuma.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?C’est l’avenir du protocole de Kyoto qui va se jouer au cours des 12 jours à venir. Il s’agit d’un sujet majeur puisque ce protocole est le seul traité international imposant des objectifs de réduction d’émissions de gaz à effet de serre à une quarantaine de pays. Les autres sujets abordés devraient être les financements dont pourraient bénéficier les pays les plus vulnérables. Ceux-ci ont réclamé “d’urgence un accord sur le climat”, estimant dans un communiqué que la volonté des plus grands émetteurs de CO2 de retarder le temps des décisions constituait “une trahison envers les populations les plus vulnérables face au changement climatique”.Les pays en voie de développement eux, soutenus par nombre de mouvements sociaux et d’ONG, exigent que les pays les plus développés reprennent des engagements à l’issue d’une période initiale qui se termine fin 2012. Le rôle des grands pays émergents comme l’Inde et la Chine, mais aussi des Etats-Unis, va être décisif pour éviter que Durban ne soit un nouvel échec (après celui de Copenhague), rappelle Sciences et Avenir. D’autant plus que l’objectif de contenir le réchauffement sous les 2°C, adopté l’an dernier à Cancun (Mexique), paraît toujours plus inaccessible au regard des dernières émissions record de CO2.Le 28 novembre 2011 à 11:54 • Maxime Lambert
Former England midfielder John Barnes has urged Chelsea star, Eden Hazard to remain at the club despite interest from Real Madrid.The Spanish giants were reportedly after his services all summer long but with Chelsea refusing to sell, the Belgium captain stayed put at Stamford Bridge.However, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2020 and his refusal to extend his contract at the club, the Blues might be hoping to cash in on the player should he decide to leave.But Barnes who played for Liverpool during his playing days believes Hazard might be stifled at other big clubs and wouldn’t have the same freedom he enjoys at Chelsea. Barnes told beIN Sports, according to InsideFutbol:“If you see the way Eden Hazard plays – he has 30 to 40 touches with the ball at times, he plays one-twos and he does what he wants.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If he goes to Real Madrid, he wouldn’t be able to do that.”“He goes to a club where he would have to fit into a system, as you see what happens with Belgium, which is why they have not gone on to maximise their potential.”“You may say he is possibly the best individual player, but Chelsea are the right club for him because I watched him score a hat-trick and at times you think he should play it simple, but he doesn’t and there are no repercussions on him because they accept that at Chelsea.”“At a Barcelona or Real Madrid, they wouldn’t accept that.”
Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Keiji Ohara, director of the Shimane Prefecture’s consultation center and the body’s counseling center, and Ritsumeikan University assistant professor Kengo Yokomitsu joined the panel as domestic specialists. They exchanged opinions with Feldman from the perspective of medical and behavioral psychology.Ohara spoke of addiction as, “Knowing one has a problem but unable to quit. Two major symptoms include lying and debt. Depression and suicidal tendencies are common complications.”Yokomitsu is introduced an app currently in development that gives notifications when the subject is nearing a gambling venue in order to help them steer clear.The seminar was also attended by a number of people involved in Japan Casino School and Japan Casino Academy, institutions that train dealers domestically. Load More Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts MGM Resorts Japan held a seminar titled “What is Responsible Gaming?” in Osaka on Tuesday, where the company’s Senior Advisor Global Industry Affairs introduced MGM’s problem gaming strategy.“We spent more than five years researching this problem, which is more time than anyone else. The result is that we have come up with the best course of action,” he said. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Final preparations are underway for an annual South Florida tradition: the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.7Skyforce on Monday hovered above the Hall of Fame Marina, where various kinds of vessels could be seen docked and ready for the annual event.Organizers said this will be the largest display of superyachts in the show’s history.The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2018 starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday. For more information, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Chrissy TeigenChrissy Teigen Official Instagram (chrissyteigen)Chrissy Teigen sure knows how to turn up the heat. The model took to Instagram and posted a snap that showed her topless. The beauty was soaking up the sun during her vacation.Chrissy sure makes relaxation look good. The gorgeous model has reportedly been sharing an array of photos from her lavish European vacation with her family and best friends. Chrissy was apparently promoting her husband, singer John Legend’s wine brand, Lve.’send me my check @johnlegend @lve_wines,’ she hilariously captioned the snap as she tanned nearly naked. Chrissy had her back to the camera as she posed in a pair of nude cheeky style bikini bottoms while topless and her brunette hair was styled out as she lay flat with the sun shining on her. Singer-songwriter John Legend and his girlfriend model Chrissy Teigen arrive at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CaliforniaReutersIt is known that John and Chrissy first met on the set of his Stereo music video in 2007, and tied the knot six years later. Earlier in the year, John shared the secrets to how he and Chrissy manage their household with two young children when he spoke to People about their relationship.He said: ‘Luna thinks she can get away with things with us or take things to certain people….You just have to be on the same page all the time, because it’s not fair when there’s one bad person [or] a bad guy…..No one wants to be the bad guy, so it’s helpful when you’re all the bad guy,” she added. “It’s important to be on the same page.’We agree with John there, being on the same page really is important for a relationship, so is communication. But it looks like Chrissy and John have no issues in the relationship department. And we have to say that they do make an adorable couple. You can check out the pic here: Chrissy TeigenChrissy Teigen Official Instagram (chrissyteigen)
A class-III student was reportedly raped by a youth at Boro Mandartola village in Sharsha upazila of Jessore on Tuesday night, reports news agency UNB.Mosiur Rahman, officer-in-charge, Sharsha Police Station, said Shukur Ali forcibly took the 10-year-old schoolgirl beside the resident when she was returning home from her neighbour’s house at 9:00pm and raped her.Hearing her screams, neighbours rescued the victim and admitted her to Jessore Medical College Hospital.Due to excessive bleeding, her condition is very critical, the police officer added.Police, later, arrested alleged rapist Sukur Ali, 20, son of Ebrahim Ali of the village in Sharsha upazila.
X Listen Share 00:00 /10:53 On this week’s installment of our weekly political roundup, the Houston Matters experts discuss everything from Robert Mueller agreeing to testify before Congress, to Democratic presidential candidates preparing to debate one another, and State Representative Jonathan Stickland saying he won’t run for re-election.Also, the acting head of Customs and Border Protection, John Sanders, says he plans to step down in about a week.In the audio above, we discuss those and other recent political developments with University of Houston’s political analyst Nancy Sims and associate professor Elizabeth Simas. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Shahid Kapoor’s Haider with Vishal Bhardwaj is ready to come out, but that is not enough for the actor. His wish is that the filmmaker should make Kaminey 2 with him.While reports are doing the round that Shahid is, in fact, already a part of Kaminey 2, the actor said: ‘I would be very happy if Kaminey 2 happens.’ Released in 2009, Kaminey starred Shahid in a double role and he won accolades for his performance from all quarters. It also starred Priyanka Chopra and it brought out the news of the affair the two actors had, which lasted for a few months after the movie released. The actors, however, still maintain that they are in good terms with each other. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame‘I had an amazing experience with Vishal sir working on Kaminey and now Haider. I just hope he casts me in his next film and I hope that this film is Kaminey 2,’ the 33-year-old said here Wednesday on the sets of reality show Cine Stars Ki Khoj.In fact, Bhardwaj has already locked a story. ‘He has an amazing story and I think everyone should tell him to make it because he is difficult to convince. But he has a story and a romantic version of Dhan te nan also. I have been telling him he should do it, but he is a filmmaker and he has his own thoughts,’ he added.An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Haider also stars Shraddha Kapoor. The film will hit theatres on 2 October.
Kolkata: The weather condition in the city will improve from Wednesday, leading to a further drop in temperature, predicted the Regional Metereological Centre at Alipore on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Sandakphu witnessed mild snowfall on Tuesday, for the first time this winter season. It was a light drizzle accompanied by snowfall.The weather office also predicted that the city’s sky may remain cloudy from Wednesday morning and there will be a little drizzle in some parts of the city as well as South Bengal districts. The districts may witness bright sunshine from Thursday, as the cyclonic storm ‘Phethai’ has been weakened. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”As the cyclonic condition clears, the mercury will start to drop further from Wednesday. There will be light drizzle in some parts of the city, even on Wednesday. The cyclonic storm has lost momentum due to the constant blowing of the northwesterly wind in the state. The wind will intensify further, as soon as the sky gets cleared,” a senior official of the Alipore Met office said. It may be mentioned that the city and South Bengal districts witnessed light to moderate rainfall on Tuesday, as was predicted. ‘Phethai’ has been hovering in the coastal areas of Odisha after it turned into a low-pressure zone. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that during last week, the minimum temperature had shot up as moisture in the air had been rising after the formation of a low pressure trough over Bay-of-Bengal. The mercury had started climbing due to the incursion of moisture since last week. The districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah received light rainfall overnight, while districts like East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura received light to moderate rainfall on Tuesday. The districts also experienced strong gusty winds. According to a weather official, the temperature may dip to 9 degree Celsius during Christmas this year. Traffic movement in various parts of the city was slow on Tuesday morning, due to the drizzle. The temperature on Tuesday remained around 16 degree Celsius. “The temperature on Wednesday may hover around 14 degree Celsius, while it will drop further from Thursday. As the clouds start disappearing from Wednesday, the mercury will slide further down,” the weather official said.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Great fun was had at The Property Buyer Show held at the Durban Exhibition Centre over the weekend. A one-stop shop where prospective homeowners and property investors got the chance to interact with the brands that will help them find the perfect home or investment property.We took time out to chat to the movers and shakers in the industry to find out what they felt about the property market, the Property Buyer Show, and Caxton and Private Property’s winning partnership:Grant Gavin from Remax stressed the importance of always dealing with professionals. The importance of real estate agents who know their area cannot be underestimated.Private Property Chief Marketing Officer Bryan CourtneyJonathan Acutt from Acutts talked about the importance of dealing with dedicated real estate agents who know the market.Private Property’s Chief Marketing Officer Bryan Courtney showed off Private Property’s exclusive new app. “It tells you the moment a property hits the market and allows you to be one step ahead of other buyers.”But it was more than just a meet and greet, with show-goers getting the opportunity to interact with the Caxton and Private Property brands in a fun, innovative way.Caxton and Private Property – A winning partnership Business partnerships continue to be a viable solution to achieve business growth and success. Business entities in South Africa have embraced the idea of tapping into other organisations’ historical and operational strengths to avoid duplicating efforts and reaching new audiences and business frontiers with ease.One business partnership which has hit the market in South Africa is between property giants Private Property and media giants Caxton Publishers.Private Property started as a ‘for sale by owner’ website, which allowed users to sell their own property on the website. Over a period of time, it has grown into a comprehensive set of property listings from across South Africa. Private Property has earned a glowing reputation as a one-stop shop for all things property in South Africa.Caxton Publishers, on the other hand, has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the largest publishers and printers of books, magazines, newspapers and commercial print in South Africa.Caxton boasts 140 local newspapers with an audited distribution exceeding 3.7 million copies per week, across the nine provinces of South Africa.Each paper has offices and a dedicated management team and local staff resources within the footprint where they publish, ensuring that all publications’ content is relevant and supportive to local communities.Together as property experts and media experts, they make a formidable partnership!
Sponsored Stories QALAMOUN MOUNTAINS, Syria (AP) — Here in pockets of the rugged mountains near the Lebanese border, the distinctive yellow flag of Hezbollah now flies where al-Qaida militants once held sway.These gains in the Qalamoun Mountains represent a bright spot for embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, now reeling from a unified insurgent assault in the country’s northwest. And again, they show the power and influence of the Lebanese militant group in Syria’s civil war, grinding on into its fifth year after killing more than 220,000 people. 0 Comments Share Top Stories Hezbollah cites that fear of militants sweeping through Shiite and Christian villages in diverse Lebanon as the reason for their involvement in Syria.“We are giving our blood so that people (in Lebanon) live with dignity and safely,” Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah recently said.But analysts say the fight is not expected to have immediate military repercussions in Lebanon — though it directly affects Assad’s survival and Hezbollah’s reputation.“The party cannot take military action in the area without a guarantee of victory, since a further defeat in light of those in northern and southern Syria would be disastrous,” wrote Michael Young, opinion editor of Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper.Young also warned victory is not assured, largely because the vast, rugged region is difficult to control and the Syrian army’s combat effectiveness steadily has deteriorated in long years of fighting.Others fear the Qalamoun offensive could spark Sunni militants to launch attacks in Shiite areas of Lebanon itself, including Beirut. A wave of bombings targeting Hezbollah strongholds in 2013 and 2014 left scores of people dead and wounded. Already, residents in a southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon say security has tightened in the area, with officials searching cars and checking identification papers. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision? The difference between men and women when it comes to pain This Saturday, May 9, 2015 photo shows a general view of the Syrian border town of Assal al-Ward that is held by government forces, Syria. Hezbollah fighters have been spearheading an attack along with President Bashar Assad’s troops against Sunni insurgents in Syria’s rugged mountainous region of Qalamoun. On Saturday, Hezbollah fighters showed several local journalists and an Associated Press team positions they recently captured in Qalamoun. (AP Photo/Bassem Mroue) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “The situation is better than perfect,” one smiling Hezbollah fighter said, speaking along with others anonymously as part of the conditions Hezbollah set to allow AP journalists to make the trip.Insurgents appear to have left their camps in a hurry. Groceries, medicines and other supplies littered their camps. At a Hezbollah position, fighters installed a 130 mm cannon pointed deeper into Syria. Wooden ammunition boxes nearby bore Persian words — a sign of the support of Iran, a major benefactor of both Hezbollah and Assad.Shelling could be heard in the distance, which Hezbollah fighters attributed to clashes around Syria’s Barouh mountain to the north. Two giant Hezbollah bulldozers ground out a sand road on one of the region’s mountains.Some 3,000 militants are in the Qalamoun region, almost equally split between the Nusra Front and the Islamic State group, a Hezbollah commander recently said in Beirut. He said Hezbollah and Syrian troops surround the Qalamoun from the north, the east and the south, as well as part of the west, squeezing the Islamic militants who remain.The total area of the Qalamoun being contested is about 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) — of which 340 square kilometers (131 square miles) lie in Lebanon and are under militants’ control. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a harsh critic of Hezbollah, has said Lebanon is not responsible for the group’s actions.“Only Hezbollah is responsible for the repercussions of its involvement in the war at the service of” Assad, said Hariri, who lives in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia and France.But others disagree. Christian politician Karim Pakradouni told Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television station Sunday that “the battle should be carried out no matter how much it costs because it will end terrorism in Lebanon.”“The Qalamoun battle protects Lebanon’s national security,” he said.___Follow Bassem Mroue on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bmroue.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A team of Associated Press journalists traveling with Hezbollah into Syria found smiling Hezbollah fighters proudly showing newly dismantled booby traps and food quickly left behind by the Sunni insurgents as commanders promised further advances they say protect Lebanon. But in Lebanon, worries persist that Hezbollah’s battlefield successes only further entangle the tiny country in Syria’s violence, risking attacks back home as well.The Qalamoun Mountains are on the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon. They tower near Syria’s capital, Damascus, and linking that base of Assad’s power to the coast, an enclave of his Alawite sect, an off-shoot of Shiite Islam.But the Sunni militants of the local al-Qaida chapter called the Nusra Front and the Islamic State group, have been dug into the terrain for years.Although Hezbollah officials say a full-blown assault to recover Qalamoun hasn’t started, Hezbollah fighters in recent days have captured large areas and strategic hills. On Thursday, Hezbollah fighters attacking from the fields of the Syrian border town of Assal al-Ward met comrades on the offensive from the outskirts of the Lebanese village of Brital. Four benefits of having a wireless security system
5 ways to recognize low testosterone YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Street protests in the Armenian capital against a hike in electricity prices grew on Tuesday evening, with an estimated 7,000 people joining a second attempt to march toward the presidential residence even after riot police had used water cannons to forcefully disperse demonstrators.The number of riot police also increased, and helmeted officers holding shields stood shoulder-to-shoulder to block the protesters from moving farther down the central avenue in Yerevan. The protesters stood behind large trash containers that they had placed across the road as a barricade. There appeared to be some progress toward ending the standoff late Tuesday, with the protesters agreeing to appoint several representatives to meet with President Serge Sarkisian. But after a long discussion, they changed their mind.In the early hours of Wednesday, the street remained full of protesters, most of them young.Yerevan’s deputy police chief, Valery Osipyan, told the crowd that all of the nearly 240 protesters detained early Tuesday had been released, one of the demonstrators’ demands.The unrest was the most serious that Armenia has seen in years, raising concerns about political stability in the impoverished former Soviet nation, which hosts a Russian military base and is part of a Moscow-dominated economic alliance.Russian companies control some of the most prized economic assets in Armenia, including the power grid. The protest was triggered when an Armenian government commission agreed to raise electricity rates at the request of the power company.Russia was closely following the protests, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said.“Of course, we hope that in the near future the situation will be resolved in strict accordance with the law and that there will be no violations of the law,” Dmitry Peskov told journalists. Raffi Hovannisian, the leader of the opposition Heritage party who challenged Sarkisian in a 2013 presidential election, also denounced the government crackdown on the protest, calling it “a national shame.”Sarkisian, who is serving his second term, has not yet commented on the protest.The landlocked country’s economy is hobbled by the longstanding closure of its borders with Azerbaijan and Turkey over a conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. It depends on close ties with Russia.Alexander Iskandarian, head of the Caucasus Institute, an independent think tank, said the protest reflected “the radicalization of opposition activities.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments Share The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan voiced concern about reports of excessive use of force by police and urged the government to investigate.On Monday, about 5,000 demonstrators marched toward the presidential headquarters, but were stopped by lines of riot police backed by water cannons. The protesters then sat on the road, blocking traffic and ignoring police demands to leave.Several hundred remained in place overnight. Riot police broke up the protest early Tuesday, using water cannons.Some protesters resisted and threw rocks at the officers, who responded by beating them with truncheons. Plainclothes police agents also rounded up demonstrators.Fifteen people sought medical treatment and seven of them were hospitalized, the Health Ministry said.Police also broke up a small rally in Armenia’s second-largest city of Gyumri on Tuesday backing the main protest, arresting 12 people.The demonstrators were demanding that the government reconsider its decision to increase electricity prices for households by 17-22 percent. Some protesters also called for Sarkisian’s resignation.The opposition Armenian National Congress walked out of parliament in protest Tuesday against the rally’s breakup and demanded the release of all those detained. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober
In a bid to strengthen the holiday rental industry down under Fairfax Media Limited announced its recent purchase of online holiday rental and corporate accommodation company Occupancy. The group said its current business Stayz.com.au will work alongside its newly acquired Occupancy online companies Rentahome.com.au and Takeabreak.com.au to provide Australian travellers a variety of options. Describing the acquisition as beneficial to home owners and the tourism industry Fairfax Media’s Metropolitan Media chief executive Jack Matthews said the new addition will offer property owners the option to advertise their business across a selection of websites. “Opportunities for growth are significant. The holiday rental market is a fast growing category, with growth rates of online bookings for accommodation expected to grow rapidly over the next few years, and a holiday rentals market that is still largely underdeveloped with a low proportion of the addressable inventory accessible to online booking,” Mr Matthews said. “The holiday rental market has come of age and we look forward to continuing to build the category across the existing brands.” The acquisition of Occupancy further extends Fairfax Media’s online transaction business. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J