Kazakhstan to host Syria talks involving Iran Russia Turkey

first_imgNur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Kazakhstan said Tuesday it will host fresh talks on Syria on April 25-26, backed by Iran, Russia and Turkey as they eye an end to the eight-year conflict. Delegations from the Syrian regime and armed opposition groups are expected to participate along with representatives of the three guarantor states, Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry said in a statement. The United Nations and Jordan would attend as observers, it added. The situation on the ground in Idlib will be on the agenda of the talks, as well as “confidence-building measures” and the distribution of humanitarian aid. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe talks will be the first in Astana for the UN’s new Syria envoy Geir Pedersen, who took over from Staffan de Mistura in January. De Mistura seemed frustrated at the most recent Astana talks in November, ruing a “missed opportunity” to move closer towards a political settlement. Pedersen said that talks in Damascus Sunday with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem focused on a political settlement had been “substantial.” Russia, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has taken a lead role in diplomatic efforts through the so-called “Astana process” with Iran and Turkey that has largely sidelined UN diplomacy. The talks there began in January 2017. Last month the Kazakh capital changed its name from Astana to Nur-Sultan, although the former name is still being used for the talks.last_img read more

Morocco Strong Thunderstorms Expected on Saturday

Rabat – Morocco’s National Meteorology Directorate (DMN) has issued a special weather warning forecasting strong thunderstorms and heavy rainfall across the country from 3 PM Saturday until midnight.Heavy rains are expected in the regions of Al Haouz, Azilal, Benli Mellal, Kelaat Sraghna, Fquih Ben Salah, Marrakech and Chichaoua.Moderate thunderstorms were forecasted for the provinces of Meknes, Fez, Moulay Yacoub, Sefrou, El Hajeb, Midelt, Boulemane, Taourirt and Jerada. The rainfall is expected simultaneously hit with gust wind exceeding 50 km/h.Hail is expected to hit the region of Errachidia, Tinghir, Zagora and Ouarzazate.

Haiti UN peacekeeping mission condemns shooting of judge

Maitre Jean Carves, who has recently presided over kidnapping cases, was shot on Thursday, MINUSTAH said in a news release denouncing the attack as “unacceptable interference” with the authority of justice.“He is not the first magistrate victim of an armed attack,” said Danielle Saada, Chief of the Justice Section of MINUSTAH. “The crime must be denounced and punished,” added Ms. Saada. “The mission will provide its full support to the National Police so that the perpetrators are apprehended and brought to justice, the same justice they are trying to silence.” MINUSTAH also expressed its sympathy to Judge Carves and members of his family, while wishing him a speedy and complete recovery. 28 September 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today condemned “in the strongest terms” an armed attack wounding a judge from the small Caribbean country in an attempt to undermine justice. read more

Challenge to Parliament shutdown wrapping up at UK top court

LONDON — Britain’s Supreme Court is set to finish hearing a case that will determine whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law by suspending Parliament just weeks before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union.Judges at the country’s top court will hear Thursday from a lawyer for former Prime Minister John Major, who is among those challenging the decision by Johnson, one of his successors as Conservative leader.The government’s opponents claim Johnson sent lawmakers home until Oct. 14 to prevent them scrutinizing his plan to take Britain out of the EU at the end of next month, with or without a divorce deal.The government says the suspension is routine and not motivated by Brexit, and argues that judges should not interfere in politics.The Associated Press

UNbacked international forum delivers roadmap for Somalias future

“We commend the commitments made at the High-Level Partnership Forum to deliver a transparent and inclusive electoral process in 2016, to strengthen security and to accelerate the delivery of concrete results to the people of Somalia,” they said in a joint press statement issued today.The statement by the UN, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and the Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom, follows the two-day forum held in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, last week.Co-hosted by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, the forum reviewed the country’s progress in political, security and economic sectors.The press statement noted that the commitment to immediately start a national consultation to agree on an electoral process for a timely transfer of public office in 2016 is a positive step.“We also agree that the 2016 electoral process, based on inclusive consultations in the coming months, must represent an improvement on the 2012 process and be a steppingstone toward universal ‘one person, one vote’ elections,” it added.Somalia’s international partners will follow progress closely and will make decisive efforts to help the people of the country meet these deadlines.“Most immediately, we welcome the commitment to finalise by 15 August a detailed action plan for the national consultations on the 2016 electoral process,” said the statement, adding that such a plan should reflect the views of all stakeholders, in particular the Federal Parliament and the authorities in all the regional administrations.“We urge all parties to engage seriously and urgently in finalizing this work and then to play a full role in the national consultative process.”“Somalia’s international partners stated their resolve to the timely implementation of the commitments taken and agreements reached and to continue to support the goal of a united, federal and democratic Somalia, at peace with itself and the rest of the world,” said the statement.Last week, the Security Council authorized the Member States of the African Union to maintain the deployment of AMISOM until 30 May 2016, and extended the mandate of the UN Special Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) until 30 March 2016, underlining the importance of both missions strengthening their relationship to ensure support for the country’s political process. read more

Candeias accused of being disrespectful

first_imgRangers Football Club winger Daniel Candeias has been accused of being disrespectful by St. Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson.The Rangers winger was shown blowing kisses towards St Mirren fans during the team’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers on home soil, that caused a rift between Samson, Candeias and Saints defender, Anton Ferdinand.Referee Willie Collum showed the Portuguese midfielder a second yellow following an exchange with Ferdinand, a decision branded ’embarrassing’ by Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard.However, Samson shed some light on the events leading up to the dismissal when he suggested Candeias had shown a lack of respect towards a St. Mirren side sliding towards their seventh straight defeat.“When they scored the second goal he ran past and gave Anton (Ferdinand) a bit of stick, telling him to ‘shoosh’ and blowing him kisses,” said the 34-year-old keeper, according to Daily Mail.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“So when he ran past me I just sort of grabbed him and said: “Look, there’s no need to be so disrespectful … you’ve won the game so just go and celebrate with your team-mates.”“He agreed with me, and he apologised.”“But Anton wasn’t very happy with what was happening. I don’t know what happened between the two of them but I just thought Candeias was lacking a wee bit of class in doing what he was doing.”last_img read more

Premiers First 100 Days Report

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 4, 2017 – Providenciales – Budget Preparation – On December 15, 2016, General Elections were held in TCI. We were sworn in as the Government on December 20, 2016. On laying the Estimates for 2017/18 for TCIG and Statutory Bodies I reported that the newly sworn Government began its work right away and it was in fact on December 22nd and not the 29th as was reported in error yesterday. On the 22nd December,  I chaired a Capital Board Meeting with all Ministers and Senior Government officials present to receive an update on the performance of the capital program for the financial year 2016/17.A number of projects were earmarked for further consideration and further revamping by the newly elected government. It was noted that during the first nine months only a total of 12 capital projects were awarded and the total committed during this period was only $7.5m. It was then envisaged that during the last quarter of the year that a total of 63 projects costing $17.1, will have to be committed by March 31st, 2017. There was a total of 10 projects that were slated to be cancelled among which unfortunately was the removal of the boat at Governor’s Beach. This project was costed some two years ago at $2.5m but the Government since that time had allocated a mere $700k which was grossly insufficient and could not be used.Yesterday we celebrated the laying of the Proposed Budget 2017/18 and noted the accomplishment of having met all the debt sustainability indicators that were set out in the framework document agreed between the Governments of the United Kingdom and the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Thus, this budget did not require the approval of the UKG. The calls to spend wildly and widely were many but this would have affected the cash required to meet this feat.We met a large operating surplus but a challenged Project Program which saw millions of dollars tied up: monies that should be helping to stimulate the  Island’s economy.Immediately your Government embarked on getting tenders out and evaluations was carried out by our dedicated civil servants to the very end of the financial year. An aggressive Budget Circular was issued and Team Finance worked hard to ensure the new dates were met from FSPS approval to New Spend and Capital Program submissions to Challenge Meetings to extra Cabinet Meetings to the eventual laying of the Budget. I wish to again thank my Cabinet colleagues, my PS Finance, the Budget Team, the Permanent Secretaries, the CFO, the HODs, the Financial Managers and the Statutory Bodies for their efforts in realizing this goal.Yesterday we laid a Budget projecting a 6.2% increase over last year’s expenditure resting at $267.9m and a projected revenue estimate of $273.5 million which will be funded through existing revenue streams and a $20 million loan through the CDB or a Commercial Bank.Change Document and Throne SpeechWe came to Office on a mandate of Change and we contrary to the new, new  and even more destructive PNP, we have hit the ground running.  You will have heard Ministers give an account of their stewardship (and you can get use to this) and I will do so now on behalf of the Premier’s Office and the Minister of Finance.I begin by addressing the commitments made in the Blue Print and the Throne Speech:Your Government committed to the return of Team TCI and an Economic Summit.  This we did based on the premise that we could not imagine that any Government coming in after the Interim Administration period would not have created its own Policy for how they had wished for TCI to grow.  Truth be told, I met the Investment Policy Statement of the Interim Administration in effect and did not agree to proceed on this.  A consultant had been hired to carry out this work but was not engaged.  My Ministry began dialogue with the consultant and gave the direction and vision of your Government and I am  pleased to say that we are in possession of the White Paper which will be taken to Cabinet for input and then there will be consultation with the public and also during the hosting of the Economic Summit which will come. This Policy document is important as it says how we as a people wish to grow our country.  Team TCI also hinges on the way we market TCI and this will be formed following the Economic Summit.Supplementary Appropriation BillsThere were immediate needs and opportunities that presented itself that we could not ignore and so we were forced to bring 2 supplementary appropriation bills to address critical needs at HM Prison and the Home Help Program. We promised that we would expand home help and we did just that. We promised that we would address the needs of the Prison and we are doing just that. We have also to meet cost for detaining alleged poachers and of detaining and repatriating persons entering illegally by sloop. Your Government campaigned on growing TCIG’s assets and employing a strategy to reduce Government’s rents. We were presented with a year end decision to invest the monies wisely or allow it to go into a savings. It was a strategic decision and we moved a further supplementary as there was no budget in place to support the purchase of building already rented and occupied by TCIG. We subsequently made the decision to invest in the purchase of 2 Buldings that will house our Customer Care Center bring the change to services offered by Government through the Ministry of Border Control (Labour and Immigration), Road Safety of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Customs.  I wish to again thank Team Finance, the hardworking Yaa McCartney of the AG’s Chambers and my Cabinet colleagues who saw the wisdom in saving our Government over $380k per year which can be used elsewhere against other priorities.I have cause to travel on two occasions which were reported on before I left and on my return. I made representations on behalf of TCIG as promised on the matter of Post Brexit, SiPT Funding and Beneficial Ownership (which a live issue left unaddressed).Police Support Provided and Legislative Agenda ApprovedNational Security has been a priority for my Government from day one and my first trip to the UK as promised I made representations on the need for UK support. The UK responded favorably and contracted a team to assess our security needs. Whilst other OTs were included, we were among one of the first and we are grateful. The team came to the Islands and met with various stakeholders and we await the report. We await a response and we are cautiously hopeful. Nonetheless we must learn to sail our own ship and you will see if you looked at the Throne Speech, Blue Print and our 12 Point Plan that those points that are directly under our remit has made considerable strides:As promised, we have already agreed as a National Security Council the need for a Comprehensive National Security Strategy. This we believe is critical as we seek to share our limited resources in a most effective way by unifying efforts.  As promised, we have already met with the Senior Police Officers in Grand Turk and Providenciales and many ideas were shared and our vision was likewise shared.As promised we have already agreed to provide the Police with much needed equipment, laws and modern tools. The purchase of the Carlos Simmons Building is in support of providing the Police the space needed to house modern crime fighting initiatives and a more strategic approach to crime fighting. We have already agreed new vehicles, more manpower and a legislative agenda that will see the use of biometrics, fingerprinting, cctv and data protection, public order, matters addressing communication and a review of the Police Ordinance. The latter can be stated with assurances because this Good Government within its first 100 days has agreed a Legislative Agenda.Rehabilitation of OffendersWhilst we will provide the necessary resources for enforcement, we have also stated over and over again that prevention is critical and so is rehabilitation. We believed four years ago as we do strongly today and we must ascertain the reasons for crime and that we have done. I have spoken and met with a representative group of those who are incarcerated and those who were former inmates and I have concluded that unemployment, frustration and drugs are at the root of the majority of crimes. Your Government has therefore taken on a hands on approach and have already prepared an Information Paper for a national rehabilitation and prevention policy which will address skills, employment, entrepreneurship, health and rehabilitative programs for those incarcerated and those with criminal records who find it hard to find employment and support on release. In fact the Premier’s Office is already support the CED Entrepreneurship Training for inmates named Gateway To Hope and a separate Program for former inmates named Change Our Future. The public and the private sector will be clear and defined roles on how we can help to reduce the rate of reoffenders and this is near launch. We can no longer shun those who have already paid their debt to society and expect all to be well. We must also recognize the level of drug use in this country from our Schools and up. There are social issues that we must address head on and drug use and abuse is another.We committed to supporting the Police and we will do just that through our own efforts and through strategic crime fighting and modern tools all enveloped in a national security strategy. You will already have heard that as Premier I have elevated the Ministry of Border Control to national security level so as to change the mind set of workers and the public as to the seriousness of the work of this Ministry and our commitment to ensuring that we bring the much needed change to this Ministry in terms of resources and reputation.Meetings with Clergy and Church ServicesWe also committed in the Throne Speech that we would meet with the Clergy early and would have held Prayer Services around the Turks and Caicos Islands. This was included in the Throne Speech and today we can say Mission accomplished. We have heard from the clergy, taken our nation into prayer and forged valuable partnerships.We have paid keen attention to the leading sectors of this country and have met with the TCHTA and Chamber of Commerce in Providenciales and also the Chamber of Commerce in Grand Turk.Cruise SectorWe have also reengaged the GT Cruise Port/Carnival and moved pass an impasse in relationship between TCIG and Carnival Owners.  We are pleased to announce that we have already agreed to major infrastructural projects for GT from the stalled $6m Infrastructure Fund; A Vendors Stall and the rebuilding of the GT Library. I was pleased to have the initiative for the rebuilding of the library from the owners of Carnival in a well – received call to myself the morning after the fire. We are committed to engaging all businesses in this country for the greater good of our country.We have also met with vendors operating on GT and have encouraged the formation of associations and we are pleased to say that two associations have already been formed and will receive support from your Government.Financial Services SectorAs Minister of Finance I have met with the Financial Industry Association and the Chair and CEO of the FSC to share your Government’s vision for the sector. In our first 100 days we have revived an old project and altered its mandate, appointed leaders in the sector to assess the state of our financial services sector and to make recommendations for a path to growth. We eagerly await those findings as we remain committed to growing this sector and to diversifying the economy.Vision Document & Medium Term StrategyAs Minister of Finance we have agreed the continuation of the Vision Document and the Medium Term Strategy at TCIG’s cost. This will see the introduction of a National Development Plan. We promised a National Symposium and a national direction and this will be finalized by August of this year.Service ChargeAs Minister of Finance on assuming office, I was advised that the surveys on the matter of service charge provided to employers and employees were low in response and that the Statistics Act had to be employed to obtain responses. I have had to then revisit this topic and on March 7th had a letter remitted to the Committee to suspend activities until a new budget was prepared and mechanisms were put in place. Service charge is not a political issue and that is why we took the approach of bringing a motion as this caused government to use its resources to find the best way forward on this issue in a manner that did not see the benefactors losing any of their varied benefits. We are committed to this issue and works will commence on the passage of this Budget and consultations with all stakeholders will resume. I will also visit with and meet employees in the hospitality industry with particular emphasis on Hotels and Resorts.Review of Air BnB and VRBOs SectorThe Ministry of Finance has secured a consultant to conduct a review of Air BnB and VRBOs. This review is completed and a draft Report is in hand. We will update our people on this issue in the very near future.Business Transformation ProjectAs Minister of Finance I remain committed to delivering on the goals of the Business Transformation Project and as such we have reengaged the consultant to complete the much needed work in delivering efficient and modern service to the people of this country.Review of Statutory BodiesAs Minister of Finance and again in the Throne Speech we committed to a review of Statutory Bodies and I am pleased to say that we have met with all and will announce more in this area shortly.Climate Change CommitteeAs promised in our commitment to the environment and to be a progressive Government, we have reestablished the Climate Change Committee and have added Planning representation to the Committee as we deem this office presence vital.Highlights: A few Cabinet PapersWe have met the required number of Cabinet meetings with additional meetings to facilitate the early passage of the Budget and the saving of monies from this year end.We have already agreed as promised support for stalled projects and I am happy that the Minister of Tourism was able to report your Government’s support for the moving forward of a stalled Project in North Caicos known as the Royal Reef. We have also agreed a new Tourism Property Project for North Caicos. We have already approved the Development Agreement for the Toscana Project also known as  “The W Project”. After much complaints from a cross section of our people we have agreed a consultation for time change. As promised in the Change Document, we have already agreed the need the creation of a Policy Registry  to fulfill our promise for policy consistency. Having suffered loss from flooding over the years, we have agreed an increase in insurance coverage to include flooding etc.Beneficial OwnershipYour Government is working fast to meet the UK imposed deadline of June for the creation of a central registry. There will be more updates and dialogue about Beneficial Ownership in the weeks to come.TOLCOThough the Former Government had had even our agreement to repurchase the former TC Invest  loans sold to TOLCO, your Government had to revisit the matter, give instructions to sign the contract and facilitate the payment. We will actively move forward now in agreeing a mechanism for its management.National Savings FundWe have already agreed the creation of a national savings account called the TCI National Wealth Fund and this will be presented during the next session of the House of Assembly.Budget SessionI am pleased to announce today that the next Meeting of the House of Assembly which will be on April 18, 2017 and this will be the Budget Session.Concessions PolicyI have given the directive for the creation of a Concessions Policy, the tidying up of an already prepared Cabinet Paper to give an incentive to first time home owners and to implement a shift system for customs that will aid in improving services and revenue.Civil Service AssociationAs promised I have met with the CSA Representatives and I am only awaiting the executive to meet with public service.Caribbean Development Bank  and Overseas Countries and Territories AssociationOn assuming the Office of Premier and Minister of Finance, I have assumed the role of Chair of OCTA and Chair of CDB. We are moving ahead feverishly to receive dignitaries in the coming months to meetings on our shores.UK EngagementWithin the next few weeks we will continue the constitutional and crown land dialogue on our people’s behalf to the UK.New Employment Opportunities AppealI wish to close by making a public appeal. In this upcoming Budget there will be 100 vacancies and there will be over $60m in projects. We need you to position yourselves to take advantage of the opportunities. We especially want persons to apply for the 18 new Police and the 10 new Prison Officers and the 8 new Immigration Task Force Officers. We must get serious about national security and protecting our country. I will in a few days announce meetings with local contractors that will be coupled with training for the tendering and bidding process.It is your Government’s role to provide the opportunities: It is up to you to take advantage of them.Happy 100 Days Turks and Caicos.Happy 100 Days Colleagues!We are well on our way!!!!!! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Fight against oil spill continues in Willamette

first_imgThe Washington Department of Ecology on Saturday continued to monitor a spill of bunker fuel from a ship taking on fuel Friday near Kelley Point at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers.The spill occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Friday as the 590-foot vessel Transcenden Time was taking on fuel from an adjoining barge.A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman reported that the fuel was being discharged out of an overflow pipe, then flowed over the deck and into the Willamette. The ship’s crew plugged the scuppers on deck to contain the spill, Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said Friday.last_img

Dragon Quest Walk is Square Enixs answer to Pokemon Go

first_img Comment Tags Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go If you’re hungry for another Pokemon Go-like experience, Dragon Quest Walk won’t be your only option. Niantic, the developer behind Pokemon Go, is developing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. It’s slated for release by the end of the year.The Pokemon Company meanwhile, is focusing on our shut-eye. Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of the Pokemon Company, said last Tuesday that Pokemon Sleep will “turn sleeping into entertainment.” Pokemon Sleep is set for release in 2020 and will work with a device Nintendo is calling the Pokemon Go Plus Plus, a peripheral that will help track your sleep and monitor sleep patterns. Along with Pokemon Sleep, The Pokemon Company also unveiled a follow-up to Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. It’s coming to Nintendo Switch and a cloud-based service called Pokemon Home that links your phone and Switch so you can grab your Pokemon and chuck them all together.  Meanwhile, the last we saw of Dragon Quest was Echoes of an Elusive Age, the 11th main game in the franchise. It was originally released in Japan on the Nintendo Switch and 3DS in 2017, with a worldwide release for the PlayStation 4 last September.  The 56 best Android games of 2019 News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime Pokemon Go Share your voicecenter_img Mobile Gaming Dragon Quest Walk. Square Enix Last week Nintendo announced Pokemon Sleep, reasoning that it could gamify sleeping like Pokemon Go gamified walking. But it looks like Square Enix thinks walking still has some, uh, mileage.The company on Sunday announced Dragon Quest Walk, an iOS and Android addition to the iconic JRPG series. The reveal trailer showed little gameplay, but, with its depictions of 3D Dragon Quest monsters interacting with real-life humans, hinted at augmented reality (AR) functionality.Some of the little gameplay we did see looked an awful lot like Pokemon Go, seeming to involve a similar map-based interface. However, it does appear that Dragon Quest’s famous turn-based combat is present here.Dragon Quest Walk will be released in Japan this year. No worldwide release window was given. You can see the trailer below.  56 Photos How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one 1 Pokemon Go Nintendolast_img read more

Local corporation sues City of Utqiagvik to halt namechange

first_imgIn a motion filed with the State of Alaska, UIC alleges voters in Utqiagvik were led to pass a flawed measure with potentially major fiscal repercussions.A local native corporation is suing the city formerly known as Barrow, demanding it halt the official name-change to Utqiagvik. At least for now.Listen NowThe official switch from Barrow to Utqiagvik went into effect on Dec. 1, but city officials said they would hold off on changing any signs, letterhead, or anything else until the lawsuit is settled.The suit was filed Wednesday by lawyers representing Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation, or UIC. In materials submitted to the state court, UIC alleges the City Council voted to put the name-change on the October 4th municipal ballot “without providing the required notice to the Barrow public.” The filing also claims that after repeated requests, city officials have failed to provide any public notices or meeting minutes about the name-change ordinance from when it passed on August 25th, a possible violation of municipal rules.The main contention of the lawsuit is that the city council’s actions led to the “passage of a flawed law.”UIC asserts that “Utqiagvik”, which is translated as “the place to gather wild roots,” is a corruption of the name that appears in primary sources. The suit cites 1978 testimony from an Inupiaq elder that the indigenous name was in fact Utkqiagvik, which means “the place where we hunt snowy owls.” Because of the speed with which the city council passed it’s ordinance, knowledgeable elders weren’t consulted, according to the court filings.UIC, claims the change is costing the city money with a growing list of expenses to change signage, letter-head, and employee hours spent amending language in contracts. UIC says that’s at odds with the fiscal note attached the measure when voted on by area residents. According to an affidavit from former North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower the full cost for implementation could be in the millions.All of this is happening as the city council itself voted Nov. 30, to bring a potential repeal of the name-change measure before voters in January. According to the motion filed with the court, the council’s meetings this week were so well attended that extra chairs had to be brought into chambers — a stark contrast to the sparsely attended August meeting. After Wednesday’s meeting, a vote on whether to repeal the name-change measure is now scheduled for January 25th.The main contention of the lawsuit is that the city council’s actions led to the “passage of a flawed law,” and risks spending money to change signs, contracts, and seals that won’t be able to be recovered.Fannie Suvlu is the mayor of Utqiagvik, and presided over the ceremonial renaming earlier Thursday afternoon. She said the city appeared in court today, but it hardly settles the matter as it waits for judgement.“As far as money being spent on like changing signage around town I believe once we have a clearer idea of what’s actually happening in the court system I’ll have a better opportunity to address that question,” Suvlu said.Suvlu has also introduced an ordinance to the city council that would put the issue back before voters, asking whether they’d like to repeal to name change. She said that could appear during a special election in March.Utqiagvik city council member Qiayaan Harcharek said that members were disappointed that money was being spent by the local native corporation on the name issue.last_img read more

UBS Not Sure about Infosys Vision 2020

first_imgA global investment bank has expressed its doubts about Infosys’ ‘Vision 2020′, a five-year plan to increase revenues to $20 billion.While announcing its results for March quarter, Vishal Sikka – CEO of India’s second-largest software services exporter – said the company aims at boosting revenues to $20 billion from current $8.7 billion over the next five years. He added that Infosys will also try to improve employee productivity by 50 percent.UBS, on the other hand, says it is doubtful of the company’s capacity to achieve the target and sees it is as a “significant challenge”.”……it will entail substantial organisational change with a limited safety margin,” UBS’ analyst Diviya Nagarajan told The Economic Times in a client note on Wednesday.Bengaluru-based Infosys, once the leader of the country’s $150 billion IT sector, has been struggling to sustain its market share due to lack of innovation and high employee attrition rate.The Swiss bank says the IT major has to fully achieve its intended acquisition plans to reach the revenue target by 2020 “without further leverage”.”M&A is likely to be expensive; we estimate a payout of $6-9 billion with some balance sheet leverage,” the analyst said.The IT giant increased the size of its startup fund by five times to $500 million in January this year. Besides, Sikka has allocated $250 million for investments in Indian startups.The company has reportedly held discussions with software products think-tank iSpirt’s M&A team in April on “how to best tap into India’s software product ecosystem”.Further, Infosys’ pricing of its services to clients – which remained weak in recent years – could weigh on its revenue projections if they are revised down further.”We are concerned that Infosys’ comments on industry-wide pricing trends could be interpreted by its customers as willingness to lower prices, and/or set off a pricing war among vendors,” said Nagarajan.The company will most likely continue to face difficulties in retaining staff as many senior-level executives quit over the past two years. In March, Infosys announced an average salary hike of 6.5 percent as it faces the highest attrition rate among domestic IT firms.”In addition to changing the behaviour and mind-set of over 170,000 employees, the company also faces the task of motivating those working for ‘yesterday’s business’, as it now terms over 90 percent of its existing services,” said Nagarajan.UBS has a price target of ₹1,600 for the Infosys stock.last_img read more

Indian tech firm iYogi sued in US for unfair and deceptive business

first_imgiYogi, a technology support firm run by Indian-American Vishal Dhar, is facing a lawsuit from Washington State for “unfair and deceptive business practices that violate Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.” In a statement, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the lawsuit against one of the biggest independent tech support providers in the world, iYogi, and its President, Vishal Dhar, was “to stop a scam that uses deception and scare tactics to pressure consumers into buying unnecessary tech support services.”New York-based iYogi has 5,000 employees and has call centers in India, claiming to serve over 3 million customers in 11 countries. It provides subscription-based remote support for personal technological devices such as computers and tablets, said the statement.The state may seek up to $2,000 in civil penalties for each violation of the Consumer Protection Act and $100,000 per violation of the Computer Spyware Act. The number of victims are estimated to be in thousands and will be identified during the lawsuit, according to the statement.The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, also alleges that iYogi, as part of its ploy to coerce them into buying tech support services, induced consumers to install unnecessary software, in violation of Washington’s Computer Spyware Act.Nationwide, an estimated 3.3 million Americans suffer $1.5 billion in annual losses from tech support scams, according to the 16 December statement issued by the office of Attotney General Bob Ferguson.Modus operandiThe statement states the AG’s investigation revealed the tactics deployed by iYogi to sell “unneeded tech support services” to consumers, as listed below:In online ads, iYogi associates itself with major technology companies such as Microsoft, Apple and HP. When consumers call iYogi, the representative claims to provide tech support services on behalf of whatever company the consumer inquires about.After gaining remote access to the consumer’s computer, iYogi identifies benign but complex-looking files and claims the “infected files” harm the computer. iYogi misleads the consumer into believing he or she must download iYogi’s diagnostic software to fully identify the computer problems.iYogi then produces a diagnostic report on the consumer’s screen and claims there is malware or other serious defects. iYogi misrepresents the report by telling the consumer these infected files are harming the computer, when in fact the identified items are often routine programs that pose no threat.Once iYogi has alarmed the consumer, the representative proceeds to aggressively sell a tech support plan to fix the non-existent problems — 1 year for $140 or 5 years for $379. iYogi claims the plans cover tech support needs for the length of the contract.iYogi also informs the consumer the computer doesn’t have antivirus software and tries to sell the consumer iYogi’s antivirus software for up to $80, even if an existing antivirus is already installed.iYogi also states the consumer needs to update to the Windows 10 operating system, or the computer will be harmed, which it will not. iYogi uses this scare tactic to coerce the consumer into buying Windows 10 for $80, even though Microsoft offers the upgrade for free. The AGO investigation confirmed that iYogi identified such “problems” even on a computer with a newly installed operating system.  PTI quoted iYogi’s president Vishal Dhar as denying the accusations as “false and baseless” based on a statement issued to the Sun Journal.last_img read more

NPS or PPF which would work best for you

first_imgINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettySome investors today have become aware of NPS or the National Pension System. But a whole lot more already invest their money in PPF or Public Provident Fund. Convincing investors, who already use PPF, that NPS is a good option is much like telling Sachin Tendulkar fans that Virat Kohli is as good. Let’s see what are the major differences between these two products, both of which can be used to build a retirement corpus. The best part is you can use both products to get pension.Guarantee of returns – PPF, as we all know, is Mr Dependable. Why? Because PPF guarantees returns. People start investing in Public Provident Fund purely from a returns perspective. PPF gives 7.9 per cent at present. An individual can invest Rs 1.5 lakh per annum in PPF. The income is tax free. For anyone who is happy with a 7.9 percent return in a scenario where bank fixed deposits carry even lower interest rates, PPF makes sense. Plus, the interest income earned on a normal bank FD is taxable. Though PPF returns have been lowered over the years (it used to yield as high as 12 percent in 1999), PPF returns today must be in seen context of inflation. When inflation is 3-4 percent, the 7.9 percent from PPF when adjusted for inflation goes give you a good positive real rate of return. In contrast, when inflation was in double digits, the real rate of PPF return was probably negative even at 12 percent.Coming to NPS, there is no guarantee of returns. There is no implicit or explicit minimum guaranteed return under NPS. In this system, NPS helps make equity and debt asset classes available under a single platform. There is also an option to switch between them with varying allocations. The life stage option in NPS automatically allocates funds between assets as one ages. Since your money is invested in market-linked instruments, there is no cap for returns. Equities or stocks can give great returns when held for the long term.As per latest data from the NPS Trust, different NPS schemes have given between 9 to 17 percent since inception. The returns depend on how the fund managers use your money. But given that NPS is a government overseen scheme, fund managers can’t do monkey business with your money and have to invest in a proper fashion adhering to various stringent norms. Market sourcesIn practice, returns from NPS could be far higher than PPF. But there is a ‘if’. In case NPS returns are lower than PPF, you do not have any downside protection. So, for investors who value a guarantee much more, PPF is probably the best option. If you are not too obsessed with guarantees and are comfortable with market-linked returns, invest some money in NPS as well. There are no rules which state that you have to choose one over the other. In fact, if you combine both PPF and NPS you will be able to get good tax benefits that will lower your taxable income.Freedom to use the corpus at maturity – PPF and NPS are both products that can be used to get to a retirement corpus. In India, only government sector people get pension. The rest of us, the private sector mortals, have no pension. This is why the common man and woman need to save for their own pension. Both PPF and NPS can help you in this regard. However, the approach is different.In the case of PPF, the entire amount is given to you at the end of the maturity period. What you do with that money is nobody’s lookout. You can spend the entire money for something totally unrelated to retirement. Nobody is bothered whether you use the money as a monthly pension source or use the interest at all. The liability of the PPF authority ends as soon as the maturity proceeds are transferred to your account.In case of NPS, the approach is much more hands-on when it comes to maturity. Up to 60 percent of the maturity corpus can be withdrawn as lump sum on maturity in case of NPS at age 60. The remaining amount has to be compulsorily converted into annuity.If the subscriber exits NPS before 60 years of age, then only up to 20 percent of the corpus can be withdrawn and rest has to be converted into annuity.The compulsory annuity purchase is not without a valid reason. NPS is meant for giving you a pension, which is a regular income in your golden years (when you do not have any salary).However, as we have seen in real life, senior citizens often end up as lender of the last resort to younger people in the family. It could be for down payment of the house your son/daughter will buy, or a part of the education money required for your grandkid’s Ivy League degree. In many cases, the entire money for retirement could be used for a purpose that is not remotely linked to your post-retirement monetary needs. This is why compulsory annuity solves this problem partially. The amount that goes into purchase of annuity will automatically give a regular income stream.Depending on how you view the compulsory annuity purchase component, you will be a advocate or opponent of NPS. The freedom to do anything with your money solely rests with you, but NPS puts a layer of protection that PPF doesnt.Taxation angle – There is no escaping taxes, even if you are retired. Let us understand how the taxation system works for PPF and NPS.PPF has a long maturity period of 15 years. The government has given EEE tax treatment. What does EEE mean? This means any investment in PPF will get exempt-exempt-exempt status in the three stages, namely at the time of contribution, on returns and on withdrawals. Even partial withdrawals, allowed only after 6 years, are exempt from tax. So, imagine: if you have accumulated Rs 40 lakh in PPF, the entire amount is tax-free.PPF FEATURES* Deposits can be made in lumpsum or in 12 installments.* Nomination facility is available at the time of opening and also after opening of account. * The subscriber can open another account in the name of minors but subject to maximum investment limit by adding balance in all accounts.* Maturity period is 15 years but the same can be extended within one year of maturity for further 5 years and so on.* Maturity value can be retained without extension and without further deposits also.* Premature closure is not allowed before 15 years.* Deposits qualify for deduction from income under Sec. 80C of IT Act.* Interest is completely tax-free.* Withdrawal is permissible every year from 7th financial year from the year of opening account.* Loan facility available from 3rd financial year.Is NPS also EEE? No. The NPS, unlike PPF, is subject to EET — exempt, exempt and tax. This means contribution and accumulation are exempt from tax, but maturity amount is not. At maturity, 40 percent of withdrawal is tax exempt. Since the structure of NPS is such that you have to mandatorily buy an annuity with 40 percent of the corpus, the income from annuity will also be subject to tax as per applicable tax laws. Do remember that even if you deposit your entire tax-free PPF corpus in a bank FD, the interest income earned will also attract applicable tax.So, is NPS an inferior instrument compared to PPF on tax? The answer depends on the amount of return earned. If your NPS contribution earns a higher return than PPF, you will end up with more money. For eg., you can deposit Rs 1.5 lakh maximum a year in PPF. If you do that for 15 years, you can get a corpus of Rs 46 lakh at maturity. In case your NPS return is 15 percent a year over a 15-year tenure, the same Rs 1.5 lakh yearly can lead to a higher corpus of Rs 84 lakh. All the government is asking is you is to pay some tax on the extra amount that you have earned in NPS. For investors who do not like paying tax, PPF is the only option. But do remember that the money you earn with PPF has to be deposited somewhere and if you earn any interest on it, the government will ask you to pay applicable tax.Conclusion: PPF and NPS adopt different approaches to give you a post-retirement income. We suggest that you invest some money in NPS, once you have extinguished your annual limit in PPF. Depending upon your returns experience with NPS, you can increase or reduce your NPS contributions.last_img read more

Immigration Activists Rally Against Texas Attorney General Paxton As He Visits Houston

first_img Share Immigration activists rallied in Houston Tuesday against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, as he addressed a republican organization.They were mad that he is urging the federal government to eliminate a program that prevents some undocumented immigrants already in the country from being deported.A group of about 15 people rallied outside a restaurant near The Galleria shopping mall where Paxton was speaking to the Greater Houston chapter of The Pachyderm Club, an organization affiliated to the Republican National Committee.They criticized the Texas Attorney General for asking the Trump Administration to phase out the deferred action program, commonly known by the acronym DACA.Paxton wants the federal government not to issue any more DACA permits and not to renew any of the existing ones.“You would literally sweep the rug from under their feet, so we hope that it doesn’t happen and we’re gonna continue to fight to keep DACA,” said César Espinosa, executive director of the group Families and Students in the Struggle (FIEL, by its Spanish acronym) about what would happen if the program were eliminated.Nonetheless, Paxton noted in a news release issued at the end of June that he is not asking for the deportation of current beneficiaries.According to data compiled by the government, Texas has more than 120,000 people that have received deferred action permits. That is second only to California.Damaris Gonzalez, who is a DACA beneficiary herself, managed to speak directly to Paxton inside the restaurant.“I said: “Why are you trying to deport me?” and he couldn’t have an answer for that, he said: “I am not. I’m trying to do it the legal way”,” she explained to Houston Public Media.Paxton said in a statement that his duty is to defend the Constitution. – / 9center_img Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.DACA recipient and immigration activist Damaris Gonzalez speaking to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: Courtesy of United We Dreamlast_img read more

Teenager Aims To Improve Breast Cancer Diagnosis In Poor Countries

first_img Share Robert Barker/Cornell UniversityAbu Qader, 18, came to the U.S. from Afghanistan as a baby. Now a freshman at Cornell University, he has founded a medical technology company with the goal of improving diagnosis of breast cancer in poor countries.After a family trip to Afghanistan when he was 15, Chicagoan Abu Qader decided he wanted to do something to improve the country’s medical care. “I knew and saw people and friends and relatives in Afghanistan whose breast cancer wasn’t diagnosed, and it was fatal,” he said. He further noted that the country’s health care system is weak, with a high prevalence of breast cancer and limited options for care. He decided, “I wanted to build something that would help.”Now 18, a Cornell University freshman, and co-founder of the medical-technology company GliaLab, he is seeking to fulfill that ambition.What Qader has built is a computer program that uses artificial intelligence, reams of biomedical data and various algorithms to essentially “read” mammogram images, spotting and diagnosing abnormalities quickly and at low cost — a potential boon to developing countries, where access to doctors and health care can be limited. The technology is still in the testing stage, says Qader.Qader acknowledges that interpreting mammograms is usually the task of radiologists, but his goal is not to replace human physicians, he says, but to help them — particularly in areas, often in low-income countries like Afghanistan, where trained physicians can be scarce. Qader believes his technology can aid doctors by quickly pinpointing diagnoses to allow for earlier and better care. Although there are mammogram machines in Afghanistan there are not enough skilled doctors to read the results, he says. “They have the hardware — it’s only getting cheaper — but not the manpower.”“Abu’s project uses machine learning technologies to make computers recognize patterns in the imaging data that have diagnostic value,” explains Mert Sabuncu, assistant professor at Cornell’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in an email. “He achieves this by showing the algorithms a lot of examples of cases where a diagnosis has been confirmed … I think this direction has a great potential and I’m confident Abu and his team can make an impact.”He’s not the only one who thinks so. After meeting Qader at Google’s I/O developer conference in May 2017, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and chairman Eric Schmidt sent him Twitter shout-outs.Qader also presented a TEDxTeen talk in London about his quest to apply machine-learning technology to health care in the developing world: “How I Searched My Way to a Cure.”Dr. Susan Harvey, director of breast imaging at Johns Hopkins Medicine, says that, “Based on my knowledge of the research, this is very exciting and it sounds like it’s possible.”But she adds a cautionary note: “Like when NASA said we’re going to get to the moon, it didn’t happen overnight, it took a decade. The same for this, it looks feasible but it won’t happen tomorrow.”In addition, she says, when trying to introduce such projects in a low-resource country, it’s important to “make sure that the technology can be successfully implemented, that there is a match-up between the resources available and the technologies proposed.”Even though his project has received a lot of attention, Qader is still a “regular guy,” says his Cornell classmate Ella King, a freshman from Lenox, Massachusetts. “He doesn’t just work and study all the time. Sometimes we like to take a break and take a walk” and engage in conversations that range from the “science-y” to philosophy,” says King.“He’s pretty much authentic as they come,” says Jess Teutonico, executive director of the We Are Family Foundation, the nonprofit that sponsors the TEDxTeen program. “He’s super-smart, but if you peel back another layer you see the story of his family.”It’s the story of an immigrant family seeking the American dream and of a kid whose curiosity led him to become a budding entrepreneur. Qader was born in Afghanistan in 1999 and came to Chicago with his parents when he was only a few months old. He grew up surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins, all of them, he says, “trying to figure out” how to make new lives in their new country. A key ingredient, his family taught him, was helping people: “If we were in the position that we could help ourselves, we could help others. That is the philosophy I grew up with and that has always helped me.”“This is how he is,” says his mother, Roya Qader. He returned from their family trip to Afghanistan asking, “Why people there don’t have the opportunities that he had to study. And what could he do to help people there?”Helping people has become his guiding principle, he says. In addition to his work on breast cancer diagnosis, he’s part of an engineering project team at Cornell centered on building self-flying airplanes. The project attracted him, he says, “because this can be applied to help people” by dousing forest fires from above, for example, as opposed to sending firefighters into dangerous conflagrations.Plus, he admits, things that fly have always attracted him — an observation his mother can attest to. “He always had helicopter sets, and all the toys I bought for him he would unscrew them to see what’s inside, how do they work,” she says. “I would ask, how come you broke this apart? And he would say, I just wanted to see how it was made!”At around the same time — about age 7 — Qader set out to read the first volumes of a Scholastic encyclopedia set. “It was Google before I knew what that was! I thought if I read it all I would know everything,” he says.His achievements to the contrary, he denies that he’s a genius. “I try to peer into things and figure out how they work and visualize the connections,” he says. That’s how he went about developing the software for his breast cancer diagnosis project. His first step was looking up the phrase “machine learning” online and proceeding to teach himself everything he could about artificial intelligence.“And,” he says, “I’m still learning.”Diane Cole writes for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Jewish Week, and is book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker. She is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her website is 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Measles Case Confirmed In Dallas County Bringing Total Measles Cases To 15

first_img Share Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle.Dallas County Health and Human Services reported Thursday its first case of measles, bringing the total number of measles cases in Texas to 15. In 2018, there were nine confirmed cases in the state. The Dallas County resident had been exposed to another confirmed measles case from Tarrant County at their mutual workplace in March. It’s the first confirmed measles case in a Dallas County resident since 2017.The individual had stayed at home during the period of potential contagiousness and officials say the case didn’t result in any additional public or workplace exposures.Harris County has had the most measles cases in the state, with four reported by health officials.Here is a breakdown of the measles cases by county, as reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS):DSHS has issued a health alert reminding health care providers to consider measles in diagnoses and immediately report suspected cases to public health authorities.The alert also provides advice to medical providers about limiting the spread of measles in a health care setting and options for preventing illness for susceptible people who have been exposed.Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes virus particles into the air.The best way to prevent getting sick is to be immunized with two doses of the measles vaccine. DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children receive one dose at 12 to 15 months of age and another at 4 to 6 years.last_img read more

3 Ways a Virtual Reality Pioneer Is Rebranding the Form

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 14, 2018 Dekker Dreyer was over it. And in that moment, he saw an opportunity.A pioneer in the virtual reality (VR) space, he realized the narrative around this specific niche of the film and entertainment world needed a reboot. Despite having produced high-impact VR experiences for Disturbed’s hit cover of “The Sound of Silence” and the groundbreaking VR film of their Live at Red Rocks album, he couldn’t shake the feeling that VR was getting stale when it should be at its most exciting.Image Credit: Dekker DreyerWhen Dreyer — a connoisseur of the form — found himself not wanting to experience what was being produced, he realized that others probably felt the same way: “The audience isn’t stupid, and they can tell that most of the content getting made is the afterthought of an ad agency with a little extra money to spend. We have an artistic medium that allows you to place yourself inside the experience of anyone or anything, any kind of world you can imagine, but here we are making impersonal, manufactured, and forgettable things. I want to go places and see things that don’t exist in the physical world.”Related: 6 Critical Steps to Succeeding in an Untapped IndustryHere are three ways Dreyer is doing just that.1. Diving into its essence Dreyer was on a mission to further his vision. “When someone finds out that I’m a VR creator,” he says, “they always say the same thing: ‘VR will be huge once someone figures out how to tell a story with it.’ I never really cared about the answer to that question, but so many people seemed to care so much that I felt I had to have something profound to tell them. Now I know it’s about a feeling, not a narrative.”He recalls a recent experience that drove that point home:One night I accidentally took too much melatonin. I was watching a show on Netflix called “The Toys That Made Us,” and as I turned my head away from the TV I saw a life-sized Skeletor toy sitting across from me. I realized I was hallucinating. It was so wild and so vivid that the next day I decided this is the kind of thing I need to be making. This is what VR is made to do.Dreyer’s work has always been a little dream-like, and he felt he was onto something, but he was still chasing the answer to how to “tell a story” in VR.That experience lead to Lucid, Dreyer’s latest project. “I decided to toss out any traditional structure and create a series of scenarios and worlds that are loosely connected around my own dreams,” he reveals. “There’s never been a time in human history that we could share our inner worlds like this. It’s exciting. Lucid doesn’t shy away from nudity, violence or uncomfortable situations. I’m pushing the envelope to see where it goes.”2. Utilizing the latest techThis all sounds well and good, but haven’t we been promised life-changing VR every few years or so? What’s different this time around? “The difference is it’s much cheaper,” says Dreyer. “It’s still a lot of money, but it’s cheap compared to the old tech that required a computer the size of a city block. The audience and the artists can get their hands on the tools. Unity and Unreal Engine are less expensive than a guitar or a can of spray paint! VR is going to explode when more artists get turned on to that. The DIY universe of VR is going to be weirder than we can imagine.”Related: The Habits of the World’s Smartest People (Infographic)Dreyer also thinks that VR creators are having an identity crisis at the moment. “It’s always hard to answer questions about the VR industry,” he says. “Film directors aren’t asked about how movies will influence the corporate training industry, but that’s where VR creators are now. People expect us to be everything to every business. It’s so new that people want to learn all about it, but I’m not sure the artists themselves have much to add to the conversation outside of what we’re specifically making.” 3. Creating a standardDreyer also points to the fact that he can’t name many other VR auteurs as a huge problem: “Nicolás Alcalá is doing some interesting work, but his company Future Lighthouse recently folded. VR has issues highlighting its talent, and it’s killing the momentum. Spheres is a seven-episode VR series that sold at Sundance. It was directed by a woman named Eliza McNitt, but most of the press coverage calls attention to Darren Aronofsky, who produced it.”Related: 25 Common Characteristics of Successful EntrepreneursHe decided that the best way to encourage creators to take ownership of their work and get their names out there was to establish a gatekeeper: a festival. Slamdance had established a new way of recognizing independent film, so he built off of that and helped organize DIG (Digital Interactive Gaming), a showcase for these new kind of stories. “It’s a grassroots kind of connection, and I think it’s working,” says Dreyer, “I keep seeing VR in unexpected venues. When VR hits, experiences are going to be everywhere, and it won’t be unusual for people to see more touring immersive shows. That’s when everything is going to change.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Middle East edition editor sales manager joins ETB Travel News

first_imgThe Middle East travel sector is a bustling market, however largely untapped.   ETB Travel News has appointed the services of Mr Basil Naimet who will take on this lucrative market to oversee editorial and sales activities.Mr Naimet will identify marketing opportunities within the sector, establish relationships and embrace that which encapsulates the Middle East for ETB Travel News clients and subscribers alike.ETB Travel News director of sales, Mr Andrew Marin, says Mr Naimet will complement the already thriving global reach that ETB Travel News had on many sectors across the globe.“As ETB Travel News continues to establish solid relationships with crucial markets around the world, including the Asian and European markets, Basil comes to us with many years of media experience,˝ Mr Marin said.“It is exciting to have Basil on board as he will utilise his skills in client management to meet the needs of the Middle Eastern market, and he will no doubt add value for our clients and subscribers alike.”Mr Naimet will be keep subscribers abreast of the Middle East market with the first weekly ETB Travel News Middle East edition to be released on Wednesday, 5 November.Letter from the Editor, Basil Naimet:Dear subscriber,It gives me great pleasure to be able to provide you with a newsletter that encompasses everything that is happening in the Middle East travel market.I will endeavour to provide you with the latest news from airlines, hotels and tourist operators especially as we move towards the end of the year which travellers particularly look forward to.I encourage you to send through your preferences for destinations and attractions to explore, as well as your own company news.  At ETB Travel News, we’ll bring you the news you need and want to know and provide up to date information on happenings within the industry.This Middle East is a largely untapped market, and ETB Travel News is going to unravel opportunities for everyone; be it business or leisure travel.Until next week, bon voyage!Basil NaimetSource = ETB Travel Newslast_img read more

An overwhelming majority — 281 of 396 in fact — a

first_imgAn overwhelming majority — 281 of 396, in fact — are most excited to see their Cardinals play one of their division rivals in San Francisco and Seattle. The defending Super Bowl-champion Seahawks garnered the majority of the votes, with 44 percent. The Cardinals’ game against them will be the jewel of NBC’s Sunday Night Football coverage. Indeed, the NFC West is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, division in the National Football League. Last season, the Cardinals averaged a 96.3 percent capacity at University of Phoenix Stadium, drawing an average of 61,033 fans per game — good for 27th in the league. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Every day, asks readers a question. It’s the Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day, and it can be found midway down the right side of our home page.On Thursday, we asked which Cardinals’ 2014 home game you were most excited to attend, giving six options: 1. Sept. 8 vs. San Diego2. Sept. 21 vs. San Francisco3. Oct. 26 vs. Philadelphia4. Dec. 7 vs. Kansas City5. Dec. 21 vs. Seattle6. Other Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

Related Silverjet steps in for Eos passengersAll b

first_img RelatedSilverjet steps in for Eos passengersAll business-class carrier Silverjet has announced a seat deal to help accommodate Eos passengers.Silverjet spreads fares on SabreSilverjet has announced a new agreement that will see its airfares launched onto further global distribution systems.bmi braves barcode booking and boarding in BelfastBelfast City Airport and leading UK airline bmi are set to break through the next frontier in paperless travel. Business class airline Silverjet has become the first carrier to offer UK passengers a full-service airline website available on a mobile.The carrier’s new site will allow customers to check whether their flights are delayed, pick their seats and even decide which meals they would like beforehand.In a joint venture with Mobile Travel Technologies, Silverjet says that the new website will be hugely advantageous to passengers who want easy access to information about flights.”The whole proposition is about introducing convenience back into long-haul travel and this is the same,” said SilverJet IT director George Henderson. “It’s a growing channel and we want to be at the forefront. When the time comes and consumer confidence grows and they do want to book flights over mobile we will be there tried and tested.”Although other airlines offer similar services online, it is believed that this new system is the first available solely on mobiles and other handheld devices in the UK.Last year, the carrier revealed plans to become the first UK airline to introduce wireless technology to speed up check-in by allowing passengers to enter their passport details in the lounge area or a chauffeur driven car provided by the firm. This means that unlike customers with other airlines which have online check in, those flying with Silverjet need not queue to have their passports scanned or identify themselves.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more