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Fierce Clashes in Damascus Following Surprise Rebel Attack

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fierce battles between rebel groups and government forces on Sunday have brought the rebels closer to the heart of Damascus, the State’s capital.

The [1]Free Syrian Army (FSA) and jihadist groups detonated two car bombs at 5:20am on Sunday near the government controlled district of [[Jobar, and then advanced into nearby [[Abbasiyin square. A live broadcast by the state media displayed the usually bustling square as nearly deserted, with witnesses claiming that shops had shut and people had fled as the fighting grew intense.

A resident of the nearby Tijara district said, “The streets are empty and the army has despatched dozens of troops in the streets, and tanks are being moved. The sounds of mortars from Jobar have not stopped”.

Government forces responded to the offensive with a concentrated bombardment of rebel held areas, including airstrikes, tanks, and troops on foot.

Conflict in the region is complex, with multiple groups fighting with and against each other at various times. The eastern districts of the city have been held by rebel groups since 2012, and mark the closest battle front to the city centre.

The offensive comes just two weeks after the US announced it was close to capturing the Islamic State Capital of Raqqa.

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New Polish government takes down findings on Russian air disaster

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Law and Justice Party of Poland, which took power last week, this week removed web pages featuring the results of an investigation into the Smolensk air disaster in Russia in 2010. The cause of the crash, which killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, is disputed.

The flight was carrying high-profile political figures to attend a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, when thousands of Polish prisoners of war and civilians were killed by the Soviets. All 96 on board died. Amongst the dead were First Lady Maria Kaczy?ska, several members of the lower parliamentary house known as the Sejm, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer, National Security Bureau head Aleksander Szczyg?o, and Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last President of the Polish government-in-exile.

The Law and Justice Party was in power at the time, led then as now by Lech Kaczynski’s identical twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Jaroslaw was himself Prime Minister of Poland from 2006 to 2007. Jaroslaw contested the vacated Presidency later that year but was defeated by Bronislaw Komorowski of the Civic Platform Party. Lech and Jaroslaw co-founded Law and Justice.

Russian and Polish investigations deemed the crash an accident. Edmund Klich, head of the Polish air accident investigatory body, said in 2010 the Polish military pilots of the Tupolev Tu-154 were determined to get the dignitaries through dense fog so they could attend the ceremony. He said the pilots were insufficiently trained and put safety second, whilst Russian air traffic controllers should have diverted the aircraft away from Smolensk. Passengers entered the cockpit during the final stages of the flight.

Government spokesman Elzbieta Witek yesterday said Donald Tusk, a former Prime Minister, should be prosecuted before the State Tribunal, although Witek said this was a personal view and not government policy. Jaroslaw and allies have insinuated Russia purposefully brought the plane down.

Law and Justice accuse Tusk, Prime Minister from 2007 to 2014, of failings before and after the crash. He is accused of not ensuring the President was safe, of not establishing an international investigation, and of allowing Russia to maintain possession of the wreckage.

Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee performed its own investigation blaming solely Poland’s pilots and exonerating the controllers. Upon receiving the first draft of their report in 2010 Tusk branded the contents “unacceptable”, the findings “without foundation”, and the overall result a breach of the Chicago Convention, an international regulatory document on air travel.

Tusk resigned last year to take the European Council Presidency until 2017. Witek said he had “given away” investigative control. Polish minister Adam Lipinski has previously called for Tusk’s prosecution after his European duties conclude, saying he has “a lot to answer for” over the disaster.

Polish conspiracy theorists have been spurred on by Russian refusal to accede to Polish requests to return wreckage, which the Russians claim to still be investigating.

The new Prime Minister is Law and Justice’s Beata Szydlo. Asked on Tuesday about one disappearing website containing investigative findings, Szydlo told press “the website has been closed and will simply remain closed.”

Telstra becomes the first in the world to switch to HSPA+ wireless Internet technology

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

On Monday, Australian telecommunications company Telstra has introduced dual carrier HSPA+ standard for broadband Internet business customers in the Next G network. This is the first time this technology is being introduced on national scale. The bandwidths the users can deploy increased into two to three times, with Telstra becoming the world’s fastest national mobile broadband service. The switch started with enabling the service for premium users. After some feedback, Telstra may expand the plan.

Contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Technology
  • 3 Election campaign
  • 4 Distribution
  • 5 Sources
  • 6 External links

The higher speeds for wireless are intended to simplify and ease multitasking of users.

John Paitaridis, Telstra’s executive director, network products and services in Enterprise & Government, said “One of the reasons we decided to launch first to Enterprise And Government and Business customers is that clients are saying that their ability to access applications quicker makes a difference to their business and when they start to equate time savings and doing calculations around productivity it does become a return on investment.”

Telstra Business Group Managing Director Deena Shiff also stated that the efforts aren’t as sudden as it might seem, having feedback of many users as the base.

Australians are telling us they can’t afford to be tied to the desk all day and these new speeds mean they can now access mobile broadband at speeds typically reserved for the office. We have been deploying the high-speed capability in the network since December 2009 and now, with the launch of the new Ultimate USB Modem, these new speeds are available to customers across all capital city CBDs and associated airports, selected metropolitan areas and in more than 100 regional locations. These high-speed zones cover approximately 50 per cent of the Australian population and match the areas of highest customer demand and will make the frustration of waiting around for files to download a thing of the past. In other metropolitan and regional areas, the Telstra Ultimate USB Modem offers typical download speeds ranging from 550kbps up to 8Mbps… Our customers have told us that they want higher speed mobile broadband so they can work more flexibly outside of the office and we are delighted to be the first in the world to offer these new blistering speeds on a national network. The new Telstra Ultimate USB Modem provides customers with the speeds needed to handle large files, multi-task and update cloud-hosted applications effortlessly on the go when they are in a coverage area.

Previous modems were able to reach peak speed 21Mbps, with real life speeds ranging from 0.5Mbps to 8 Mbps. The theoretically expected maximum of the new technology is 42Mbps with user speeds varying between 1.1 and 20 Mbps. The new speed is twice as fast. This is caused by that the dual-carrier “Evolved High-Speed Packet Access” technology allows networks to send and receive wireless data using two channels simultaneously. This technology can be deployed on Next G networks. Telstra switched to them in February, thus making the switch to HSPA possible now.

Telstra delayed the implementation of the new technology until elections end. This decision was intended to avoid wrong interpretation of them by Coalition. Coalition’s claims include that wireless networks can be an alternative to the Labor party “fibre-to-the-home” proposal to introduce more expensive wired Internet. The announcement of the new technology, initially planned on August 25, was delayed, with Telstra spokesman Craig Middleton explaining, “We just didn’t want to feel like we were influencing the [telecommunications] debate.”

The political parties have different plans on development and funds on the Internet. The Labor party aims to spend AUD 43 billion to bring 1 Gbps wired Internet nationwide, and the Coalition plans to spend AUD 6 billion to introduce a variety of improvements including upgrade of existing copper Internet as well as expansion of wireless Internet to support 12Mbps. Opposition leader Tony Abbott has said in the past that Australians shouldn’t assume wireless technologies won’t ever be comparable to fixed-line technology. Telstra’s upgrade shows that wireless broadband is reaching the 100 Mbps minimum speeds promised by Labor’s national broadband network.

Telstra has only 2000 devices which support the new technology. This is why the opportunity to try it out is being given only to the Business plan customers, and they receive it for the same price as they were paying for the previous NextG plan. Since October 5, the device will be available for sale, with the Business customers able to buy it with 75% discount and a prepaid data allowance. The upgrade is expected to cover roughly 50% of the population. This is happening at the same time as one of Telstra’s competitors Vodafone is doubling data download quotas on mobile cap plans.

As some testing showed, real life download speeds reached only about the half of the maximum. Telstra executive director of wireless Mike Wright explained that the predicted figures were the estimates, with real life speeds lower due to interfering environmental conditions: “It’s possible to achieve better than the typical user speed claims, but those claims occur in the ideal network environment with good signal quality. When you’re out on the streets you get a lot of variation where the network is subject to signal quality, your location and the network load.”

Dubai World refused permission to use QE2 as floating hotel in Cape Town

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (the QE2) will not be sailing to Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town has refused the vessel permission to berth for use by owner Dubai World as a floating hotel.

The Transnet National Ports Authority said that the famed vessel is much too large for Cape Town and that the facilites for the ship do not exist. Dubai World had hoped the ocean liner could serve as a hotel to accommodate football fans attending the World Cup and had previously told the Associated Press that Cape Town was among several possible destinations. No others have been named.

Transnet National Ports Authority port manager Sanjay Govan commented that “It’s the length of stay that was an issue … They wanted to stay much longer than just the World Cup. You have to sacrifice a normal cargo-working berth for such an operation. You wouldn’t do that for such a long time.” Dubai World has confirmed the trip to South Africa is off. South Africa’s Protea Hotels were thought to have won a contract to perform the management of the hotel during its stay in Cape Town. Dubai World also considered private terminals but met the same issue.

Dubai World’s investment arm Istithmar World paid Cunard US$100 million for the British liner in 2007. Since then it has been moored off Dubai’s Port Rashid, having arrived in the emirate in 2008. Original plans were to create a luxury floating hotel for tourists that would be moored beside an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree, but this idea was cancelled in the wake of global market uncertainty.

State-owned conglomerate Dubai World is currently in severe financial difficulties. The firm is seeking an extra six months to pay at least US$22 million in debts and the government has supported a six month delay as the first step towards a restructuring plan. Dubai World’s main units Nakheel and Limitless are the most indebted companies. World markets and media reacted sharply to the revelations on November 25 last year.

Dubai World is rumoured to need to sell assets, including the Queen Elizabeth 2. The company has refused to confirm or deny this, only stating that “There are a number of options being considered for the QE2. Istithmar World is considering which option will best maximise value of the vessel.”

The same year as the Queen Elizabeth 2 the conglomerate also obtained Barneys New York, a luxury retailer based in the United States. Istithmar World paid US$942.3 million for the company. Istithmar World chief executive David Jackson resigned last week; he presided over the acquirements. In December a New York foreclosure auction sold off the W Hotel Union Square for US$2 million, which was owned by Istithmar World.

Telstra becomes the first in the world to switch to HSPA+ wireless Internet technology

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

On Monday, Australian telecommunications company Telstra has introduced dual carrier HSPA+ standard for broadband Internet business customers in the Next G network. This is the first time this technology is being introduced on national scale. The bandwidths the users can deploy increased into two to three times, with Telstra becoming the world’s fastest national mobile broadband service. The switch started with enabling the service for premium users. After some feedback, Telstra may expand the plan.

Contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Technology
  • 3 Election campaign
  • 4 Distribution
  • 5 Sources
  • 6 External links

The higher speeds for wireless are intended to simplify and ease multitasking of users.

John Paitaridis, Telstra’s executive director, network products and services in Enterprise & Government, said “One of the reasons we decided to launch first to Enterprise And Government and Business customers is that clients are saying that their ability to access applications quicker makes a difference to their business and when they start to equate time savings and doing calculations around productivity it does become a return on investment.”

Telstra Business Group Managing Director Deena Shiff also stated that the efforts aren’t as sudden as it might seem, having feedback of many users as the base.

Australians are telling us they can’t afford to be tied to the desk all day and these new speeds mean they can now access mobile broadband at speeds typically reserved for the office. We have been deploying the high-speed capability in the network since December 2009 and now, with the launch of the new Ultimate USB Modem, these new speeds are available to customers across all capital city CBDs and associated airports, selected metropolitan areas and in more than 100 regional locations. These high-speed zones cover approximately 50 per cent of the Australian population and match the areas of highest customer demand and will make the frustration of waiting around for files to download a thing of the past. In other metropolitan and regional areas, the Telstra Ultimate USB Modem offers typical download speeds ranging from 550kbps up to 8Mbps… Our customers have told us that they want higher speed mobile broadband so they can work more flexibly outside of the office and we are delighted to be the first in the world to offer these new blistering speeds on a national network. The new Telstra Ultimate USB Modem provides customers with the speeds needed to handle large files, multi-task and update cloud-hosted applications effortlessly on the go when they are in a coverage area.

Previous modems were able to reach peak speed 21Mbps, with real life speeds ranging from 0.5Mbps to 8 Mbps. The theoretically expected maximum of the new technology is 42Mbps with user speeds varying between 1.1 and 20 Mbps. The new speed is twice as fast. This is caused by that the dual-carrier “Evolved High-Speed Packet Access” technology allows networks to send and receive wireless data using two channels simultaneously. This technology can be deployed on Next G networks. Telstra switched to them in February, thus making the switch to HSPA possible now.

Telstra delayed the implementation of the new technology until elections end. This decision was intended to avoid wrong interpretation of them by Coalition. Coalition’s claims include that wireless networks can be an alternative to the Labor party “fibre-to-the-home” proposal to introduce more expensive wired Internet. The announcement of the new technology, initially planned on August 25, was delayed, with Telstra spokesman Craig Middleton explaining, “We just didn’t want to feel like we were influencing the [telecommunications] debate.”

The political parties have different plans on development and funds on the Internet. The Labor party aims to spend AUD 43 billion to bring 1 Gbps wired Internet nationwide, and the Coalition plans to spend AUD 6 billion to introduce a variety of improvements including upgrade of existing copper Internet as well as expansion of wireless Internet to support 12Mbps. Opposition leader Tony Abbott has said in the past that Australians shouldn’t assume wireless technologies won’t ever be comparable to fixed-line technology. Telstra’s upgrade shows that wireless broadband is reaching the 100 Mbps minimum speeds promised by Labor’s national broadband network.

Telstra has only 2000 devices which support the new technology. This is why the opportunity to try it out is being given only to the Business plan customers, and they receive it for the same price as they were paying for the previous NextG plan. Since October 5, the device will be available for sale, with the Business customers able to buy it with 75% discount and a prepaid data allowance. The upgrade is expected to cover roughly 50% of the population. This is happening at the same time as one of Telstra’s competitors Vodafone is doubling data download quotas on mobile cap plans.

As some testing showed, real life download speeds reached only about the half of the maximum. Telstra executive director of wireless Mike Wright explained that the predicted figures were the estimates, with real life speeds lower due to interfering environmental conditions: “It’s possible to achieve better than the typical user speed claims, but those claims occur in the ideal network environment with good signal quality. When you’re out on the streets you get a lot of variation where the network is subject to signal quality, your location and the network load.”

How To Choose Best Italian Leather Shoes In India}

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

How to choose best Italian Leather Shoes in India

by

Yogesh Kumar

The Indian leather industry is booming with vast production of leather goods and exports increasing every day. India is the second largest exporter of footwear industry in the world and accounts for 20 percent of Indias total export of leather and leather products. Major international markets include the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Canada, Sweden and Russia. Amongst these Italy is one of the most favored destinations to export leather.

Italy is also the major supplier of state-ofthe-art machinery and equipments to the Indian leather industry. And again Italy is the second largest importer of leather and leather products from India. Through joint ventures with footwear manufacturers in India, CLE (Indias Council for Leather Exports) has helped to bring Italian footwear manufacturers to set up export production bases in India. Therefore you can buy some of the best Italian leather shoes in India. Italian leather shoes have been a name that has shown class and elegance for decades and has created a huge market in India. Italy has several joint venture collaborations with India and as such Indo-Italian relationship has sustained and further helped in the development of the leather industry. Moreover under the Mission Mode scheme of Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP), Italy is one of the chosen countries to organize road show programs to help the leather footwear manufacturing in India.

The road show was mainly done to promote the Indian Leather industry with highlights on strengthening ties between the Indian and Italian industries. Italian footwear is much sought after globally, with various renowned brands in India exhibiting shoes of Italian make.

With UNIDO-SPX promoting the Indian leather industry, especially small and medium sized manufacturers to make a mark in the international market, the export of leather, mainly leather footwear is increasing at a rapid pace. This organization has also helped international companies find skilled subcontractors who can manufacture the best leather products and create a foothold in the global market. SPX has set up associations like footwear association in Pune, Chennai and NCR regions. The Indian Shoe Federation or ISF has also partnered with SPX and is continuously rendering its services to the footwear industry. ISF has encouraged footwear manufacturers in India to follow practices that are transparent, innovative, reliable fast and cost effective. The main duties of ISF include promoting, assisting, strengthening and exploring global markets to help the footwear association of Pune, NCR and Chennai to export more and more leather goods in the international market.

SPX and ISF have targeted the footwear association in Pune, Chennai and NCR regions of Delhi, since these regions have the maximum potential to attract foreign buyers. Especially the Italian market has been conveyed the message clearly about Indians preparedness and efficiency to produce quality products accompanied with high fashion and latest designs that are equally cost effective.

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Canada’s Trinity—Spadina (Ward 19) city council candidates speak

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2006

On November 13, Torontoians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Trinity—Spadina (Ward 19). One candidate responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Nick Boragina, Joe Pantalone (incumbent), George Sawision, and HĂŻmy Syed.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

Boko Haram attack in Nigerian city kills at least fifteen

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Monday, December 28, 2015

According to witness reports, Boko Haram gunmen and suicide bombers killed at least fifteen people in an attack in the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria yesterday, before the military drove them off.

Locals reported hearing gunfire as evening prayers ended at local mosques. The military pushed back the militants, who were on trucks and firing at civilians with guns and grenade launchers, with heavy weapons fire. Amidst the fighting, suicide bombings were carried out.

A local resident Sheshu Mala said that during the attack, “all the residents in the area fled their homes to other parts of the city.” As people fled, two female suicide bombers reportedly detonated themselves in groups of people.

Government sources say ten other suicide bombers have been killed.

The militant group Boko Haram started in the city of Maidugari, where the attacks took place; they lost the territory three years ago as the military retook the city.

The news came after another Boko Haram attack on the village of Kimba killed at least fourteen people on Friday.

Art Shop Histories In The Uk}

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Submitted by: Peter Lee Greenspan

Art shops have a long, distinguished and proud history in the United Kingdom, with an unusually large number of independent, family run high street retailers surviving into the twenty-first century unlike many other high street retail sectors such as pharmacies, newsagents and hardware shops. So we want to celebrate this longevity and tell you a little about the history of our favourite art shops:Hobby Craft (HobbyCraft Group Ltd)Established 1995 Dorset, United Kingdom

Hobby craft are perhaps the largest UK art retailer with 50 stores across the UK (as of October 2010), and are perhaps the only chain of their kind, with most competing art shops traditionally being family run, small, single owner art shops.

It was started by the Haskins group, a nursery and garden supplier in Dorset in 1995, and was recently Bridgepoint (an investment group). They hold an annual national arts and crafts competition for children and adults.

London Graphics CentreEstablished 1973 London, United Kingdom

London Graphics Centre were formed in 1973. It now has three stores in Tottenham, Clerkenwell, and its flagship store in Covent Garden. Their Putney branch closed down in early 2010.

Studio ArtsEstablished 1972, Lancaster, United Kingdom

Studio Arts (branded StudioArtShop online) is a family run business, established in 1972 by Ann Dodgson who initially started Studio Arts from a converted room in her house, selling a small range of art materials, such as paint and brushes before retiring from the business in the 1990s.

Studio Arts now also include the Studio Arts Gallery to display and sell the works of local artists and limited edition prints, and are a ‘Daler-Rowney Master Stockist’, a ‘Winsor & Newton Premier Art Centre’ and Faber Castell main supplier.

The Art Shop (Darlington) Established 1960s Darlington, United Kingdom

The Art Shop is a large Darlington town centre store (established over 50 years), comprising of 3 shops, and currently without an online shopping portal.

Lawrence (T N Lawrence & Son Ltd) Established 1859 Sussex, United Kingdom

Lawrence is based in Hove, Sussex and is incredibly still owned by the Lawrence family with Martin Lawrence being the seventh generation of Lawrences to run the company having joined in 1984.

Pullingers Art Shop/Pullingers StationersEstablished 1850 Surrey, United Kingdom

Pullingers was established in 1850 under the name, Pullingers Stationers and is reported to be the oldest retailer in Farnham, Surrey to have been consistently trading from start to finish.

The last of the Pullinger family to own the art shop sold it to The Farnham Castle Newspaper Group (owners of the Farnham Herald local newspaper) in 1979 upon his retirement. The business was then sold again to the Watson family in 1993 and has remained under their ownership till the present day.

Millers Creativity Shop

Established 1834 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Millers Art Shop opened in Glasgow in 1834 and is run by the sixth generation of Millers; Paul Miller and his sister Suzanne Miller.

Millers flagship shop in the centre of Glasgow opened in 1996 which is a Winsor & Newton Premier Art Centre, and main Daler-Rowney stockist.

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