The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the Venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was found guilty of threatening the wife of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, Sandya Eknaligoda, has been sentenced to jail.The Venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero was sentenced to six months in jail. The monk was also ordered to pay Rs. 50,000 as compensation to Sandya Eknaligoda. The sentence was issued today by the Homagama Magistrate. The Venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero was last month found guilty of threatening Sandya Eknaligoda.The Venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero had been accused of threatening the wife of the missing journalist within the Homagama court premises in 2016. When the case over the threat was heard last month the Homagama Magistrate found the controversial monk guilty of threatening Sandya Eknaligoda and the sentencing was fixed for today.The BBS said that it will file an appeal against the judgment. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda
China wants to build houses and roads in Sri Lanka’s north, much of which is in a state of disrepair nearly a decade after the end of civil war, Chinese and Sri Lankan officials said, in a bid to expand it influence beyond the island’s south, Reuters reported.China’s latest push in the Indian Ocean island nation comes despite criticism that a big Chinese port project and related infrastructure in the south are dragging the country of 21 million people deep into debt. Mr Luo Chong, chief of the political section at China’s embassy in Colombo, said China wanted to help with reconstruction in Sri Lanka’s north and east, the centre of a 26-year war between the government and ethnic minority Tamil separatists that ended in 2009. “They are willing to take up even rural infrastructure projects like road networks and water projects and expressed their willingness to complete them faster,” said one of the ministers who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of engagement with China.India has longstanding ties with Sri Lanka, located just off the tip of southern India, bound by cultural and ethnic links with Sri Lanka’s Tamils, many of whom live in the island’s north and east.But in recent years China has swept in, building ports, power plants and highways in the island that sits near busy international shipping lanes and is seen as part of China’s String of Pearls strategy of building a network of friendly ports across Asia. In April, state-run China Railway Beijing Engineering Group Co won a more than US$300 million project to build 40,000 houses in the northern district of Jaffna. China’s Exim bank was to provide the financing.But the project has been halted after residents demanded brick houses instead of the concrete structures planned by the Chinese firm, saying they preferred their traditional dwellings. That has given an opportunity for China’s old rival India to step in.Mr M A Sumanthiran, a legislator from the regional Tamil National Alliance, said authorities had opened negotiations with India for the housing project.India has already built 44,000 houses in the north in the first phase of reconstruction through a grant to Sri Lanka and has planned to rebuild Palaly airport and Kankesanthurai harbour, both of which were heavily damaged in the war which ended with the defeat of the guerrillas. “Since the situation is different now, we are willing to have more projects in remote areas in the north and east with the support of the Sri Lankan government and from the Tamil communities,” he told Reuters. Two senior ministers in the Sri Lankan cabinet told Reuters that China had offered to build houses, roads, and water storage facilities at a cost lower than offered by its competitors.
Ontario NDP to vote for Liberal government’s budget today, avoiding an election TORONTO – Ontario’s New Democrats promise to vote for the minority Liberal government’s budget today to avoid a general election, despite a police probe into the mass deletion of emails on cancelled gas plants.The Conservatives say they don’t understand how the NDP can call the Liberals corrupt for deleting emails to cover up the cost of cancelling gas plants and then prop up the government by voting for the budget.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the budget contains several of her party’s ideas, including a cut in auto insurance premiums, higher welfare rates and more money for home care services for seniors.Horwath says another key NDP demand met in the budget is the appointment of a Financial Accountability Officer that she believes will help prevent future scandals like the gas plants fiasco.Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the public and bond rating agencies are looking for stability, and want a clear signal the minority government can work and the parties can co-operate by approving the budget.The NDP also say an election now would kill the justice committee hearings into the cancellations of the gas plants, which are estimated to cost at least $585 million, far above the $230 million the Liberals had been claiming.“It’s our responsibility and our obligation to use that committee to find all of the answers for Ontarians,” said Horwath.“We want to know how deep this rabbit hole goes, and we’re doing our due diligence to hold the government to account.”If the NDP really wanted to hold the government to account, they’d defeat the budget and trigger an election, said PC energy critic Vic Fedeli.“Andrea Horwath calls them liars and corrupt in the morning and supports their budget in the afternoon,” said Fedeli.“If they’re corrupt, as we all agree they are, then we have to call them to the carpet for that.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 11, 2013 4:05 am MDT
Trans Mountain IPO comes at awkward time for energy giant Kinder Morgan by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted May 21, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated May 21, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. Green party leader Andrew Weaver speaks to media in the rose garden on the Legislature grounds in Victoria, B.C., on May 10, 2017. Kinder Morgan’s plan to raise money for its Trans Mountain expansion through an initial public offering could not come at a more awkward time. In addition to ongoing protests and federal court challenges, a vote recount in B.C. could tilt the balance of power, giving the Greens or NDP a chance to bog down the $7.4-billion project. The recount begins Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito CALGARY – Kinder Morgan’s plan to raise money for its Trans Mountain expansion through an initial public offering could not come at a more awkward time.In addition to ongoing protests and federal court challenges, a vote recount in B.C. could tilt the balance of power, giving the Greens or NDP a chance to bog down the $7.4-billion project. The recount begins Monday.Alberta’s securities regulator is also reviewing Kinder Morgan’s regulatory filings upon a request from Greenpeace, who said it believes the documents overestimate growth in Asian oil demand and don’t go far enough in disclosing climate change-related risks.The energy giant faces a big hurdle in its goal of raising $1.75 billion in what would be one of the biggest IPOs ever on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It is expecting to complete the offering in the last week of this month.Goldman Sachs analyst Theodore Durbin said in a note the IPO move was a “surprise,” since Kinder Morgan management had previously said a joint venture would be preferred.Adam Scott, a senior campaigner with environmental group Oil Change International, said he took it as a sign that the company was struggling to raise funds when it scrapped plans for a joint venture.“There’s still substantial legal risk to the project,” said Scott. “There’s also reputational risk. I think that may be why there’s no equity firms willing to step up and take a chunk.”Kinder Morgan didn’t respond to a request for comment on financing issues, but said it was moving ahead with all aspects of planning for the project. In filings it said the IPO was the “superior path” over the joint venture.Terry Marshall, senior vice-president of corporate finance at Moody’s Investors Services, said there are advantages for Kinder Morgan with the IPO, including maintaining greater control of the project and the profits that would come from it, as well as likely securing a better valuation.“It’s economically a very attractive project,” said Marshall. “It’s just getting it built in this environment is challenging.”Opponents have also expanded their campaign against Trans Mountain, shifting their sights to the financial institutions backing it.The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion launched a divestment campaign earlier this month against 17 banks that fund oilsands pipelines. Those banks include CIBC, BMO, Scotiabank, TD Bank and RBC.“I don’t think it scares people away,” said Marshall. “It’s unfortunate, the banks are well aware of it, but I don’t think those protests, in and of themselves, would prevent the financing from being provided.”Still, Jeffrey Harris, founder of venture capital firm Global Reserve Group, said the potential project risks could change the financial picture for some investors.“They change their expected rate of return, and because of that, some projects that may have gotten funding may not get funding because people see it as a little more risky,” said Harris.“I don’t know anybody who says, ‘Oh my God, Canada, don’t go there.’ It’s not that by any means,” he added. “It’s the change in the economics that will attract capital or not.”Robert Johnston, chief executive of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, said he sees campaigns targeting the financing of Trans Mountain as more of a nuisance than a serious threat.“If the case against Kinder Morgan is that there’s no market in Asia, I think that case would be pretty easy to disprove,” he said.But issues relating to climate change are taking on greater importance at the financial level, Johnston said.“Carbon disclosure is well beyond a hassle. It’s a material risk,” he said. “It’s something companies have to factor into their cost base and be transparent about.”Adnan Amin, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, said the risk of fossil fuel infrastructure becoming stranded assets is increasing with the rapid expansion of renewable energy projects.“Investing in very heavy, long-term expensive infrastructure for the future needs to be reassessed very thoroughly,” said Amin.Kinder Morgan still has yet to render a final investment decision on the project, which would triple the capacity of an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. But it has said it is aiming to start construction in September.
“The approval of Prime Minister Shirdon by the Somali legislature is further incontrovertible evidence of progress in Somalia,” said the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga. “The United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) recognizes that by approving the new Prime Minister the Federal Parliament has cast a vote of confidence in the new leadership,” he added in a news release from UNPOS, which he also heads.Mr. Shirdon was endorsed by all of the 215 members of Parliament present at their meeting today.After decades of factional fighting and lawlessness, the Horn of Africa country has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with a series of landmark steps in recent months that have helped to bring an end to the country’s eight-year political transition period. These steps included the adoption of a Provisional Constitution, the establishment of a new Parliament and the selection of a new President.“I call on the new Prime Minister to appoint without delay a new council of ministers. There is much to do and little time to waste,” Mr. Mahiga added.In the news release, UNPOS noted that Mr. Mahiga pledged to work in partnership with the new Prime Minister and his new Government on Somalia’s new priorities and urgent needs as expressed in the six pillars outlined by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.According to comments made by a Somali representative to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, President Mohamud’s six pillar policy aims to secure progress in the areas of stability, economic recovery, peacebuilding, service delivery, international relations and unity.
The work of student filmmakers will be in the spotlight next week during BrockTV’s seventh annual RenderThis Student Film Festival.Films created by Brock University and Niagara College students will be screened at Brock’s Sean O’Sullivan Theatre on Friday, Feb. 3.The event begins with a meet and greet with filmmakers at 6 p.m., followed by screenings of the films, which range in length from two to 10 minutes, beginning at 7:30 p.m.Last year, a record 18 films were screened within two hours.This year’s showcase will also include live music and an art show featuring the work of Visual Arts students.Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Brock University Students’ Union office or at the door.For more information, visit brocktv.ca/renderthis or e-mail email@example.com.
Then-freshman D’Angelo Russell drives to the lane during a game against Minnesota in the second round of the Big Ten tournament. Russell announces his decision to enter the NBA Draft Wednesday.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerAfter reports surfaced Wednesday evening that Ohio State men’s basketball guard D’Angelo Russell decided to enter the NBA draft following his freshman season, Russell made it official Thursday.Speculation had run rampant for the majority of the season after the Louisville, Ky., product quickly emerged as one of the top guards in the country. He ended up winning the inaugural Jerry West Award for the nation’s top shooting guard after posting 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5 assists per game.Russell waited until just a few days before the April 26 deadline to announce his decision. He said this was entirely because of the pressure of the life-changing choice.“It was tough,” Russell said at a Thursday press conference at the Schottenstein Center. “Knowing you have the opportunity to be a pro while knowing you have the opportunity to come back and get a free education and play under coach Matta and his coaching staff, it’s a tough decision.“It’s hard to leave my brothers, and this coaching staff. I really wanted to take the time to think about my decision and the process I have to go through to be the best player I want to be.”OSU coach Thad Matta said despite any assumptions that his job was to keep Russell in Columbus, he had a large influence in pushing the guard out the door.“The other night, we sat down (with Russell and his father, Antonio), and I started the meeting with the two, and I said, ‘Hey look, I think you need to go.’ I could see the relief on his face, like ‘Oh God, thank you,’” Matta said.Matta said the clarity of how successful Russell will be at the next level was his main reason for encouraging him to leave.“As sad as I am to see him leave our program, I’m excited, because I feel in my gut … I think he has a future at the next level that’s going to be something special,” he said.Russell, according to his father, Antonio Russell, and Matta, was not brought in as a one-and-done candidate, but rather on a two-year plan.“From the first time they recruited us, coach always said he could be one and done, and I said to coach, ‘I would like him to do two or more,’” Antonio Russell said. “And he always said it from the first day, ‘He could be one and done.’ And I said, ‘I’d like him to do two years.’”D’Angelo Russell said, with the thought of weighing his professional prospects seemingly at least a year away, it enabled him to focus solely on improving himself as a player.“I knew coming in here, I was two years. I was on next year’s draft boards. Coming in, just playing games, not worrying about anything … it made things easier for me,” D’Angelo Russell said.Though considered mainly a shooting guard, D’Angelo Russell served as the primary ball-handler last season when senior guard Shannon Scott rested. D’Angelo Russell said he has never considered himself a point guard at any level — but he has never considered himself being labeled as anything else, either.“When people ask me what position I want to be, I just want to be a basketball player,” D’Angelo Russell said.While D’Angelo Russell ended up being OSU’s first one-and-done player since Byron Mullens in 2009, Matta said it only took him one season to form his legacy at the school.“I want to hang his jersey in the rafters some day, because I think he’s one of the greatest to ever play the game at Ohio State, and he was only here for eight months,” Matta said.While it will remain to be seen if D’Angelo Russell’s No. 0 will ever hang in the rafters alongside the current four Buckeyes immortalized, the guard said he will always remember what his time in Columbus meant to him.“Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. I’ll never forget that.”
Reggie Rose, the brother and manager of Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, said that the team’s franchise player’s return from a torn ACL injury this season could be determined by the current roster. The Bulls did not make a trade before Thursday’s deadline, and Reggie Rose was not happy.He said the lack of championship-caliber talent around Rose could be a “big factor” in whether he returns this season from the injury. He pointed out that he was speaking for himself, not his brother.“What have you pieced together?” Reggie Rose said to ESPNChicago.com. “Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami. What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?“Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng’s a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It’s up to the organization to make them better.”He went on. “It’s frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him,” Reggie Rose said.Chicago vice president John Paxson said last month on ESPN Radio: “In order for us to do something, we’re not in a position to take on any real salary, so we’re kind of limited in what we can do. I think our team has grown. It’s not always pretty. Let’s face it, we’ve had some ugly games this year, and that’s kind of who we are right now. But we do grind it out and play hard.“You’re always on the lookout to do certain things, but I think our move hopefully will be bringing Derrick back into the fold.”The Bulls, who have had the NBA’s best record the past two seasons, have been without Rose all season as he recovers from May knee surgery but have stayed near the top of the Central Division standings. They enter Thursday’s game against the Miami with a 31-22 record and are the fifth seed in the East.Initially believed to return sometime after last weekend’s All-Star break, Rose said last week he wouldn’t “mind missing this year” if he didn’t feel ready to return and insisted that the decision is his to make.Reggie Rose said the Bulls have known all along Rose could sit out this season but the organization hasn’t mentioned it because it would affect ticket sales.“Everyone is expecting Derrick to come back,” Reggie Rose said. “If Derrick comes back, they’re going to sell more tickets. Is the reason for Derrick to come back to win a championship or make money? Right now, I don’t believe a championship. Everything in the NBA is financial.”Bulls general manager Gar Forman declined comment when contacted by ESPNChicago.com.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He added that “ladies are really not bothered” and he would rather keep out of the “petty argument of it all”.However, women have spoken out, including Jessica Perry, a member of the Dartmouth Young Farmers Association.She said the ban was “outdated”, adding: “It would be nice if we could move with the 21st Century.”A former mayor of Dartmouth, Debbie Morris, said that she was still barred from the event even when she was mayor.She said it was an “old tradition”, explaining that a man had to attend in her place.Ms Morris added: “They like to have a raucous evening. Perhaps they feel the ladies wouldn’t approve.”Farmer Chloe Quantick, a winner in two categories at this year’s show, added: “They need to stop being a bit sexist and let us in there, because we can have a good laugh just as much as men can, so in my opinion we should be allowed to go.” Female farmers have protested an ‘outdated’ rule that means they are excluded from a male-only awards dinner held for an 100-year-old farming show.The Dartmouth Fatstock is one of the biggest events in the farming calendar, at which farmers show off their prize cattle, sheep and poultry.However, women who compete at the event have asked for the awards to “get with the times” and allow them to attend the glitzy dinner.At the current competition, women and men are given prizes during an afternoon ceremony. However, the men’s awards are then presented for a second time at a hotel dinner. After Tuesday’s event, there were concerns over the “outdated” nature of the male-only dinner.Show chairman, Phil Bond, defended the evening event, adding that it was “a tradition and how it has always been done”.However, this caused controversy and at least one farmer resigned from the show committee after a vote was held and it was decided that women continue to be excluded.Mr Bond told the BBC: “That’s the tradition, that’s the way it always has been done. I’ve got the support and the backing from the committee to carry on.”If in the future that changes as a democracy or as a vote within the committee that will carry on.”
Sigerson, George (59) Poll Results: Hackett, Rosie (442) Connolly, James (604) Abbey Theatre BridgeBermingham, WillieConnolly, JamesDuff, FrankGregory, LadyGregory, TonyHackett, RosieMills, KayPlunkett, JamesSigerson, GeorgeStoker, BramSwift, JonathanThe Patriots BridgeThe Returned HomeWalton, ErnestWilde, OscarYeats, W.B.VoteRead: Ever wondered where medieval Dubliners went for a pint?> Swift, Jonathan (548) Stoker, Bram (514) Wilde, Oscar (471) Walton, Ernest (217) Gregory, Tony (263) The Returned Home (172) Mills, Kay (101) A SHORTLIST OF names for the new bridge over the Liffey at Marlborough Street in Dublin has been revealed.The public voted and 85 official nominations were received by Dublin City Council. The names were then shortlisted to 17.A decision on the name of the new bridge will be made in autumn 2013, with the bridge scheduled for completion in late 2013.Here is the shortlist of names and we want to know what you think. What name do you think the new Dublin city bridge should be called? Gregory, Lady (136) The Patriots Bridge (236) In pictures: Thousands hit the streets for Night Run in Dublin> Bermingham, Willie (308) Plunkett, James (51) Duff, Frank (249) Abbey Theatre Bridge (131) Yeats, W.B. (692)
The Australian delegation heading to Greece to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the battle of Crete will depart Australia this weekend ahead of a fortnight of services and ceremonies. The mission will include six WWII veterans who fought in Greece and Crete in 1941. Norman Maddock, aged 88, Basil Hayler, 89, Arthur Leggett, 92, Bill Taylor, 94, Alf Carpenter, 94, and Dan Bowden, 101, all fought in the Crete campaign and will make the trip this week. Mr Hayler, a sailor who served on the HMAS Perth told Neos Kosmos he’s looking forward to re-visiting the Mediterranean, where he spent much of WWII patrolling on various ships. “I think it’s going to be a marvelous experience. I don’t know what to expect,” he said. “It will be nice to look back over Souda Bay again and see where I used to drop anchor, and where we were bombed day after day. “And see Athens again, where we had some runs ashore and around the Acropolis. It’ll be great I think.” The Diggers will be joined by a parliamentary delegation including Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Warren Snowdon, as well as several Greek-Australian MPs, and members of the Cretan-Australian community. Mr Snowdon said it would be an honour to visit Greece with some of the men who fought to defend it. “The Battle for Greece and Crete resulted in a strong bond between Australia and the people of Greece, and that friendship has not wavered in the 70 years since. It endures in the hearts of the thousands of Greeks who made their homes in Australia post-war,” he said. Mr Snowdon said the Allies had been poorly equipped to withstand the German onslaught on Greece in 1941, lacking aircraft and armour and outnumbered on the ground and in the air. “In spite of this, the Allies slowed down the German advance offering brave and locally successful resistance. When the force finally evacuated from Greece, 320 Australians had been killed, with 494 wounded and more than 2,000 taken prisoner. “Withdrawing to the Island of Crete the allied troops attempted to fight off an airborne invasion. A further 274 Australians were killed and over 3,000 taken prisoner in defending Crete. “But Australia’s losses paled in comparison with those suffered by the Greeks, with an estimated 500,000 Greek and Cretan lives lost during the war,” Mr Snowdon said. Steve Georganas MP, who will also travel to Crete as part of the mission, said it was important to recognize the sacrifices made by the men and women – Greek and Australian – who fought for Greece. “As Greek Australians it’s something that connects us, it’s something that’s in our history. It’s something that’s very special for our heritage and it’s something that should be recognized as being a significant event,” he told Neos Kosmos. “If things went terribly differently during that period, you and I might not be here in Australia today. So it’s an event that actually affected our lives as Greek Australians. “One of the reasons that we’re here today, as proud Australians of Greek heritage in this wonderful democracy, is because of those people that gave their lives and their youthful years and went through heaps of hardship to ensure that the Nazis didn’t win,” he said. South Australian MP Leesa Vlahos will be representing Premier Mike Rann on the mission. She said it was important to raise public awareness about the Greece campaign. “Australia has the third-largest Greek community in the world so maintaining links between Greece and Australia is important to the South Australian and local Greek community,” Ms Vlahos said. The two-week mission will leave for Greece from Sydney tomorrow and will visit Australian Defence Force personnel at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. On Crete commemorative services will be held at most of the significant sites on the island including the Souda Bay Allied war cemetery, the Maleme airstrip and the German war cemetery. The veterans will be supported by a small administrative and medical team including a doctor and a nurse. The 70th anniversary commemorative activities kicked off in Melbourne last week, with a series of events marking the service of Anzac and Cretan veterans. Events included the presentation of the Commemorative Medal of Honour 1940-1941 by the Greek government to 94 year-old Tom Morris from Corowa in Victoria, who was part of the small group of men that held the Germans at the pass of Thermopylae for three days. Mr Morris said the presentation was probably the best day of his life, except for the day he got married. The sons and grandsons of three other veterans also accepted the medal on behalf of their relatives. The presentation was followed by a cocktail reception to honour the veterans last Friday evening, and a commemorative dinner dance last Saturday night, where some of the veterans even engaged in a little Greek dancing. “They even had me dancing the Zorba,” Basil Hayler said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Rougeole : des vaccinations toujours insuffisantesFrance – Bien qu’en progression, les vaccinations contre la rougeole sont insuffisantes pour éradiquer la maladie de l’Hexagone.A un an, un enfant doit recevoir le vaccin ROR, protégeant contre la rougeole, les oreillons et la rubéole. Le bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire publié ce lundi 26 juillet 2010 indique que 90% des enfants de moins de 24 mois présents sur le territoire français ont été vaccinés. Il s’agit d’un chiffre en progression légère : +3% en trois ans. Néanmoins, pour éradiquer la rougeole, c’est-à-dire pour interrompre sa transmission, il faudrait qu’au moins 95% des enfants soient vaccinés.À lire aussiRougeole : symptômes, contagion, traitement, vaccin, de quoi s’agit-il ? On a recensé 2.000 cas de rougeole chez des enfants en 2010, dont 200 constatés chez des bébés de moins de 1 an. Pour tous les enfants et plus particulièrement pour ces tout-petits, il existe des risques de complications graves.On soulignera que le ROR permet également de limiter les cas de rubéole congénitale.Le 28 juillet 2010 à 13:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Baha Mar deal should not be secret Related Items:beaches, tourism, visitor survey Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beaches reconstruction delayed, delivery mix up at airport Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI July 18, 2017 — A recent visitor survey conducted by the Tourist Board and the TCIG Department of Statistics found that beautiful beaches and ease of travel access accounted for more than 90 per cent of deciding factors for tourists when visiting TCI. Many tourists expressed dissatisfaction with souvenir shopping, taxi and rental car services and the lack of nightlife, however. The survey also found that 33 percent of tourists use recommendations from family and friends as their main source for information on the TCI. The percentage of tourists who relied solely on the Internet for travel info was 27.6 per cent. The survey was conducted in March and another survey is scheduled for August. A Government press office release said the data serves as a resource for key players in the tourism industry to develop marketing strategies, revise services and remain competitive.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIGVisitorSurvey Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCI
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A hazmat team and firefighters have closed a gas leak in Fort Lauderdale, Tuesday.Construction crews digging in the area hit an underground gas line, in the 600 block of Bayshore Drive.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Popular on Variety The promise of the program, as Snap describes it: “Yellow will help you shorten the time it takes to turn your brilliant idea into reality.” Based on the encouraging results from the initial participants, Snap decided to launch a second go-round.The second program also will run around three months — from June 17 to Sept. 20, 2019 — with creators expected to participate full time during that period. Snap is accepting applications for the second Yellow incubator Feb. 1-March 31, at yellowla.com. As with the first Yellow class, Snap says it will invest $150,000 in up to 10 companies.For the second class of Yellow, Snap says it’s especially interested in the following categories:Digital media: The company is looking for “fresh new voices in video, audio and editorial with a unique take going after a well-defined audience.”Talent-led brands: Creators who have created a strong community and want to turn that into a larger-scale business.Content-driven commerce: Companies that can tell brand stories “in an organic way” to build top-of-funnel awareness that drives sales.Mobile content innovation: Emerging formats for mobile storytelling, such as interactive content, augmented reality, and games. Snap is looking for another crop of mobile content creators for the second iteration of Yellow, its incubator program aimed at fueling production of original content for the Snapchat app.For the original Yellow Accelerator program, Snap invested $1.35 million in a total of nine content partners last year ($150,000 each), selected from among almost 1,300 applications. Snap received equity stakes in each of the nine companies, for which it provided support, executive mentors, networking events, and creative office space at its Venice, Calif., headquarters over a three-month period last fall.The nine companies in the first Yellow class were: ANRK, ConBody, Hashtag Our Stories, ID:K, Love Stories TV,Premme, Selfie Circus, Space Oddity Films and Toonstar. While Snap isn’t requiring content distribution or exclusivity with Yellow, six of the companies have distribution on Snapchat: ANRK, as an official lens creator; ConBody and Toonstar, which produce original shows; ID:K, which is a publisher story partner; and Hashtag Our Stories and Love Stories TV as curation partners. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
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All Aero DR systems deliver high image quality, reliability and easy workflow integration into general radiography environments.Aero DR systems meet international standards for both the 14- x 17-inch and 17- x 17-inch cassette sizes and therefore fit existing wall stands and bucky trays without modifications to help a facility maximize its investment in existing equipment and deliver a universal fit solution. Aero DR systems are offered in many configurations to meet both retrofit and new room purchase scenarios. 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Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Technology | February 16, 2012 Wireless 17- x 17-Inch Flat Panel Detector News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Related Content Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. 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Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Two Soyuz spacecraft are docked at the station, and one of them is scheduled to return three of the six crew members to Earth this week. Roscosmos did not specify which capsule had the malfunction, but said the landing would go ahead as planned.Tuesday’s problem follows the failure of a Soyuz booster rocket, which in addition to launching the manned Soyuz spacecraft also is used to send Progress cargo ships to the space station.A Soyuz rocket carrying a Progress suffered a breakdown after a launch in April, prompting Russia to delay the landing of the three crew members and the launch of a new three-person crew. The landing, originally planned for last month, was rescheduled to Thursday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories MOSCOW (AP) — A glitch at the International Space Station on Tuesday caused its position in orbit to change, but the crew was not in danger, the Russian space agency said.Roscosmos said the engines of a Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station unexpectedly started during testing of the radio system that controls the docking procedure.Steps were taken to stabilize the station and specialists were now working to determine what caused the engines to start, the agency said. Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
Source = Hilton David Constantine, Rebecca D’Costa, Tamer ElGhamry, Kevin GarciaHilton announces Executive Team for DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the executive team for the new DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge, opening late December 2018.DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge, owned by SKS Group, will be the first DoubleTree by Hilton property to open in Western Australia and the first new-build DoubleTree in Australia.The hotel is located at 100 James Street, Northbridge, in the heart of the city’s vibrant nightlife, dining, shopping and cultural district, and within walking distance to corporate offices, Yagan Square, Elizabeth Quay and RAC Arena.The hotel will feature 206 guest rooms including Executive Panoramic View rooms, an executive lounge, James St Bar + Kitchen, 310m² of event space, a gym and an outdoor pool and bar.When staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge, Hilton Honors Members will enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key.The executive team will include Tamer ElGhamry as hotel manager, Rebecca D’Costa as commercial manager and Kevin Garcia as head chef of James St Bar + Kitchen. The current Parmelia Hilton Perth hotel general manager David Constantine will oversee the DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge executive team in his newly expanded role as cluster general manager.Tamer ElGhamry brings 24 years of Hilton experience to his role as hotel manager, where he was most recently the director of operations at Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa. Immediately before his Fiji posting, Tamer was the director of operations at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing in China and prior to that, director of operations at Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort in Egypt.Rebecca D’Costa joins DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge as commercial manager. She joined Hilton in 2009 as event sales coordinator and subsequently corporate sales manager and events sales manager at Parmelia Hilton Perth.Kevin Garcia has been appointed head chef of James St Bar + Kitchen after spending the last three years as executive chef at DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs where he oversaw the operation of two restaurants, Springs and The Deck.David Constantine brings over 40 years of Hilton hospitality experience to his role as cluster general manager; overseeing the operations of DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge and Parmelia Hilton Perth.“We are delighted to welcome our newly appointed executive team into their roles at DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge. It is wonderful to see Team Members Tamer, Rebecca and Kevin continue their Hilton journey, and we look forward to seeing them bring their knowledge and experience to this exciting new property,” said Heidi Kunkel, vice president, operations, Australasia.At DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge, guests can expect all the hallmarks of a DoubleTree by Hilton stay that create a rewarding hotel experience, from the signature, warm chocolate chip Cookie and its world-renowned warm welcome.For more information on the property, please visit the hotel website.
March 21, 2019 1,091 Views The Millennial Home Shopper—Booming and Buying Cheaper Millennial homeowners are growing fast, and buying cheaper, according to a recent report. According to the latest Down Payment Report from Down Payment Resource, younger homeowners, aged 44 and younger, were the fastest growing demographic of homeowners in the past quarter, and these younger homeowners are choosing more affordable areas with lower down payments.Data from Realtor.com suggests that millennial homebuyers are choosing areas not typically regarded as “desirable”, such as Buffalo, New York.“The stereotype that millennials primarily choose to buy homes and live in large metro areas isn’t the reality,”said Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research at Realtor.com. “Results show millennials’ expansion is more heavily conditioned by affordability than in prior years, so their eyes are set on less traditional secondary markets where homes and jobs are now available and plentiful.”Corelogic data backs this trend up: the highest number of millennial homebuyers are buying in traditionally more affordable regions such as Midwest, Mountain West and Northeast markets. More expensive areas such as coastal California and Florida have seen the lowest rate of millennial homebuyers.Millennials, as first time buyers without the added equity of previous homes, are seeking places with lower down payments, according to Realtor.com.“Given that the majority of millennial homebuyers are searching for their first homes and do not bring equity from a previous home, it’s no surprise they are putting down smaller down payments,” wrote Realtor.com. “This is likely a driver of their activity in more affordable markets, where their money goes further.”Millennials have consistently made lower down payments than any other generation, according to Realtor.com. The average down payment for millennials was 8.8 percent of the purchase price in December 2018, compared to 11.9 percent for Generation X and 17.7 percent for baby boomers. Millennials are also buying cheaper in general.“Within the last year, millennials have moved to affordable areas with strong job markets where they have more buying power,” Realtor.com said. “At the end of 2018, the median price of a mortgaged home purchased by millennials was $238,000, $26,000 less than the median price of a home mortgaged by baby boomers and $51,000 than Generation X.”Find more from Down Payment Resource here.here. Down Payments Homebuyers Inventory Millennials Prices Regional 2019-03-21 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Share