“The policies pursued by the authorities in their response to the protests have been at the cost of Venezuelans’ rights and freedoms,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a news release issued today. The report notes that the generalized and systematic use of excessive force during demonstrations and the arbitrary detention of protestors and perceived political opponents indicate that these were not the acts of isolated officials. The report calls on the UN Human Rights Council to consider taking measures to prevent the human rights situation in Venezuela from worsening. Venezuela is currently a Council member.Mass street demonstrations began in the country in April. Tensions between the Government and the opposition reached a new high about a month ago, when President Nicolás Maduro convened elections for the so-called Constituent Assembly, which could replace the current legislative body, the National Assembly.The report indicates that of the 124 deaths linked to the protests being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office as of 31 July, the security forces were reportedly responsible for 46 and pro-Government armed groups, known as armed colectivos, for 27. Responsibility for the remaining 51 deaths has not yet been determined.According to reliable estimates from a local NGO, more than 5,000 people were detained since 1 April, with more than 1,000 reportedly still held as of 31 July. At least 609 civilians arrested in the context of protests were presented before military tribunals. The report calls on the Government to halt arbitrary detention and the use of military courts to try civilians. The report documents attacks against journalists and media workers by security forces that were apparently aimed at preventing them from covering demonstrations. “Demonstrators and journalists were labelled by high-level authorities as ‘enemies’ and ‘terrorists’ – words that did little to counter, and may even have contributed to, the climate of violence and polarization,” the High Commissioner said. Warning that amid continuing economic and social crises and rising political tensions, there is a grave risk the situation in Venezuela will deteriorate further, Mr. Zeid encouraged the Government to follow up on the recommendations made in the report and to use its findings as guidelines to seek truth and justice for the victims of human rights violations and abuses.
Growth in the used car market continued in the third quarter of 2016 as UK buyers snapped up a record 2,148,050 vehicles, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Demand grew 7.9% compared with Q3 2015.Consumer appetite for alternatively fuelled vehicles rose substantially – increasing 34.1% (21,543) compared with the same period in 2015 (16,059). The number of electric vehicles changing hands grew 94.1% between July and September as used buyers made the most of new fuel technology appearing in the used sector.Diesel and petrol fuelled vehicles also enjoyed growth – up 10.8% and 5.7% respectively – as used car buyers begin to benefit from the latest, low emission Euro 6 models now entering the used market in increasing numbers. Meanwhile, the trend towards smaller cars continued, with superminis the best-selling body type (33.8%) followed by family hatchbacks (27.4%) and saloons (13.4%).Buyers in the South East bought the most used cars in the quarter (14.9%), followed by those in the North West (10.6%) and the East (9.8%). Nationally, the Ford Fiesta retained its position as the most popular model, followed by the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa, while cars aged 1-3 years old were most sought after, followed by those first registered 7-10 years ago. More than 60% of all used cars were bought in silver, black and blue, which remained top of buyers’ colour charts for a second year in a row.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said,Sustained growth in the used car sector is great news for consumers, who have never enjoyed so much choice – whether in brand, body style or fuel type and the range of finance packages on offer makes them more affordable than ever. It’s particularly promising to see the growing demand for electric vehicles filter into the used car market but to encourage greater take-up, a more widespread commitment to charging infrastructure is needed. More than 2.1 million used cars sold in Q3 – a record for the period July-September.Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles climbs 34.1%, with sales of electric cars surging 94.1%.6.3 million used cars change hands in the year-to-date – up 7.9% on the same period in 2015. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
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He added that asking people to ‘forget about the past and move on’ isn’t acceptable, and has been important in recent years due to improvements in the relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland.“As we progress towards such a better future, we must not forget those who died, those who mourn them and those who were injured”.“A strategy of amnesia is simply not an option.”Read: “The crisis has exacted a huge toll on the Irish people” – President Higgins is critical of economic teaching > FILES HELD BY the British government on the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings have again come under scrutiny as President Michael D Higgins called for a fresh investigation.Speaking yesterday at an meeting between families of those killed and injured in the bombings, that left 34 people dead, he said there are still “many unanswered questions” in relation to the attacks.During his speech he referenced two All-Party motions in 2008 and 2011 that called for access to be given to an “independent, international, judicial figure to all original documents held by the British Government relating to the atrocities”, with the aim of “assisting in the solution of these crimes”.“The fact that these motions were supported by all shades of political opinion in the Oireachtas is reflective of the moderation and reasonableness of the request being made”, President Higgins said.I share your hope, and that of the Irish Government, that the British Government can find a way to respond positively to this measured and constructive proposal.
Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Man sentenced for Seán Cox assault, Varadkar answers questions on Tribunal costs and Scouting Ireland defends itself against Tusla – It’s The Fix. By Cormac Fitzgerald No Comments Get our daily news round up: NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A man stands by and watches as fire engulfs dry gorse in the West Wicklow Mountains, just beyond Hollywood Village, since the start of the week fire services and the Defence Forces have been fighting fires in the Wicklow and Dublin Mountains which have been out of control and according to reports at one stage threatened Hollywood Village. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe family of Clodagh Hawe, who was murdered along with her three children in 2016, will meet with the Garda Commissioner, it was confirmed today.A number of bank customers who withdrew money from Bank of Ireland ATMs in recent days were charged twice, it was announced. It was revealed that more than half of the youths accused of serious crimes who were not pursued due to failings of a garda scheme went on to reoffend afterwards. Health Minister Simon Harris said he had appointed thirteen members of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board.It was confirmed that the second major national study on sexual violence in Ireland will take up to five years to complete.Murder accused Patrick Quirke told gardaí he was afraid of Mary Lowry and described his ex-lover as “vicious” and “verbally abusive”, the Central Criminal Court heard.An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach, that costs of the Moriarity, Cregan and Cook tribunals will overrun by millions.A man in 20s died after his motorbike was involved in a crash with a truck in Co Kilkenny this morning. Scouting Ireland questioned what evidence Tusla has for suggesting that the viability of overnight trips should be considered due to child protection concerns.A man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for assaulting Irishman Seán Cox in Liverpool last year.Leo Varadkar said that it was “scandalous” that some government agents got the estimated cost for the National Children’s Hospital “so wrong”.Residents in a number of areas of south Dublin said there were protesting against National Transport Authority (NTA) plans to create a bus corridor which locals claim will destroy communities. WORLD https://jrnl.ie/4518571 Share4 Tweet Email 12,055 Views US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greet prior to a bilateral meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel. Source: Shealah Craighead via ZUMA Wire#SUMMIT: A nuclear summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump ended without agreement, according to the White House.#PAKISTAN: Pakistan said it will release a captured Indian pilot in a “peace gesture”.PARTING SHOTThis time last year, Ireland was knee-deep in snow as the Beast from the East kicked off in earnest. A Status Red Warning was in effect and the blizzard was in full force. Have a read of TheJournal.ie‘s timeline of the storm and a look at this video to remember what it was like. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 9:07 PM Feb 28th 2019, 9:07 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Apple veut instaurer un streaming payant sur iTunesÉtats-Unis – Apple est en pleine négociation avec plusieurs labels de musique. La firme à la pomme veut développer un streaming payant sur iTunes.Apple veut installer un modèle qui commence à faire recette sur le web. En plus du téléchargement de MP3, le géant américain veut proposer un service de streaming payant à ses internautes. L’entreprise veut contrer l’arrivée de son rival Spotify, déjà implanté en Europe et qui arrivera sur le nouveau continent avant la fin de l’année. Apple négocie actuellement avec les labels de musique pour mettre en place son système, mais la concurrence influe de façon importante sur le prix et la quantité de musique liés à chaque offre. On parle pour le moment de formules allant de sept à dix euros par mois alors que Spotify, qui a déjà bien entamé le marché des mobiles, propose de la musique illimitée sans publicité pour 9,99 euros par mois.Le 11 octobre 2010 à 12:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
PHOENIX (AP) — A crash that caused an Uber self-driving SUV to flip onto its side in a Phoenix suburb serves as a stark reminder of the challenges surrounding autonomous vehicles in Arizona, a state that has gone all-in to entice the company by promising minimal government regulation.Friday night’s crash was blamed on the driver of an oncoming SUV that turned left in front of the Uber vehicle carrying two test drivers and no passengers. There were no serious injuries and the driver of the other car was cited for a moving violation. But images of Uber’s Volvo SUV rolled onto its side reverberated heavily on social media.Uber responded by briefly suspending its self-driving cars in its three testing locations — Arizona, San Francisco and Pittsburgh — as it investigated the accident.Uber’s self-driving car program is rolling out amid questions about how much government regulation it should endure on issues such as accidents, insurance and reporting instances in which the person behind the wheel in test cars needs to take control of the vehicle.The San Francisco-based startup endured a shaky December rollout in California — including running red lights — that culminated in a standoff between Uber and state regulators who wanted more transparency and reporting.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey seized the opportunity and used lax regulations to entice Uber, which decided to ship more than a dozen SUVs to metro Phoenix.
Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 17 Photos $999 $999 See All Now playing: Watch this: The iPhone 11 might be able to charge other phones and AirPods. Angela Lang/CNET Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the next-gen iPhone will support two-way charging. This means the next iPhone could share some battery juice with other iPhones or the new AirPods via its wireless charging case. If Kuo’s predictions are true, it shows Apple catching up to Samsung, whose newest Galaxy S10 phones can charge other devices like the Galaxy Buds earbuds and the Galaxy Watch Active.As reported by 9to5Mac, Kuo also predicts that the 2019 iPhones will have larger batteries and, in turn, even better battery life. Obviously these are just rumors, but Kuo has a decent track record of reporting features on future Apple products. Being able to charge your AirPods on the back of your phone could be a beautiful thing.For more rumors, check out our in-depth iPhone 11 rumor roundup.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Apple 3:55 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • See it Originally published April 1 at 1:39 p.m. PT AirPods 2nd-generation: Not really 2.0, but definitely… Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice Apple iPhone XS AirPods (second generation) from all angles $999 reading • iPhone 11 might get two-way charging and bigger battery 10 Apple $999 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Sprint See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Phones See It Comments Tags Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray)
The seas are rising relentlessly but not the world leaders. It’s hot even in the Arctic but decision-makers are cool. Young people are on the streets protesting against inaction, but heads of States huddled together in Osaka, Japan for the G20 meeting with facile jokes, embarrassing handshakes and posed smiles. The agenda for the 14th G20 Summit, crafted after series of ministerial meetings, was loaded with issues of trade and tariffs, free flow of digital data, 5G technology, terrorism, fugitive economic offenders, empowerment of women and slowdown of the global economy. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us Deliberation on the existential threat for planet Earth posed by climate crises barely found space left in between. By the end of the summit, a standard G20 Communique was released, that included a couple of sections of compromise text on climate change, among the 43 sections. On climate change, 19 of the G20 members (except the US) reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Climate deal and its irreversibility. The US, as in the last G20 summit, “agreed to disagree” and reiterated their stance of quitting the Paris Climate Agreement. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Against the shocking news of wildfires, heat waves and flash floods that sent tremors on a planetary scale, climate issues were neither discussed nor prioritised the way it demanded. Growth-obsessed and trade-centred countries in the G20 remained focussed on economy and not on ecology which, in fact, dictates the economy. There was an exception: In the bilateral meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, with a special appearance by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, both leaders committed to stronger action on the growing threat of climate change. Macron reportedly refused to sign the G-20 communique that did not highlight the climate crisis. Advertise With Us The 45th G7 summit (of seven advanced global economies) will be held on August 24-26 in the town of Biarritz in France, under the French presidency. After 2000, when it was realised that India and China would advance faster than expected, the G7 agreed to specially invite five more countries, including India and China, for their summit outreach. Macron, the host known as a climate saviour, is close to both India and China. He has put the fight against inequality on top of this year’s G7. Macron’s agenda recognises that the climate crisis has its indelible link with inequality which in turn has an axis to terrorism. Climate change hits vulnerable populations even harder, creating more inequality. “It heaps inequality on inequality and insecurity on insecurity,” says the G7 preparatory document. Climate Change is poised to be back as a major priority of the G7, apart from taxes and terrorism. The four environmental priorities in the agenda are: ♦ Scientific warnings and international action on biodiversity and climate ♦ Inclusive ecological transition ♦ Tangible solutions for the climate and biodiversity ♦ Finance for the preservation of biodiversity These priorities have emerged from scientific consensus in major reports of UN bodies. The first report that appalled the world was “The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C”, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It dealt with the scenario when the Earth’s average temperature increases by 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level. The message from that report was very clear, that the rise in temperature has to be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid disastrous consequences to coastal areas, island countries and the economy in general. To avoid such damage, the world needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels by 45 per cent by 2030 (from the 2010 levels) and 100 per cent by 2050. That would need much more ambitious pledges by the countries than the promises they submitted for the Paris Climate Agreement. The report also provided a tragic observation that the global average temperature rise has already reached near 1 degree Celsius and, with the current speed of action, the additional rise of half a degree is just about 12 years away- within the lifetime of most of humanity living today. The second landmark report was by the Inter-governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the UN’s expert nature panel. It reported that the scale and speed of decline of ecosystems on which our economic growth depends is unprecedented in human history and is likely to continue for at least 50 years. Worse, the speed and scale would accelerate due to inaction on the climate crises. But now there is opportunity for introducing a correction factor. A Narendra Modi-Emmanuel Macron moment could happen during the G-7, at their proposed bilateral meeting, for which Macron has invited Modi. Both are known as bold decision-makers. Macron in 2018 declared a carbon-tax. In the 2019-20 Indian budget, the Modi government has declared an additional tax on petrol and diesel, equivalent to carbon-tax. Both Modi and Macron have launched and progressed on the International Solar Alliance that has the potential to be a game-changer in clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. While Macron has proposed a change in the G7 format and wider consultations with various stakeholders and year-long follow up meetings, Modi has revolutionised the narrative on the way the State leaders can engage in creating action-oriented awareness. He recently participated in an adventurous mission on Discovery Channel that attracted world attention to biodiversity. After his recent win in the world’s largest election, he visited the Himalayas to draw attention to the climate disaster visible in the receding snowlines of the Garhwal Himalayas. Macron is the most transformative French president since Francois Mitterrand. Professionally an investment banker, he has persuaded eight major asset managers to make climate-friendly investments of $15 trillion. He has coined the counter slogan of “Make the planet great again” in the face of US President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” election slogan. A Modi and Macron moment during the G7 outreach would surely prove to be correction factor to the unfortunate trend seen at the G20 summit. (The author is Chairman, TERRE Policy Centre and former Director UNEP. The article is in special arrangement with South Asia Monitor)
Stay on target No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne… When Street Fighter IV first launched a decade ago it kicked off a full-blown renaissance for classic 2D arcade fighting games. Beloved franchises like Marvel vs. Capcom and Killer Instinct returned. Stagnant series that technically never left like Tekken and Mortal Kombat got fresh blood. And new games like Skullgirls and BlazBlue left strong immediate impressions. We even got a great Dragon Ball game from this ongoing golden age.But one franchise that has yet to get its due is classic 2D weapons fighter Samurai Shodown from SNK. That’s about to change with the Samurai Shodown reboot coming later this year, and based on what I played it feels like the wait was worth it.I bring up Street Fighter IV also because that’s the most obvious reference point for the new Samurai Shodown. While it runs on the same Unreal Engine 4 as Street Fighter V, the art style’s heavy emphasis on medieval Japanese brushstrokes looks like a prettier take on Street Fighter IV’s aesthetic. The subtle watercolors and paper-like texture also reminded me of Capcom’s Okami. It’s so beautiful that it made the bloody violence of sword combat more shocking, which is the feeling the best samurai stories invoke.AdChoices广告<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Although it’s billed as a prequel to the original Samurai Shodown games, which have been on hiatus since basically right before Street Fighter IV’s release, this new game doesn’t have the cinematic story mode you’ve seen in recent fighting games like the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11. But the fighting itself tells its own kinds of stories. While not on the punishingly lethal level of Bushido Blade, Samurai Shodown recognizes that slashing another person with a sword should really do a lot of damage. So instead of elaborate multi-hit punch combos, if you just get a couple of good swings in there your opponent is finished. “Conclusion!”But if anything this opens up strategies instead of limiting them. There are only four attack buttons to worry about, three levels of slash strength and a kick button. Special moves rarely require fancy inputs. You need to focus more on out-thinking your opponent in the neutral game and running with it as soon as you have an advantage. Maintaining momentum is so important that even among equally skilled players one person can just take the whole game without getting hit if they get in the zone.The more unique mechanics are about bolstering the defensive options Samurai Shodown has spent less attention on in the past as well as giving players ways to stage dramatic comebacks and swing momentum in their favors. You can perform your complex super special move at any time but you can only do it once and landing it is tricky as combos can’t help you. You can dodge, perfectly parry projectiles, and even disarm your opponent leaving them with weak fists instead of a blade until they pick up back up. Build up the Rage Gauge to buff your attacks and pull off a different special move with power tied to your own dwindling health.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The different characters also obviously change up your tactics. I played four characters from the initial 16-character roster, made up of 13 veterans and three newcomers. Haohmaru remains your basic Ryu type, even if Samurai Shodown encourages a fundamentally different playstyle compared to Street Fighter. Charlotte uses graceful fencing attacks while Earthquake overwhelms opponents with his sheer size, strength, and range with his chain. Galford fights with his good dog. And while he only appears in training mode, the referee is here, so hardcore retro SamSho fans can rest easy.Samurai Shodown’s fighting system is rock solid for competitive play. And SNK wants to cater to that community. Along with traditional online battles players can fight against asymmetrical A.I. facsimiles of their friends for better human training. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game launch in June 2019 so folks can practice for the game’s surprising EVO 2019 tournament appearance. And later it’s coming to PC and Nintendo Switch giving even more potential players the chance to sharpen their blades against each other. We can’t wait!
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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Go away dude. I’m about to get shot! Photo by Saurabh Palan Unimpressed by 4-D developments they had seen at haptics conferences and theme parks, the team of students – Saurabh Palan, Ruoyao Wang, Nathaniel Naukam, Edward Li, and Katherine J. Kuchenbecker – set out to make gunshots, knife slashings, and the feeling of blood dripping from the wounds more realistic than the other gadgets they had experienced provided.Using a first person shoot game (FPS Game: HALF LIFE 2 – Gun Shot Moment), the team set up their own game mode source code with a Source Engine wiki, complied it, and ran it through a Valve Steam platform. Then they designed their own map and game level and created their own 3-D first person shooter game.The TGVs are stuffed with solenoid actuators in the chest and on the front and back of the shoulders, and they are timed to go off when your character gets shot. They even get you where your character gets shot. Getting stabbed is no sweat either. The vibrating motors embedded around the vest simulate that experience. Oooh. Aaah. Why the vest can even simulate blood flowing from a wound. Ugh. Immersive Game System Allows Physical Interaction Between Players Half-Life 2 scene via sharkyextreme.com Tactile Gaming Vest. Photo by Saurabh Palan Explore further Citation: Tactile Gaming Vests: The Fourth Dimension In Gaming Reaches New Level Of Pain (2010, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-tactile-gaming-vests-fourth-dimension.html But there’s more to come. More sensations. More reality. But not much more pain. Palan and team want the vest to communicate the suddenness of the impact, but not too much pain.And I should add, that the Tactile Gaming Vest is not being developed just for gamers, but for 4-D movies, and the military to simulate what happens in battle. Now, that’s realism. More information: — iRoboticist.com– IEEE Spectrum (PhysOrg.com) — Have you ever been downed by a shot to your gut from a USP Match in Half-Life 2? Not yet? Well, if you crave realism in your gaming experiences, you’ll want to know about the development of the Tactile Gaming Vest (TGV). Graduate robotics students at the University of Pennsylvania, motivated by realism trends in movies and gaming, decided to take a step into a new dimension – the fourth dimension of haptic reality, the tactile simulation of forces that impact characters in a virtual world or on the big screen.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Stafford Borough this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads across the area can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the Stafford Borough between Monday July 30 and Sunday August 5. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. Information supplied by local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreArmed police called to reports of man with machete A-R Bishops Offley: Roadworks and Road closure on Doley Road, Bishops Offley until August 10. Bishops Offley: Multi-way traffic signals on Tunstall Lane from August 1 until August 7 (On the junction of Doley Road and Tunstall Lane) Croxton: Two way signals on Main Road until July 30 Darlaston: Lane closure on A34 The Fillybrooks until September 3 (from roundabout with Newcastle Road to Junction with Meaford Road( Derrington: Multi-way traffic signals on Billington Lane, Castle View and Mount Pleasant from July 23 until July 31 Eccleshall: Two way signals on B5026 Stone Road between July 23 and August 10 (from car park to junction of Hartlands Road) Eccleshall: Road closure on Sturbridge Lane until July 31 Meaford: Two-way traffic signals on Meaford Road from June 11 until September 3 (from junction with the Fillybrooks to Tower Road and Rookery Lane roundabout) Milford: Multi-way traffic signals on The Green from July 10 until August 6 Read MoreCabbies: ‘Beggars are making £20 to £30-a-day outside Stoke Station’… Now police are cracking down on the problem S Salt: Road closure on the The Casey near the junction with Salt Road on August 2 Stafford: Two way signals on Aston Hill, Aston between July 30 and August 4 Stafford: Stop/go boards on Baswich Lane from August 1 until August 3 Stafford: Road closure and roadworks on Baswich Lane from July 23 until September 2 Stafford: Two way signals on Baswich Lane between July 30 and August 30 (at junction of Blackheath Lane/Tixall Road/Baswich Lane) Stafford: Multi-way traffic signals on Beaconside from July 26 until July 31 Stafford: Two way signals on Stone Road between July 30 and September 3 (Between 91 and 87 Stone Road) Stafford: Road closure and roadworks on Waterfront Way from July 10 until August 24 Stafford: Two way signals on West Way from July 23 until August 17 (from the junction with Coleridge Drive to the Junction with Shakespeare Road Stafford: Multi-way traffic signals on Wolverhampton Road from July 30 until August 3 Stone: Road closures and roadworks on Aston Roundabout at junction with A51 until August 31 Stone: Two way signals on Brooms Road until September 4 (From Aston Roundabout to junction of Opal Way) Stone: Roadworks and Road closure on Eccleshall Road until November 1 (between A34/A51 and Eccleshall Road) Stone: Two way signals on Lichfield Road between July 30 and August 1 (Outside number 113) Stone: Two way signals on Lichfield Road until July 31 (Outside number 138) Stone: Road closure and roadworks on Oulton Road from July 30 to August 13 Stone: Two way signals on Yarnfield Lane until September 3 (Outside the Walton Inn and at the junction with the Fillybrooks) Sturbridge: Stop/go boards on Swynnerton Road opposite Baden Hall from August 1 until August 3 Swynnerton: Two way signals on A51 Stone Road between July 25 and August 1 (near Long Compton Farm) Sugnall: Two way signals on DEccleshall Road between July 27 and July 31 (near Halfway House) T-Z Woodseaves: Two way signals on Eccleshall Road between July 30 and August 10 Yarlet: Lane closure on A34 Stone Road, Redhill, Yarlet from August 5 until August 8 – outside Redlands Farm Yarnfield: Give and take traffic control on Yarnfield Lane from July 31 until August 1 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.
Business tourism lead inbound visitor numbers in Western Australia in the December quarter last year, achieving a 42 percent increase in MICE travellers to 33,000 compared to the same period in 2009. According to Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson, business travel is an important part of Western Australia’s tourism industry, with their highest average spending of up to AU$1284 on food, drink and accommodation. Data from the International Visitor Survey found that in total WA welcomed up to 212,000 people in the December quarter last year, up four percent on the quarter the year before. Mr Ferguson said the state has seen exceptional growth from Asian countries such as China the market, which increased its visitation numbers into WA by 109 percent in 2010 compared to the year before. “The extra airline capacity announced this week allows both Australian and Chinese airlines to make even more flights into and out of Perth with an incentive to stopover at regional airports such as Broome,” Mr Ferguson added. “WA also maintains a strong national share of the Malaysian (23 per cent), Singapore (25 per cent) and UK (18 per cent) markets.” Minister Assisting on Tourism Senator Nick Sherry said tourism is the state’s largest services export industry and achieved up to AU$34 billion for Australia and WA. “These figures show WA’s impressive resources boom is also generating positive results for other sectors of the economy,” Senator Sherry said. “Promoting this industry is a priority for the Australia Government and that’s why we are investing in the National Long Term Tourism Strategy. “It focuses on growing skills and investment, side by side with the global marketing work being undertaken by Tourism Australia to encourage more visitors from around the world.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Jet Airways has announced the introduction of daily non-stop services between India and Amsterdam, its new European gateway as it has finalised plans to shut down its European hub at Brussels towards end of March 2016. The Brussels hub was opened in 2007 and Jet Airways was operating multiple flights to this destination from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru at some point.The airlines said it will operate two daily non-stop flights to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one each from its home hubs in Mumbai and New Delhi. It will also operate a daily flight from Toronto to Amsterdam to provide connectivity to passengers from Mumbai and Delhi. “Schedules of all three flights have been planned to allow quick and convenient connections between India and Toronto over Amsterdam. These flights will be available for sale across all booking channels from December 15, 2015,” said the airlines.For providing convenient connections for passengers to destinations in Europe and North America over Amsterdam, Jet Airways has entered into a strategic agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines under which it will codeshare to 30 European destinations for travel between India and Europe via Amsterdam.Cramer Ball, CEO, Jet Airways, said, “With Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as the new European gateway, we will be able to provide our guests with one stop access to a wider array of destinations across Europe and North America together with our partners KLM and Delta. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s position as one of the largest gateways in Europe with seamless connectivity to sea, rail and road transportation provides greater options for our customers.”Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 34 seats in Premiere and 259 seats in Economy class will be deployed on these routes. Jet Airways said it will continue to operate flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Newark and Toronto to Brussels as per current schedule till March 26, 2016.
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