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Cong presents report card of AAP govt

first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress’ Delhi unit chief Sheila Dikshit, presented a report card of the AAP government, and said that in the last four and a half years, Kejriwal only became a “Poster Boy”, visible through advertisements and newspaper statements without understanding and bothering to solve the problems at the ground level. The AAP Government has been a total failure in delivering on its promises, and it only took credit for the works done by her Congress government during its 15-year rule in Delhi, Dikshit asserted. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesShe said that the AAP and the BJP governments together destroyed the path of development that was charted out by the Congress government with vision and great effort. The AAP government, on its own, did nothing, and only halted the development works started by the Congress government, she claimed while addressing media at DPCC office. She said that the Kejriwal government squandered Rs 611 crore on self publicity in the last four years, for putting out advertisements not only in the newspapers of Delhi, but also in the media of other states, and for contesting elections in other states, which was a criminal waste of the tax payers’ money. Dikshit, who is the Congress candidate for the North East Delhi Parliamentary constituency, said that the people of Delhi now want the Congress back in power to resume the stalled development works and also provide a stable and efficient government, which is now badly needed by all sections of Delhiites as the Congress government had put Delhi among the best cities in the world.last_img read more

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Traders Borrowing Record Cash to Fund UK Stock Purchases in Rising

Marrakech- Market traders on the London Stock Exchange are borrowing record amounts of cash to invest in the UK’s rising stock markets, according to an article in The Daily Telegraph.A similar borrowing streak caused the big stock market crash in 1929, the article points out. Substantial rises are being seen in world stock markets. The level of margin debt that traders are using to buy shares in the stock market reached the highest levels on record, according to the latest data from the New York stock exchange reports the Daily Telegraph.US traders reportedly have borrowed $460 billion from banks and financial institutions to back shares leaving traders dangerously exposed and banks heavily extended. The situation is now worse than the so-called dotcom bubble which burst in 2007. The article laments that the lessons of the crash of 1929 and the depression of 2008 have not been learned. A sudden collapse of confidence could again lead to financial disaster. The problem comes when selling suddenly takes over as investors feel they are over exposed and a margin call leaves traders and investors out of pocket. Prices fall in line with collapsing confidence. Profits are wiped out. Banks and financial institutions collapse in a worst case scenario.As many potential first time house buyers are borrowing heavily to get their foot on the ownership ladder, a crash could leave them with negative equity and properties they cannot sell, the same disaster that happened in 2008.Banks are still extremely vulnerable and economies are weak. Populations are trapped by heavy taxation and salaries which are not increasing. European and American economies are by no means out of the woods. read more

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Climate change threatening mountain ecosystems – UN

Global warming is harming mountain ecosystems as melting glaciers increase the frequency of flooding and raise the spectre of conflict, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today on the International Day of Mountains.“As glaciers disappear and snowlines move upwards, river flows are likely to change and lack of water may lead to conflict and affect hydropower generation, forestry and agricultural-based livelihoods,” said Alexander Müller, FAO Assistant Director-General for Natural Resources.Mountain areas are especially susceptible to global warming, resulting from rising concentrations of greenhouse gases – generated by human activity – in the atmosphere.In Bhutan, glaciers are retreating at a rate of 20 to 30 meters annually which has caused flooding downstream leading to loss of life, crops and pasture lands.The health of livestock and people alike is impeded by higher temperatures. While a warmer climate could mean extinction for some wild animals due to their disappearing climates, humans are threatened as malaria will move to higher altitudes as is already happening in East Africa and the Andes, FAO said.Meanwhile, a new UN-backed report launched at the world body’s Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, showcases the efforts of one dozen cities worldwide to promote sustainable urban development and curb climate change.The new study, entitled “Liveable Cities: The Benefits of Urban Environmental Planning,” was published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Cities Alliance and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.“A modern city can only be truly successful if it can convincingly demonstrate its green credentials by recognizing its natural assets, creating efficient water, energy and transport infrastructure, and protecting its citizens in the face of present and future impacts of climate change,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner from Bali.Cities’ efforts highlighted in the report range from one in Bayamo, Cuba, to utilize horse-drawn carriages in a bid to solve the public transportation shortage, to another in Taiyuan, China, where an emissions trading scheme has been introduced to help reduce the sulphur dioxide concentration in the air.Clearing, draining and setting fire to peatlands – wetlands storing 10 times more carbon per hectare than other ecosystems – emits over 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, another UNEP-backed study noted today.That amount is roughly 10 per cent of yearly global emissions from fossil fuels.“Just like a global phase-out of old, energy guzzling light bulbs or a switch to hybrid cars, protecting and restoring peatlands is perhaps another key ‘low-hanging fruit’ and among the most cost-effective options for climate change mitigation,” Mr. Steiner said.Peatlands occur in 180 countries, covering 400 million hectares or 3 per cent of the world’s surface.The “Assessment on Peatlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change” – produced by UNEP and the Convention on Biological Diversity together with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Global Environment Centre (GEC) and Wetlands International – called for urgent measures to protect and restore peatlands. 11 December 2007Global warming is harming mountain ecosystems as melting glaciers increase the frequency of flooding and raise the spectre of conflict, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today on the International Day of Mountains. read more

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Law and Order Minister decides to resign from his post

Law and Order Minister and United National Party Parliamentarian Sagala Ratnayaka says he has decided to resign from his post in the best interest of the UNP.Ratnayaka said in a Facebook post that he had communicated his decision to the UNP. The Minister said that he had informed the party leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that he is prepared to sacrifice his Ministry post and do anything which will help strengthen the party.Ratnayaka said the decision he took was personal and he will accept any other position offered by the Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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7 million Ethiopians need humanitarian aid this year UN envoy says

“In 2004, 7 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance, for which donor support continues to be required,” Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari said in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, yesterday, during a five-day visit to the East African country. Due to much better rains and crop production, this year’s need is a 45 per cent reduction from 2003, he said. While about 57 per cent of food aid requirements have been pledged so far, amounting to some 490,000 tons, only 20 per cent of required non-food assistance has been made available by donors, mainly for health, water and sanitation, seeds, and capacity strengthening, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).”The Government, with its partners, has embarked on an ambitious program to eliminate food insecurity among 5 million chronically food insecure people in the next three to five years,” the Special Envoy said. A “New Coalition for Food and Livelihood Security” must build on the existing partnerships between Government, donors, the UN and other parties that were successful in 2003, while finding long-term development solutions, he added.The Government’s new food security initiatives include a voluntary resettlement programme, which aims to provide access to land during the next three to five years for 2.2 million food-insecure people living on parcels that are too small to provide for them, OCHA said. Mr. Ahtisaari said resettlement presented challenges, but with adequate resources and adherence to the agreed guidelines, it also provided hope for many vulnerable families. read more

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Work resumes on UN treaty to protect rights of persons with disabilities

“What we do agree upon in this committee will have direct consequences for those who have to face their life and personal development with a disability,” the Chairman of the General Assembly drafting committee, Ambassador Luis Gallegos Chiriboga of Ecuador, told the opening session yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York. He called on the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities to “make the greatest efforts in the shortest possible time” to finalize the treaty. It is the committee’s fifth series of meetings. “We must attend to the needs of a segment of the world population which, in spite of disability, gives us a lesson for living and for overcoming adversities,” Mr. Gallegos said. It was agreed to discuss in informal consultations the proposals resulting from the review of the draft articles to narrow down differences for further negotiations. These articles cover security; freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; freedom from violence and abuse and freedom of expression and opinion. They also include respect for privacy, the home and the family; and living independently and being included in the community. read more

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Annan agrees to extend OilforFood committee to followup on findings

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has written to Paul Volcker, chair of the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) into the scandal-ridden Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme, to agree to Mr. Volcker’s request to extend the Commission’s follow-up operations until the end of March 2006.According to a UN spokesman, the extension is exclusively for the purpose of assisting national authorities who wish to follow up on the findings included in the Commission’s reports. Starting 1 January, the follow-up entity, to be called the Office of the IIC, will be headed by a new Executive-Director. It will not retain any investigatory authority, as the IIC has completed its investigation and its three commissioners will remain on a strictly advisory capacity. Upon receiving the 27 October final report of the Committee, which revealed a network of kickbacks and surcharges involving companies registered in a wide range of countries, Mr. Annan called on Member States to take action against illegal practises by companies under their jurisdiction.At the same time he reiterated his commitment to “vital” reform of the UN management structure in response to criticism in earlier IIC reports that found failures in actions by the UN Secretariat in regard to the now defunct $64-billion Programme which allowed Saddam Hussein’s sanctions-bound regime to sell oil to buy essential supplies. read more

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Australia Hayes Creek zincgoldsilver progressing well

first_imgPNX Metals’ Hayes Creek zinc-gold-silver project is located in a favourable mining jurisdiction in the Pine Creek region of Northern Territory, 170 km by road south of Darwin. It comprises 14 wholly-owned mineral leases including the Iron Blow and Mt Bonnie VMS deposits which were acquired in 2014 from Newmarket Gold NT Holdings, a subsidiary of Canadian-listed Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd.The Hayes Creek Project’s JORC 2012 mineral resource estimate (85% Indicated, 15% Inferred) across the Iron Blow and Mt Bonnie deposits contains 177,000 t zinc, 238,000 oz gold, 16.2 Moz silver, 37,000 t lead and 10,000 t copper.  This is equivalent to 1.1 Moz of gold, or 445,000 t of zinc.A PFS was completed over the project in late June 2017 and announced to the market on 12 July 2017. This confirms it to be a high value, relatively low risk and technically strong development opportunity for the company. The study forecasts the project to generate an NPV10% of A$133 million, based on net smelter revenue from the sale of zinc and precious metals concentrates of A$628 million over a 6.5 year mine life. With a low A$58 million of initial capital expenditure, the project is forecast to have a 73% IRR and pay-back period of just 15 months.The proposed development at Hayes Creek is based on a steady state 450,000 t/y processing rate with ore sourced from initial open pit mining operations at Mt Bonnie and subsequent underground mining operations at Iron Blow. In total, approximately 3 Mt of ore are forecast to be processed over a 6.5 year mine life of which 98% is classified as Indicated Mineral Resources and only 2% as Inferred.The PFS assumes construction of a purpose built processing plant with crushing, grinding, and flotation circuits to generate two valuable product streams, a zinc concentrate and a precious metals concentrate. Annual production in concentrates is forecast to be 18,200 t zinc, 14,700 oz gold, and 1.4 Moz silver, or 39,100 t of zinc equivalent.  The concentrates will be trucked to the Port of Darwin and then shipped to international markets for sale and smelting and refining.  The development strategy at Hayes Creek includes the use of existing infrastructure including rail, road, high voltage power lines and water, designed to boost economics and reduce project risk.In his recent Chairman’s address to shareholders, Graham Ascough reported: “At Fountainhead, the preferred location for a processing facility for Hayes Creek, recent drilling has intersected high grade gold mineralisation beneath the historic pits, demonstrating that there is considerable potential to grow the mineral inventory both at depth and along strike.“Approximately 1.5 km to the northwest of the historic mining area at Fountain Head, our initial drilling targeting a gold-in-soil geochemical anomaly returned an outstanding intercept of 6 m grading 39.6g/t Au (Banner prospect). This is an exciting result as we have many similar looking soil anomalies on the project that have yet to be tested. Also, the intercept is near surface and remains open in all directions. A subsequent diamond drill hole has been completed at Banner and assays are pending. Importantly, however, this follow-up drill hole has provided structural and geological information that will guide the next round of drilling at Banner to determine the extent of this high-grade intercept.“Drilling at another exploration prospect, Cookies Corner, has also delivered solid results that suggest the presence of an extensive gold system. Gold mineralisation was intersected in all 16 drill holes of an initial program that covered an area of approximately 500m by 100m. Several holes terminated in mineralisation at the depth capacity of the rig and the mineralisation remains open in all directions. High gold grades from surface rock chip samples located on trend and north of the initial drilling provide an obvious target for future drilling programs and this area will be tested with RC drilling in the coming weeks.“Hayes Creek remains a high value, relatively low risk and technically strong development opportunity. Our regional exploration is designed to complement and enhance the Hayes Creek development, and to identify new, potentially stand-alone resources. Continued success from this program would likely have a very significant economic impact on the project and the company.“The advancement of the Hayes Creek Project towards development alongside the growth potential demonstrated by our regional exploration efforts has attracted new investors to PNX and we are pleased to welcome Delphi as a new substantial holder in the company.”last_img read more

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Intel demos Keeley Lake swivel laptop

first_imgIntel has used Computex 2011 to show off its proof-of-concept new Keeley Lake design.Keeley Lake is essentially a laptop that converts to a tablet by incorporating a swivel display. That’s nothing new, but where Keeley Lake differs is in its use of the new Cedar Trail Atom processor.AdChoices广告Essentially, what Intel is offering manufacturers is the next-generation dual core Atom chip built on a 32nm process in a super-thin laptop design. The fact it converts to a tablet means it can potentially cross the gap to that market and be attractive to someone who wants both a netbook and a touchscreen tablet device.In order to class as a Keeley Lake machine Intel has imposed a few must-haves. Just like the new Ultrabook category, the laptop can be no thicker than 20mm. It must also include a multi-touch capacitive display, and be “stylish” and “sleek” in its design. In other words, these machines have to be super thin and good looking.The units on display at the Intel booth are not real products and will never come to market. However, Intel is hoping some of the big manufacturers will take a look and decide to develop their own Keeley Lake laptops.Read more at Intel and EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionTablets are great for their portability and touch interface, but they aren’t perfect. If they were, we wouldn’t see keyboard accessories for them, or cases that double as a way to turn your tablet into a netbook.I think there is definitely a market for Keeley Lake, but it has to allow for very thin laptops that remain easy and light to hold when in tablet mode. As they use an Atom chip, and with Intel’s restrictions on thickness, I’m pretty confident that’s both achievable and desirable for companies like Asus, HP, and Samsung to name but a few who may pick this design up.We have netbooks and nettops today running Atom without a fan. With the move to 32nm there will be even less heat being dissipated meaning less cooling and the chance to go very thin. The new Ultrabook category is seen as the true MacBook Air competitor, but I don’t see why Keeley Lake couldn’t cater to that crowd too.The one downside of Keeley Lake is manufacturers may see it as an opportunity to “go premium” and charge more than you would expect to pay for a netbook. That would be a mistake, and if anyone wants to compete with tablets they need to keep the price low for what is essentially a swivelling netbook.The good news is, it may be very easy for manufacturers to keep the price down. Intel is expected to cut the price of Cedar Trail Atoms by as much as 50% meaning a Keeley Lake device can easily compete with current netbook pricing.last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_img Short URL The 5 at 5: Thursday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Dec 1st 2016, 5:09 PM No Comments 6,487 Views Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 5:09 PM http://jrnl.ie/3114379 Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Dawn Balaban Image: Shutterstock/Dawn Balaban EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #DENIS O’BRIEN: The billionaire claimed he and his family received death threats following disclosures made about him in Dáil Éireann in 2015.2. #ORKAMBI: The company which makes the cystic fibrosis drug has called for the Minister for Health to directly intervene to allow patients access it.3. #FLYING HIGH: Ryanair has announced it is partnering with Spain-based tour operator Logitravel to offer package holidays.4. #BUZZ ALDRIN: The second man to walk on the moon has been removed from the South Pole for medical reasons.5.#AUSTRIA: Police said six dead bodies have been found in a house, with media reporting that all were from the same family and included three young children.Comments have been disabled due to ongoing legal proceedings By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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At least 5 tourists killed in strong earthquake in China

first_imgBEIJING — A strong earthquake shook a mountainous region in southwestern China near a famous national park Tuesday evening, killing five tourists and injuring 63 other people, while causing power to be cut and phone networks to be knocked out.The magnitude 6.5 quake struck a region bordered by the provinces of Sichuan and Gansu at a depth of just 9 kilometers (5.5 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones.The China Earthquake Networks Center measured the earthquake at magnitude 7.0 and said it struck at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles). The quake occurred at about 9:20 p.m. near Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and karst formations, the Chinese agency said.The area is located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in northern Sichuan province, home to many Tibetan and other ethnic minority villages.A man surnamed Song who answered the phone at a local emergency office in Aba prefecture, where the Jiuzhaigou national park is located, said the nearby town of Zhangzha reported the deaths and injuries. Song did not say where the five tourists who died were from.last_img read more

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Demonstration in Vancouver shows electric cars have real power

first_imgSteve Erickson admits most people hold certain doubts about electric cars. He’s heard them all.“They’re all expecting that overglorified golf cart,” said Erickson, a local financial adviser. “They’re not expecting it to have power.”A demonstration at Vancouver’s Alan Webb Mazda dealership likely changed a few minds on Wednesday. A handful of electric-only cars — including the relatively rare Tesla Roadster — allowed visitors to get behind the wheel themselves, or simply hop in for a ride.Erickson, himself a Nissan Leaf driver, pulled together the demonstration to offer a chance to learn about the technology and industry, he said. Most of the attendees were Erickson’s own clients; some are already investors in the electric car industry.Nearly everyone who stepped into a vehicle gave his or her thumbs up. That was particularly true of the Tesla, which stole the show once Lance Merkin, a marketing representative for the California-based company, rolled up in a bright orange Roadster. A second Roadster, owned by a Vancouver resident, arrived later.No visitors drove the Tesla cars. But a few who climbed into the passenger seat for a joyride on nearby Highway 500 came back looking like they’d just been on a roller coaster.“Our heads went back,” said Gail Czech of Vancouver, among the first to ride. “That thing has power.”The Tesla Roadster Sport can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, powered by a lithium-ion battery in the back of the car. The car can travel almost 250 miles on a single charge. The other two models demonstrated Wednesday, the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi “i,” need to plug in after less than 100 miles.last_img read more

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Former Gov Gardner honored for public private legacy

first_imgTACOMA — Political leaders and hundreds of others gathered Saturday to honor former Gov. Booth Gardner for how he publicly shaped the state and how he privately shaped his family.At a memorial service in Tacoma, former Gov. Chris Gregoire remembered how Gardner championed issues like the environment, early childhood education and health care.“His amazing legacy has left a lasting impact on the lives and the livelihoods of literally every single person in Washington state,” said Gregoire, at times emotional in recalling her former boss and mentor.Gov. Jay Inslee said Gardner’s work two decades ago laid the foundation for things coming to fruition today, including gay marriage, universal health care and better environmental management. During his tenure, Gardner issued an executive order banning discrimination against gay and lesbian state workers, appointed the first minority to the state Supreme Court and helped launch the state’s Basic Health program for the poorGardner was the state’s 19th governor, leading Washington from 1985 to 1993 following terms as Pierce County executive, state senator and business. A millionaire heir to the Weyerhaeuser timber fortune, he later went on to lead a successful “Death with Dignity” campaign in 2008 that ultimately led to the passage of the state’s assisted suicide law.last_img read more

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HOT OFF THE PRESS Wilmington Recreation Announces St Patricks Lucky Day Trip

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department presents St. Patrick’s Lucky Day Trip on Thursday, March 7, 2019.The motor coach will depart the Town Common Parking Lot (142 Middlesex Avenue) at 7:45am and return at 7:30pm.The trip includes Motor Coach Transportation; Brunch Buffet; Comedy Show (“Jokes My Irish Father Told Me” at the Crestview Country Club in Agawam); MGM Springfield Casino; $10 Slot Play; Trip Leader; and all taxes & gratuities (except driver).The trip costs $85 for Wilmington residents and $90 for non-residents. A $25 deposit is due at registration. Final payment is due by January 29, 2019.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Wilmington Recreation Offers Trip To MGM Springfield & Abba Tribute ShowIn “Community”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Wilmington Recreation Announces A Johnny Mathis ChristmasIn “Community”last_img read more

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Tickling your taste buds

first_imgThe Capital is all set for a unique gastronomic experience with the first edition of The Grub Fest that will kick-off from April 3 – 5 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium lawns. The three-day extravaganza will bring together all the best restaurants and cafes of the city to cook up a culinary treat for the food lovers of the Capital.The Grub Fest is an expressive name as a concept of India’s food carnival – from live sized pop up restaurants to home-made carts, food trucks to kebab grills, candy stores to organic bazaars, this food fest is here to bring all foodies across the city to one destination! And if all the food isn’t enough to fill you up, there’s also a massive entertainment with the likes of Vir Das, Hari and Sukhmani, Cyanide, Rishabh Joshi and DJ Sartek and many more lined up for everyone to grab their grubs and Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’enjoy under the open sky. Structured around global food festivals, The Grub Fest is the brainchild of young entrepreneurs Aman Kumar, Arjun Jain, Chaitanya Mathur and Mani Singh Cheema, who are passionate foodies and want to showcase the very best of India’s food flavours by means of a festival. Participants include restaurants like Royal China, United Coffee House, Smokey’s, Fio, Town Hall, Khan Chacha, Switch, NYC Pie, Kathi’s, Shiv Sagar and many more, that will transform the lawns of the stadium into a melting pot of epicurean delight for three days and give visitors an experience to savour life to the fullest. One can experience food tasting menus, blind wine tasting, engaging contests and introduction of the Grub Police. Action-packed with performances and comedy acts, The Grub Fest is a destination to eat, drink and make merry, thereafter grabbing hearts of foodies in Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, and Dubai as their next destinations.last_img read more

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Mexico rights panel urges probe in news killings

first_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober MEXICO CITY (AP) – The Mexican government’s human rights commission has issued a recommendation calling for federal authorities to investigate the killings of journalists and protect news people from attacks.The commission says that there has been a “notable increase” in attacks, and that they frequently go unsolved.The recommendation was issued Tuesday to the Interior Department, the Attorney General’s Office and other government agencies. The agencies must either comply with the recommendation or publicly explain why they won’t. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility By the commission’s count, 85 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, and 20 others have disappeared since 2005. Only 12 of those cases have resulted in convictions..(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories last_img read more

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TravelManagers plan online renovation

first_imgThe mobile travel consultants Group is planning to “enhance the customer experience” with a revamp of its online presence.With a fresh new face for its consumer website in the works, marketing manager Chrissy Tayfield explained that a new site was one of the steps towards building a company brand as well as offering easier online movements for clients and build new business.Among the changes Ms Tayfield highlighted included adjustments to personal profiles, increased visibility to its agents as well as the possibility of unveiling a new destination and travel diary.“We definitely see a great need to move forward to something tighter for consumers to see,” Ms Tayfield said.“It’s about enhancing the customer experience… [and] making the search for Personal Travel Managers more highlighted than before.”The marketing manager added that other initiatives the Group is taking to advance its brand included ongoing PR activities, a new corporate Facebook page as well as unveiling new templates for consultants to use.“We will also further develop our social media,” she said.While an official launch date for the new online activities is yet to be revealed, TravelManagers chairman Barry Mayo noted towards the closing of his speech that the new Facebook page may be unveiled over the next two months. Speaking at the 2011 TravelManagers National Conference in Melbourne late last week, Ms Tayfield and Mr Mayo discussed the importance of building and maintaining a company brand.TM parent company, House of Travel founder Chris Paulsen also told e-Travel Blackboard on the first day of the event that one of the few ways agents can survive online domination is by offering customers new experiences as well as building relationships.For more on e-Travel Blackboard’s interview with Mr Paulsen click onto ETB News tomorrow.Otherwise click here to check out photos from the first day of the conference as well as the Group’s Fiji themed 80s disco night.Tomorrow e-Travel Blackboard will also share pictures from the TravelManagers 2011 Awards night where glam and fun were a must. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Former eBay Exec Joins LoanLogics

first_img LoanLogics, a company specializing in loan quality management and performance analytics, announced the hiring of Leah Fox, its new SVP of customer success.An expert in technology and management, Fox joins LoanLogics from eBay Enterprise, where she served as head of solution delivery services. In her time at eBay, she led cross-functional initiatives involving e-commerce operations, including merchandising, analysis, usability, customer service, fulfillment, and online marketing.In her role as SVP, she will work to build new, world-class customer service initiatives and to lead the LoanLogics Customer Success organization, which includes technical sales support, delivery, training, account management, and other customer-focused efforts.Outside of work, she is an advocate for women in the tech field, serving as vice chair on the board of the Innovative Technology Action Group and supporting Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology. She has also spoken at the Philly Women in Technology Summit.According to a company release, LoanLogics selected Fox for the position because “she has a proven track record of innovation in leading customer success teams and initiatives.””At the core of LoanLogics’ focus on customer success lies a different way of thinking about project delivery and client services,” said Brian K. Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of LoanLogics. “Leah brings a wealth of experience, innovative thinking and a unique set of skills that span business and technology experience, making her the ideal person to take our account management and implementation processes [to] the next level.” Former eBay Exec Joins LoanLogics LoanLogics Movers & Shakers 2014-06-11 Tory Barringer June 11, 2014 447 Views center_img in Headlines, News, Technology Sharelast_img read more

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SFR Investors Use Residential Data to Uncover Purchase Opportunities Amid Rental Rate

first_img Share Rental rates and income yields continue to rise in the single-family rental market, affecting how real estate investors target purchase opportunities and how much landlords make on average.RentRange, a provider of rental market intelligence, recently released data which help investors define and uncover opportunities nationwide.The company ranked the top 25 U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) by average rental rate increase for single-family homes between the third quarter of 2015 and the same quarter in 2014. The data analysis also determined the average yield (landlord income) in these same markets.The Cape Coral, Florida metro came in first on the list with the largest change in third quarter rent year-over-year at 23.6 percent and an average yield of 9.1 percent. Sacramento, California (17.6 percent/6.6 percent); North Port, Florida (17.2 percent/9.7 percent); San Francisco, California (17.0 percent/5.6 percent); and Charleston, South Carolina (16.5 percent/9.0 percent) wrapped up the top five.“We continue to see substantial opportunity in real estate investing, but strengthening real estate markets in many regions require investors to be more informed before buying an investment property and rehabilitating it in order to achieve their desired return ,” said Walter Charnoff, CEO of the RentRange.According to RentRange, Southern and Western cities had the largest rental rate increases. Meanwhile, Midwest and Northeast cities experienced smaller increases.Among the strongest cities in terms of rental rate increases were California and Florida, which accounted for seven of the top 10 markets. On the other hand, yields in Central U.S. and Midwest were much higher than many markets in California and Florida.“While, not surprisingly, California and Florida are experiencing the largest rental rate increases, further analysis reveals that markets in Alabama, Texas, Kansas and Ohio actually produce a much higher average yield,” Charnoff said.Click here to view the full report. Altisource Investors Landlords RentRange Single-Family Rental 2015-10-19 Staff Writer SFR Investors Use Residential Data to Uncover Purchase Opportunities Amid Rental Rate Increasescenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News, Secondary Market, Technology October 19, 2015 675 Views last_img read more

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Preliminary Gesy list of over 1000 drugs drawn up

first_imgA preliminary list of over 1,000 pharmaceutical products that will stock Gesy pharmacies was released on Tuesday.With just a few more days to go until the launch of the first phase of the national health scheme on Saturday, a preliminary list has been issued detailing the 1,009 pharmaceutical products that will be available in the 530 pharmacies that have so far offered their services to the national health scheme.The list is not final, and will be subject to updates.Meanwhile, the state dental services announced on Tuesday that they will continue operating as normal, with the same regulations and procedures, even after the launching of Gesy.It clarified that health card holders can visit the outpatient clinics of the state health services (Okypy) where dental clinics operate, and receive the necessary dental care at the cost of €3 which is paid upon registration, and without having to first visit a GP for referral.Non-beneficiaries of state healthcare may also receive dental care at Okypy outpatient clinics but will pay according to the treatment received, as defined by the government pricelist, the dental services noted.Despite the information campaign launched earlier in the year by the health insurance organisation (HIO) in view of informing the public regarding Gesy, it is inevitable that questions still remain among the public.Health minister Constantinos Ioannou announced that between the hours of 6 and 8pm on Wednesday, he will be accept questions or observations from the public on all matters involving the health ministry, especially Gesy.Anyone who would like to participate, must visit the official Facebook page of the Cyprus government – www.facebook.com/SpokesmanOffice – and click ‘Send Message’.You May LikeSmart Living Ideas${city:CapitalizationType}$ Program Giving Solar Panels To Homeowners With Electric Bills Over $99/monthSmart Living IdeasUndoSenior Living | Search AdsFantastic Senior Apartments in Rowland Heights Are Turning HeadsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best New Sub Compact SUVSub Compact SUVs | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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