‘Foundation is laid for next generation’ while award-winning Moray business adds 10 coaches to fleetThe opening event at Maynes’ Buckie headquarters was well-attendedAward-winning Maynes Coaches welcomed more than 100 guests to the opening of its newly-built offices at its Buckie HQ on Friday 11 January.The £500,000 project, started in July, has seen an extension to the existing premises to enlarge and renew its existing office facilities.That has provided a new reception area plus open-plan office, a boardroom and managers’ and engineering offices alongside a purpose-built training room that seats 14, with the latest audio-visual equipment.New and oldIn a nod to the past, the smartly-finished offices include displays of Maynes’ heritage as well as its current operations.The work not only involved building the single-storey extension, but also a substantial earth-moving operation. That also entailed re-grading and reconstruction of its adjacent coach parking area.Speaking exclusively to routeone, Director David Mayne says: “This is a very important investment. We’re laying down the foundations for the next generation. There’s been a big upheaval during the last six months of construction, but this is a vital project as it will enable us to continue the business’ success.”Designed by a local architect, the purpose-built suite of offices is the latest in a series of investments by the family-run operator. It is now in its 72nd year, with the third generation actively involved.Strong investmentThis month Maynes has taken delivery of three new Mercedes-Benz Tourismos and a Temsa MD9. A pair of Treka minibuses are being refurbished for use on council contracts and for delivery in the next two months are a Temsa Safari and three more Tourismos.Business continues to grow and last summer saw Maynes’ fleet increase to 41, with the addition of a Neoplan Starliner. The former Everton FC team coach includes a number of tables and a full kitchen, enabling Maynes – which already carries out a significant amount of corporate work – to deliver for the most discerning clients.
In promotion of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z performed his single, “Picasso Baby” for other celebrities at the Pace Gallery in New York. The main difference with this performance was that it was the same song. For 6 hours.The whole event reportedly is being filmed for an upcoming music video, and the celebrities that will be included in the video range from fellow rapper Wale, performance artist Marina Abromovic and director Judd Apatow. These celebrities and others were spotted at the Chelsea gallery for “personal performances” by the rapper.Another group that has taken a similar route was The National. They performed their hit, “Sorrow” from their album, High Violet for 6 hours at the Museum of Modern Art (to the locals, MoMA) as part of MoMA’s PS1′s Sunday Sessions in promotion of their newly released album, Trouble Will Find Me.Check out these clips of Jay-Z’s six hour performace of, “Picasso Baby”:
50 years ago tonight in 1970, the Grateful Dead and Miles Davis Quintet opened a four-night run of shows together at Bill Graham‘s Fillmore West.Both bands were riding the momentum from the arrival of their own respective albums in recent months leading up to the four-show run, as the Dead had released Live/Dead in November 1969 while Davis’ Bitches Brew had come out just over a week prior on March 30th.Related: Grateful Dead Announces ‘Shakedown Stream’ Archive Concert WebcastsDavis’ band for the Fillmore run consisted of Chick Corea (piano), Dave Holland (bass), Steve Grossman (soprano sax), Jack DeJohnette (drums), and Airto Moreira (percussion). Davis reportedly described the Fillmore performances with the Grateful Dead in his autobiography as “An eye-opening concert for me … The place was packed with these real spacey, high white people … and when we first started playing, people were walking around and talking … After that concert, every time I would play out there in San Francisco, a lot of young white people showed up at the gigs.”As the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh noted about the musical summit in his book, Searching For Sound: My Life WIth The Grateful Dead,As I listened, leaning over the amps with my jaw hanging agape, trying to comprehend the forces that Miles was unleashing onstage, I was thinking, “What’s the use? How can we possibly play after this? We should just go home and try to digest this unbelievable sh!t.” This was our first encounter with Miles’ new direction. ‘Bitches Brew’ had only just been released, but I know I hadn’t yet heard any of it… In some ways, it was similar to what we were trying to do in our free jamming, but ever so much more dense with ideas, and seemingly controlled with an iron first, even at its most alarmingly intense moments. Of us all, only Jerry [Garcia] had the nerve to go back and meet Miles, with whom he struck up a warm conversation. Miles was surprised and delighted to know that we knew and loved his music.Although the first of four performances at the Fillmore West was likely an incredible listening experience for fans in attendance who loved the idea of musicians pushing the exploratory boundaries of their compositions, the Dead didn’t partake in that much extensive jamming on night one.Following the Miles Davis Quintet’s opening set, the Dead delivered an impressive eight-minute take on James Brown‘s “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” led by Ron “Pigpen” McKernan on vocals in the first set, and returned to jam their way through “The Other One” and a 21-minute “Turn On Your Lovelight” in set two.Relive the Grateful Dead’s headlining performance that night below.Grateful Dead – Fillmore West – 4/9/70[Audio: Jonathan Aizen]
Kelli Smith | The Observer The Basilica of the Sacred Heart underwent several technological upgrades over winter break. “As this project took shape over the past several years we began to set aside funds from an endowment dedicated to Basilica renovations,” Barrett said. Barrett said she represented Campus Ministry in the discussions before and during the renovation. “The Basilica is part of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame, and I represented Campus Ministry as we selected bids for the design, worked with the sound designers, selected bids for the installation and completed the actual renovation itself,” Barrett said. She noted that Campus Ministry relied heavily on the expertise of the staff at ND Studios in making many of the major decisions. Dan Skendzel, executive director of ND Studios, noted the need for upgraded technology in the Basilica for an improved broadcasting experience of the 10 a.m. Mass.”We often received feedback from viewers that they couldn’t hear or understand the choir, for example,” Skendzel said in an email. ”We can now address that for broadcast viewers without affecting the experience in the Basilica.”Barrett said collaboration was key to carry out the improvement work.“It was truly a joint project between our two departments,” Barrett said. Although the new speakers and microphones required “a great deal of new wiring,” Barett said, the typical viewer will not notice anything different visually.“We definitely brought in representatives from facilities design to assist us in ensuring that we maintained the integrity and beauty of the Basilica,” Barrett said.Barrett said improving the articulation and consistency of sound in the Basilica was an objective of the upgrade.“Spoken and sung words are so important in the Mass and other prayers — we want everyone to be able to understand the scripture readings, homilies, and the texts of the music from the cantor and choirs,” Barrett said. Also, the building is now better connected with the Rex and Alice A. Martin Media Center on campus, which houses part of ND Studios.“The Basilica has seven remote control cameras that are operated from the media center for broadcast and recording purposes,” Skendzel said. “In addition to improving the sound quality in the Basilica, the recently completed audio upgrade makes it possible to mix audio separately for broadcast and recording purposes. This was not possible with the previous system.”Barrett said the renovation allows for the widespread dissemination of services in the Basilica.“This renovation makes it possible to share our prayer in the Basilica with the wider community through a livestream or taped video, with the best quality sound we can offer,” Barrett said. Father Pete McCormick, the director of Campus Ministry, said the upgrades will improve the worship experience now and in the future.“Day in and day out, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart seeks to praise God through the proclamation of the Scriptures and Sacred Hymns,” McCormick said in an email. “The upgraded audio will support this important ministry long into the future.”Barrett said worshippers have already started noticing differences in the sound experience at the Basilica. “We were very, very grateful not only to hear the difference ourselves, but to listen to the comments of other Mass-goers who were so glad to be able to hear and understand every spoken and sung word,” Barrett said. Tags: audio, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Campus Ministry, Notre Dame Studios Several upgrades made to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus while students were away over winter break. This renovation mainly concerned new technology upgrades throughout the Basilica, Kate Barrett, Campus Ministry’s associate director of liturgy, said in an email. Barrett said the project was a collaboration between Campus Ministry and Notre Dame Studios and was funded by an endowment.
Bonnie G. Perolio, 92, of Nederland, died, Friday, November 13, 2020. Arrangements are pending with Melancon’s Funeral Home.Troy Ashton Sumrall, Jr., 75, of Nederland, died, Friday, November 13, 2020. Arrangements are pending with Melancon’s Funeral Home.
Fra Fee(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) View Comments Fra Fee, a rising star who made his Broadway debut last fall in The Ferryman, has joined the cast of the National Theatre’s upcoming return engagement of Brian Friel’s modern classic Translations. Ian Rickson directs the production, which will begin previews on October 15 and officially open on October 21.Joining Fee among new company members is Jack Bardoe (The Fastest Clock in the Universe), Liádan Dunlea (Mirror Mirror), Amy Molloy (Cyprus Avenue) and Julian Moore-Cook (24: Live Another Day).Returning from the original mounting of this revival will be Dermot Crowley (Broadway’s Translations), Ciarán Hinds (The Crucible), Seamus O’Hara (Game of Thrones), Judith Roddy (Derry Girls) and Rufus Wright (The Audience).In Translations, clashing cultures and tragedies of miscommunication unfold in Friel’s invented Irish county of Ballybeg, a place he has explored in his plays Dancing at Lughnasa, Aristocrats and Molly Sweeney.The production features scenic design by Rae Smith, lighting design by Neil Austin, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound design by Ian Dickinson and movement direction by Anna Morrissey.Translations will run for a limited engagement through December 18.
The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation is warning Vermonters to be aware of potential scams regarding Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance exchange.Commissioner Susan L. Donegan said today that the department has received reports of fraudulent phone calls made to Vermonters by people pretending to sell health insurance in order to obtain personal information.‘The scams that DFR is aware of have involved tricking consumers into revealing Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or other personal information under the guise of enrolling them in a health insurance plan on Vermont Health Connect,’ Donegan said.Recently the federal government and other states have alerted consumers to watch out for con artists who might try to impersonate navigators and other health insurance sales people in order to obtain personal information. Navigators are state-approved personnel who have been trained to guide people through the enrollment process.’ Donegan emphasized that you should never give out personal information such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, or credit card information unless you are sure of the individual or institution with whom you are dealing.If you believe you have received a suspicious call, contact the DFR Insurance Division at 1-800-964-1784.‘
THE FUTURE OF VERMONT HEALTH CONNECTDuring the 2016 legislative session the General Assembly instructed the Joint Fiscal Office to retain Strategic Solutions Group (SSG) – a consulting firm – to study and report(link is external) on the IT problems associated with the state’s health benefits exchange, Vermont Health Connect (VHC) and whether, in light of those problems, there are feasible alternatives to continuing to operate VHC.On Wednesday representatives of SSG made a presentation(link is external) at a joint meeting of the House Committees on Health Care, Energy & Technology, and Corrections & Institutions. They explained that a driving factor in SSG’s recommendation that the state fix and stick with VHC is the fact most of the people who interact with the exchange do so for the purpose of receiving health coverage from the state’s Medicaid program, as opposed to purchasing insurance policies from commercial insurers. Because of the significant Medicaid component to VHC the federal government has committed to providing $62 million (with the state’s match being an additional $6.8 million) in funding for the fixes needed to VHC’s IT systems. On the other hand, the federal government will not fund the costs associated with switching to an alternative to VHC. CONGRESSMAN WELCH ON UPCOMING CHANGES IN FEDERAL HEALTH POLICY U.S. Congressman Peter Welch spoke to legislators on Wednesday about changes in health care policy at the federal level; namely, the prospect that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed. He said the Congressional Republicans, who have long sought the repeal of the ACA, are now like “the dog that chased and caught the bus,” i.e., now that they are in a position to accomplish their goal they are struggling with exactly what to do.He said it is likely they will repeal the taxes imposed by the ACA, i.e., the tax on medical devices, the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high end health plans, and the surcharge on higher income Medicare beneficiaries. He pointed out that those taxes have funded the expansion of Medicaid, which Vermont has heavily relied on. However, beyond that Congressman Welch said it is unknown at this time exactly what changes Congress and the new Trump administration will make to federal health care policy. Representative Welch did praise President Trump’s position that the federal government should use its buying power to negotiate with prescription drug manufacturers for better drug prices. Mon, 01/23/2017Jobless rate falls to 3.1 percent, labor force increases TRANSPORTATION REVENUES DOWN Transportation fund revenues for the first half of the current fiscal year (FY2017) came slightly below target due to lower than expected fee revenues and slower than expected growth in auto and truck sales. The revenue downgrade of approximately $3.2 million will be addressed in the budget adjustment process. Gas and diesel tax receipts were very close to target for the first six months of the fiscal year. TAX EXPENDITURE REPORT There are two primary ways to get money from the government – obtain a direct appropriation or get a break from the amount of taxes or other liabilities that you would otherwise owe. The Joint Fiscal Office released the 2017 Tax Expenditure Report(link is external) this week. The report identifies and quantifies every tax credit, deduction, exclusion or other provision that reduces the amount of revenue that the state would otherwise collect. For the first time the report includes “expedited reviews” of certain tax expenditures to determine if they are achieving policy goals, including the cap on the sales and use tax for tracked vehicles and the clothing and shoes sales tax exemption. The House Ways and Means Committee plans to choose one or two expenditures to study more closely and possibly repeal or tweak. Thu, 01/19/2017State tax revenues down $24.6 million for the yearConfigureThu, 01/19/2017Condos: An independent Ethics Commission is STILL needed!ConfigureWed, 01/18/2017Scott realigns economic department to bring business and labor togetherConfigureTue, 01/17/2017 Through a special arrangement with VBM, Leonine Public Affairs provides a summary of legislative activity in Montpelier for week ending January 20. 2017.Leonine Public Affairs(link is external) This week at the State House there has been as much focus on what is happening nationally as there has been here in Vermont. With the swearing in of Donald Trump as our nation’s 45th President, many in Montpelier discussed the ramifications his administration may have on Vermont. Many fear President Trump’s actions will significantly impact the state’s budget and are concerned that his cabinet appointees have agendas that run contrary to Vermont’s policy goals.The first area of disagreement between Governor Scott and the Democrats who control the legislature emerged this week regarding the matter of merging the Agency of Commerce and Community Development with the Department of Labor (see more below). The Scott administration says the new agency will better align the needs of employers with the skills of the workforce. Some Democratic lawmakers have expressed concern that the merger will reduce the state’s ability to regulate employment practices. The Senate will hold hearings on the Governor’s proposal to merge these critical functions of state government on January 31st .The Emergency Board, which consists of the Governor and chairs of the money committees, voted this week to lower the state revenue general fund forecast for the current budget year (FY17) by $24.6 million and the next budget year (FY18) by $7 million. Corporate income taxes are the source of most of the shortfall although personal income taxes are also expected to fall short of expectations. The House Appropriations Committee voted 11-0 on Friday to advance a FY17 budget adjustment bill. The bill approves the governor’s budget adjustment proposal with few modifications. Now they will then turn their attention to the FY18 budget. Governor Scott will deliver his FY18 proposed budget address on Tuesday, January 24. CONTESTED ELECTIONSOn Friday the House Government Operations Committee took testimony on the contested election in Orange County. The committee heard from each of the six town clerks in the district regarding how they treat ballots that are defective or spoiled. There is some discrepancy between towns in how these ballots are handled – from placement in the ballot bags to whether improper sealing of the ballot envelope would disqualify the ballot. Attorneys for both candidates were also present and testified. The committee is expected to issue a report summarizing their findings early next week that may be taken up on the House floor for approval. STATE ETHICS COMMISSIONThe Senate Government Operations Committee began reviewing S.8 this week. Among other things, the bill proposes to create a State Ethics Commission that would have authority to accept, review, make referrals regarding and track complaints regarding governmental ethical conduct. The committee intends to complete their work on the bill and vote it out by the middle of next week. Leonine’s bi-annual legislative reception will be held on February 2nd from 4:30-7:30 PM at our new offices located at 1 Blanchard Ct, Montpelier (behind City Hall). www.leoninepublicaffairs.com(link is external)VBM RELATED STORIES:Donovan, Condos to explore campaign finance solutions CLEAN WATER REPORT State Treasurer Beth Pearce made the rounds this week to many committees to present the highlights of her office’s Clean Water Report. Clean water is a priority for the state as visitors and vacation owners spend $2.5 billion annually on tourism. Much of this spending can be linked to the waters of the state.In 2014, the legislature passed Act 64, which strengthened the statutory authorities aimed at reducing water pollution and established an initial stop-gap funding source through the Property Transfer Tax to fund the Clean Water Fund for three years. Act 68 also directed the Treasurer’s office to produce a report that outlines potential funding mechanisms for water cleanup initiatives. The total 20-year cleanup costs are estimated to be $2.3 billion, while existing funding sources are projected to generate just $1.06 billion. The report puts forward several recommendations for bonding and outlined 34 potential revenue sources for lawmakers to consider. The Treasurer recommended that a per-parcel fee be included if existing revenue sources cannot be utilized. To read the full report click here(link is external). The full list of revenue sources can be found beginning on page 59. Fri, 01/20/2017Governor Scott appoints Sarah George as Chittenden County State’s Attorney EXECUTIVE ORDERS Governor Phil Scott issued three executive orders this week designed to restructure the administrative branch. The orders would create a new Agency of Digital Services to oversee information technology in state government, combine the Department of Liquor Control and Lottery Commission into a single department and create a new Agency of Economic Opportunity. The legislature has a 90-day window to act on the orders. The House or Senate can vote to block an order by resolution but if no action is taken the orders will go into effect in mid-April.Agency of Digital Services (link is external)Governor Scott proposes to create a stand-alone Agency of Digital Services, replacing the existing Department of Information and Innovation. The agency would be run by a new Secretary of Digital Services who would report directly to the governor and have authority over IT personnel throughout state government. Currently, IT directors and staff throughout state agencies and departments report to their respective secretaries and commissioners. Under the new structure, IT personnel would report directly to the Secretary of Digital Services.Administration officials told legislators this week the reorganization will result in better oversight and management of state IT services. They say the current Department of Information and Innovation, which is housed within the Agency of Administration, does not have the authority or reach to be able comprehensively manage IT. They say a stand-alone agency will make state IT operations more efficient and be better equipped to develop a vision for the future of IT in state government.Liquor Control and Lottery (link is external)Combining the Department of Liquor Control and the Lottery Commission into one department with one commissioner and board will create regulatory and business efficiencies according to administration officials. Currently both departments sell to many of the same customers – namely stores. Having one department to regulate and sell liquor and lottery products will help streamline functions like licensing and oversight. Agency of Economic Opportunity(link is external)Governor Scott proposes to combine the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and Department of Labor into a single Agency of Economic Opportunity. The order would also pull workplace safety oversight out of the Department of Labor and put it into the Department of Public Safety.
The New York Times:COLLEGE students tell me they know how to look someone in the eye and type on their phones at the same time, their split attention undetected. They say it’s a skill they mastered in middle school when they wanted to text in class without getting caught. Now they use it when they want to be both with their friends and, as some put it, “elsewhere.”…In 2010, a team at the University of Michigan led by the psychologist Sara Konrath put together the findings of 72 studies that were conducted over a 30-year period. They found a 40 percent decline in empathy among college students, with most of the decline taking place after 2000.…But we are resilient. The psychologist Yalda T. Uhls was the lead author on a 2014 study of children at a device-free outdoor camp. After five days without phones or tablets, these campers were able to read facial emotions and correctly identify the emotions of actors in videotaped scenes significantly better than a control group.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Willingham also talked about the importance, which many researchers have examined, of the number of books in one’s childhood home. Studies looking at “family scholarly culture” have found that children who grew up surrounded by books tend to attain higher levels of education and to be better readers than those who didn’t, even after controlling for their parents’ education. Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media > They can be identified by their independent-bookstore tote bags, their “Book Lover” mugs, or—most reliably—by the bound, printed stacks of paper they flip through on their lap. They are, for lack of a more specific term, readers. “Introverts seem to be a little bit more likely to do a lot of leisure-time reading,” Daniel Willingham, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, told me. …
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[mappress]Source: Atlas Professionals, February 14, 2014 Today, Atlas Professionals, previously known as Atlas Services Group, announces its new brand positioning, building on the organisation’s long tradition of continuous development and improvement.Working at the cutting edge of specialist recruitment & HR services in the energy and marine industries, Atlas unveils a new, forward-looking brand identity that goes beyond recruitment. “The ambition to push forward and embrace the challenges of the future, typifies Atlas Professionals. As with the energy & marine industry, our drive to develop and improve also knows no bounds,” states Atlas Managing Director, Marcel Burghouwt.The new brandThe brand Atlas Professionals represents all 2,200 professionals who work with Atlas around the globe, every day. Atlas started over 30 years ago as a small family business with a vision to deliver the best services possible. This continuing commitment and passion for the industry and its professionals has resulted in the highly respected, comprehensive employment network Atlas has today.“Everything we do – from career guidance and educational programs to logistics and legal services – is individually managed to meet the exacting demands of our clients and our professionals. Our 21 offices around the world are there to serve the industry that always looks towards to the next frontier – and for the professional with the talent and determination to get there,” says Burghouwt.Redesigned websiteAtlas’ new look and feel are also captured in a redesigned corporate website, which provides access to Atlas’ twelve areas of expertise. As a considerable part of the online visitors are professionals who work in the offshore industry, accessibility and usability are key. The new, responsive design enables access to the website via smart phones and tablets at all times. The intuitive design of Atlas’ website guarantees a high level of usability. The new and improved job section offers a gateway to the broadest network of top international companies – with a realtime and complete overview of all current jobs in the energy and marine industries.
Thayne Forbes is joint managing director of Intangible Business, specialist IP valuation consultants and expert witnesses On 10 December 2010, Mr Justice Briggs ruled in the High Court that any Financial Support Direction (FSD) or Contribution Notice (CN) from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) issued against an insolvent company will rank as an administration expense, and therefore take priority over other liabilities such as bank loans. This was a winning result for TPR in its case against the estates of Nortel Networks and Lehman Brothers. Nortel Networks UK Limited and 18 other related companies in the Nortel group entered administration in the UK in January 2009. TPR decreed that 25 Nortel companies were liable to meet the £2.1bn shortfall in pension funding, nine of which were still solvent companies. The same issue was affecting the administration procedure of Lehman Brothers, with TPR demanding £130m to meet the liabilities of its underfunded pension scheme, so they issued joint proceedings challenging TPR’s demands. The High Court’s decision prioritises the pension deficit payment onus of an insolvent company on remaining group companies throughout the world over and above most, if not all, other creditors, including unsecured claims, preferential debts, floating charges and the fees of the administrators. Once pension deficits of insolvent companies have been paid off there may well be very little left for banks. This has considerable implications for both current and future lenders and companies with defined benefit pension schemes seeking finance: lenders will have to assess their risk in not getting a return in the event of default; companies with deficits may struggle to raise finance. Reducing pension deficits is likely, therefore, to be even more of a priority for companies in 2011. Lawyers lie at the heart of a solution to this problem for clients with defined benefit pension schemes, especially if they are in deficit. Last year, pension deficits rose to all-time high, fuelled by low-asset values and increases in liabilities. A number of innovative solutions were presented to reduce companies’ exposure to this liability, most in the way of asset-backed schemes. A fifth of the FTSE 100 now uses non-cash assets as a means of funding their pension schemes, with £8bn of the total £20bn (40%) pension fund contributions made from such assets. A number of assets are suitable for asset-backed pension funding, with a growing trend for intellectual property such as brands, patents, trademarks, contracts, databases and copyright. Intellectual property is an attractive asset class because it is often an unleveraged asset, unencumbered by existing loan obligations. It can be valued reliably, separated relatively easily, and is often the most valuable asset the company owns. Property has been a popular asset class to use to contribute to underfunded pension funds. Sainsbury’s has contributed £750m, Marks & Spencer £300m and John Lewis £95m. Intellectual property is an increasingly popular asset class with Interserve contributing 13 private finance initiative contracts worth £62m, John Lewis providing its 29% shareholding in Ocado, and engineering firm GKN contributing a collection of assets valued at £331m, including its trademark. Other assets have also been used such as ITV contributing part of its digital channel operator SDN, and Diageo contributing £500m of maturing whisky stocks to its scheme. Legal involvement is central to these schemes, alongside valuation, tax and accounting advice, as they are governed by arrangements such as the transfer of assets, establishment of special purpose vehicles (SPVs), ‘bond-like’ agreements, licences, and operating agreements. There are a number of variations but the simple premise of the arrangement is that the corporate agrees to secure rights to an asset for the pension fund in event of defined default under specified circumstances, with the income based on the discounted cashflows generated from the asset transferred to the SPV. The pension deficit is reduced by a value related to the security provided and the operating company continues to use the asset under licence from the newly established SPV owning the asset. This should be a win-win situation. Pension fund trustees gain security over an asset it can sell or operate if the company goes into default, and it places the corporate in a healthier position so it is more able to meet its ongoing obligations. The corporate wins as cashflow improves, the deficit reduces, there is an accelerated corporation tax relief benefit, Pension Protection Fund contributions are lowered as well as potential commercial benefits. The reduced pension deficit and consequent improvement in liquidity could make the corporate a more attractive investment option for the banks. While secured finance may be harder to obtain, as another asset would be unavailable, clients with or seeking unsecured bank loans may find this an effective aid to obtaining more attractive terms. This issue is far from over as the administrators have been given leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal, due for the first half of this year. What is certain, however, is that the implications of having a pension deficit are not going to go away and whether it is this judgment or another, clients will be increasingly receptive to innovative solutions such as this which resolve their pension deficits.
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Staffan LindbergSource: Michael CrossPolitical scientist Staffan Lindberg addresses the IBA 2019 annual conference in Seoul‘One-third of the world’s people live in countries undergoing autocratisation,’ the institute’s Staffan Lindberg (pictured) told a session on ‘Are human rights in retreat?’ Thanks to a retreat from democracy in some large and influential countries, including Russia and Turkey, ‘we are living in a different world to that of 10 years ago’, Lindberg said. He also warned that the current wave of autocratisation differed from its predecessors in ways that could make it more pernicious. First, it is happening more slowly, which makes it more difficult to react to with urgency. Unlike the coups of previous waves, it is happening within the constitutional framework. ‘[Turkish president] Erdogan hasn’t broken any law,’ he said. Finally, elections are still happening – in form, at least. ‘Autocrats and would-be autocrats have learned their lesson,’ Lindberg said. ‘Make the elections look good, but between them undermine everything that makes elections meaningful.’This includes attacks on freedom of expression and judicial independence – an early warning sign of democracy under threat. ‘I think it’s time for us to take this seriously,’ Lindberg said. ‘When you lawyers act and speak governments have to listen. It’s time to start.’As for events in the UK, the Law Society’s immediate past-president Christina Blacklaws told the conference that the ‘Enemies of the people’ headline episode ‘still sends shivers down our spine’. However this week’s Supreme Court decision shows that ‘if you have robust institutions and an independent judiciary, you can hold the government to account. But there is no room for complacency. It is up to us who hold all this dear to fight for that.’ In a week of political drama on both sides of the Atlantic, the perceived threat from populist politics was a recurring theme at the International Bar Association’s annual conference in Seoul. Lawyers were repeatedly urged to engage in the issue – both in their role as ‘canaries in the mine’ and as credible voices of opposition. Addressing a session on ‘Collapse of the middle – the different impacts of modern populism’, the Argentinian economist and author Emilio Ocampo described populism as ‘not an ideology but a way of doing politics’. This is a ‘Manichean and antagonistic narrative’, of finding an enemy to blame when voters encounter a ‘frustration gap’. For left-wing populists, the enemy is an economic one; for right-wing populists, they are cultural, he said. A separate conference session unveiled a disturbing global study indicating that democracy is in retreat. The latest ‘state of the world’ report from the V-Dem institute at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, argues that the world is undergoing a third wave of ‘autocratisation’; the first was in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s; the second globally at the height of the Cold War. The evidence is from 27 million data points from 181 countries about elections, access to justice, freedom of expression and other indicators. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
The government has today set the wheels in motion for fixed recoverable costs to be applied to most civil cases worth up to £100,000.The Ministry of Justice will consult on expanding the fast track and prescribing the costs that can be clawed back from the losing party, with reference to a pre-determined grid.Clinical negligence cases and claims in the business and property courts are excluded from the new proposals, but all other civil claims in the fast track are intended to come into scope.The proposals take forward recommendations made almost two years ago by Lord Justice Jackson, who advocated a fixed grid of fixed recoverable costs for all fast-track cases and a new ‘intermediate track’ for certain claims valued up to £100,000. Originally the former Court of Appeal judge had suggested fixed costs for all claims up to £250,000, but this idea was scaled back.Ministers say the time is right to consider the extension of fixed costs beyond their current application in most low-value personal injury cases, and they are prepared largely to back Jackson’s recommendations.‘One of the major concerns about embarking on litigation is the fear of adverse costs: the requirement by a losing party to pay the other side’s costs,’ said justice secretary David Gauke. ‘It is important that these costs are proportionate to the sums in issue. In order to ensure that ordinary people can engage in civil litigation without fear of incurring ruinous costs, where possible we must control legal costs in advance. This provides certainty and transparency for all involved.’The new proposals differ from Jackson in that they do not bring forward a new intermediate track, but rather assign cases to an extended fast-track.Otherwise the proposed figures for the costs themselves are the same as those devised by Jackson.The government will implement fixed costs, as recommended in 2017 by the Civil Justice Council, for noise-induced hearing loss claims.Costs budgeting will come into force for judicial reviews where the costs of a party are likely to exceed £100,000.The MoJ proposes an uplift of 35% on the fixed costs for the purposes of Part 36 (where an offer to settle is made by one side but not beaten by the other at trial). The consultation further asks whether there should be an uplift in costs where one party has acted unreasonably. A ‘London weighting’ of 12.5% uplift, for parties living in the capital or instructing London lawyers, is included in the proposals.Following Jackson’s report, the government commissioned a report from the Civil Justice Council for fixed costs in clinical negligence cases up to £25,000 (hence their exclusion from this consultation), and similarly began a two-year capped costs pilot in business and property cases starting earlier this year.Consultation will close on 6 June.
INTERNATIONAL: DB Schenker and the Port Authority of Zhengzhou launched the first freight train from Hamburg to the Chinese city on September 1. This complements a weekly service from Zhengzhou to Hamburg which was launched in August 2013.‘We are proud that from today, Hamburg is not only a destination but also a starting point for goods exchange with China by rail’, said Hamburg city councillor Dr Bernd Egert.The multi-customer train is carrying goods including industrial robots in 41 containers. It is scheduled to take around 17 days for the for the 10 214 km journey via Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, about 20 days faster than by sea. DB Schenker has been running weekly block trains between China and Germany since 2011, carrying 40 000 TEU in 2012-14. Most of the customers are from the automotive and electronics industries.
The first season of The Heist saw ten people team up to plan and execute a raid on a cash-in-transit van in the quaint North Yorkshire market town of Thirsk. They then had to hide their share of £250,000 for two weeks from a squad of detectives.The Heist: Million Pound Bank Job will air on Sky One and NOW TV on Thursday 6th February and will also be available on Sky on-demand. Preview episode one in our gallery: Hellen (58) & Leonie (31) – Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Nine law-abiding citizens. A million pounds. One perfect crime. Sky original The Heist returns to Sky One this week for a second season called Million Pound Bank Job.The gauntlet is thrown down once again as everyday people from a small town are challenged to orchestrate the perfect heist – taking a life-changing cash prize from under the noses of a crack team of detectives. But have they got what it takes to beat the law?The Heist season 2 is set in the historic market town of Alnwick, nestled in the heart of historic Northumberland. Nine ordinary upstanding members of the local community must plan an audacious Hatton Garden style bank job to steal one million pounds. If they can successfully steal the cash, and keep it hidden for 20 days, it’s theirs to keep. But as news of the crime sweeps the town Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Hill and Detective Superintendent Ray Howard lead a formidable team of Britain’s best detectives, who will stop at nothing to track down, charge the thieves and recover the money.Meet the Thieves Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Christine (68) & Garry (42) – Credit: Sky UK Mickey (38) & Ryan (27) – Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK William (24) & Ishy (26) – Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Helen (59) – Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK Credit: Sky UK
Malawian presidential candidate Arthur Peter Mutharika (centre) casts his vote at a polling station in Thyolo, Malawi on June 23, 2020. (Xinhua)Malawians on Tuesday went to the poll to elect a president following the court’s annulment of the May 2019 election on February 3.Incumbent president Peter Mutharika, 79, faces opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera, 65, in the much-awaited election precedented by a series of violent protests since June 2019.Voting commenced at 6 a.m. local time in 5,002 polling centers across the country where 6.8 million Malawians who registered in the May 2019 election were supposed to cast their vote.Mutharika was captured casting his vote at Goliati Village in his home district, Thyolo, on Tuesday morning while Chakwera and his running mate, Saulos Chilima, who is also the Vice President of the country cast their votes in the capital Lilongwe.The voting process has been reported to be generally peaceful with COVID-19 preventive measures such as social distancing and handwashing observed in all the 5,002 polling centres.Counting of the votes is expected to commence immediately after the official closing of polling at 6 p.m. local time and the final results are expected anytime thereafter.Meanwhile, new Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson, Justice Chifundo Kachale, has assured the public that the commission “shall strive to protect the integrity of the election”.Related Mozambique’s Filipe Nyusi wins 73% of vote in presidential election Malawi orders partial recount in presidential election Malawi court nullifies presidential vote, orders new one
InternationalNewsPrintRegional US military medical exercises provided care thousands in the C’bean in 2015 by: Caribbean Media Corporation – January 5, 2016 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet United States Navy hospital ship, ‘Comfort’, entering the Kingston Container Terminal, on May 4, 2015. (file photo)MIAMI, Florida (CMC) – The United States military command otherwise known as Southern Command or SouthCOM, says in 2015, US military medical professionals provided health care to more than 150,000 people in 14 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean during humanitarian-focused training exercises.SouthCOM said that the multinational exercises – including stops in 11 nations by the hospital ship USNS Comfort during the Continuing Promise 2015 humanitarian and civic assistance deployment – are part of a “long-standing US military humanitarian training program with partner nations in the region.”The medical efforts generally take place in rural areas, and are coordinated with the host nation and other US government agencies, SouthCOM said.“These training events enhance readiness of US military personnel and host nation medical forces, provide free medical treatment to communities and attempt to improve the overall level of care of the host nation’s healthcare system,” SouthCOM said.It said the medical exercises last year provided one or more services in general surgery, specialized treatment and surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings and eyewear distribution, and public health training.SouthCOM said small teams of US military personnel provided free care for nearly 38,000 people during 36 Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETEs) or Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) exercises in seven nations during Fiscal Year 2015.During Continuing Promise 2015 from April – September, it said the medical team from USNS Comfort treated more than 120,000 people during mission stops in 11 nations.SouthCOM said Comfort’s diverse medical team included US military medical personnel, doctors and nurses from private aid organizations and partner nation health officials.In addition to the medical services, the medical exercises provide veterinary care, livestock vaccinations and help to local farmers. Share 174 Views no discussions
Rohde & Schwarz has announced that WYCT FM, a 100,000-watt country station in Pensacola, Florida, will be the first U.S. radio station to install the R&S THR9 liquid-cooled transmitter with the HD Radio option. Scheduled for commissioning in July, the new transmitter will replace a 43-year-old, air-cooled transmitter and is expected to deliver significant power savings.Dave Hoxeng, owner of WYCT, plans to install the new transmitter in late June, after the Nielsen Audio Spring Sweeps end. WYCT recently replaced one of its two aging transmitters with a newer, air-cooled unit, which will serve as a backup once the new R&S THR9 is installed. The new R&S THR9 transmitter is more compact than any of his station’s other transmitters and generates far less heat than the “fire breathers” currently in use.Because its liquid-cooled system is so efficient, the R&S THR9 will not require any air conditioning, which translates to substantial capital and operational cost savings for the station. Admittedly reluctant at first, Hoxeng is now a strong proponent of liquid-cooled technology.This new R&S transmitter investment also represents potential audience growth for WYCT. Its 10,000-watt ERP delivers a much stronger digital signal than the station’s current 1,000-watt digital transmitter, which will improve HD Radio signal penetration into offices and homes. The THR9 will also allow WYCT to begin multicasting WNRP, its 10,000-watt sister AM news station, and broadcast its signal across more than five times its current geography.The HD Radio Generation 4 component of the transmitter offers some critical improvements over WYCT’s current transmitter, which was installed in 2003. The R&S THR9 delivers faster boot times and is more cost effective, which allowed WYCT to stay on budget while purchasing two new exciters (including one hot spare) and an extra importer/exporter for redundancy.Rohde & Schwarz will showcase the R&S THR9 family of high-power FM transmitters at the 2017 NAB Show, which runs April 22-27 in Las Vegas. With an energy efficiency of up to 75 percent, the THR9 makes terrestrial audio broadcasting extremely efficient. Its space-saving, fully redundant liquid-cooled design lowers energy costs, minimizes space requirements, and minimizes maintenance expenses over the entire system lifetime. The THR9 delivers FM output power of up to 40 kW per rack, with space for additional system components or even multi-transmitter systems, allowing Rohde & Schwarz to offer the highest power density per rack. Click here to learn more about this product.
No. 18 West Flordia prepares for No. 4 Rollins (Photo By Bill Stockland) MATCH NOTES: No. 18 West Florida is set to take on No. 4 Rollins PENSACOLA, Fla. – No. 18 West Florida looks to continue its season this weeked as it heads into the third round of the NCAA National Soccer Tournament. The Argos will take on No. 4 Rollins College for the south regional final Friday, Nov. 22 in Winter Park, Fla.. The last time the Argos saw the Tars was earlier this season on Oct. 6 where UWF traveled to Winter Park, Fla. and fell to the Tars 2-1. It was a hard fought match between the two and was tied for most of the game but a late goal in the 75th minute sealed it for the Tars.West Florida is 7-8 all time against Rollins and are 0-5 in the last five meetings with the Tars. The winner of Friday’s match will get to continue their season and will play the winner of Carson-Newman and Lander Sunday, Nov. 24 for a trip to the Final Four.Live Coverage:Live VideoLive StatsMatch Notes:NCAA Third Round; vs. No. 4 Rollins; 11/22Top of College SoccerUWF is one of two schools in NCAA Division II with both the men’s and women’s soccer teams in the top 10 nationally in the BennettRank.com computer rankings.UWF women’s soccer is ranked No. 2 and men’s soccer is ranked No. 9. Rollins is the other team with two teams in the top 10. The Rollins women’s team is No. 1 and men’s team is No. 3. Both UWF squads play Rollins in the NCAA Third Round Friday.UWF is one of four team’s with both squads in the top 25 (Lander men 16/women 18; Colorado Mines men 21/women12).GSC ChampsThe No. 18 University of West Florida men’s soccer team defeated the University of West Alabama Tigers 2-1 to win the 2013 GSC Tournament. This is the ninth time in West Florida history they have won the GSC championship title and the first since 2010.Four Argonauts earned GSC All-Tournament honors, including Jack Salafrio, Tanner Duttweiler, Japhet Bitsindou, and Fernando Silveira. Silveira was also named the tournaments most outstanding player. Freshman Frederik Bruhn earned the win in net for the Argos after he stopped four Tiger shots and only allowing one goal. Bruhn also made the save of the game in the 68th minute after the GSC Player of the Year Thibault Charmey had his penalty kick stopped by the freshman. Print Friendly Version Share
“Untuk selang rem yang terbuat dari karet ini, harus diganti lima tahun sekali atau bila sudah terlihat rusak. Dimulai dari ini, seperti klakson yang berbunyi telolet itu menggunakan angin yang berada di tangki rem, jadi udaranya bisa habis dan berakhir angkutan tidak bisa di rem,” ujar Surjanto saat ditemui dalam FGD, Rabu (21/12/2017).Dia mengatakan, rem blong ini juga diakibatkan oleh angkutan yang tidak memiliki kampas rem. Surjanto menjelaskan, banyak kendaraan tanpa kampas rem terlihat pada truk pembawa barang dan juga untuk pengemudi kemampuannya juga harus dilihat dengan baik. “Pandangan dari operator, Organda dan Korlantas agar kemampuan pengemudi untuk mengemudikan kendaraan bisa lebih baik,” ujarnya.Sedangkan investigator darat KNKT, Dwi Bakti mengatakan, untuk standar karet rem saat ini mengikuti Jerman. Sebenarnya untuk Jerman sendiri penggantian selama enam tahun, tetapi karena iklim di Indonesia berbeda maka akan menjadi lima tahun.“Iklim di Indonesia berbeda dengan di sana, makanya sejak pemasangan pertama yang terbaik adalah lima tahun atau jika memang sudah ada tanda-tanda penggantian seperti retakan di karet rem,” ujarnya kepada KabarPenumpang.com.Dia menambahkan, menggunakan standar Jerman karena di Indonesia sendiri belum ada standar yang jelas. Bahkan AMP pun belum mengeluarkan aturan untuk masalah ini.Dirgakkum Korlantas Polri Brigjen Pujiyono Dulrachman mengatakan, untuk kecelakaan sendiri memiliki banyak faktor, mulai dari cuaca, manusia, kendaraan dan kondisi jalan. Dia mengatakan, kendaraan yang diproduksi komponennya harus dilihat dengan jelas.Pihak Korlantas mengatakan, jumlah kecelakaan akibat kegagalan fungsi rem untuk tahun 2017 dengan jumlah 5361, menurun dari tahun 2016 sebesar 5392 atau turun sebanyak 0,6 persen. Pujiyono menjelaskan jika dihitung setiap hari ada sekitar 2-3 kecelakaan yang terjadi.Baca juga: Angkasa Pura I Gandeng KNKT dan Undip Kembangkan Aplikasi Monitoring Ketinggian Air di Runway“Untuk kecelakaan kendaraan darat seperti angkutan umum ini justru seperti tidak terlihat dibandingkan dengan kecelakaan pesawat. Padahal jumlah korban dari kecelakaan angkutan darat bisa mencapai 2000 orang per tahunnya,” jelas Pujiyono. Dari data kecelakaan ini, Surjanto menambahkan, bila akan meyewa kendaraan angkutan umum seperti bus, baiknya harus jelas apakah terdaftar di pemerintahan. Kemudian tidak lupa untuk mengecek kelaikan bus tersebut untuk digunakan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedInvestigasi Kecelakaan Maut di Karangploso, KNKT Terbitkan Rekomendasi Untuk Menhub19/09/2017In “Analisa Angkutan”Kemenhub: Hanya 10 Persen Kondisi Angkutan Umum di Indonesia Yang Layak Jalan27/12/2017In “Bus AKAP”Jelang Angkutan Lebaran, KNKT Himbau Penyedia Transportasi Darat Tinjau Standar Kelayakan18/05/2017In “Bus AKAP” Ketua Komite Nasional Keselamatan Transportasi (KNKT) Soerjanto Tjahjono. Kecelakaan yang terjadi pada angkutan umum terus saja berulang. Selain upaya pengamanan yang telah diupayakan pemerintah dan kepolisian. Lebih spesifik lagi pengamanan juga harus dilakukan oleh pemilik dan operator kendaraan untuk melakukan pengecekan secara rutin, dan operator punya andil besar terhadap kendaraan tersebut layak jalan atau tidak.Baca juga: Kecelakaan Terus Berulang, Rekomendasi KNKT Sebagian Besar Tak DiindahkanKepala Komite Nasional Keselamatan Transportasi (KNKT) Surjanto Tjahjono mengatakan, kontribusi rem blong yang sering terjadi adalah pada selang rem karet yang umurnya kemungkinan sudah harus diganti.
Chef Julian Rodarte dari Beto & Son di Dallas (modernrestaurantmanagement.com) Selama masa pandemi Covid-19 ini sudah melumpuhkan banyak industri restoran. Tak hanya merumahkan para pekerja mereka karena pendapatan yang kurang, tapi juga menutup gerai-gerai yang ada. Ini tidak hanya terjadi pada restoran besar, tetapi restoran independen atau yang berdiri sendiri pun juga sama.Baca juga: 130 Kasus Virus Corona di Perancis, Museum Louvre DitutupNamun meski begitu, para pemilik restoran independen ini kemudian mencari cara untuk bisa mempertahankan dan menggaji para karyawan serta keberlangsungan hidup mereka. Tak hanya itu, para pemilik layanan antar persediaan restoran pun dihadapkan dengan gudang penuh makanan dan barang yang mudah rusak serta pesanan besar yang tiba-tiba dibatalkan. Kisah demi kisah ini mengungkapkan dampak buruk Covid-19 pada industri restoran. Hal tersebut kemudian membuat mereka semua bekerja sama dengan Kostas Lazanas dari Opa! Travena Yunani di Dallas untuk memfilmkan dan mengedit seri dokumenter video yang akan memprofilkan pemilik restoran industri di seluruh negeri.KabarPenumpang.com merangkum laman modernrestaurantmanagement.com (17/4/2020), nantinya setiap episode yang dipromosikan di jejaring sosial gabungan tersebut akan menggunakan tagar #TooSmallToFail dan #Cheetah4You, dan menyoroti pemilik restoran yang berbeda yang berbagi perjuangan pribadi mereka selama krisis ini. Serial perdana dimulai dari Julian Rodarte dari Beto & Son di Dallas yang merupakan restoran milik keluarga Meksiko yang buka setiap hari.Setelah lumpuh, Julian dan sang ayah tidak dapat mempertahankan karyawan mereka dari yang dulunya 80 orang. Kini restoran tersebut hanya dikelola keduanya dan beberapa orang lain. Masa depan tak terhindarkan dan mereka harus menutup pintu karena pandemi ini.Namun, begitu video Cheetah4You di atas ditayangkan perdana pada tanggal 21 Maret, segalanya mulai berubah untuk Julian. Masyarakat sekarang sadar bagaimana mereka dapat membantu dengan memesan makanan dan membeli kartu hadiah. Pesanan mulai masuk dan tak lama kemudian Beto & Son dapat merekrut kembali 20 anggota staf mereka dan harapan terungkap bagi Julian dan ayahnya.Serial berikutnya kemudian menawarkan makanan dan suplai grosir bagi yang membutuhkan. Seminggu sebelum penutupan, Shelter in place di California memutar bisnis untuk membantu produk lokal dan usaha kecil di Bay Area mendapatkan makanan serta pasokan penting mereka. Menawarkan Makanan dan Suplai Grosir bagi Yang MembutuhkanMereka kemudian menawarkan pemesanan makanan dan pasokan massal melalui aplikasi seluler Cheetah, yang telah dimodifikasi untuk melayani konsumen maupun bisnis. Ketika pemesanan dilakukan, pelanggan dapat memilih lokasi pengambilan terdekat untuk dipenuhi pada hari berikutnya. Persediaan diperbarui secara waktu nyata sehingga pelanggan tahu bahwa apa yang mereka pesan akan tersedia untuk pengambilan.Dua lokasi pertama adalah markas Cheetah di San Francisco dan gudang Shelter in place di Pleasanton, CA. Hugo Sanchez seorang pemilik kedai es krim di daerah Teluk yang disebut La Michoacana. Dia memiliki dua kembar prematur di rumah dan toko es krimnya ditutup tetapi dia menggunakan Cheetah untuk mendapatkan makanan dan persediaan untuk keluarganya, karena dia “takut pergi ke luar”.Menggunakan layanan pengiriman restoran daripada bepergian ke toko grosir telah membantunya dan keluarganya. Ini adalah pengingat penting untuk melindungi kesehatan dan keselamatan keluarga dan teman-teman terutama mereka yang berisiko tinggi.“Dua minggu ke depan adalah sangat penting … Ini adalah saat untuk tidak pergi ke toko kelontong, tidak pergi ke apotek, tetapi melakukan segala yang Anda bisa untuk menjaga keluarga dan teman-temanmu aman. Kami berharap dapat meredakan ketegangan yang dirasakan orang-orang terhadap COVID-19, itulah sebabnya kami beralih untuk menawarkan pasokan kami ke masyarakat umum juga,” ujar Dr. Deborah Birx.Fred Parker pemilik Costa De Sol mengatakan, semua bisa menjadi kreatif dan margin yang sudah kecil sehingga satu-satunya cara bisnis ini dapat bertahan adalah dari penjualan makanan. Dia saat ini memiliki dua lokasi, satu di San Jose, CA yang dibuka sepuluh tahun yang lalu, dan lainnya di Santa Clara, CA dibuka hanya dua tahun yang lalu.Fred memutuskan untuk menutup lokasi Santa Clara selama beberapa minggu pada awal pandemi karena itu terutama tempat makan siang untuk orang-orang yang bekerja di dekatnya. Apa yang tidak dia antisipasi adalah betapa sulitnya untuk kembali setelah tiga minggu ditutup.“Sebelum krisis, kami berada di peringkat lima besar di DoorDash dan Uber Eats. Ketika kami menutup lokasi Santa Clara, itu menunjukkan kami ditutup dalam aplikasi sehingga kami melewatkan banyak pesanan. Sekarang kami dibuka kembali, kami harus mencoba dan mendapatkan peringkat kembali, jika tidak, tidak ada yang mau. tahu bahwa kami terbuka. Layanan pengiriman telah berlipat dua sejak wabah, tetapi kami melewatkan kesempatan itu selama tiga minggu, jadi sekarang kami bermain mengejar ketinggalan,” kata Fred.Sementara itu keputusan Cheetah untuk langsung menjadi konsumen lepas landas. Sekelompok tetangga, komunitas, rumah pensiun, gereja, dan sinagoge, semuanya memesan makanan dan pasokan melalui Cheetah untuk pikap hari berikutnya. Dia mengatakan, mereka hanya memiliki dua lokasi di wilayah Teluk.Cheetah mengajukan tawaran kepada Fred dengan mengubah tempat parkir Anda menjadi tempat pik-up Santa Clara untuk pelanggan Cheetah. Dengan tidak ada ruginya, Fred ada di kapal. Hanya beberapa hari, tetapi lokasinya di Santa Clara dibuka kembali dengan dua hingga tiga karyawan dipekerjakan kembali dan Fred dapat membantu komunitasnya, serta mempromosikan lokasinya yang kurang dikenal.Baca juga: Dapati 72 Kasus Virus Corona, Kuwait Resmi Tutup Bandara Internasional UtamaBeberapa pelanggan Cheetah mendapatkan Salvador Pupusas dari Costa de Sol saat pengambilan, sementara yang lain memesan takeout dari Fred melalui Door Dash dan UberEats. Karena penjualan meningkat dan kehadirannya tumbuh, Fred berharap dapat mempekerjakan kembali lebih banyak karyawan segera untuk kedua lokasi.Jangkauan kami telah mencapai restoran di seluruh negeri dan kami berharap dapat membantu lebih banyak selama krisis ini.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedIntip Restoran Anti Covid-19 di Turki, Pengunjung Tak Perlu Kenakan Masker!26/06/2020In “Destinasi”Dukungan Maskapai Nasional Mampu Sukseskan Bisnis Restoran Indonesia di Luar Negeri01/04/2019In “Destinasi”Dijual Restoran Terbesar Bekas Airbus A340 di Turki Seharga Rp20 Miliar, Berminat?07/08/2020In “Featured”
Ashley Bastock CLEVELAND– The Cavaliers (21-8) host the Utah Jazz (14-15) on Saturday night as they end a four-game homestand at The Q.When: 7:30 p.m.TV: Fox Sports OhioOnline: FoxSports GoRadio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FMCavs injuries: Isaiah Thomas (hip– OUT), Derrick Rose (ankle– OUT), Iman Shumpert (left knee– OUT), Tristan Thompson (calf– TBD)Jazz injuries: Rudy Gobert (knee– OUT), Dante Exum (shoulder– OUT), Joe Johnson (wrist– OUT), Derrick Favors (eye– TBD) Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersKevin LoveNBAUtah Jazz Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42
New standard: North Korea’s Om Yun Chol after setting a world record in the men’s 56-kg clean and jerk competition at the Asian Games on Saturday. Om raised 170 kg to establish the mark. | REUTERS Om Yun Chol, Asian Games weightlifting GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Standing just 152 cm and weighing 56 kg, Om’s mighty lift came near the end of a day in which 18 gold medals were split between eight countries.China’s Zhang Mengyuan won two gold medals, in the women’s 10 meters air pistol event and in the team event.Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the summer Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.And while there are 14 more days of competition to go, it is hard to imagine a gold medal being celebrated with such joyous abandon as Om displayed at the Moonlight Festival garden venue.The London Olympic champion let out a roar of triumph, raced to celebrate with his coach, did a lap of honor draped in the North Korean flag, then posed on the podium with a razor-sharp salute as the national anthem played in his honor.The scene would not have pleased the conservative groups who had demanded Incheon organizers take down North Korean flags flying around the city in the lead-up to the Games, but the crowd’s reaction to Om’s win was one of delight, not distrust.“I am very happy,” the 22-year-old Om told reporters. “Whenever our people face difficulty, we come together and make it through the rough time.”South Korean fans also had good reason to cheer their own athletes as they took five gold medals — in wushu, fencing, cycling and equestrian.Lee Ha-sung picked up the host nation’s first gold in the men’s wushu changquan and his coach, Park Chan-dae, said Lee had accomplished something he never could.“He has achieved my dream for me,” said Park. “Although I won gold six times in the Wushu World Championships, I only got a silver medal at the Asian Games.”Lee’s combination of whirling kicks, athletic leaps and intricate hand movements earned him a score of 9.71 points to take gold in the martial arts discipline, ahead of Macau’s Jia Rui (9.69) and Japan’s Daisuke Ichikizaki (9.67).South Korean equestrian Kim Kyun-sub won a gold medal in the dressage team event. INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA – North Korean pocket rocket Om Yun Chol broke his own weightlifting world record at the Asian Games on Saturday, while host South Korea matched powerhouse China’s gold medal haul with five on the first day of competition.Less than 24 hours after a vibrant opening ceremony marked the launch of the 17th Asiad, Om hoisted more than three times his own bodyweight with a superhuman lift of 170kg in the clean and jerk. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Down to their last three outs, the Airline Lady Vikings ralliedwith three runs in the top of the seventh and went on to defeat AlexandriaSenior High 6-4 in eight innings in the second round of the Class 5A softballplayoffs Tuesday in Alexandria. ASH (16-16), the No. 18 seed, was on the verge of a big upsetwith a 4-1 lead after six innings, but the Lady Vikings weren’t ready for theirseason to end. Lexi Gray led off the top of the eighth with a double andBrooklyn Brandon was hit by a pitch. Makenzie Chaffin hit a hard shot to centerand Gray scored on an error. Makenzie Chaffin led off the top of the top of the seventh with asingle, her third hit of the game. Maddie Ennis was hit by a pitch with one out, putting runners atfirst and second. Caroline Easom then doubled to right field, scoring Chaffinand Ennis and cutting ASH’s lead to one. Airline sophomore Raelin Chaffin struck out the side in thebottom of the inning. Raelin Chaffin set the Lady Trojans down in order in the bottomof the inning, getting two strikeouts and a flyout to center fielder JessicaBaffuto. Makenzie Chaffin went 3-for-5 and Gray went 2-for-4. Jessica Baffuto, Jina Baffuto, Ennis, Easom and Paris Endris had one hit apiece. Airline went down in order in the sixth, setting the stage forthe dramatic comeback.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo The Lady Trojans scored one with two outs in the bottom of theinning on a single followed by a double. Raelin Chaffin allowed six hits, but she walked only one andstruck out 16. Airline (27-3), the No. 2 seed, will host No. 23 Destrehan(16-16) in the quarterfinals Saturday at 1 p.m. Destrehan upset No. 7Northshore 1-0 in 13 innings in the second round. Freshman Jina Baffuto followed with a single to center, scoringEasom the with tying run. The Lady Trojans then turned a double play. Airline cut the lead to two in the top of the fifth. MakenzieChaffin led off with a double and scored on a triple by Ennis to right. TheLady Vikings could’ve had more but left two runners on base. The game was scoreless through three innings. ASH scored three inthe top of the fourth on three hits, including two doubles, a walk and anerror. Another error on an Ennis ground ball allowed Brandon to score,making it 6-4.
Money for this project available on July 1 The City of La Follette will receive $50,000 to preserve the historic La Follette Post Office under an appropriation amendment added to the state budget at the request of Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston). The legislation, which also passed the House of Representatives, is set to become law upon the signature of Governor Bill Haslam. The $50,000 budget appropriation is in addition to a $50,000 Asset Enhancement Grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). This grant was made possible by the Rural Economic Opportunity Act passed by the General Assembly in 2016 and co-sponsored by Yager. The City of La Follette has turned over the 1950’s era post office to a group of citizens called Postmark La Follette for it to be used as a center for the arts. “I was very impressed when I visited with the volunteers of Postmark La Follette and toured the post office over a year ago,” said Senator Yager. “Their interest in preserving the arts is admirable, and I was happy to be able to find these funds, which will ensure Postmark La Follette has the resources needed to properly restore the post office to its original state. I strongly support historic preservation. It is a real asset to the community, and will continue to do all I can to help.” “I want to thank State Representative Dennis Powers for his support in the House to help attain these funds, as well as Mayor Mike Stanfield for allowing me to participate in this process. The funding would not have been able to happen without them,” added Yager. The La Follette Post Office is in need of a new roof and restored windows. The first $50,000 grant from ECD will cover the cost of a new roof, but funding was still needed to properly restore the windows. The budget appropriation will help the structure meet the criteria in order to have it placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/07/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
[/media-credit] Anguissa joined Fuham from Marseille for an undisclosed fee Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Boss Slavisa Jokanovic was thrilled with André-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s debut display in a losing Fulham side against Tottenham.The 22-year-old defensive midfielder was brought straight into the starting 11 despite only joining the squad for training on Wednesday.But his strengths were evident despite Fulham slipping to a second consecutive Premier League defeat this season.On the Cameroonian’s performance, which saw him make the joint-highest number of tackles in the match, Jokanovic said: “Anguissa is a seven-day-old part of the team, but he showed the power and quality when combining [with Jean Michaël Seri and Ryan Sessegnon].“It’s time for us to discover each other, and how I can use them in the best way.”Anguissa’s arrival meant that Kevin McDonald was dropped to the bench, with only four of those who started the Championship play-off final at the national stadium in May being restored.And Jokanovic was keen to stress that his squad is still not quite ready to compete with the top teams in England.He added: “We are a Premier League team in a building process, so we need time. We showed a few positive things, but we need to fix some problems without a doubt.” See also:Fulham beaten at Wembley as Kane seals Tottenham victoryJokanovic: New-look Fulham are in building stageSpurs v Fulham player ratingsJokanovic says contract talks are out of his hands
Southampton loanee Cedric Soares claims not to be concerned about where he will be playing next season. Currently preparing to feature for Inter Milan in the Europa League clash against Eintracht Frankfurt, the right-back was asked in a press conference about the Italian side’s buying option over him.The 27-year-old then claimed to be happy at Inter, but wouldn’t mind return to the Saints.“I have not looked at this story of redemption,” said Cedric Siares (via Calcio Mercato). “It is a great honour to be here, Inter gave me confidence and I have it in me. I will always give my best on the pitch, then at the end of the season we’ll see the decision: if they keep me, fine, otherwise, life goes on.”Embed from Getty ImagesSince Cedric joined Inter, the Italian media has been publishing different claims about whether the club will keep him or not. Some outlets said the club never had the intention to use the buying option, since the player was only a quick fix, however, others said it would all depend on his performances until the end of the season.The Portuguese international made the move from Southampton in January, and has only five appearances for Inter Milan so far.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndo
They said the Hoffenheim striker was with the Bundesliga side at their training ground in Zuzenhausen and that the Brazilian was set to join his teammates on their training camp in Windischgarsten.Furthermore, according to their information, ‘a rapid departure of the 22-year-old’ wasn’t expected.Well, they’ve completely changed all of that.In a fresh Wednesday article, Kicker point out their claims of yesterday, they’re not trying to hide from them, and then explain everything has changed.Joelinton could leave ‘in the near future’, and talks with Newcastle United have picked up some real speed.He’s been pulled out of Hoffenheim’s squad which will play Jahn Regensburg today in a friendly.And the reason is ‘negotiations with Newcastle’. The player and his representatives are currently in talks with the Premier League club… with Kicker making it sound like those talks are happening right now.They suggest a transfer fee would be around €40m.Joelinton | Bild back up claims: ‘He moves to Newcastle United’ – Huge €40m+ move ‘imminent’. https://t.co/ITwm6yI7Xn #nufc— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) July 17, 2019by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndo On Tuesday, Germany’s Kicker poured a lot of cold water on the idea of Joelinton moving to Newcastle United.
10th coronation to be held at Miramar Cultural CenterCelebrating this special anniversary, Miss Miami Broward Carnival Pageant – the official pageant of Miami Broward One Carnival – will be hosting the 10th Annual Pageant on Saturday 26th of September at 7 p.m at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center.It will be a night of pageantry and cultural experience, as these young ladies ages 17 to 25 years, and pre-teens 7 to 3 years, express their viewpoints and accomplishments and also showcase their best through three competitions: talent, carnival costume and evening wear.The Reigning Queen, Jamaican Parrys Sommers, will be passing on her crown. Who will be another Jamaican, Guyanese, Cuban, US Virgin Islands, American or Trinidadian Queen? Our Miss Miami Broward Carnival Queen will also be eligible to enter the Miss Florida USA competition held next year.The Miami Broward Carnival Pageant is a non-profit organization, dedicated to inspire young women to develop their individual strengths, values, community service, Caribbean and American cultures, and to be leaders in their community. The Miss Miami Broward Carnival Pageant awards to the winners scholarships and other prizes and with the support and contributions from local individuals, businesses and organizations the Miss Miami Broward Carnival Pageant is able to maintain this tradition.If you would like to support this special and cultural important event, please contact us at 786-356-0869 or via email at [email protected]
Ghana’s inspirational captain Stephen Appiah has thanked his Black Stars colleague and best friend Michael Essien for his support and kind words in a recent interview.In an interview for his own website www.michaelessiengh.com, Michael praised Stephen for his contribution to the Black Stars, his charitable work, and asked Ghanaians to support him at all times.The pair who have been colleagues and friends for many years talk every week according to Michael and both have recently suffered bad injuries with Michael returning from injury over a month ago.Speaking to the StepApp.com team, Stephen was pleased and thankful to Essien.“Michael and I are very close and all I can say is thank you Michael for your kind words and encouragement,” Appiah said.“Its true we talk every week about a lot of things and Michael keeps encouraging me. It was the same when he got injured initially. I encouraged him a bit as well. “When we talk, we also discuss the Black Stars and how we are going to take the nation to the next World Cup.“Obviously it will be a team effort but with us being senior players its important our desire is as strong as any other.“I read his interview on his website and I was on the phone to him straight away to thank him. Not many people will do what he has done and I am eternally grateful.“By the way I beat him in a game of pool again when we went to Ghana recently so I think its official that I am better than him and I always remind him every week. I am now leading 2 – 0,” Appiah concluded.Stephen is currently in Brescia training with them as he seeks to sort out his future. With the Mali and Sudan games coming up he wants to be in tip top shape so that if he is called up he will be in a position to deliver as usual.Source: Ghanasoccernet
10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan Funny animals make you happy and laugh funny animal compilation Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING TYSON FURY is proud of Anthony Joshua but will “100 per cent” fight him and prove his win over Wladimir Klitschko was the greater victory.The 31-year-old Gypsy King still feels his 2015 points masterclass over the 11-year-champion, on the road in Germany, is rated below AJ’s dramatic stoppage win two years later by fight fansTyson Fury defied the odds against Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight champion of the worldCredit: Bongarts – GettyAnd, despite saying he is proud of his fellow Brit for all he has achieved, the 6ft 9in stylist sounds eager to set the record straight over who is UK’s real heavyweight king.Fury told talkSPORT: “Excuse makers started as soon as I had beaten Wladimir Klitschko.“Straight away they said he had a bad right hand but he admitted he was fine. He said if you cannot get in range to land the jab, you cannot do anything.“That was my Mount Everest, my greatest night, I beat the 11-year champion but it was instantly overlooked.“Just because I had beaten Klitschko, he was suddenly washed up and the 26 challengers before me could suddenly not lace his boots up.“But two years later (before AJ beat him in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley) he was the king again.”Fury revealed before his bloody September win over Otto Wallin that he occasionally prank calls 31-year-old Joshua and promises to KO him when they finally meet.But, far from trying to intimidate the Watford man, who is trying to claw back his titles after his shock June loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, Fury is gushing with praise.Anthony Joshua managed to stop Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th roundCredit: Getty Images – GettyHe said: “The fight with AJ will happen, 100 per cent, it has to.“I have three more fights on my current contract. If Deontay Wilder wants another rematch he can get it, AJ can have one and so can Ruiz.“Ruiz was not a shock win for me, I was probably one of the few people in the world who picked him to win, people underestimated him because of how he looked.“Anthony can only do his best for the rematch, you cannot please everyone, I am sure he will try hard.“Before the first fight, he did not look right or wanted to be there but he tried his best and that is all you can do, the only shame is not doing it.“He has changed his life and reached for the stars, I am very proud of him as a person and a sportsperson.” Just like Ruiz before the historic win over AJ, Fury was underestimated by his nearest and dearest before the draw with Wilder.He said: “The people who always believed in me even doubted me, even my family.“I am not sure my trainer thought I would win.“My dad did not speak to me for five weeks because he thought I would get knocked out and put in a wheelchair.”The Gypsy King revealed he drank up to 18 pints of lager a night as he battled depressionCredit: —Fury has made an incredible comeback after a battle against depression and drugs left him contemplating suicide.The 31-year-old said: “I had a couple of breakdowns.“The first was in 2012 when I first started thinking about suicide, I was a British and Commonwealth champion but I was thinking about smashing my car into a tree.“I was supposed to be this big hard fighter but I felt like a child.”The Gypsy King has confirmed he will be back in the ring on February 22, but he has been busy making his name known in the world of WWE.He won his debut against Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia after he pulled out a huge punch at Crown Jewel.And he’s been brushing up on his MMA skills with Darren Till as he plans to take on UFC champion Stipe Miocic in the octagon.Speaking about his love for wrestling, he said: “I have been a lifelong WWE fan, watched it all the time and been a big fan.“I am athletic enough to be able to do it and Vince McMahon said he had signed loads of athletes in his career and I was the most natural.“I have left the door open to WrestleMania in April in Florida.”Tyson Fury has revealed his dad ignored him for five weeks before the Deontay Wilder fightCredit: talkSPORTTyson Fury urges UFC’s Dana White to sign deal to fight his dad John in ‘battle of the baldies’ Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk
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Negotiators for port terminal operators and union clerical workers were set to resume talks Sunday afternoon after a marathon session failed to produce much progress on the most important outstanding issues. Talks broke off about 3:30 a.m. Sunday over a contract that would avert a strike hampering the nation’s two largest seaports. About 750 members of the clerical union at the ports of Los Angeles and Long BeachZZPT voted unanimously Friday night to authorize their leadership to call a strike if a new three-year contract was not crafted before the old one expired, said John Fageaux Jr., president of the Office Clerical Unit, Local 63, of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Longshore workers have pledged to honor picket lines at the twin ports, which together rank as the fifth-largest port complex in the world. Fageaux said Sunday that union members would continue to work without a contract while talks were ongoing. But he said the two sides were still “pretty far apart” on the key issues of pension and health benefits, technology and jurisdiction. “Both sides are committed to making some meaningful progress today, so we will continue to work hard in that direction,” Fageaux said. “We’re prepared to work late into the evening and the early morning hours if necessary.” One sticking point is a clause sought by employers that would allow the shifting of some jobs to other U.S. cities and to China. The terminal operators’ lead negotiator countered that job outsourcing is not an issue. “We’ve proposed nothing that would allow that,” said Stephen Berry, who is negotiating for 14 terminals and steamship company agencies. Instead, employers recently made a generous proposal that increases wages and benefits, he said. Los Angeles port spokeswoman Theresa Adams-Lopez said the ports are not part of the talks. “All we can do is have the port police ready to make sure everything goes smoothly,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ian Wright has questioned whether Arsenal players are taking enough responsibility for their performances on the pitch.The Gunners suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat at home to Watford on Tuesday night after allowing their opponents to take an early two goal lead.Arsene Wenger’s side have seen their season plagued by starting games slowly and the habit is threatening to end the north London club’s title prospects.And Wright believes the Arsenal squad need to look at themselves and take responsibility for their poor performances.Speaking to the Sun Football Podcast, he said: “That was as bad as a first 45 minutes I’ve seen. It’s inexcusable.“The performances are showing that the team are not accountable.“It’s all about the start and Arsenal have nor started well for so many games now. I’m not expecting Arsenal to start well.“I don’t feel they get themselves up for certain games, there’s not enough accountability. And it’s just exactly what happens every season at this stage.”Wright also singled out Olivier Giroud for particular criticism.The striker was recalled to the squad with the in-form Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck rested, but appeared to signal to the bench that he was injured after just two minutes.Wright said of the Frenchman: “Was he injured or wasn’t he injured?“Two minutes into the game he signalled that he wasn’t right. He knew that his ankle wasn’t quite right.“He started the game and Watford were up for it and maybe he felt like he wasn’t as up for it as he should have been because he signalled to come off.“It was the most pitiful 45 minutes I’ve ever seen from a centre-forward and he was rightly taken off.“I would be absolutely livid with him because it’s all about the start.”Listen to much more on ‘The Sun Football Podcast, sponsored by Sun Bets, with Ian Wright and Shaun Custis’ – available to download on iTunes now The Gunners sit nine points behind league leaders Chelsea 1
After more than two years of division between residents of Agua Dulce over the fate of their local airport, the county Board of Supervisors had the final word Tuesday when it voted 4-1 to allow the facility to expand. The board’s vote allows the Agua Dulce Air Park to expand under a decades-old permit, but it also put in place new restrictions. Some residents in the area have complained about noise and airport operations, and county officials had found the airport illegally constructed a swimming pool and undertook other unauthorized activities. But under the board’s vote, the owners will be allowed to add 18 hangars to the present 37, build a 20-room hotel and restaurant and create a 250,000-square-foot area to tie down planes. A few of the speakers said the fate of the airport has divided their community. “Please, so the community can get back to living again and having people talk to each other, please make a decision,” said resident David McCord. Several residents said the airport has been a bad neighbor. “I do not want to see that the airport is given a long-term contract to where they can expand without any form of regulations,” said Agua Dulce Town Council member Peg Spry. “It’s an airport that has no control tower, and as we can see in the past, there have been many things that have happened where there is no control.” [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“I felt that we were as restrictive as we possibly could be, and it’s been a very divisive issue out there with the people,” said Supervisor Don Knabe. “So we just needed to move on. It’s been going on for a long time.” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose district includes Agua Dulce, cast the lone vote against allowing the airport to expand. He suggested a list of additional restrictions on the airport, including a limit of three helicopter flights and landings per day. But although the board approved other restrictions, including a limit on the airport of 30 days of filming per year, it did not take up Antonovich’s list of additional restrictions. The airport also has volunteered to not allow nighttime flights, and to bar jets and aircraft weighing more than 30,000 pounds from using the airport. “Supervisor Antonovich is disappointed that the board chose to reward an operator who has flagrantly and consistently violated the county’s laws and procedures,” said Antonovich aide Paul Novak. “The board’s action regrettably ignores the very real concerns of the residents of Agua Dulce.” But the board also heard from Agua Dulce residents who supported the airport. Many came on a bus to Tuesday’s meeting.
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St Attracta’s junior team will travel to Limerick for their All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday.The game against Pobailscoil Corca Dhuibhne of Dingle will take place at Castletown Ballyagran GAA Club in Limerick at 2pm.The Tubbercurry school claimed the Connacht Junior A title for the first time last week, after beating St Jarlath’s of Tuam in the decider.In other news, there is new venues for three intercounty games involving Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal this weekend.The Allianz Hurling League Division 3B tie involving Sligo and Leitrim will now take place at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon at 2pm on Sunday.The game had originally been scheduled to take place at O’Heslin Park in Ballinamore.And Donegal’s Minor and U17 Ulster League openers against Fermanagh have been switched from Enniskillen’s Brewster Park to the 4G Bawnacre facility in Irvinestown.The games take place on Saturday, with the minor game at 12 noon, and the U17 game at 1.30pm.
Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement richard macmanus A couple of amazing stats have been released about mobile phone use. Firstly industry analyst Informa Telecoms & Media revealed recently that worldwide mobile penetration will hit 50 per cent – or around 3.3 billion subscriptions. Informa estimated that mobile networks covered 90 per cent of the global population by mid-2007. According to the Telecoms Blog, this means that some 40 per cent of the worldÄôs inhabitants are covered by a network, but not connected – which leaves just 10 per cent with neither coverage nor connection. Tomi T Ahonen noted that this means mobile growth is accelerating, as we were at 2.7 billion subscribers at the end of 2006. In other mobile stats, the Nielsen Company today released the findings of a study on the mobile media and cross media behavior of U.S. “tweens” (ages 8-12). It found that an estimated 35% of tweens own a mobile phone. Fellow RWW author Josh Catone noted that he first got a mobile phone at age 17. I won’t reveal when I got my first mobile phone, but it’s fair to say that when I was a teen mobile phones resembled bricks!According to Nielsen, 5% of tweens access the Internet over their phone each month. While 41% of tween mobile Internet users say they do so while commuting or traveling (to school, for example), mobile content such as the Internet is also a social medium for this audience: 26% of tween mobile Internet users say they access the web while at a friend’s house and 17% say they do so at social events.So we ask again: is the Mobile Web finally set to take off? You betcha! Although if last week’s poll is anything to go by, there is still a long way to go before a majority of people (in the western world at least) use their mobile phones to surf the Web – our poll indicated that over 40% rarely or never use the Mobile Web. That will surely change over the next year or so, but it’s still relatively early in that adoption curve.
BUDGET AND BUY-IN InhibitorSeptember 2012August 2011 A recent report by Osterman Research reviewed the state of SharePoint projects within companies. SharePoint and other collaboration tools are increasingly being deployed by companies to manage their documents and content. While the report specifically focused on SharePoint, to be fair, it is likely that most of the findings are equally applicable to competing collaboration and content management technologies like open source offerings from Alfresco and Nuxeo and other proprietary products like EMC Documentum and IBM FileNet.The Osterman report focused on the roadblocks and issues faced by businesses attempting to roll out SharePoint-based systems. And when the results of their survey were compared to the results from the previous year, almost across the board, the obstacles and problems were found to have become even more challenging.The problems confronting businesses with their SharePoint installations include:Reduced resources / Fewer staff. SharePoint IT staffing levels dropped by one third from the levels of the previous yearDifficulty in auditing. Nearly half say that they would have problems responding to an audit or a request of eDiscovery with their current SharePoint implementations79 percent of business lack governance: 39 percent say that their company has no governance plan and 40 percent say that they have a plan, but it isn’t being followedMichael Osterman, president of Osterman Research, said that “many IT departments are understaffed because enterprises underestimate the operations resources required to manage, secure, patch and back up SharePoint sites, databases, servers and farms.” Lack of skills/training/knowledge of SharePoint with current staff53%40% SharePoint applications are too costly to build or purchase47%27% APPLICATIONS Budget for SharePoint project52%40% ADMINISTRATION Difficulty in finding qualified SharePoint personnel53%40% CXO or executive level buy-in or sponsorship52%40%
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Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Along with Sunday morning’s secrets, PostSecret founder Frank Warren announced that the $2 PostSecret iPhone app is now closed. Warren received complaints from users, Apple and the FBI about bad content on the anonymous art app. He says that users, moderators and his own family were threatened, citing two specific incidents he can’t discuss further. Launching the app now displays only one secret announcing the closing.Whereas submissions to the PostSecret blog are curated by hand, the app was an experiment allowing any iPhone user to generate secrets instantly and anonymously. Warren says that users shared over 2 million secrets, and that “99%” of them “were in the spirit of PostSecret.” The app launched in September, becoming the best-selling app in the U.S. and Canada overnight. It is now gone from the iTunes store, the Android version never arrived, and the PostSecret App website no longer loads. The PostSecret app was a brave thing to try. Even though it was clunky and slow, we praised it for the privacy and anonymity it provided, allowing users to submit secrets without fear. Unfortunately, this anonymity proved too much for volunteer moderators to handle.“The scale of secrets was so large,” Warren says, “that even 1% of bad content was overwhelming for our dedicated team of volunteer moderators who worked 24 hours a day 7 days a week removing content that was not just pornographic but also gruesome and at times threatening.” In my experience, that 1% figure sounds a bit conservative. The chances of seeing something gross were pretty good on any given night.Warren says that he had to remove the app from his own daughter’s phone weeks ago. Bullies and creeps overloaded the app, and Warren and the moderators were unable to find a solution. At one point, the moderator team tried pre-screening 30,000 secrets a day, but they couldn’t stem the tide of unsavory secrets.Warren calls the now-defunct PostSecret app a “good faith experiment,” but it’s also an unfortunate lesson in the necessity of curation. It raised the privacy bar for app developers, but it opened up a Pandora’s Box of backwardness in doing so. The app was rife with penis pics, vicious attacks and other disturbing messages. It was a valiant attempt to allow millions more to share their secrets, but for now, the PostSecret project will go back to its roots as a hand-curated blog.Those who paid for the app can take comfort in the fact that their $1.99 supported an organization with good intentions.Did you use the PostSecret app? What did you think of the experiment? How do you feel about the app shutting down? Share your thoughts in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#Identity#privacy#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jon mitchell
Renee also discussed the ability to make automobile headlights smart for safer driving, building smart cities and capturing enough information to cost efficiently human genome sequences to address cancer treatment more effectively.It was a motivational kickoff to what has already been an exciting conference. Follow coverage live on twitter with #IDF13.Tomorrow I will recap some of the insights I’m gaining for mobility and [email protected]_p_intel If there was one theme that came though big at #IDF13 in the Brian Krazanich (BK) and Renee James keynote this morning was that size matters. The smaller the device the more personal and scalable the use case bigger the data challenge and the bigger the opportunity to change the world.BK opened with the dramatic innovation that is happening at Intel emphasizing the importance of SOC (System on a Chip) integration – demonstrating how Moore’s Law is enabling this future reduction in size of chips. After showcasing the latest latest 22nm and 14nm products powering everything from powerful data center infrastructure to 60 new 2 in 1 personal computing devices to Atom based phones to a new architecture called Quark, that is 1/5th the size and 1/10th the power of Atom to enable the Internet of Things.The message was about the power and opportunity for integration: from technology integration to delivering integrated computing experiences. As Intel moves to an SOC focused approach to innovation core CPU real estate on today’s chips are taking up less and less of the overall silicon footprint as new capabilities are integrated. This integration is enabling the delivery of advanced system capability to smaller devices that are located virtually everywhere.Renee showed how we can take full advantage of this approach describing an integrated computing solution exhibited in healthcare for wearable technology where a current bedside health monitoring system is being replaced by a wristband and in the future implanted technology on a patient so that we can move patient care out of the hospital, reducing the cost and improving quality of care.
Forget ‘wearables’, and even ‘hearables’. The next big thing in mobile devices: ‘disappearables’.Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller – so small, some in the industry say, that no one will see them.Within five years, wearables like the Watch could be overtaken by hearables – devices with tiny chips and sensors that can fit inside your ear. They, in turn, could be superseded by disappearables – technology tucked inside your clothing, or even inside your body.”In five years, when we look back, everything we see (now) will absolutely be classified as toys, as the first very basic steps of getting this right,” says Nikolaj Hviid, the man behind smart earbuds called the Dash.Developed by Munich-based Bragi GmbH, the Dash is a wireless in-ear headphone that looks like a discreet hearing aid. Packed inside is a music player, 4 gigabytes of storage, a microphone to take phone calls – just nod your head to accept – and sensors that monitor your position, heart rate and body temperature.Nick Hunn, a consultant who lays claim to the term ‘hearables’, reckons the Dash is just the start. He predicts smartwatches will dominate wearable sales for the next three years, hearables will then overtake and, by 2020, will account for more than half of a $30 billion wearable device market.This rapid shift is being driven, he says, by a new generation of chipsets using Bluetooth wireless communication and using far less power than their predecessors. Designers now realize “the ear has potential beyond listening to music – it’s an ideal site for measuring a variety of vital signs,” Hunn wrote in a recent report.advertisementEYEBALL POWERA parallel revolution in sensors is making this possible.Kow Ping, whose Hong Kong company Well Being Digital Ltd provides algorithms and reference designs on wearable sensing to companies like Philips, Motorola, Haier and Parrot, says chipmakers have invested heavily in reducing the power consumption and size of sensors.An accelerometer, which measures things like position, motion and orientation, for example, is now 1 square millimeter. “A few years ago,” he says, “it was two or three times as big and two or three times less refined.”When they can harvest energy from the body’s heat or motion they’ll be even smaller, autonomous and ubiquitous.Andrew Sheehy of Generator Research calculates that, for example, the heat in a human eyeball could power a 5 milliwatt transmitter – more than enough, he says, to power a connection from a smart contact lens to a smartphone or other controlling device.And Ping’s company is working with a top Asian university to add sensors to a sports bra which could harvest energy from relative motion. In five years, he says, “there will be people building sensors into every existing wearable device or apparel.”BUTLER FEEDBACKBragi’s Hviid calls these ‘disappearables’. And while medical and fitness top the list of what these devices might measure, he and others are looking beyond that. A dozen sensors in your pants, he suggests, could advise on how to improve your posture or gait when trying to impress a suitor.”It’s more like a butler … they do some basic stuff that you really want, but there are deeper experiences in there,” Hviid says.Sheehy points beyond the personal, as parallel advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence “come together and lead to some remarkable use cases:” a politician’s contact lens, for example, might provide real-time feedback from a sample of voters, allowing for a speech to be tweaked on the fly.A lot of this technology is already here.Google is working with Novartis on a contact lens to measure glucose levels in tears. The healthcare group has also invested in Proteus Digital Health, a biotech start-up which promises edible embedded microchips, the size of a grain of sand, which are powered by stomach juices and transmit data via Bluetooth.”We’re looking at a major technological revolution of a similar magnitude to the mobile revolution,” says Sheehy.”VERY TRICKY”Not everyone agrees that disappearables are necessarily just around the corner. Wearables still need to gain widespread acceptance – remember Google Glass – and the technology still needs to finessed.While Bragi has raised more than $3 million from crowdfunding website Kickstarter and another $10 million from angel investors, Hviid says communication problems between the left and right earbuds have delayed launch of the Dash until September. It was originally due out late last year.advertisementPing’s company has been working since 2006 on wearables, and owns more than a dozen patents, but he says bringing all the technical parts together, understanding the consumer and mastering manufacturing pose a real challenge.”It’s very tricky,” he says.
Argentina star player Lionel Messi has expressed the pain of losing the Copa America final after the football superstar faced criticism in his native Argentina.Messi finally posted on his facebook account late Monday having hidden his devastation at losing another major final since the 4-1 penalty shootout defeat by Chile on Saturday.”There’s nothing more painful in football than losing a final,” Messi said.”But I don’t want to leave it any longer to say thank you to everyone who has always supported us and continued to during the tough moments.”Messi, 28, has now lost one World Cup and two Copa America finals and still has to win a major international event despite his success with Barcelona.Argentina, beaten 1-0 by Germany in last year’s World Cup final, have now not won a major title for 22 years.Messi left the pitch ashen faced after the latest defeat and unconfirmed Spanish media reports said he turned down the player of the tournament trophy. The trophy was withdrawn before the presentation ceremony in Santiago.Messi and the other Argentine stars were criticised by the country’s media for their performance. Members of his family were also abused by Chilean fans at the match, according to Argentinian media.Some observers have warned that Messi could walk away from the national side.”One day this boy is going to get tired and will not want to come to play for the team,” former Argentine international Matias Almeyda, now coach of the Banfield club, told Fox Sports television.advertisement”He’s the best player in the world and he is not treated in the way he deserves,” Almeyda added.Messi had a brilliant season with the all-conquering Barcelona but Almeyda said “it is very difficult (for Argentine players) to repeat for the national team what they do for their clubs.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur on Friday conceded that the current crisis facing the Board is not in the best interest of cricketers but the body will have to keep everything on hold till Supreme Court gives it’s verdict on January 3.”We know the current situation is not in the best interest of cricketers but the matter is sub-judice. We are in problem and we need to wait till January 3,” Thakur told mediapersons on the sidelines of a promotional event for the upcoming Pro Wrestling League.He was referring to the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee’s recommendations on administrative reform in the BCCI, which the Board has not been able to implement as yet. (BCCI vs Lodha Committee: Supreme Court’s final hearing today)He took a dig at former cricketers about being critical of BCCI administration.”The BCCI has created its own infrastructure without taking a single penny from the government. Yet some former cricketers, not all, speak against us,” said Thakur. (Lodha committee not giving us time for last two months: Anurag Thakur)When asked why BCCI can’t have one lakh coaches for 1 lakh village panchayats, he sarcastically remarked: “We have a lot of money but we can’t spend it. We need permission for it.”He was referring to Supreme Court directive of stifling of funds for the Board.He also took a dig at ICC for not including India in the Working group. (Supreme Court to BCCI chief Anurag Thakur: Apologise or go to jail for perjury)”I was there at the meeting and every member felt that for a stronger cricket world, one needs BCCI. If anyone thinks that they can work without BCCI, they should know global cricket needs BCCI,” he said.advertisementHe also raised questions about how Indian captain Virat Kohli was ignored in the ICC’s Test team of the Year. (Supreme Court adjourns hearing in BCCI vs Lodha Committee case)”ICC should look into the matter as India is No.1 Test team. But I am happy that Ashwin has been adjudged Test Cricketer of the Year.”
India spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested for the upcoming T20 international series against England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday.The decision has been taken to reduce the workload on India’s first-choice spinners who have been playing cricket non-stop for the past year and a half. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra and off-spinner Parvez Rasool have been added to the squad as replacements.”The All-India Senior Selection committee in consultation with Team India management has decided to rest spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja from the Paytm T20I series against England. Amit Mishra and Parvez Rasool will replace Ashwin and Jadeja, with the first match to be played on January 26th at Kanpur,” the BCCI press release said.Ashwin had an ODI series to forget against England as he picked up just three wickets from as many games. He went wicketless in the first and the final match. Jadeja on the other hand, chipped in with four wickets and provided crucial breakthroughs for India in a high-scoring series where all three matches saw scores both teams score over 300 runs.Ashwin though, was at his terrific best in the preceding Test series against England last year in which he picked up 28 wickets from four games at 30.25 and finished as the highest wicket-taker from either side. Jadeja got 26 wickets in the series at 25.84.The three-match T20I series begins with the first match in Kanpur on January 26. The next two matches will be played in Nagpur and Bangalore on January 29 and February 1 respectively.advertisement
Posted on June 3, 2013November 27, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health Initiative; Samantha Lattof, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is the first in a blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. To view the entire series, click here.Women and girls are increasingly and disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and now comprise over half of those living with HIV. According to recent estimates from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, not only is the proportion of pregnancy-related and maternal deaths attributable to HIV higher than expected, but pregnant women with HIV are eight times more likely to die than women without HIV. The feminized HIV and AIDS epidemic is one factor limiting progress in the reduction of maternal mortality. As the global community discusses bold visions for new targets to reduce maternal mortality, researchers from both the HIV and maternal health communities must come together to share knowledge and build a path to improved women-centered programming.Over the next several weeks, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) will share a series of guest blog posts from our colleagues who are working in maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. The posts will cover topics such as:An exploration of a particularly groundbreaking approach used in a specific country to integrate and improve maternal health and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, or careExperiences managing HIV-related comorbidities and obstetric complicationsAnalyses of a persistent barrier to integrating and/or improving quality of maternal health care and HIV/AIDS care for womenCountry responses to the World Health Organization’s new guidelines for prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV and antiretroviral therapy as well as country experiences in implementing these guidelinesExperiences addressing the demand side—or how to facilitate interest on the part of women and their families to demand higher quality maternal health and HIV servicesImplications for policymakers on the measurement of direct and indirect causes of maternal deaths related to HIVIn addition to the blog series, the MHTF will convene the technical meeting Maternal health, HIV, and AIDS: Examining research through a programmatic lens starting on 10 June 2013, in collaboration with USAID and CDC. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss emerging research linking maternal health and HIV, identify research gaps, and consider programmatic implications. While there is a need for significant investment in this issue around the globe, the focus of this particular meeting is Africa.Finally, our Maternal Health, HIV, and AIDS topics page highlights resources, recent publications, videos, and blog posts, along with the organizations working on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS. The page is a work-in-progress. Please check back frequently for new content. The MHTF is always looking for new resources, research, and news. We welcome any feedback or resources you have to share on our topics page.Stay tuned to the MHTF for upcoming blog posts about maternal health, HIV, and AIDS as well as daily summaries and a final report from the meeting. If you are interested in sharing your maternal health, HIV, and AIDS research and expertise on the MHTF Blog, please contact Kate Mitchell ([email protected]) or Samantha Lattof ([email protected]).To view the blog series, click here. For additional information about maternal health, HIV, and AIDS, visit our topic page. To follow the meeting on Twitter starting 10 June 2013, use #MHHIV.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 13, 2013August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On September 18, our colleagues at IDEAS will hold the latest in their series of web seminars on critical issues in maternal health. This month’s seminar will explore issues related to improving health service delivery to meet the needs of child brides. The seminar will draw on the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) Women’s and Children’s Health Knowledge Summary #22: Reaching Child Brides, which gathers evidence on efforts to both end child marriage and address the particular health challenges that child brides face.The seminar will be held at 9:30 AM GMT on September 18. To take part, you will need a headset with a microphone, a computer, internet connection and the latest Java update installed. Please email [email protected] and [email protected] you would like to attend.To learn more about the web seminar series, visit IDEAS to see the calendar of upcoming seminars, as well as recordings of past events, or sign up to receive email updates on future seminars. For more in the PMNCH knowledge summary series, visit the RMNCH Knolwedge Portal.Share this:
Liverpool and Manchester City “should worry” about Tottenham after their 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, according to Harry Winks.Mauricio Pochettino’s side earned a draw against Pep Guardiola’s domestic treble winners over the weekend, despite facing an onslaught of pressure from the first whistle to the last.City twice took the lead in the match, through Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, but Spurs pegged them back on both occasions via an Erik Lamela strike and a Lucas Moura header. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Gabriel Jesus thought he had snatched all three points for City in added time, but his effort was ruled out by VAR after Aymeric Laporte had handled the ball in the build-up.Guardiola’s men had 30 shots in total during the match to Tottenham’s six, but the two sides ultimately had to settle for a point apiece in their second fixture of the new Premier League season.Winks, who saw 56 minutes of action at the Etihad, insists that Spurs have proved that they can “compete with the very best” and he is hopeful that the team can remain consistent as the campaign progresses.”I think they (City and Liverpool) should worry about us,” the midfielder told the Evening Standard. “We’ve shown in the last few years we can compete with the best teams in the Premier League and Europe. It’s important we do that on a consistent basis this season and it’s important we go to places like City and Liverpool and get results.”The manager doesn’t allow fear in us. We don’t go into any game beaten mentally. We go into every game knowing we can win and we can outperform them. Our mentality going into every game is to be on the front foot, press and try to win. That’s probably why we came away with a good point.”Winks also confessed that Tottenham’s display against City was “messy” but feels Pochettino got his tactics spot on against an opponent renowned for dominating possession.”They’re an excellent side, they’re champions and you have to respect them but like all sides they have weaknesses and I think we exploited them, especially from the corner,” he added.”We know how good we are. We know we’re a top side but when we come to places like this it’s important to get a result.”At times it was messy, it was difficult but that’s what you have to do, especially at City. You expect City to have a lot of possession, which they did. But it’s important when you come here to weather the storm when you’re under the cosh, to stay in there and I thought we did that fantastically.”Next up for Spurs is a home clash on Sunday against Newcastle, who have kicked off their latest campaign with defeats against Arsenal and Norwich. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
It is amazing to think that it is less than two years since Arsenal fans were busy appealing to Alexis Sanchez to stay at the Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger’s star man edged his way towards a move to Manchester City.There were no such pleas among the Manchester United faithful before the Chile international sealed a loan move to Inter on Thursday.Indeed, there can be no understating the disaster that has been his 19-month spell at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The decision by Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward to do everything they could to avoid seeing an already-unstoppable City adding Sanchez to their forward line backfired about as spectacularly as any transfer in modern history.At a time when City are being rightly questioned for the ethical issues behind their rise to dominance, their decision not to break the bank for Sanchez is one which very much lands on the right side of the ledger.United ended up offering the former Udinese and Barcelona man a £390,000 ($477,000) weekly salary and £75,000 ($92,000) starting bonus, which means he has cost the club around £55 million ($67m) since his arrival in January 2018.In return, they got five goals in all competitions, a string of desperately poor performances and a dressing room full of players wondering why the guy contributing the least was getting paid by far the most.It was exactly the sort of scenario Pep Guardiola was keen to avoid having on his hands at City, and which preceded the Premier League champions’ decision to pull out of the race for Sanchez.“Normally we try to be stable with the wages of the players because I think it is good for the team and stability of the club,” Guardiola said shortly after the attacker signed for United.“I’ve never put pressure on a club when they believe it is too much. Immediately, I accept that decision and move forward to find another solution. The stability of the club is the most important thing.”How prophetic that statement has become over time as Sanchez has struggled time and again to have any sort of impact at Old Trafford, all the while raising the salary expectations of every team-mate approaching a new deal and every new arrival entering negotiations.The more dry-witted United fans would suggest that the 30-year-old’s most stirring performance at the Theatre of Dreams was on the piano during his introductory video posted on social media, and it would be hard to challenge that assertion.From day one there were queries about exactly what Sanchez would be able to offer United. Many fans quizzed by Goal upon his arrival suggested that if he was to be used as an alternative to Anthony Martial, then his addition was unnecessary in the very least.Nobody, though, could have foreseen just how disastrous his United career would turn out.He leaves with a grand total of three goals in 32 Premier League appearances, and but for a stirring performance in the 2018 FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at Wembley, it is difficult to pick out any matches in which he truly looked like a good fit for United under either one of Mourinho or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Portuguese seemed not to know how to get the best out of him, while the current manager – who ended up handing Sanchez only four league starts – threw the ball squarely into the Chile international’s court as everyone began to wonder how the situation might be improved.“I can’t do anything about Alexis Sanchez,” said Solskjaer in February when asked whether he had a masterplan to kick the player out of his funk. “When he plays, he needs to finds himself because we know there’s a quality player there.”It is undeniable that Sanchez has the talent. We have seen it over a period of many years from Italy to Catalunya to north London. But in Manchester he has looked like a shadow of his former self.“It’s been a disaster,” former United captain Gary Neville told Sky Sports of Sanchez’s United career. “I have no idea what’s happened. There must be two of him: the one that played for Arsenal and Barcelona and then the one that’s turned up in Manchester.”While many might wonder whether the British transfer record signing of Angel di Maria in 2014 turned out to be a bigger disappointment, nobody can claim that Sanchez has been any form of success.The very fact that United had long since been resigned to having to subsidise his future wages elsewhere says much about their desperation to get rid of him. As it stands, they will still be paying more than half of Sanchez’s salary while he is at San Siro.What happens at the end of his season-long stay is unclear. What we do know, though, is that Alexis is unlikely to ever return to United.The scintillating performances of his days at the Emirates are nought but a distant memory right now and, while Inter will be hoping that he will prove he can be that player again now that he has been freed from his Old Trafford hell, the last year-and-a-half is a stain which will never be removed from Sanchez’s CV.Neither will it be something United get over quickly. While Sanchez’s exit was a key part of Solskjaer’s plan to rebuild the Reds, it remains a chapter of the club’s recent history which will not be forgotten in a hurry. Not least on the balance sheet.It turns out that Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United was a match made in hell. The only good thing to say about the whole episode is that it is now over.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard lamented two points thrown away on Saturday after Chelsea were pegged back in a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United. It all started off well at Stamford Bridge as Tammy Abraham scored twice in the first half to give his side a 2-0 lead going into half-time. But Callum Robinson scored for the Blades immediately after half-time, increasing the nerves around the Chelsea home ground. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream And the newly-promoted side’s comeback was completed in the 89th minute after Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma got the final touch on Robinson’s cross to hand the Blades a huge point on the road.The result leaves Chelsea with just one win from their opening four Premier League games under Lampard, with the Blues having drawn twice and lost once. Saturday’s game also continued a worrying trend for Chelsea, who have struggled in the second half of several Premier League matches already this season.Manchester United scored three times in the second half on the Premier League’s opening day in a 4-0 win, before Leicester pegged Chelsea back in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge two weekends ago.Lampard acknowledged after Saturday’s game that his side’s second halves need to improve quickly. “It was under control, it is our fault for gifting them a goal in the first minute of the second half. It’s a similar story already,” Lampard told BBC Sport. “The game should have been comfortable and we have dropped two points. We want to win games, the emergence of youth is one thing but winning games is another. When you are 2-0 up at half-time you should win the game.”We had more than enough on the pitch to win that game from 2-0 up. There is no chance that that game should swing like that. We gave them the possibility to hurt us.”Abraham’s play was a bright spot for Chelsea, with the 21-year-old now having scored a brace in back-to-back games. “Tammy Abraham is doing well, his all-round game was great and he needs to continue,” Lampard said of the England striker.Chelsea will return to action after the international break on September 14 when they travel to face Wolves at Molineux. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Gareth Southgate believes Raheem Sterling has been close to “unstoppable” after his dazzling display in England’s entertaining 5-3 win over Kosovo in Euro 2020 qualifying.Sterling scored and set up three others as England came from a goal down at St Mary’s Stadium to preserve their 100 per cent record in Group A on Tuesday.England conceded inside 34 seconds but Sterling restored parity before the Manchester City star teed up Harry Kane and provided the assists for Jadon Sancho’s brace. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Sterling’s performance came after he scored and supplied two assists for Kane in England’s 4-0 rout of Bulgaria on Saturday, and manager Southgate heaped praise on the in-form 24-year-old.Lovely touch, @sterling7 pic.twitter.com/zTTVSqE7VH— England (@England) September 10, 2019″Our attacking play from Raheem, Jadon and Harry was outstanding,” Southgate said. “Raheem’s two performances have been of the highest level. “I think he’s been almost unstoppable, his awareness of where defenders were, his ability to ride challenges, his vision and desire to get in on goal, and unselfish play as well, so I couldn’t speak highly enough of the way he played.”It was a memorable outing for Sancho in Southampton, where the Borussia Dortmund sensation scored his first England goals.”Jadon – you know we were talking about the three on Saturday – Jadon’s performance was at that level as well. He worked really hard for the team without the ball and showed the ability he has to go past people, to be calm in tight areas,” Southgate said.”So, that part of our game was absolutely outstanding. We continued that threat for most of the game.”Looking good for the #ThreeLions!Next up: trips to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in October pic.twitter.com/hPleFfY8nN— England (@England) September 10, 2019While England made it four wins from four games to move three points clear atop Group A, the Three Lions were far from convincing defensively against Kosovo.Errors saw England concede three goals to the visiting minnows and Southgate added: “It was bizarre. The outstanding features and the poor features are apparent to everybody, so we don’t need to get the video out and go back through it.”Poor individual mistakes, a poor start to the game. I like the way we showed the composure to recover from that initial mistake and our use of the ball throughout the first half was excellent, right the way through the team.”The small period after half-time: ridiculous mistakes, poor decisions, lack of covering back. So, we made the game really uncomfortable for ourselves. There were obviously mistakes that were concerning. Whether it was the intensity of the game, whether it was the pressure, I don’t know. We’ve got to reflect on that but they were such basic errors, really, that you have to learn from. We just made some crazy errors.”
Raheem Sterling is “right at the top of the tree” alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Trevor Sinclair, with the in-form Manchester City winger now worth at least £200 million ($247m).At 24 years of age, the England international is considered to have taken his game to new heights.Consistency has been added under the guidance of Pep Guardiola at club level, while end product is being delivered as a talismanic presence for his country. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Sterling, who was once an easy target for critics, has recorded 48 goals across the last two seasons with City, with another six added to his tally this term in just five appearances.He is also helping to fire England towards Euro 2020, with the target found six times in qualifying, and is said to be on course to match the standards set by two five-time Ballon d’Or winners.Former City and Three Lions star Sinclair told talkSPORT: “Raheem Sterling is right at the top of the tree, for me. If he’s not worth £200m now, I’d be surprised.“He’s the best player playing for England and he’s the first player on the team sheet for Pep Guardiola.“The big question now is where do you put him with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo? I would put him right amongst them. He’s there now.“The only difference, and he can’t do anything about it, is time. They’ve been doing it and are still doing it for 15 years and he’s only just started.“But if he continues in this form he’s showing, people are going to start talking about him being the best player in the world and I think he’s deserved that honour.“If you look at other players who have gone for big money and you look at what they bring to the table, the goals, the assists, the way they conduct themselves off the field – he’s right up there with the very best in the world.“I watched him on Saturday [against Bulgaria] and he was walking around and conserving his energy, exactly like Messi does for Barcelona every week, and then as soon as he sees a scenario developing he is absolutely electric, he comes alive.“His end product and decision-making and productivity he brings to England and Manchester City is so consistent, he’s got to be regarded as one of the best players in the world.”Sterling, after netting for England against Bulgaria and Kosovo, will be back in domestic action on Saturday when reigning Premier League champions City travel to Norwich. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester United will be without Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial for their home date with Leicester, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed.The Red Devils have seen two French stars pick up untimely knocks .Martial sat out United’s 1-1 draw with Southampton two weeks ago after tweaking his thigh, while Pogba was unable to link up with his country during the international break after damaging his ankle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream That means neither will be able to figure against the Foxes when Premier League action resumes on Saturday.Pogba and Martial are not the only ones handing Solskjaer a selection headache, though, with Jesse Lingard and Aaron Wan-Bissaka having pulled out of the latest England squad through injury .United are hopeful that both will be come into contention for an outing at Old Trafford, but Luke Shaw has been nursing a hamstring complaint, Diogo Dalot a hip problem and Eric Bailly is out until December with a knee issue.Red Devils boss Solskjaer told reporters at his pre-match press conference when asked for an update on his walking wounded: “Well the treatment room’s been busy.”And it still is. So we don’t really know who’s going to be available. There’s maybe Aaron, maybe Jesse and I think maybe that’s it from the ones that pulled out [from national squads], but I can’t promise those two will be available either.”Leicester is always a tough game, as a team, a club wanting to push into the top four, they’ve got good players, a good manager, a proven top manager, Brendan [Rodgers]’s teams always play with football and we’ve got to play well to get the three points.”Pogba won’t be fit, no. Unless he’s had a miraculous recovery overnight from yesterday to today or tonight to tomorrow, he’s not been ready to do 100 per cent training, no.”We hope more can be ready for West Ham next week and Paul and Anthony are in that category. I think they’ll be ready for then and can’t say more than that really.”United will be desperate to bring their France international stars back into the fold.The Red Devils have collected just five points from four games in 2019-20 and need to find inspiration from somewhere as they seek a spark to ignite their season.Pogba and Martial have faced criticism at times for failing to deliver on expectations, but their ability remains without question and United are a better side when two proven performers are available. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Lionel Messi could yet feature in Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Inter on Wednesday, with Ernesto Valverde refusing to rule him out of the contest.Messi has endured a difficult start to the season due to injury problems, suffering a calf strain in August that kept him out for a month, before a hamstring issue struck against Villarreal in September.Early indications seemed to suggest Messi was going to be missing for up to three weeks, but he was back in training on Monday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Although Valverde is yet to decide whether Messi is ready, he did warn expecting fans that he shall not needlessly risk their talisman, while there also remains a little uncertainty around Ousmane Dembele after hurting his hamstring.”We will see if he [Messi] receives it [the all-clear to play],” Valverde told reporters on Tuesday. “First we have training. What I reiterate is that we will not run any risk and we have to wait for training. “On Monday Dembele did the first part of the training, so now we see if he can do more on Tuesday.”Leo did half the training on Monday, we’ll see if he can finish [Tuesday’s session]. I don’t know if we can count on them in the end.”Barca began their Champions league campaign with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund, meaning they are under a little more pressure to get a home win against Inter.Ernesto Valverde: “Inter Milan have changed a lot, with new players and a new manager, and they’re playing a different scheme. So, last year’s game can only help us so much.” #BarçaInter pic.twitter.com/A9hFMOlKdp— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 1, 2019Antonio Conte’s side have enjoyed a stunning upturn in form since the former Chelsea coach took over, winning six and losing none of their seven matches across all competitions this season.In last season’s Champions League, Barca beat Inter 2-0 in Camp Nou and drew 1-1 in Milan, though Valverde expects an entirely different challenge this time around.”It is a team that has changed many things; players, the coach, they’re playing with a different system, even if there are similar things, such as their intention to push up,” Valverde said.”They have had a spectacular start, they are winning all their matches and we are waiting for a complicated game.”This is another Inter to last year, impacted by the coach, something similar to what we met with Chelsea two seasons ago. It’s a solid team, hard to score against.”
John McGinn scored a first-half hat-trick as Scotland hammered minnows San Marino 6-0 at Hampden Park in Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifying fixture.After Scotland’s 4-0 loss away to Russia last time out, manager Steve Clarke said his side had to make sure that result was “the very, very bottom of the lowest” for the Tartan Army.McGinn ensured they ended a four-game run of losses in Group I before the break, after which the match became increasingly farcical due to Hampden Park’s sodden pitch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Lawrence Shankland netted his first international goal, debutant defender Stuart Findlay headed home a corner and substitute Stuart Armstrong hit a sweet free-kick to make the scoreline more [email protected] with Scotland’s first hat-trick since Kim Little against Cyprus, back in August.#SCOSMR pic.twitter.com/u1G0qTussO— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) October 13, 2019Scotland had scored only once in their past four games but broke the deadlock in the 12th minute in driving Glasgow rain.Ryan Christie cut inside on the right and curled the ball towards Aldo Simoncini’s bottom-left corner, with McGinn applying a deft touch to make sure.McGinn was gifted a second when Simoncini pushed a tame Scott McTominay shot into his path, then he secured the matchball moments before half-time by pouncing from close range.Conditions became more difficult after the interval and when McTominay’s long-range drive thudded against the crossbar in the 65th minute, ex-Queen’s Park striker Shankland was on hand to tuck home the rebound on his old home ground.Findlay then joined Shankland in opening his international account with a header from Christie’s corner, while Armstrong’s glorious set-piece goal helps give Clarke’s side hope for the future.What does it mean? Play-off platform for ScotlandThough their hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 are over, Scotland can still reach the finals via the Nations League play-offs after topping their group. Clarke’s side desperately needed a confidence boost and this result, albeit against the worst national team in the world according to FIFA’s rankings, should provide some momentum.Scotland can build around McGinnIt took McGinn until his 16th international appearance to score for Scotland, but he looks increasingly at home at this level, albeit San Marino are very weak opposition. McGinn has made a flying start to life in the Premier League with Aston Villa and has now netted seven times for club and country this season. 5 – John McGinn has scored what is just the fifth hat-trick by a Scotland player this century, and the first since James Forrest against Israel in November last year. Magic. pic.twitter.com/zkJoWz48aW— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 13, 2019Simoncini’s bizarre errorBrought into the side after Simone Benedettini conceded nine times against Belgium on Thursday, Simoncini’s mistake gave McGinn a tap-in for his second goal. McTominay’s shot did not appear to be on target and the goalkeeper could not even blame the wet surface on this occasion.Key Opta Facts:- Scotland have won all eight of their meetings with San Marino by an aggregate score of 27-0, and all four at home by a combined 19-0 scoreline. This was the biggest of those eight victories.- Scotland scored double the number of goals in this win over San Marino (six) than they had managed in their first five games under Steve Clarke combined before this (three).- San Marino have conceded 43 goals across their eight 2020 European Championship qualifiers, seven more than in their 10 games in qualifying for the 2016 tournament (36).- John McGinn scored what was just the fifth hat-trick by a Scotland player this century, and the first since James Forrest against Israel in November last year.- McGinn became the first player to score a first-half hat-trick for Scotland since Lawrie Reilly against USA in a friendly in April 1952, 67 years and 166 days ago.- Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Findlay have become the first players to score on their first international starts for Scotland since Ikechi Anya did so against North Macedonia in September 2013.What’s next?Scotland are away to Cyprus and at home to Kazakhstan when the group concludes next month. San Marino will try to salvage pride from another difficult campaign with a home double-header against Kazakhstan and Russia. read more
Ajax have opted for an environmentally friendly way to travel to their Champions League clash against Lille next month.Erik ten Hag’s men face a double-header against Chelsea before they travel to France to face Lille on November 27.But the Dutch champions have already arranged their method of transport for the game, deciding to take the train instead of flying in a plane. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Ajax CEO and former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says his side hope to set a good example as an eco-friendly club.”Compliments to NS and Eurostar that this train journey has been made possible,” Van der Sar told the NS website.”We live in a climate-conscious time and we want to set a good example as a club. Lille is an excellent destination for a train journey in terms of location, which is why we approached NS with this idea.”For Erik ten Hag and his men, this seems to us to be a more efficient and less tiring journey. Because the performance that Ajax has to deliver in Lille is of course paramount.”Not only is the train ride beneficial for the environment, it is also more convenient for Ajax, who will save time by staying grounded.While a flight from Amsterdam to Lille would take around three hours and 20 minutes, the train will take two and a half hours.Ajax are top of their Champions League group after two games, having beaten both Lille and Valencia 3-0, putting them three points ahead of next opponents Chelsea, who they host in the Dutch capital on October 23.The clash in France will be their second-last of the group stage and could be a vital one for last season’s semi-finalists as they look to book their place in the next round.And even NS director Heike Luiten is confident the squad will get there in prime condition to get a good result.”For Ajax’s return journey, we will make room for three points in the luggage rack,” Luiten said.
Allianz Global Assistance Survey Reveals Top 2018 Spring Break Destinations, With Mexico Taking Top Three International Spots Richmond, VA, February 15, 2018 – Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance provider, analyzed U.S. travelers’ Spring Break travel plans this year, and found that Orlando and Cancun are once again the most popular domestic and international destinations. Upon Allianz Global Assistance’s review of trips planned for the Spring Break season – February 23, 2018 through April 16, 2018 – for travel between five and eight days in length, the results showed that Orlando (9.5 percent) was the number one domestic destination for Spring Breakers. Following in popularity are Phoenix (5.2 percent), Honolulu (4.7 percent), Fort Lauderdale (4.4 percent), Las Vegas (4.2 percent), Fort Myers (4.1 percent), New York (3.8 percent), Los Angeles (3.4 percent), Miami (3.3 percent) and Maui (3.2 percent). Internationally, the top three destinations are in Mexico, with Cancun (14.2 percent) leading the list, then San Jose Del Cabo (6.3 percent) and Puerto Vallarta (5.1 percent). The next most popular destinations are Higuey, Dominican Republic (4.9 percent); Montego Bay, Jamaica (4.8 percent); Aruba, Aruba (4.5 percent); Nassau, Bahamas (4.3 percent); Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (3.4 percent); and Cayman, Cayman (3.3 percent). Rounding out this year’s Top 10 list as the only European ranking is London, United Kingdom (2.8 percent). The Allianz findings also showed the most popular flight days for Spring Break travel in 2018. The busiest travel day for domestic (4.1 percent) and international flights (5.69 percent) is March 10, 2018. Most Spring Break travelers are taking a five day trip for domestic destinations (31 percent) and an eight day trip for international destinations (52 percent). “Americans are opting for sun and fun this Spring Break, with a majority of travelers planning domestic and international beach getaways, whereas last year many travelers opted for a ski destination,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Given recent concern over travel to Mexico, our data shows the resilience of the country’s top destinations and the confidence that Americans have in Mexican resorts. Travel insurance will be an important consideration for spring break travelers this year, especially for those who want protection from covered unexpected events that may occur before or during their trip.” Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance* through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com. Methodology: The data for U.S. travelers’ 2018 Spring Break plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights from the U.S. airports during Spring Break season (2/23/2018–4/16/2018) for trips between five and eight days in length. The findings are listed below: Top Spring Domestic Break DestinationsRank2017 Domestic City% of Domestic Offers2018 Domestic City% of Domestic Offers 1Orlando8.62%Orlando9.5%2Las Vegas5.29%Phoenix5.2%3Phoenix4.38%Honolulu4.7%4Fort Lauderdale4.13%Fort Lauderdale4.4%5Los Angeles4.00%Las Vegas4.2%6Fort Myers3.94%Fort Myers4.1%7Denver3.69%New York3.8%8Salt Lake City3.35%Los Angeles3.4%9San Francisco3.14%Miami3.3%10Tampa3.04%Maui3.2%Top Spring Break International DestinationsRank2017 International City% of Int’l Offers 2018 International City% of Int’l Offers1Cancun, Mexico16.73%Cancun, Mexico14.2%2Cabo San Lucas, Mexico5.27%San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico6.3%3San Juan, Puerto Rico4.84%Puerto Vallarta, Mexico5.1%4Punta Cana, Dominican Republic4.74%Higuey, Dominican Republic4.9%5Puerto Vallarta, Mexico4.41%Montego Bay, Jamaica4.8%6London, United Kingdom3.95%Aruba Island, Aruba4.5%7Montego Bay, Jamaica3.16%Nassau, Bahamas4.3%8Aruba Island, Aruba2.97%Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands3.4%9Nassau, Bahamas2.85%Cayman Islands, Cayman3.3%10St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands2.81%London, United Kingdom2.8% Top Spring Break Travel Dates2018 RankDomestic City Travel Date% of Domestic OffersInternational City Travel Date% of Int’l Offers13/10/20184.10%3/10/20185.69%23/24/20183.81%3/24/20185.36%33/1/20183.52%2/24/20184.69%42/28/20183.37%3/31/20184.43%53/3/20183.08%3/3/20184.39%63/7/20183.01%3/17/20184.01%73/14/20183.00%3/11/20182.51%82/24/20182.99%4/7/20182.47%93/8/20182.95%3/25/20182.34%103/31/20182.77%3/14/20182.28% * * * Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. 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SAVOR THE FLAVORS OF THE WORLD…Avalon Waterways Announces FlexDining for 2019 LITTLETON, Colorado – March 26, 2018 – From morning breakfast to elegant dinners, Avalon Waterways has always invited travelers to free their taste buds from the ordinary. In 2019, the river cruise operator is taking even more steps to turn the tables onboard with the introduction of FlexDiningSM for Avalon guests. “Our new FlexDining program invites Avalon guests to enjoy more flexibility at breakfast, lunch and dinner,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “In addition to providing guests with multiple dining venues like the Panorama Bistro and the Sky Grill to bringing healthy food options to the plate with Avalon Fresh®, FlexDining offers our guests the opportunity to enjoy open dining times, more two-top tables for couples, bar service on the Sky Deck and daily night fare, on request, at the bar. We even provide complimentary picnic lunches to those interested in taking their dining experience off the ship.” With the introduction of Avalon Fresh® in 2017 – a partnership with rising culinary stars Leo and Karl Wrenkh – that features healthy food options with the freshest ingredients from local farms and suppliers, Avalon Waterways has focused on bringing amazing to travelers plates. Now, the company is inviting guests to choose the onboard dining venue – and times – that suit their mood, from a breezy al fresco lunch at the Sky Grill and less formal “sit-down” atmosphere of the Panorama Bistro to an elegant, four-course dinner in the glass-walled dining room. “At whatever table setting or time our guests choose to dine, they have the opportunity to savor local flavors and the familiar favorites they may crave throughout their vacation,” said Hoffee. “On an Avalon cruise, every meal is part of the journey.” SEE BEYOND SALES EVENT: Travelers booking a 2019 cruise early can save up to $3,000 per couple on select Europe and Asia river cruises. ABOUT AVALON WATERWAYSSince we launched our very first ship in 2004, Avalon Waterways has invited you – our traveler – to be our muse. Thanks to you, we let imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space, be our guide. The result? An incomparable river cruise experience, including one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites℠ – with innovative Open-Air Balconies® and beds facing the views – on the industry’s only Suite Ships®: Unequaled vessels that feature two full decks of 200- and 300-square-foot suites. On the spectacular ships of Avalon, “included” is one of our favorite words. Spacious outside staterooms with plenty of room to relax – included. Special touches like regional wines and beer at every onboard lunch and dinner – included. Complimentary Wi-Fi – included. The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides – included. VIP entrance into must-see sites – included. In addition to everything that is included, we also give you the freedom of Avalon Choice® – a different approach to river cruising that invites travelers to personalize their trip. Whether looking for a romantic mini-break, an in-depth 24-day exploration or something in between, with Avalon Waterways, you can choose the river cruise that reveals the very best of Europe, Asia, or South America– your way!
Award Presented at the ASTA Global Convention 2018 ARLINGTON, Va. – August 28, 2018 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) is pleased to announce that it has been presented the Technology and Transaction Partner of the Year award by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). The award was given last week in Washington, D.C. during ASTA’s Global Convention 2018. The ASTA awards program recognizes those individuals and organizations who make lasting contributions to the industry. ARC was selected for the Technology and Transaction Partner of the Year award by a vote of ASTA’s 9,500 individual members, who considered nominees’ dedication to, and support of ASTA and the travel advisor community. “We are extremely honored and proud to have been selected by ASTA members for this award,” said ARC President and CEO, Mike Premo. “Over the past decade, ARC has made a concerted effort to work closer with travel advisors and their organizations and also provide the technology and products to help them succeed. We see this recognition as a validation of those efforts and look forward to making our relationships even stronger. Thank you, ASTA!” About ARCAn industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $88.5 billion in ticket transactions in 2017 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 287 million passenger trips. ARC also provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.
Pop quiz: What do you do when you’ve got a knot in your back that you can’t reach, your partner is away on business, and you can’t book your usual sport massage for another week? If your answer is A) suffer in pain or B) see a doctor for pills, you are 100 percent wrong and also almost definitely 100 ignorant of the one amazing technology solution to your problem: The Theragun G3PRO.I first saw a percussive therapy machine at Outdoor Retailer a few years ago and was very skeptical of the entire premise. To me, having something vibrate lightly over any sore muscles or particularly troublesome fascia couldn’t possibly compare to a hardcore rumble roller session or a deep-tissue massage. In order to convince me otherwise, the Theragun team me a sample to test out. After having used the Theragun G3PRO on and off in conjunction with my regular foam and rumble rolling routine, I’m prepared to say that my initial belief that this was just another goofy-looking piece of gym equipment that was more gimmick than go-to, was completely wrong.I am a Theragun convert and will be from now until somebody comes up with something better. Theragun G3PRO 1 of 2 Next How It WorksUsing a battery-powered, electric motor, the Theragun G3PRO is a percussive therapy machine that uses a 16mm amplitude massage head that vibrates at 2400 RPMs. With an adjustable arm and two speeds, along with a variety of attachments, anyone looking for relief from muscle soreness or stiffness can find it. The brand claims you can reach over 90 percent of your body just yourself and I certainly can confirm it. I was able to massage several knots out of my back that I normally can’t reach without using a tennis ball and a wall. The Theragun also comes with a variety of different attachments, from a large soft head to use on larger muscle groups like your quads and hamstrings to small, angular heads that can be used to target specific areas, like knots beneath shoulder blades or deep in your glutes.Overall, the latest from Theragun is a monster muscle massager that any Crossfitter, marathoner, iron-manner, or regular Joe can integrate into their lives to make it just a little bit less painful (and with a fewer pills).A few considerations: Yes, this is an expensive tool. And yes, it’s a little unwieldy (I’m not convinced this would be easy to travel with, though multiple trainers claim that they do). But in general, most things in life that are a worthy investment are going to cost a little extra money, especially when it comes to your health. So go for it. Sign up for that installment plan if you have to – we’re going to go out on a very limber limb in her and say that you’re not going to regret it. $599 from Theragun How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady Editors’ Recommendations Previous How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350 How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale
Whether it’s as a seasonal lighthouse keeper in San Francisco or as a lifelong recluse lost amid a private, country-sized reserve in Patagonia, we all seek somewhere to escape to. Though the world may feel like it’s shrinking, there are still a surprising number of very secluded places to build your dream home left on this planet — some more affordable than you think. One unique private island was newly announced for sale off the coast of Ireland, and it could be yours for less than a modest, two-bedroom home in San Francisco.Ardoilean — “High Island” to Statesiders — is situated in the Atlantic Ocean less than two miles off Ireland’s west coast. On paper, the island offers everything a nature-loving couple could ask for. The 80 acres of rolling grassland include two natural freshwater lakes and jaw-dropping views of the ocean and the coast of Connemara. At its peak, the island rises more than two hundred feet above sea level. Numerous inlets cut into its dramatic rock formations, promising plenty of places to explore, dive, or kayak. This all provides the perfect base for an abundance of bird life including petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, gulls, and an occasional pair of breeding peregrine falcons each spring.But, what’s most interesting — and why the €1,250,000 (USD $1.4 million) price tag is such a steal — is the island’s incredible history. Ancient ruins and artifacts found on the island date to at least 300 B.C., and there are some evidentiary pollen samples (that’s really a thing) that date as far back as 1,000 B.C. The flooring that remains in a church found on the island indicates the likelihood of an early Iron Age settlement sometime between 300 B.C. and 20 A.D. A monastery that once stood there sometime in the seventh century was likely home to around 60 people.From the late 18th century onward, High Island was owned by the Martin Family (one of the great Galway tribes) before being mined for copper, then subsequently changing hands to the Irish poet Robert Murphy for the last half of the 20th century. Today, the only intact remains are the monastery including the church, the altar, and a beehive hut just east of the church itself. The ruins are technically owned by the Irish Department of Environment, Heritage, and Local Government and are not part of the island’s sale. The government was kind enough, however, to install a small modern building with a septic tank and rainwater collection system. So, there’s that.Interested parties can inquire at Spencer Auctioneers. Just bring your wallet and a few charming words of Gaelic if you expect to be taken seriously. This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Editors’ Recommendations Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert
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Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – October 11, 2016 – Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies, today announced it will host the 2017 Avoya Travel Conference at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, May 22 to May 25. The educational and motivational event will bring together Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network with industry leaders, supplier partners, and Avoya executives and support staff. Avoya’s Shared Success™ philosophy and vision, Reimagine Vacation Planning Together™, continue to add proven value to Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network and improve the way people plan and book vacations. “We are thrilled to host the 2017 Avoya Travel Conference back in San Diego and provide Independent Agencies and supplier partners with more opportunities to connect and share ideas with our team,” said Jeff Anderson, Executive Vice President, Avoya Travel. “Hosting the conference in San Diego has proven to be a huge success, even reaching record-breaking attendance two years ago at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, and we look forward to making the 2017 event the best yet.” The Avoya Travel Conference will highlight the company’s continued leadership as an innovator in the travel industry and introduce key stakeholders to new ground-breaking programs and award-winning resources that enable travel professionals and Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network to grow their businesses and make above industry average incomes. In 2017, programing will include a series of keynotes and workshops, networking, philanthropic events, a preferred partner tradeshow, and will recognize Independent Agencies who have achieved record sales. “Attending the Avoya Travel Conference made a huge impact on my success,” said Rachel Mooney, owner of Changing Your Latitude Travel, LLC. “As a young professional new to the Avoya Network and the travel industry, I was able to apply ideas picked up at conference during seminars, presentations, and networking with the result being that I’ve now closed more sales in the six weeks after conference than I had previously all year.” Details on programing will be announced soon. For more information on how Independent Agencies can live a lifestyle of success with Avoya, please visit www.JoinAvoya.com. About Avoya Travel:Avoya Travel is a family-owned company with a long-standing reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 25 years, and their largest seller of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. For this, Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year, by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, and more. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.
Exclusive opportunity to experience the Galapagos wildlife in the company of naturalist expert Jaime Dominguez aboard a brand-new luxury yacht Adventure travel specialist World Expeditions is thrilled to announce that well-versed naturalist guide, avid photographer and exceptional storyteller Jaime Dominguez will escort an exclusive journey to the Galapagos aboard a brand new luxury yacht in January 2020. Holder of the highest certification possible for a naturalist guide in the Galapagos, Jaime Dominguez first arrived to the islands in 1990 and for the last three decades he has been helping visitors make sense of the wonders (and weirdness!) of the archipelago’s unique fauna. Jaime Dominguez uses his exceptional photography to document and inspire those who have not yet been to this incredible ecosystem and his work has featured in publications such as the Charles Darwin Research Station Calendar. In addition, he assists as a volunteer guide for the Galapagos National Park and is involved in various educational programs for the local communities. The Galapagos archipelago represents a striking world of volcanic landscapes and fearless animals, and a cruise through this spectacular wildlife sanctuary on board the brand-new yacht Solaris promises to be a memorable experience. Offering ample space to rest and relax (including sundeck, outside bar and lounge areas), the sleek Solaris accommodates only 16 passengers, allowing for a more personal and intimate experience. All 11 cabins are spacious and air-conditioned, with first class private facilities and ocean views. Five cabins provide single beds, with no single supplement surcharge required for solo travellers. Commenting on the new trip, Nathalie Gauthier North American Manager for World Expeditions, said: “Jaime Dominguez is widely considered as one of the best naturalists in Ecuador. He is known for his love for the Galapagos, which he explores every which way he can – walking, scuba diving, free diving, kayaking, snorkeling and even stand‑up paddle boarding. His experience, professionalism, ethics, great sense of humor and of course unrivalled knowledge are sure to bring the Galapagos to life.” The new trip is timed when Galapagos wildlife are most active – travellers can spot birds nesting on guided walks, snorkel with playful sea lions or witness marine iguanas transform into an array of colours with the start of their mating season. NEW! Galapagos in Comfort with Naturalist and Photographer Jaime Dominguez: 8 days. 28 January – 4 February 2020. Aboard the brand new, first class Solaris yacht. Places are limited. Exclusive with World Expeditions.https://worldexpeditions.com/GAI For more information and bookings please visit worldexpeditions.com or call 1-800-567-2216. For more details and high-quality images, please don’t hesitate to contact me: Caroline Mongrain via email [email protected] or at 1-800-567-2216. About World ExpeditionsSince its inception in 1975, World Expeditions has earned an outstanding reputation as an innovator and world leader in quality, small group adventure holidays. Offering ground-breaking itineraries escorted by expert local leaders, World Expeditions meticulously designs each trip with an emphasis on facilitating one-of-a-kind experiences in fascinating destinations, supporting true sustainability in the protection of local communities, natural environments and wildlife.
Courtesy of Living Vehicle Previous Editors’ Recommendations Courtesy of Living Vehicle Courtesy of Living Vehicle Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture Courtesy of Living Vehicle 1 of 6 Courtesy of Living Vehicle For agoraphobes and anyone looking to pull the ripcord on society, there’s never been a better time to pack up and get the hell out of Dodge. Modern nomads have a world of tiny houses, Swiss-Army-inspired pop-up campers, and van life options available to help fuel a fully mobile lifestyle. But, what about travelers who don’t want to leave it all behind?Most campers are designed for short getaways. Living Vehicle, as the name implies, is for anyone looking to actually live in their RV. The understated, 28-foot, shoebox-like exterior belies a high-end interior with all the trappings of a modern luxury studio apartment. Every model promises a long list of standard and optional features including a spa-like bathroom, washer-dryer combo, skylights, loads of storage, and generously-sized living quarters totaling 220 square feet. The master suite is outfitted with a queen-sized bed and an optional Sonos home theater system with a 70-inch retractable screen. One wall even folds down to form a walk-out patio for al fresco dining or sunrise yoga sessions.The entire shell is wrapped in oversized windows that flood the interior with light from every direction. A massive, roof-mounted solar array powers a beefy electrical system that enables owners to travel off-grid indefinitely. Plus, optional off-road tires and wheels allow Living Vehicle to get far, far off-road. Next One look at the photos, and it’s no surprise that an architect designed this stunning luxury RV. Company owner Matthew Hofman also spent the last decade renovating almost 400 Airstream RVs, so he brings considerable experience to bear with this newly designed model. It’s clear he spared no expense in engineering and designing Living Vehicle. The interior is bright, crisp, and modern with a fit and finish that looks like something out of an Architectural Digest feature spread. Even the wood-free, solid aluminum construction was carefully considered to ensure the vehicle is lightweight, eco-friendly, and built to last.All 25 of the limited-edition 2020 Living Vehicle trailers will be available in early 2020 with a house-like starting price of $199,995. But, for anyone looking to leave the cul-du-sac and white picket fences behind while taking every convenience of home with them, it’s hard to imagine a better option.For a similar luxury alternative with a healthy dose of retro, Airstream-esque flair, check out the Bowling Road Chief Endless Highways. Courtesy of Living Vehicle The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected 5 Ways to Rent an RV for Your Next Road Trip The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Bowlus Road Chief’s Luxurious Endless Highways Is the Original Silver Bullet Camper
You can feel a special atmosphere by cutting off the outsideThe garden which is wrapped in clear air. As soon as you enter the garden, you will feel like you came into a special dimension. The place you can see different scenery, feel a special atmosphere, and experience a unique sense of time is Kiyosumi garden, which is near Kiyosumishirakawa(清澄白河) Station.When you enter the garden, at once you might forget everything about how you even came into this garden. I mean that your all senses are turned to the overwhelming scenery.I express this feeling “Cutting off the outside”.The history of Kiyosumi garden〜Yataro Iwasaki who is a founder of Mitsubishi Zaibatsu〜This garden, guess what, originated as the residence of wealthy Edo merchants and generals, and it is believed that the foundation of the garden was built from around that time. In the Meiji Era, the Mitsubishi Zaibatsu founder, Yataro Iwasaki, bought this wasteland and made the garden.He fixed the land and located famous stones which were collected from famous stone areas all over Japan.After carrying out various repairs, in 1979, the garden was designated as one of Tokyo’s scenic spots.*1*1：Places of scenic beauty: gardens, bridges, gorges, seashores, mountains, and other places in Japan; by wikipedia.You can experience the unreadable suspenseThere is a sukiya-style building, Ryotei, which is designated as Tokyo Metropolitan Government Historical Building Selection.This building was built to project out onto the pond, giving the garden a uniquely Japanese atmosphere. You guessed right, the charm of this garden is that it’s designed around the pond.We are easily fascinated from plants in Japanese gardens but here, Kiyosumi garden, we are fascinated by the large pond. Plants and buildings appear on the surface of the water of a large pond.And our views are blocked by hills and pathways located around the pond. In this situation, you can see an unimaginable view of scenery.You can experience the unreadable situation. This is the charm of Kiyosumi garden.Please feel the special atmosphere you can only experience in this place.InformationKiyosumi GardenAddress: 135-0024 Kiyosumi 2-chome,3-chome,Koto-ku TokyoInquiry Office:Kiyosumi Garden Administration(Tel:03-3641-5892)Access: 20-min walk from Tozai Subway Line Monzen-nakacho station/15-min walk from Toei Shinjuku Subway Line Morishita station/3-min walk from Kiyosumi-Teienmae on Toei BusHours: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.(Admission until 4:00p.m.)Admission:150yen/65 years old or older 70yenClosed:December 29~January 1It is open to the public for free on Greenery Day(May 4) and Tokyo Citizens’ Day(October 1)
Kyoto is the place where almost everybody visits if they come to Japan.But do you have anything in your mind what you can do in Kyoto? Do you know how to get information about things you should eat or buy and places you should visit? Even you’ve got information, sometime it is so hard to make your decisions what you will do and where you will go. I guess that some of them might want to ask locals what is the best way to see and experience real Kyoto.Here you go. There is a wonderful way to get to know and experience Kyoto as much as possible in comfort.Tell about Kyoto from local sideFrom YASAKA TAXI Here is a way to do it. Getting around by Yasaka Limousine Service with English Speaking Chauffeur.They provide the best service to meet customer’s expectations. We can say that their drivers represents welcoming sprites in Japan. Drivers who know about Kyoto well will guide you to special places in Kyoto.Being a driver and being a guide need to have different skills. But Taxi drivers of Yasaka Limousine Service have both skills. But don’t take it wrong. It doesn’t mean that every single taxi driver will be able to drive you around guiding in English. So you don’t need to stop to ask a driver to guide you.Still hard to find drivers who can drive you around and guide you at the same time.There are still not much drivers who can give a guide in English. Ten thousand people registered as a driver at this moment. But Only 100 people of them can speak English. Only ten of them have a certificate of interpreters .You should keep in your mind that you need to reserve at a hotel if you want to have a interpreter driver.Hire a taxi driver who speaks English = the best way to get around Kyotophoto credit: LIN CHIA HUI via photopin ccThere are not much people who can guide you in English as driving around in Kyoto. So if you’ve got a chance to have him/her, you will definitely have memorable and fabulous time with him/her.It is hard to get a license of interpreters since they are required to know geography and history of Japan besides languages. Qualified interpreter drivers who I met not only know about shrines and temples but also can explain about different ways of thinking that people in japan and people from the other countries have and have in depth knowledge about how shrines and temples have connections with Judaism.I’m pretty sure that people from the other countries wonder if Japanese people are religious or what gods are like for Japanese people. These qualified guide will answer your questions.Now, Most of people started thinking about a price to hire this wonderful guide. It will cost you about from 30 to 70 thousand yen for half a day to 9 hours. If you have a budget for it and want to experience real Kyoto with a licensed guide, its worth to take this tour.You can get to experience things you can not get to know on a guidebook you have in your hand. You will get to see and feel Kyoto more than you expected for sure.
Near the attraction Stitch Encounter, you can capture the Cinderella Castle, abundant greenery, and a river-like area all together in one picture.F. Both Sides of the Cinderella Castle 6 ‘Only in Japan’ Souvenirs From Tokyo Disney Resort The front and back side of the Cinderella Castle have different designs. In fact, the back is built with several windows, which gives the castle its powerful appearance.E. Near Stitch Encounter Visit Tokyo Disneyland with the Family 5. Save Time with Tasty SnacksIf you’re hoping to save some time or easily satisfy your stomach, then select a quick meal you can buy without going into a shop!Popcorn Here, you can capture the Cinderella Castle and bronze statue of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney in one frame.B. Swiss Family Treehouse Read also Adult (18 and over)5,400 yen4,200 yen In Tokyo Disneyland, there is a baby center located in the World Bazaar and Toontown. The baby center is equipped with a nursing room, a bed for changing diapers, and a changing board. You can also warm milk for your baby with the microwave or use appliances that help cool boiling water to a warm 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The center is also filled with Disney designs that add to its bright interior.Diaper changing tables can also be found in the women’s restrooms and some men’s restrooms (for details, please check here: park restrooms and diaper changing table map in Japanese). You can find guide maps and the “Today”—a pamphlet containing a schedule of the day’s parades and shows—available in Japanese and several languages (English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean). These guides are placed in the Main Street House right at the entranceway of the park, so be sure to take one.While you can also look up information beforehand, we recommend the “Today” because it not only includes information for that day, but also information on restaurants and limited products for that month. The design changes according to the season, so don’t throw it away after you’ve finished reading the contents!Cute Rental Strollers for the Day Entry TimeFrom 15:00 on weekends and holidaysFrom 18:00 Mon – Fri After entering the park, continue walking on the right hand side until you find an area where visitors can rent strollers (1,000 yen). The strollers are decked out in a Mickey Mouse design that is so cute! Cast members will teach you how to use the strollers here. These baby carts are known for being light and easily collapsible.Cast members will write down the name of the renter, which eliminates the worry of being unable to find your stroller in the park. Wheelchair rentals are also available.Using the Large-Size Storage Lockers Tokyo Disney Resort – By Train Or Bus? A Complete Guide On How To Get There! If you stand near the attraction Dumbo the Flying Elephant and snap a photo, you’ll manage to capture Dumbo soaring into the frame with the Cinderella Castle in the backdrop. This adorable picture simultaneously captures Dumbo having fun.D. Behind Cinderella Castle 6 Popular Snacks Only At Tokyo Disney Resort Numerous benches can be found in front of shops, so feel free to use them to take a break when you’re tired.Toontown Enter the Swiss Family Treehouse—an attraction you experience while walking—and you’ll be able to take a picture of the Cinderella Castle from afar surrounded by lush greenery.C. In Front of Dumbo the Flying Elephant 1. Plan Your Itinerary in Advance Additionally, there are plenty of coin lockers available for use at the park’s entrance. Storage lockers are available in various sizes with the smallest priced at 300 yen and the largest at 700 yen.Many visitors will likely use these lockers upon entering the park. If you’re worried about availability, please check out the storage lockers installed in four areas outside Tokyo Disneyland. Please check this page for details on where these lockers are located. There is also a service called Rider Switch. If your child doesn’t meet an attraction’s boarding restrictions and you have two or more companions (guardians) in your party, this service allows each person to alternate riding the attraction without having to wait in line twice.If you’d like to utilize the Rider Switch service, please let the staff know before lining up for the attraction.4. Spots to Take Shelter from Rain or SunlightIf you’re a tourist, it’s hard to predict in advance what the weather will be like on the date you’ve purchased your tickets. It might be useful to get an understanding of which spots you can take shelter against the rain or harsh sunshine. We’ll introduce several of these spots below.World Bazaar When you’re thinking about a family trip to Japan, Tokyo Disney Resort is a great option. In Japan, there are two amusement parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Both locations will make you wish you had the entire day to spend there. If you had to choose only one amusement park, which would be the best option? Of course, you can enjoy both parks during your visit! However, many families typically choose kid-friendly attraction-filled Tokyo Disneyland. The park is perfect for those hoping to get the full Disney experience, from the iconic Cinderella Castle and greetings with Disney characters. Your child will certainly be delighted!We’ll introduce a variety of ways to enjoy Tokyo Disneyland with your family!Table of Contents1. Plan Your Itinerary in Advance2. Select Tickets Based on Your Stay3. Getting Information on the Day of Your Visit? Plus Strollers and Lockers Above: Hungry Bear Restaurant, Below: Queen of Hearts Banquet HallWhether they specifically sell set menus or host shows, there is a variety of restaurants available in the park. We recommend dining inside a spacious indoor restaurant with many seats. Additionally, these restaurants can be used to avoid the pouring rain or harsh sunlight.Recommended restaurants and areas are as listed below: 4. Spots for Taking Shelter from Rain or Sunlight5. Save Time with Tasty Snacks6. Pictures of Cinderella Castle Snapped at Different Angles! The Toontown Baby Center is accessible an hour after the park opens to the public until an hour before closing time.2. Select Tickets Based on Your StayIdeally, many park-goers would love to visit Tokyo Disneyland from the early morning until late at night. However, there are some visitors that cannot spend the entire day at the park. We’ll introduce two types of tickets called the Starlight Passport and After 6 Passport specifically geared for these people. Child (4 – 11)3,500 yen 4,200 yen A Dream Family Trip! 9 Charming Features Of Tokyo Disneyland® Hotel FantasylandQueen of Hearts Banquet Hall Tokyo Disneyland is an extremely popular amusement park around the world. The park houses numerous attractions and exhibits a rich variety of content in their shows. However, this popular park is also notorious for its long waiting time at attractions. Check out these points listed below to efficiently enjoy the park before your visit.1. Look up parade times, information on attractions, new products, and special menus on the official website.2. Prioritize which attractions you want to ride.3. Look up what attractions and parades you can enjoy during the wait time between FastPasses.4. Make a list of the attractions that do not issue FastPasses.A model itinerary can be found on the official website, so feel free to refer to this route if you’re a first-time visitor. Some attractions may be out of order, so be sure to check this information as well.Read also TypeStarlight PassportAfter 6 Passport Choose Attractions on the Official Website Critter CountryGrandma Sara’s Kitchen Chip and Dale’s treehouse is our top attraction to visit in this area. A spiral staircase leads up to the second floor of the house, making it fun to walk up and down with your child. The fact that it’s not very crowded is another appealing factor. Because it’s indoors, so you can also avoid the sunlight.A Variety of Indoor Restaurants In Toontown, you will feel as if you’ve stepped into the world of Mickey Mouse. Here, visitors can even spot the homes of beloved Disney characters. AreaRestaurant Name On Tokyo Disney Resort’s official page for attractions, you can check the ride’s descriptions along with varying needs such as whether it’s safe on rainy days or if loud sounds and scary characters appear. Be sure to decide in advance which attractions you wish to ride by checking out this page.If you can read Japanese, please also refer to this page for families. The page is a compilation of information on how to enjoy the day, what items to bring, and more!Know Where to Find Baby Centers World Bazaar is a themed area lined with several shops and restaurants. A transparent roof hangs over the top of the building, which makes it possible to walk around on rainy days without an umbrella. Popsicles are the ideal icy treats made for hot days! The yellow Mickey Mouse ice pop has a tropical fruit flavor while the pink Minnie Mouse ice pop is a peach berry flavor. Without question, this refreshing popsicle is perfect for the summer.Read also 6. Pictures of Cinderella Castle Snapped at Different Angles!When visiting Tokyo Disneyland, it’s obligatory to take a picture of the Cinderella Castle! We’ll introduce our recommended spots when it comes to snapping a commemorative photo of the castle.A. In Front of World Bazaar Due to their short stay, these two tickets may be unsuitable if you are looking to acquire FastPasses or special seats for parades. However, these tickets are perfect for the people listed below:1. Those visiting with family who have become tired throughout the day.2. Those who suddenly decide to visit Disney while traveling in Japan.3. Those planning to see the night parade.4. Those who want to enjoy the Disney atmosphere above all else. 3. Getting Information on the Day of Your Visit? Plus Strollers and LockersYou’ve finally finished preparing everything, purchased your tickets, arrived in Tokyo, and are finally entering the park! We’ll introduce services you can use once inside the amusement park and some techniques you should know.Getting Information on the Day of Your Visit At Tokyo Disneyland, you can purchase salt, barbecue, and caramel flavored popcorn to name a few tasty flavors! Popcorn buckets are also known for their unique shape and design befitting to the character that adorns it. These adorable popcorn buckets will undoubtedly be a time saver, too.ChurrosTokyo Disneyland’s churros have a crispy exterior and a spongy inside that is popular among people of all ages. What makes them fun and different from the churros sold elsewhere is its Mickey Mouse-shaped cross section. Eat and see if you’re able to get a clean cross section!Smoked Turkey LegThe smoked turkey leg is something you definitely cannot pass by if you’re a meat lover. One bite will have you savoring a juicy meat morsel.Ice Pops Junior (12 – 17)4,700 yen 4,200 yen Read also There are small ponds located on both sides of the Cinderella Castle. Further adding to its fairytale-like appearance, willow trees have also been planted on one side of the castle.Enjoy Your Time at Tokyo Disneyland!Once you step inside the park, you’ll be filled with excitement whether you’re a first-time visitor or have visited several times before. We would be delighted if you refer to this article when efficiently planning your itinerary for a memorable experience at Tokyo Disneyland. How To Use A FASTPASS Ticket At Tokyo Disney Resort TomorrowlandTomorrowland Terrace, Pan Galactic Pizza Port, Plazma Ray’s Diner WesternlandCamp Woodchuck Kitchen, Hungry Bear Restaurant 11 Irresistible Winnie The Pooh Goods – Only At Tokyo Disneyland!
A treat for the locals: the crispy coat on the tonkatsuAppearing in films such as “The Flavor of Tea Covered Rice”, this is the “tonkatsu”. A treat for the locals. This dish is made with pork sirloin or fillet coated with flour, egg, and bread crumbs. Ozu favored the tonkatsu very much himself. The “Katsu” in tonkatsu is short for cutlet, which sounds like “Katsu” (to win). This dish often appears on dinner tables before exams or athletic matches in Japan.In the movie, “An Autumn Afternoon”, tonkatsu appears in the scene when the characters are talking about marriage. Despite the romantic talk, additional beer and tonkatsu is ordered to the table. You can see the humorous side here, on how their minds are focused more on food than love.Would you queue up for this? A bowl of piping-hot ramenWithin Ozu’s works, the Japanese favorite, ramen noodles commonly make an appearance. In the movie, “The Flavor of Tea Covered Rice”, you can see lovers on a date, sitting side by side eating ramen.Despite ramen being delicious, ramen is not really suited for dates (*1). It is a very local cuisine. Like the scene with the tonkatsu, this scene also represents how “food over romance” is a daily occurrence.(*1)In Japan people slurp their noodles when eating ramen, soba etc., therefore, it is not thought to be a good food choice for taking a date.Ramen is a popular dish even today. It is no surprise to see a line going out the the doors of popular stores. It must be a dish people would not mind lining up for.Cheap and delicious: The essence of Autumn, saurySaury, is a fish that you can almost say represents Japanese fish dishes. It is eaten frequently in Japanese households. The mst popular way of eating it is with grated daikon radish, or simply grilling it with salt. When writing saury in Japanese, you write it with the characters, “Autumn, Sword, Fish” and is read as “sanma” in Japanese. Like its name, it is a fish that represents the fall season.When Ozu was questioned in regards to the Japanese title of “An Autumn Afternoon” (“The Flavor of Saury” in Japanese), he simply replied with “because saury is cheap and tasty”. Perhaps this work reflects the imagery of the common Japanese lifestyle.The locals’ comfort food: hassle-free ochazuke, or “tea over rice”Ochazuke is a dish where you top rice with your favorite side-dishes and pour hot tea over it. It is a dish frequently eaten as a midnight snack due to its simplicity.In the Ozu film “The Flavor of Tea Over Rice”, this dish appears, just as stated in the title. A couple stands in the kitchen late at night, to make ochazuke and eat it together in the living room. In the movie, there is a scene where the husband says “a married couple tastes like ochazuke”. The relaxed expression of the couple while consuming a bowl of warm ochazuke leaves an impression during the movie.Live long and wide: unagi, the eel Ozu wished uponUnagi eel only briefly appears in the film, “What did the Lady Forget”, but does not make a significant appearance in it. The unagi eel though, was most likely Ozu’s favorite and he has written about it in his journal several times.In Japan, there is a tradition where soba noodles are eaten on New Year’s Eve for a “long and thin life”.But Ozu claimed he wanted to live a “long and wide life” and, so he feasted on unagi eel on New Year’s Eve. A very Ozu-like, unique way of thinking.Expensive meals almost never appear in Yasujiro Ozu’s films. The popular local dishes eaten at home, or out, is what appears frequently.If you begin to crave tonkatsu, ramen, or saury after watching an Ozu film, make a trip out to Japan to savor the authentic taste. Come discover your favorite “local dishes” from Japanese movies or your trip to Japan.
You can even take in Japanese culture in the bathroom.With the exchange lounge arranged to feel like a tea room, rooms named after military commanders, and a big bath featuring Mt. Fuji, this guest house is an ideal place to soak up different aspects of Japanese culture and make some international friends.InformationGUEST HOUSE WASABIAddress: 6-24-16, Higashi Nippori, Arakawa-ku, TokyoCheck-in: 17:00 to 22:00Check-out: 11:00Wi-Fi: AvailableCredit cards: Accepted (MasterCard,VISA, China UnionPay)Languages: Japanese・EnglishMenu in other languages: AvailableStation: Mikawashima Station on Jōban LineAccess: One minute walk from Mikawashima Station on the Jōban LinePrices: From 2,800 yen to 9,000 yen ※Depends on the type of the roomsPhone: 03-5811-7550Official HP: GUEST HOUSE WASABI Next, are Western rooms for two people which have a private bathroom. The price per night is 4800 yen for one person and 7200 yen for two people.Lastly, they also have Japanese rooms. There are three Japanese-style rooms and each room has the different name of a famous Japanese military commander. The picture of the room above has red and gold. Who do you think is the theme of this room? If you know Japanese history well, you might have been able to guess……The theme of this room is Hideyoshi (Hideyoshi Toyotomi) who completed the unification of Japan.The two other rooms are named for Nobunaga (Nobunaga Oda) and Ieyasu (Ieyasu Tokugawa). They were famous military commanders who lived during the same era as Hideyoshi.Each military commander has certain colors that represent them, so different colors are used in each room. The price for these rooms are 4800 yen per person per night. Three people can stay in the same room together. An en-suite bathroom is also part of these rooms.A Big Bath with a Sense of SpaceThere is a big bath those who stay in this guest house can use for free. “Hadaka no Tsukiai” which translates to ‘naked relationship’ and refers to breaking down of barriers with one another through bathing together; this also one those things you must experience in Japan. Here you can experience this Japanese cultural point while viewing a painting of Mt. Fuji.Related article：10 Manners You Must Know to Enjoy SentoTons of Helpful Information About Long Distance BusesThe company, which runs this guest house is the bus company, HEISEI ENTERPRISE, Inc. So staff at this guest house can let you know detailed information about long distance buses such as how to bus tickets, how much tickets would cost, etc. Taking a bus would be a good option to cut down on your transportation costs if you want to save money for other things.Focused on “和 (Japanese Harmony)”There is a vending machine in the exchange lounge on the first floor. You can get to drink “miso soup” including five other kinds of drinks here. All you need to do is to press a button and the miso soup is ready for you. Would you like to leave your luggage where you stay and go out right after arriving in Japan? I bet that most travelers would love to do this. If you feel the same way, here is the guest house for you.The guest house is called GUEST HOUSE WASABI. You can take a direct train, which only takes 37 minutes, from Narita International Airport all the way to the station closet to the guest house, Mikawashima Station. Then from the station, you just need to walk one minute to the guest house itself. Located in a good area for exploring the downtown, which includes the traditional shopping, entertainment and residence districts of Asakusa (浅草), Ueno (上野), and Nippori (日暮里), guests here can enjoy a variety of Japanese-only delights.An Exchange Lounge Entirely Colored VermilionOnce you get into the guest house, vermilion Japanese umbrellas and chairs will welcome you. It makes you feel that you are attending a tea ceremony in Kyoto. The lounge has a lot of information magazines which are useful for traveling around Tokyo, as well as manga (Japanese comic books) in English. This room is called “the international exchange room” which is for chatting and drinking with other travelers.In the picture above are popular Japanese comic books translated into English.Various Types of RoomsThere are three types of rooms in GUEST HOUSE WASABI: dormitory rooms, Japanese rooms and Western rooms.Photo courtesy of GUEST HOUSE WASABI HPDorms are separated by gender. The price for a night is 2800 yen per person. There are all the necessary facilities in the rooms which feature overhead reading lights, an air conditioner, Free Wi-Fi and outlets.
Udaipur: South Korean auto major Hyundai plans to start rolling out upgraded BS6 compliant models, including diesel trims, on a regular basis by early next year, a top company official said. The company, which is present in the country through a wholly-owned subsidiary, also plans to simultaneously keep selling BS4 vehicles till end of March next year in order to offer lower priced units to prospective customers. “I estimate that by the end of this year or early next year, the introduction of BS6 vehicles will happen,” Hyundai Motor India MD and CEO SS Kim said in an interview. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn terms of technology, the company is ready with most of the work from research and development perspective, he added. Kim, however, clarified that the ramp up of BS6 models is going to happen in a gradual manner. Hyundai currently has just one product, the recently launched Grand i10 Nios, that is BS6 compliant. The model’s petrol trim is BS6 compliant while the diesel variants are still conform to BS4 regulations. In comparison, Maruti Suzuki has seven petrol models that are now BS6 emission norms compliant. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWhen asked if the company’s entire current product portfolio would see an upgrade to BS6 levels, Kim said, “As per our plan, all products, including diesel variants, will be upgraded to BS6 level.” He said the company will continue the production and sales of BS4 vehicles until the end of next year. “With BS6, the prices of cars is expected to go up so if the customer wants to buy some economical product, it is our responsibility to provide and supply that,” he added.
YELLOWKNIFE – Two cabinet ministers in the Northwest Territories have survived votes on whether they should be expelled from cabinet.Glen Abernethy will keep his job in Health and Social Services and Wally Schumann will remain head of Infrastructure.Abernethy has faced criticism over a scathing report from the federal auditor general over the state of child services in the territory.The audit found little has improved in the last four years and some concerns have grown worse.It concluded that two-thirds of foster homes aren’t subject to a criminal record check before being assigned children.Schumann has taken heat for a decision to cancel a barge shipment that would have resupplied three northern communities, but he blamed unusually heavy and early drifts of sea ice.Some say the real reason was that his department was slow getting organized and was more interested in lucrative contracts with private companies than in serving communities.Under the N.W.T.’s consensus government, cabinet ministers are chosen by members of the legislature and can be removed by them as well.Although the expulsion debate went overtime in the legislature, critics of the ministers couldn’t muster enough votes from MLAs outside of cabinet.Members of cabinet, including Premier Bob McLeod, supported the ministers.
SHERBROOKE, Que. — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will meet Friday with the family of Edith Blais, who went missing in Burkina Faso and hasn’t been heard from since Dec. 15.The 34-year-old Blais and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto were travelling by car in southwestern Burkina Faso and were supposed to cross the border into Togo to do volunteer work with an aid group. A statement Wednesday by Burkina Faso Security Minister Clement Sawadogo referred to their disappearance as a kidnapping.Blais’ mother and sister live in Sherbrooke, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers have been holding a cabinet retreat.“We understand that they are going through a very, very difficult situation,” Bibeau said. “We want to reassure them that the Canadian government is doing everything that can be done to find Edith and Luca as quickly as possible.”The ministers will meet with the Blais family the day after news broke that another Canadian, Kirk Woodman, had been found dead in Burkina Faso. He had been shot multiple times after he was kidnapped by militants. Woodman, originally from Halifax, worked for a Vancouver-based mining company.Blais and Tacchetto set off in his car on Nov. 20 from the northern Italian town of Vigonza, outside Padua. They made their way to France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Mali before arriving in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso’s southwest.The Canadian Press
APTN NewsThe Pallister government confirms it cancelled plans to pave a rutted, gravel road into Nelson House First Nation in northern Manitoba, where three boys were allegedly struck and killed by a motorist April 28.It also extended condolences to the community.“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families touched by this tragic accident that occurred on Highway 620,” said a spokesperson for Manitoba Infrastructure Monday.“We do hope that those who have committed this (alleged) act are brought to justice.”A 27-year-old man from the community is accused of impaired driving and related offences in connection with the fatal crash.Nelson House Chief Marcel Moody told APTN News the Tory government “reprioritized” the $5-million asphalting project when it came to power in 2016.“We actually had a commitment from the (former) NDP (government) to get that done,” Moody said.He called it a “dangerous road” without any lighting.The government spokesman said the department was in the process of revising its five-year program and would review the Nelson House project.
NEW YORK — Comcast is launching an aggregated bundle of existing streaming-TV apps for $5 a month.The new service, “Flex,” available March 26, brings together apps that customers already pay for, like Netflix, Amazon’s video or HBO, and free services like YouTube, Pluto and Tubi, and lets users search for TV shows and movies across the different services.All these apps are already available through a Roku and several other gadgets and platforms. Comcast hopes customers will pay for its version, which comes with a 4K HDR box and a voice remote.It’s only for people who live in Comcast’s markets and take their internet service.Tali Arbel, The Associated Press
As the election kicked off, new details emerged related to the SNC scandal.The Justin Trudeau Liberals have refused to lift cabinet confidentiality even for the RCMP.Dave is joined by Andrew Coyne who explains how this latest development could affect the Liberals chances of re-election.Subscribe to 10/3 on Apple Podcasts.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 15, 2013 10:31 am MDT Holger Kluge, chairman Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. and Loblaw CEO Galen Weston spoke after it was announced that Loblaw will purchasing Shoppers for $12.4-billion in cash and stock. Video: Loblaw announces plan to purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart for $12.4B Galen Weston|Holger Kluge|loblaw|Shoppers Drug Mart
OSC should focus on protecting whistleblowers from retaliation: SEC TORONTO – The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says its Ontario counterpart should focus on protecting corporate whistleblowers from retaliation if it wants its new program aimed at fighting white collar crime to be successful.Mary Jo White says the SEC’s whistleblower program has been a “game changer,” bringing in high-quality tips and helping the regulator successfully prosecute cases.However, White says it’s very difficult for corporate whistleblowers to come forward given the potential repercussions that they face.The Ontario Securities Commission launched its own whistleblower program, modeled partly on the SEC’s, in July.Under the program, the Ontario regulator offers rewards of up to $5 million for tips that lead to successful prosecution of serious securities law violations such as insider trading, accounting tricks and market manipulation.The introduction of the whistleblower program was accompanied by amendments to the province’s securities act that aim to protect employees who report misconduct from retaliation.During a conference hosted by the OSC in Toronto on Wednesday, White was asked what lessons the Ontario securities watchdog could take from the SEC’s experiences south of the border.“One big lesson is it’s not easy to come forward, for a whistleblower,” said White.“Stay very closely in touch with the whistleblowers. It’s not an easy space for them to be in. And really be focused on your powers to deal with retaliation.”Last September, OSC CEO Maureen Jensen said the new program had already garnered more than 30 tips in just the first few months since its launch.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 2, 2016 2:18 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The experts expressed grave concern that the legislation would chill the speech of human rights NGOs by subjecting them to harsh penalties for violations and delegitimizing them publicly.The stated aim of the legislation is to increase transparency by requiring NGOs that receive more than half of their funding from foreign government entities to disclose certain information, such as the names of their donors in all publications intended for or made available to the public, or in any written appeal to a public employee or public representative.“The promotion of transparency is indeed desirable and legitimate,” said David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression. “However, the pending legislation has the evident intent of targeting human rights and civil rights organizations, which receive a majority of their funding from foreign government entities, while leaving unaffected other organizations that nonetheless receive a substantial amount of foreign funding from individuals.”The proposed legislation is again before the Knesset, after having passed the first reading earlier this year. The current version of the legislations appears to have removed some requirements, such as the need for representatives of qualifying NGOs to wear a special identification tag in the Knesset and in every other government building.“By differentiating between donations from foreign political bodies and donations from other sources, the proposed legislation will likely lead some NGOs to be perceived as agents of foreign entities, regardless of how autonomously they operate,” warned Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the freedom of association and peaceful assembly.“The discriminatory impact of new requirements on NGOs would result in public shaming of certain organizations, eroding the democratic character of Israeli civil society,” added Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of human rights defenders.The experts urged members of the Knesset to withdraw the proposed legislation and uphold its international obligation to safeguard the broad and expansive right to freedom of expression guaranteed to everyone under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
ENVIRONMENT MINISTER PHIL Hogan insisted yesterday that he is not leaning either way on whether or not Dublin should have a directly-elected mayor with the capital’s residents likely to be asked that question in a referendum next year.Speaking at the publication of the Local Government Bill yesterday, Hogan confirmed plans for a referendum to ask the people of Dublin if they want a directly-elected mayor next year but would not be drawn on whether or not he is in favour of the proposition.The capital’s four local authorities – Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin, and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown – have opened a public consultation to gauge opinion on the kind of mayor Dubliners want and what powers they should have before it makes a recommendation to government.Speaking yesterday, Hogan said: “I might be 6′ 5” but I am not going to lean in any direction. It’s a matter for the Dublin people when we will be putting the case for and against, like any referendum commission.“We look forward to the proposals from the four local authorities about what type of question they would seek to put to the electorate, in an informed way, in Dublin to decide whether they wish to have a directly-elected mayor or not.” The bill published yesterday provides for the holding of a referendum if the four local authorities agree to such proposals. It also proposes that the authorities, and not central government, foot the bill for a referendum if and when it is held at the same time as the local elections next year.Hogan would not be drawn on how much having an elected mayor would cost or what savings could be made.He confirmed that Dublin City Council will have a chief executive under the local government reforms like every other local authority in the country and said any changes to that structure would be dependent on what the people of Dublin decide.The Minister has previously said that it would be pointless having a directly-elected mayor who did not have “meaningful and sufficient power”.Asked if similar proposals could be rolled out in the country’s other cities such as Galway, Cork, Limerick and Waterford, Hogan added: “We’ll try out the process of Dublin in this plebiscite and we’ll see how it goes from there.”Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Hogan: No point having elected mayor for Dublin unless position is meaningful
I had to tell them that I wasn’t going to blow up the town.After that, he got help from his uncle, who is a professor of biochemistry in UCC, who helped him put together a proposal and put him in touch with other people who could help him out.The next thing was the money. “I thought maybe I’d be able to do it for about €3,000 and I could possibly ask my parents to help and fundraise the rest myself, but then I realised the less money I have, the longer it’s going to take,” he explains.Instead, he has turned to crowdfunding, asking people to donate to his research. “If I can raise €10,000, I can just go to companies and on eBay and get the pieces that I need and not scrounge around for pieces to do it”.That’s the how – now the whyIf you’re imaging a mini nuclear plant running in a Mayo shed, think slightly smaller.Tom’s plan is two-fold. Firstly he wants to do research into a topic called bremsstrahlung, which hasn’t been the subject of much study yet. This, he thinks, could end up as an entry in the BT Young Scientist Competition next year.The other idea is bigger though: while the fusor shows nuclear fusion taking place, he wants to look at whether it could eventually be used to generate power. In other words, it would be nuclear power but without all the current risks.“People aren’t too crazy about nuclear power currently, especially after events like Fukushima and Chernobyl,” he explains.But the method that I want to develop would mean nuclear power with no waste and no risk of explosion or radiation fall-out.Tom wants to see if the fusor can be expanded into a power generating system called a sub-critical generator. He stresses that this isn’t some kind of hypothetical scenario – it hasn’t been constructed before, but the designs are considered safer than current fission designs.What next? Tom has already raised €2,500 in his own money, and has more than €1,000 pledged in donations on his crowdfunding page. He plans to work on the fusor over the summer – he has just finished 2nd year in St Gerald’s in Castlebar – but it depends on how much money he raises.“I can do it for less than €10,000, it’ll just take a long time. If I get to €6,000, I’ll just drive ahead and do as much as possible”.So where do you go after building your own nuclear reactor? Tom hopes to study pure maths at third-level when he finishes school, or possibly theoretical physics.If he makes the fusor, he will put it up on his website and he hopes to get some colleges allow him to come in for presentations about his work.“I’d say they could be interested,” he says. “You don’t get many people building nuclear fusion reactors in their shed”.If you want to help Tom out, you can donate on his crowdfunding page. Opinion: Nuclear energy is the cleanest, safest and cheapest – why do we continue to reject it? > Read: These shots reveal just how desolate Fukushima is now > TOM MCCARTHY, A 14-year-old from Mayo, is describing the reaction he typically gets when he tells people how he’s trying to build a nuclear fusion reactor in his parents’ shed.“People kind of look at me for a few seconds,” he says. ”Some people will just say ‘ah yeah’ and will take it seriously. Actually, most people do, they just sometimes need a bit of convincing”.“But then some people just look at me and think they should be ringing the local psychiatrist or whatever”.Perhaps one of the best things about being a teenager is being able to spend as much as much time as you want doing the things that you love. For Tom, this has been science – and particularly physics – for as long as he can remember.Building the reactor isn’t some kind of far-fetched never-going-to-happen dream, however. The type of reactor Tom wants to build has already been done by other people (although as he notes, “building one on my own is somewhat like someone climbing Mount Everest – it has been done before but not by many people”).For him, the goal is straightforward: he wants to develop a new way of generating power without all the risks associated with nuclear. Source: Tom McCarthy/VimeoHe first had the idea to build the mini reactor just over one year ago when he came across a video of a US teenager called Taylor Wilson who built what’s known as a fusor – a kind of small nuclear reactor which shows that fusion is happening and which would fit comfortably inside a room.“Seeing this other 14-year-old who was able to build it, I thought ‘why can’t I do this?’,” Tom tells TheJournal.ie. He started kicking around idea on how he was going to get started with the fusor, spending hours researching the equipment, the mechanics and the key concepts. With several months of free time looming, he figured he was ready to start actually constructing it.The most important things? Money – and getting his parents on board.“Getting my mam and dad involved was the most important thing at the start,” he says.
Une technologie du MIT permet de voir autour des obstaclesGrâce à l’observation des échos d’un laser, des chercheurs ont pu développer une caméra capable de former une image d’un objet hors de vue !Une caméra classique capte la lumière qui lui arrive en ligne droite de l’objet fixé. Au Massachusetts Institute of Technology, les chercheurs ont expérimenté une lentille capable de capter également la lumière réfléchie, formant des “échos lumineux”. A la clé, la possibilité de reconstituer une image 3D de ce qui est caché derrière un obstacle. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La méthode: un laser fixé sur la caméra inonde l’obstacle de courtes impulsions de 50 femtosecondes, qui vont s’écraser sur le décor et s’éparpiller dans toutes les directions. Les impulsions qui touchent des objets situés plus loin que l’obstacle vont finir par revenir vers la caméra.Mais cette caméra est particulière. Tout d’abord elle est très sensible au moindre grain de lumière. Sa finesse est aussi temporelle: elle est capable de dire à quel moment chaque écho de lumière lui est parvenu. Cela permet aux algorithmes de l’équipe d’Andreas Velten d’en déduire la longueur du trajet de la lumière. Patiemment, en multipliant les tirs de laser, ils peuvent alors reconstruire la forme de la scène. Cela prend pour l’instant plusieurs minutes de calculs, mais les chercheurs espèrent pouvoir réduire ce temps à moins de 10 secondes.”Nous avons tous l’habitude des échos sonores, mais les échos lumineux peuvent également être exploités”, explique Ramesh Raskar, chef du Camera Culture Research Group du MIT Media Lab.Le 26 mars 2012 à 09:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
Vancouver Public Schools on Monday announced personnel changes for the 2019-2020 school year, including the restoration of dozens of staff who had received preliminary layoff notices due to since scaled-back budget cuts.The west Clark County school district faces an $8 million deficit, the result of declining enrollment, increased labor costs and changes to the state’s funding formula. But that’s less than half of the $16.8 million deficit the district announced earlier this year, which would have left teachers, counselors, clerks and other school staff out of work. The district received $6.5 million in one-time state money and will use $3.8 million out of its district reserves to alleviate the deficit.On Monday, the district announced it was restoring the following positions:• 21 teachers.• 11.8 full-time counseling positions.• 19 media clerks.• Seven counseling clerks.• Four wing clerks at Skyview High School.• Two deans of students.• Four teachers on special assignment who work with instructional technology and one teacher on special assignment who works in curriculum and instruction.• Three maintenance grounds crew.• 15 custodial positions.The district also announced several associate principal moves. All changes must be approved by the school board before they are final. They are:• Tony Liberatore, associate principal at Columbia River High School, will move to Fort Vancouver High School. Liberatore will replace Associate Principal John Schultz, who is leaving the district.• Nick Davies, a teacher at Jesuit High School in Portland, will fill the associate principal position at Columbia River left by Liberatore.• Luis Castro, currently associate principal at Gaiser Middle School, will move to Fort Vancouver High School as an associate principal.• Alison Watson, associate principal at Fort Vancouver High School, will fill an associate principal role at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Watson will replace Andrea Sperry, who is leaving the district.• Mandie Arai-Green, currently a teacher and administrative intern at Ogden Elementary School, will become an associate principal at Gaiser.• Scott Sartorius, current associate principal at Discovery Middle School, will be associate principal at Eisenhower and Lincoln elementary schools.• Katie Ronning, current associate principal at Felida Elementary School, will be associate principal at Discovery Middle School.• Mike Meskel, associate principal at Hudson’s Bay High School, will fill the associate position at Felida Elementary School.• Greg Roberts, currently associate principal at Eisenhower and Lincoln elementary schools, will be associate principal at Hudson’s Bay High School. Roberts will replace Patrice Woods, who is leaving the district.• Amber Beardmore, a teacher and administrative intern at Liberty Middle School in the Camas School District, will be associate principal at Hudson’s Bay High School.
Prior to Spain and Germany’s eventual draw in the friendly game on Friday, Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago shared that he thinks Timo Werner bears an uncanny resemblance with Fernando Torres in his youth.“He’s unbelievably quick,” Thiago, said of Werner, who helped Leipzig to get their first win over Bayern last weekend.“He reminds me a bit of a young Fernando Torres. He has incredible acceleration and is always looking for gaps in the opposition defences,” he added, according to the official site of the Bundesliga.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Thiago also went on to discuss the possible winners of the Bundesliga and how will the Champions Leauge wind up.“The Bundesliga’s won,” Thiago boasted. “We’re already champions, but we have to win. The next game’s against Dortmund and we have to go out there with the idea of winning and that match should serve us well for the upcoming Champions League games.”
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kassik’s Brewery once again took home first place at the 2018 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival with their Buffalo head Barley Wine. Debara and Frank Kassik opened the brewery in North Kenai in 2006, and this year they defended their 2016 and 2017 title with their Buffalo Head Barley Wine win. Kassik’s Brewery is the result of Debara purchasing a home brew kit for her husband Frank for Christmas a few years back. Frank’s passion for brewing began and soon he became a proficient home brewer. In 2004 Frank and Debara spent the summer building a 36×50 shop while working their regular jobs with the hope of building a brewery. The Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival was held on January 19 & 20, in Anchorage. According to their website, the brewery opened its doors on memorial weekend 2006 with the Beaver Tail Blonde and Moose Point Porter. The Moose Point Porter was one of Frank’s home brew recipes scaled up for the brewery. Never in the twenty-four year history of the festival has a three-peat been accomplished. The festival featured over 300 beers, meads, and ciders from 70 brewing establishments located her, nationally, and globally. Frank Kassik, the head brewer for Kassik’s: “The winner for this years was a very small amount, only about 106 gallons and that was it. We actually did brew a second barley wine, which we have on sale that is very close to the winner, but what we do have available is a very small amount. You’re just going to have to come see us.” This is the third year in a row that Kassik’s has taken home first place, and makes Kassik’s the first brewery ever to win back to back first place medals three times in a row. Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Kassiks-three-peat-1-1.mp3VmJennifer-on-Kassiks-three-peat-1-1.mp300:00RPd
Kolkata: The Visva-Bharati has received Rs 5 crore central grant for setting up a ‘Yoga Gram’ in the university campus, a senior professor said today. Surrounded by fruit plants, small ‘yoga’ themed cottages with tiled or straw roofs would be built in the ‘Yoga Gram’ where even tourists can attend sessions, said Prof Samiran Mondal, Head of Department of Yogic Art and Science. “We will introduce people to the undiluted, purest form of yoga dating back to the ancient times,” he told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Work for the first phase of the project has started on 15 acres of land in the compound of the ‘Vinay Bhavan’, the Institute of Education of the central university. “There will also be books and audiovisual aids on our 2000-year-old yoga culture. The first cottage will come up soon after our visit to Belur Math to study the meditation rooms there,” he said. “The project has already started at the Vinay Bhavan compound and the first phase will be completed soon,” said Officiating Vice-Chancellor Prof Sabujkali Sen. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The first phase has been funded by the Ministry of Human Resources after the authorities submitted project details before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also the Chancellor of Visva-Bharati, to the university last month, Mondal said. The Dinbandhu Andrews Hospital set up by Tagore to provide non-allopaethic medicine to the poor at low cost, will be renovated in the second phase of the ‘Yoga Gram’ project, Mondal said. An ayurvedic garden with medicinal plants would also be coming up in the vicinity of the hospital, he said adding that the AYUSH ministry has been approached for funding the second half of the project.
Storeowners don’t want to think their employees will steal from their store. But every day merchants discover that their trusted staff members have done exactly that. According to a retail theft survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, a loss prevention consulting firm, one out of every 40 employees was apprehended for theft by their employer in 2012. The survey also found that on average, employees steal 5.5 times more than shoplifters on a per-case average ($715.24 vs $129.12).Thankfully, there are ways to surround yourself with staff you can trust. Here are six tips from our experts:1. Weed out bad apples. Run a background screening and a drug test on all potential hires. Employees with drug addictions are at higher risk for stealing to support their habit. “I believe that past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior,” says King Rogers, chief executive officer of the King Rogers Group, a loss prevention and security management consulting company. “If someone has been convicted of theft in the past, then you don’t want them handling your money.”2. Use the buddy system. Often theft happens when one employee is alone in the store or at the register. Doyle recommends having two employees work for both opening and closing to limit opportunity. Always have refunds and voids witnessed by a second employee or a manager as well, says Mark Doyle, president of Jack L. Hayes International. Rotate the employees paired together and avoid having close friends witness transactions for each other.3. Keep a virtual eye on employees. People will be less likely to steal if they know that you are always watching. A video surveillance system helps deter employees as well as catch theft after it happens. Be sure to include cameras in storage rooms and loading areas as well as in the store. Use high-definition video so you can clearly identify employees and transactions along with allowing integration with facial recognition software.Another way to keep an eye on your employees is to use an exception-based reporting system at your point of sale, says Doyle. He says that the systems will flag possible fraudulent transactions, such as excessive refunds or voids, and excessive refunds or voids outside of store hours. Review video daily and POS several times a week to determine if there are any issues that you need to look into further. Limit the access to your surveillance systems to as few people as possible to avoid tampering. 4. Monitor trash removal. Employees often steal merchandise by concealing it in the outgoing trash and then retrieving it later from the outside trashcan or dumpster. “It’s trash. No one wants to deal with trash, so dishonest employees will often take advantage of this opportunity,” says Doyle. He recommends putting controls in place to reduce the opportunities, such as using clear garbage bags, requiring all boxes to be flattened and locking all dumpsters.5. Have an employee tip line. Set up a confidential way for employees to communicate their co-workers’ suspicious behavior and offer a reward for staff members who provide information to prevent thefts. You could set up an email address for tips as well as a locked-box for tips in the break room. “If people know that their fellow co-workers are watching out for theft, they will think twice before stealing because there are higher odds they will be caught,” says Terrence Shulman, founder of the The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding and author of Biting the Hand that Feeds: The Employee Theft Epidemic (Infinity Publishing, 2005).6. Get to know your employees. It’s much easier to steal from someone you don’t know very well, but it is much harder to steal from someone with whom you have a relationship. Shulman recommends connecting with your employees and being aware if they are going through financial difficulties or experiencing high levels of stress, which can increase the impulse to steal. “You might be able to give them extra work, point them in the direction of a local food bank or help them connect with charitable services in the community,” says Shulman. “A happy employee is a more honest employee. It really does help reduce employee theft when your staff feels that you care.” 4 min read Register Now » November 21, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
MSC Cruises has announced the opening of sales of its first-ever World Cruise.MSC Magnifica will offer a unique 119-day cruise itinerary, showcasing 49 unique destinations across six continents.The MSC World Cruise features the industry’s largest and modern ship to offer this type of extended voyage. MSC Magnifica will depart from Genoa on 5 January 2019, and complete her around-the-world voyage back in Genoa 119 days later.Crossing six continents, calling at 49 unique destinations in 32 countries, this one-of-a-kind world cruise will be the experience of a lifetime. MSC Cruises created this unique offering to help guests realise their lifelong dreams and aspirations of world travel.Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ Chief Executive Officer, said, “Naturally, we did it in true MSC Cruises fashion, by making available the best possible ship to enjoy such a voyage – MSC Magnifica – featuring an itinerary like no other available in the market.”MSC Cruises has selected 49 coveted destinations around the world. Guests will have the chance to cross both the Panama and Suez Canals, through the Caribbean, Colombia, and Aruba then onto the Americas with stops in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco before heading to Hawaii. Guests will then explore Archipelagos of Tonga and Samoa and pristine waters of Bora Bora and Fiji. The excitement will grow as she sails into New Zealand for its maiden visit exploring the Bay of Islands and Auckland before cruising across to Australia with visits to cities Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle. From Australia the cruise will head into Asia covering Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and an overnight in the stunning islands of the Maldives. Then onto the Emirates before transiting the Suez and heading back to the Mediterranean.Exclusive and unprecedented shore experiences will allow guests to immerse themselves in local culture and experience the best that each destinations has to offer and 15 shore excursions are included in the cruise price. True discovery will involve an above-industry average stay of 13 hours on shore per port of call and extended stays will be offered in Los Angeles, San Francisco (two-night stay), Honolulu, Papeete, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Phuket, Male and Dubai.From 15 November 2016, for one month, MSC Cruises Voyagers Club members will be able to exclusively book the entire 118-night cruise, while general sales will open in mid-December 2016, however, clients can register their interest from 15 November. Prices start from AU $18,999 per person inside cabins and balcony cabins from AU $27,999 per person twin share.
TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling, left, and artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey embrace at the Canadian Press Conference of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2018 7:07 am PDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dolan to premiere star-studded English-language debut at Toronto film fest TORONTO – Xavier Dolan’s star-studded “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.The movie is the Quebec phenom’s English-language directorial debut starring Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton, as well as Canadians Jacob Tremblay and Sarah Gadon.“Xavier has had a long-standing relationship with TIFF and we’re absolutely thrilled to bring his latest masterpiece to Toronto audiences,” senior programmer Steve Gravestock said Wednesday onstage as he announced the lineup at a press conference.“I think it’s safe to say that this is one of the most widely anticipated films of the festival and we’re ecstatic to show it.”Contemporary anxieties and Indigenous issues are among the themes in the rest of the Canadian lineup for this year’s movie marathon, which also includes works by directors Denys Arcand and Jennifer Baichwal.A total of 20 Canadian features were announced on Wednesday, including Arcand’s “The Fall of the American Empire,” which has already screened in French in the Oscar winner’s home province of Quebec.Alexandre Landry stars as a lonely man who finds two bags filled with money after witnessing a deadly armed robbery.“I think it’s one of his more pointed political films in quite some time,” Gravestock said in an interview.“In a weird way, even though it looks at all sorts of corruption, it’s also quite hopeful.”Baichwal explores environmental issues with “Anthropocene,” the final title in a trilogy with producer Nicholas de Pencier and photographer Edward Burtynsky after “Manufactured Landscapes” and “Watermark.”“It’s quite stunning to look at but also I think, in some ways, this is quite painful to watch because it is very much about extinction, what we’re doing to animals,” said Gravestock, who worked on the lineup with Danis Goulet, the TIFF Canadian features programmer.Other docs exploring a feeling of unease include Astra Taylor’s “What is Democracy?” Starting in Greece, it looks at the history of democracy and the dangers facing it.“Sharkwater Extinction” is the final work by the late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart, and Barry Avrich’s “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz” is about the United States’ chief prosecutor during the Nuremberg trials.Meanwhile, Ron Mann looks at gentrification in the documentary “Carmine Street Guitars,” about a Greenwich Village shop that makes custom guitars out of material from historic sites and torn-down buildings.The lineup also has world premieres of three films that showcase Indigenous talent, including Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s “Edge of the Knife.” It’s billed as the first feature-length film made in Haida, which is classified by UNESCO as an endangered language.Meanwhile, renowned Metis actor Tantoo Cardinal stars in Darlene Naponse’s “Falls Around Her.”And “Anne with an E” executive producer Miranda de Pencier makes her feature directorial debut with “The Grizzlies,” a creative collaboration between herself and Inuit producers Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Stacey Aglok MacDonald.The lineup also has the sci-fi drama “Clara” by Akash Sherman, starring Patrick J. Adams of “Suits” fame as a depressed astronomer who gets a new outlook on life after meeting a woman.Emile Hirsch stars in the sci-fi thriller “Freaks” by Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein, playing a father who locks his daughter in a dilapidated house, warning of her of dangers outside.Supernatural tales are found in “The Great Darkened Days” by Maxime Giroux, “Fausto” by Andrea Bussmann, and “The Stone Speakers” by Igor Drljaca.Stories featuring teens and young adults include Keith Behrman’s “Giant Little Ones,” Thom Fitzgerald’s “Splinters,” “Firecrackers” by Jasmin Mozaffari, and Sebastien Pilote’s “The Fireflies Are Gone.”TIFF says 40 per cent of the Canadian film slate this year is directed by women.Previously announced Canadian features include “Giant Little Ones” as well as Kim Nguyen’s “The Hummingbird Project,” Patricia Rozema’s “Mouthpiece,” and Don McKellar’s “Through Black Spruce.”“There are a lot of films that we have this year that don’t shy away from difficulties that people are facing — and even in some cases, some tragic circumstances — but really look at people’s resiliency,” Gravestock said.
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throughout the year including the city’s annual cleanup organization of St Mary’s Catholic Church events along with others in surrounding communities Watts volunteered to clean up the Dickinson Recreation Center after the Shrine Circus two weeks ago "The Rec Center was a lot of hard work" she said "I was pretty sore after that . but it was definitely well worth it" Watts wants to continue volunteering "as much as possible actually — anything to better myself while I’m here" Likelihood of death: 10% Although his demise might not have the same emotional impact for viewers Abraham was definitely a viable option thanks to his swift rise to the status of fan favorite and the fact that he’s already dead in the comic book But that was before Michael Cudlitz who plays good ol’ Abe all but confirmed he is still alive during an interview with Popsugar While commenting on Denise’s season six arrow-through-the-eye death the manner in which Abraham dies in the comics Cudlitz hinted that Abraham and Negan would meet again “Her death spurs on a whole bunch of other stuff and then the audience knows that Abraham will continue for a while now” he said “Now we get to see what a world with Negan and Abraham both in it will be like” Amy Schumer and Anna Wintour are pretty much opposites: one is a comedian with a well-documented love of sweatpants while the other is a high-fashion editor known for her chic style But in a new video released by Vogue (Schumer is July’s cover star for the fashion bible) the two decide to switch roles for a day Freaky Friday-style since they each think the other’s job is “pretty easy” But Schumer struggles with the editor gig stomping around in high heels is no walk in the park and seems flummoxed by having to make hard fashion choices like distinguishing between two different near-identical tops Even her lunch order delivery gives her pause Wintour meanwhile sets out to perform standup comedy… and is an unexpected hit with audiences “So Anyone here on a first date Last date” Wintour deadpans in the darkened club still rocking her signature oversized sunglasses The video comes along with a full profile of Schumer for the magazine where we learn a few fun facts about the comedian: she drinks a daily juice (and eschews caffeine) owns a Hillary Clinton doll and keeps a saved voicemail message from the presidential candidate on her phone And when it comes to her love life which she has always mined for jokes Schumer is clear: she’s “in love” with her current boyfriend and it’s a “real relationship” Write to Raisa Bruner at [email protected] “Previously Brans seen tiny glimpses of future or past but never has he been very much in control in the situation,com Contact us at [email protected] as primal a kind of status loss as can possibly be imagined. He now joins the dark gallery of men and boys who have gone before himeach of them less important than the previous ones.
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