International activity

first_imgFood & Hotel Asia 2008 (FHA2008), an international food event, is set to take place from 22-25 April 2008 at Singapore Expo. This year a Bakery & Pastry 2008 show has been incorporated for the first time to reflect demand from Asia’s growing baking industry.Bakery & Pastry 2008 is set to be visited by industry professionals including ingredients suppliers, packaging, storage and refrigeration equipment suppliers, display and shopfitting equipment and representatives from both plant and craft bakeries, claim organisers, Singapore Exhibition Services.The Asian Pastry Cup, which will also take place at Bakery & Pastry 2008, aims to promote pastry art, giving pastry chefs a chance to meet and share their ideas. Each country is represented by three bakers, which will present a chocolate showpiece, a sugar showpiece, a plated dessert and chocolate cake.There will be also be conferences, seminars, workshops and competitions taking place over the three days.FHA attracted 36,658 trade visitors and 2,327 exhibiting companies in April 2006.Among some of the feedback from FHA2006, managing director of Bakewell Supplies, said: “This show provides an excellent opportunity for us to shop around for baking supplies and equipment. I’m pleased to have a number of business deals in the works.”The 2008 show is the 16th FHA and is expected to attract buyers from all over the world.Food & Hotel Asia (FHA2008) features six specialised events, including Bakery & Pastry 2008.last_img read more

Watch Vulfpeck Crushing ‘Game Winner’ In Newly Shared Video From The Studio

first_imgThe funk never stops with Vulfpeck. After thoroughly impressing fans with their 2015 album, Thrill of the Arts, the band has had a breakout 2016 with stops at festivals like Fool’s Paradise and Bonnaroo, with plans to perform at Red Rocks, Outside Lands, North Coast Music Festival and more coming up this summer.The band also continues to put out exciting content to entertain their fans, including this brand new video from their studio session recording the song “Game Winner.” With guest guitarist David T. Walker and vocalist Charles Jones, the energy level is at an all-time high in this exciting new video.Check out “Game Winner,” streaming below.last_img read more

Ikpeba: New NFF must revisit Eagles fracas in Brazil

first_imgEX-international, Victor Ikpeba has charged the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation to revisit Super Eagles outing in the World Cup in Brazil especially the players boycott of training for a day and the subsequent brouhaha over money that rubbed mud on the image of the country.After the infamous protest over money, the Eagles were beaten 2 – 0 by France in the second round of the World Cup in a match many believed the Eagles would not have lost if not for the needless distractions before the match.“It’s important we revisit what happened in Brazil if we ever think of doing well in subsequent World Cups. That problem has always been around and the earlier we stop it now the better before we go again to wash our dirty linen in public”, Ikpeba charged moments after the election of new officers in Warri to run the Nigeria game.Nigeria’s defender Juwon Oshaniwa (2nd L) and other players warm up during a training session in Campinas, some 100 kilometers from Sao Paulo, on June 12, 2014 as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil. AFP PHOTOIkpeba was asked about the chances of the Super Eagles in the on-going Nations Cup qualifiers and he said that the Eagles may still qualify but wondered if Keshi has abandoned the ship or was still savouring the success of the Nations Cup he won in South Africa. “With the way he(Keshi) is going, he needs to ask himself basic questions.  These questions are; Are you satisfied with your performance with the Eagles? Do you want to do well?  Or, are you content with the Nations Cup you won? Are you satisfied with the selections you make? Another one is how long are you going to rebuild the team?The 1997 African footballer of the Year winner also had harsh words for Keshi for ignoring Ike Uche for the World Cup in Brazil and even in the qualifiers for Morocco 2015.“I don’t know what the problem is between him and Ike Uche. But whatever it is, the national interest soverides personal interest. The annoying aspect is that you do not have a striker as good as him.We all saw the goals he scored in Spain. And still leaving him out and to be inviting some rookie characters is a bit going too far. What makes good managers is their ability to manage such ‘bad’ but talented players.They all abound in many clubs and countries. They are match winners any day.  Without disparaging anybody, how did we  behave when we were playing?  We were not better behaved than these players. Coaches and Managers tolerated us and brought out the best in us.  We need our best players to be invited to the national team.” As a member of the Technical Committee of the former NFF, Ikpeba was asked why they didn’t     scrutinize Keshi’s list or advise him on certain players?.“Keshi does not like criticisms.  He fires back at anyone who holds a contrary opinion to his. He frightened many and instead of telling him the truth they started praising him. He failed to realize that criticism is part of football. Only few ex-internationals could air their opinions, not minding whose Ox is gored. Somebody like Sunday Oliseh.“To your question, at the  Technical Committee level we knew that Keshi needed help.  But many Nigerians were shouting in his favor . He went to war with NFF and the Technical Committee.  Coaching goes beyond winning one tournament and going to sit in America, waiting for when next you have a match or a competition.There are a lot of things going on in that Super Eagles. Ike Uche is not invited, Iheanacho is too young. Football belongs to the young ones. He should allow Iheanacho. Give him a chance.  That lad has a Lion’s heart.  We need young and talented players. During the transfer season, how many of our players got lucrative offers? Is the future bright for us? We need a coach who will give young players the chance to play.Nigeria lost 3 – 2 to Congo in Calabar before pulling a listless goalless draw with Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Cape Town. Currently,  Eagles are third on the table with a single point out of a possible six.  Are we waving goodbye to Morocco 2015 Nations Cup? “No, no no. That does not mean we won’t qualify. But we need a coach who can encourage the players and take responsibility. Your team cannot win all the time. Remember, for a team to win another have to lose. I’m not saying that we must win all matches.But when you lose matches that you ought  to winj then you must ask certain questions. And if your wrong decisions were responsible you must admit you made wrong decisions rather than blaming players. Why is Keshi always blaming his players when he loses? He takes all the credit when he wins but if he loses the players are to blame. Is that how a good coach should behave?  Ikpeba said.– See more at: read more

Corn Harvest Cab Cam – Jakob Wilson, Madison County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jakob Wilson from JCW Farms in Madison County took time to visit with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about this year’s early harvest, what caught his eye at Farm Science Review and how he is a Top 4 Finalist in the American Star Ag Placement category at The National FFA Convention later this year.last_img

NPPC speaks out on NAFTA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Following notification by the Trump administration that it will renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the National Pork Producers Council released a white paper on the benefits of the trade deal among the United States, Canada and Mexico.The paper, which focuses primarily on trade with Mexico, makes the case for not abandoning the 23-year-old pact and for not disrupting trade in sectors for which the agreement has worked well, including U.S. pork. Mexico is the No. 2 export market for U.S. pork, and Canada is No. 4. For all U.S. goods and services, Canada and Mexico are the top two destinations, accounting for more than one-third of total U.S. exports, adding $80 billion to the U.S. economy and supporting more than 14 million American jobs, according to U.S. government data.While considerable attention has been given to the $63 billion trade deficit the United States has with Mexico, NPPC’s paper highlights two key facts: When NAFTA took effect Jan. 1, 1994, trade between the United States and Mexico was only $50 billion each way. Last year, U.S. exports to Mexico were nearly quintuple that amount at $231 billion, and those exports supported 5 million U.S. jobs. And while imports to the United States from Mexico were $294 billion, those, too, supported millions of U.S. jobs (nearly 40 percent of Mexican imports include U.S. content).For U.S. agriculture, Canada and Mexico are the second and third largest foreign markets. They imported more than $38 billion of U.S. products in 2016, or 28% of all U.S. agricultural exports. Those exports generated more than $48 billion in additional business activity throughout the economy and supported nearly 287,000 jobs.Disrupting U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada, the NPPC paper points out, would have devastating consequences for America’s farmers and for the U.S. processing and transportation industries. U.S. pork producers would be particularly hard hit.Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes calculated that if Mexico placed a 20% duty on U.S. pork — a likely response to a U.S. withdraw from NAFTA — and allowed other countries duty-free access, the U.S. pork industry eventually would lose the entire Mexican market. That equates to a loss of 5% of U.S. pork production, which would reduce the U.S. live hog market by 10% at a cost of $14 per hog, or a nearly $1.7 billion aggregate loss to the industry.“A loss in exports to Mexico of that magnitude would be cataclysmic for the U.S. pork industry,” said Nick Giordano, NPPC’s vice president for global government affairs. “Pork producers will support updating and improving NAFTA but only if duties on U.S. pork remain at zero and pork exports are not disrupted.”The NPPC paper also notes that NAFTA has provided benefits beyond trade, including improved relations with Canada and Mexico, better regional investment and supply chains, increased cooperation with Mexico in fighting drug trafficking and terrorism and greater political stability in that country. [Click here to read the white paper.]last_img read more

Details emerging about Gerald Cotten the young founder of QuadrigaCX

first_imgHALIFAX — A clearer picture is emerging of the young man at the centre of the mysterious demise of one of Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges.Gerald Cotten, a Nova Scotia resident originally from Ontario, was 30 years old when he died suddenly while travelling in India on Dec. 9 — leaving his virtual company, QuadrigaCX, without access to $180 million in Bitcoins and other digital assets.His widow, Jennifer Robertson, has said in court documents that Cotten was the only person with access to his laptop, which is thought to contain the digital keys to the so-called cold wallets containing the missing cryptocurrency.The circumstances surrounding Cotten’s death — and the way he conducted his business from the couple’s home in Fall River, N.S. — has led to a flurry of speculation and allegations in internet chat rooms, with some former QuadrigaCX users coming forward to raise questions about the $250 million in cash and cryptocurrency owed to 115,000 of them.Cotten signed his will on Nov. 27, 2019 — less than two weeks before he died at a private hospital in Jaipur, the capital and largest city in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.In an application to probate the will, filed on Dec. 21, 2018, Robertson confirmed that the gross value of Cotten’s personal property — all of which was left to her — was $9.6 million. She was granted the right to administer his estate as executor on Jan. 2.The will specifically states that Robertson was authorized to access his digital assets and “obtain, access, modify, delete and control (his) passwords and other electronic credentials.”Robertson, in an affidavit filed Jan. 31, said she was not involved in the business, and she insisted Cotten — as QuadrigaCX’s CEO and sole director — was the only person with access to the private digital keys.The will includes a few details about Cotten’s assets, but those items are limited to a section dealing with property that would have been bequeathed to friends and relatives should Robertson die within 30 days of his death.The list includes: a large home in Kelowna, B.C.; a property on Nova Scotia’s western shore; an undeveloped property in Fall River, N.S.; a 2017 Lexus; an “airplane;” a 2015 Mini Cooper and a 50-foot Jeanneau 51 sailboat.There was also a plan in place to provide $100,000 to Cotten’s in-laws to help them cover the costs of caring for the couple’s pet Chihuahuas, Nitro and Gully.Court documents attached to the will include a statement of death from the J.A. Snow Funeral Home in Halifax, dated Dec. 12, which says Cotten died in Jaipur on Dec. 9. The cause of death is not listed.In her affidavit, Robertson says she has been subjected to online threats, slanderous comments and speculation about Cotten’s death, “including whether he is really dead.”Robertson said Cotten was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 24, about a year after he co-founded QuadrigaCX with his partner Mike Patryn.She said Cotten died from complications linked to the disease, which disrupts digestion by causing inflammation of the bowels.Fortis Escorts hospital in Jaipur issued a statement Thursday confirming that Cotten was admitted on Dec. 8, 2018, at 9:45 p.m. and died from a cardiac arrest at 7:26 p.m. the next night, according to CoinDesk, an online publication that tracks the cryptocurrency industry.Cotten was in septic shock when he was admitted and suffered two cardiac arrests before he died, CoinDesk reported.Meanwhile, industry critics have come forward to say the QuadrigaCX debacle has proven to be a major embarrassment for Canada’s cryptocurrency industry, which includes more than a dozen exchanges across the country.Some industry insiders have said provincial and federal officials should move quickly to do something about a business that is largely unregulated and has no independent oversight.The Canadian Securities Administrators, an umbrella organization representing provincial securities regulators, issued a statement Thursday urging Canadians to be cautious when buying crypto-assets through trading platforms.“As highlighted in recent CSA investor alerts and awareness campaigns over the past year, this means that key investor protections may not be in place,” the agency said.QuadrigaCX and its affiliated companies are registered in British Columbia, but it has no offices, no bank accounts and no employees, aside from a handful of contractors.The B.C. Securities Commission issued a statement Thursday saying it has been aware of QuadrigaCX’s operations since 2017. The agency said QuadrigaCX was not subject to regulation because it did not operate as a marketplace or exchange under B.C. securities laws.“The BCSC … (has) been urging investors to exercise caution with regard to crypto-assets,” the agency said Thursday.On Tuesday, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court granted QuadrigaCX protection from its creditors and a 30-day stay of proceedings to given the insolvent company time to find the missing currency and draft a plan to restructure or sell the business.Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Honest opinions at Grand Turk Public Press Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Sept 2015 – At least one Grand Turk attendee expressed that she believes the government has fallen short when it comes to healthcare, job opportunities for the indigenous people and upkeep of the infrastructure. Frank exchanges are a signature part of the recent Public Press Conferences being hosted by the Rufus Ewing Administration; last night was Grand Turk’s turn.The Premier was challenged by numbers published from the Country Poverty Assessment, which revealed that Haitians were with nearly 11,000 people in TCI while the British Overseas Territory citizen, and native people together were put at just over 12,000. Applause supported the woman’s position that any new immigration laws must protect and advance Turks and Caicos Islanders first.The PNP government is accused of rushing the legislation due to be debated in the House of Assembly next week. Related Items:grand turk, premier rufus ewing, public conferencelast_img read more

7th Pay Commission PNB joins SBI to woo Central government staff with

first_imgTaking a cue from its bigger peer State Bank of India, public sector lender Punjab National Bank (PNB) has come out with special home and auto loan offers to attract Central government employees who are flush with cash after the bonanza handed out to them with the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).The scheme titled “PNB Pride” is effective from October 1, 2016, and comes with zero documentation and processing charges. Other terms and conditions applicable to existing home and vehicle loan borrowers will apply to those availing of loans under the “PNB Pride”, according to the bank.The aim of the scheme, according to the lender, is to “ensure availability of Housing Loan and Vehicle Loan at attractive rates and ensure a house and a car for all government employees.”The floating rate of interest for vehicle loans will be 9.55 percent (0.25 percent + marginal cost of lending rate, or MCLR). The fixed rate of interest is also the same, with a reset clause of three years.As for home loans, the floating rate will be 9.30 percent and the fixed at 9.80 percent. Earlier, State Bank of India (SBI) had announced flexible home loans to Central government employees (“SBI Privilege Home Loan”) and defence personnel (SBI Shaurya Home Loan”) with pensionable service.”Under the new schemes, employees of central/state governments, defence forces, public sector banks, public sector enterprises of central government and other individuals with pensionable service will be offered home loans tailored to their specific needs,” the bank said in a statement in August this year.”The launch of ‘SBI Privilege Home Loan’ and ‘SBI Shaurya Home Loan’ products is timed with the notification of 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Surplus income can thus be utilised by government employees and defence personnel towards purchase of new/better house,” it added.The bank gave an option to Central government employees to repay home loans up to the age of 75 years, as against 70 years applicable in other home loans given by the bank.The recommendations of the 7th CPC cover 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.last_img read more

A filmy delight

first_imgMadhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine will be featured on Friday at 9:30 pm. The main cast of the film includes Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda. The movie is based on the life and times of a superstar heroine from the dream factory we call ‘Bollywood’. The film is an entertaining, daring, glamorous and scandalous which provides behind the scenes account of the reality of the world of glitz and glamour that our film stars inhabit.The movies which will be featured this week include a bioscope serialised feature film: Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Arth which will be shown on Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 pm starring Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Smita Patil, Heroine starring Kareena Kappor on Friday at 9:30 pm, Ekk Deewaana Tha starring Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson on Saturday at 10 pm, Amanush starring Uttam Kumar, Utpal Dutt on Sunday at 12:30 pm, Road to Sangam also on Sunday 3 pm starring Paresh Rawal and Om Puri and a Punjabi film called Nabar at 10 pm starring Nishawn Bhullar, Rana Ranbir and Hardeep Gill.last_img read more

Trafalgar unveils commemorative onetime departure for Canadas 150th

first_img TORONTO — Canada turns 150 this year, and to celebrate the milestone Trafalgar has created a customized itinerary that showcases Prince Edward Island and the country’s four original confederate provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.Running from June 28-July 8, this 11-day, nine-city itinerary is a one-time departure that kicks off in Toronto with a welcome reception. From there, guests will take a boat ride to the base of Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, visit Canada’s first capital city of Kingston, and then continue to the village of Montebello for a two-night stay at the Fairmont Le Château Montebello resort.On July 1, clients will explore Ottawa’s historical buildings like Parliament Hill and Rideau Hall, plus enjoy special access to spectacular Canada Day 150 celebrations. In Montreal, they’ll partake in the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations and learn about historic sites with a Local Specialist.The tour winds down in eastern Canada with an exclusive Be My Guest dining experience in Charlottetown, a visit to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, and a stop at Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place. Other memorable highlights include a visit to Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy, a ferry ride to Digby in Saint John, and a Cultural Insight experience at Alexander Keith’s brew house in Halifax.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“We are excited to have created this exclusive itinerary which is only available for our Canadian clients at these high demand destinations during the peak season and we are proud to have arranged exclusive access to the Canada Day 150 celebrations in Ottawa which will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “Our loyal agents will benefit in encouraging their clients to book fast and although space is limited, we encourage them to promote this trip to multi-generational families and groups.”Clients have until April 28 to book this exclusive departure, which is priced at $4,965 per person, double occupancy, land and internal flight (single supplement is $1,870 and includes all taxes and service charges).Additionally, a past client discount of 5% (land only) is available for those who’ve previously travelled with TTC’s family of brands.For more information go to << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, February 23, 2017 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Posted by Tags: Canada, Trafalgar Trafalgar unveils commemorative one-time departure for Canada’s 150thlast_img read more