New Premier tells Albertas Indigenous peoples I am looking forward to consulting

first_imgNicole Robertson, of Calgary said she voted NDP after once having a one-on-one conversation with Prentice about murdered and missing Indigenous women.She said he didn’t give her any straight answers.However, it was the promise from the NDP on the matter that swayed her support in their direction.“To me that’s really important. We are at an all-time breaking point, a national crisis in this country,” said Robertson. “In Alberta there’s a high number (of missing and murdered Indigenous women). I’m hoping this new government will assist in the prevention of missing and murdered Indigenous women and our men.”“To Alberta’s Indigenous Peoples, the trust that we have been given tonight is a call to be better neighbours and better partners.” Rachel Notley Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsHopes are high among many of Alberta’s Indigenous communities after Tuesdays historic election that saw a 44-year run of Conservative rule come to an end.The NDP, led by Rachel Notley, committed to a renewed partnership with Alberta’s Aboriginal peoples that included a promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and making it law in the province.Notley also outlined commitments to tackle issues like supporting a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women; working to solve land claims and addressing consultation issues.A high number of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Albertans turned out to vote and according to a sample from Elections Alberta, they voted NDP.Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam attended the packed NDP celebration in Edmonton Tuesday night and congratulated Notley in person on her win.His band, north of Fort McMurray and the tar sands, has long-standing environmental concerns over oil exploration and development.He said he’s looking forward to working with Notley to revisit tar sands regulation.“We have to build that new bridge with the new premier of Alberta,” said Adam. “Ms. Rachel Notley is more than willing to sit down with Aboriginal people and leaders across this province of Alberta, so be it, I’m game to do it.”He said some Alberta chiefs were unsure of the prospect of a new government and were still hanging onto the promises made by the former government led by Jim Prentice who resigned as leader of the Conservatives and gave up his seat in the legislature.“Some of the older chiefs wanted to support Prentice because of the commitments he made prior to the election, but those commitments aren’t there anymore,” said Adams. “They had 44 years to live by it. Why so long?”Assembly of First Nations regional chief Cameron Alexis told APTN National News that the NDP were the only party to reach out to First Nations in the province.“I sincerely thank premier-elect Notley for recognizing the Indigenous peoples of Alberta and the will to work with us,” Alexis said in a statement to APTN. “She further reached out to ask for the Aboriginal votes! This was not evidenced by the other parties! We look forward to a positive relationship with the NDP and begin the path to move forward on all issues relative to First Nations and all Albertans.”Social media is believed to have played a strong role on influencing Indigenous voters.Calgary based social media blogger and activist Lowa Beebe said she saw lots of election information distributed and shared via social media.“This is now a tool in our history. Our communities always worked together and were stronger together, well on social media we are now together,” said Beebe. “It’s us talking and having discussions on this new medium that’s here to stay.”Promises from NDP Platform[wooslider slideshow_speed=”4.5″ slider_type=”attachments”] Katherine Swampy, one of five Aboriginal candidates in the campaign, ran in the riding of Drayton Valley-Devon which includes her home community of Maskwacis.She spent long days door-knocking and said it was the first time her community members had anyone from a provincial election include them in their outreach.Swampy came in third.“My achievements in this election were not just my own, it lifted my entire community,” said Swampy who added that many people were inspired by her. “I was told that my efforts as an Aboriginal woman had an effect throughout the province as this election had more Aboriginal voters than ever before.”As for the success of her peers and the promises that they made, Swampy is confident they will follow through.“It was the only party that had any type of platform that included Indigenous people. I am super proud. I’m unbelievably proud that we are the new government.”During her victory speech Notley acknowledged Alberta’s Indigenous people.“To Alberta’s Indigenous peoples, the trust that we have been given tonight is a call to be better neighbours and better partners. And I am looking forward to consulting with you and learning from you,” said Notley in her victory speech.It was a line that took Chief Allan Adam by surprise.He said he’s never heard an Alberta leader mention Alberta’s Aboriginal peoples in a victory speech.“Finally, we are going to go somewhere if she means what she says,” said Adam.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Morocco’s BCIJ Dismantles a New Terrorist Cell in Nador

Rabat – A Nador-based terrorist cell affiliated with ISIS was dismantled on Friday by the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), the Ministry of the Interior announced.The cell, composed of four active members, three of which were arrested this morning, was operating in the north of Morocco, in the towns of Bni Bouifrour, Bni Nsar, Driouech and Martil.According to the ministry’s statement, the dismantled cell was planning attacks on strategic buildings, tourist sites and specific individuals. The suspects had engaged in propaganda activities for the benefit of ISIS and were trained by the terrorist group in the hand manufacture of explosives.The BCIJ’s raid resulted in the seizure of electronic equipment, documents inciting violence, and sketches reproducing the ISIS logo.The communique also explained the investigations of the BCIJ revealed that the members of this cell planned terrorist operations in Morocco, through the use of explosives, targeting sensitive and tourist destination in hopes of inflicting maximum damage and casualties. The cell also planned to conduct many assassinations. read more

Kim looks to Russia as sanctions bite North Korea’s economy

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Two months after he failed to win a badly needed easing of sanctions from President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is travelling to Russia in a possible attempt to win its help as the U.S.-led trade sanctions hurt his country’s already-struggling economy.There are no signs of a financial or humanitarian crisis in North Korea. But some observers say the sanctions, toughened over the past several years, are gradually drying up Kim’s foreign currency reserves and he is desperate to find ways to bring in hard currency. His propaganda service is already saying that North Koreans can survive with only “water and air.”Russia, along with China, has called for the easing of the sanctions, though both are members of the U.N. Security Council, which has approved a total of 11 rounds of sanctions on North Korea since 2006. Some experts say Kim may ask Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting set to take place in Vladivostok on Thursday to voice strong opposition to the sanctions, enforce them less stringently and send humanitarian food aid to North Korea.It’s still unclear how much assistance Kim could get from Putin. Along with China, Russia isn’t likely to want to openly evade the sanctions and face diplomatic friction with the United States. More than 90% of North Korea’s foreign trade has gone through China, with which it shares a long, porous land border.Analyst Go Myong-Hyun of the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies said Kim’s Russia trip, the first by a North Korean leader since 2011, may have been planned long before the February breakdown of the second summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam. Go said North Korea and Russia had wanted to discuss economic co-operation if the summit had resulted in an easing of sanctions.What will still likely be on the agenda is a request by Kim for food aid. In February, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kim Song, issued an unusual appeal for “urgent” food assistance. North Korean officials blamed the shortage on bad weather and the sanctions.Analyst Cho Bong-hyun of Seoul’s IBK Economic Research Institute said North Korea needs more than 1 million tons of food aid, so it would want Russia to provide hundreds of thousands of tons of corn, flour and other foodstuff. Russia could send North Korea food, but mostly in a secret manner, Cho said.Kim will also likely raise the issue of thousands of North Korean workers in Russia, who must return home along with other overseas North Korean workers worldwide by the end of this year under the U.N. sanctions.“There is a high possibility that Kim will ask Putin to be flexible on the issue as it’s related to the inflow of dollars,” said analyst Shin Beomchul of the Asan institute. He said North Korea may seek to persuade Russia to overlook North Korean visitors with short-term non-employment visas engaging in illegal work.In May last year, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said North Korea sends an estimated 50,000 workers aboard, mostly to China and Russia. Most work at factories, construction sites, lumber camps and restaurants. They often toil in tough working conditions and large portions of their salaries are taken by North Korea’s government, according to activists and defectors.After Kim failed to get sanctions relief from Trump in Vietnam, he called for national unity under the banner of self-reliance to surmount the sanctions. His state media called self-reliance “the treasured sword,” a term previously used to refer to his nuclear weapons.“It is necessary to sweep away the whirlwind of sanctions by the hostile forces,” Kim said in a rare speech at the country’s rubber-stamp parliament earlier this month.The Vietnam summit collapsed after Trump rejected Kim’s calls for the end of five of the 11 sanctions that he said impede his country’s civilian economy in return for partial steps toward nuclear disarmament. They include a ban on key exports such as coal, textiles and seafood; a significant curtailing of oil imports; and the repatriation of North Korean overseas workers by December.These sanctions, approved one by one since 2016 when Kim began a series of nuclear and missile tests, are inflicting more pain than the six previously imposed sanctions that largely target North Korea’s weapons industry.The new sanctions especially affect North Korea’s official external trade. According to China Customs figures, China’s imports from North Korea dropped by 88% and exports to the North by 33% in 2018. South Korea’s central bank said North Korea’s economy contracted 3.5% in 2017 from a year earlier.North Korea monitoring groups in Seoul say the prices of rice and other key commodities at hundreds of markets in North Korea remain largely unchanged. South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers last month that it hasn’t detected any signs of mass starvation.Some experts say Kim has likely used some of his foreign currency reserves to import goods from China to maintain price stability. Some say North Korea’s huge trade deficit may have been offset by illicit border trade with China that is likely thriving again with lax enforcement of the U.N. sanctions. Others say North Korea is trying to locally produce items it had imported.“It’s certain that North Korea is releasing a large amount of money,” Go said. “When its money runs out, it’ll face an urgent situation and step up calls for sanctions relief.”There is no independently confirmed data on the size of North Korea’s foreign currency reserves. Go said some economists estimate them at $5 billon. Outside speculation varies over how long North Korea can withstand the impact of the sanctions without major economic and social chaos.Cho speculates North Korea will likely hold out for the next three to five years. But others say it could face a drain on its foreign currency reserves sooner, by December or next year at the earliest.Whether the sanctions will eventually force Kim to fully give up his nuclear program is unclear. Kim considers his nuclear weapons a stronger security assurance than any non-aggression promises the U.S. could offer. In his April 12 parliamentary speech, he described the sanctions as a plot to disarm North Korea before trying to overthrow his government.If there is an indication of a humanitarian crisis in North Korea, many experts say China will likely make large-scale food shipments to prevent the exodus of refugees from the North.Thae Yong Ho, a former minster at the North Korean Embassy in London who defected to South Korea in 2016, said in a recent blog post that there are rumours among North Korean residents that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, in May. He said North Korea’s hard-line stance will continue for the time being if it gets help from Russia and China.___Associated Press researcher Yu Bing in Beijing contributed to this report.Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press read more

UN blue helmets bring Christmas cheer to Haitian orphans

28 December 2009United Nations peacekeepers have been playing the role of Santa Claus in Haiti during this holiday season, bringing gifts, warm meals and a little cheer to the least privileged children in orphanages and schools in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Metaphorically, if not literally, exchanging their blue helmets for Santa’s red cap, members of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) deployed in various regions from Port-au-Prince, the capital, to Cap-Haïtien in the north-east and Les Cayes in the south-west with dances, songs and general merriment.“Christmas is above all a festival for children,” Captain Benoît Pierre, head of coordination between UN Police (UNPOL) and the Haitian National Police.A Chinese UNPOL contingent distributed meals to 42 children between the ages of three months and six years at the Sourire d’amour (Smiles of Love) orphanage in Frères, near the capital.“These children have no parents. We want to see to it that they can celebrate this moment and have a toy. Beyond the security aspect of our mandate, we wanted to show our solidarity,” Captain Pierre added. Apart from the songs, dances and many gifts, UNPOL officers also presented the orphanage with 700 kilograms of rice and other foodstuff. In Tabarre in western Haiti, UN peacekeepers from Nepal added an environmental dimension to the celebrations, planting trees with the 150 students of Caradeux school as well as organizing games and distributing presents. “We know that Christmas is one of the most important holidays for Haitians and a great moment for children,” Major Prabin Ghimire of the Nepalese contingent said. “That’s why we wanted to take part in this celebration and make the children happy.”In Bosquet, also in the west, the UN’s Bolivian contingent brought cheer to 150 other schoolchildren with toys and cakes.“We wanted to organize this party for the children so that we could celebrate Christmas with them,” Captain Andres Saldias said. “They have very little to rejoice about and nothing is organized for them on this great holiday.”In Cap-Haïtien, the Chilean contingent brought in Father Christmas to distribute gifts to 60 children, who then enjoyed a warm meal and took part in games such as musical chairs and an egg race. “Children must have the chance to enter into the spirit of the holiday,” Lieutenant Andrea Fuentes stressed.Nor was Christmas Day itself the deadline for the festivities. In the south the Uruguayan contingent scheduled a post-Xmas day of football, dance competitions, an obstacle race and other activities as well as a showing of a film on the Cirque du Soleil circus.“We believe that the children of Haiti are the future of the country and it is a real delight to offer them a day of peace and love,” Captain Nelson Puchi said.MINUSTAH has been on the ground since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. Currently there are more than 9,000 military and police personnel deployed and nearly 2,000 civilian staff. read more

Can The Eagles Beat The Bears Can Houston Stop Andrew Luck

sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): The NFL’s 2018 regular season is finally in the books. Before the playoffs get rolling, let’s look back on an interesting Week 17 and preview next weekend’s wild-card round. We’ll end with giving our Super Bowl predictions again, just to keep us honest.Salfino (Michael Salfino, contributor): I will have to revise my Saints-Steelers Super Bowl pick.sara.ziegler: LOLThe AFC had all the drama yesterday, so let’s start with the Ravens/Steelers/Colts/Titans business.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): I was very much hoping for that Colts-Titans tie. But alas.sara.ziegler: If the NFL were scripted, we would have ended the regular season on a tie.neil: Particularly this of all regular seasons.Salfino: What’s interesting to me about the Ravens is that teams are not punishing Lamar Jackson for running.joshua.hermsmeyer (Josh Hermsmeyer, NFL analyst): I’m unclear on why teams don’t force Jackson to beat them with his arm as well. It’s worked in the past against other highly mobile QBs, and there seems to be no great reason why it won’t work again.neil: That’s part of what makes the Ravens so interesting, that their second-half playoff push basically coincided with the QB change and this rush-heavy identity that seems so different in a league that set new records for passing in 2018.Salfino: Yes, the Ravens and the Chiefs are the offenses you really can’t prepare for in a week, IMO. I have no idea how a team can prepare for Jackson in one week. But LAC at least just faced him. Is that advantage Chargers? To me this is the most interesting game of the wild-card round.sara.ziegler: The Ravens nearly let Sunday’s game slip away, though.Salfino: The problem is that it’s so hard to stay disciplined and not chase him. Defenses are taught to be aggressive.Jackson allows the offense to play 11 on 11, and all of defense is predicated on the defense playing 11 on 10.joshua.hermsmeyer: Also strange is that we can make legit comps between Jackson and Josh Allen. Bill Belichick kept Allen in the pocket during Week 16 knowing the main danger he poses is from his legs. And New England won.Salfino: Yes, the Patriots are just taught to be super disciplined so they can counter that probably better than most teams.sara.ziegler: Did the Browns figure that out a little bit too against Jackson? The Ravens rushed for 8.5 yards per carry in the first half and just 4.5 in the second.Salfino: Maybe as the game wore on, but by then the damage was done. The Browns were just getting gashed. The Ravens were running on 3rd-and-long and converting. It was like a college game — old-school college before the passing explosion.joshua.hermsmeyer: Credit as well to the play-calling, I think. It’s a very creative scheme the Ravens are rolling out.Salfino: Is the Ravens defense overrated? Where are the blue chip players? They are just coached so well. Wink Martindale should get interviews.neil: And Jackson’s own speed is really something to behold. On that first TD Jackson scored, it looked like he was shot out of a cannon.Salfino: Jackson also looked like he was playing at video game speed even on the shorter second TD run. He just darted into the end zone like everyone was standing still.I think the Ravens offense is underrated and their defense is overrated.sara.ziegler: In the other afternoon AFC game of note, the Steelers came out incredibly flat before rallying for the win, which wasn’t quite enough.neil: Pittsburgh’s season will go down as one of the all-time collapses, I think?Salfino: The Steelers have to be the most disappointing team in recent memory. They were top 10 in all the key defensive stats except interception percentage — which is fluky, but man that killed them. They have Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 5,000 yards, two All-Pro WRs, and the running game was fine. Yet they just blew one game after the other.joshua.hermsmeyer: Antonio Brown has been inefficient this year, but he was missed.Salfino: The Steelers were sixth in yards per play and sixth in yards allowed per play and didn’t make the playoffs. This is almost impossible. I thought it was impossible.neil: After Week 11, we gave them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs.sara.ziegler: I was surprised all season that they were as high in Elo as they were.Salfino: Being third in sack rate and 28th in interception rate defies conventional wisdom that pressure creates turnovers. Maybe PIT was super unlucky, too.sara.ziegler: They reeled off six wins in a row, but they never looked dominant.neil: Some of that was probably residual, Sara, from last year, when they had Le’Veon Bell, etc. But the narrative all first half was how they didn’t need Bell.sara.ziegler: Yeah, and James Conner filled in well for them!Salfino: Is MIN more disappointing than PIT? This is going to be a brutal offseason for Kirk Cousins. No player in memory is going to be under more pressure than he will be next year.neil: This is a fraught question for Sara ….sara.ziegler: I can’t even talk about it.neil: Yep.sara.ziegler: Well, Mike, we all know how well Cousins does with pressure.neil: 😬Salfino: I really thought Cousins was a franchise QB. He did pretty well with just garbage offensive talent in 2017 in WAS, and this year he just never really could get it going. He played so tight.neil: Sunday was sort of symbolic of the whole 2018 Vikings.They controlled their destiny at home (granted against the Bears).Cousins goes 4-for-11 for 2.1 yards per attempt and two sacks on third and fourth down.Terrible overall performance.Salfino: It seemed like Cousins averaged about a yard per attempt. If I were the coach of the Vikings, I’d tell him to take chances and not care about INTs. They’re overrated.neil: The Minnesota defense was uncharacteristically bad on third down, too. Allowed 57 percent conversions after giving up only 28 percent all season before Sunday.sara.ziegler: sara.ziegler: 🤣Salfino: I think the Bears just crush the Eagles. This spread is all Foles-narrative-driven, and I don’t believe in fairy tales.sara.ziegler: Wow, Mike.LOLneil: Anybody picking the Eagles probably does have visions of this being yet another Bears team that got into the playoffs on defense with a weak QB performanceAnd promptly lost. But that’s not really this team. Trubisky has been progressing.(The defense is still amazing, of course)joshua.hermsmeyer: You can dink and dunk on Chicago. This will be the defining image of the season for me.Salfino: Cousins showing Thielen how to run routes was both hilarious and sad.joshua.hermsmeyer: One silver lining for the Vikings is that the situational football we typically use to judge Cousins as a disappointment is among the least predictive of future performance in all of football: throws under pressure, third-down conversions. Kirk deserves his share of the blame, but the entire offense looked out of sync yesterday and for a lot of the second half of the season.sara.ziegler: Cousins has his redemption narrative all set for next season, LOL.Salfino: The Eagles benefit from the Vikings’ struggles. I can’t believe that the Bears are only 6-point favorites.neil: Particularly with Nick Foles not necessarily 100 percent.sara.ziegler: The Eagles don’t even need Foles, Neil!neil: Carson Wentz? Nick Foles? Nate Sudfeld? No problem.sara.ziegler: Well … Wentz? Some problems.Everyone else? Fine.neil: Philly was always a backup QB’s dream city during the McNabb era. Some of that has carried over, I guess.Salfino: Foles has got to be the most volatile QB in NFL history. We should quantify that. He’s below average for his career and is treated like a franchise QB based on about 16 games, if we include all of 2013.neil: Yeah, the gap between his best 16 and worst 16 starts has to be one of the biggest ever.Salfino: I can’t even imagine the Bears losing to the Eagles. They are just going to chew Philly up. The Eagles’ best playmaker is still 100-year-old Darren Sproles, who is amazing, but come on.joshua.hermsmeyer: I can’t think of Foles without wincing that he lost $1 million because of four snaps.This is just brutal.sara.ziegler: Ooof.Salfino: Foles is going to get $100 million in about three months, so I will not feel sorry for him.joshua.hermsmeyer: hahsara.ziegler: LOLThe one other meaningful game yesterday — aside from the games that cost coaches their jobs — was Colts-Titans. Anyone surprised that the Colts dominated that one?neil: I mean, Blaine Gabbert was starting for Tennessee, Sarasara.ziegler: FairSalfino: Titans-Colts is QB wins to me. Luck vs. Gabbert. Come on. Murder. She. Wrote.joshua.hermsmeyer: Oh gawd not QB WinzSalfino: YES!!!Give me the better QB, and I’ll take my chances.joshua.hermsmeyer: smhMarlon Mack outrushed Derrick Henry, so why not RB winz?Salfino: No RB winz because winning yards per carry gets you nothing in win probability.Josh, you and I agree broadly but just quibble about how much credit quarterbacks get in the passing game.joshua.hermsmeyer: This is true.neil: Either way, it’s been great to see Andrew Luck bounce back from the injury and lost season to play well and lead a playoff push.sara.ziegler: I’m still amazed by the Colts’ turnaround.They were at 4 percent to make the playoffs on Oct. 15.Salfino: Luck should be in the MVP conversation. I understand it’s Patrick Mahomes. But Luck has done a lot with a lot less than Mahomes. Luck does seemingly have great coaching now though. Frank Reich, who the Colts backed into, was the hire of the offseason. I think better than Matt Nagy even.joshua.hermsmeyer: Luck truly played himself back into game shape. Early on, his throws were routinely Derek Carr short, and by the end of the season he was mostly back to the old Luck.sara.ziegler: So let’s turn to this weekend’s games.Colts-Texans and Seahawks-Cowboys on Saturday, Chargers-Ravens and Eagles-Bears on Sunday.Which underdog has the best chance?neil: Three of the 4 underdogs are +2.5 per Vegas.Salfino: Colts-Texans is the game of the week to me in terms of having no idea who will win. The Texans are a strange team with great strengths (QB, pass rush) and crippling weaknesses (offensive line, pass coverage).On paper, the Colts are a terrible matchup for the Texans because Luck led the league in lowest sack rate as he completely transformed his game to protect his health. So smart.neil: Indy also also beat Houston in Houston less than a month ago.Salfino: I am going to fade the Seahawks: 25th in yards allowed per play and 31st in sack rate allowed. That’s so bad. I can’t believe they even made the playoffs.neil: Ironically, our Elo gives Seattle the best chance of any wild card weekend team. 😉Elo has a tendency to react strongly to recent hot streaks, for better or worse.Seattle has won six of its past seven, including a win over Kansas City.Salfino: If you have Russell Wilson, anything is possible. I will stipulate.joshua.hermsmeyer: I like Seattle for my part. Turnovers are wildly unpredictable, and that drove their defensive Defense-adjusted Value Over Average for much of the season, but they are built to win close games like this one where both teams appear to want to “establish the run.”Salfino: The football story of the week when it comes to the chess aspect of the game and coaching is whether the Chargers having experienced the Ravens offense can now shut it down. But they don’t really do much on defense except play that Seattle, straight-up style. So do they even have a bag of tricks?sara.ziegler: Seems strange to me that the Ravens are favorites over the Chargers.Baltimore is hot right now, but L.A. has been solid all season.Salfino: Well, Baltimore has had the best home-field advantage in football when you factor in road vs. home record. So LAC are up against it.neil: Never underestimate the extra value of home-field advantage in the NFL playoffs, too.sara.ziegler: Yeah, that all makes sense.I still like the Chargers. I’m being obstinate, LOL.neil: Well, this is a little bit of a counter to the QB Winz debate from above. L.A. clearly has the better QB.joshua.hermsmeyer: I like Philip Rivers and the Chargers as well. Particularly if the Chargers keep Jackson in the pocket.Salfino: No Super Bowl team has won a road game since the 2012 season. But I’ll say that the most likely road winners this week in order are the Colts (they win), Chargers (I can see it but don’t think they adjust defensively), Seattle (Wilson gives them a chance) and Eagles (no chance unless Mitch Trubisky craps the bed).sara.ziegler: 🔥joshua.hermsmeyer: The Baltimore defense prevents completions, that’s their best skill. But Rivers has completed passes at 1.8 percent over expected this season.Salfino: New England really gets tested if the Colts win. (They would have to play the winner of Baltimore-LAC.) If the Texans win, Houston is just made for an easy Patriots victory in the divisional round.Little worried about how Rivers has looked of late. But probably just random variance. There’s not much data on QBs this old late in the season and into the postseason other than Brady.sara.ziegler: I’m worried about how Rivers looks, too — at least in this Mina Kimes drawing: joshua.hermsmeyer: looolneil: That’s still accurate.I loved that segment on NFL Countdown Sunday, where they talked about Rivers’ trash talk. Which somehow never includes swearing.sara.ziegler: I’ve always really liked him. A perfect fantasy football QB.Salfino: Philip Rivers is great. A Hall-of-Famer IMO. But unbelievably he has as many career playoff wins as Mark Sanchez. He needs more pelts on the wall.sara.ziegler: Very fair.Is anyone taking the Eagles over the Bears?neil: I recuse myself.LOLsara.ziegler: Wait, we can’t make predictions about our favorite teams?I’ve literally been picking the Vikings to lose all season.neil: I gotta hand it to you, those were accurate predictions.sara.ziegler: LOLneil: As opposed to this one: Salfino: Remember, Foles was LUCKY to beat the Falcons last year. He had a ball go off a Falcon’s knee, or they probably lose that game. Then he turned into Cinderella, and I have no idea how or why.sara.ziegler: He did get to face the Vikings last year — that undoubtedly helped.joshua.hermsmeyer: If Foles can be efficient and healthy, and the Eagles are patient, I can totally imagine a game where Biscuit implodes and the Eagles move on. I think the spread has some of that in it.Salfino: I do not believe in the Eagles defense at all. But I also don’t like how Nagy hasn’t given Tarik Cohen consistently more touches than Jordan Howard. And the Bears are all banged up now at WR.I agree with Josh on Trubisky, but the Bears and Nagy can’t put him in a position to lose that game. The Eagles have no playmakers. Dare them to score.sara.ziegler: Yeah, it could be closer than it seems. Of course, if Foles can’t play, then the Eagles will REALLY need a fairy tale.All right, let’s wrap this up with our Super Bowl predictions, so we can continue to look ridiculous when our picks all lose.Salfino: I’m going Saints-Chiefs, but that’s predicated on the Colts beating the Texans and giving the Patriots a nightmare matchup in the divisional round. It’s so public to fade the Chiefs that I’m fading the public. Offense!Mahomes wins MVP and Brees wins Super Bowl MVP. Seems fair.neil: I’ve been saying New Orleans over K.C. for these past few chats, and that’s still possible, so I’m sticking with it. (Despite the defensive concerns!)sara.ziegler: I took the Bears last time, and now having watched them flatten my own team, I probably need to keep them. Bears-Chiefs, Chiefs take it down.joshua.hermsmeyer: Chiefs-Rams rematch, Chiefs win. Because that would be the best ending to the best offensive season in the NFL probably ever.neil: What’s the score on that one, Josh? Is it the first Super Bowl whose score will be mistaken for an Arena Bowl?joshua.hermsmeyer: 36-35 with the game decided on a 2-point conversion.neil: Ooh, going low. I like it.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

OSU wrestlers look to build momentum as season winds down

The Ohio State wrestling team will have two tough tests this weekend as it faces No. 19 Illinois and No. 4 Minnesota on consecutive days. First up for the Buckeyes is a match at Illinois (3-4-1, 1-3-1 Big Ten) at 8 p.m. Friday. Right after the meet, the team will drive back to Columbus to prepare for the Golden Gophers (13-3, 4-0 Big Ten). The Buckeyes (2-7, 1-3 Big Ten) say they know they’re in for a tough weekend, and they will be looking for upsets throughout it to pull off a victory. “We have to upset a couple of their high-ranked athletes,” coach Tom Ryan said. “We need a couple surprises; the team knows that.” Ryan said he feels his team matches up better with Illinois and feels it has a better chance at victory in the first dual. “If our guys fight,” he said, “we match up fairly well with the rest of the teams.” Peter Capone, a redshirt freshman who wrestles at 197 pounds, said he knows a sweep this weekend would be great for the team. “It would mean a lot,” he said. “It would be huge for the program.” The most difficult part, Capone said, is going to be the travel back from Illinois right after the dual finishes. “It’s going to be hard,” he said. “We’re going to be really tired on the way back.” If the Buckeyes can manage to win both duals this week, Ryan said he believes the team will earn a much-needed confidence boost heading into its final two meets. Redshirt junior captain Sean Nemec, 157 pounds, said the back-to-back duals are different from what he is used to. The team usually will have duals Friday and Sunday, but because of the Super Bowl, Ryan said, this week’s duals are Friday and Saturday. Nemec said the biggest problem for wrestlers is when they aren’t smart about their weight, but to prevent that, OSU will be back in the gym Saturday before it faces Minnesota. “Come back, try and get a little sleep,” Nemec said. “Then come back in, work out a little bit and try to get your weight back down.” While team members say they hope to beat Illinois, they know the odds of pulling out a victory against Minnesota are slim. “You’ve got to have your mind made up before you step on the mat,” Ryan said. “This isn’t something that I’m not going to try to do. I’m going to get this done.” As the 2010–11 season wraps up, the team prepares for the Big Ten Tournament in March. The back-to-back duals will help the team build up its endurance for the tournament, which will have multiple matches in a day. “It’s a good opportunity for our guys to get used to a couple of the key tournaments at the end of the year,” Ryan said. Despite the Minnesota meet being the day after OSU wrestles Illinois, Ryan said, fatigue should not be a factor for his team. “You wrestle for seven minutes,” he said. “We’re not talking about a Hawaiian triathlon. They’ve been training their whole life for this.” Nemec said he believes if his team can manage to pull out victories over the two ranked teams this weekend, it could help the Buckeyes build momentum toward the end of the season. “It’ll be real big,” he said, “especially to get momentum going heading into the end of the season.” OSU will travel to Champaign, Ill., to wrestle Illinois at 8 p.m. Friday; then the team is scheduled to return to Columbus to host Minnesota at 7 p.m. Saturday. read more

Dijana Stevin joins RK Jagodina

Hungarian Siofok? No! Danish Viborg HK, no! Serbian right back, Dijana Stevin (27) joins national vice-champion, RK Jagodina. Two times in a row second in Serbian Super League behind RK Zaječar, RK Jagodina will be much more competitive with the left-handed player who played last season for Buducnost Podgorica and French Nimes.Stevin didn’t past a trial in Danish team last week. ← Previous Story Bozen wins Italian Super Cup – “1st Divizione Nazionale” begins next weekend! Next Story → Gro Hammerseng is back – Larvik wins with +27! Dijana StevinRK Jagodina read more

Les fondateurs de Google vendent une partie de leurs actions

first_imgLes fondateurs de Google vendent une partie de leurs actionsÉtats-Unis – Sergey Brin et Larry Page, les deux fondateurs de Google, ont annoncé leur intention de vendre chacun 5 millions de titres sur cinq ans. Si l’on se base sur le cours actuel, cette opération leur rapportera 5,5 milliards de dollars (soit environ 3,9 milliards d’euros).Larry Page et Sergey Brin contrôlent aujourd’hui 59% de la société Google, et sont donc majoritaires dans les décisions du conseil de direction de la société. Après la vente des 10 millions de titres qu’ils ont décidé de céder, leur majorité de contrôle passera à 48% et les deux fondateurs du numéro 1 de la recherche sur Internet pourront donc voir leurs décisions rejetées si l’ensemble des autres actionnaires le souhaitent.Toutefois, il est à noter que le PDG de Google, Eric Schmidt possède le même type d’actions que Larry Page et Sergey Brin, à hauteur de 9,5%. A eux trois, ils conservent donc la majorité absolue au conseil d’administration avec 58% des droits de vote.Avec la cotation actuel du titre Google à 547 dollars US au Nasdaq et à la Bourse de Londres, la vente des 10 millions d’actions rapportera quelque 5,5 milliards de dollars sur cinq ans aux deux fondateurs de Google. Leur part du capital de la société passera quant à elle de 18 à 15%.Le 26 janvier 2010 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

First AllFemale Spacewalk Scheduled for March 29

first_imgI just found out that I’ll be on console providing support for the FIRST ALL FEMALE SPACEWALK with @AstroAnnimal and @Astro_Christina and I can not contain my excitement!!!! #WomenInSTEM #WomenInEngineering #WomenInSpace— Kristen Facciol (@kfacciol) March 1, 2019NASA, meanwhile, seems less excited about this historic event.“As currently scheduled, the March 29 spacewalk will be the first with only women,” NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told CNN in an emailed statement—the only mention of the all-female excursion.“It was not orchestrated to be this way,” she continued. “These spacewalks were originally scheduled to take place in the fall.”So it’s just a coincidence that this momentous occasion transpire at the end of Women’s History Month.McClain will also join Nick Hague for a March 22 outing. Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor The first-ever all-female spacewalk is scheduled for March 29, featuring astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch.They will be supported by women on the ground, including flight director Mary Lawrence and control team member Kristen Facciol. Holy smokes, my twitter exploded with excitement over women doing awesome things in space and I LOVE that. But here’s hoping this will be the norm one day!Also hi new friends! Let’s be unapologetically excited about space and life together! ♥️— Kristen Facciol (@kfacciol) March 2, 2019Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly into space in 1963. But it would be nearly two decades before another lady left Earth’s atmosphere.NASA opened the space program to female applicants in 1978. Five years later, Sally Ride launched with the seventh Space Shuttle mission, becoming the US’s first woman in space.She helped pave the way for femmes like Judith Resnik and Christa McAuliffe (who died in the 1986 Challenger explosion), as well as Kathryn Sullivan (the first American woman to walk in space) and a growing number of female explorers around the world.But it’s ridiculous to think that, in the nearly 60-year history of sending humans to space, no two women have ever embarked on a spacewalk together—even coincidentally.Better late than never, though.Koch and McClain’s seven-hour spacewalk will be broadcast on NASA TV later this month.The pair, along with Hague, were members of NASA’s 2013 astronaut class, which consisted of 50 percent women.More on Geek.com:Study: Looks Do Matter When It Comes to STEM SuccessSpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to Space StationFormer Astronaut Mark Kelly Announces Bid for Arizona Senatelast_img read more

Coal company sues state over Millennium coalexport terminal

first_imgSEATTLE — Developers of a massive coal-export terminal proposed on the Columbia River have sued the state of Washington over the project.Utah-based Lighthouse Resources filed suit in federal court in Tacoma on Wednesday, alleging that state officials violated federal laws in delaying and denying permits for its Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview project.The $680 million project would move coal mined in U.S. Western states through a terminal in Longview for export to South Korea, Japan and other Asian markets.Developers want to build three 220-foot docks on 58 acres of state aquatic land already leased by Northwest Alloys.Millennium currently has one dock and wants to add two new docks, two new ship loaders and an access trestle.last_img read more

Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016

first_img Recommended for you Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Providenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – Clement Howell High School assisted the Department of Environmental & Maritime Affairs (DEMA), the Turks and Caicos National Trust and the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF) in celebrating World Wetlands Day 2016. 18 Students from the school brought along a willingness to get their hands dirty in order to assist with conservation efforts at one of Provo’s most important wetland sites.“DEMA and the National Trust were delighted to see just how enthusiastic the students were to assist with our on-going conservation efforts in the area. They demonstrated stewardship in an area that is often taken for granted and neglected and hopefully this would encourage the rest of the community to do the same!” said DEMAs Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Amy Avenant.Red mangroves were planted along the site, which will hopefully grow to create a buffer between the road and the wetland. This would be important as the mangroves act as natural filters that improve the water quality, as so often polluted runoff flows straight into the wetland – a critical habitat for resident and migratory birds, and other fauna and flora. The mangroves also create a natural buffer for any materials (litter) that may find its way to into the wetland.DEMA, the National Trust and TCRF would like to remind youth between the ages of 15 and 24 to participate in the International World Wetlands Day Photo Contest. The contest will run from 2 February to 2 March, 2016. The winner will win a free flight to a famous wetland of their choice courtesy of Star Alliance Biosphere Connections, and other prizes will be given to runners up. To enter the competition Young people are invited to take a photo that shows “people making a living from wetlands” Upload up to 3 photos on the World Wetlands Day website www.worldwetlandsday.org Other members of the public can participate by voting for their favourite photo and help contribute to the selection process.World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February, and day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clement howell high school, dema, national trust, Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, World Wetlands Daycenter_img Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surgeslast_img read more

Google and Hallmark Cards rank among Americas best employers for women 2018

first_imgGoogle (pictured), Hallmark Cards, Harvard University and Principle Financial Group are among the organisations recognised on the America’s best employers for women 2018 list, compiled by business media organisation Forbes and market research firm Statista.To compile the final list, which comprises 300 US-based organisations, more than 40,000 employees of organisations with at least 1,000 staff were surveyed, including 25,000 female workers.Respondents were asked to rate their organisation against criteria such as working conditions, diversity and whether they would recommend their employer to others, with notable gender gaps in responses being taken into account.Female respondents were also asked to rate their employers on areas such as parental leave, discrimination and pay equity.Banking and financial services organisation Principle Financial Group topped 2018’s list, followed by healthcare and social business Penn Medicine in second and packaged goods firm Hallmark Cards in third. Harvard University also made the top 10 to come in ninth place, while technology organisation Google ranked as 17th on the final list.Other organisations featured on the list include cosmetics business Estée Lauder Companies, clothes retailer H&M, Stanford University, homeware brand Ikea, professional services firm Deloitte and oil and gas organisation Royal Dutch Shell.The top 10 organisations are:Principle Financial GroupPenn MedicineHallmark CardsBayCareOregon Health and Science UniversityKeller Williams RealtyBoston Children’s HospitalProvidence Health and ServicesHarvard UniversityGwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS)Kerry Gumm, director of human resources strategy at Principle Financial Group, said: “It really does start with the culture of the organisation. It’s not about sequestering women off to a corner. It’s about elevating them and giving them the right resources and voice.“One thing no-one can do is assume that we’ve got it right. We should celebrate where we’re making progress, but at the same time recognise the workforce is changing significantly, how we work is changing rapidly.”last_img read more

Kavairlook shooting suspect found in Ohio

first_imgThe alleged shooter of John Kavairlook Jr. has been arrested by Fairbanks police.Download AudioKavairlook was gunned down outside of the Rock N Rodeo Bar in Fairbanks last May.The alleged shooter is Patrick Dale Burton, age 23.  He was located in Cleveland, Ohio and is currently in custody awaiting possible extradition to Alaska on charges of first degree murder.Fairbanks Police Detective Peyton Merideth said that, unlike the previous two out-of-state arrests in connection to the Kavairlook homicide, when U.S. Marshals and local police conducted the arrests, Fairbanks police picked up Burton themselves this time.“We didn’t require the assistance of anybody else except the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office,” Meredith said. “We had discovered his whereabouts, and were down there.  We traveled down to speak with him and serve an arrest warrant.”On May 16th of last year, Kavairlook took his wife Shalene (shay-LEEN) to the Rock N Rodeo on the Old Steese Highway in Fairbanks for their first night out after the birth of their daughter roughly a month earlier.  Burton was also at the bar with a group of three other men.Charging documents suggest that Kavairlook tried to defend his wife from an unwelcome advance by one of the four suspects.  A fight broke out in the bar, and the men were ejected.As the altercation continued in the parking lot, Burton allegedly retrieved a 9 millimeter handgun from a vehicle and shot Kavairlook multiple times.Detective Merideth said that the investigation into Kavairlook’s death has been extensive and exhausting, stemming from the fact that the suspects were not from Fairbanks.“Just like the other suspects in the case, it was just a matter of, literally, thousands of hours put in by our office to try to track these guys down, Meredith said. “And we were finally able to identify who the actual shooter was, which of course was on video.  But we just needed to put a name with a face.”Two of Burton’s companions at the Rock N Rodeo were arrested last fall.  Joel Roland Joseph and Demarius Hinson are in custody at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.  A hearing on their cases is scheduled for this June 30 in Fairbanks Superior Court, with a trial date currently set for the week of August 15th.Joseph is charged with first and second degree murder, and has pled not guilty.  Hinson and Joseph are also charged with hindering prosecution.  Both fled the state after the incident.John Kavairlook was a 2010 graduate of the Galena Interior Learning Academy, and originally from the village of Koyuk.  He was working as a plumber in Fairbanks at the time of his death.last_img read more

Reliance Industries BP to invest Rs 40000 crore in Indian offshore gasfields

first_imgMukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, poses for photographers before addressing the annual shareholders meeting in Mumbai June 6, 2013.ReutersUpdate at 7.00 PM: Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, said that his company and BP will jointly invest Rs 40,000 crore in India’s energy sector. “We will jointly explore options to develop differentiated fuel and mobility. We will jointly explore options for aviation fuel,” Ambani said, according to a report in Business Today. “It gives me pleasure to announce that BP and RIL will enhance their partnership to develop new products to help India’s mobility market,” he added.Original story:Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) shares were trading with gains of more than 2 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday, ahead of chairman Mukesh Ambani’s press conference with BP Plc’s chief executive Bob Dudley.The RIL stock was up 2.22 percent at Rs 1,386 at around 2.20 pm on the BSE. The Sensex was down 117 points to 31,039; top losers were TCS, Mahindra and L&T.Apart from RIL, other gainers were Wipro (up 1.74 percent) and Cipla (up 1.46 percent).There was a media report that the two entities could buy out the 10 percent stake currently held by Niko Resources in a gas field (NEC25) in Bay of Bengal. The rest of the stake is held by RIL (60 percent and BP 30 percent).The NEC-25 block is estimated to have 1.03 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas reserves.PCA against Central Bank of India, Wipro wins contractThe Reserve Bank of India invoked prompt corrective action (PCA) on Central Bank of India in view of high net NPA and negative RoA. The bank’s Q4 gross NPAs rose to 17.8 percent of total loans as compared to 14.1 percent in the previous quarter, Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities said in a note on Thursday.Wipro said on Wednesday that it had won an IT applications managed service contract from Finland-based Valmet, a developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for pulp, paper and energy industries.last_img read more

The Big One hits worse tragedy averted

first_imgLocated along what seismologists refer to as “the ring of fire,” a section of earth characterized by volcanic and seismic activity, Costa Rica is certainly not a newcomer to earthquakes. But 2012 marked the final arrival of “The Big One,” an earthquake experts have predicted for decades.A magnitude-7.6 quake struck five miles off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula at 8:42 a.m. on Sept. 5, shaking most of the country for 45 long seconds. The natural disaster caused nearly $45 million in damage and minor injuries. A 51-year old woman died of a heart attack following the event, although she was not included in the official quake death toll. It was partly a miracle no one else was killed during the massive temblor. But it also was a testament to Costa Rica’s world-class seismic codes.The quake made the record books as the country’s second-largest of all time, behind a magnitude-7.7 temblor in 1991, which killed 75 people. Despite its strength, experts and politicians concluded that the anticipated quake could have been much worse.“Every incident is important,” President Laura Chinchilla told the press the day after the quake, “but this could have been truly catastrophic.”The last major earthquake to strike the Nicoya Peninsula, in 1950, wreaked havoc on the area, rendering 25 percent of the city of Nicoya’s buildings uninhabitable. Seismologists credit the better outcome both to the depth of the quake and stricter building codes that Costa Rica has been implementing since the mid-1970s.Damaged buildings included the National Theater in San José and the 400-year-old colonial church in Nicoya. Many homes and other buildings were damaged, and some homeowners criticized the government’s response as too slow or ineffectual.“I worked eight years and in 10 seconds, wshhhh,” said business owner José Rodolfo Vargas, whose grocery store in Sámara sustained an estimated $12,000 in damage to merchandise. According to the National Institute for Housing and Urban Development, 140 homes were destroyed in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. An additional 50 homes were deemed unlivable in Alajuela and Puntarenas provinces. The Earth’s powerful forces are visible at this beach in a photo taken just after the quake. Tico Times Seismologists registered 530 aftershocks within little more than 24 hours after the temblor. In the next two months, experts estimated more than 4,000 aftershocks had occurred, some reaching magnitudes larger than 6.0. These aftershocks have not been limited to the Guanacaste region, and have been felt primarily in San José and the Central Valley.According to University of Costa Rica seismologist Wilfredo Rojas, most of the aftershocks were caused by the Cocos and Caribbean plates, the same plates involved in the Sept. 5 earthquake.While seismologists concluded in September that the quake was indeed the “big one” they had been predicting, it appears the plates still have not released all of their energy. According to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori), research revealed the quake only released 40 percent of built-up energy contained in the plates.This energy can be released in several different ways, but some seismologists believe that another major earthquake in the Nicoya Peninsula is a realistic possibility. “Another earthquake of equal or greater magnitude to what occurred on Sept. 5 is a scenario we cannot dismiss,” said Marino Protti, Ovsicori’s lead scientist. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

From Runway to Runway

first_imgFrom Runway to RunwayFrom Runway to RunwaySome new young fashion models line up on the runway at London City to celebrate the launch of new British Airways flights to the catwalk runways of Milan.The first of the double-daily flights took off this week from the heart of London straight to the heart of Italy’s fashion capitalTo celebrate the inaugural flight three models from Model Students, posed on the runway at London City with a British Airways Embraer 190 aircraft and the iconic Canary Wharf backdrop, hoping one day to walk the fashion runways of Milan.Model Students represents bright, confident young models from across the UK. Founded at The University of Nottingham in 2010, Model Students nurture their models to look good through a healthy attitude towards body image.Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager customer and commercial, said: “As our new service links two of the greatest fashion cities in the world it was fitting to ask these young models to help us celebrate the launch of flights to Milan.“This is a very exciting new route for us as it will appeal to both business and leisure customers. The flights compliment the British Airways Heathrow service, offering our customers more choice with well-timed flights to Linate, Milan’s most central airport.”Bernard Lavelle, Sales Director at London City Airport, said:  “Milan and London share financial hub status and cultural importance as global centres for fashion and design, with British Airways’ service between London City and Milan Linate playing an important role in connecting the two, for passengers travelling for business or pleasure. “With our close proximity to central London and quick check in and arrivals, passengers will find that choosing London City Airport to fly can offer the fastest and most convenient way from Canary Wharf to the Italian Stock Exchange or St Paul’s Cathedral to Milan’s Duomo.”All flights will operate on modern Embraer 190 jet aircraft, with spacious cabins and two abreast seating so every customer can have an aisle or window seat.Basic each way fares from London City and Stansted to Milan from £59 are available to book on www.ba.comCustomers flying in Euro Traveller benefit from allocated seats, a generous hand-baggage allowance and loyalty points which can be used to buy food and drink on board flights or towards other tripsClub Europe customers receive complimentary food and drinks on board, a generous free baggage allowance and free seat selection and on-line check-in.Italian airline Meridiana, who currently codeshare on the British Airways services between Linate and Heathrow, will in future also codeshare on the new service from London City. British Airwaysbook flights hereSource = British Airwayslast_img read more

India bags first prize at the international Golden City Gate Tourism Awards

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has won the First Prize in the category of ‘TV Cinema Spot’ at the international ‘Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2019’. The awards were received by Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary Tourism at ITB Berlin.The following promotional films/television commercials produced by the Ministry as part of its Incredible India 2.0 Campaign received the awards:Yogi of the RacetrackThe Reincarnation of Mr and Mrs JonesSanctuary in ParisMaharani of ManhattanThe Masala Master ChefThe Golden City Gate Tourism multi-media Awards are given annually in various categories related to the tourism and hospitality sectors. The ‘Golden City Gate’ is a creative multi-media international competition for countries, cities, regions and hotels. The entries received for the awards were judged by an international jury comprising film and tourism experts. The annual award ceremony takes place at ITB Berlin.The Ministry of Tourism has launched the Incredible India 2.0 Campaign in September 2017. The 2.0 Campaign marks a shift from generic promotions across the world to market specific promotional plans and content creation. Thematic creatives on different niche tourism products have been produced and are being used in the campaign, to cater to diverse consumer interests. These include the above television commercials on yoga, wellness, wildlife, luxury and cuisine, which have been very well received by all over the world, registering about 155 million views on social media. The commercials have been produced in English with a voice-over in nine international languages, viz. German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.last_img read more

Capital Economics Recovery is The Real Deal

first_img November 29, 2012 421 Views Capital Economics: Recovery is ‘The Real Deal’ Share Despite a number of potentially damaging headwinds, the ongoing housing recovery will remain sustainable for the foreseeable future, analysts for “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/ say in a recently released report.[IMAGE]The housing industry’s rapid rebound took many experts by surprise–even the researchers who authored the report admit they “”have been slightly taken aback”” by the recovery’s speed. However, they point to several major indicators that show the current upturn is more than a temporary blip or a false recovery. Sustained rises in demand, home prices, homebuilding activity, and new and existing-home sales all demonstrate that the market is seeing a lasting recovery, they say. They also forecast further price growth of 5 percent in each of 2013 and 2014.What’s more, even as prices rise, valuation and affordability–“”the cornerstone on which the improvement in housing is being built””–remain very favorable.The major threats to the market at this juncture, the analysts say, are the potential for a new American recession (brought on by complications from the fiscal cliff and the potential of a partial euro-zone break-up) and the risk that properties in the shadow inventory will flood the market and drive prices down.As far as the economy is concerned, Capital Economics’ working assumption is that Washington will avoid throwing the country into another downturn. Beyond that, the firm notes that trade links between the United States and Europe are relatively small, and the financial links aren’t significant enough to tip the country back into recession should the euro-zone see problems.Turning to the shadow inventory, analysts estimate that the backlog of homes at risk of coming onto the market may be as large as 3.8 million (1.5 times the number of properties actually for sale). If those homes were allowed on the market too rapidly, supply would balloon and disrupt the price recovery–but they don’t expect that to happen.””The signing of the $25bn foreclosure settlement has not led to a wave of foreclosures hitting the market,”” the economists write. “”With foreclosure timelines still protracted, and banks wary of the effects that a glut of supply would have on the recovery, we anticipate a continued trickle of homes from the shadow inventory, rather than a flood.””Of bigger concern is the recovery’s dependence on investors and cash buyers. According to Capital Economics, “”[m]ortgage-dependent buyers have made next to no contribution to the improvement in housing market demand,”” mostly because of tight credit. Instead, it’s been buyers and investors–who are less dependent on mortgage finance–who have driven much of the recovery so far.The problem, though, is that investment buying won’t last as discounts start fading. According to data from Zillow, the availability of deeply discounted foreclosures has been dropping sharply in states most targeted by investment buyers. While the trickle of properties from the shadow inventory will keep some bargains on the market, cheap, high-yielding homes are disappearing.In fact, the analysts note, some of the most popular investment cities (such as Phoenix) are quickly becoming “”no-go”” areas for institutional buyers as the local markets recover. Even though the number of “”overheating”” cities is fairly small, there is a lesson to take away from those markets.””What should be clear from all this is that the housing recovery cannot be driven by investors indefinitely,”” the report says. “”The very recovery that investors are driving will eventually price them out of the market.””In order to keep the market healthy, credit conditions are going to have to loosen so the current heightened demand can actually make an impact. According to a recent survey released by the Federal Reserve, one of the biggest factors keeping today’s credit market tight is the risk of put-back requests from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. However, as the economy shows improvement and mortgage delinquency continues to fall, Capital Economics anticipates put-back risk will fade.””All in all, if we are right that the economy will continue growing, it’s reasonable to expect lenders to loosen the reins somewhat. The upshot is that we think mortgage-dependent buyers will gradually play an increasing role in the housing market recovery,”” the report says.””The bottom line is that the US housing recovery is sustainable. The key point is that the fundamentals of housing valuations and affordability are very favourable, reflecting a market that has adjusted.””center_img in Data, Origination, Secondary Market Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Existing-Home Sales Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Politics Service Providers 2012-11-29 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Following recent news of Barcelonas campaign to e

first_imgFollowing recent news of Barcelona’s campaign to encourage people to dress ‘appropriately’ when out and about enjoying markets, museums and other public buildings, Skyscanner reveals the travelling public’s attitude toward covering up in various locations.Over 3,000 people voted in the Skyscanner poll which surveyed attitudes towards both men and women wearing swimwear and going topless and shirtless.Whereas 96% of males thought it was fine for females to go topless on beaches, only 87% of females themselves agreed. When asked about appropriate places for females to wear bikinis, 93% of men and women believed it was ok on the beach but only 31% thought it was appropriate in a bar, cafe or restaurant. For men going shirtless, 98% said it was fine on the beach but only 18% said it was acceptable in a supermarket or bar.29% of respondents said that they didn’t want to expose their children to topless beach culture and 21% cited fear of overexposure to UV as their reason for avoiding such places. Other reasons given for disapproval of topless bathing included “it causes offence”, “ogling men” and “encourages voyeurism”.Despite the British being renowned for being reserved, when compared to other European nations, Brits ranked as one of the biggest advocates for topless sunbathing on beaches with 93% in favour. 91% of Italian and 91% of French respondents believed it was ok as did 82% of Swedes. Russians were less keen with only 67% in agreement, but it was the Germans who were the biggest fans with 99% of those surveyed saying that women should be allowed to sunbathe topless.Benjamín Pérez Ulecia, Skyscanner’s Country Manager for Spain said:“Whilst most people believe it’s perfectly acceptable to wear a bikini or walk around shirtless on the beach, it’s a different story in a museum, supermarket or restaurant. The most important thing to remember whilst visiting another country is to respect the local customs and culture. You wouldn’t wander around London’s Tate Gallery in a bikini, and Barcelona’s new ‘bikini ban’ campaign is trying to encourage tourists to dress appropriately for the environment they are in.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBattle of the Sexes as Women-only Toilets Introduced on PlanesPlans by one airline to add women-only toilets to its flights have split opinion59% of travellers want family-only section on flightsA poll carried out by Skyscanner, has revealed that 59% of travellers would like a ‘families only’ section onboard flights.Skyscanner reveals the perfect hotelSkyscanner survey reveals women and men prioritise different features and facilities from their perfect hotellast_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineGrand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) has announced the nominations for the 2012 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. The jury has selected 70 watches, on which the public can vote via the GPHG website. An award ceremony will take place Thursday November 15th, 2012 at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, attended by Alain Berset, Federal Councillor, and the Geneva authorities.Members of the public are invited to vote for their favorite watch online, with the most popular watch winning the Prix du Public. Voters automatically enter themselves into a prize draw to win a timepiece. From October 2012, a free mobile GPHG app will be available to download, providing all the information on the official GPHG site.As in previous years, the watches preselected by the jury will be part of a traveling exhibition, allowing the public to become acquainted with the nominations. The first stage of the exhibition will take place in Les Ambassadeurs boutique on the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich. The 70 timepieces will then be presented in Hong Kong, followed by Shanghai on the famous Bund.Returning to Geneva, the watches will be displayed at the Cité du Temps, with an inauguration October 31st and the main exhibition open to the public November 2nd – 8th. Following the award ceremony, the three finalist watches in each of the seven categories—as well as winners of the Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix and the Prix du Public—will be exhibited at the Swiss Embassy in Moscow. Complete exhibition dates are available on the GPHG website.A showcase for Swiss watchmaking around the world, the GPHG also champions Geneva’s reputation as a watchmaking capital. In light of this, the Geneva and Moscow GPHG exhibitions will pay tribute to the city.Attended by Geneva’s international watchmaking community, the award ceremony will see eleven prizes announced including the prestigious Aiguille d’Or. The Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild, main partner of the GPHG, will also award a study grant to a talented young candidate. The event will be linked to New York where a live broadcast will take place in a shop on Madison Avenue.www.gphg.orglast_img read more