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  • Ongoing Darfur conflict threatens UNAfrican Union mission aid efforts – Ban

    18 December 2008Violent clashes between the warring factions in conflict-ravaged Darfur threaten humanitarian work and the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in the Sudanese region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in his latest report on the mission, urging all parties to end hostilities immediately. Violent clashes between the warring factions in conflict-ravaged Darfur threaten humanitarian work and the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in the Sudanese region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in his latest report on the mission, urging all parties to end hostilities immediately. Fighting on the western flank of Sudan “and displacement continue, humanitarian operations are at risk, clashes between the parties occur with regrettable regularity and the parties have not reached a negotiated peace agreement,” Mr. Ban writes.In this environment the UN-AU hybrid operation in Darfur, known as UNAMID, has focused on the protection of civilians, but are hampered by a severely under-deployed force.The Secretary-General notes that almost one year after handing over peacekeeping responsibility to UNAMID, the number of troops on the ground falls far short of the 26,000 blue helmets authorized by the Security Council. Less than 12,500 uniformed personnel, including troops, military observers and police officers, are in place across Darfur and the mission is also short of almost half of the civilian staff it requires to be at full capacity, with just under 3,000 posts recruited.In addition, Mr. Ban reiterates that UN Member States need to provide the units and equipment previously pledged to UNAMID, including 18 helicopters and additional units dealing with logistics, heavy transport, medium transport and aerial reconnaissance.The effectiveness of the mission also depends on Sudan’s cooperation, Mr. Ban says, while welcoming President Al-Bashir’s statement last month saying that the Government had called a cessation to hostilities. “However, I am greatly disappointed that military activity by the Government continues,” he says, adding “The reports of violence, clashes and aerial bombardments since the unilateral ceasefire declaration of 12 November are of serious concern.”He stresses that a genuine ceasefire is an essential precondition for talks necessary for a peaceful resolution to the conflict to begin.“The cessation of hostilities is also required to facilitate delivery of vital humanitarian assistance,” the Secretary-General says, adding “I am deeply concerned that insecurity continues to seriously affect civilians and hamper the humanitarian community’s efforts to provide them with life-saving assistance.”He also calls on the Government in Khartoum to comply with its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, in particular with respect to protection of civilians. “There are still disturbing reports of intimidation and harassment of internally displaced persons (IDPs), especially women, who are the victims of marauding militia groups.”The Security Council will discuss the report tomorrow when it is briefed on the UN-AU force in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed since fighting erupted in 2003 between Government forces, allied militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, and rebels. Some 2.7 million others have also been forced from their homes and now live as refugees or as IDPs. read more

  • CV registrations strong despite recent distortions

    ‘CV registrations are stabilising,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘This is despite the distortion caused by digitachs as operators scrambled to beat the 1 May deadline. Truck, bus and coach registrations have now returned to the stable volumes and modest growth we saw up until a few months ago. But Euro 4 in October will upset the apple cart again for a period, making registration volumes in 2006 difficult to call.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) CV registrations stabilise as distortion over previous quarter fades Year-to-date registrations up 0.6 per cent June registrations down 8.6 per cent to 32,920, year-to-date up 0.6 per cent Rolling year total down 2.2 per cent to 387,094 units read more

  • Gabby Douglas is Moving Beyond Criticism to New Projects

    Gabby Douglas wins her third gold medal at the Olympic Games (Twitter)Fresh off her turn at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, Gabby Douglas is putting the criticism behind her. Critics targetted the gymnast for her hair and lack of enthusiasm. But now, she’s looking ahead to a judging position in the 2017 Miss America pageant in September.“Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year,” Douglas told USA Today in a statement Monday. “The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent!”Douglas will critique 52 contestants in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The show will air live Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.On top of judging Miss America, Douglas is also the new spokesperson for Venus razors.The athlete’s new roles follow her third Olympic gold medal win with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team dubbed the “Final Five.” Though she increased her Olympic wins, Douglas was the center of critique during the event.Complaints about her hair resurfaced from 2012. She stood at attention during the national anthem instead of putting her hand over her heart. That caused some backlash as well. Then, viewers pounced on her for not cheering for Simone Biles during the competition.“It was hurtful. It was hurtful. It was. It’s been kind of a lot to deal with,” she said at a press conference during the Olympics.Despite the negativity, today the 20-year-old is in good spirits.She told People magazine she had a “fantastic” time in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.“I had fun,” she said. “Maybe people weren’t being fair on social media, but that’s social media for you.”To mitigate the poor attitudes online, she stayed off social media for much of the games.“I just found things to be positive about,” she explained. “And there’s a lot to be happy about. We won the gold medal as a team, and it was just such an amazing experience. I came to the Olympics and won a gold medal! That’s still really awesome. I can only do what I can do and if people want to say their stuff on social media, I can’t stop them.” read more

  • Stephen Lawrence Day to be held annually on anniversary of teens murder

    Stephen’s mother Doreen, now a peer sitting in the Lords, said: “I feel honoured she has recognised the changes that have been made in Stephen’s name and the changes that are still needed.”Stephen was denied his voice but the Stephen Lawrence Day will be an opportunity for young people to use their voices and should be embedded in our education and wider system regardless of the government of the day.”Baroness Lawrence thanked those who had helped her achieve all she has and said that after 25 years “it is time to draw a line”. Stephen Lawrence Day is to be held on April 22 every year to remember the murdered teenager, Theresa May has announced.The anniversary of the 18-year-old’s death will be a national commemoration of his life and legacy and was hailed by his family as an opportunity for young people to use their voices.The prime minister was joined by public figures including Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle at a memorial service marking the 25th anniversary of Stephen’s murder at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in central London.Mrs May said: “For the past 25 years, Doreen and Neville have fought heroically to ensure that their son’s life and death will never be forgotten.”Their dignity, their courage and their sheer determination are an inspiration to us all.”She said the Government would work with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to establish the lasting legacy in his name, adding: “We will use this day to encourage and support young people in achieving their dreams, and to reflect on Stephen’s life, death and the positive change he has inspired.” The Prince, who met Stephen’s mother and brother Stuart before the service, delivered a personal message of support to the family from his father, the Prince of Wales, who in 2000 gave the annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture He told the congregation: “‘I remember vividly the profound shock that I felt at his senseless murder, a feeling shared by so many people across this country and beyond.”‘I remember, too, just how deeply moved I was by the determination of Stephen’s family to build something positive from the tragedy they endured and to ensure that Stephen’s story did not end with despair, but continued with hope.”‘A quarter of a century later, we can only imagine the man who Stephen would have become, and just how his extraordinary potential might have been fulfilled.”‘The Prince said that the Lawrence family had honoured him with everything they had done in his name and the changes they had instigated. Baroness Lawrence, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the serviceCredit:Victoria Jones WPA Pool/Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the memorial service  Baroness Lawrence, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the service Stephen’s father, Neville, said: “We have got some justice and now this is like a mark of what we have been trying to do for years – our son’s memory is going to be enshrined in history.”The Macpherson report accused the Metropolitan Police of being “institutionally racist” following its flawed investigation into the murder.After a lengthy campaign for justice by Stephen’s parents, David Norris and Gary Dobson were found guilty of murder in 2012, but of the other suspects, three remain at large. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the memorial service Credit:DAVID PARKER/AFP/Getty Images 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. read more

  • 5inch LG display packs 440ppi 1080p resolution

    first_imgOne common downside to the bigger, badder smartphones we’ve seen popping up over the last year or two is that their larger screens get a tad fuzzed out as the pixels become less densely-packed. That won’t be a problem any more for manufacturers who choose LG’s new 5-inch consumer display.The 16:9 1080p panel utilizes Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS). That means in addition to being razor-sharp, these new displays will also boast excellent color accuracy, excellent viewing angles, and reduced power consumption — thanks to AH-IPS’ super-efficient light transmission. In the official press release, LG Display VP Sang-Deok Yeo says the HD-friendly panel is a perfect complement to the powerful chips and speedy LTE radios in today’s phones and tablets.LG first introduced AH-IPS displays last year, when they announced 3.5 and 4.5-inch models that offered densities of about 330ppi. That put LG’s panels in the same ballpark as the super-crisp Mobile Bravia display in Sony’s Xperia Arc S and the HTC One X, both of which have earned heaps of praise for their quality. These new displays from LG will bring a whopping 440ppi. Unsurprisingly, LG says the naked eye can’t distinguish one pixel from another on the new panels.The 440ppi displays will begin rolling off LG’s manufacturing line later this year, and it won’t be long after that someone drops one into an Android phone.Let’s hope LG plans to offer up a desktop display with a similar resolution bump. It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for a reasonably-priced monitor that can crank out more than 1920 by 1080.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

  • The game in your head Inside the mind of Dublin footballer Paul

    first_img By Kevin O’Brien http://the42.ie/3340883 Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 7:00 AM 10 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 15th 2017, 7:00 AM Short URL LEGENDARY COLLEGE BASKETBALL coach John Wooden put it best when he said: “Sports don’t build character, they reveal it.”If you want to understand the mindset of a great GAA player, watch them closely as they march behind the band on All-Ireland final day. Source: James Crombie/INPHOIn these final moments before battle, you’d hardly see a flicker of emotion from any of the 30 players. Whatever they’re feeling inside is kept well under the surface, behind a steely glare.There are no ripples or waves, but a silent storm is moving in.When Paul Flynn follows the Artane Boys Band around Croke Park, he’s not worrying about this opponent. He’s hardly even thinking about what he’s going to do. All that work has been done, filed away somewhere in his subconscious.Instead, he’s absorbing the occasion.“I actually really enjoy the parade,” he tells The42. “I probably do something – I don’t know whether it’s the right thing or the wrong thing to do – but I do it all anyway. I just soak it all in.“I just say to myself: ‘This is amazing, this is a great place to be. Look at the amount of people here. Someday I’m going to be one of them people sitting there watching this game and I’ve been that person before when I was younger.’ Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“I’ll just take it all in and tell myself this is a unique opportunity. I’ll think then about a couple of aspects of the game that I want to get into. But I think it’s important to embrace the moment as well. It’s not distracting me but it’s keeping me grounded more than anything else and keeping me in the present as opposed to thinking ahead or in the past.“You’re in the present and sports psychologists will always talk about when you’re in the flow-state, you’re in the present. You’re playing in the present. You’re not thinking about anything at all.”With four All-Irelands and four All-Stars under his belt, Flynn can consider himself in the elite bracket of Gaelic footballers. While his athleticism and skill have been painstakingly honed over the years, the Fingallians man recognises that his mentality has been a big factor in his rise to the top.In any sport there are countless examples of players who had the ability but lacked the mental toughness to perform at the highest level. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThroughout the course of Dublin 36-game unbeaten run, which was finally ended by Kerry last Sunday, the All-Ireland champions displayed a remarkable ability to thrive in high pressure situations.The mental side of the game is still an area that’s undervalued in GAA.Since 2000, Kilkenny have made the All-Ireland hurling final 14 times, losing on just three occasions. In the same period, Mayo have appeared in the All-Ireland football final in five separate years and lost all five. Ability on its own will only take you so far.Flynn has played in five All-Ireland finals with Dublin (including the 2016 replay), and he hasn’t lost one. He’s one of Jim Gavin’s most trusted lieutenants and, despite playing almost the entire season at wing-forward, he reignited the midfield engine room in last year’s replay win over Mayo.So often Dublin’s Mr Consistency, Flynn is one of just four footballers to win four All-Stars on the trot, alongside legendary figures Jack O’Shea, Pat Spillane and Paidi Ó Sé. Flynn and Diarmuid Connolly at Dublin’s homecoming in 2013. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOHe’s is the only player to put together such a long run of All-Stars since Ó Sé picked up his fifth in succession in 1985.Thanks to his ball-winning ability, constantly running engine and kicking skills, the Dublin star was almost untouchable during his apex between 2011 and 2014.While he wasn’t a standout player at underage level, it was in his teens when he recognised his capacity to perform under pressure. The mental side to his game would ultimately take him to unimaginable heights.“I definitely didn’t have a bullet proof confidence that I was going to make it,” says Flynn. “When I was minor and U21 I was always on the periphery. When it came to championship in both I started in midfield, but it was always a real battle.“I continued to work on my game and I always had confidence in one part which was my engine and hunger. I knew once the tougher the game and battle got, the better I’d get. I had confidence in some aspects of my game but I always knew there were areas to work on.center_img Follow us: the42.ie Kerry rejig for U21 semi-final showdown in absence of captainSeamus Callanan’s ‘humble’ hero Eoin Kelly and Lee Keegan on lessons he learned from Cora Staunton “There’s the talent piece and the attitude piece. I was always very strong on the attitude piece and the commitment to honing in on my game and making sure I was the best me I could be. Whereas there were other players I played with who had the talent and probably didn’t put in the work or have the mental capacity to be able to take it to the next level.”Over the years, Flynn has fine-tuned his mental approach. He rolls out the same routine before every big championship game. He may tweak it depending on the circumstances, but the template remains the same.“You don’t always get into the flow-state but you’re trying to get there. I kind of feel I’ve got my preparation in order that I’m able to get into it. For whatever reason you get into it a bit more easy, you wish there’s a secret remedy to get you there everyday, but it’s not always possible.“I would keep the same routine of how I approach a week. The reason I do that is because it worked for me before when I got into that flow state.“It would start on a Monday. If you think about the week of a game, if the game is on a Sunday, you’re probably going to be training Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those days are fine, they’re grand because you’re with the group.“It’s the other days where you want to be filling up your days. On the Tuesday evening of a championship game I might go and do an ice bath or I might go to the beach – depending on the weather. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“It’s just a way of getting my recovery right. Then on the Thursday I’ll do something completely different, I might go to the cinema or go do something with my partner because you keep yourself completely occupied.“Sometimes I work from home after lunch on the Friday of a championship game, but other than that I like to keep the same battle rhythm.“The day before a game I might cut the grass or keep myself busy cleaning the house, whatever I need to do to distract myself so that I’m not thinking about the game at all.“For 10 minutes at one stage of the day, I’ll go and think about the core pieces – say for instance I might have a couple of things I want to concentrate on in that game, whether it be on my shooting, my passing, the kickouts or whatever.“I’ll just do a bit of visualisation for about 10 minutes, and that’s it and I won’t think about the game again.”On the morning of a match, he’ll visit a graveyard around the corner where he lost a few people who are close to him. It clears the head and brings perspective. Source: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILEThe 30-year-old believes keeping his mind off the game in the build-up helps his performance no end.“It is hard and that’s the biggest challenge. You feel like your mind is constantly thinking about it, but I just try to do is – if I start thinking about it, I’ll go back to the three or four things that I’m trying to do, say them in my head, ‘I’m going to do them well’ and then stop thinking about it.“Because what you can do is mentally drain yourself and you can actually feel like you’ve played the game a number of times over in your head. When you get there you’re a little bit lethargic in the game. I feel this way helps keep me fresh.”Flynn applies the same sort of commitment and dedication to other aspects of his life. He lived with Michael Murphy while they studied at DCU, and the Donegal captain found him to be a positive influence on and off the field.“It was a fantastic time,” said Murphy last year. “I got an education, I qualified as a teacher coming out of it. I was on a course along with Paul Flynn.“At the time me and him used to go out and kick ball together on our own and the sheer commitment to the game for him, the skill level in which he plays the game at, the intensity which he plays the game, was something which I really took a lot of things from.“He would be dragging you out to lectures when you wanted to stay around the home and it was likewise with the training. It’s no surprise to see that his talent really did prevail.”Flynn is just that type of character. Every aspect of his life is attacked with full gusto. It’s in his nature.“It’s probably something that sport has brought out in me, where I’ve this thing where if you’re going to go and do something, do it to the best of your ability and get the most out of yourself,” he continues. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“If you’re going to go into something whether it be a degree, sport or your job, go into it full-hearted and give it everything you have. That’s the way I approach everything now.“I wouldn’t even call it tunnel vision because if you’ve tunnel vision you’re not thinking about other aspects of your life. If I’d tunnel vision in sport I wouldn’t be thinking about my career or my fiance, you have to be able to have balance.”Dublin manager Jim Gavin often talks about the importance of balance to achieve a high level of performance in sport. He believes its important his players have a three-pronged approach to their lives.“The GAA will always be there for you,” Gavin told the Irish Times last year. “There’s a couple of glass balls in your life.“The first is your family and your relationships, that’s a glass ball that you can’t drop. Second is your professional life or your academic life in some cases, that’s a glass ball you can’t drop. Then there’s your sport or hobby.” Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHOAfter he finished school, Flynn worked as a plumber before heading to DCU to study PE and Biology. He qualified as a teacher with first-class honours.“I was doing teaching – it was a great course, loved it – but I probably went into it for the wrong reasons,” admits Flynn. “I was young and I was thinking, ‘I want to be a teacher now because I want to be able to have the summers off to play football.’“For me it was a big decision because you’ve a job there and teaching is a great job. However, if I wasn’t going to do something that I wasn’t going to be able to go full-throttle at and give it everything and be great at, I just said there’s no point going in and doing it halfheartedly.“You’re doing yourself an injustice but you’re also doing the students in schools an injustice.” Flynn consoles his former student Joey Wallace after the 2016 Leinster final. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOHe was attracted to the lure of the free summers months to facilitate his blossoming football career, but eventually Flynn yearned for something more. The job wasn’t fulfilling him off the field and he chose a different path.“Then when I was teaching I realised that maybe this wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do. I went back, had a look at and realised I wanted to get into a sales role, I think it’s suitable to my own personality and to where I wanted to get to.“You have to balance things off. I was 27 at that stage. I got a great job at Aer Lingus before I moved to Lincoln Recruitment. But it does take time for you to understand that.“I would be even talking to some of the younger lads on the panel now, and saying to them that you have to be concentrating on both sides.“The job I’m in is very much a sales and commercial role. So I’ve got to be able to perform and it’s pretty black and white whether you’re performing or not. I’m director of the company now so I’m very involved in ensuring we grow and we do well. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“I’m much happier in the role I’m in. I’ve been able to give it my full attention as much as I can with football. I work hard off the pitch and I enjoy that too. It’s a healthy distraction from the football so it’s good in that sense.”“It’s vitally important that all players in all teams concentrate on their career as well as what goes on on the pitch. From the ages of 20 to 30 that’s the most important part of your playing career, but it’s also the most important part in the development of your career off the pitch. So you have to be able to keep an eye on both of them at the same time.”By juggling all three glass balls effectively, Flynn’s mind and body are become one as he takes the field for Dublin.When it comes to the parade on All-Ireland final day, his mind is quiet and his thoughts are clear, freeing his body up to explode into life and, hopefully, get into that flow-state.**********Paul Flynn was on hand at the GUI National Headquarters this week to launch the new offer which with AIG Insurance which allows GUI and ILGU members to avail of discounted rates on car and home Insurance as well as other great benefits exclusive to golfers. See www.aig.ie/golf for details.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! The game in your head – Inside the mind of Dublin footballer Paul Flynn All-Ireland final parades, developing a career off the field and getting into the flow-state – Flynn on the psychology of his rise to the top. 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  • Public asked to help identify body of man found in Columbia River

    first_imgOfficials are asking the public to help identify the body of a man found in the Columbia River near the Interstate 5 bridge.The recovery was made around 5:45 p.m. Thursday after crews aboard a Tidewater tug and barge spotted the body. The man had apparently been dead for several months before he was found, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The man is white and has “Devil Dog” tattooed on his upper left arm, along with several other tattoos. He was was wearing a long-sleeved blue zip-up hooded jacket, black pants and black shoes. He may have been released from the hospital prior to his death, the sheriff’s office said.Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Rian Hakala with the sheriff’s office at 503-251-2402.last_img read more

  • Suncity to drive 250 increase in Tigre de Cristal VIP volume in

    first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Suncity Group’s recent acquisition of a 29.77% stake in Russian IR operator Summit Ascent Holdings will likely see VIP volume at Tigre de Cristal grow by nearly 250% next year, according to Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen.In a research note published Monday, Govertsen observed that the April acquisition of a majority stake gave Suncity “real skin in the game” and, combined with Suncity director Andrew Lo being named Summit Ascent Deputy Chairman, provides considerable incentive to direct VIP volume Russia’s way. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage RelatedPosts Load More “While we had expected Suncity’s initial small stake in Summit Ascent to result in a material VIP uptick, the more-aggressive acquisition of shares, and the Deputy Chairman’s role, suggest to us that VIP volume will increase much more significantly than had been anticipated,” he said.Union Gaming had previously estimated VIP volume of around HK$30.3 billion (US$3.9 billion) in 2020, up from HK$15.6 billion in 2018 and an estimated US$17.2 billion in 2019. However, Govertsen said that estimate has now been revised to HK$59.7 billion (US$7.6 billion) in 2020.last_img read more

  • Aleppo Brewfest With Nearly 100 Craftbrews To Sample Set For September 29

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Aleppo Shriners are holding a Brewfest on Saturday, September 29 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). Doors open at 1pm. Event ends at 4:30pm.The Brewfest will feature nearly 100 varieties of craft brews, unlimited 2 oz. samples, and complimentary Octoberfest fare of Bratwurst & Pretzels.Tickets cost $50.00 per person. Absolutely no admittance under 21 For tickets, contact Maribel at: mdeluca@alepposhriners.com or 978-657-4202 xxt. 216.Processed to support the Aleppo Shriners to help Shriners do what Shriners do best.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”SAVE THE DATE: Feztival of Trees Coming To Shriners Auditorium On November 22-24In “Community”Wilmington’s Shriners Auditorium To Host Huge Car Show On August 25In “Community”last_img read more

  • Jai Ganesh Samithi elects new president

    first_imgSangareddy: Jai Ganesh Bhakthi Samithi members have elected their new president. Kranthi Valeshetty from Rama Chandrapuram has been elected as the new president. A Jain Kumar Chary, MV Gyanendra Prasad gave the appointment letter to Kranthi. Speaking on the occasion, Kranthi said, “The main motto of the organization is to bring awareness among people avoiding Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols and use idols prepared by mud.” He further added, “We will try to bring awareness in people to use mud idols by the time of Ganesh Chathurdi in 2019.” Jagadeesh Patel, Jangam Siddeswar, Varun, Dhandu Vikram Yadav, Purushottam and others participated in the programme.last_img read more

  • Sensex gains 259 points to close at new 2016 high find out

    first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex gained for the fourth straight day on Thursday to close at a six-month high of 26,999.72 points, aided by a slew of global and domestic cues, ranging from the pay panel award to overseas equity markets making steady gains, erasing Brexit-induced losses.Top Sensex gainers were Dr. Reddy’s Labs, NTPC, Axis Bank, Tata Motors and Tata Steel.  Here are the reasons for the Sensex rallying on the day which also marked the end of June F&O expiry:Pay Commission boostThe government’s decision to accept the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission has been a big contributor to Indian stock markets rallying for two consecutive days. The news of the government likely to accept the proposals in totality laid the foundation for a bull run a day before, on Tuesday.Positive global cuesIn Britain, the benchmark index of the London Stock Exchange consolidated its two-day gains and hit a two-month high on Friday on Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson ruling himself out of the race to replace incumbent British Prime Minister David Cameron.”That is the agenda for the next prime minister of this country. Well, I must tell you, my friends, you who have waited faithfully for the punchline of this speech, that having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in parliament, I have concluded that person cannot be me,” Johnson said in a speech, reported The Guardian.The FTSE 100 — the benchmark index — was trading 0.12 percent higher at about 12.15 local time after hitting a high of 6,398.02.”The FTSE 100 has rallied to its pre-Brexit levels and is holding on to most of yesterday’s big gains this morning,” The Guardian quoted Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital, as saying.Monsoon on courseProgressive The satisfactory progress of the monsoon in the past few days also buoyed market sentiments. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) update for the period June 1 to 30 showed that the rainfall deficiency was 12 percent, indicating that the progression was broadly in line with the forecast. Besides, the possibility of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill being taken up by the Rajya Sabha during the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament also added to the positive sentiment.In the morning, select stocks were trading with gains in the range of 5 to 15 percent on the BSE while the Sensex was trading 143 points higher at 26,883 at around 11.30 a.m.The biggest gainer was GNFC, up 14.73 percent at Rs. 170.60, followed by JP Associates that was up 11.62 percent. PVR shares rose 7.18 percent on the government taking a decision to allow cinema halls and restaurants to function 24/7.Alembic Pharmaceuticals was up after the company informed that the USFDA did not find anything adverse during its inspection of the company’s plants in Mumbai.”Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd has informed BSE that the Company’s API Facilities i.e. API I and API II both located at Panelav have been successfully inspected by the USFDA between June 20, 2016 and June 29, 2016. The Company did not receive any Form 483 observations,” it said in a regulatory filing with the BSE on Thursday.Top 10 gainers among S&P BSE500:a. GNFC (Rs. 170.60) b. JP Associates (Rs. 8.74)c. PVR (Rs. 1,049)d. Sadbhav Engineering (Rs. 294.25)e. Alembic Pharma (Rs. 581)f. GSFC (Rs. 80)g. City Union Bank (Rs. 116.90)h. GIC Housing Finance (Rs. 320)i. Grindwell Norton (Rs. 733)j. Atul (Rs. 2,035) Indian stock markets extended Wednesday rally tracking global cues and the overall bullish sentiment prevailing after the Narendra Modi government approved the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).The Sensex was trading at 26,977, up 237 points, or 0.88 percent at around 10.35 a.m. Stocks that were leading the rally in the 30-scrip benchmark index were Tata Motors (up 3.2 percent), ICICI Bank (up 2.28 percent) and Hero Motocorp (up 2.13 percent).The State Bank of India was up 1.68 percent at Rs. 220.85. The bank had informed the stock exchanges that its board had approved to raise $1,500 million in long-term funds in debt either through public offer or private placement during the current fiscal.Shares of PVR and Inox were buzzing on the BSE after the Central government approved a legislation that would allow cinema halls, restaurants to remain open 24/7. The PVR stock was up 4.05 percent at Rs. 1,018 and shares of Inox Leisure were trading at Rs. 239.95 a piece, up 2.09 percent.The Model Shops and Establishment (Regulation of Employment and Condition of Service) Bill, 2016 allows non-manufacturing establishments with 10 or more workers to remain open 24 hours a day, throughout the year.The June F&O contracts expire on Thursday (today).Among sectoral indices, the BSE Realty was up 1.77 percent, while the FMCG index was trading marginally higher at 0.87 percent.Other stocks in the S&P BSE500 universe that were trading with high gains include GNFC (up 13.89 percent), JP Associates (up 7.92 percent), GSFC (up 7.03 percent) and Alembic Pharma (up 6.77 percent). The Indian rupee opened 14 paise higher at 67.54 to the US dollar on Thursday after closing at 67.68 to the greenback. The intra-day range was expected between 67.35-67.75 levels, IFA Global said in a note.Asian equities gained on Thursday in early morning trade on the back of a firm uptrend witnessed in European and US markets for the second straight day on Wednesday.U.S. markets extended its recovery and closed in the positive territory as worries continued to ease over Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Technology and Banking stocks, which took a hard hit after the vote showed some recovery,” brokerage Angel Broking said in a note on Thursday.”European markets too ended yesterday’s trading session in the green, extending Tuesday’s recovery following the BREXIT slump. Higher oil prices and possibility of monetary stimulus aided the markets,” it added.Back home, the acceptance of the recommendations of the 7th CPC is expected to drive consumption-drive growth in India in the coming months.Story republished with additional details at 5.07 p.m.last_img read more

  • Former Texas Prison Employee Alleges A Culture Of CoverUp

    first_imgBOB JAGENDORF/FLICKRA woman who once oversaw the youthful offenders program at a Texas prison in Brazoria alleges that “a culture of cover up” exists at the state’s Department of Criminal Justice, or TDCJ. The would-be whistleblower told Lauren McGaughy of the Dallas Morning News that Texas teens who are placed in the program are in danger, because of a cycle of abuse. The concerns detailed by former program supervisor Dominique Mitchell have been ignored and reporting of incidents discouraged, according to Mitchell.McGaughy says Mitchell supervised a small program for teen inmates, which was housed in an adult prison. The young people have now been moved to a different prison.“It’s kind of unique,” McGaughy says. “In Texas, you can be as young as 14 and a judge can certify you as an adult, and you can go to adult prison, depending on your crime.”McGaughy says the teen inmates were moved after an incident in which one of them was found engaging in a sex act with an adult prisoner.Mitchell charges that staff members in the prison where she worked, and in TDCJ generally, were discouraged from reporting fights, riots, or other incidents of violence among inmates.“If they did report it, she claims, they were punished. You were seen as not being loyal to the program, or not being loyal to your boss, or the warden,” McGaughy says.Mitchell spoke up, McGaughy says, and left TDCJ rather than accepting a demotion.The TDCJ responded to McGaughy’s reporting with a statement denying that systemic problems with the teen prisoner program exist.Written by Shelly Brisbin. Sharelast_img read more

  • Judge dismisses Exxon lawsuit against climate change probe

    first_img Share Mark Humphrey/APThe U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control says that Exxon Mobil must pay a $2 million penalty for allegedly violating sanctions on Russia.A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by Exxon Mobil aimed at stopping an investigation by New York and Massachusetts officials into whether the oil giant misled investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change and how the issue could affect its business.“Exxon’s allegations that the AGs are pursuing bad faith investigations in order to violate Exxon’s constitutional rights are implausible and therefore must be dismissed for failure to state a claim,” Manhattan U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said.In her ruling, Caproni described Exxon’s lawsuit as “running roughshod over the adage that the best defense is a good offense.”Exxon sued New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and his Massachusetts counterpart, Maura Healey, in 2016 after they subpoenaed documents about Exxon research into the role of fossil fuels in climate change.The global oil and gas company called their investigation politically motivated and accused the Democrats of trying to take away the company’s free-speech rights on an important issue.Schneiderman late Thursday said he was pleased with the court’s decision.“As the Court noted, Exxon’s claims in this lawsuit were ‘implausible’ and unsupported, while its strategy amounted to a type of ‘legal jiu-jitsu’ that resulted in nothing more than a ‘huge waste’ of time and money,” Schneiderman said.Healey called it a “turning point” in their investigation and a “victory for the people.”The Irving, Texas-based Exxon said it was reviewing the judge’s decision and evaluating its next steps.“We believe the risk of climate change is real and we want to be part of the solution,” Exxon said in a statement. “We’ve invested about $8 billion on energy efficiency and low-emission technologies such as carbon capture and next generation biofuels.”last_img read more

  • How Two New Projects Aim To Boost Texas Declining Oyster Population And

    first_img Share Listen 00:00 /00:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Earl Nottingham/TPWDOysters contribute an estimated $40 million to the Texas economy annually.To help combat the steep decline of Texas’ oyster population, the Nature Conservancy will carry out two oyster reef restoration projects in 2019, using a new approach that aims to benefit both the marine ecosystem and commercial industry.  A 50-acre oyster reef will be built in Galveston Bay, using a $2.5 million grant from the BP oil spill restoration fund. While a 60-acre, roughly $5 million reef, will be built in Copano Bay, near Rockport, using different settlement money.“Right now we’re at a critical point where there is a significant amount of funding that is available — billions of dollars will be spent on Gulf restoration over the next 15 years through the BP oil spill mitigation funds,” said Lily Verdone, the Director of Freshwater and Marine at the Nature Conservancy’s Texas Chapter. “So there’s tremendous opportunity to reverse oysters’ decline in the Gulf of Mexico.”center_img X An estimated 50-85% of the Gulf of Mexico’s original oyster reefs have disappeared, according to a recent report by the Nature Conservancy. In addition to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, other factors like over-fishing and hurricanes have also contributed to the population decline.“Although historically there were reefs and a lot more diversity in the marine life in these areas of the Gulf, right now we’re going out there and pulling up samples and not finding oysters, just mainly a lot of mud,” Verdone said.The two reefs will use a new approach: half of each will be a protected marine area, while the other half will be designated for commercial harvesting.“The idea is that each site pairs both the habitat and the commercial harvestable reefs together to help restore the Gulf ecosystem, while helping revive Texas’ commercial oyster fishery,” Verdone said. “This methodology is not just great for Texas, but it can be used and replicated throughout the Gulf.”                                              ‘Unsung Heroes’: Why Protecting Oysters MattersThough bivalves might not seem like the most exciting sea creature, they have significant impacts on the marine ecosystem and beyond.“We like to think of oysters as the unsung heroes of our ocean,” Verdone said. “They support habitat for diversity of marine life, reduce shoreline erosion, buffer storm waves and sea level rise, and really without oysters our coastal ecosystems break down.”Oysters also improve water quality — one adult oyster can filter around 50 gallons of water a day.And from a commercial perspective, oysters contribute around $40 million to the Texas economy annually.What’s Next?The reefs will be built using limestone boulders to mimic what the historic reefs were like in the area. “The idea is to create some structure in the water where oysters will be able to attach onto and then the reef will develop,” Verdone said.The portions designated for commercial harvesting will use smaller pieces of limestone to make harvesting easier.The oyster reef in Copano Bay is already in the pre-construction phase with full construction slated for the winter. The project will then take about six to eight weeks to complete.Construction for the Galveston reef will begin in mid-2019, and be carried out in conjunction with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Galveston Bay Foundation.After construction is complete, the reefs will be closed for two years until there are harvestable sized oysters, according to Verdone.“At the same time it’s open, we’ll have the protected reef that will then allow for more oysters to spread out through the Gulf and create more habitat,” she said. last_img read more

  • Baltimores Blight Began with Loss of Manufacturing

    first_imgThe uprising in the wake of Freddie Gray’s murder brought national attention to Baltimore. The focus of the national conversation stayed on the highly publicized instances of police brutality, and the resulting rallying cries from the Black Lives Matter movement.Often ignored is that the rioting in cities like Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore were underscored by the economic decline from the loss of manufacturing Black residents of these cities have been facing for decades.The closure of Baltimore’s Bethlehem Steel in 2003, following years of shedding jobs, lead to a massive disruption in the Baltimore area. (National Archives and Records Administration)During the first half of the 20th century in Baltimore, Bethlehem Steel had established itself as the backbone of Sparrow Point. Black children throughout the city were bussed there to attend the Bragg School, one of the first public elementary schools for African-American children, between 1948 to 1964. The houses built were racially segregated, and training in skilled jobs was stilled reserved for Whites, but steel work still offered opportunities to Black families.In the 1970s, the national trend in the decline of domestic manufacturing hit Bethlehem Steel hard, with a massive layoff of 10,000 workers between 1971 and 1975. The workforce continued to decline with only 8,000 workers by the late 1980s, and this loss was accompanied by lower wages and benefits. Baltimore lost 75 percent of its industrial employment between 1950 and 1995, over 100,000 manufacturing jobs. Steelwork was no longer a means for middle-class wages.The loss of those jobs was accompanied by a loss of residents and businesses as the city saw the beginnings of White flight. Baltimore’s Black population doubled between 1950 and 1970 while White residents moved to the suburbs. Black residents were faced with discrimination, unemployment, poverty, housing deterioration and crime at disproportionate rates.The loss of Bethlehem Steel set the stage for the economic disparity seen today. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment in Baltimore is at 6.9 percent, compared to 5 percent nationally. That rate for Black men between the ages of 20 and 24 was at 37 percent in 2013 compared to 10 percent of White men that age, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Just under 24 percent of Baltimore residents live in poverty.Housing deterioration continues to be a problem; there are around 16,000 vacant buildings and 14,000 vacant lots in the city, according to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. As CNBC reports, some areas of the city have not been rebuilt since the riots in 1968. The city’s pipes haven’t seen necessary maintenance in years.Most recent Baltimore police data shows there have been 252 homicides so far this year, as of Oct. 19., compared to 266 homicides last year to date. The city saw its highest per capita murder rate last year with 344 homicides.Still, the prospect of future industrial endeavors could offer hope for Baltimore’s residents. The Port Covington development project has the potential of bringing 26,500 new jobs and $209 million in revenue, according to a study commissioned by Sagamore Development. Sparrows Point may also be revitalized with Under Armour’s plans to open a distribution warehouse and employ 1,000 people at what was once Bethlehem Steel.Part of a series of articles and commentaries describing the impact the change in the manufacturing industry has had on the Black Community in major American cities.last_img read more

  • The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Captain Falcon

    first_img ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Who Are They?Captain Falcon is the star of F-Zero, Nintendo’s futuristic racing franchise. In the games he’s typically behind the wheel(?) of his Blue Falcon hovercraft winning races and hunting bounties. But when he steps outside all of his full glorious Super Sentai-esque ridiculousness is on full display. At this point, Captain Falcon might even be a title that’s passed down between racers rather than one specific buff dude.Smash HistoryNot quite as obscure as Ness, but Captain Falcon was another cool surprise of a secret character in the original Smash 64. Since he’s mostly known for driving a car, his moveset mostly had to be created from scratch, incorporating ideas from when Smash was developed even without Nintendo characters. His brilliant signature technique is the absurdly powerful and over-the-top fiery Falcon Punch, which even found its way into the F-Zero anime where the Captain uses it in a righteous murder-suicide against the main villain.What Looks New in Ultimate?Aside from his weakened appearance in Brawl, Captain Falcon has consistently been one of the better characters in Smash, including Ultimate based on early impressions. It just feels great that a character this confident and flamboyant has the skills to back it up. The more expressive character animations in general in Ultimate add a lot to Falcon’s flair. And his buffs, while mild, are there. His knee of justice can shatter defense even more efficiently.Our Hopes?As a Ganondorf main, I always hope for Captain Falcon to be great because their movesets are very similar. If you can actually use a Falcon Punch in a serious match without immediately regretting then that’s great for everyone. But like so many lesser-known characters in Smash, we just hope Falcon’s appearance here drums up excitement for his own dormant series to return. Imagine a new F-Zero racing games where you could also Falcon Punch.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Captain Falcon Punches In!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Captain Falcon.AdChoices广告center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Septuagenarian found dead in Netaji Nagar

    first_imgKolkata: A 70-year-old man was found dead inside his rented house at Netaji Nagar, a few kilometres from the place where an elderly couple was strangulated to death on July 30. The victim, whose body was found on the ground floor of the rented house, was identified as Sadhan Som.He had been living at Biswajit Bhawan in Vidyasagar Colony for the past six months as his house was handed over to real estate developers for setting up of a new apartment. The incident triggered tension among the people in the locality on Sunday morning. A maid servant went to his rented house on Sunday morning and found that the front door was not locked from inside. As she pushed the door it opened. When she stepped into the room she saw that the victim was lying on the floor with his head tied against a leg of his bed with a rope. Local residents also rushed to the spot after knowing about the incident. They informed the local police station. Police later reached the spot and recovered the body and it was sent for the postmortem examination. The investigating officers are waiting for the postmortem report which will throw some light into the cause of his death. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that there may be some foul play behind the incident as the door was open. Police also came to know that construction of housing complex has been going on after his house given to the real estate developers. An eyewitness said that the window of the room was also open in the morning when his body was found. The investigating officers collected some samples from the room. A detailed probe has been initiated to ascertain the cause of his death. They are also investigating if the victim had committed suicide. It may be mentioned here that Dilip Mukherjee (80) and Swapna Mukherjee (72) were murdered in Netaji Nagar on July 30. Following the incident, the Kolkata police started installing CCTVs outside the houses where elderly couples live alone. Soumadeep Pal (17), a resident of Baganpara, within Regent Park police limits was found hanging from the ceiling inside his room on Sunday morning. The victim was a first-year student at Hazra Law College. The family member spotted body hanging from the ceiling and informed the police. He was declared dead on arrival after being taken to MR Bangur Hospital.last_img read more

  • Companies to offer 2700 posts for bilingual staff at job fair

    first_imgThe Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) opened the online pre-registration of its annual job fair, scheduled for next month.The XXIII Multilingual CINDE Job Fair will take place Feb. 17-19 at the Antigua Aduana, east of downtown San José.Recruiters from 57 local and international companies will offer a total of 2,700 technical and professional jobs for candidates with a good command of two or more languages as well as technical or professional degrees.Posts are available in diverse sectors, including business administration, computer networks, software development, technical support, graphic design, accounting, human resources, logistics, quality control, advertising, marketing, occupational safety and others.Companies will also offer posts for engineers with specialties in production, electricity, electronics, electromechanics, mechatronics, and materials.Pre-registration requiredRecruiters will not be accepting resumes at the fair; job seekers are required to register online before attending the event. Companies at the fair will conduct job interviews with pre-registered candidates only.Pre-registration is free and consists of an online form that will guide users step by step, requesting basic information such as personal data, completed studies, work experience and current availability.The online form is already available on the fair’s website: www.cindejobfair.com.The platform also allows applicants to test their English proficiency using the Business English Level Test, or BELT, which measures language skills based on standards from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).A Portuguese language proficiency assessment using the PIP test is also available on the fair’s website.Companies looking for people with a good command of other languages, such as German, French or Italian, will test candidates during the interviews.CINDE General Director Jorge Sequeira said at a press conference on Friday that the fair has become a bridge between companies and people seeking high-quality jobs.“A high percentage of people contacted to attend post-fair interviews get a job,” Sequeira said.The list of participating companies includes:Abbott Vascular, Accenture, Akamai Technologies, Align Technology de Costa Rica SRL, Amazon, BASS Americas, Baxter, Bayer, Bimbo Global Services, Bosch, Brightstar Shared Services, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, Citi Service Center, Citrix, Concentrix, Convergys, CSS Corp, Curtiss Wright Controls Costa Rica, Dell Costa Rica S.A., Do Gestión de Talento, Encore Capital, Equifax, Experian, Fujitsu, GFT, Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceutical, Havas Magma, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Kareo, Microsoft, MicroVention, Moody´s Analytics, National Instruments, NTT DATA Costa Rica, Regroup, Roche, Siemens, Smile Direct Club, SYKES, Teleperformance Costa Rica, The Results Companies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Thomson Reuters, Western Union, Wizard Instituto de Idiomas, WNS and 3M. Facebook Comments Related posts:Recruiters: Preparation is key to success at upcoming CINDE Job Fair  Companies announce job openings in business, engineering and interpretation services Canadian tech firm hiring for new Costa Rica operation Employers more cautious on hiring during upcoming quarterlast_img read more

  • HK firm says ferry in tragedy passed inspection

    first_img Sponsored Stories ___Follow Kelvin Chan on Twitter at twitter.com/chanman(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Police have arrested seven crew members from both boats, including the captains, on suspicion of operating the vessels unsafely, but they have not alleged any specific wrongdoing the led to the crash.The 38 people killed were on a boat owned by a utility company that was taking about 120 of its workers and their families to watch fireworks when it collided with the ferry and partially sank.The ferry was damaged but made it to port. About 100 people on both vessels were taken to hospitals for injuries.Ng said the ferry, the Sea Smooth, had no problems when it passed a government-required inspection last month. Echoing promises from the power company Tuesday, he said the ferry company “will absolutely chase the reasons behind the incident.”Though he said he lacked information about the crash, Ng bristled at the power company’s claim that the ferry continued on its way without helping the other vessel.“I think, at this stage, to say that we left without a backward glance, there is a little problem with that,” Ng said. “Even according to some news reports, we immediately stayed at the scene” after the crash, he said.Salvage crews raised the half-submerged Lamma IV using three crane barges and later towed it the island’s shoreline. Heavy damage was visible, with part of the compartment at the stern torn away and railings bent and twisted. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressHONG KONG (AP) – An official with the ferry company involved in a collision that killed 38 people said Wednesday that the vessel recently passed inspection, but he had no details about how the crash occurred.Nelson Ng, general manager of Hong Kong and Kowloon (Ferry) Holdings, said the company has not been able to talk to the captain of its ferry, who has been hospitalized since Monday’s crash. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centercenter_img Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Parents, stop beating yourself up Police have arrested three crew members from the Lamma IV and four from the Sea Smooth. Police Commissioner Tsang Wai-hung said both crews are suspected of having not “exercised the care required of them by law,” but he did not elaborate.The crash was Hong Kong’s deadliest accident in more than 15 years and its worst maritime accident in more than 40. Large-scale accidents are rare in a semiautonomous enclave off mainland China that has one of Asia’s most advanced infrastructures and economies with first-rate public services.Some relatives of the dead went to the scene off Hong Kong island’s southwestern coast to toss spirit money in honor of the victims on Tuesday, while others waited at the morgue for news about loved ones.Yuen Sui-see, the director of operations of Power Assets Holdings, which owns the boat’s owner, Hong Kong Electric, said the Lamma IV was carrying 121 passengers and three crew members, well below its capacity of more than 200.Power Assets Holdings officials said emergency payments of 200,000 Hong Kong dollars ($25,800) would be provided to the family of each person killed.The companies are part of the business empire of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest man. He visited a hospital Tuesday and told reporters he felt sorry. “I don’t want to say too much. I just know that many people have passed away,” he said on Cable TV Hong Kong. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories last_img read more

  • This years Australian Federation of Travel Agents

    first_imgThis year’s Australian Federation of Travel Agents has just revealed all the winners  of the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIAs) at a gala held at ICC Sydney.The evening began with recognition of Mike Thompson who was entered into AFTA’s Hall of Fame and recognised with Lifetime Membership.The winners, in order of acceptance, were:Young Agent of the Year:Annabel Edgecombe, Flight Centre IndooroopillyBest Travel Consultant – Leisure:Rebecca Knowles, Flight Centre DevonportBest Travel Consultant – Corporate:Veronika Panzic, Show Group EnterpriseBest Registered Travel Industry Training Institution:William Angliss InstituteBest Hotel/Resort Group:Club MedBest Tour Operator – Domestic:APTBest Wholesaler – Australian Product:Qantas Holidays & Viva HolidaysBest Travel Agency Manager – Leisure Single Location:Debbi Ashes, Helloworld Travel Lane CoveBest Travel Agency Manager – Corporate Single Location:Christopher Goddard, Maxim’s TravelBest Travel Agency Manager – Leisure Multi Location: Bridie Clarke, italktravel & cruise East Doncaster, Fountain Gate & Mt WaverleyBest Mobile Travel Advisor:Kathy Millett, TravelManagersBest Domestic Airline:Virgin AustraliaBest Car/Campervan Rental Operator:AvisBest Travel Agency Leisure – Single Location:Main Beach TravelBest Travel Agency Leisure – Multi Location:Helloworld Travel Mackay & Mt PleasantBest Mobile Travel Advisor Network:TravelManagersBest Tour Operator – International:Bunnik ToursBest Wholesaler – International Product:Adventure World TravelBest Cruise Operator – Domestic Deployment:Royal Caribbean InternationalBest Sales Executive – Air:Lisa Manera, Finnair, Western AustraliaBest Sales Executive – Cruise:Richard Waugh, P&O Cruises, QueenslandBest Sales Executive – Land:Kat Nitarski, On The Go ToursBest Agency Support Service:Air TicketsBest Tourist Office – International:Tourism New ZealandBest International Airline – Offline:LufthansaBest International Airline – Online:Air New ZealandBest Travel Agency – Corporate Single Location:Complete Business TravelBest River Cruise Operator:APTBest Cruise Operator – International Deployment:Princess CruisesCATO Award – Consultant of the Year – Group Touring:Michelle Barker, Jayes Travel, NSWCATO Award – Consultant of the Year – Adventure Travel:Leanne Flanagan Smith, Back Track Adventures, QueenslandCATO Award – Consultant of the Year – Ski:Jenny Tucker, Travel Partners, NSWCATO Award – Consultant of the Year – F.I.T:Michelle Barker, Jayes Travel, NSWBest Travel Agency – Corporate Multi Location:The Travel AuthorityBest Business Events Travel Agency:The Events AuthorityBest National Travel Management Company:Corporate Travel ManagementBest Travel Agent Technology Innovation:New Distribution Capability, Tramada SystemsBest Travel Writer – Consumer:Catherine MarshallBest Online Travel Agency (OTA):Flybuys TravelBest Specialty Wholesaler:Entire Travel GroupEmirates Travel Consultant Scholarship:Laura Jago, Helloworld Travel KotaraPeople’s Choice: Retail Travel Agency of the YearBicton TravelBest Non-Branded Travel Agency Group:Magellan TravelBest Travel Agency Group (50 stores or more):Travellers Choicelast_img read more