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Concerns grow over the use of a herbicide in New Brunswick


first_imgAPTN National NewsThe New Brunswick government spends over $2 million annually to spay over forested areas of Crown land.Glyphosate, also known as Round-up or Vision, is the most commonly used herbicide on the planet.In forestry, clearcutting and the use of herbicides go hand-in-hand.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img


Hell on earth in Syrias eastern Ghouta must end – UN chief


The Geneva-based United Nations’ Human Rights Council opened a regular session on Monday hearing calls to ensure that counter-terrorism efforts do not supersede international obligations to protect civilians and to end the harmful use of veto in the Security Council.“It is an honor for me to be here again today and this year, marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the opening of a four-week session in the Swiss city, referring to the landmark document adopted in 1948 proclaiming the inalienable rights of every human being.The session, which runs through 23 March, opens at a time of escalating violence in Syria, where civilian causalities have spiked, a development that prompted the UN Security Council over the weekend to adopt a resolution demanding a cessation of hostilities throughout the war-torn country for at least 30 days.It was Mr. Guterres’ first opportunity to address a UN body after this action.“I remind all parties of their absolute obligation and international humanitarian and human rights law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure at all times,” he said. “And similarly, efforts to combat terrorism do not supersede these obligations.”The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body of 47 States responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the globe.Mr. Guterres highlighted how human rights are fundamental to preventing conflict.“In today’s world, it is also by ensuring the primacy of human rights that conflict can be prevented,” he said, noting that all the crisis situations currently being examined by the Security Council are invariably accompanied by human rights violations and abuses and that his office is ready to help the 15-member body strengthen its preventive role.The UN chief also underscored that the goal of ensuring diverse, inclusive, peaceful and sustainable societies on a healthy planet under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be achieved only by promoting and protecting human rights.Mr. Guterres went on to warn that the words of the Universal Declaration are not yet matched by facts on the ground, noting that gender inequality remains a pressing issue, there is a groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance, including anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred, and refugees and migrants are often denied their rights, including the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.“In my experience, the Rohingya are one of the most discriminated against populations in the world – and that was even before the crisis of the past year,” he said, stressing the importance of reconciliation.  Further, Mr. Guterres pointed out that there is still some resistance to support UN action on human rights.“We must overcome the false dichotomy between human rights and national sovereignty. Human rights and national sovereignty go hand in hand.  There is no contradiction,” he said.“An emphasis on human rights lies at the heart of conflict prevention, which must be our highest priority.”In his address, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, also welcomed the Security Council’s unanimous decision on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. UN Photo/Violaine MartinZeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for the Human Rights at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council, Palais des NationsHowever, he emphasized that the resolution must be viewed against a backdrop of seven years of failure to stop the violence: seven years of unremitting and frightful mass killing.Mr. Zeid said east Ghouta in Syria, Ituri and the Kasais in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Taiz in Yemen, Burundi, Northern Rakhine state in Myanmar have become some of “the most prolific slaughterhouses of humans in recent times” because not enough was done, early and collectively, to prevent the rising horrors. “Time and again, my office and I have brought to the attention of the international community violations of human rights which should have served as a trigger for preventive action,” he said. “Time and again, there has been minimal action.”Turning to the harmful use of veto in the Security Council, he said “second to those who are criminally responsible – those who kill and those who maim – the responsibility for the continuation of so much pain lies with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.”“So long as the veto is used by them to block any unity of action, when it is needed the most, when it could reduce the extreme suffering of innocent people, then it is they – the permanent members – who must answer before the victims,” he said.    He commended France for championing a code of conduct on the use of veto, noting that the United Kingdom has also joined the initiative, now backed by over 115 countries.  “It is time, for the love of mercy, that China, Russia and the United States, join them and end the pernicious use of the veto,” Mr. Zeid said, naming all the Council’s permanent members.For his part, the President of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, spotlighted the role of the Universal Periodic Review – a peer review mechanism for the assessment and advancement of human rights in all 193 UN Member States. UN Photo/Violaine MartinMiroslav Lajčák, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council, Palais des Nation.“The Universal Periodic Review has now entered its third cycle. It has been over ten years since the General Assembly adopted the resolution to begin this important process of review. And, I believe that our multilateral system is stronger with this mechanism as part of it,” he said.There are still opportunities to make it better. “When assessing the success of the Universal Periodic Review, what is most important is its impact on people’s lives,” he said. read more


Over half a billion uncounted children live in countries unable to measure


“More than half the world’s children live in countries where we either can’t track their SDG progress, or where we can and they are woefully off-track,” said Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director for the Division of Data, Research and Policy.The 17 Goals, set by the landmark 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, are the framework for creating a future of peace, dignity and prosperity for all on a healthy planet, by 2030.Early assessment of progress toward achieving the SDGs confirms an alarming lack of data in 64 countries, as well as insufficient progress in 37 countries where the data can be tracked.  “The world must renew its commitment to attaining the SDGs, starting with renewing its commitment to measuring them,” Mr. Chandy asserted.UNICEF’s Progress for Children in the SDG Era, is the first thematic performance assessment report toward achieving the global targets that concern children and youth.The report raises the alarm that 520 million children live in countries that lack data on at least two-thirds of child-related SDG indicators, or lack sufficient data to assess their progress – rendering those children effectively “uncounted.”Where sufficient data is available, the scale of SDG target challenges remains daunting.The report warns that without accelerated progress, 650 million children live in countries where at least two-thirds of the SDGs are either out of reach or whose lives could actually be worse by 2030.The report tracks five fields of progress – health; learning; protection from violence and exploitation; a safe environment; and equal opportunity – and quantifies in human costs how far the world is currently expected to fall short of the global goals.Projections show that between now and 2030 ten million additional children would die of preventable causes before their fifth birthday and 31 million would be stunted, due to lack of adequate nutrition.Moreover, 22 million children would miss out on pre-primary education; 150 million girls would marry before their 18th birthday; and 670 million people, many of them children, will still be without basic drinking water.“Two years ago, the world agreed on an ambitious agenda to give every child the best chance in life, with cutting-edge data analysis to guide the way,” said Mr. Chandy. “And yet, what our comprehensive report on SDG progress for children reveals plainly is an abject lack of data,” he added.While renewing efforts to address the global data-deficiency, the report calls for recognizing that strong national data institutions and capacity take time and investment to develop.Three principles underpinning this work are to build strong measurement into service delivery systems; systematic and coordinated efforts to ensure all countries have minimum data coverage for children; stronger shared norms on data concerning children, including more effectively identifying vulnerable children while protecting their privacy.While each government is ultimately accountable to generate the data that will guide and measure achievement of the goals, the international community has an obligation to partner with them to make sure the SDG targets are met.“Most countries do not have the information even to assess whether they are on track or not. Children around the world are counting on us – and we can’t even count all of them,” he concluded. read more


UK weather When will the heatwave end


first_imgSwimmers go for an early morning dip in the Serpentine, in Hyde Park, London Swimmers go for an early morning dip in the Serpentine, in London’s Hyde Park, on ThursdayCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS /Reuters Weather forecast for Thursday and the week ahead How long will the warm temperatures last?Thursday is expected to be the hottest day of the warm spell, with weekend temperatures dipping slightly before showery outbreaks on Sunday.Competitors in the London Marathon can expect hot and humid conditions with a forecast of between 21C (70F) and 23C (73F), Mr Burkill said.”There could be a shower but it’s not very likely. It’s not great conditions for running. In fact if any showers do come they might be very welcome,” he said.  For the latest UK weather news, click here. Temperatures will climb even further tomorrow in the #sunshine, with possibly 27 ºC being reached somewhere in SE England, which will make it the #warmestdayoftheyear so far…again! pic.twitter.com/RBgPggGEf0— Met Office (@metoffice) April 18, 2018 Temperatures are set to soar to 28C (82F) in some parts on Thursday, making it the warmest April day in nearly 70 years.The South East will enjoy the best of the weather, while most of England and Wales should see the temperature rise into at least the low 20s, the Met Office said.Conditions will be mild across the UK, with Northern Ireland likely to push 19C (66F) in some parts and a peak of 20C (68F) possible in Aberdeenshire in Scotland, the forecaster said.The hot weather far surpasses the average maximum temperature for April, which sits at 11.4C (53F).The summery spell comes as a result of warm air from the Azores, off the coast of Portugal, being dragged up towards the UK by the combined efforts of an area of low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over western Europe. Mr Burkill said: “For anyone who suffers from tree pollen they will probably be feeling the effects, but that’s only about 20 per cent of hayfever sufferers. Grass pollen season comes later in summer.”center_img Hayfever sufferers hit by high pollen countsSome hayfever sufferers could be affected by high pollen counts, he added. 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. When was the previous warmest April day?A high of 28C would beat the 2001 April high of 27.8C (82F), the Met Office said.The warmest April day on record was 29.4C (85F) in 1949.Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “There’s a fairly good chance of 28C, there’s about a 60 per cent chance.”Quite widely we are going to see low 20s, and for many it will be a little warmer than Wednesday.” A high of 25.3C (78F) was recorded in St James’ Park in London on Wednesday, making it the hottest day of the year so far. The highest temperature of the year so far was recorded as 25.7C at Heathrow Airport on Thursday.Met Office forecaster Graham Madge said the mercury was expected to soar past that later, pointing out that Wednesday’s peak temperature was recorded at around 3pm.He said: “We are not expecting that that is the maximum temperature – it will go higher than that. It is already warmer than any April temperature last year.” Whilst pollen levels will be high across much of the UK, only hay fever sufferers who are affected by birch and ash tree pollen will feel the impacts 🌳 pic.twitter.com/2vUHiqgtG7— Met Office (@metoffice) April 19, 2018last_img read more


Police to be investigated over search for Gaia Pope after she raised


first_imgClara Pope-Sutherland, sister of Gaia, said: “Gaia is a strong, fiery and beautiful spirit who always gave voice to what is right. In life, the systems that are meant to support people who’ve experienced sexual violence and mental health issues, undermined her and left her voiceless. But now she will be heard and things will change for the better in her name.”Marienna Pope-Weidemann, cousin of Gaia and the volunteer search coordinator, said: “When Gaia was missing we didn’t want anything to distract from the search, so we said nothing about how our family was treated by the police and how poorly they coordinated the incredible search effort by the community.”But now we have to ask the tough questions: why did it take 11 days to find her? Could she have been saved? Could proper support from mental health and social services have stopped this whole tragedy before it started? This isn’t just about Gaia.”How many women and girls have gone through this whose stories never make the papers? Gaia wanted justice for them and so do we. Time’s up.” Gaia was reported missing on November 7 2017 in Swanage, Dorset by a family member Gaia was reported missing on November 7 2017 in Swanage, Dorset by a family member Gaia was said to be a vulnerable young woman, due to the trauma she was experiencing as a victim of sexual assault Gaia was said to be a vulnerable young woman, due to the trauma she was experiencing as a victim of sexual assaultCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA “As a woman, I’m determined to do all we can to make sure this never happens again. I will always be proud of Gaia’s courage but what she went through should not have cost my daughter her life.” The way in which police handled the disappearance of teenager Gaia Pope is to be investigated by the police watchdog.The 19-year-old went missing in Swanage, Dorset on November 7 last year and her body was found 11 days later on a clifftop after an extensive search by Dorset Police.Gaia’s family had raised concerns about the fact that a man who had sexually assaulted her when she was 17, was soon going to be eligible for release from prison. The attack had left the young woman with post traumatic stress disorder.Natasha Pope, the mother of Gaia said: “My daughter should still be with us today. She was a survivor. She had a sharp wit, she was intelligent, compassionate and so courageous; she was magnificent.”Gaia was inspired by the challenges she faced to work in health and social care and dedicate her life to others. She tried to carry on her education but her epilepsy was deteriorating as she remembered more about the sexual assault she had endured.”In hospital she would speak about what she had been through but it felt like no-one outside our family wanted to listen. Now, our family has been torn apart. As a mother my heart will always be broken. “Following a police investigation and a public search for Gaia in which thousands of people participated, her body was found 11 days after her disappearance within a mile of where she was last seen.”In the months before her death she was increasingly afraid that the man who raped her and threatened her family would soon be eligible for early release. In addition to concerns about the conduct of the police, the family have questions about whether a lack of support from underfunded mental health and social services contributed to Gaia’s death.” “Gaia was a vulnerable young woman, due to the trauma and mental and physical ill health she was experiencing as a victim of sexual assault. How her life could end this way deserves the utmost scrutiny. This family and the public need answers in the hope of preventing another young life lost.”Sarah Kellas, solicitor for the family said: “It is hoped the IOPC investigation will be the start of the process by which the family can begin to pursue answers to their questions about failures in the police response and that this will feed into a full and fearless inquest exploring all the significant circumstances surrounding Gaia’s death.”Nothing can take away the pain of this tragedy but truth and accountability will assist the grieving process.”A spokesman for INQUEST said: “The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) today announce their investigation into the actions of Dorset police following the disappearance of Gaia Pope, who was 19 years old.”Gaia was reported missing on November 7 2017 in Swanage, Dorset by a family member. Her family communicated their concern for the missing teenager, who had Post Traumatic Stress disorder, following a serious sexual assault when she was 17. Gaia had epilepsy and did not have her medication when she went missing. 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. Deborah Coles, Executive Director of INQUEST said: “There are serious questions about the actions of Dorset police and their duty of care that this investigation must address.last_img read more


Thoughts Samsung Galaxy Tab Sprint


first_imgSamsung’s Galaxy Tab Android tablet is available and apparently it’s a bit of a hit. I’ve been playing with one for a couple weeks, enough time to form an opinion about it. Even if you haven’t been considering one, it’s something that you’ll want to at least be familiar with if you are curious about the future of tablets and mobile computing. Prior to the Galaxy Tab’s release we had not seen any Android tablets that were attractive enough for most people to consider over the iPad, so this was a big release for the Android community.I’m not an iPad owner, but I do have an iPhone 4 so I’ve been leaning towards Android for the tablet. After getting a first look at the Galaxy Tab I was encouraged, but far from sold on the device. Samsung seems to be on the right path, but I’m not sure Android in its current stake is up to task of running a tablet. The OS is great for phones, but scaling that up to a 7- or 10-inch screen changes a lot, and the last thing I wanted was a device that felt slapped together. I use my phone for tablet tasks (e-reading, RSS, mobile video, etc.) now and the iPhone 4 has the apps I want and a screen I love, so a tablet would have to be really good to win my couch time.Despite my desire for an Android device, the OS isn’t fully tablet-ready. It feels a lot like the worse parts of the early iPad where space wasn’t being used efficiently, apps were not scaling to the large display, and ultimately I was left wondering why I bothered to use a large device. I’m sure things will improve with Gingerbread/Honeycomb, but until that point I’m holding off. Android still seems ideally suited for use on tablets though. It’s lightweight and easy to augment with apps, just like Apple’s iOS, but it’s also highly customizable. The ability to customize is something that I don’t really need in a phone, but that I definitely want to see in a tablet.Size is a big issue with the GTab because Samsung opted for a 7-inch display, not a 10-inch one. Personally, I feel that this is not that ideal of a size. If I’m going to invest in a tablet, I’d like a compelling reason to use it. Those are primarily power, battery life, and screen size. At 1024×600 the Gtab’s resolution isn’t bad, but it’s still not ideal on the web. It’s a bit behind the iPad (1024×768) but the 7-inch screen is what feels considerably smaller. I’m sure some people prefer the portability of the Galaxy Tab over the iPad, but I’d rather have a big screen then use something portable that can feel like an oversized phone. Sure, the Gtab is easy to get from place to place, but I can’t it fit in a pocket, which means I need a bag, and at that point an inch or two in either direction is negligible. That said, the Tab’s screen looks quite nice (I do enjoy using it) and a number of people I’ve talked to actually do prefer the smaller size.The biggest thing for me with a tablet is that is has to be great for the web. I can’t see how this wasn’t number one priority for Samsung, which is why it surprises me that browsing on the Galaxy Tab is jerky and, at times, slow. If you open a page, let it fully load and then scroll up and down you can see the page stop at points, giving it a jerky motion, not the smooth, inertial scrolling I’ve come to expect. Just about every time I used the browser I saw this and it bothered me, like a reminder that this expensive device couldn’t do a basic task as well as what I would otherwise be using (my laptop or phone). That feeling is exactly why people return products, and while slow browsing might not be enough to send someone back to the Sprint store, it is really disappointing.Typing on the Galaxy Tab is OK, but not great. For my hands the tablet’s middle-of-the-road size presents a problem. It feels a bit too big in portrait to thumb type (but that’s what I end up doing) and a bit too small to go landscape and touch type. It’s possible to hunt-and-peck with my forefingers in landscape, but that’s such an embarrassing and slow way to type that I avoid it. With some practice I’ve gotten used to the thumb typing, though I do augment it with speech input (which has yielded some hilarious misinterpretations).Wrapping up, I’ll say this: The Galaxy Tab isn’t as bad as some people make it seem, but it leaves me without a compelling reason why I’d want to buy it. It has a lot of features I like, but it’s not at the point where I use it and I feel genuinely glad that I’m on a tablet. When I downloaded my free copy of Angry Birds and easily integrated with a Google account, I was glad to be on Android, but the bad Gmail app and ridiculousness of using a tablet as a camera reminded me that our phones do things pretty well these days. The battery isn’t that great and the performance is laggy, so the overall feeling was that there is tons of potential but most of it’s unrealized.I think with another iteration or two and a few Android upgrades Samsung will have something solid on their hands, but it’s too early for me. I’m sure other people will get this and love it, but given the price and potential contract involved for the 3G version I can’t recommend jumping in. The GTab does everything, but nothing particularly well, at least not well enough that I’d get it instead of waiting for the iPad 2 or another tablet to launch with a future version of Android. I think Samsung jumped the gun on Android and then was forced to deliver a different form-factor than Apple, which resulted in them developing a product that filled clear gaps of the iPad (woohoo, it has two cameras), but they didn’t have the time or ambition to dial in the usability aspects of the device.samsung_galaxy_tab_05samsung_galaxy_tab_05samsung_galaxy_tab_04samsung_galaxy_tab_03samsung_galaxy_tab_02samsung_galaxy_tab_01This article is based on a Galaxy Tab loaned to us by Sprint.last_img read more


Quiz How well do you remember Irelands Croke Park defeat to France


first_imgQuiz: How well do you remember Ireland’s Croke Park defeat to France 10 years ago? Cast your mind back to 11 February, 2007, the day Croke Park’s doors were opened to rugby. Gold Shane Horgan Wayne Barnes https://the42.ie/3227331 Which of the following players did not play in the game, due to injury? 1 Share32 Tweet Email2 Who coached France to victory? Lionel Beauxis Can you remember who the referee was? David Marty 0 What score did the game finish? Steve Walsh 20-15 Yannick Jauzion 22,293 Views Warren Gatland Share 20-17 3 Vincent Clerc Paul O’Connell Jean-Baptiste Elissalde Share Marc Lievremont Clement Poitrenaud Tweet You scored out of ! Simon Easterby ‘He was the first guy I looked up to as a youngster’: Stander on van der Westhuizen‘We should love defending’, says Farrell as he vows to fix Irish inaccuracies Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 5:00 PM Michael Bradley Silver Tweet Eddie O’Sullivan By Alan Waldron And finally, how many of the 22-man match-day squad from 10 years ago are still playing international rugby for Ireland? 24 Comments Share your result: Nigel Owens Can you remember who France’s starting fly-half was at Croke Park? 27-25 Who was Ireland’s head coach at the time?center_img Wooden spoon Feb 9th 2017, 5:00 PM Bernard Laporte Denis Hickie Answer all the questions to see your result! Serge Betsen Isaac Boss Frederic Michalak Ronan O’Gara Tweet Raphael Ibanez Top of the pile, you really were paying attention. Who scored France’s match-winning try? The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like Six Nations rugby? Bronze Share Can you remember who scored Ireland’s only try of the game? The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Philippe Saint-Andre You scored out of ! Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. 27-22 Share your result: Share You scored out of ! Guy Noves Share your result: David Wallace Jonathan Kaplan Sebastien Chabal Short URL You scored out of ! David Skrela Brian O’Driscoll Share your result: 2 Tweet Imanol Harinordoquy Add us: the42.ie France scored two tries in the match, who scored their first? Declan Kidney Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Preview for next season of Total Bellas Nikki Bella dating former DWTS


first_img Google+ Twitter Nikki Bella confirms her new relationship in dance video, Natalya shows off injuries from RAW WhatsApp “Total Bellas” renewed for a fifth season, New episodes to premiere in early 2020 Nikki Bella reveals a brain cyst forced her to retire from WWE, Provides health update center_img Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook The E! Network has uploaded a preview (above) for the next season of “Total Bellas.”The new season premieres on January 13 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/8:00 CT.“The twin divas are ready to take on love, family and Ronda Rousey in the new season of “Total Bellas.” Watch the season premiere Jan. 13 at 9|8 c on E!”Nikki Bella dating former DWTS dance partnerUS Magazine is reporting that WWE star Nikki Bella is currently dating her former “Dancing with the Stars” dance partner Artem Chigvintsev.Their relationship will be part of the next season of “Total Bellas”, which had previously documented Nikki’s break up with John Cena.last_img read more


Hanford nuclear site topic of weekend talk


first_imgThe Vancouver chapter of American Association of University Women will host a discussion about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a decommissioned nuclear production complex located on the Columbia River in Southeast Washington.Randy Bradbury, who is with the Nuclear Waste Program in the Washington State Department of Ecology, will give the presentation “Hanford: Myth and Reality.”The event starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the community room of Columbia Bank, 101 Sixth St., Vancouver. Doors open at 10 a.m. There is no admission and the public is welcome.last_img


Allegri bans Ronaldo from taking shortrange freekicks


first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be taking any further free-kicks around the penalty zoneThe Bianconeri are looking for a repeat of their 1-0 win over Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United in Wednesday night’s return Champions League fixture.However, as prolific as Ronaldo is from set pieces, Allegri will be handing close-range free-kicks duties to either Paulo Dybala or Miralem Pjanic.“Ronaldo is a smart guy,” said Allegri, according to the Express.“He knows Pjanic and Dybala are excellent free-kick takers and they are going to take those close to the area.“When there are free kicks from far away, Ronaldo can kick them but we’ve decided that Dybala and Pjanic will take the set pieces close to the area.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Just last week, Dybala accidentally leaked Juventus’ free-kick pecking order in a picture he posted on Twitter with Ronaldo.It came after Dybala captained the team for the first time in the club’s 2-1 win over Empoli, where Ronaldo scored both of Juventus’ goals.In the picture below, fans quickly pointed out the set-piece priority lists that were put on the wall of the Juventus dressing room.La prima da capitano non si dimentica mai ©️#finoallafine #juventus #futbol #capitan pic.twitter.com/UYA2mfQOUA— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) October 27, 2018last_img read more


LG G8 coming April 11 for as low as 670


first_img $210 at Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: LG’s 5G-rocking V50 ThinQ and G8: Editors react Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It $520 at HP CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • LG G8 ThinQ review: LG’s flagship can’t beat the Galaxy S10E Apple iPhone XS Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET $829 LG G8 is a Galaxy S10 alternative, available April 11 Rylo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. LG G8 ThinQ Angela Lang/CNET LG’s 2019 flagship, the G8 ThinQ, is almost ready for your pocket. It launched at MWC this year, but now we know that you’ll be able to preorder it in the US starting March 29. The company’s offering a limited-time promotion for $150 off the retail price of $820 (for qualified buyers), and it will start dropping into hands on April 11.Initial sales will be through LG’s usual suspects: AT&T, Best Buy, B&H, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Xfinity Mobile.   The G8’s headline feature is its vein-reading hand-sign-in security with a limited set of touchless gesture controls using the front-facing camera. While we weren’t impressed by the execution of these features — they felt distinctly first-gen — and it had to compete with more buzzworthy foldable phones like the Samsung’s Galaxy Fold announced at the same time, we did see promise in the technology. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy 7:44 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the Rylo camera preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice 1 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) LG,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $835 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 35 Photos The Cheapskate AT&T Wireless Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Phonescenter_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Turo Sarah Tew/CNET Comment $999 $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $299 at Amazon See It Tags Comments Tags Mentioned Above LG G8 ThinQ (128GB, aurora black) 7 Sprint Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read Google Home Hub review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It See at Turo $999 News • Enter for your chance to win* an unlocked LG G8 ThinQ phone $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $599 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $59 at eBay $999 See at Amazon See it Share your voice Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See it Amazonlast_img read more


Woman falls off moving train in Hyderabad dies


first_imgWhile trying to retrieve her fallen phone, a 22-year-old woman died after falling from MMTS train here at Begumpet railway station on Wednesday. Ashwini, a resident of Sithaphalmandi boarded a MMTS train at Sithaphalmandi railway station to reach her workplace near Nature Cure hospital at Ameerpet. When the train reached Begumpet, she got up from her seat and was preparing to get down at the next station. Suddenly, she dropped her phone inside the train and fell off the train while trying to retrieve it. Also Read – Lack of facilities at Kodangal bus stand irks commuters Advertise With Us The woman got stuck between the moving train and platform following which she was dragged by the train for a few metres. Her death was instant. On learning the incident, the Nampally police rushed to the spot and shifted the severed body to Osmania General Hospital for an autopsy. A case was registered by the police.last_img read more


Andhra Pradesh handling Naxalism effectively Jagan


first_imgAmaravati: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy stated that the State government has been handling the Left Wing Extremism very efficiently. He was speaking at Naxals affected states meeting, organized by the Ministry for Home Affairs at New Delhi, on Monday. Andhra-Odisha border requires more patrolling and stationing of forces and hence he requested generous funding from the central government to meet the expenditure here. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Speaking on this occasion, Jagan suggested strategies to be implemented for effective handling of the Naxalism and stated that there should not be any compromise in developing the Tribal areas. The Chief Minister informed the central government promised a Tribal University under AP Re-Organisation Act. There is a delay in setting it up, he informed the Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah, in the meeting. Previous government desired to take it to non-Tribal area. But, this government desires to locate it in a Tribal area that is at Salur in Vizianagaram district. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us At the same time, the AP decided to locate a Tribal Medical College at Paderu and he urged the centre to sanction it. An engineering college is also required in Tribal area, he emphasised the need. On a saturation basis all eligible local Tribals must be accommodated to own land in tribal areas. For this if needed fresh applications must be sought, Jagan observed. In all ITDA headquarters, super speciality medical services must be created. AP has been sanctioned 4 Police battalions. In this raising, union government must bear the cost for establishment of these battalions completely, he asked the home minister. Only first year establishment cost was being borne by government of India, he added.last_img read more


We Could Be 3 Years Away From Secured Connected Cars Automakers Say


first_img 2 min read Before self-driving cars can make their way to the open road, their safety features have to be pretty unimpeachable.While these vehicles are still in the testing stage, preventing accidents — such as a Google driverless car side swiping a bus earlier this week — isn’t the only thing that companies such as Google and Apple have to take into account. They also have to ensure that hackers can’t endanger passengers either.In a recent survey of automakers, suppliers and European drivers said that they anticipate it will take anywhere from one to three years to develop completely secure, connected tech for cars.Related: The Only Thing Scarier Than Self-Driving Cars Are the Hackers Waiting to Attack ThemThe study, commissioned by security company Veracode, also found that of the drivers polled, half reported that they had concerns about data privacy with connected cars, and two thirds said that they would blame the app developers and car manufacturers in the event of a breach.  One of the ways that hackers can gain access to the inner workings of the car — such as the brakes and steering capability — is through the vehicle’s entertainment systems. Veracode Chief Technology Officer Chris Wysopal told Automotive News Europe, “The more you can separate the systems, the more secure it’ll be.” Enroll Now for Free March 4, 2016center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more


Teen comes out in high school yearbook – using Greys Anatomy


first_imgKrysta Montoya, a high school senior at Valley High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, stuck it to everyone who thought her sexuality was just a phase with her yearbook quote. Krysta’s senior photo | Photo: Twitter @krystaataa GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Texas high school’s first LGBT-friendly yearbook soured by parents’ hateThis is the hot actor playing the first gay male surgeon on Grey’s Anatomy20 fictional characters who sparked our bisexual awakeningRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/teen-high-school-yearbook/ With a little help from Shonda Rhimes’ hospital drama, Grey’s Anatomy, Montoya conveyed a very simple message: she’s so, so, so gay.However, since the school wouldn’t let her use those words exactly, she found a loophole. Instead, her quote actually reads: ‘Grey’s Anatomy Season 5, Episode 6, 39:40.’A lot of people, understandably, didn’t understand it. So Montoya took to Twitter to clarify.Just because everyone keeps asking me what my quote is. Here ya go. pic.twitter.com/tOKSh79viE— Krysta Montoya (@krystaataa) April 30, 2018The quote comes from Season 5, Episode 6 of Grey’s Anatomy. At the 3-minute and 18-second mark (leaving 39:40 left), the character Erica Hahn says: ‘I am so, so, so gay.’ Not a phaseThough Montoya has been out since freshman year, this was her way of sticking it to everyone who thought she was going through a phase.She had her first kiss in high school when she began dating a girl.She told HuffPost: ‘I feel like people were like, “How would you know if you’re gay if you haven’t even tried dating a boy?”‘I felt insecure ― even at times I doubted if I was a lesbian.’However, her parents and a particular teacher supported her and helped her feel confident in who she is.‘Some people even said I’d be with a boy by senior year. So what better way to prove them wrong by making my senior quote, “I’m so, so, so gay?”‘Montoya will graduate later this month.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more


The US tariffs will apply to almost 6000 items


first_imgThe U.S. tariffs will apply to almost 6,000 items, making them the biggest round of trade tariffs yet from Washington. Included are some 200 agricultural items such as berries, mushrooms and mangoes.The Asian country has already increased tariffs on key U.S. import imports like cherries, apples, citrus, grapes and almonds from 10% to 50% since April, greatly limiting exports of these items to China.The incoming tariffs mean that the U.S. will have implemented tariffs on half of the total of around US$500 billion of imports from China, while China will have put tariffs on all US$130 billion of U.S. imports. U.S., China revive trade talks ahead of Trump-Xi G … Chinese companies have stopped buying U.S. agricul … You might also be interested in September 20 , 2018 center_img The U.S. says it will refuse conditions on tariff … China and the U.S. will next week hit each other with the latest round of tariffs, as the trade war between the world’s two largest economies continues to escalate.The U.S. said it would slap 10% duties on US$200 billion of Chinese imports on Monday (Sept. 24) – which is the Mid-Autumn Festival in China – with the rate due to increase to 25% from Jan. 1.China immediately hit back by announcing plans to implement 5-10% duties on US$60 billion of duties, targeting a little over 5,000 products. It says it will target goods such as liquefied natural gas, produced in states loyal to U.S. President Donald Trump. U.S.: Trump threatens to raise tariffs on Chinese …last_img read more


The hotel challenge


first_imgBy Philip AmmermanTHE TOURISM sector has rightly been identified as a priority for the economic recovery of the country. Forecasts for 2014 tourist arrivals are positive, with both the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) and other sources pointing to an increase in arrivals from key markets.A recent increase in hotel investments, together with Cyprus’ revised foreign investor residence and citizenship programmes, also point to renewed interest in this sector. This article reviews the general development of the Cyprus tourism sector after the 2013 economic crisis, and outlines some key barriers for hotel investments.In 2013, a total of 2.405 million foreign tourists visited Cyprus, a decline of only two per cent over 2012. The United Kingdom was the largest source country, with 37 per cent of total arrivals, followed by Russia, with 25 per cent. Sweden comprised five per cent of arrivals, followed by Greece with four per cent, Germany with four per cent and Norway with three per cent. As seen, the tourism sector is heavily dependent on these first two countries.The general arrivals level conceals important changes in the arrivals by country. Particularly noteworthy is the decline in UK arrivals, which has fallen from a high of 1.49 million in 2004 to a low of 891,229 in 2013. In recent years, this decline can be traced to the decline of the pound sterling against the euro, and due to the UK economic crisis between 2008 and 2011. Over the entire period, however, the decline in UK arrivals is worrying. The UK has traditionally been Cyprus’ main source market, accounting for about 50 per cent of all arrivals. That by 2013 this had fallen to 37% of arrivals is worrying indeed.The success story of Russian arrivals, by contrast, has partially offset the loss of the UK source market. Russian arrivals have been rising steadily since 2004, when they amounted to 83,818, to a high of 608,576 in 2013.Russian tourists are also highly desired by the Cyprus tourism industry. In February 2014, UK tourists stayed an average of 12.4 days and spent 663.2 euros per person. Russian tourists, in contrast, stayed 11.6 days, but spent 899.6 euros per person, a difference of 36 per cent.German arrivals have been falling steadily since 1998, when they reached 208,356, to 98,930 in 2013. Greek and Swedish arrivals have been variable, with small differences year on year.The Cyprus tourism sector remains highly seasonal. November-March comprise the low season, and as a result many hotels and entire tourism areas close during these month. In contrast, July-September now constitute the high season, with June nearly at the same levels. This has important impacts in tourism investment and sectoral planning.Strong forecasts for incoming tourism have been announced for 2014, at least in some segments. Although the Russian economic situation and the Russian/Ukraine conflict point to lower arrivals from these two countries, theCyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) predicts that incoming tourism from the UK will rise in 2014.The fundamental importance of tourism to the Cyprus economy is not in doubt. The Cyprus Statistical Service reported that revenue from tourism reached 2.082 billion euros in 2013, up from 1.55 billion euros in 2010.Following the March 2013 Eurogroup decisions and the European Union’s attempt to destroy the offshore banking model of Cyprus, attention has turned to the tourism sector as the driving force of the economy.Press reports in recent months point to a few high-profile investments in the Cypriot hotel sector, including:Russia’s Emerald Coast Properties contributed 20 million euros to the Limassol Le Meridien’s share capital increase, securing a 50 per cent ownership of the hotel.Kanika Olympic purchased 55 per cent of the Paphos Amathus in late 2013, and will transform this into an Olympic Lagoon hotel.Despite these attractive headline figures, there are a number of negative trends in the tourism and specifically the hotel sector, which should be taken into account by any potential investor. These are: high valuations, low occupancy, destination closure in key tourist areas, high fixed costs, high price competition and low flights and controlled accessHIGH VALUATIONSMany Cyprus hotel owners have still not developed a reasonable valuation for their properties. Valuations are often quoted based on theoretical asset prices drawn from balance sheet indicators, rather than from valuations of the property based as a going concern.It is readily apparent that any investment in a Cyprus hotel today should first and foremost generate a return on capital invested. Given that most hotels are losing money, generating this return remains an open question. Yet investments based on theoretical discounts to capital values, or a future theoretical rebound in enterprise value, are unattractive to any qualified investor.In early 2013, the author was approached by an intermediary that wanted to sell a 255-room, five star Limassol seafront hotel for a starting price of 90 million euros. This price is totally unreasonable, as the return on the investment would take between 12-15 years to recover, assuming a significant recovering in bookings in this property. The recent Meridien purchase (329 rooms, 20 million euros for 50 per cent ownership) is a good example of just how far valuations have fallen, and how far they have yet to fall.LOW OCCUPANCYCyprus hotel occupancy is low: below 50 per cent on average. CTO figures show that in 2012, Cyprus had a total of 85,956 officially licensed beds. Paphos and Ayia Napa-Paralimni have the largest concentration of beds, followed by Limassol. Assuming each hotel operates 12 months per year (they do not), the theoretical capacity was 31.37 mln bed-nights.Actual bed-nights in licensed accommodation was 14.75 mln nights. Assuming the theoretical bed night capacity is correct, then occupancy was only 46.5 per cent on an annual basis. The highest occupancy is seen in Paphos and Ayia Napa. The lowest is seen in the hill resorts and Nicosia.Paphos’ ‘Bar Street’ in winterIn reality, most resort hotels close from mid-October to early April or May. This means that net occupancy, after deducting capacity due to hotel closures, is usually between 75-80 per cent.DESTINATION CLOSUREThis destination closure practice comes at a high price. Hotel staff must be recruited each year. This leads to a large proportion of transient hotel works, and detracts from a hotel operator’s ability to form a cadre of permanent staff and invest in guest relationships.As hotels close, all other tourism suppliers close too: restaurants, bars, cinemas, car rental agencies, travel agencies, etc. This creates huge distortions in all aspects of employment and value creation.The destination suffers. Visitors to Paphos, Ayia Napa and Paralimni as well as the Larnaca tourist area find themselves in a ghost town, with even banks and franchise restaurants closed for the winter tourist season.Closing a destination seasonally has a deleterious effect on infrastructure. There is no reason to schedule flights to Cyprus in the winter, for instance, if there is no demand. This makes Cyprus entirely uncompetitive for certain categories of tourism, such as conferences and events.As a destination, Cyprus finds itself competing against other, less expensive destinations at the most competitive part of the tourist season. For a British tourist deciding whether to choose a June holiday in Cyprus or Turkey, it becomes easier to choose Turkey due to its lower prices and, in many cases, superior customer service.HIGH FIXED COSTSOne of the main issues confronting Cypriot hoteliers is the high fixed cost environment they are forced to operate in. These costs include:High electricity prices: Cypriot electricity prices were among the highest in the European Union according to Eurostat. Only Denmark and Germany had higher household electricity prices in 2013.Last year, Cyprus passed an Immovable Property Tax (IPT), which will hit hotel owners in particular.Food and beverage ingredients are to a large extent imported. This creates food costs that are usually far higher than competing destinations such as Greece, Turkey or Spain, who have a greater proportion of domestic production, or greater economies of scale and lower-cost land transport links.High labour costs. The limited labour market and the lack of interest among many Cypriots to work in hotel professions mean that most hotel labour comprises expatriate staff. This staff is usually hired at or below minimum wage, but the overall cost remains high, particularly when compared with other Mediterranean destinations.High euro exchange rates. While the euro has declined by 4.8 per cent against the sterling, it has appreciated by 14.5 per cent against the Russian rouble, 6.2 per cent against the Swedish krona, 7.6 per cent against the Norwegian krone and 3.9 per cent against the US dollar in the past 12 months, making a holiday in Cyprus comparatively more expensive.HIGH PRICE COMPETITIONHotel prices are declining. While absolute figures are difficult to provide, the impact of the 2013 crisis has been to drive prices to extremely low levels. It will take two-three years to regenerate pricing ability, if this is possible at all.Over the longer term, pricing competition will remain high. Online travel agencies such as Booking.com not only demand the best prices available (usually lower than on the hotel’s own website), but increase price transparency in the market.When this is paired with meta travel search engines and fare aggregators such as Kayak, Mobissimo, Trivago or Skyscanner, it means that hoteliers face insurmountable challenges to maintaining pricing ability and margin levels.LOW FLIGHTS/CONTROLLED ACCESSAccess to Cyprus has, until recently, become more limited as Cyprus Airways has cut back on routes; Olympic Airways has been absorbed by Aegean; other flag carriers have reduced flights. Access in the peak tourist season is now dominated by low cost and charter airlines. While this was always the case, the consolidation of the European airline sector, and the emergence of low cost carriers are dominant airlines in much of central and eastern Europe, means that the situation is becoming more difficult than ever.For hotels in Cyprus, this means that it is more difficult for tourists to choose a hotel independently from the flight, or a complete tourist package. As a result, margins erode further as tour operators dominate bookings, and hotels are forced to offer half board or full board specials in line with tour operator policyUNLICENSED ACCOMMODATIONOne additional downside in Cyprus is that of unlicensed accommodation. The occupancy numbers presented are under-stated because they refer only to licensed tourism accommodation, not to unlicensed accommodation. The latter has grown significantly as villas and apartment blocks were built during the boom years and are sold online to tourists. The evidence of this is seen everywhere you look:Online travel agencies (OTAs) such as Booking.com have significant numbers of unlicensed rooms available: a simple search is sufficient to uncover these.Specialist villa booking sites, such as VillasDirect or OwnersDirect show hundreds of offers for Cyprus. Almost none of these villas are licensed.Any discussion with a Cypriot hotelier, or walk through the tourist area of a Cypriot resort, shows abundant further evidence of this.The CTO claims it cannot regulate this sector, and has been saying this for a long time, long before the villa construction boom. Implementing the law in Cyprus can be difficult, particularly when there are so many special interests and influential figures involved, and when the CTO does not have the mandate or the resources to take legal action. This would pit the CTO against the municipalities in whose jurisdiction the unlicensed accommodation falls, and would quickly result in a massive internecine struggle which the CTO would lose to special interests.Yet the failure to act also creates problems. Law-abiding hoteliers see that rule-breakers are not punished, and are absolved of the high taxes a hotelier must pay to operate in Cyprus. What incentive does a law-abiding hotelier have to respect the laws in the face of official inaction and economic hardship? Not many. It should be no surprise, and is certainly no secret, that many hotel owners have branched out into illegal villa rentals themselves.CYPRUS INVESTORS CITIZENSHIPOne upside of investing in the Cyprus hotel sector is the availability of the Cyprus nationality for investors. Any investor placing a minimum of five million euros in the purchase of assets, shares, government bonds or long-term deposits has the right to citizenship according to the Decision by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus of March 19, 2014.The Cyprus tourism sector is expected to continue its trend line performance in 2014. Although the prospect for higher UK arrivals exists, this will be offset by lower Russian arrivals. There are few major changes expected in the sector. One positive aspect will be the tendering of a casino, scheduled for 2014, but this will take some years to materialise, and will not have a measurable impact on visitors.As the financial crisis runs its course, we anticipate more Cyprus hotel properties to be offered for sale. As with any investment, it is imperative to implement a comprehensive due diligence, business plan and risk analysis prior to the investment. A coherent valuation model is needed: this is likely to be one of the main challenges in any hotel sale in Cyprus.With few exceptions, decades of over-investment and a lack of differentiation has meant that the Cyprus hotel sector has become commoditised. Low occupancy, low profit margins, the erosion of pricing ability, continually rising costs and overcapacity in every accommodation segment means that most hotels lose money.This is not to say that investments will not take place and that an adequate financial success cannot be gained. But the days of “easy money” in the Cyprus hotel sector are long over. Any investor approaching the issue should do so with a clear strategy and operating plan, deep pockets necessary to provide working capital in lean times, and a strong appetite for risk.Philip Ammerman has worked as a consultant in the Cyprus tourism sector since 1993. He has advised the Cyprus Tourism Organisation in its 1993 strategic restructuring, and most recently in setting up a system for managing EU Structural Funds. He has worked with the Association of Cyprus Travel Agents on a range of issues. 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