Month: August 2019

A close up look at how bacteria make ice

first_img(Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from Germany and the U.S. has taken a closer look at a type of bacteria that is able to cause ice to form, sometimes even under conditions above the normal freezing point. Explore further In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes the technique they used that allowed them to watch very closely what occurs as the bacteria promote ice formation and their discovery of the means by which the bacteria cause it to come about.Scientists have known for some time that some bacteria can promote the growth of ice crystals (they have been used to help create snow for ski resorts, as one example), but until now, the exact mechanism has not been closely studied. In this new effort, the researchers used a device called a sum frequency generation spectrometer to get a better look—it allows for a very close up view of a process as it takes place. In this instance, they watched as samples of Pseudomonas syringae went to work on both airborne water droplets and those that were on a surface. In so doing, they discovered that the bacteria use two different techniques to promote ice formation.The first technique involved a layer of proteins that surrounded the body of the bacteria—some were hydrophobic and others were hydrophilic—the opposing forces allowed the bacteria to shuttle water molecules around like a tiny tugboat, coaxing them into formations that were conductive to crystal growth.The second technique involved using vibrational energy to actually remove heat from the area surrounding the molecules that they had lined up, leaving them colder, which resulted in ice crystal formation at temperatures that were above freezing.The researchers note that the bacteria also have antifreeze proteins in their bodies to keep themselves from freezing. They add that their findings may have implications for Earth scientists, as ice causing bacteria play a major role in the creation of ice crystals in the atmosphere, and in frost formation on plants. More research into the process could also lead to the development of icing, or even de-icing products. Journal information: Science Advances Ice crystals: Max Planck researchers discovered that certain bacteria can affect the ordering and the dynamics of water molecules in water droplets. Thus, ice crystals develop already at zero degrees Celsius or just below, and not at minus 37 degrees Celsius as in pure water. Protein molecules at the surface of the bacteria are responsible for this process. Credit: R. Eckl © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: R. Pandey et al. Ice-nucleating bacteria control the order and dynamics of interfacial water, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501630AbstractIce-nucleating organisms play important roles in the environment. With their ability to induce ice formation at temperatures just below the ice melting point, bacteria such as Pseudomonas syringae attack plants through frost damage using specialized ice-nucleating proteins. Besides the impact on agriculture and microbial ecology, airborne P. syringae can affect atmospheric glaciation processes, with consequences for cloud evolution, precipitation, and climate. Biogenic ice nucleation is also relevant for artificial snow production and for biomimetic materials for controlled interfacial freezing. We use interface-specific sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy to show that hydrogen bonding at the water-bacteria contact imposes structural ordering on the adjacent water network. Experimental SFG data and molecular dynamics simulations demonstrate that ice-active sites within P. syringae feature unique hydrophilic-hydrophobic patterns to enhance ice nucleation. The freezing transition is further facilitated by the highly effective removal of latent heat from the nucleation site, as apparent from time-resolved SFG spectroscopy.Read press release Chipping away at the secrets of ice formation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: A close up look at how bacteria make ice (2016, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-bacteria-ice.htmllast_img read more

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Solar cell mystery solved expected to greatly increase efficiency

first_img Explore further But in a new study published in Science Advances, Dong Shi et al. have taken a closer look at spiro-OMeTAD and found that it still has a great deal of untapped potential. For the first time, they have grown single crystals of the pure material, and in doing so, they have made the surprising discovery that spiro-OMeTAD’s single-crystal structure has a hole mobility that is three orders of magnitude greater than that of its thin-film form (which is currently used in solar cells). “This paper reports a major breakthrough for the fields of perovskite and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells by finally clarifying the potential performance of the material and showing that improving the crystallinity of the hole transport layer is the key strategy for further breakthroughs in device engineering of these solar cells,” Osman Bakr, a professor of engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and leader of the study, told Phys.org. The findings suggest that, at least in the short term, the time-consuming process of designing and synthesizing radically new organic hole conductors as replacements to spiro-OMeTAD may not be necessary.In general, perovskite solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells are made of three critical layers. Two of these layers—the electron-transporting layer and the light-absorbing layer—are well-understood structurally. However, the mesoscale packing structure of the hole-transporting layer, which is usually spiro-OMeTAD, has so far eluded researchers, and consequently its charge transport mechanisms have remained a mystery.In the new study, the researchers figured out a way to grow pure single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD by dissolving the spiro-OMeTAD in a carefully chosen solvent. They then placed this vial inside a larger vial containing an antisolvent, in which spiro-OMeTAD does not dissolve as well, and allowed the antisolvent vapor to slowly diffuse into the inner vial. Eventually the solution in the inner vial becomes supersaturated, so that not all of the spiro-OMeTAD can stay dissolved, causing the spiro-OMeTAD to crystallize. The researchers then performed a variety of measurements on the crystals to investigate their charge transport mechanisms and other properties.The results are much more encouraging than expected, in many ways running contrary to the conventional wisdom based on the material’s large-scale structure, which suggested that the material had reached its limits. Although the method used here to grow single crystals cannot be performed at a large scale, the researchers predict that similar methods that use an antisolvent to trigger crystallization could be used to enhance the crystallinity of the thin-layer spiro-OMeTAD, improving its hole mobility in order to make more efficient solar cells.”These astonishing findings open a new direction for the development of perovskite solar cells and dye-sensitized solar cells by showing the still untapped potential of spiro-OMeTAD,” Bakr said. “They unravel a key mystery that has confounded the photovoltaic community for the last 17 years.” (Left) The set-up used to grow single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD, based on antisolvent vapor-assisted crystallization. (Right) Single crystal structure of spiro-OMeTAD. Credit: Shi, et al. ©2016 AAAS Pinholes be gone More information: Dong Shi, et al. “Spiro-OMeTAD single crystals: Remarkably enhanced charge-carrier transport via mesoscale ordering.” Science Advances. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501491AbstractWe report the crystal structure and hole-transport mechanism in spiro-OMeTAD [2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenyl-amine)9,9′-spirobifluorene], the dominant hole-transporting material in perovskite and solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells. Despite spiro-OMeTAD’s paramount role in such devices, its crystal structure was unknown because of highly disordered solution-processed films; the hole-transport pathways remained ill-defined and the charge carrier mobilities were low, posing a major bottleneck for advancing cell efficiencies. We devised an antisolvent crystallization strategy to grow single crystals of spiro-OMeTAD, which allowed us to experimentally elucidate its molecular packing and transport properties. Electronic structure calculations enabled us to map spiro-OMeTAD’s intermolecular charge-hopping pathways. Promisingly, single-crystal mobilities were found to exceed their thin-film counterparts by three orders of magnitude. Our findings underscore mesoscale ordering as a key strategy to achieving breakthroughs in hole-transport material engineering of solar cells. © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Energetic cost of the entatic state of cytochrome c quantified

first_img Explore further Potential therapeutic target for Parkinson’s disease (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Stanford University has used ultrafast x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy to quantify the entatic state of cytochrome c. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group outlines their procedure and what they learned. Kara Bren and Emma Raven with the University of Rochester and University of Leicester respectively offer a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue, and outline some of the implications regarding the role that the protein plays in cell life and death. More information: Metalloprotein entatic control of ligand-metal bonds quantified by ultrafast x-ray spectroscopy, Science (2017). science.sciencemag.org/cgi/doi … 1126/science.aam6203AbstractThe multifunctional protein cytochrome c (cyt c) plays key roles in electron transport and apoptosis, switching function by modulating bonding between a heme iron and the sulfur in a methionine residue. This Fe–S(Met) bond is too weak to persist in the absence of protein constraints. We ruptured the bond in ferrous cyt c using an optical laser pulse and monitored the bond reformation within the protein active site using ultrafast x-ray pulses from an x-ray free-electron laser, determining that the Fe–S(Met) bond enthalpy is ~4 kcal/mol stronger than in the absence of protein constraints. The 4 kcal/mol is comparable with calculations of stabilization effects in other systems, demonstrating how biological systems use an entatic state for modest yet accessible energetics to modulate chemical function. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Energetic cost of the entatic state of cytochrome c quantified (2017, June 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-energetic-entatic-state-cytochrome-quantified.html A change in the active-site conformation turns cytochrome c from an electron shuttle in respiration to a peroxidase enzyme for apoptosis. Credit: (c) Science  23 Jun 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6344, pp. 1236 , DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5587 Journal information: Science Cytochrome c is a protein that exists in many plants, animals and unicellular organisms. In humans, its main purposes are ferrying electrons in mitochondria and assisting with apoptosis (normal cell death and the processes surrounding it.) These two functions have been shown in prior efforts to rely on the position of methionine residue. When sulfur works with iron, the protein is ready to transfer electrons. Otherwise, it engages in peroxidase activities. In this new effort, the researchers sought to better understand the energetics of the protein by probing the iron and sulfur bond. Entatic states, Bren and Raven point out, are very important in bioinorganic chemistry—it actually translates to something that is stretched when subjected to tension.To better understand the bond between the two elements, the researchers temporarily forced them apart using a Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray free electron laser and then timed how long it took the two components to reform using iron X-ray emission spectroscopy. They found that the environment in which they existed boosted bond strength by four kilocalories per mole, which was enough to allow the protein to toggle between its functional states and to quantify the energy cost of the entatic state.As Bren and Raven note, the results of the study have implications regarding the role that cytochrome plays in respiration, which they relate to living and apoptosis, which they relate to death. To promote continued living the protein helps to maintain a certain reduction potential. For apoptosis, the entatic state is disrupted allowing peroxidase activity to be enhanced.last_img read more

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Shes a small wonder

first_imgShe is just 10. But by the touch of her hand she can spell magic on a lump of clay. And with fire and colour she adds expressions. Avani Singhania just wrapped up her exhibition of ceramic works at the second edition of the her show titled- Pots, Platter And Me Returns at the Experimental Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre.A student from Vasant Valley School, Avani followed her passion for pottery at the nascent age of 6- years under the guidance of Ela Mukherjee, a famous ceramic artist and a winner of Charles Wallace awards. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Enthusiastically explaining her works, Avani said, ‘I love experimenting with colours and shapes. I first got to know about pottery in a school exhibition and found it very fascinating. My parents were very supportive and sent me various workshops to learn more about pottery. During one of the workshops I met my teacher Ela Mukherjee and she has been my inspiration ever since.’At the exhibition she displayed an array of colourful tea pots, cups and saucers, decorative items shaped like hearts, ovals and pen-stands in ceramics. The collection also includes bowls, coffee mugs, diyas, candle stands in bright colours to go hand in hand with the festive season.Avani has been learning pottery since 2009 and has already put up one exhibition in 2011 in Mumbai and once in Delhi in 2012. She has been taking regular classes and wishes to explore more about the art.Age is just a number for Avani as she stunned visitors at her exhibition with her wonderful talent of shapes and colour.last_img read more

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Comedy history class

first_imgGet ready for a laughter dose as Behroopiya Entertainers in association with Comedy Central brings the standup comedy show – India 3D – Last Three Decades of Change. The show features comedians – Amit Tandon and Appurv Gupta.India 3D – Last three Decades of Change highlights how life and lifestyle has changed in India over the last three decades. As tablet moved from being medicine to mobile, smartness moved from people to phones, hobby moved from books to Facebook, our world has changed more than ever before. A woman’s role has changed in the household and expectations from an Indian man have evolved. Between the two of them they present views of a youngster and a conventional ‘well settled’ middle aged man. From technology to lifestyle to relationships, the artistes will talk about all aspects of a middle class Indian.  So book your tickets soon.Where:  Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House When: 10 October Timing:  8 pmlast_img read more

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Chia your daily dose of happiness

first_imgDepression has not been taken with much seriousness for long, due to social stigma or lack of awareness and diagnosis but is now an acknowledged malady that affects growing numbers of people across the world. In a mental health survey released by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, one in every 20 Indians suffers from some form of depression. Not just that, as a country India was ranked 122nd in World Happiness Report released last month. If more evidence were needed, the UN has declared Depression as the theme of World Health Day 2017. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDepression can be due to various reasons ranging from endogenic to environmental causes. Sometimes environmental situations can trigger a genetic predisposition and cause the onset of depression. However, there is now growing agreement that food plays a significant role in brain chemistry. A good food selection with the right quantities and combinations of food groups helps in better wellness resulting in effective ability to handle and recover from stresses. Being happy goes hand in hand with optimum cognitive performance, and although one cannot alter the environmental stress one is exposed to, consistent low-intensity stresses of day to day life is often a challenge experienced by all. However, right foods prevent the onset of depression or help alleviate depression. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive According to growing consensus in the scientific and nutrition community, Omega-3 fats are an effective nutrient in our diet that provides adequate protection against depression. Foods rich in omega-3 are fish and a few plant produce. Chia is one of the richest sources of plant based omega-3 fats for vegetarians. Omega-3 fats have shown a positive role in improving mood in people suffering from depression. It is estimated that some cultures who have been consuming foods such as Chia as part of their regular diet do better than others in mental health. Chia is an ancient grain and was an essential part of the Aztec culture with a presence in their religious practices, daily food and special foods as well as food for the ancient Aztec warriors. Over the centuries, witnessing many a military invasion, the crop lost its presence and was revived only in the recent past. Chia seeds occurs in nature in black, mottled and white forms with white seeds having an edge over the rest. Due to its high import costs, superfoods have been inaccessible to a majority of consumers in India, leave alone the common man. However all that may be about to change.India’s premier nutrition research development organisation, Central Food Technology Research Institute, has developing agro-technologies to grow superfoods in Indian conditions, and as a pilot programme provided Chia seeds for free to Indian farmers. CFTRI has developed blue flower, white seed Chia lines which blend seamlessly into foods, which have a better market globally. Farmers from across the nation have benefited with better incomes due to the seeds they received and cultivated with CFTRI agro-technology.Chia seeds do not require post-harvest processing and can be directly consumed after cleaning. It is highly versatile and can be consumed by adding to our daily foods. Chia upon adding to water becomes a gel that is easy to drink. One can add about 3-gram Chia to a glass of water and allow the water to rest for about 10 minutes; the seeds form a transparent gel that can be easily consumed. Seeds can blend well in into fruit juices, smoothies, shakes, buttermilk, puddings and bakery products like bread and cakes. The neutral taste of the seed helps in seamless blending into all food products. On an average, an adult needs about 1-1.6 gram of omega-3 fat daily and that can be met by simply having 1 teaspoon of chia seeds dissolved in water or in any other form.One of the main focus of CFTRI’s work on superfoods like Chia is to make it easily available and affordable to Indians at large so that it can gain the currency of a stable like a dal or pulses of everyday use. (Courtesy: Prof. Ram Rajasekharan)last_img read more

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Know why women are better at reading mind

first_imgEver wondered how your wife or partner is able to read your thoughts and emotions just by looking at your eyes? Her ability to interpret may be the result of a gene influence, say researchers, one of Indian-origin.The findings showed that the genetic variants on chromosome 3 in women are associated with their ability to read the mind in the eyes — known as cognitive empathy.The closest genes in this tiny stretch of chromosome 3 include LRRN1 (Leucine Rich Neuronal 1) which is highly active in a part of the human brain called the striatum — which has been shown using brain scanning to play a role in cognitive empathy, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This is an important step forward for the field of social neuroscience and adds one more piece to the puzzle of what may cause variation in cognitive empathy,” said Varun Warrier, doctoral student at the University of Cambridge. Scientists have built upon a study first performed 20 years ago, called the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” test.For the new study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the team analysed cognitive empathy in 89,000 people on this test. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe results confirmed that women on average do score better on this test because of gene’s influence.In addition, the researchers found that genetic variants that contribute to higher scores in the test also increase the risk of anorexia, but not autism, the researchers noted.”We are excited by this new discovery, and are now testing if the results replicate, and exploring precisely what these genetic variants do in the brain, to give rise to individual differences in cognitive empathy,” explained Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor at the University of Cambridge.last_img read more

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Food allergy can become fatal for your kid

first_imgA 13-year-old Indian-origin boy in London died last month after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a piece of cheese. According to media reports, Karanbir Cheema was allergic to wheat, gluten and dairy and his condition was well known at school but he came in contact with the allergen in cheese as it was allegedly forced on him by a schoolmate.Food allergy or intolerance, which can cause symptoms ranging from a harmless skin rash to a potentially lethal anaphylactic shock, are estimated to affect four to six per cent of children and four per cent of adults, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).If left untreated, a food allergy can turn fatal, especially in children, because the body’s immune system considers the proteins and complex carbohydrates present in the food as foreign.”It is only in rare cases that one can get a severe allergic response to any food allergen. Food items like cheese have other ingredients which may have caused severe allergic reaction. Commonly mild allergy, however, does not cause such severe reactions,” said Vivek Raj, Director (Gastroenterology), Max Super Speciality Hospital.According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are eight foods that are common for allergic reactions in a large segment of the sensitive population. These include, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, shellfish, fish, wheat and their derivatives, soy and their derivatives, and sulphites (chemical-based, often found in flavours and colours in foods) at 10 parts per million (ppm) and over.These can cause several types of allergies such as skin manifestations which include rashes, swelling and itching, respiratory symptoms including wheezing, bronchospasm and choking and gastrointestinal symptoms including cramping, vomiting and diarrhoea. Some also cause low blood pressure which manifests as light-headedness, dizziness or even a fainting spell.Allergy to any food item may cause bronchial secretions, which can lead to bronchospasm – a sudden constriction of the muscles in the walls of the bronchioles in the respiratory tract.”As a result, the patient experiences choking and breathing difficulty, which, if not treated timely, may increase the risk of death,” added Rakesh Gupta, Senior Consultant, Apollo Hospitals.Further, children are much more vulnerable to food allergies than adults as the allergies fade away by adulthood.”As children grow older, they outgrow some of the allergies as their immune system matures. Also, the allergens are identified in childhood and then the person learns to avoid those as an adult,” Raj noted. However, allergies are not just hereditary but may be related to gender, according to recent research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.The study revealed that the genetic risk of a child having allergies doubles if the parent of the same sex is an allergy sufferer. Thus, mothers pass the risk of allergies to their daughters, as do fathers to their sons.Moreover, food allergies can worsen other conditions such as asthma and diabetes. If a patient already has other allergy-linked conditions like asthma, then the impact of food allergy can be more, doctors said. “As there is no cure to food allergy, the only way to prevent it is not to eat that food item,” suggested Ritika Samaddar, a Delhi-based nutritionist.”The allergy can be confirmed by skinprick tests and/or bloods tests to measure the allergy antibodies,” she added. Because fatal and near-fatal food allergy reactions can occur at school or other places outside the home, parents of a child with food allergies need to make sure that their child’s school has a written emergency action plan. The plan should provide instructions on preventing, recognising and managing food allergies and should be available in the school and during activities such as sporting events and field trips, experts suggested. However, “if any allergic item is consumed, the patient should be immediately rushed to the hospital. No drug should be taken without a doctor’s prescription”, Gupta said.last_img read more

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Be draped in these puja classics

first_imgIt is the time of the year to look your best and create an aura in whichever Pandal you visit or party you attend with friends, family or with your beloved. With Durga Puja around the corner, the fashionistas are gearing up to shop their favourite attires. And what better than to don a saree during this grand celebration. To add to the festivities, leading retail saree store of Bengal, Indian Silk House Agencies, launched Pujor Shaaj, their Durga Puja special collection. Renowned actor, Konineeca Banerjee unveiled the special collection in the presence of Pratibha Dudhoria, Director, Indian Silk House Agencies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “The Pujor Shaaj collection is inspired from the goddesses Durga, Saraswati and Laxmi. The designs are exquisite and unique, which will appeal to the saree lovers across the globe. This year we are also focusing on our youth as well by providing them with sarees that are light, comfortable, trending, and perfect for any occasion and at a very reasonable price, which they can wear with great panache”, said Dudhoria.The exclusive Pujor Shaaj collection comprises of Kanjivaram, Arni Silk, Garad, and Uppada in a range of Rs 2500 and above. Gadwal, which starts from Rs 4500, and Kora, Matka, Chanderi, whose range starts from Rs 1000. Printed fabric starts from Rs 2000, whereas, Tussar, Handloom, Maheshwari, Benarasi and Katan sarees in varied colours and outstanding designs are available at a starting rate of Rs 3000. This new collection will be available across Indian Silk House Agencies outlets in Rashbehari Avenue, Barasat, New Market, Gorabazar, and Kanchrapara.Indian Silk House Agencies also has a range of costume jewelry available to complement these sarees.last_img read more

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Charkha to provide jobs to five crore women

first_imgThe Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh, on Monday, said that following the ‘Khadi for Fashion’ call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the ministry had planned to connect at least five crore village women to Charkha (spinning wheel).Addressing the Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations at Khadi Bhawan in Connaught Place, the minister said that Khadi has now become popular among younger generation too. “For a significant span of time Khadi was meant for either dadaji (older ones) or netaji (politicians). But, due to the initiatives and appeals made by our Prime Minister – who is himself the latest USP of Khadi –Khadi has now become a fashion trend among the youth,” he said, adding, “Even the results speak. The previous governments could increase the sale by only 70 percent in 10 odd years, but we enhanced it to 90 percent.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking of solar charkhas, the minister said that it would provide employment to at least five crore village women in the coming five years. “With five pilot projects at Varanasi, Nawada and other places, we are already on our heels with this project. It will ensure a regular income between Rs 6000 and Rs 10,000 to each of the women,” he said. The minister claimed that in efforts to make Khadi a fashion brand across the globe, the department is in regular contact with all leading fashion institutes of the country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSingh further added that even in Africa, as a part of centenary Year celebrations of Gandhiji’s Swadeshi Movement, the High Commission of India in Uganda, in association with the Republic of Uganda, is unveiling the Gandhi Charkha – gifted by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) – at the Gandhi Heritage Site at Jinja in Uganda. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, in his address, said that Khadi has been spreading its wings in all directions for creating maximum job opportunities for the artisans. “Since sanitation and Khadi was close to Mahatma Gandhi’s heart, the KVIC is all set to take his legacy forward,” he said, adding, “We have also taken Prime Minister’s call of ‘Sweet Revolution’ very seriously and we are trying to give a major push to our ‘Honey Mission’ in the coming days.” Arun Kumar Panda, secretary, MSME, also laid stress upon enhancing the total turnover of Khadi and Village Industries. Earlier, the minister inaugurated 60 Khadi outlets – which were renovated and re-launched during the completion of KVIC’s 60th anniversary and a Khadi outlet at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at Lucknow, through remote device. He also handed over the cheques to five artisans each from two Khadi institutions of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, under the new sales initiatives undertaken by KVIC. Later, he inaugurated a Honey Parlour – showcasing several qualities of honey – at Palika Bazaar.last_img read more

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A magnificent range of Diwali hampers

first_imgAdding to your celebration and joy, Mister Chai is presenting a magnificent range of Diwali Hampers offering gourmet assortments and pure joy. This Diwali, make your loved ones feel special and gift them hampers that matches their personality, tailored to their taste and filled with luxuries and love. Exuding surprise and elegance, the spectacular festive hamper range comprises of ‘The Globe Trotter’, ‘The Entertainer’ and ‘The Free Spirit’ starting at INR 5000 plus taxes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’The Globe Trotter’ is for those businessmen and women in your circle who travels the world and are fond of those little treats. Generously filled with fine nuts, chocolates and a bottle of happiness, this is a perfect gift for the globe trotters. If you have those friends who love spreading a hearty laughter to your life, ‘The Entertainer’ Diwali gift hamper is the choice. It offers some delicious chocolates, macaroons, cookies, nuts, and tea. ‘The Free Spirit’ hamper is the choice you can make for those you know exceptionally well. Custom-made and skillfully craft a Diwali hamper for your loved ones, with their favourite ingredients and drinks. Each gifting has equal grandeur, finesse and uniqueness, filled with an alluring gourmet treat to make your festival truly delightful.last_img read more

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Cherishing Indian culture through music and dance

first_imgDance, music, and art have always played a vital role in developing our aesthetic and artistic senses and perceptions. Rigchhandam, a premier institution excelling in dance, music, art, and elocution – which is a cultural wing of South Jodhpur Park Academy – presented ‘Alochayar Shure’, ‘Prayash’ and ‘ Samanyo Khoti’ in their 17th Annual program held in GD Birla Sabhaghar.It was the coming together of like-minded people with one basic objective in mind – propagation of traditional Indian values through Indian music and dance. The Academy members were honoured to have renowned Rabindrasangeet exponent Srabani Sen as its President, with the expectations that under her able guidance, they will be able to make progress in the right direction, and fulfill the designated objectives and aspirations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe dance section is being looked after by Subhra Mandal, a disciple of Kathak legend Birju Maharaj as well as Shrimati Amala Shankar, the doyen of the Uday Shankar ‘Creative’ style of dance. “Our main motto is to inculcate Indian values in our children and fellow members. Our rich culture and traditions should be cherished by one and all. With a batch of around 135 students from school kids to octogenarians, we believe that music plays a strong part in our daily lives, strengthening the heart and mind,” said co-founder Subhra Mandal. While tradition in these creative fields holds a unique position, it is very much true that innovation and new ideas add a relevant and modern dimension to these artistic forms of expression. The coming together of old and new is surely a healthy sign in the creative world.last_img read more

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5 Tips for Getting Started With Mobile Advertising

first_img Mobile advertising is becoming more popular as people use mobile devices to access websites, shop and make purchases. For business owners, now can be a good time to start experimenting with mobile advertising — especially while it’s still highly affordable.If you’re on the fence about whether advertising on mobile might be right for you, consider some new research from Williamsburg, Va.-based research firm Borrell Associates: nearly half of small-business owners are somewhat or very likely to purchase mobile advertising in the next year, while more than one in four expect to increase mobile ad spending.How can you figure out how mobile advertising might best benefit your business? Here are five tips to help you determine its value and to get started on the right foot:1. Determine where your customers are. Most mobile ad networks allow geo-targeting so that only mobile users in a defined area see the ads. But narrow targeting to only a zip code or two will likely yield few prospects and little new business.Mobile ads offer the best return on investment for businesses that can serve clients who are located anywhere, or at least throughout a major metropolitan area. A jewelry designer who ships anywhere or a motel owner near a popular tourist destination might be a great match for mobile advertising. But a massage therapist who relies mainly on local customers probably should spend her ad dollars elsewhere for now.In a couple of years, however, that may change as technologies improve and mobile users begin to outpace computer users in conducting local internet searches.Related: Building a Successful Google Campaign from Scratch2. Define your conversion points. If you develop a mobile advertising strategy, you not only want to tell mobile users your business exists, but also encourage them to take action.What can people do on their smartphones or tablets that can help your business? Plenty. They can call or email you, submit their contact information via an online form, make an appointment or reservation, follow you on social media, sign up for your email newsletter or text alerts, register for your events, or buy something from you online.These actions are measurable “conversion points.” Tracking your conversion rate (number of mobile site visitors divided by the number of actions taken) is how you’ll discover which kinds of mobile ads work best.3. Build a mobile landing page. Your existing website, even if it’s mobile friendly, might not be the most effective destination for your mobile ad. You need a useful landing page designed to convert mobile visitors into customers.Your mobile landing page should link to your main website, of course. But it’s even more important that it display your address on a map, list your phone number and hours, indicate the region you serve, and offer features, such as online appointment scheduling, that are directly relevant to the pitch you made in your mobile ad.If you can build a mobile landing page in your existing website platform, that’s great. If not, your mobile landing page doesn’t need to be part of your main site.You can build a simple mobile landing page with Google Sites (free the first year) and access analytics data about traffic to the page and users’ activity on it. DudaMobile also offers free mobile landing pages with analytics, but for $9 a month you can get more pages and features such as click-to-call and integrated maps and directions. You may want to set up more than one mobile landing page if you’re running multiple campaigns targeting different market segments or making different pitches or offers.Related: Common Google AdWords Mistakes and How to Avoid Them4. Start with Google AdWords. Search ads are currently the biggest part of the mobile ad market, and Google’s AdWords offers a variety of services for mobile advertising. Plus, these are text ads, so you don’t need to create an ad banner to get started.You can set up a mobile-specific AdWords campaign that targets only mobile devices with full web browsers. You also can set AdWords bids for mobile searches only.Control costs by setting your own maximum daily spend, starting at, say, $30 to $50 a month. Then, track your AdWords mobile performance and stay focused on conversion rates.5. Explore other mobile ad networks. You’ll need to supply a mobile banner ad for other networks, most of which deliver ads to apps and some mobile websites. AdWords users can use Google’s display ad builder, but you also can create a mobile banner with any design software.The cost, reach, targeting and other features of these networks vary widely. Most allow you to specify your maximum daily spend. The MobiThinking “Guide to Mobile Advertising Networks” offers useful overviews of the different types of networks and detailed reviews. Related: Mobile Advertising Platform Delivers Real Leads 5 min read October 3, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Google Shuts Down ComparisonShopping Site to Focus on Future Innovations

first_img Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Google is shuttering Google Compare, its U.S. comparison-shopping site for auto insurance, credit cards and mortgages after one year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.The quick reversal is a setback to the Alphabet unit’s efforts to use its enormous reach to provide consumers with niche shopping services and financial-services tools, the Journal said.The company said in an email to its partners on Monday that Google Compare’s U.S. and U.K. services would start winding down this month and terminate on March 23, according to the Journal.Google said the service didn’t meet its expectations and that the company will now focus on AdWords and future innovations, the paper reported citing the email.Google could not immediately be reached for comment outside U.S. business hours.(Reporting by Eric Beech in Washington and Vishal Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler and Gopakumar Warrier) Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 23, 2016last_img read more

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The Global Three piece Cans Market is poised to grow strong

first_imgBig Market Research Market Reports has announced the addition of the “Global Three piece Cans Market: Industry Analysis, Opportunity Assessment; 2019 – 2024“report to their offering.SummaryICRWorld’s Three piece Cans Market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability.The industry report lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.A sample copy of this premium research report is available @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3234057#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kGlobal Three piece Cans Market: Product Segment AnalysisFoodDrinkDryChemical ProductsSpraysGlobal Three piece Cans Market: Regional Segment AnalysisUSAEuropeJapanChinaIndiaSouth East AsiaThe Players mentioned in our reportBallCrownArdagh GroupDS containerBWAYCCL ContainerColepNussbaumMassilly GroupEXALTUBEX GmbHGrupo ZapataHUBER Packaging GroupTAKEUCHI PRESSAlltub GroupEurosprayBharat ContainerLinhardtTIN_CAN PackingPERFEKTÜP AEROSOLCPMC HOLDINGSAESTARChina Aluminum CansLAYAShengyaCorner AerosolShandong MeiduoQiaotou JiankeGuangzhou SihaiYongjiaInquire for Discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3234057#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal Big Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail [email protected] Three piece Cans Market last_img read more

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Bali airport reopens but volcano still spewing ash

first_img Share Tags: Indonesia, Travel Alert By: Stephen WrightSource: The Associated Press Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Bali airport reopens, but volcano still spewing ash  KARANGASEM, Indonesia — The airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Wednesday after an erupting volcano forced its closure two days ago, but the country’s president said the danger had not passed and urged anyone within the mountain’s exclusion zone to get out “for the sake of their safety.”Volcanic ash reaching 25,000 feet (7,600 metres) in the air began drifting south and southeast of Mount Agung, leaving clean space above the airport for planes to land and take off, said airport spokesman Arie Ahsannurohim.The airport, which handles more than 400 flights a day, had closed Monday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands of people trying to enter or leave the popular vacation destination. Thick ash particles are hazardous to aircraft and can choke engines.Despite the all-clear from authorities, flights are unlikely to rapidly return to normal levels and a change in the direction of the ash or a new more powerful eruption could force the airport’s closure again.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered all concerned ministries and agencies, as well as the military and police, to help Bali’s government deal with the disaster.“I hope there will be no victims hit by the eruption,” he said.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyAuthorities have told 100,000 people to leave an area extending up to 10 kilometres (6 miles) in places from the volcano as it belches grey and white plumes. Nearly 40,000 people are now staying in 225 shelters, according to the Disaster Mitigation Agency in Karangasem. But tens of thousands more have remained in their homes because they feel safe or don’t want to abandon their land and livestock.In the village of Tulamben inside the exclusion zone, farmers were plowing their fields with cattle Wednesday, seemingly unbothered by the smoking mountain behind them swelling with orange lava.In Sukadana village, about 8 kilometres from the crater, a few remaining residents said mudflows of volcanic debris and water had passed through the area for a couple of days before solidifying.Some stranded tourists managed to get off the island before the airport reopened, but they faced an arduous journey involving crowded roads, buses, ferries and sometimes overnight waits in yet another airport in Surabaya on the island of Java.“This is a very unforgettable experience for us. So much hassle and definitely one for the books,” said Sheryl David, a tourist from Manila, Philippines, who arrived Saturday in Bali with three friends and was supposed to leave Tuesday. She remained stuck in a third airport on Wednesday in the capital, Jakarta, waiting for a flight home that required buying a new ticket, but said the experience didn’t dampen her feelings about the island.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“Yes, still a paradise,” she texted.The volcano’s last major eruption, in 1963, killed about 1,100 people, but it is unclear how bad the current situation might get or how long it could last. A worst-case scenario would involve an explosive eruption that causes the mountain’s cone to collapse.“An analogy would be the twin towers collapsing in New York on 9-11,” said Richard Arculus, a volcano expert at Australian National University. “You saw people running away from the debris raining down and columns of dust pursuing people down the street. You will not be able to outrun this thing.”Indonesian officials first raised the highest alert two months ago when seismic activity increased at the mountain. The activity decreased by late October, and the alert was lowered before being lifted to the highest level again Monday.Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has more than 120 active volcanoes. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Groups save more at Sandals Beaches with new ACV promo

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations, Sandals Resort Travelweek Group Share MONTREAL – Air Canada Vacations and its partner of over 30 years Sandals &Beaches have teamed up to offer an exclusive new group promotion, the likes ofwhich hasn’t been seen since 2013.Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, said that the company “has not put an offerlike this out since 2013” and that it’s a “great opportunity [for agents] to book theirgroup customers into one of Sandals or Beaches’ fabulous properties.”The promotion runs until June 7, 2018 for travel from May 14, 2018 through Dec.20, 2020. Passengers in ever sixth room will fly and stay free (restrictions apply).This offer is valid for all group types including incentive and wedding.In addition, groups booking with ACV and Sandals & Beaches will receive: unlimitedgolf at select resorts; $1,500 Premium wedding perks; $500 future travel credit fortheir next vacation; no deposit wedding for 90 days; free upgrade to Business Classfor the bride and groom; free Island Routes excursion; and the chance to earn10,000 ACV&Me Bonus points, a value of $100 (valid for the first 25 groups only).More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaSandals Resorts can be found in Antigua, Bahamas (two properties), Barbados,Jamaica (seven properties) and Saint Lucia (three properties). Each resort offersbeachfront locations, a choice of à la carte restaurants, premium brand wines andspirits, luxury accommodations, butler service in top-tier suites, water sports, andRed Lane Spas.Beaches Resorts are located in Jamaica (two properties) and Turks & Caicos. Eachresort features land and water sports, anytime gourmet dining and luxurious family-friendly suites. Children of all ages can participate in kids camps, while teens canenjoy video games, the Liquid nightclub and Scratch DJ Academy. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 last_img read more

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The Tico Times releases the most accurate election poll – and predicts

first_img Facebook Comments The Tico Times released Wednesday night — right before election campaigns closed — the most scientific poll of the 2014 campaign season. Our model concludes that National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya and Broad Front Party candidate José María Villalta will head to a runoff after this Sunday’s election.Our forecast shows ruling party candidate Araya receiving 31 percent of the vote, Villalta picking up 25.2 percent, Libertarian Movement candidate Otto Guevara getting 19 percent and Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís tallying 14.5 percent.The Tico Times is too small to conduct its own survey. So how did we end up with the guaranteed most accurate poll of the election? It was incredibly simple. We aggregated the data from the other trustworthy public polls out there, and averaged them.It took us 10 minutes of basic arithmetic to develop our forecast. We took the recent polls by UCR and CID-Gallup and a mid-January poll by UNIMER for our data. Aggregate polls, while not necessarily performing better than the best poll, should outdo the typical individual poll.As polling expert Nate Silver explains in “The Signal and the Noise”, his book on probability and predictions:Across a number of disciplines, from macroeconomic forecasting to political polling, simply taking an average of everyone’s forecast rather than relying on just one has been found to reduce forecast error, often by about 15 or 20 percent.That’s it. Now our model isn’t as sophisticated as other election prediction gurus. We’re amateurs, but we feel quite confident that our poll will perform better than the rest. Though it still might not perform all that well.We recognize the limitations with the first ever Tico Times poll. The forecast only had three polls to take data from, and the methodology used by these polls even could affect results. For example, we know that the UCR poll only surveyed people with landlines. Since younger people tend to not have landlines, younger voters might have been surveyed less in the UCR poll. (A move that in recent history might favor left-leaning candidates like Villalta and Solís),So we feel confident in our prediction, though there are some clear limitations. But instead of suppressing our data like one notable publication has done, we’ll explain our analysis and concerns.Let’s start by looking at the third and fourth place candidates.Libertarian Movement candidate Guevara has failed to gain ground during the campaign’s final months. Polls actually have him going backwards after a strong end of 2013. After aggregating the polls, we see Villalta has a better chance of overtaking Araya than Guevara has of surpassing VIllalta and moving into second place.A recent spike for center-left candidate Solís has encouraged his base. The enthusiasm seen from his followers on social media finally started to show in the final week of polling. However, a wide gulf still separates Solís from second place Villalta.Here’s another way to look at it: Araya is closer to earning 40 percent of the vote — which would prevent a run off — than Solís is to surpassing Villalta AND forcing a runoff with Araya.And despite the CID-Gallup poll, putting Araya on the verge of a first round victory it still remains more probable than not that a runoff will be necessary.In 2010 the polls did underestimate the Citizens Action Party candidate. Though in that case, late endorsements likely propelled the 2010 candidate to a strong finish.What about undecided voters? Polls showed a high number of undecided voters — nearing 40 percent of respondents.The Tico Times forecast does NOT include voters who were undecided or said they would not vote for a candidate. One of the main limitations of these Costa Rican surveys is that pollsters did not push undecided voters to indicate if they were leaning toward a candidate.If polls showed that undecided voters leaned toward Solís then that would alter our forecast in his favor. If undecideds leaned toward Araya, he might have a chance to win outright on Feb 2. Unfortunately, our knowledge of undecided voters is blank.Yes, like La Nación speculated, the number of undecided voters could mean the election results could vary widely from polls — but this is unlikely. The odds of even a slim majority breaking for one candidate seem small. Instead, with our lack of knowledge about the undecided voters, it’s best to divide those votes evenly among the candidates.That takes us right back to where we were at the beginning. With four days to go until the elections, our forecast indicates Araya and Villalta as the most likely result on Election Day.We invite you to make your own conclusion. Here is a chart of the 14 polls released since August.Dashboard 1 Learn About Tableau Related posts:UCR poll: Araya, Villalta, Solís neck-and-neck as campaigns close Luis Guillermo Solís and Johnny Araya head to April 6 runoff after close Costa Rica vote The real communist threat in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s two top political parties agree to runoff presidential debate, with or without candidateslast_img read more

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Costa Rica police seize 170 wild animals from German tourists luggage

first_imgUpdate: A more thorough revision of the animals by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) put the final count of animals at 235 adults and 203 tadpoles. Of the adult animals 184 were frogs, 42 were lizards and 9 were snakes. SINAC also corrected the name of the arrested man. Police previously reported that his last name was Maciej.Original story (with name correction) continues below:San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport is often busy, but it became a zoo on Tuesday when police discovered 170 live animals in the luggage of a passenger headed to Panama.According to police, the 31-year-old German Maciej Oksrora was behaving suspiciously before his check-in at the airport, prompting airport officials to search his bags. Inside, they found frogs, snakes and lizards concealed in plastic bags and take-out food containers. Maciej put lettuce leaves in each of the containers presumably to feed his collection of hungry reptiles and amphibians. The suspect failed to present proper paperwork to transport the animals and was arrested. According to Costa Rican law, Maciej faces fines up to 40 times a monthly salary, or one to three years in prison.He was turned over to the local prosecutor’s office, where the investigation continues. The 31-year-old German planned to check the luggage containing the creatures. (Courtesy of the Public Security Ministry) Facebook Comments Related posts:German tourist busted at Costa Rica airport smuggling 400 animals is released with no fine Caught in the act: After turtle poacher fails to appear in court, police find him returning from another hunt PHOTOS: Authorities seize 442 turtle eggs in 2 days Ojochal beach besieged by turtle poachers, biologists saylast_img read more

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Land reform Paraguays ticking political bomb

first_img Sponsored Stories ___Associated Press writers Pedro Servin and Belen Bogado in Asuncion, Paraguay, contributed to this report.___Follow Peter Orsi on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Peter_Orsi Yet during four years in office, Lugo achieved little meaningful reform.“It’s amazing how that land question again has become the Achilles’ heel of Paraguayan politics and of this government in particular,” said Miguel Carter, a Paraguayan political scientist specializing in South American land issues at American University in Washington. “Symbolically, the fact that this massacre of 17 people triggered this onslaught is telling.”Agriculture keeps the tiny economy of landlocked Paraguay sputtering along. The two largest exports are soy and beef, and the farm sector last year generated nearly 30 percent of the government’s annual revenues of $8 billion.Yet with big agribusiness dominant, the average countryside dweller sees little of that wealth. Between 74,000 and 300,000 people are landless, according to varying estimates. Paraguay is the region’s most unequal in land concentration, trailing countries like Brazil, where land problems are at least cushioned by a more industrialized economy.In Paraguay, the imbalance dates back to around 1870 when the country began unloading terrain to pay off a crippling war debt. The selloff sped up under strongman Gen. Alfredo Stroessner’s 1954-1989 rule, when large agribusiness took hold and 8 million hectares (20 million acres) passed to private buyers, many of them friends of the regime. Associated PressASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – Along Avenida Republica in downtown Asuncion stands the gleaming facade of the $20 million Legislative Palace, where well-tailored congressional aides on their cellphones come and go and armed police guard the legislature that just impeached one president and installed another.Across the street, a trash-strewn tent camp dominates a public park where residents of a shantytown scheduled for demolition have been protesting for the last year and a half. Pigs and dogs root in the dirt, as flames lap at the grate of a rudimentary cooking pit. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Lugo gets credit for sincerely wanting to lift the rural poor, and for publicly legitimizing discussion of fishy land transfers. He also funded programs to distribute seeds to poor farmers and teach them about fighting crop disease and raising livestock.But in 2010, just 30,000 titles were granted under land reform, according to Eugenio Alonso, who then oversaw the land agency.The president couldn’t implement land reform quickly because the government didn’t have any land under its control to distribute, said Luis Aguayo, leader of Paraguay’s largest landless movement group with about 60,000 members. “But he was advancing, administratively, to recover terrain controlled by the big landowners.”But at the same time, during Lugo’s administration police launched 300 operations to clear invading protesters from private holdings.Now his successor, former Vice President Federico Franco of the Liberal Party, has to make land reform a central issue of his own foreshortened term, which ends August 2013. Franco on Wednesday ordered the Agriculture Ministry to conduct the national land survey as quickly as possible, saying a solution to Paraguay’s agrarian problem is “long-awaited.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Colorado leader Horacio Cartes denied the impeachment was a power grab, saying his party was motivated by Lugo’s “bad governance.” There is “only one way for the Colorado party to return to power: by winning the 2013 elections,” he said.Only belatedly, after one of Lugo’s appointees was immersed in scandal, did he order a clean-up at the agency responsible for land reform.“The idea was to recover lands that Stroessner fraudulently gave to his friends and families,” said Belarmino Balbuena, leader of the Paraguayan Peasants’ Movement. “That idea couldn’t move forward because the courts put the brakes on any attempt to recover them, in compliance with laws that protect the rich, not the poor.”With a 1.8 percent annual population growth rate, small plots of land can’t sustain large families and the industrial sector is too small to absorb the overspill. So many peasants migrate to construction jobs in places like Buenos Aires, or to shantytowns in Asuncion.“It’s this model of development that has become a curse on Paraguay. It concentrates land, it doesn’t lead the country to industrialization, therefore it creates large segments of the population living in poverty,” said Carter, the American University political scientist. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 0 Comments   Share   The post-Stroessner constitution gives lawmakers wide leeway in checking the president. With weak support in congress against strong conservative opposition, the 61-year-old Lugo apparently never felt confident enough to push comprehensive land reform.He also didn’t keep promises to hold a nationwide survey to untangle an out-of-date land registry in which many titles vastly understate the amount of land controlled by large soy and cattle farms. By some accounts the listed holdings exceed the country’s total square acreage. In some cases, multiple people lay claim to the same land and in others owners have apparently illegally claimed adjacent terrain as their own.Lugo also lost budget battles that could have funded land acquisitions. During his administration, Congress passed Paraguay’s first income tax, but delayed its implementation until 2013, just months before Lugo’s term would have ended. An agreement struck with Brazil to triple the amount of energy it pays for energy from a shared river dam to $360 million annually, but Congress kept tight control of the windfall.Against strong opposition and impeachment talk that swirled long before his recent troubles, Lugo “never was up to tackling what was Paraguay’s biggest social problem,” said Alfredo Boccia Paz, a Paraguayan political columnist. But he acknowledged that “If he had done much more, he probably would have fallen sooner.” The stark contrast tells the story of a divided people living under the same red-white-and-blue-striped flag.In one Paraguay, GDP has risen for three straight years and tony nightclubs and steak dinners are commonplace. In the other Paraguay, comprising more than half of the country’s 6.5 million people, putting food on the table is a daily struggle and home may be a dirt-floor shelter with no electricity, toilets or running water.The political crisis in this South American nation is grounded in the tensions between the landed and the landless, which came into sharp relief June 15 when a clash over disputed property left 17 people dead and provoked the impeachment a week later of President Fernando Lugo.But the roots of the crisis stretch back 140 years, and prevail through an intractable pattern that keeps about 1 percent of the population in control of 77 percent of arable land, while 55 percent of Paraguayans are poor and 31 percent live in extreme poverty by a U.N. count.Paraguay’s poor hoped they had found their savior when Lugo, the bearded and sandal-clad “bishop of the poor,” won the presidency in 2008 on campaign promises to deliver land reform, ending the conservative Colorado Party’s six decades of single-party rule.last_img read more

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Suicide bombers attack restaurant in Somalia

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Magnitude61 earthquake hits Indonesia

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of GOLDEN, Colorado (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has been recorded in Indonesia.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has no warning in effect.The Geological Survey report says the quake hit 197 miles (318 kilometers) east of Dili, East Timor, just after 1730 GMT.The quake’s depth was recorded at 11 miles (18 kilometers).Indonesia is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Top Stories (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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GOP trade chief will yield to Dems on jobs program funding

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019center_img WASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s top Republican on trade says he’s willing to concede to Democrats on a key jobs program.Republican congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says the jobs program can be funded without cutting Medicare’s budget. cbcThe concession could make it easier for House Democrats to back the president’s trade agenda.At issue is Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program in the trade package that helps workers displaced by trade agreements. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Democrats reacted angrily to a Senate-passed bill that would partly pay for the program by cutting Medicare.Ryan says there are plenty of other ways to pay for the program and says he thinks the House can resolve it without sending the bill back to the Senate.Ryan chairs the Ways and Means Committee.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Oranges pullout from Israel gives lift to boycott movement

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — French telecom giant Orange SA’s declaration that it wants to cut business ties with Israel has given a boost to the burgeoning anti-Israel boycott movement while also drawing a sharp rebuke from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.The move bodes poorly for Israel at a time of growing international anger over its West Bank settlements and could potentially put almost any Israeli company in the crosshairs of the boycott campaign. It also has illustrated just how deeply intertwined Israeli settlements are with the rest of the country. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday that Washington would continue to oppose “inappropriate one-sided criticism against Israel.” But he said this job would be harder to do because peace negotiations are not taking place.“Talks were always the most effective tool to beat these efforts,” he said. “So if we don’t have any talks now, and most of the world doesn’t think they will take place anytime soon, how can we fight boycott, sanctions and delegitimization, and how can we keep two state solution realistic?”___Associated Press writers Daniel Estrin and Ian Deitch in Jerusalem and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches With Richard’s comments, Orange appeared to becoming the largest and best-known company to yield to pressure from a global movement calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.Israeli officials say the so-called BDS movement is not out to promote peace, but instead aims to “delegitimize” the country’s very existence as a Jewish state. They point to the grassroots BDS movement’s support for millions of Palestinian refugees to return to ancestors’ homes in what is now Israel. Israel rejects the “right of return,” saying it would end the country’s character as a Jewish and democratic state.In a statement issued in Paris, Orange said it sought to clarify that it wants to pull out of Israel for business reasons, not political ones.The company said it doesn’t want to maintain a presence in countries where Orange itself is not a phone provider, and that the move is “in conformity with its brand policy.” Orange said it “has no reason to take part … in a debate of a political nature.”Other Israeli officials also denounced Richard’s comments.Culture Minister Miri Regev called on the French government to “show zero tolerance for anti-Semitism.” She also urged Jewish customers of Orange in France and around the world to drop their service and switch carriers. But virtually any Israeli company could come under scrutiny. Israeli banks, for instance, have branches in settlements and lend mortgages to residents. Israeli gas stations and supermarkets operate in settlements, and every major company is likely to employ someone who lives in a settlement.Isaac Benbenisti, the incoming chief executive of Partner Communications, said he was “outraged” by Orange’s decision. “The story is not a story about Partner and Orange. The story is a story about the state of Israel that is under a worldwide attack, mainly in western Europe, by sources that want to hurt us,” he told The Associated Press.As Netanyahu faces growing pressure to re-launch peace talks, he must now also search for a formula that can address the world’s anger over the settlements while keeping his new government intact. The narrow coalition is dominated by pro-settler hardliners who oppose Palestinian independence.Since winning re-election, the Israeli leader has tried to backtrack on a campaign statement that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state on his watch. Earlier this week he renewed a call to restart peace talks without any preconditions. But so far, few leaders appear to be taking him seriously. In an Israeli TV interview, President Barack Obama said the international community remains skeptical. Netanyahu responded angrily on Thursday, calling on “the French government to publicly repudiate the miserable statement and miserable action by a company that is under its partial ownership.”The remarks came a day after Orange’s chief executive Stephane Richard said he would end his company’s relationship with Partner Communications Ltd. “tomorrow” if he could, but that he was bound by a contract for the time being. He cited the company’s sensitivity to Arab countries. Partner licenses the Orange brand name in Israel.Richard’s announcement caused uproar in Israel.“The absurd drama in which the democracy that observes human rights — the state of Israel — and which defends itself from barrages of missiles and terrorist tunnels, and then absorbs automatic condemnations and attempted boycotts, this absurd drama will not be forgiven,” Netanyahu also said.Pro-Palestinian activists in France have been pushing for Orange to end the relationship over Partner’s activities in Israeli settlements. The settlements, built on land the Palestinians want for a future state, are seen as illegitimate by the international community. “The boycotters of Israel are not looking … to partition the land of Israel, but to erase the state of Israel,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said this week. “This is anti-Semitism under a new guise.”The BDS gains have accompanied an official Palestinian campaign of targeting Israel in international institutions like the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. Last week, Israel fended off a Palestinian attempt to kick it out of the global soccer body FIFA.The Palestinians say such tactics are necessary after more than 20 years of failed peace efforts. The Palestinians claim the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip — lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war — for their state. With more than 550,000 Israelis now living in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, they say that time is running out for a two-state solution.“The Israeli reaction to the boycott movement means that our political movement began to affect them and to scare them,” said Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official.Partner was targeted because it keeps communications equipment in the West Bank that serve Jewish settlers. It also “sponsored” Israeli military units that took part in last year’s Gaza war by giving soldiers discounted service. Many local companies have similar partnerships in Israel, where military service is mandatory. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The French government, which did not immediately comment on Richard’s announcement, has good relations with Israel and accusations of anti-Semitism are a sensitive issue — especially in the wake of attacks by Islamic radicals who killed 17 people in a kosher supermarket and a satirical newspaper in January. France is home to Western Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities and has sought to maintain good ties with Israel’s government as well as Arab allies.At the same time, the BDS movement has been active in France, and staged a protest at Orange’s annual shareholder meeting last month. Activists have also called attention to activities in Israel of French companies Danone, L’Oreal, hotel chain Accor and energy company Veolia.Orange, one of the world’s largest telecom companies, provides mobile phone services in about 30 countries. It says it has about 200 million customers worldwide, and declared revenue last year of 39 billion euros ($44 billion). The French government holds a roughly 13.5 percent stake in Orange.The BDS movement has been showing increasing signs of traction. Several high profile artists have canceled performances in Israel and the movement has also become increasingly popular on U.S. college campuses. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Nun who took on Mother Teresas India charity mission dies

first_img KOLKATA, India (AP) — The Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity died early Tuesday, the organization said. Sister Nirmala Joshi was 81.Her health had been declining in recent days, the charity said, but did not give more details about the cause of her death.She was selected to lead the Roman Catholic charity six months before the death of its founder, Mother Teresa, in 1997. She remained its leader, or Superior General, until stepping down in 2009. That year, she also received India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in honor of her service to the nation. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Men’s health affects baby’s health too People pay tribute as the body of Sister Nirmala, who succeeded Mother Teresa, as the head of Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by the later is kept at the St.John’s Church in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The 81 years old nun died in Kolkata early Tuesday. (AP Photo/ Bikas Das) She was born to Hindu parents in 1934 in the northern Indian city of Ranchi, now the capital of the state of Jharkhand, before India had gained independence from the British Empire. She reportedly converted to Roman Catholicism after being educated by Christian missionaries and learning of Mother Teresa’s work.Indian politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi praised her work for the poor in the eastern city of Kolkata, where the charity is based.“Sister Nirmala’s life was devoted to service, caring for the poor and underprivileged,” Modi said in a statement, adding that he was “saddened by her demise. May her soul rest in peace.”West Bengal’s highest elected official, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said in a Twitter message that “Kolkata and the world will miss her.”A funeral was planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the charity’s Kolkata headquarters, called the Mother House.Mother Teresa received the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her charity work and is considered a candidate for Catholic sainthood.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Australia says Vietnamese asylum seekers could be sent home

first_img Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories Comments   Share   The Western Australian state government on Tuesday confirmed that a police boat intercepted the asylum seekers at sea and watched over them until a navy ship arrived.Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton would release no details of the asylum seekers or their circumstances on Wednesday, citing a government policy of secrecy surrounding its responses to such boat arrivals.But he said his government would strike a second diplomatic deal this year with Vietnam to send Vietnamese boat arrivals home if they prove not to be genuine refugees.“If it is safe to do so and we have met our international obligations and we don’t owe people protection, then those people will go back to their country of origin,” Dutton told reporters.“People who seek an economic outcome are not true refugees and just because somebody is on a boat does not mean that they are a refugee,” he added.Rights groups complained that Australia secretly held a group of 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers on a warship at sea for almost a month and rejected their refugee claims during interviews that took as little as 40 minutes before returning them all to Vietnam in April.United Nations refugee agency questioned whether refugee applications can be properly judged at sea. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Doan Viet Trung, a member of the human rights group Voice Australia, said the mother of a 16-year-old boy among the latest asylum seekers had told him from Vietnam that around 45 people were aboard the boat. They left Binh Thuan province on July 2 on their 5,200 kilometer (3,200 mile) voyage to Australia.Doan said he did not know the detail of their refugee claims. But the asylum seekers included fishermen whose boat had been sunk by the Chinese near the disputed islands. The 11 fishermen were rescued by another Vietnamese fishing boat, he said.The fishermen had requested Vietnamese government protection to return to the Spratlys, but none was offered, Doan said.Voice Australia has called for the Vietnamese refugee claims to be process on mainland Australia rather than at sea.Asylum seeker boat arrivals from Southeast Asia have all but halted since in the past two years since the government began turning back boats and refusing to resettle people who pay smugglers to bring them to Australian shores.Asylum seekers who are not turned back are usually sent to detention camps run by Australia on the Pacific island nations of Nauru or Papua New Guinea.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said on Wednesday that a boat carrying dozens of Vietnamese asylum seekers intercepted close to the northwest coast could be sent back to Vietnam.Some fled Vietnam after their fishing boat was sunk by the Chinese navy near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, a refugee advocate said.A wooden boat carrying men, women and children was spotted by the crew of an oil tanker on Monday within Australia’s offshore oil and gas fields off the northwestern port of Dampier. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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Not happy Boeing I want my aeroplanes earlier Qatar CEO

first_imgSpeaking candidly on British television last week Akbar al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, expressed his displeasure over the delays over at Boeing as well as the manufacturer’s treatment of clients.Currently Qatar Airways has firm orders for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and options for 30 more, and with a delay of two and a half years, the carrier won’t see its first Dreamliner until at least the end of 2011.“We gave them an ultimatum to accept our conditions because of the continuous delays that they’ve been having and I had to put them on notice,” said Mr Al Baker to the BBC’s HARDtalk program.“My ultimate to them was because I want my aeroplanes earlier than they were wanting to give.  And we had prepared a termination notice to them if they wouldn’t have met our requirements.”He adds that Boeing did eventually meet the carrier’s new requirements and had agreed on a delivery schedule that was “convenient” for Qatar.But threatens, “If it slips… I’ll cancel the order.”“If this is the way they treat customers, as they tried to treat us but were not successful, they will not only lose me but they will lose others too.”One of the fastest growing carriers in the world at the moment, Qatar flies with a fleet of 72 aircraft and has orders for over 150 more. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG9351.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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Hawaiian Airlines accelerate purchase from Airbus

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Hawaiian Airlines have accelerated the delivery of an Airbus A330-200 by two years to assist with plans for new international routes to Asia.The airliner set to arrive in the second quarter 2013 was pushed forward to fourth quarter 2011, as Hawaiian Airlines prepare nonstop flights between Honolulu and Tokyo, Japan and South Korea.  “Having recently announced new service to Asian and recognise that further opportunities for new flights may develop in the next year we have been fortunate to be able to accelerate the delivery of one of our A330’s on very short notice,”  Hawaiian Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Mark Dunkerley said. The airline is due to receive ten new airlines over the next four years with two already in use since June for flights between Hawaii and Los Angeles.Hawaiian Airlines said the A330-200 was selected because the airliner carries 294 passengers and is equipped for “longer operating range allowing flights from Hawaii to Eastern Asian and North America”. Until 2011 Hawaiian Airlines will continue using the B767 aircraft seating 264 passengers.last_img read more

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Rail Plus boosts agents commission

first_imgRail Plus on the right track Rail Plus will offer Australian travel agents booking The Ghan, Indian Pacific, The Overland and The Southern Spirit more base commission, the company has announced. A booking on one of the four Great Southern Rail journeys will now earn agents a ten per cent commission, an increase of three per cent on the previous rate. According to Rail Plus national sales and marketing manager Greg McCallum, the move reflects the growing importance the company places on domestic rail journeys. “Last year Rail Plus saw the number of Australian passengers experiencing a local rail adventure grow by 10 per cent,” Mr Callum said. “This year we expect that figure to increase even more dramatically.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Growing Asian market calls for more seats

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Qantas announcing its plans to operate A380 services to and from Hong Kong acknowledges that Asian markets are vital to the Australian tourism industry, said Australian Tourism Export Council managing director Felicia Mariani.Recent data has indicated a 22 percent growth in the China market over the last 12 months and the decision to commence A380 services to and from Hong Kong next year is a “great investment” for tourism, Ms Mariani said.“The A380 service will not only provide a premium airline offering to a highly discerning market, but it will also add around 20,000 seats a year to this important route from Asia,” Ms Mariani said.Ms Mariani explains with the airline currently operating 12, A380’s in their fleet, Australia will from the 15th January next year be in a good position to embark on fierce global competition.“These new services will provide additional capacity on key growth routes for Australia in the all-important Eastern markets.  In addition, this new capacity provides daily direct services from Melbourne to London (via Singapore) and Melbourne to Los Angeles.”Ms Mariani added these direct daily flights from Melbourne along with the increased capacity announced by Qantas for the Sydney/Dallas route shows there is demand from these markets.“The increased capacity will allow us to respond with competitive airfares and easy access to our destination.”Ms Mariani said despite the recent slowdown from markets like North America and the UK reported for the middle of this year, there was still over 450,000 visitors from the United States and 615,000 visitors from the UK arriving into Australia.The role for the Industry now is to leverage these new opportunities and turn the interest and awareness to travel to Australia into visitation, Ms Mariani added.last_img read more

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JTB Corp acquires Tour East Group

first_imgJapan travel specialist, JTB Corp. has announced the acquisition of Tour East Group from Holiday Tours and Travel, the group’s main shareholder.The move comes in an effort to enhance the development of Inbound Business within the Asia Pacific Region by acquiring the group in five different countries and will give Japan’s largest tour operator control over the entire Tour East operation in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia, where Qantas is a share holder.The Thailand arm of Tour East was not purchased due to the 51 percent rule on local ownership preventing the sale, although negotiations are underway.“The agreed acquisition with JTB will put Tour East on the path to further expansion and growth, as JTB’s brand and reputation will enable Tour East to enhance its business proposition to customers through enhanced global reach, technology, and more comprehensive products and service offerings,” Tour East said.JTB Corp. says it is driving the global strategy to strengthen the inbound business infrastructure by taking this opportunity, in order to obtain the expanding international tourist arrival numbers through promoting the global inbound business strategy for the Asia Pacific Region.According to JBT Corp., the details of the business development after completion of the acquisition are as follows:–          JBT Corp., will enhance the Inbound Business Platform within the Asia Pacific Region with the Tour East brand–          JTB Corp. will enhance the product development and distribution at each destination.–          JTB Corp. will enhance the purchasing and procurement power by combining the quantity handled by JTB Group and Tour East Group.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

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The Mountain Collective announces Thredbo as first international partn

first_imgThe Mountain Collective announces Thredbo as first international partner resortThredbo, Australia’s premier snow resort, has today been announced as the first full international partner of the Mountain Collective, a collaboration of 16 of the best independent ski resorts in North America; including iconic destinations Whistler Blackcomb, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, AltaSnowbird, Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Village, Sun Valley, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, and now Thredbo.The news is perfect timing for Australian skiers and snowboarders looking forward to the upcoming Australian winter who also have an eye on skiing in North America during the 15/16 snow season. The Mountain Collective offers the ultimate flexibility for customers to take advantage of great local conditions and overseas trips.“We are thrilled to have been invited to join the Mountain Collective as the first international member of this collection of North America’s most impressive destination ski resorts. Among Mountain Collective’s criteria for membership, is to be the best in breed in our destination so to have the endorsement of some of the best global ski brands underpins Thredbo’s positioning in the Australian market. Thredbo’s membership delivers great value for our premium season pass holders, many of whom ski in the northern hemisphere in our summer and will hopefully introduce more skiers and snowboarders to Thredbo’s slopes by virtue of the complimentary days on offer to Mountain Collective pass holders” said Thredbo General Manager, Jordan Rodgers.“Thredbo is widely considered to be the finest mountain resort in Australia and their customer base aligns well with the other leading destinations in the Mountain Collective. Expanding our presence in key global markets, such as Sydney, with strong partners like Thredbo ultimately benefits skiers and riders in Australia,” said Christian Knapp, vice president of marketing, Aspen Skiing Company.For further information, visit www.thredbo.com.auSource = Thredbolast_img read more

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Gender diversity starts with culture says IHG

first_imgIHG Future Leaders intake for 2016It’s a corporate Australia-wide issue that representation of females in leadership is far exceeded by their male counterparts.Whilst the hospitality industry is not immune from the challenge, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) is investing in company culture to build a more sustainable model for gender diversity into the future.IHG COO Australasia & Japan, Karin Sheppard – the most senior authority in the region and a product of IHG’s global opportunities having held senior roles in the Middle East, Asia and Europe – acknowledges the gender gap in management level, particularly hotel general managers.Karin Sheppard, IHG COO Australasia & Japan“This is an industry-wide challenge; to create a more diverse workplace and encourage more females into general manager roles,” Ms Sheppard said.“It can be difficult to balance commercial realities with contemporary life – women often take time out from their career for family responsibilities, but it is the responsibility of employers to adapt and create an environment and culture that acknowledges these considerations.”IHG have implemented the most generous paid parental leave in the hospitality industry in Australia offering six weeks paid leave after two years employment which is increases to 12 weeks as tenure grows – valid across 80% of its hotels and at corporate office level. As a result around 95% of women return to IHG after parental leave.“There is an even gender representation on the AMEA Regional Operating Committee which Australia and New Zealand forms part of, with similar levels in my local leadership teams,” Ms Sheppard said.“This year we had a very encouraging 70% intake of women in our Future Leaders program which identifies high potential talent – all of which have expressed a desire to become General Managers in the future.”The 2015 Workplace Gender Equality report indicated that IHG’s gender pay gap is lower than both organisations of the same size and the accommodation/food service sector overall.Despite the progress Ms Sheppard believes there is more to be done.“As we mark International Women’s Day it is important to celebrate some of the significant progress made to date.  Our aspiration is to create a culture that embraces diversity at all levels of the organisation and we remain committed to achieving this,” she said.IHG are set to open over ten hotels over the next three years in Australasia and in a competitive environment for sourcing talent, the company is focused on investment in its employees.“A strong diversity agenda is critical to the continued success of our business, as we seek to attract the strongest pool of talent to sustain the growth expected in this region,” she said. InterContinental Hotels GroupSource = InterContinental Hotels Grouplast_img read more

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Manly Beach named Australias top beach

first_imgBeachfront best value hotel nearby: QT Bondi, from $317 per night on TripAdvisor6. Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas, QLDStretching over four miles of white sand and glistening water, reviewers say Four Mile Beach is “one of the most iconic beaches in tropical north Queensland”. Travellers can expect warm waters, tropical weather and a coastline fringed with palm trees at the main beach of Port Douglas. Swimmers are advised to stay within the netted area which keeps the section of the beach free of sharks, crocodiles and jellyfish. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Quest Manly, from $261 per night on TripAdvisor2. Surfers Paradise Beach – Surfers Paradise, QLDSurfer’s Paradise Beach is one of Australia’s most iconic and visited tourist attraction, known for its “crystal clear waters” and “great sandy beach”. Reviewers recommend it as a picnic spot and taking a stroll down the esplanade for the magnificent city skylines. Vigilant lifeguards keep the beach safe and ensure that beach-goers swim within the safe zones. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, from $376 per night on TripAdvisor5. Seven Mile Beach – Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Firefly Beach Cottages, from $85 per night on TripAdvisor9. Bavaro Beach – Bavaro, Dominican Republic Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Compass Point Dive Resort, from $315 per night on TripAdvisor6. La Concha Beach – San Sebastian – Donostia, Spain Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Peppers Soul, from $326 per night on TripAdvisor3. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, QLDStretching over seven kilometres, Whitehaven beach is the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. The beach gives a whole new meaning to soft, white sandy beach with 98 percent pure white silica sands, making it “one of the purest in the world”. Travellers highly recommend making a climb up to the Hill Inlet lookout for views of “swirls of pure white sand, crystal turquoise water and little islands of coral reefs around it”. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Pier House 60 Marina Hotel, from $370 per night on TripAdvisor8. Seven Mile Beach – Negril, Jamaica Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, from $175 per night on TripAdvisor8. Mooloolaba Beach – Mooloolaba, QLDMooloolaba Beach is the one of the safest of the Sunshine Coast beaches as its north-facing location ensures near-perfect and safe water conditions all year round. The gentle waves makes the “beautiful and clean” beach popular for swimming, boogie boards and body surfing. A favourite among families, the rock pools along the beach have “all sorts of interesting creatures for children to observe safely”. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Beco de Noronha Pousada, from $375 per night on TripAdvisor3. Varadero Beach – Varadero, CubaTripAdvisor is unable to offer information about accommodations in Cuba at this time, due to restrictions on travel to Cuba.4. Eagle Beach – Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Burleigh Mediterranean Resort, from $352 per night on TripAdvisor10. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, WAExperience “turquoise waters and white sand” at Turquoise Bay, one of Western Australia’s most beautiful beaches. The beach is within metres of the renowned Ningaloo Reef making it the perfect spot for snorkelling amongst a rich biodiversity of marine life including “colourful corals and fishes, octopuses and see turtles.” The bay is also popular for drift snorkelling, where beachgoers swim out to the reef on the southern end of the beach and let the current wash them north to the sand bar.Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, from $163 per night on TripAdvisorTop 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in the World:1. Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Peninsula Boutique Hotel, from $352 per night on TripAdvisor7. Cable Beach – Broome, WACable Beach is said to be “one of the most scenic beaches in the world”, with its rich red ochre dunes, white sand and clear turquoise waters. Named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889, the beach remains relatively uncrowded even during the peak season between May and October. A “must-do on everyone’s bucket list”, travellers can relax over beers whilst watching the sun set into the Indian Ocean. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Ports of Call Resort, from $341 per night on TripAdvisor2. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra, from $217 per night on TripAdvisor7. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Netanya Noosa, from $342 per night on TripAdvisor5. Bondi Beach – Sydney, NSWWorld-renowned Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s most popular beaches, located just eight kilometres or a short bus ride away from the city centre. Visitors to Sydney’s famous eastern shoreline will be delighted with Bondi’s “lovely sweeping curve”, “mesmerising waves” and lively sun seekers. Travellers recommend going on a coastal walk from Bondi to Congee to be “rewarded with great scenery and a pleasant walk”. Manly Beach named Australia’s top beachManly Beach named Australia’s top beachTripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice® awards for Beaches in Australia and the world.For the first time, Sydneysiders’ favourite Manly Beach took the #1 spot in Australia whilst six beaches in Queensland made it into the Australia top 10 list. Globally, the gorgeous Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos was rated as the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor reviewers.“There are few things that Australians love more than a day out at the beach and for those planning a beachside getaway before summer officially comes to a close, TripAdvisor has identified the top award-winning beaches across Australia,” said Grant Colquhoun, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “We have also listed top-rated nearby great value hotels that will enable travellers to enjoy a fantastic beachfront holiday.”Member for Manly James Griffin said this accolade is well-deserved recognition for what is now officially Australia’s best beach. “Manly is loved by locals and visitors from across the globe so it’s no surprise to see our beach named the number one beach in the country, thanks to its stunning coastline, waterside bars and restaurants, picturesque walking tracks and direct access by ferry from Sydney’s CBD,” Mr Griffin said.“Manly attracts around 2.3 million visitors each year and with the inaugural Vissla Sydney Surf Pro kicking-off this weekend, now is the perfect time to visit our beautiful beachside suburbs.”Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Beaches in Australia:(Excerpts in quotes below from TripAdvisor reviewers)1. Manly Beach – Sydney, NSWComing in first is nothing new to Manly Beach – it was first beach in Australia to allow daylight swimming in 1903, hosted the world’s earliest surfing championship back in 1964 and now taking the number one spot. Reviewers say it’s a “must-see” when in Sydney and travellers can take the ferry service from Circular Quay and spend the afternoon taking in the “breath-taking” views or strolling along Corso, for plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach Resort, from $191 per night on TripAdvisor9. Burleigh Heads Beach – Burleigh Heads, QLDLocated on the Southern end of Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads is famous for its “perfect” surfing conditions and laid back Australian atmosphere. Loved by locals and tourists alike, the beach is a great spot for swimming in protected waters. It is also close to Burleigh Head National Park, where travellers can “spot some wildlife and capture great scenic shots of the coastline”. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island, from $304 per night on TripAdvisor4. Noosa Main Beach – Noosa, QLDHome to one of Noosa’s best surf locations, Noosa Main Beach is “great for first time surfers” thanks to its “gentle waves and plenty of life savers”. As one of the very few beaches along Australia’s eastern coastline that faces north, the waters are warm and calm most of the year around. Travellers can head to the nearby Hasting Street, a vibrant area with cafes, bars and restaurants, after a day of relaxation under the sun. Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Ocean Blue & Sand, from $257 per night on TripAdvisor10. Playa Norte – Isla Mujeres, Mexico Beachfront best value hotel nearby: Hotel Bucaneros Hotel & Suites, from $114 per night on TripAdvisorTripAdvisor has awarded 355 beaches overall, including the top 25 in the world and local lists for Asia, Europe, Africa, South Pacific, South America, Middle East, Caribbean, Central America, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the U.K. and the U.S. Award winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.For the complete list of Travellers’ Choice Beach award-winners for 2018, as well as the latest reviews and candid traveller photos, visit www.TripAdvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches Travellers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #TravellersChoice.Source = TripAdvisorlast_img read more

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India signs bullet train deal with Japan

first_imgIndia has signed an agreement with Japan for the development of its high-speed rail network. The deal was formalised during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s three-day state visit to India which also yielded deeper defense ties and a plan for civil nuclear cooperation.Under the terms of the agreement, Japan will support the development of India’s first high-speed rail link, which will connect Mumbai with Ahmedabad. The deal formed part of a US$12 billion rail support package for India, which takes the form of a low-interest loan.“I cannot think of a strategic partnership that can exercise a more profound influence on shaping the course of Asia and our interlinked ocean regions more than ours. This enterprise will launch a revolution in Indian railways and speed up India’s journey into the future”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The deployment of Japanese bullet train technology on the 505km Mumbai-Ahmedabad line is expected to slash the eight-hour rail journey down to just three hours.last_img read more

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Georgia MLS First to Adopt LPS reInsight System

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Lender Processing Services (LPS),””:https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG14675.jpg” alt=”center_img” /> Share Georgia MLS First to Adopt LPS reInsight Systemlast_img

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FirstTime Continuing Jobless Claims Continue to Drop

first_imgUnemployment,First-Time, Continuing Jobless Claims Continue to Drop Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-03-14 Mark Lieberman First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell 10,000 to 332,000 for the week ending March 9, the “”Labor Department””:https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG11843.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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FirstTime Jobless Claims Spike to 4Month High

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Home Prices and the Middle Class

first_img For the majority of homes, buying is cheaper than renting. But as home prices rise faster than incomes and mortgage rates slowly head upwards, the question of national affordability becomes ever more germane.Compared to the longer-term past, homeownership still looks relatively affordable as home prices remain undervalued and mortgage rates remain near historic lows. However, affordability for the middle class in some areas of the nation is becoming problematic.In a blog post, Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko notes that certain discrepancies do arise, specifically along the coasts, for middle-class homeownership.Kolko explains his methodology of defining what counts as “middle class” and what counts as affordable before breaking down nationwide trends: Affordability is based on whether a home’s monthly payment, which includes mortgage, insurance, and property taxes, was less than 31 percent of the surrounding metro’s median household income. The designation “middle class” is fluid, dependent upon each metro’s local median household income.Kolko found that the middle class is getting priced out of California but finds more success in the Midwest. In fact, in 80 of the 100 largest U.S. metros, most of the homes for sale are within reach of the middle class.In the most affordable housing markets, more than 80 percent of homes are within reach. Akron, Ohio, tops the list at 86 percent of homes affordable for the middle class. “The 10 most affordable markets include eight in (or near) the Midwest, plus the southern markets of Columbia, South Carolina, and Little Rock, Arkansas. Five of the top 10 are in Ohio,” Kolko writes.Indeed, the top three metros for affordability include Akron, Toledo, and Dayton, Ohio, each sporting percentages above 80 percent of homes as affordable for the middle class in May 2014.Seven of the 10 least affordable markets reside in California. Not surprisingly, the rest of the top ten is rounded out by New York City; Fairfield County, Connecticut; and Honolulu, Hawaii. San Francisco remains on top as the least affordable city in the nation, with only 14 percent of homes for sale in San Francisco affordable to the middle class, despite higher median incomes.Education also plays a factor, affecting income, which in turn directly reflects one’s ability to afford a home.”Household income is strongly correlated with education. Median household income is $33,500 for households headed by someone with a high school degree or less, $49,300 with some college or an associate’s degree, $77,500 with a bachelor’s degree, and $100,000 with a graduate degree,” Kolko commented.He notes that the higher the education of a metro’s population, the more homes will be available for purchase with a median income: “Take the Washington, D.C., metro area as an example: for a high-school-or-less household, just 23% of homes for sale are affordable, compared with 75% for a bachelor’s-degree household and 83% for a graduate-degree household.”Furthermore, the supply of available homes matters, with lower affordability markets experiencing a low supply from a lack of new construction, driving prices upward and out of the range of middle class families.For America’s most expensive markets to come down in price, there would have to be a subsequent drop in demand or an increase in construction. Cities like San Francisco, south Florida, and parts of the Northeast are geographically limited by their availability to construct new homes, and thus, are inherently limited in their ability to construct new homes, according to Kolko.Unfortunately, his conclusions aren’t exactly great news for the middle-class family looking to purchase a home in more expensive markets. “In all, today’s unaffordable markets are likely to stay unaffordable. A collapse in demand is nothing to wish for; geographic constraints are nearly impossible to change; and strong political forces make building regulations difficult to relax,” he writes. Home Prices and the Middle Class Home Prices Housing Affordability Housing Starts Housing Supply Trulia 2014-05-16 Colin Robins Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News May 16, 2014 443 Views last_img read more

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Kevin Kolb has done none of these things. However, if Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt does indeed decide to go with Skelton September 9 when the season opens against the Seahawks, he will essentially be ending Kevin Kolb’s career as an Arizona Cardinal.At least, he should be.Two years ago the Cardinals were in a similar situation, as Coach Whiz decided Matt Leinart was not the guy to lead the team into the future. The decision to go with Derek Anderson was bad, but the fact was once it was made there was no going back to Leinart.The job was supposed to be his, and the second he lost grasp of it there was no way to even fake confidence in him going forward. Should Anderson struggle or get hurt the coach and team would have to profess faith that the former Heisman Trophy winner could do the very job no one thought he could do just months before. It wouldn’t work, which is why the coach decided it would be best to just sever ties with the QB rather than keep him on the roster as the backup.The same would have to be done for Kolb, right?As I wrote in my column Monday, going with Kolb first leaves the option of turning the keys over to Skelton should the need arise. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The news came as a shock. Sort of.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that John Skelton is the favorite to win the Cardinals QB job. This is the same Adam Schefter who first brought up the idea that the Cardinals may part with Matt Leinart in September 2010, so it’s safe to say he may have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in Arizona.Skelton, of course, has outplayed Kolb in the preseason, if only by a small margin. He’s shown improved accuracy, a good feel for the pocket and an ability to take a hit, get up and go again. It would be easy to justify the move should Kolb struggle or get injured, and there would be no harm, no foul. However, go with Skelton and there is no backup plan that can involve Kolb. It was his job to lose, and he would have lost it. And if history is any indication, the starting QB role isn’t the only job he’s about to lose. – / 20 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald seemed incredulous that the question was even asked.“How can you be over-confident after scoring three points in a game,” he said when asked if the Bills’ struggling defense could present a different kind of challenge for the Cardinals offense. “How can you? That’s not the attitude we have right now. “We have the we have to prove ourselves attitude and we do. After putting a bad performance like that on national TV we have a lot that we need to improve on, and we need to go out there and show that we’re capable of executing at that level.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “We have to do a better job this week of paying attention to the details and preventing those long passes,” he said.The Bills are averaging 23.6 points per game, which places them 15th in the NFL but nearly five whole points ahead of the Cardinals. And while Fitzpatrick gets a lot of the attention, their two-headed monster at running back of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller has given Buffalo the fifth-best rushing offense in the league. In other words, the Bills can move the ball in a variety of different ways.“They give you a number of different looks,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’s kind of a different offense from what you see, the conventional type.” The “bad performance” Fitzgerald was speaking of was Arizona’s 17-3 loss to the Rams last Thursday, a game where the offense tallied just 282 total yards. It led to Arizona’s first defeat of the season, and while it counts as just one loss, it has led many to wonder if Arizona’s offense will ultimately be its undoing.Which is why, really, the idea that the Cardinals could be over-confident against anyone — even the NFL’s 31st (out of 32) ranked defense — seems somewhat preposterous. But Arizona’s defense is a different story. They should be feeling pretty good about this game, right? After all, the Bills were just held to three points by the San Francisco 49ers, and come into their game against the Cardinals having turned the ball over 13 times in five games, which is the third-worst total in the NFL. Not exactly.“They’re very explosive,” Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson said of the Bills. “They spread the field out, create space, and just have their athletes in space trying to make plays.”Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson agreed with the idea that the Bills are explosive, pointing the fact that while Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick may be third in the NFL in interceptions thrown (8), he’s also third in touchdown passes (12). Many have come on big plays, which is something the second-year pro said the Cardinals need to do a better job of defending. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals are getting more global recognition, but this time it’s not about the team’s win total, it’s about Arizona’s worth as a franchise.In a list created by Forbes, the Cardinals rank 42nd among sports teams worldwide and are valued at $1.54 billion, with a one-year uptick of 54%.As a whole, the NFL had 27 teams included in the list, while seven came from MLB and eight came from both the NBA and European soccer. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) celebrates his touchdown catch with Jaron Brown (13) against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Comments   Share   A big factor in the increased value could be from the team’s sellout streak since moving to Glendale. Since being built in 2006, the Cardinals have sold out all 104 games in University of Phoenix Stadium.Winning could help, too, as the Cardinals did not crack the top 50 last year after losing in the Wild Card Round, but made a jump this year after reaching the NFC Championship Game. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills’ helmet isn’t befitting of its mascot.That appears to be a scaled fish with teeth rather than a Buffalo.The Bengals’ and Broncos’ helmets stick to their mascots but in a dreamscape sort of scenery, though Denver’s helmets also includes a bear, an eagle or falcon — two other NFL mascots, by the way — and salmon.The Eagles and the Buccaneers get our vote for best of show.As for the helmets that are just too far out there, the Raiders’ silly pirate helmet is in the running for most hilarious, but the New York Giants’ “I love N.Y.” theme takes the cake.Check out the rest of the helmets in this album here. With the NFL taking Monday Night Football’s Raiders-Texans matchup to Mexico City, the league is tapping into the local culture.The NFL asked Mexican artists to reimagine helmets for every team in the league, and the Arizona Cardinals’ look maintains the red birds’ aggressive look.Might the artist who painted the Cardinals helmet be a Ball State alumnus?The look is clean and it’s one of few of these that could actually make for a standard helmet. Many of the other helmet reimaginations are quite extravagant compared to your usual gameday helmets. Take, for example, the Tennessee Titans’ tops, which … just look. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Every week, “Vinny and Skinny” will break down the Arizona Cardinals’ previous game and look ahead at their upcoming matchup.In Week 3, the Cardinals fell 28-17 to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, while the injuries to the offensive line continued to mount. Offensive lineman Alex Boone is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after suffering a partially strained pectoral injury in Monday’s contest.“I think they dodged a bullet there,” said Mike Jurecki on the timeline of recovery. “It’s got to be more difficult for an offensive linemen with just being able to punch and use your hands.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Options include seven nights cruising Castles along the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam on Uniworld’s Super Ship Antoinette priced from just $2,969pp cruise only; or discover the best of Europe on a grand journey from the North Sea to the Black Sea on the Ultimate European Journey, 24 nights of travel and indulgence from just $14,039pp cruise only, a saving of over $4,000pp.In keeping with the world’s best theme, Uniworld has partnered with two of the world’s most-awarded airlines for this promotion, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways.Fiona Dalton, Managing Director for Uniworld Australia, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been voted #1 River Cruise Line for the second year running by the readers of Travel & Leisure.“This is a very prestigious global award and since we firmly believe that a celebration is best shared with others, we’re inviting Australians by way of this amazing offer to experience our truly unique ships and the Uniworld difference, first hand. With the depth and breadth of itineraries available and our commitment to continue to elevate the river cruising category with four new super ships launching in 2020, this is certainly the most enticing offer we’ve ever released for a pre-season sailing period,” Dalton said. Travellers can take advantage of this offer and experience two of Uniworld’s newest super ships due to launch in 2020, including the S.S. São Gabriel in Portugal on the Portugal, Spain and the Douro itinerary, or explore Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy while cruising on the S.S. La Venezia. These completely reimagined and relaunched floating boutique hotels will feature the signature touches and distinctive themes the company’s ships are known for – more suites, more dining venues and more luxurious finishes, while maintaining their high crew to guest ratio.Guests of Uniworld can expect impeccable personalised service, intimate and beautifully designed ships with original artwork from the old masters, farm to five-star dining onboard, unlimited premium wines, spirits, on-board entertainment; and over 80 exclusive excursions to choose from such as cycling, golf and gourmet foodie walks.The offer is available for new bookings made before 16 August, 2019 in conjunction with 2020 European itineraries departing between 1 March and 15 November 2020.For more information visit uniworld.com or call 1300 780 231. Go back to the e-newslettercenter_img Go back to the e-newsletter In celebration of being acknowledged as #1 River Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure in its annual ‘World’s Best Awards’ for the second year in a row in 2019, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is inviting travellers and cruisers alike to experience the very best of European river cruising with an incredible promotion to Europe for 2020.For a limited time only, and with 22 European voyages available, Uniworld is offering Australians the chance to tailor their deal with a choice of three amazing offers:Fly free in Economy including air taxes and save $1,000pp or,Fly Business Class from $2,999pp including air taxes or,Save $2,000pp for cruises 10 days or less and save $2500pp for cruises 11 days or more, when arranging one’s own flights.*This offer is available on all stateroom categories and is also combinable with an early payment discount of up to 10% for bookings paid in full within three days.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedBrits cite lack of money as main reason for not travelling moreBrits cite lack of money as main reason for not travelling moreMore Brits prepared to splash out while on holiday this yearOver a third of British holidaymakers travelling on flights abroad this summer intend to spend more money on their break.Banned on board: Christmas gifts you can’t take on a flightTis the season to visit a Christmas market, call on far-flung relatives, or maybe even fly somewhere a little bit warmer. But, you might want to make sure that cabin baggage restrictions and customs regulations don’t ruin Christmas. Here’s a complete guide to what Christmas items are banned on board… Are you travelling abroad this Christmas and New Year?Do you want to be with your family at Christmas or escape them?Take our Christmas Travel Survey now!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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first_imgRome, Italy – Hotel de Russie, the Rocco Forte Collection’s stylish hotel in the heart of Rome, is offering guests the opportunity to visit the cultural event of 2010 in Italy. The Scuderie del Quirinale Museum is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Caravaggio with an exhibition of the great master’s most important and representative work. The exhibition will run from February 18 to June 13, 2010.Drawn from museums and galleries all over the world, the paintings include the Bacchus from the Uffizi, David with Goliath’s Head from the Galleria Borghese, the Musicians from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and The Supper at Emmaus from the National Gallery in London. The paintings will be accompanied by in-depth commentaries that place them in historical context, and chronicle Caravaggio’s complex artistic development and revolutionary approach to naturalism.The 18th-century Scuderie del Quirinale—the former papal stables directly opposite the main entrance of the Palazzo del Quirinale—was remodeled in the late 1990s by architect Gae Aulenti and reopened 10 years ago as a venue for exciting, temporary exhibitions. It sits on the highest of Rome’s seven hills and has stunning views over the city.In celebration of the Caravaggio exhibition, Hotel de Russie is introducing a special Caravaggio package, which includes tickets to the exhibition, a copy of the official exhibition catalog, a two-night stay in a double classic room (with upgrade subject to availability) and daily buffet breakfast.The Caravaggio package starts from €1,221 ($1,775) including VAT and is based on two people sharing a double classic room for a minimum two-night stay. The package is valid from February 18 to June 13, 2010.For more information visit www.roccofortecollection.comlast_img read more

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center_img FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2017 file photo Young Thug attends the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball in New York. Police say the rapper was arrested in Los Angeles after officers found a concealed firearm inside his car. Officer Drake Madison says Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, the rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was booked on a weapons possession charge. He was being held on $35,000 bail. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) last_img

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TORONTO — Catherine OHaras beloved Schitts Cre

first_img TORONTO — Catherine O’Hara’s beloved “Schitt’s Creek” character, former soap-star Moira, has inspired many a meme on social media with her outlandish outfits, prima donna behaviour and hilariously dramatic elocution.O’Hara explained the development of the diva in an interview with The Canadian Press. Catherine O’Hara explains the development of a ‘Schitt’s Creek’ diva, Moira Actor Catherine O’Hara of the television show Schitt’s Creek is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CBC-Steve Wilkie MANDATORY CREDIT ON MOIRA’S OUTLOOK ON LIVING IN SCHITT’S CREEK:“Moira is not letting go (of her past life),” she said. “Moira gets involved with (town) things like Jazzagals but not with any kind of agenda. It’s just like, ‘What, you think you can sing? No, no, no.’ Or ‘What? You’re going to direct the play? No, that would be me.’ Or ‘You’re going to run things in town? No, not if I have anything to say about it.’“It’s not with any plan to stay involved, it’s just more out of a desperate sense of competition.” DOES O’HARA SOMETIMES SLIP INTO THE CHARACTER OF MOIRA?“Oh, way too much, but especially if I’m defending her — and I have to defend her quite a bit,” she said with a laugh. ON MOIRA’S OVER-ENUNCIATION AND USE OF ARCHAIC WORDS:“I’ve met people in my life who speak in a way and with an accent that has nothing to do with what you know of their history but you don’t dare question it. It’s like, ‘OK, all right, I guess you’re French now, OK,’” said the Toronto-born Emmy winner and “SCTV” alum, whose films include “Beetlejuice,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show” and two “Home Alone” films.“Like any insecure actor … Moira had to believe that she was capable of so much more than just being a soap-opera character, that she has so much more potential. So that sadly comes out in most of her conversations.” by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 7, 2019 9:26 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ON MOIRA’S WILD OUTFITS:“Oh my lord, I’ve had the best,” O’Hara said. “They always look wilder when I’m walking the streets of ‘Schitt’s Creek.’ That is the silliest, when we go on location.“But Daniel (Levy) has always said, because we dress this way, you don’t have to verbally remind the audience of our past life. It’s just a great visual reminder of who we were and who, Moira for one, still thinks she still is.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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