Millennials more likely to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies poll

first_imgA new survey suggests millennials are leading a gradual resurgence of interest when it comes to attending Remembrance Day ceremonies.The poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada found that 29 per cent of respondents plan to attend a ceremony to honour fallen soldiers on Nov. 11, up three per cent from last year and marking a return to recent highs established in 2015.But the online survey suggests Canadians between 18 and 34 are the ones most likely to pay their respects in person.The poll found 37 per cent of millennial respondents planned to attend a ceremony, well ahead of the 29 per cent of baby boomers over age 55 who were surveyed.Just 23 per cent of survey participants aged between 35 and 54, classed as members of generation X, expressed an intention of going to an official ceremony.Historica Canada says the surge in interest in attending Remembrance Day ceremonies may be the result of increased efforts to share veterans’ stories in schools and other public spaces, exposing younger generations to real-life accounts of time in combatcalast_img read more

AMC Grand Chief Nepinak discusses First Nation education battle

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s a new twist on the fate of the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act.A hearing scheduled this week for a Federal Court judicial review of the Act launched by the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador was postponed following the surfacing of a document signed by the former national chief of the AFN Shawn Atleo.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak discusses the issue with APTN.last_img

Middle East attack jolts oilimport dependent Asia

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The blasts detonated far from the bustling megacities of Asia, but the attack this week on two tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz hits at the heart of this region’s oil-import-dependent economies.While the violence only directly jolted two countries in the region — one of the targeted ships was operated by a Tokyo-based company; a nearby South Korean-operated vessel helped rescue sailors — it will unnerve major economies throughout Asia.Officials, analysts and media commentators on Friday hammered home the importance of the Strait of Hormuz for Asia, calling it a crucial lifeline, and there was deep interest in for more details about the still sketchy attack and in what the United States and Iran would do in the aftermath.In the end, whether Asia shrugs it off, as some analysts predict, or its economies shudder as a result, the attack highlights the widespread worries here over an extreme reliance on a single strip of water for the oil that fuels much of the region’s shared progress.Here is a look at how Asia is handling rising tensions in a faraway but economically crucial area, compiled by AP reporters from around the world:___WHY ASIA WORRIESThe oil, of course.Japan, South Korea and China don’t have enough of it; the Middle East does, and much of it flows through the narrow Strait of Hormuz.This could make Asia vulnerable to supply disruptions from U.S.-Iran tensions or violence in the strait.The attack comes months after Iran threatened to shut down the strait to retaliate against U.S. economic sanctions, which tightened in April when the Trump administration decided to end sanctions exemptions for the five biggest importers of Iranian oil, which included China and U.S. allies South Korea and Japan.Japan is the world’s fourth-largest consumer of oil — after the United States, China and India — and relies on the Middle East for 80 per cent of its crude oil supply. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster led to a dramatic reduction in nuclear power generation and increased imports of natural gas, crude oil, fuel oil and coal.In an effort to comply with Washington, Japan says it no longer imports oil from Iran. Officials also say Japanese oil companies are abiding by the embargo because they don’t want to be sanctioned. But Japan still gets oil from other Middle East nations using the Strait of Hormuz for transport.South Korea, the world’s fifth largest importer of crude oil, also depends on the Middle East for the vast majority of its supplies.Last month, South Korea halted its Iranian oil imports as its waivers from U.S. sanctions on Teheran expired, and it has reportedly tried to increase oil imports from other countries like Qatar and the United States.China, the world’s largest importer of Iranian oil, “understands its growth model is vulnerable to a lack of energy sovereignty,” according to market analyst Kyle Rodda of IG, an online trading provider, and has been working over the last several years to diversify its suppliers. That includes looking to Southeast Asia and, increasingly, some oil-producing nations in Africa.___THE GEOGRAPHY AND THE POLITICSAsia and the Middle East are linked by a flow of oil, much of it coming by sea and dependent on the Strait of Hormuz, which is the passage between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.In April, Iran threatened to close the strait. Iran also appears poised to break a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, an accord that U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from last year. The deal saw Tehran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of crippling sanctions.For both Japan and South Korea, there is extreme political unease to go along with the economic worries stirred by the violence in the strait.Both nations want to nurture their relationship with Washington, a major trading partner and military protector. But they also need to keep their economies humming, which requires an easing of tension between Washington and Tehran.Japan’s conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was in Tehran, looking to do just that, when the attack happened.His limitations in settling the simmering animosity, however, were highlighted by both the timing of the attack and a comment by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who told Abe that he had nothing to say to Trump.In Japan, the world’s third largest economy, the tanker attack was front-page news.The Nikkei newspaper, Japan’s major business daily, said that if mines are planted in the Strait of Hormuz, “the oil trade will be paralyzed.” The Tokyo Shimbun newspaper called the Strait of Hormuz Japan’s “lifeline.”Although the Japanese economy and industry minister has said there will be no immediate effect on the stable energy supply, the Tokyo Shimbun noted “a possibility that Japanese people’s lives will be affected.”South Korea, worried about Middle East instability, has worked to diversify its crude sources since the energy crises of the 1970s and 1980s.___THE FUTUREAnalysts said that it’s highly unlikely that Iran would follow through on its threat to close the strait. That’s because a closure could also disrupt Iran’s own exports to China, which has been working with Russia to build pipelines and other infrastructure that would transport oil and gas into China.For Japan, the attack in the Strait of Hormuz does not represent an imminent threat to Tokyo’s oil supply, said Paul Sheldon, chief geopolitical adviser at S&P Global Platts Analytics.“Our sense is that it’s not a crisis yet,” he said of the tensions.Seoul, meanwhile, will likely be able to withstand a modest jump in oil prices unless there’s a full-blown military confrontation, Seo Sang-young, an analyst from Seoul-based Kiwoom Securities, said.“The rise in crude prices could hurt areas like the airlines, chemicals and shipping, but it could also actually benefit some businesses, such as energy companies (including refineries) that produce and export fuel products like gasoline,” said Seo, pointing to the diversity of South Korea’s industrial lineup. South Korea’s shipbuilding industry could also benefit as the rise in oil prices could further boost the growing demand for liquefied natural gas, or LNG, which means more orders for giant tankers that transport such gas.___AP writers Yuri Kageyama in Tokyo, Kim Tong-hyung and Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul, Yanan Wang in Beijing, Annabelle Liang in Singapore and Alexandra Olson in Washington contributed to this report.Foster Klug, The Associated Press read more

American Sniper shoots down Super Bowl weekend boxoffice record with 319 million

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – “American Sniper” shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever.According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw. The concert film “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” earned $31.1 million in 2008.Hollywood often avoids competing with the Super Bowl as movie-going falls dramatically on Sunday, but “American Sniper” has proven an unlikely sensation. It has now made $248.9 million in six weeks (and only three weeks of wide release), making it the most lucrative war movie without adjusting for inflation. (The distinction was previously held by Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.”)The competition was thin, as Hollywood held off any high-profile releases, largely ceding the weekend to football.The Weinstein Co. animated adaptation “Paddington” came in a distant second with $8.5 million in its third weekend. In a virtual tie with it was Paramount’s found-footage, time-travelling thriller “Project Almanac.”Made by Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, “Project Almanac” led a trio of new releases with modest box-office ambitions.“Black or White,” a racially-charged custody drama that reteams Kevin Costner with “The Upside of Anger” director Mike Binder, opened in fourth with $6.5 million. Costner put up his own money to help finance the film, which Relativity Media distributed.Open Road’s “The Loft,” a much-delayed remake of a 2008 Dutch thriller directed by its original filmmaker, Erik Van Looy, attracted little interest. It made just $2.9 million.That wasn’t much more than the $1.5 million pulled in by a package of TV reruns. The HBO series “Game of Thrones” earned that in 205 Imax theatres by showing previously aired episodes ahead of the April debut of the show’s fifth season.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “American Sniper,” $31.9 million.2. “Paddington,” $8.5 million.3. “Project Almanac,” $8.5 million.4. “Black or White,” $6.5 million.5. “The Boy Next Door,” $6.1 million.6. “The Wedding Ringer,” $5.7 million.7. “The Imitation Game,” $5.2 million.8. “Taken 3,” $3.7 million.9. “Strange Magic,” $3.4 million.10. “The Loft,” $2.9 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP ‘American Sniper’ shoots down Super Bowl weekend box-office record with $31.9 million by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2015 9:52 am MDT This photo released by Relativity Media shows Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie, right, in a scene from Relativity Media’s “Black or White.” (AP Photo/Relativity Media, Tracy Bennett) read more

Success of Indigenous Peoples World Conference integral to humanitys progress – Ban

“The success of this Conference is integral to progress for all humanity,” Mr. Ban said today as he opened the World Conference at UN Headquarters alongside General Assembly President Sam Kutesa, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.Convened as a first high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly’s 69h session, the two-day World Conference brings together over a thousand indigenous and non-indigenous delegates to discuss the realization of their rights, including pursuing the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the Assembly in 2007.“Indigenous peoples are concerned about issues that top the global agenda. They are deeply connected to Mother Earth- whose future is at the heart of the Climate Summit opening tomorrow,” said Mr. Ban. He recalled meeting with indigenous leaders in Costa Rica, where they shared with him their worries about land, resources and their rights. And just last month in New Zealand, Mr. Ban said he spent a day in Tuapo with Maori leaders where he was impressed by their multimillion dollar horticulture, waste management and energy production companies. “I will never forget how every bit of waste is fed to worms that create very rich organic fertilizer. This is sustainability in action. It showed how much the world can learn from indigenous peoples,” Mr. Ban said. Today’s Outcome Document – an action-oriented text on implementing the rights of indigenous peoples – must bridge the gap between promises and results, he said of the measure, adopted during the Conference’s opening ceremony. Echoing that sentiment, General Assembly President Kutesa said more could be done at the national level to improve the conditions of indigenous peoples as there continues to be a “deep chasm” on the ground between commitments and reality.“This will require Member States to make greater efforts to translate this Outcome Document into reality and demonstrate resolve in addressing inequalities that adversely affect indigenous communities,” Mr. Kutesa added. The UN indigenous Peoples’ Declaration represents a global consensus and has galvanizes international attention of the rights of indigenous peoples, but today’s gathering takes it further. “The process leading to this Conference has been unprecedented in the history of the Organization, as it has involved active participation of indigenous peoples in its preparation, as well as cooperation between Member States and indigenous peoples in the preparation of the Outcome document,” said Mr. Kutesa.Also addressing the Assembly today was Ms. Dalee Sambo Sorough, Chair of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, who said long after the Conference ends, the spirit of partnership must continue to thrive at the regional and national levels, but perhaps most importantly, at the local level among indigenous peoples themselves.Only this “spirit of solidarity” will provide support needed to implement the Outcome Document.Ms. Sorough called on UN Member States to be guided not only by legal imperatives and international obligations but also by moral imperatives and moral obligations.“Indigenous peoples’ right to their land and resources remains essential to their survival,” Ms. Sorough said, adding that good governance cannot become a casualty when a few states or even one State undermine principles of equality and democracy. Indigenous peoples represent remarkable diversity – more than 5,000 distinct groups in some 90 countries, making up more than 5 per cent of the world’s population, some 370 million people. These peoples continue to self-identify as distinct peoples with strong links to traditional territories with their own social, economic and political systems as well as unique languages, cultures and beliefs. read more

Buckeye Brief Urban Meyers thoughts on Ohio States Early Signing Day

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorA year ago at this time, no players had signed letters of intent to play football for Ohio State. But this year, the first in which the Early Signing Period was introduced, the Buckeyes inked the signatures of 21 players in its 2018 recruiting class, which, despite recent key decommitments, is currently ranked No. 1 by 247Sports.Wednesday morning, just a few hours after Ohio State received its first letter of intent — which came from four-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell — head coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media about the latest recruiting class. Here are four takeaways from the press conference.Update on Micah ParsonsFive-star defensive end Micah Parsons signed a letter of intent with Penn State Monday morning after a tumultuous recruiting cycle that included a decommitment from the Nittany Lions. A couple months ago, Ohio State looked like a favorite to land his commitment, but the Buckeyes interest faded for an unknown reason as time passed.On Tuesday, The Lantern reported Ohio State self-reported NCAA violations stemming from the Parsons family’s visit to the set of College GameDay. The university self-imposed punishments, which included an agreement to end the recruitment of Parsons, who the program deemed ineligible. “Everybody in our program should know the rules, and that shouldn’t have happened,” Meyer said. “It’s presented to me, and I agree with it or disagree with it, and we move on.”Even if a violation sounds minor, Meyer said he does not believe it to be minor.“I get extremely upset when I see that there was something done that was done incorrectly, and we do everything we possibly can to make sure that does not happen again,” he said. Meyer declined to comment on whether the violation was the reason Ohio State ended its recruitment of Parsons.Ohio State found its quarterback. Eventually. Since July 29, 2016, Ohio State held a commitment from Emory Jones, the fourth-ranked dual-threat quarterback, according to 247Sports composite rankings. But on Early Signing Day, he flipped to Florida and signed with the Gators. The Buckeyes, though, were prepared for what seemed like the inevitable after Jones took visits to Florida, Florida State and Alabama as Wednesday’s signing day neared. On Dec. 7, Ohio State received a pledge from three-star quarterback Matthew Baldwin, a former Colorado State commit.Baldwin, a first-year starter at Lake Travis High School in Texas, was brought to the attention of Meyer by quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day.“We’re sitting there getting ready to play Penn State, and he’s coming up to me saying, ‘Hey, let’s watch this kid from Lake Travis,’” Meyer said. “And I’m ready to pass out, saying it’s 10:30 at night, I’ve got 3rd down and 6 in my mind and we’re trying to watch another quarterback.”Meyer went to watch Baldwin practice and liked what he saw. The head coach said he evaluates five traits in quarterbacks: competitive spirit, toughness, leadership, intelligence and the ability to get out of a bad play.“I think you see so many mistakes made at that position because people don’t categorize like that, and he checks the box off perfectly going right down the list,” Meyer said.Jeremy Ruckert: best tight end prospect Meyer has seen?Since Meyer arrived in Columbus in 2012, Ohio State has coached tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, both future third-round picks in the NFL draft, and landed commitments from four-star tight ends such as Marcus Baugh, Jake Hausmann and Luke Farrell.But he thinks four-star tight end Jeremy Ruckert is different.“I think Jeremy Ruckert might be the best tight end prospect that I’ve ever seen and recruited,” Meyer said. “His skill set is ridiculous. Now it’s a question of getting him ready to play.”Ruckert, the top-ranked player from his home state of New York, is the best tight end and the No. 29 overall player in the nation, according to the 247 composite rankings. Given his athleticism, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound physical specimen could be viewed as more of a receiver at times. He will offer Ohio State a receiving threat from the tight end position to which the program has not been accustomed. Baugh, the Buckeyes’ starting tight end, ranks fourth on the team with 24 catches this year. Next season, Ruckert will compete with Hausmann, Farrell and redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry for the starting tight end position following Baugh’s departure.Late addition of Alex WilliamsAs Ohio State’s recruiting strategy has a more national focus, the Buckeyes have moved away from in-state recruiting. But on Wednesday, Ohio State flipped Pickerington, Ohio, product Alex Williams from West Virginia to the Scarlet and Gray.The three-star athlete who plays for Pickerington North is ranked the 589th-best player in the country and the No. 26 player in Ohio by the 247Sports composite rankings. He is listed as a defensive end by recruiting services, but Meyer said he intends to try him at both tight end and defensive end.“Big athlete,” Meyer said. “I think he can do either. I know where — there’s needs at both spots, but I don’t know.”Meyer said his decision to pursue Williams was partially due to his desire for more players from Ohio. He and the recruiting staff often look for in-state late bloomers because he does not feel like the team has enough Ohioans.“I started watching him, and he’s a late developer player that I think he was hurt some of his junior year, and I like the fact he plays extremely hard and he’s a big athlete.” read more

Facebook rachète la startup Tagtile

first_imgFacebook rachète la start-up TagtileUne semaine après l’annonce du rachat d’Instagram, Facebook s’offre une nouvelle société. La firme de Mark Zuckerberg a acquis la start-up Tagtile, jeune pousse spécialisée dans la gestion de la relation et la fidélisation des clients mobile.Quelques jours seulement après avoir acquis pour un milliard de dollars l’application de partage de photos pour smartphones Instagram, Facebook poursuit ses rachats en vue de sa prochaine  entrée en bourse. Le réseau social aux 845 millions de membres vient ainsi de s’offrir la jeune société californienne Tagtile. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cette start-up fondée il y a à peine plus d’un an développe et édite un système de gestion de la relation client, qui vise àfidéliser les utilisateurs de smartphones via des bons de réduction et diverses promotions offerts par de nombreuses boutiques en ligne pour les remercier de leurs achats. Ces récompenses sont réunies au sein d’une seule et unique application disponible sur Android comme sur iOS.Tagtile annonce la nouvelle dans un communiqué (lien non disponible), mais ne précise pas le montant de son rachat par Facebook. La start-up se contente de se réjouir, en affirmant que “cette opération constitue une énorme opportunité de réaliser (son) objectif  – aider les entreprises à se développer – en le portant à grande échelle”.Le 16 avril 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Men help save basketball teammates life with first aid

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — As they walked off the court April 24, Jeremy Browning joked with George Tierney, who’s many years his senior, about how Browning’s getting too old for basketball.“I say, ‘Crap, George, I’m not going to play, my knees are getting that bad,’” Browning said Monday between games at Chief Umtuch Middle School in Battle Ground.They had just finished a game of basketball in their 35-and-older community league, which plays at the school.“All I did was turn around,” Browning said, then thud. Tierney, 69, had fallen.The members of the Over the Hill league sprang to action. They checked his vitals, started chest compressions, called 911 and grabbed one of the school’s automated external defibrillators. Their efforts helped save Tierney’s life.Clark County Fire District 3 honored the group at a Wednesday evening gathering at Chief Umtuch Middle School.Between jokes about how a league with a name like Over the Hill seemed a bit broad for a 35-and-older league, school and fire district officials lauded the team’s actions.Fire District Chief Steve Wrightson said the team’s help meant paramedics arrived to the best situation they could hope for.“We had CPR-trained people, we had people willing to jump in and help — that doesn’t always happen,” Wrightson said. “And a facility that is prepared with the right equipment.”last_img read more

SimpsonMiller resigns PNP Leadership

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, February 7, 2017 – Jamaica’s Portia Simpson Miller will resign as Opposition Leader of business in the House of Assembly for the People’s National Party.  Madame Miller, a two time Prime Minister of Jamaica demits her party’s office on April 2, 2017 but will remain active as the MP for St Andrew South West.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

3rd annual CODEchella competition

first_img Posted: May 18, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSome of San Diego’s youngest and brightest minds met at San Diego City College for the 3rd annual “CODEchella.”It’s an event where students go head-to-head in challenges where they program “spheros” and drones.They also got to share their projects with other participants.Over 100 middle and high school student competed in the coding event.Aside from having fun, it’s all about preparing these young adults for the future of San Diego.The competition has recently grown to include students of all levels of experience. KUSI Newsroom 3rd annual ‘CODEchella’ competition KUSI Newsroom, May 18, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Post Office staff to strike in pensions dispute

first_imgPost Office managers who are members of trade union Unite and employees who are members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will undertake 24-hour strike action on Saturday 3 December 2016 in a ongoing dispute over pensions.Around 720 Post Office managers will join CWU members in targeting 300 Crown Office branches for industrial action in a dispute over the proposed closure of the organisation’s defined benefit (DB) pension scheme and the franchising of Crown Offices.The proposed closure of the DB scheme would take place in April 2017. It is expected to affect approximately 3,500 employees. A defined contribution (DC) pension scheme is already in place for other Post Office employees.Unite’s members voted 64% in favour of strike action, with 78% supporting industrial action short of a strike. The Post Office managers have already undertaken two 24-hour strikes on 15 September and 31 October 2016.Brian Scott, officer for the Post Office at Unite, said: “We are taking this action because the management refuses to talk in a constructive manner about the pension scheme which is currently in surplus to more than £143 million.“This is the retirement income of our members which is at stake and we are not going to stand idly by and let them lose thousands of pounds when they retire.”A Post Office spokesperson said: “We are frustrated that our unions have called for further strike action. We want to reach a constructive way forward through talks, and have been inviting them to meet with our group executive to discuss our strategy in detail since April this year. Our latest invitation to meet them in December remains unanswered. “The changes being made across our directly managed [Crown] network are to safeguard our services at the heart of high streets and city centres for future generations. We must respond to changing customer needs.“Protecting the benefits built up in the [DB pension plan] and keeping it properly funded is the right and responsible thing to do for members of the plan.”Dave Ward, general secretary at CWU, said: “The Post Office is now at crisis point; it needs a new strategy as a matter of urgency. No-one is thinking of the future. This isn’t good for [employees], it isn’t good for customers and it isn’t good for the future of the business. “The CWU will not simply stand by and see another British industry destroyed. We have a simple demand; that the government pauses the cuts and brings stakeholders together for a structured period of talks to develop a plan that is about more than managing the decline of the service. Our members and the public deserve nothing less.”last_img read more

Work shop on Anandha Vedika

first_imgKadapa: As part of initiative in promoting qualitative education to students in government schools in an easy and interesting manner the education department has organized one day work shop for teaching in the name of Anandhavedika ((Happiness curriculum)at ZP school in Patha kadapa here on Tuesday. Speaking the occasion writer of Anandha Vedika Text book and also state resource person S.Rahamtullah said that the aim of conducting work shop is in order to sensitize the teaching staff over importance and implementation of programme in the interest of student community. He said Anandha Vedika Text Book conspiring important items like story telling, Activities, Expressions, promoting confidence, concentration, and positive attitude among the children. He said that this text book will be introduce in all government schools on 4th July across the state.last_img read more

MoD blacklists Swiss firm Pilatus as CBI probes dubious 2012 aircraft deal

first_img Close The ban by MoD has further complicated matters for Pilatus, which is already under scrutiny at home. Switzerland’s office of the attorney general has opened a criminal investigation in connection with the sale of military training aircraft to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. However, the allegations were not specified the investigations were linked to alleged violations of Swiss law governing private security services. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:11Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:10?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Indian Air Force inducts Boeing Chinook helicopters PC-7 Mk IIpilatus-aircraft.comThe embattled Swiss aerospace manufacturer, Pilatus, has been banned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for one year. The ban came in the backdrop of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registering cases against Pilatus for allegedly bagging Rs 2,800 crore deal in 2012.Last week, the Indian Airforce (IAF) abandoned its plan of buying 38 more Pilatus PC-7 MkII planes from Switzerland. The IAF will now go for a fresh tender for basic trainers. The cancellation of the plan is further expected to delay the induction of much-needed basic trainer aircraft.The ban on Pilatus will force the IAF to find options to source spares and parts for its existing fleet of the basic trainers. The IAF is currently operating 75 Pilatus PC 7 Mk1 aircraft.The official notification of MoD read: “Business dealings with the firm will remain suspended for a period of one year for violation of article 6.6 of the PCIP (Pre Contract Integrity Pact) and ongoing investigation by CBI, Delhi Police, ED and Income Tax Department into corrupt practices, unfair means and illegal activities by Pilatus Aircraft Limited.” IAF Pilots alongside Pilatus during its induction in 2013Credit: ReutersMoD is acting tough on corruption charges against Pilatus and its partners in India. Last month, the ministry banned fugitive arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari who played a major role in brokering the deal for Pilatus. Bhandari is now being investigated by Indian agencies and declared absconding.The Economic Times reported that MoD had sent a show-cause notice to Pilatus in 2017. The company admitted that they engaged with Bhandari’s company Offsets India Solutions (OIS) and paid least 1 million Swiss francs in 2010. The payments were made for trainer jet for IAF.last_img read more

Report Reinforces Role Of Texas In Wind Energy

first_img Listen 00:00 /13:50 Share In 2018, amid record demand, U.S. wind energy providers increased their capacity by 8 percent.That’s according to new analysis from the American Wind Energy Association, which released its U.S Wind Industry Annual Market Report today at the Greater Houston Partnership.The organization says Texas is home to about a quarter of all wind power capacity in the country, with the ability to generate some 25,000 megawatts. The industry employs just as many Texans as well. Still, renewable power remains heavily subsidized in the state.In the audio above, John Hensley, vice president of research and analytics for AWEA, joins Houston Matters to update us on how the wind energy industry in Texas changed in 2018, what keeps the wind industry growing in the Lone State State, and how that compares to national trends.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: pexels.com Xlast_img read more

The hotel alternative is now offering … hotels Airbnb SiteMinder sign deal

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group The hotel alternative is now offering … hotels? Airbnb, SiteMinder sign deal Thursday, February 8, 2018 center_img SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb has launched a new global hotel technology partnership with SiteMinder, billed as the leading cloud platform for hotels to attract and book guests around the world.Under the partnership, traditional hospitality businesses that use SiteMinder and meet Airbnb’s hospitality standards can list rooms on the platform.The new technology developed jointly by the two companies means hotels can now connect booking information to their existing management system in real-time.SiteMinder has more than 28,000 clients including boutique hotels and hotel ownership groups. Airbnb says guests “can expect the locally-influenced and unique accommodations they expect when booking an Airbnb listing”.“Small hotels and B&Bs have long used Airbnb and now we’re building new tools and partnerships to help these local businesses thrive,” Cameron Houser, Airbnb’s Program Manager for Hotels. “We are dedicated to working with small hospitality businesses that excel at offering the best guest experiences and living our mission of belonging and we couldn’t ask for a better partner than SiteMinder. SiteMinder is the industry leader and we look forward to continuing to work together to support boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts around the world.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Mike Ford, Managing Director and Founder of SiteMinder, says: “In an increasingly-complex and competitive world, SiteMinder’s partnership with Airbnb offers a new opportunity for boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts to engage the growing number of travelers who seek exceptional hospitality and an authentic local experience. We are delighted to provide an innovative technology solution that now makes it easy for these small accommodation providers to reach the millions of customers who use Airbnb everyday, and get time back to provide memorable experiences for guests.” Tags: Airbnb Sharelast_img read more

The latest hotel and attraction news from Oahu

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, September 24, 2018 The latest hotel and attraction news from Oahu Tags: Hawaii, Oahu Travelweek Group center_img Posted by OAHU — What’s new on the island of Oahu? Plenty.Here’s a roundup of the latest offerings:Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa launched a new ‘Waikiki by Moonlight’ event series this year to honour inductees of the Hawaiian Music Hall and Walk of Fame. The event takes place on the Saturday closest to the full moon each month and is free and open to the public. Go to Hyatt.com.Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort is offering the exclusive ‘Voyager 47 Club Lounge’ on the lobby level above Duke’s Waikiki. The lounge provides a beautiful view overlooking Diamond Head for guests staying in club-level rooms and suites. Go to OutriggerWaikikiBeach.com.The Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s pool has been refreshed with new cabanas, and updated food and beverage offering, sale of reef-friendly sunscreen, and additional education about Outrigger’s coral conservation and sustainability initiative, OZONE. Go to OutriggerReef.com.Following a US$35 million renovation, Queen Kapiolani Hotel will reopen in October 2018 featuring original artwork by Nick Kuchar, Katie Borden and Mike Field. It will also boast artwork and prints from the 1960s sourced from Bishop Museum, as well as original artwork featuring Hawaiian alii (royalty). The hotel is the only property in Waikiki that offers unobstructed views of the rugged slope of Diamond Head, the lush Kapiloani Park and the white sands of Waikiki Beach. The heart of the 315-room boutique hotel will be the third floor pool deck, which will be home to international culinary star Plan Do See’s first Hawaii concept, DECK. Go to QueenKapiolani.com.The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki underwent a $4 million renovation to fits its new theme, ‘Neon Meets Nature’. The vibrant redesign is intended to draw more millennials to stay at the boutique hotel. Go to ShorelineHotelWaikiki.com.Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has introduced two new 30-minute tours of Oahu: the Pali Makani, which departs from Honolulu, and the Waikiki Spectacular, which leaves from the west side of the island in Ko Olina. Both tours showcase such top sites as Iolani Palace, Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery and Pearl Harbor. Go to BlueHawaiian.com.The Diamond Head State Monument Tours are now offered in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin. The tour cost will range from $4 to $19.95 and all tours will include the State of Hawaii – Diamond Head Hiking Narrated Tour. Go to PacificHistoricParks.org.North Shore EcoTours will offer its new Waikiki-Haleiwa shuttle service that provides visitors a convenient way to visit Oahu’s North Shore. Go to HoloHaleiwa.com.Polynesian Adventure Tours presents a new Premium Tour Pearl Harbor experience in minibuses on Oahu. These brand new Grech vehicles offer the highest level of comfort and amenities. Highlights include the Battleship Missouri, Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl National Cemetery, and a Honolulu City Tour. Go to PolyAd.com.After 13 years solely in Waikiki, Segway of Hawaii is adding glide rides and tours to Kakaako. The new ‘Segway of Hawaii-Kakaako Tour Center’ will offer an array of tours throughout Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park, Kakaako Waterfront Park, a history tour to downtown Honolulu, and a new POW! WOW! Mural Art Tour through Kakaako. Go to SegwayofHawaii.com.For more information on travel to Oahu go to visit-oahu.com. Sharelast_img read more

Mortgage Risks Rise

first_img Share Mortgage Risks Rise The latest American Enterprises Institute Housing Market Indicators released its data on October 2018 with a focus on the National Mortgage Risk Index. The report released on January 28, includes data on mortgage risk, house price appreciation, and home sales. The report found that mortgage risk jumped in October with all indices setting new series’ highs for the month. The composite Purchase National Mortgage Risk Index (NMRI) recorded an increase of 0.4 percentage points from Oct. 2017. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) index set a new series’ high at 28.2 percent. Refi NMRI  also set a new series’ high primarily due to a higher Cash-Out Refi NMRI, it indicated. According to AEI data, the higher NMRI indicates that agencies continue to increase leverage to maintain levels of mortgage activity and in furtherance of their “affordable housing” mission. The report noted that FHA continues to loosen and Fannie’s purchase risk index in Oct. 2018 at 1.4 percentage points outpaced that of Freddie’s. The report also pointed out that over the last 3 years, a shift towards higher DTIs has primarily driven the NMRI higher. “Reports of the end of current housing boom are exaggerated,” said Tobias Peter, Senior Research Analyst at AEI’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance. “Inventories remain mostly tight, especially for entry-level homes, access to credit continues to be expanding, especially for first-time buyers, and mortgage rates have recently fallen below 4.5 percent again. All this points to a continuation of the boom at lower price points,” he added. Shedding light on FHA lending, the report found that FHA’s credit box is wide and therefore credit for entry-level buyers is not tight. FHA continues to add high-risk borrowers with their risk index climbing through risk layering. Compared to 2017, the agency purchase volume declined this October. A decline of 3.9 percent was recorded in purchase volume by count compared to 2017—a rise in volume from 37 percent in October 2013. The report attributes the decline to the increase in mortgage rate to over 4.5 percent earlier in the year.Per AEI Housing Market Indicators, maintaining purchase volume continues to be reliant on further agency credit easing— seen as needed to offset headwinds from gradually rising interest rates as a result of a slightly less accommodative monetary policy, and rapid home price increases. “FHA’s and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s pro-cyclical policies are continuing to drive home prices higher for entry-level buyers and are exposing buyers to an unsustainable home price boom,” noted Edward Pinto, Codirector of the AEI’s Center on Housing Markets and Finance. “As these policies since late-2012 have needlessly driven up low price tier homes by an additional $23,000, it is time both took counter-cyclical steps to protect homebuyers,” he added.Read the full report here. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination, Servicingcenter_img January 28, 2019 1,302 Views American Enterprise Institute American Enterprises Institute Housing Market Indicators Edward Pinto Mortgage Rates Tobias Peter 2019-01-28 Donna Josephlast_img read more

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first_img— Rich (@RichardHarmon23) October 9, 2018 hopefully the pilot turned left and right some and didn’t just fly straight ahead every play. that would be a huge waste of a generational fighter jet.— Seth (@Settthhhhhh) October 10, 2018 RB @DavidJohnson31 will be flying in an F-16 today at @LukeAFB. Follow on IG Stories (azcardinals) & Snapchat (SnapAZCardinals) pic.twitter.com/MF9doEHEOL— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 9, 2018Johnson capped the 10-second video by telling Cardinals fans to “Pray for me.”Related LinksKeim: Cardinals fans should ‘tread lightly’ when it comes to trade rumorsRB David Johnson is still the foundation of the Cardinals’ offenseCardinals feed off high standards for DE Chandler JonesWhether he wants fans to pray for his safety or pray that he gets more than four targets this week against Minnesota is unclear, but his schooling payed off when he took flight on Tuesday.He took flight with members of the 56th Fighter Wing, which is currently the Air Force’s only active-duty F-16 training wing. According to the Luke Air Force base website, the 56th Fighter Wing is responsible for the graduation of more than 400 pilots and 300 air control professionals each year.A slideshow picturing Johnson’s time on the base is available on the Cardinals’ website.As usual, social media had a field day with Johnson’s first experience as a pilot. Top Stories At least our Air Force is utilizing our all pro running back 🤷‍♂️ Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Gonna be a rush.*see what I did there?*— C Alan Payne (@CAlanPayne1) October 9, 2018 Live look in at Arizona’s offense… pic.twitter.com/tkn1ZIgrgq— Meat Popsicle (@Hotdog_Phingers) October 10, 2018 Gonna be just like running sprints on the football field. (I mean,…it’s not like @DavidJohnson31 hasn’t broken the sound barrier before! Dude JOGS at Mach 3!) 😂— Mooseman21 (@Moosemanzata) October 10, 2018 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   It’s often been thrown around that the sky’s the limit for Cardinals running back David Johnson, but that may not be the case anymore.Earlier this week, Johnson visited the Luke Air Force Base in Litchfield Park, Ariz. to co-pilot an F-16 Fighter Jet. Yes, you read that correctly.The Arizona Cardinals’ official Twitter account posted a video taken by Johnson during his flight school training at the base. Last time I checked, phones aren’t allowed in school but I guess you can do what you want when you’re one of the top running backs in the world. (Twitter photo | @AZCardinals) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedAberdeen Airport experiences passenger growthA high demand for flights from the UK in July has helped boost airline traffic this summer.NATS records airport traffic declineTraffic at UK airports declined 0.8 percent in August compared to the same month last year, new figures have revealed.NATS reports UK air traffic declineNATS reports UK air traffic decline The number of flights handled by air traffic control organisation Nats was ten percent lower in January 2009 compared to January 2008.A total of 167,322 flights were handled in UK airspace in January – a fall from January 2008’s figure of 185,885.Forecasters had expected a decrease because this January had an extra weekend day, with Saturdays and Sundays seeing fewer flights than weekdays.Commenting on the figure, a Nats statement said: “All centres and airports where Nats provides the service saw a reduction in traffic this January, with the domestic market down by 12 percent, transatlantic arrivals and departures down by 9.5 percent and ‘other’ arrivals and departures down by 10.1 percent.”Despite the declining figures, flights to Greece and Turkey reported growth of 19 and 3.7 percent respectively, with long-haul flights between Canada and Germany increasing by 11.9 percent.Short-haul flights between Ireland and France were also up, recording an increase of 12.4 percent.Nats announced last month that it had handled 2.4 million flights in 2008, a 1.5 percent decrease from 2007’s figure. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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