Five stories in the news for Monday, Nov. 6———CRA VOWS ACTION ON PARADISE PAPERSThe Canada Revenue Agency says it won’t hesitate to investigate new evidence of offshore tax evasion following a second massive leak of tax haven financial records. The leak of some 13.4 million records, dubbed the Paradise Papers, lifts another veil on the ways in which the wealthy — including more than 3,000 Canadian individuals and entities — stash their money in offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes. Among the names appearing in the records are former prime ministers Brian Mulroney, Paul Martin and Jean Chretien. Neither the CRA nor any court has determined the Canadians did anything wrong.———FAMILIES LOSING PATIENCE FOR NO-FLY KID WOESA gaggle of young constituents — and their parents — will descend on Parliament Hill today to press politicians to resolve ongoing airport hassles that children face due to security list snags. Ten families from the group known as the No Fly List Kids plan to make their case to MPs and ministers with the aim of ensuring that funding for a new computer system to fix the problem is included in the 2018 federal budget.———‘ALARMING RATE’ OF INDIGENOUS OVERDOSE DEATHSA decade-long study has found that Indigenous drug users in British Columbia are 13 times more likely to die compared with other Canadians of the same age. The study, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, included 610 Indigenous people who smoked or injected drugs in Vancouver and Prince George and were between the ages of 14 and 30. Forty people died during the study period between 2003 and 2014, and 26 participants have died since then. The study calls for cultural connections as a path to healing deep-rooted pain.———MILLENNIALS MORE LIKELY TO ATTEND REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES: POLLA new survey suggests millennials are leading a gradual resurgence of interest when it comes to attending Remembrance Day ceremonies. The poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada found that 29 per cent of respondents plan to attend a ceremony to honour fallen soldiers on Nov. 11, up three per cent from last year and marking a return to recent highs established in 2015. But the online survey suggests Canadians between 18 and 34 are the ones most likely to pay their respects in person.———VALERIE PLANTE TO BECOME MONTREAL’S FIRST FEMALE MAYORValerie Plante scored a stunning upset in Montreal’s mayoral election on Sunday, defeating incumbent Denis Coderre to become the first woman to win the post. In her victory speech, the 43-year-old Plante reiterated campaign promises to improve public transit in Canada’s second largest city and also add more green spaces and social housing. Coderre, a former Liberal MP and cabinet minister who was elected mayor in 2013, says he’ll now be leaving municipal politics.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY— Musicians including Sting and Elvis Costello pay tribute to Leonard Cohen in a Montreal concert that is being held a day before the first anniversary of the Montreal native’s death. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend.— Nova Scotia Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc unveils Canada Post’s Halifax Explosion commemorative stamp in Halifax.— Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Sherry Romanado, parliamentary secretary (Veterans Affairs) mark the start of Veterans’ Week with a candlelight vigil.— 150th anniversary of the first meeting of the first Parliament of Canada.— Trial for three Calgary police officers accused of assault.— CBC’s first broadcast of its revamped flagship nightly news program, “The National.”———
CALGARY – TD Bank says Alberta’s battered economy is headed in the right direction, but warns there are still a number of hurdles that could hinder recovery.A report released Thursday by deputy chief economist Derek Burleton is predicting economic growth between two and 2 1/2 per cent for Alberta in the next year which follows an increase of nearly 4.9 per cent in 2017.“It was a nice bounce back last year, but growth is settling down this year and we’re of the mind that you’re gonna get a continued moderate growth run over the next couple of years as the economy kinds of settles down,” Burleton said in an interview.“I don’t think many were anticipating a heroic recovery despite the fact that the recession was quite deep. Oil production should grow despite some of the challenges in terms of pipelines. That’ll get us two per cent which is not heroic.”Burleton said Alberta’s economy is within a year of returning “home” — a term used to characterize full recovery from a recession. However, it could be another two years before the job market fully recovers.“Employment is back to where it was pre-recession, but a lot of the jobs are self-employment, more of a freelance type,” he said.“Employers are kind of slow to bring back hiring and part of that does reflect the lacklustre investment outlook over the next couple of years.”The report also notes that government hiring, primarily in the health and education sectors, rose by nearly 10 per cent. Private sector jobs fell by five per cent during the recession.Burleton said the lack of investment in Alberta, particularly in the oil and gas sector, remains a concern.“I think that’s the Achilles heel for recovery so far. It is basically the missing element,” he said.“Investment is not going to be catching fire soon. We’re not anticipating a lot of growth over the next few years and clearly there are some hurdles there.”Burleton said Alberta could reassert itself as a leader in growth, but only if it deals with inadequate pipeline capacity, regulatory hurdles, and eliminating the government’s budget deficit.“We still are of the mind that the economy will reassert itself,” he said. “It may be a bit at odds given the timing of this report just after the Trans Mountain decision and some of the concerns around the oil and gas sector.”Late last month the Federal Court of Appeal quashed cabinet approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project.The forecast says there is reason for optimism, including the resiliency of global oil demand and limited supply outside of Alberta, and decreasing production costs.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
The call came in a declaration on the issue of combating terrorism that was adopted unanimously at a formal meeting of the Council chaired by Foreign Minister Dominique Galouzeau de Villepin of France, which currently holds the rotating Presidency of the 15-nation body. Foreign Ministers from 13 of the countries were in attendance and all Council members participated in the discussion.In their declaration, the Ministers called on States to take a number of steps to fight the menace, including by becoming a party to all international conventions and protocols relating to terrorism; helping each other in the prevention, investigation, prosecution and punishment of acts of terrorism, wherever they occur; and cooperating closely to implement fully the sanctions against terrorists and their associates, in particular Al-Qaida and the Taliban and their associates.Highlighting the role of its Counter-Terrorism Committee, the Council said that the CTC must intensify its efforts to promote the implementation by UN Member States of all aspects of resolution 1373, which was adopted in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks against the United States, by reviewing their reports and facilitating international assistance and cooperation.The declaration said that States must also ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, and should adopt such measures in accordance with international law, in particular international human rights, refugee, and humanitarian law.The adopted text encouraged international organizations to evaluate ways in which they can enhance the effectiveness of their action against terrorism, including by establishing dialogue and exchanges of information with each other and with other relevant international actors. The declaration also emphasized the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in working with the CTC and other international organizations.The Council stressed that continuing international efforts to enhance dialogue and broaden the understanding among civilizations “will contribute to international cooperation and collaboration, which by themselves are necessary to sustain the broadest possible fight against terrorism.”The declaration also reaffirmed the Council’s “strong determination” to intensify its fight against terrorism in accordance with its responsibilities under the UN Charter, and invited Secretary General Kofi Annan to present a report within 28 days summarizing any proposals made during today’s meeting. Video of Council debate
Following the talks in Geneva on Saturday, Mr. Annan praised the Presidents of Cameroon and Nigeria, Paul Biya and Olusegun Obasanjo, for showing what he described as “incredible statesmanship and leadership and wisdom” in attempting to resolve their border dispute peacefully.Cameroon and Nigeria disagree over the sovereignty of the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula, an area near Lake Chad and their maritime boundary. Cameroon took the dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which issued its ruling and delineated the boundaries in 2002.The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission was then established by Mr. Annan at the request of the two Presidents in an attempt to implement the ICJ decision peacefully. The Geneva talks at the weekend were designed to review the progress so far.Mr. Annan met separately and then together with Mr. Biya and Mr. Obasanjo before the two national leaders issued a joint communiqué on the latest progress.Cameroon and Nigeria have agreed to several confidence-building measures, including an exchange of ambassadors, the opening of consular services along their border and the introduction of joint patrols of security forces.Mr. Annan said the two countries are also considering drafting a treaty of friendship and non-aggression between them.The latest moves follow an agreement in early December to withdraw troops from the Lake Chad area, one of the disputed sections of the border. The Mixed Commission’s next meeting is scheduled for Abuja, Nigeria, later this month.
Pirates get ready to be counted at the Penzance Pirates on the Prom attemptCredit:Cornwall Live / SWNS.com Lyn King and Stephanie Phelps get ready to be countedCredit:Cornwall Live / SWNS.com He said the funding for the event was sourced privately this year with Penzance Town Council giving what he described as a “modest” donation – believed to be around £1,500.He added: “We have learnt lessons from the previous attempt. The money was not properly authorised last time and then covered up, but this time everything has been fully transparent and we have made just a modest contribution towards the record attempt this year.” Penzance first won the Guinness World Record for the largest pirate gathering in 2011, stealing the title from Hastings.But in 2013, their south east rivals won back the title and Penzance decided to challenge them again a year later.That attempt was marred in controversy after costs showed Penzance Town Council had spent £55,000 on the failed bid.Costs included spending nearly £300 on inflatable parrots, nearly £2,000 on pirate t-shirts and £600 on pirate flags. No figures have yet been released on what the latest attempt cost. Speaking on Monday, Mayor of Penzance Dick Cliffe said: “It is a disappointment not to break the record and miss out by such a small amount… The pirates of Penzance is an expression everyone knows – not the pirates of Hastings. They are just impostors.”He added: “I remember looking into the pub and seeing people in pirate outfits around the time the count was being done. I thought – what are they doing there?”Whether it is missed communication over the importance of being in the compounds for just ten minutes I don’t know.”But it is a tough thing to marshal that number of pirates – they are not a group that traditionally are easily marshalled by anybody.” “We won’t say how many [were in the pub]. We won’t shame those who were down in the Dolphin and that but we still haven’t taught the people who go to the pub to get here on time.”To succeed they needed to have more than 14,231 pirates in one place by 4pm on Sunday. To qualify pirates had to have two accessories, such as a sword or eye patch. An attempt by Penzance to beat the world record for 14,000 pirates in one place failed after a group accidentally stayed in the pub and missed the count. The Cornish town has been trying to claim the Guinness World Record for several years, having lost it to Hastings in 2013. But they will be forced to try again next year after missing out on the title by “just a few” on Sunday.Organisers blamed the miss in part to groups of pirates who did not leave their local pub in time to be counted. Pubs in the area had promised to make sure pirates were out and in the count area by 3.45pm. But Andy Hazlehurst told the crowd: “Sorry to say we’re back again next year, we fell short by a few. 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.
GERMAN SUPERMARKET CHAIN Aldi will hire 450 new employees this year as part of its nationwide store expansion plans.The retailer is looking to hire area and store managers, assistant store managers and store assistants.Area managers will earn a starting wage of €61,000, rising to €92,000 over four years, as well as a fully expensed Audi A4.Store managers start on €50,000 a year, rising to €69,000 after four years.The supermarket said that it is seeking to build on the momentum that has seen it grow 22 per cent year-on-year, now controlling a total of eight per cent of the market.There are a total of 107 stores around the country, with around 2,400 employees.Aldi Mitchelstown region managing director said that the company is planning to open seven new stores this year.O’Connor said: “The financial and benefits packages we offer are extremely competitive, with our hourly rates some 30 per cent above the industry norm. We also have one of the highest staff satisfaction and retention rates in the industry, with many of our team still with us from our earliest days in Ireland.”Laya plans Dublin expansionElsewhere, Laya Healthcare has announced 50 jobs to go along with the opening of its Dublin headquarters.The insurer said that it has grown its customer base in the capital by more than 16 per cent in the last two years.Recruitment has already started for the positions, which will be filled over the next two years. The positions are spread across the sales, customer service and claims teams in particular.Managing director Donal Clancy said: “In formally establishing a presence in Dublin, we are consolidating our position as Ireland’s second largest healthcare insurance provider.”Pre-recession habits are starting to creep back into our shopping routines>Aldi reaches record market share, with Lidl not far behind>
Christian Eriksen scored a 78th-minute winner for Spurs tonight. Image: Adam Davy Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 9:57 PM By AFP Share7 Tweet Email 19,136 Views 26 Comments Follow us: the42.ie http://the42.ie/3360443 Christian Eriksen scored a 78th-minute winner for Spurs tonight. Image: Adam Davy CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN REIGNITED Tottenham’s bid to catch Premier League leaders Chelsea as the Dane’s late blast sealed a vital 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were well below their best for long periods at Selhurst Park, but Eriksen came to the rescue in dramatic fashion with 12 minutes left.His sumptuous long-range strike closed the gap on Chelsea to four points after their title rivals had moved seven points clear with a win over Southampton 24 hours earlier.With five games remaining, Tottenham remain in the hunt to be crowned champions for the first time since 1961 as they look to avenge Sunday’s agonising FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea by pipping them to the title.Pochettino will hope his players are revitalised by their eighth successive league win, but the Tottenham boss must know they have to improve to beat Arsenal in Sunday’s crucial north London derby.After defeating Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool recently, Palace deserved better than defeat here, although they should still be safe from relegation.Recognising the weakness that Chelsea exploited so ruthlessly, Pochettino dropped Son Heung-Min and recalled Ben Davies after his experiment with using the South Korea forward out of position at left wing-back failed at Wembley.Despite that change, it wasn’t easy for Tottenham to erase the scars of their semi-final collapse.When Eriksen worked space for a shot, the winger’s hurried effort sailed wide and Victor Wanyama fared no better with a wayward strike from an acute angle.Those bungled early raids foreshadowed a subdued half from Tottenham as they struggled to rebuild their shaken confidence.Faced with a supremely organised Palace side with the pace and power to hurt them on the counter, Pochettino’s men looked fatigued mentally and physically.Christian Benteke threatened to bludgeon the visitors into submission when the muscular Palace striker tested Hugo Lloris with a low strike.Anxiety was afflicting every decision Tottenham took and when a weak clearance fell to Kyle Walker in space inside the penalty area, the defender wastefully volleyed high over the bar.Already on a booking, Wanyama was fortunate to escape a red card after catching Andros Townsend with a sliding tackle.- Bolt from the blue -Townsend was proving a thorn in his old team’s side and the winger fired just over after a clever turn took him past the Tottenham defence.Desperate to ignite his punchless side, Pochettino sent on Son and Moussa Sissoko at half-time to give Tottenham an extra man in midfield and the changes gradually had a positive effect.Just as significantly, Mamadou Sakho, who had been imperious at the heart of the Palace defence, was carried off early in the second half after his knee twisted awkwardly when he stretched to tackle Harry Kane.Tottenham should have taken immediate advantage of Sakho’s absence when Walker’s cross picked out Alli’s well-timed run, but the midfielder guided his shot wide from close-range.Alli produced a more accurate effort moments later, yet it lacked the power to beat Wayne Hennessey and when Kane headed straight at the Palace keeper soon after it appeared Tottenham were destined to be frustrated.But Eriksen had other ideas and the Dane snatched the winner with a bolt from the blue in the 78th minute.Dropping deep to take possession, Kane teed up Eriksen and, as Palace backed off, he unleashed a precise low 25-yard strike that fizzed past the slow to react Hennessey and sparked wild celebrations from Pochettino and his players.– © AFP 2017 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Eriksen thunderbolt keeps Tottenham’s Premier League title hopes alive The Danish international fired home a spectacular effort from distance on 78 minutes. Apr 26th 2017, 9:57 PM Mascherano scores first goal in 7 years as Barcelona crush Osasuna>Pep Guardiola not interested in Spurs star Alli> Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
ISS : trois astronautes de retour sur Terre vendrediVendredi, trois astronautes de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) seront de retour sur Terre. Le voyage de l’équipage était à l’origine prévu le 8 septembre dernier. Mais l’agence spatiale russe avait reporté le vol suite à l’échec du lancement d’un vaisseau russe censé ravitailler l’ISS.Vendredi, à 4h38 de Moscou (0h38 GMT), le vaisseau Soyouz TMA-21 se désarrimera de l’ISS avec à son bord trois des six astronautes de l’équipage de la station, a annoncé le Centre russe de contrôle des vols spatiaux (Tsoup). Comme le rapporte l’agence RIA Novosti, l’atterrissage de la navette est prévu le même jour à 8h00 (4h00 GMT), dans les steppes du Kazakhstan.Le retour sur Terre des Russes Andreï Borissenko et Alexandre Samokoutiaev, et de l’Américain Ronald Garan, était initialement fixé au 8 septembre. Mais l’échec qui a suivi le lancement d’une fusée Soyouz transportant un cargo russe Progress a conduit l’agence spatiale Roskosmos à retarder ce voyage, et à suspendre tous les vols habités et inhabités vers l’ISS. Le prochain lancement d’une navette transportant des astronautes n’aura pas lieu avant la fin du mois d’octobre, alors qu’il était prévu le 22 septembre. Toutefois, si ce vol devait être à nouveau reporté, Roskomos envisage la possibilité d’évacuer les trois astronautes encore à bord de la station spatiale, qui resterait alors inhabitée (voir notre article). Depuis la mise au rebut des navettes spatiales de la Nasa, les vaisseaux russes sont en effet les seuls à pouvoir assurer le transport d’astronautes et de matériel à bord de l’ISS.Le 13 septembre 2011 à 20:06 • Maxime Lambert
Jeremiah Heaton was playing with his daughter in their Abingdon, Virginia, home last winter when she asked whether she could be a real princess.Heaton, a father of three who works in the mining industry, didn’t want to make any false promises to Emily, then 6, who was “big on being a princess.” But he still said yes.“As a parent, you sometimes go down paths you never thought you would,” Heaton said.Within months, Heaton was journeying through the desolate southern stretches of Egypt and into an unclaimed 800-square-mile patch of arid desert. There, on June 16 – Emily’s seventh birthday – he planted a blue flag with four stars and a crown on a rocky hill. The area, a sandy expanse sitting along the Sudanese border, morphed from what locals call Bir Tawil into what Heaton and his family call the “Kingdom of North Sudan.”There, Heaton is the self- proclaimed king and Emily is his princess.“I wanted to show my kids I will literally go to the ends of the earth to make their wishes and dreams come true,” Heaton said.Sheila Carapico, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, told the Bristol Herald Courier last week that Heaton would need legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other groups to have actual political control of the land.
Kodiak Sunrise. (Photo by LaniElderts / Flickr)If you were in Kodiak on Monday morning, it felt more like Hawaii than Alaska.Listen nowJohn Selman, a meteorological technician with the National Weather service in Kodiak, says the warm temperatures are due to northwest winds.“Anytime we get a northwest flow, and we all know that it gets really hot in the interior. We get all that warmth that kind of funnels down towards Kodiak,” Selman said. “And with that northwest flow it is almost guaranteed that we are going to break 70.”By 12:56 p.m. it had reached a record-breaking 78 degrees.The former record was 75 degrees on this day in 1941.The record low was 39 degrees in 2011.Selman adds that with a northwest flow comes windy weather, especially in channels.Northwest winds are predicted to continue into midweek.
Kolkata: The city on Sunday witnessed light to moderate rain as the monsoon current has gained strength after remaining stalled for the past two weeks, due to the impact of the westerly winds.As many as five persons were reportedly killed after being struck by lightning at Nadia and Bankura in different incidents. It has been learnt that 3 persons were killed at Hanskhali area of Nadia, while the other two victims are from Bankura.The monsoon current may further be intensified in South Bengal in the next 48 hours. Apart from the city, the South Bengal districts which will receive maximum rainfall are North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Bankura, West and East Midnapore, Jhargram and Birbhum. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWith the monsoon finally coming back in the city and other parts of Bengal after its official arrival around two weeks ago, there is a cause of concern for North Bengal districts as the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the region.According to the weather office, a warning has been issued to the sub-Himalayan districts in North Bengal, as heavy rain is likely to lash the districts in the next two days. This comes at a time when Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts have already received up to 250 mm rainfall in the past few days. Prediction of some more rains posing a threat to the road and rail communication in the region has also been made. People living in the river banks and low lying areas have already been cautioned by the district administration. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWhile North Bengal is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall, the weather in Kolkata and most parts of South Bengal will remain pleasant.However, there is a prediction of thunderstorm accompanied with gusty wind and lightning in the South Bengal districts in the next two days.The day in Kolkata and adjoining districts started with an overcast sky on Sunday morning. The city later witnessed a downpour, resulting in the decrease of temperature. People have got rid of a high level of humidity that made people sweat in the past few days. The weather on Sunday turned cool as the day progressed. The Met office in the city predicted that the sky in Kolkata and some of the South Bengal districts will remain cloudy in the later part of next week, with intermittent lightning and thundershower to strike in some parts.The districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad and Howrah received light to moderate rainfall, which has brought down the temperature by a few notches.According to a weather expert, a fast-improving progress of monsoon circulation is likely to cause more rains all over Bengal in the next week. An alert has been issued to fishermen, as a wind is expected to blow over Bay of Bengal at 35-40 km per hour.
From being an actress to a pilot, an entrepreneur, traveller, and a mother, Gul Panag has left no stone unturned in proving her versatility to the world. In a recent interview with Millenniumpost, Gul talks about her outlook on web platform, recent projects, challenges of being a generalist and much more…. Every actor/filmmaker has their own reason to choose web as a platform. What is your reason for working on web projects? As an actor, I’ve always been drawn to good story telling. The web offers great opportunities for experimentation, which is core to interesting storytelling. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Lately, your presence on the big screen has decreased. Does that mean you will be only focussing on web now? I don’t think I want to restrict myself to a particular medium – it depends on how compelling I find the story, irrespective of the medium its told on. I think I am fortunate enough to find roles that seem to be written for me. For example, Student of the Year – which was a mainstream film – had me playing a bike riding, fitness coach, both of which are true passions of mine. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive After having worked in the web space, do you think it is a better platform to narrate a story more elaborately? Yes, because you have the freedom to experiment with the number of episodes and each episode can be of different length. As for the films, there are short ones with incredible stories that creates a lasting impression. However, long films are difficult to remember for a considerable time. But in the end, it depends on the story, who tells it, and how that is important. There are rumours that you are going to work with Anushka Sharma’s production house for a web series… Yes, I am working on a web series and Anushka is producing it. This Amazon Prime’s original is an investigative thriller and I am playing a pivotal role in it. You have explored different genres in your career.What kind of stories interests you the most? I don’t think it’s any one genre. I’ve done light films like Hello and SOTY and others like Manorama 6 Feet Under and Dor. As an actor, you have to be able to span a variety of roles and genres. But the script and the set-up is very important. How does Gul Panag – an entrepreneur, pilot, traveller, blogger, actor, mom – balance her personal and professional life? It is tough! But then there’s so much I want to do. Being an actor is just one part of who I am. I like the tapestry that my life’s creating with all these different pieces… it’s a fun picture. Please tell us something about your upcoming projects on the web as well as on the big screen? As mentioned earlier, I’m shooting for Anushka’s Clean Slate Films for Amazon Prime. I’m also shooting for a film produced by Neil Nitin Mukesh called Bypass Road in which I play an antagonist. And a series for Amazon Prime with Manoj Bajpayee.
“IS have their own aggressive plans and, for us, both IS and the Taliban are dangerous, but we should not give any opportunities to IS” to gain a foothold, he said.A hot summer of fighting had been expected in the southern Taliban belt. With the first signs of an unfolding peace process, expected to take years, emerging with intermittent informal talks, both insurgents and the government appear to want to gain an advantage on the battlefield.___Associated Press writer Mirwais Khan contributed to this story.___Follow Lynne O’Donnell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lynnekodonnellCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The Taliban are threatening major cities and overrunning remote districts, attacking “on a greater scale, with full force and in many places at once,” said Muhammad Jan Rasul Yar, the deputy governor of southern Helmand province.“They have managed to conquer and capture many districts,” he said, adding that desertions among government forces are rising.“More than 100 districts across the country are vulnerable to being overrun by the Taliban every day,” said a central government official familiar with the security situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters. “Every day across Afghanistan you have 10, 15, 17, 25 direct clashes between the insurgents and government forces, and now that is happening in areas where there was no serious threat before.”The new battleground is the previously peaceful north, where local warlords have largely been able to keep the Taliban out, but where the new insurgent tactics are proving a match for government forces.A year-old Pakistani military campaign in the frontier region of North Waziristan has pushed many militants across the border into Afghanistan, where they have joined the Taliban’s warm-weather offensive. Afghan officials say these fighters helped the Taliban come close to taking the capital of the northern Kunduz province, bordering Tajikistan, in late April when thousands of gunmen overran villages within just a few kilometers (miles) of the city. FILE – In this May 21, 2015 file photo, Afghan local militiamen ride a pick-up truck in Talawka village in Kunduz province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. War-torn Afghanistan may soon have a defense minister, nine months after the new government was formed and amid some of the toughest fighting since the Talban’s insurgency began 14 years ago. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall His appointment will complete President Ashraf Ghani’s Cabinet and finally bring what one Western military official called “strong, positive, legitimate civilian leadership” to the military as it tackles an invigorated Taliban without the backing of international forces, which ended their combat mission last year.The official was not authorized to speak publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.Stanekzai takes the job as the Taliban are redefining their war against Kabul, joining forces with other militant groups and spreading the fight to every corner of the country. A change in tactics has taken Afghan security forces by surprise and forced them to spread ever-thinner as their casualty rates soar.NATO figures show that between January 1 and May 7, Afghan security forces saw a 63 percent increase in those killed and wounded in action as the Taliban spread across the country from their traditional strongholds in the east and south bordering Pakistan.The figures show 2,322 army, police and local security personnel were killed during that period, 53 percent more than the same period in 2014. From the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban until the drawdown at the end of last year, America lost 2,217 soldiers. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — War-torn Afghanistan may soon have a defense minister, nine months after the new government was formed and amid some of the toughest fighting since the Talban’s insurgency began 14 years ago.Masoom Stanekzai is better known as a peacemaker than a battlefield strategist, having led the High Peace Council negotiating body charged with ending the conflict with the Taliban, but now he is directing the war. He is expected to be confirmed soon by parliament, though the law allows him to assume the post in an acting capacity. In early June, militants overran a remote district in northern Badakhshan province, which borders Pakistan, China and Tajikistan, displaying the strategy being played out across the country: surprise attacks by large numbers of fighters who overwhelm poorly-manned checkpoints and take control of districts, if only temporarily.Stanekzai will also have to contend with the small but growing presence of militants pledging support for the Islamic State group. Several Afghan officials have said IS is putting down roots in some regions, notably in Zabul, where Islamic militants from other factions have declared allegiance to the group. One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to media, said small IS training camps have been set up in Zabul, as well as Badghis and Faryab further north.The commander of NATO’s western command in Afghanistan, Italian Brig. Gen. Michele Risi, said IS had established a presence in the western Farah province bordering Iran, and that its operatives originally had attempted to ally with the Taliban. “But they were rejected,” he said, and clashes erupted between the two groups in late May.Most Afghan military officials say the IS presence is more a case of disaffected Taliban raising the black flag to rebrand themselves, rather than an established institutional presence. “There are some Taliban misusing the IS flag for their own interests,” said the national head of the Afghan Border Police, Maj. Gen. Rahmattullah Raufi. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
Solomon Airlines www.flysolomons.comSolomon Airlines launches major east coast advertising campaignDesigned to create greater awareness of the Solomon Islands, Solomon Airlines has embarked on an east coast Australia print, radio and digital advertising campaign promoting the destination’s spectacular diving, surfing, and fishing.Targeting consumers in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, as part of the campaign Solomon Airlines has combined resources with the Agnes Gateway Hotel in Munda and the highly specialized Dive Munda to offer a value-added seven-night fly/stay dive package.The package includes return economy airfares – full service on board Solomon Airlines’ international flights – seven nights twin share accommodation at Agnes Gateway Hotel and six-days/12 tank dives with Dive Munda.Flights from Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney operated by interline partner Qantas Airways connect directly with Solomon Airlines’ Brisbane-Munda via Honiara Saturday services.Package pricing as follows:Ex-Brisbane from $2098 per person twin share*Ex-Sydney from $2390 per person twin share*Ex-Canberra from $2456 per person twin share*Ex-Melbourne from $2477 per person twin share*While drawing attention to Munda’s world-class diving, the campaign has also been geared to create awareness of the many ‘destinations within the destination’ and the multi-faceted travel options the Solomon Islands offers the Australian public – and all within three hours flying time from the eastern states.These areas include Gizo and Seghe in the Western Province and Suavanao in Santa Isabel, all of which readily connected with the airline’s Munda service.Full details can be found at www.flysolomons.com/winterspecials*Conditions apply. Valid for sale from now until 16 July 2018. Valid for travel from now until 21 July 2018.Source = Solomon Airlines
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