PetSmart Charities has teamed up with actor/producer Josh Duhamel and his production company, Dakotakid Media, to launch Rescue Waggin: Tales from the Road.Video: Episode 1: Rescue Waggin’ Tales From the RoadUnder the direction of Executive Producers Josh Duhamel and Jude Weng, the 8-episode web series follows homeless dogs as they travel hundreds, even thousands, of miles for a better chance of being adopted. The web series includes cameos from a cache of celebrity pet adoption advocates including Kristen Bell, Adam Shankman and Bret Michaels.Rescue Waggin’: Tales from the Road puts viewers in the passenger’s seat of the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle to experience the shelter pet transport process from start to finish. The web series chronicles real stories of dogs and puppies from communities with more pets than adopters to communities where adoptable pets are in demand. Visit www.rescuewaggin.org to view a new websiode each Monday in March.Rescue Waggin’ vehicles travel up to 3,000 miles a week giving hopeless pets a new “leash” on life. The program has saved the lives of more than 70,000 dogs and puppies since 2004.“The Rescue Waggin’ program is an extension of our adoption program and unites animal shelters from across the country in an effort to avoid euthanizing healthy, adoptable dogs,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “We are excited to show the world how our Rescue Waggin’ program gives thousands of beautiful dogs and puppies a second chance at life.”After learning about the Rescue Waggin’ program last year, Josh Duhamel vowed to use his production company to help raise awareness and funding for the life-saving program.“Adopting my dachshund, Meatloaf, changed my life,” said Josh Duhamel. “He was a clumsy little dude with horrible breath–but we adored him.”Meatloaf turned the Hollywood actor into a passionate advocate for animal rescue.“I tell anybody who’s going to get a pet that adoption is the only way to go, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because they make incredible pets. I’m honored to partner with PetSmart Charities to help share the joy of pet adoption with others.”PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program has not only helped save the lives of thousands of pets, but also helps many shelters improve their operations through spay/neuter programs, grants and mentoring. To learn about the many ways PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of clearing activities for the Site C Project, B.C. Hydro says construction will be starting in early September on a temporary bridge to an island in the Peace River near Halfway River.According to B.C. Hydro, the bridge will allow workers to remove vegetation from the island and prepare for the creation of the new reservoir.Hydro says the Rotary Forest Recreation Site on the island is now closed and is asking the public to stay clear of the area. Construction of the bridge is expected to last for several months.The bridge is expected to be dismantled in 2020, once the island has been cleared of vegetation.B.C. Hydro says clearing activities will occur on the banks of the Peace River every winter until the Site C Project is complete in 2023.For more information, you can visit the Site C Project website.
PARIS — France’s highest court ruled that former President Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial on charges of illegally financing his 2012 presidential campaign.The Court of Cassation on Tuesday definitively rejected an appeal by Sarkozy, confirming a criminal court will judge the case. The date of the trial hasn’t been set.Sarkozy is facing allegations that his presidential campaign spent well above the legal limit of 22.5 million euros ($24 million) and tried to cover it up fraudulently. The claims centre on whether he was aware of alleged false billing and fraud linked to public relations company Bygmalion, some of whose executives have admitted false accounting practices.Sarkozy has faced multiple corruption investigations since leaving office at the end of his five-year term in 2012.Associated Press, The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAINT JOHN, N.B. – A tank at Canada’s largest oil refinery exploded Wednesday, sending one man to hospital with minor injuries.Firefighters responded following a report of an explosion at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, N.B., just before noon, fire platoon Chief Brian Wilson said.Wilson said the explosion involved an 1,100-barrel tank of potassium hydroxide, which is a caustic substance, but there was no fire. He said the injured man was blown to the ground and suffered some scrapes and bruises.“He was knocked down by the explosion,” Wilson said in an interview. “There was just the road rash and him contacting the ground that scraped him up.”Irving Oil issued a statement saying the tank was undergoing scheduled maintenance work at the time when it became “over-pressurized.”“An employee suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution,” Irving Oil said.Wilson said the potassium hydroxide did not escape from the tank during the explosion.“There’s no environmental risk because the container was not compromised,” he said.“The liquid was contained, and should it be released it goes down through their drains and their treatment systems and can be confined.”The company said there was no other damage and normal operations at the refinery resumed about 50 minutes later. It did not immediately return messages seeking comment.Wilson said Irving Oil crews were cleaning up the scene and WorkSafeNB is investigating what happened.It’s not the first time an explosion has occurred at the refinery.In March 2002, three workers were hospitalized suffering from burns following an explosion during routine maintenance.And in June 1998, one employee was killed and two others injured when an explosion rocked the facility.The refinery is the largest in Canada, producing more than 300,000 barrels of petroleum products per day. It opened in 1960. Explosion at Irving Oil refinery in New Brunswick sends man to hospital by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2012 3:49 pm MDT
Gustavo Castro Soto, a Mexican national, is the founder of the organization Otros Mundos and defender of land and environmental rights. He has been blocked from leaving Honduras for 30 days due to a “migratory alert,” despite assistance from the Mexican Embassy in Tegucigalpa. “I urge the authorities of Honduras to guarantee that the life of Mr. Castro Soto is not put to risk and to allow his return to Mexico as soon as possible,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst.He also called for “an immediate, independent and impartial investigation” into the death of Ms. Cáceres, who was shot on 3 March in her home in the city of La Esperanza, western Honduras.According to a press release by UN Women, Ms. Cáceres was a staunch defender of the rights of indigenous peoples, and had been receiving threats for her stance against hydroelectric construction projects on land sacred to the Lenca people in western Honduras. In today’s statement, Mr. Forst called the assassination “a tragic wake-up call” for the Government to prevent such murders, protect human rights defenders, and hold perpetrators to account.“It is high time that the Government of Honduras addressed the flagrant impunity of the increased number of executions of human rights defenders in the country, especially targeting those who defend environmental and land rights,” Mr. Forst stressed.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
A 23-year-old Charlestown woman was earlier today fined and sentenced to prison when she appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on a narcotics charge.As Tiffany Sultan’s trial ended today, the Chief Magistrate expressed her satisfaction at the evidence produced against the accused. As such, the woman was sentenced to 35 months in prison and fined $159,000- the street value of the cannabis found in her possession.Sultan was arrested in January, when, after a raid, 106 grammes of cannabis was found at her home at Broad Street, Charlestown where she lived alone.The court was told that on the day in question, the accused was cooking when officers conducted the raid. However, after being interrogated, she cracked and directed ranks to her room where the cannabis and a large sum of money was found.Sultan was said to be selling the cannabis to a man identified as “Axe man”, however, she refuted these claims.As she was being led out of the courtroom where her family members were present, the young lady was tearful. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCharlestown man gets 4 years, fined $8.4 for cocaine, ganja possessionFebruary 1, 2019In “Court”Woman jailed 3 years for trafficking cannabisDecember 21, 2016In “Court”Cosmetologist gets 4 years jail, fined $14M for Soesdyke cocaine bustJanuary 22, 2018In “Court”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCWI asked to ‘rescind’ Pybus’ appointmentJanuary 9, 2019In “latest news”Richard Pybus set to become West Indies’ head coachJanuary 1, 2019In “latest news”Floyd Reifer takes over from Richard Pybus as West Indies interim coachApril 12, 2019In “latest news” ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Leeward Islands Cricket Board president, Enoch Lewis, has called for Richard Pybus’s appointment as interim West Indies men’s coach to be rescinded, after accusing Cricket West Indies president, Dave Cameron, of “hand-picking” the Englishman and ignoring the best practices of “transparency, fairness and due process”.In a strongly-worded letter to CWI dated December 16 last year, he labelled Cameron’s actions as “unfortunate, unacceptable and unethical” and expressed “profound disappointment, dissatisfaction, and dismay” over the “total disregard” shown for the procedure by which Pybus was selected.According to the letter, a copy of which was obtained by CMC Sports, director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, recommended to the CWI board of directors last September that the interim head coach be chosen from among a list comprising Nic Pothas, Roddy Estwick, Floyd Reifer, Gus Logie, Desmond Haynes, Toby Radford, Andre Coley, Esuan Crandon, Stuart Williams, Rayon Griffith and Robert Samuels.Adams ultimately recommended Pothas for the position, indicating that the South African had also been favoured by the outgoing head coach, Australian Stuart Law, as well as the players.This recommendation was subsequently approved by the CWI board with Pothas scheduled to take up the post from January, 2019 until September.However, with Law exiting the post earlier than originally planned, Pothas assumed the position for the Bangladesh tour last December, but without agreeing to a compensation package.Pothas subsequently rejected the first offer made – nearly half of what Law had been paid – and requested compensation closer to Law’s remuneration.According to the LICB letter, Cameron “made the determination that the matter was at a stalemate. Discussion with Mr Pothas was then terminated.”Cameron then made contact with Pybus, negotiated and concluded a deal worth more than what Pothas had been offered.The negotiations conducted with Mr Pybus by President Cameron was without pre-authorisation and input from the Board,” Lewis contended in the letter.“None of the DoC (Director of Cricket), the Cricket Committee or the Technical Cricket Committee were consulted on the initiative to engage or negotiate with Mr Pybus.“We the undersigned (director Denrick Liburd) reminded the meeting that CWI has consistently claimed to be a highly transparent organization in response to doubts and negative allegations raised recently by some Prime Ministers and other stakeholders in the region.“We also reminded the meeting of the process previously recommended by the DoC, (who is regarded as our foremost technical cricket mind) and adopted by the Board, which is to appoint someone from the existing coaching staff in the interest of ensuring continuity and stability.”The letter continued: “We further suggested that if it is now the intention to appoint someone from outside the existing coaching staff or not included in the original list provided by the DoC, that a new process which opens the position to all interested parties must be established in the interest of transparency.“We submit that it is unfortunate, unacceptable and unethical for the CWI President to single-handedly recruit a person of his choosing, and to proceed with salary negotiations without the prior knowledge of the Board.”Pybus spent six years as CWI’s director of cricket before leaving the post in 2016, to be replaced by Jamaican Adams the following year.However, after missing out on several international coaching positions to West Indians, he returned to the West Indies setup last February as high performance director — a move that was criticised by several ex-players largely because the post had not been advertised by CWI.
Vive Tauron KielceWisla Plock Vive Tauron Kielce won the first game of the Polish league finals. Defending champions beat Orlen Wisła Płock 35:29 and took the first step to this season’s championship.Wisła was the first to strike; after a goal of Dmitry Zhitnikov and two fast breaks the guests led 3:0 in the 2. minute. However, Michał Jurecki quickly revived his team by scoring three goals in a row, also by assists and good defending; he was definitely the outstanding player on the court. Sławomir Szmal’s saves made it harder for Płock either and in 10. minute Kielce already led by two (7:5). The gap maintained for some time but after 17 minutes of the game, the host team started pushing ahead. Poor performance of Płock at both sides of the court took its toll – 23 conceded goals after 30 minutes and in the end Kielce were even nine goals ahead. Striving Zhitnikov could not do much without a significant help from his teammates and the half time result, 23:14, meant that the first game of the final was probably lost for Wisła.Vive Tauron Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 35:29 (23:14)Vive Tauron: Szmal, Sego – Jurecki 8, Reichmann 5/3, Chrapkowski 1, Kus, Aguinagalde 5, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 5/1, Lijewski 4, Paczkowski 1, Zorman 1, Cupić 4/2.Orlen Wisła: Wichary, Corrales – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 4, Pusica 1, Ghionea 4/1, Rocha 7/1, Montoro 1, Tarabochia 3/1, Olkowski, Nikcević 3, Żytnikow 5.In the second half, Kielce for starters made the goal difference even bigger and the 10-goal lead was being kept for some time until Kielce got into a crisis in attack. Four lost balls in a row gave Wisła a chance to cut the gap a little and they took it – they caught up by three goals. In the meantime both goalkeepers managed to help their teams – Marin Šego successfully replaced Szmal and Marcin Wichary improved his previous performance. The final minutes were not too fortunate for Kielce because of the numerous mistakes in attack. Wisła did not avoid them either but they were able to improve their final result a bit despite that. It still wasn’t enough though and they lost the first battle.The second game is taking place on Sunday, again in Kielce.TEXT: Martyna Usnarska ← Previous Story HUNGA-ROMANIAN FINAL: Furious CSM Bucharest demolish ZRK Vardar Next Story → CSM Bucharest hero, Jelena Grubišić: We had no pressure, we grinded them…
If you haven’t heard of it yet, Turntable.fm is a music community with all the expected social networking elements. The site went from an underground hit to a bit of an internet sensation over the past few months. At Turntable, music fans can create or join a room according to their musical tastes–each room has five DJ spots and a floor area for listeners. DJs queue up some songs, grab an available spot, and play music for the room. If listeners like it, they’ll click awesome. If not, they’ll tell you that track is lame, and probably click lame, too. It’s that simple: free streaming music for the crowd and a DJ that wants to give everyone a good time.There’s the general populace of turntable, and then there’s a core group of site-appointed moderators, known as super users. Olga Nunes is one of those super users. She’s also a musician who has found that turntable has replaced Twitter, increased her music listening, and has caused her to buy more music than before. We wanted more insight into turntable and its community, so I called her up and we talked…Julius: Ok, so, flat out basics. How did you first come to learn of turntable and when did you join?Olga: I joined June 8th, a few weeks after they launched. I think they launched on the May 18th. I found out about it actually through two different, non-overlapping groups of highly savvy tech friends. I have no idea how they found it. I feel like what might have happened is- the people who own turntable, the people who run turntable, are located in New York and San Francisco, but they’re all friends with tech startups. So the first week I was on there, it seemed like I was surrounded by all tech startups from San Francisco. So I guess word passed quickly that way.J: Ok, so I know I was confused when I first joined turntable, just thinking “What the hell am I doing?” So how long did it take you to get accustomed to the system?O: The first week that I was on, I invited a couple of friends – this is while it was still international – so I had a friend, who I think is in New York, a friend who is in Tasmania, Australia, and I think a couple of other friends, not sure who was there. We were all over the world and there at the same time, and we all sort of hopped up in a private room of maybe eight or nine people and just played around with it. I was instantly hooked because the main other person who was there was a musician, also, and another friend who has a really good taste in music, so it very quickly became, “Whoa, that’s an amazing thing you just played me. I would also like to play you an amazing thing.” And suddenly, four hours have gone by.J: This is true. I know this very well. So, you said joined June 8th, which is wildly specific, how long into your turntable career were you approached to be a super user?O: I was approached, that date I know less well, maybe a couple of weeks after I joined. It was right after GigaOm, which I guess is how you say it, I’ve never actually heard it said, did a story on how turntable had shut down international access, but in that same story, they highlighted a tweet that I had made about the fact that I was actually selling music through bandcamp because of playing in turntable. So, right after that- I mean, I had made a point of trying to befriend the people who run turntable just because I find it fascinating. I guess somewhere between that and trying to foster a good sense of community. I think I was one of the first people who had gotten super user status who wasn’t directly involved in the business.J: So, just out of curiosity, and for the sake of this interview, what are superusers able to do that normal turntable folk can’t?O: Basically, they’re just moderators, but they’re able to moderate every single room. When you create a room, you are able to moderate the room that you created which means that you can boot people out of the room which is the only real power that you have. And you can edit the room description. So, at present, I and maybe fifteen other people have super user status strictly for community purposes, and they go into rooms and boot afk DJs, and try to take care of trolls, and also act as sort of a communication pipe between the actual people who run turntable. So if things are going terribly bad, I will communicate with the devs, and let them know that things are going completely wrong.J: How often do you get called on to settle disputes?O: Well, the community manager instated something- we both talked about it, and she was considering having people tweet turntablefm whenever they had a problem. And I said to tweet turntablefm with hashtag ttbatsignal. So, since that’s been instated, people have been tweeting turntablefm with hashtag ttbatsignal. If I’m paying attention and actually in turntable, it is as often as once to twice an hour, and because I’ve made a bunch of friends with people in turntable like yourself, other people who are artists, other people who are musicians who run music blogs, and have contacted me on GChat. Between GChat, Twitter, and being in turntable, it could be as much as once to twice an hour. And I think that that will go down once a better moderation system is filled in which I think is coming soon.J: I would hope so. How often would you say you are in contact with tt devs?O: I think pretty often. I’d say every couple of days. I shoot emails over, mention things on GChat.J: So, did turntable replace anything for you in terms of another music service?O: Weirdly, it didn’t replace another music service. It weirdly replaced Twitter. It replaced Twitter in the sense that Twitter was where I was spending most of my time in order to have a dialogue about my music. So, I have not a lot, but somewhere over 2,000 followers on Twitter – a small amount but pretty substantial for a beginning music career. Now I actually have to remind myself to go back on Twitter because the conversations I was having there have largely moved to turntable, and I just looked at my referrals on bandcamp, and I would say over half the referrals for downloads and purchases now come through turntable.Photo credit Allan AmatoJ: Wow, so turntable has definitely expanded your musical reach, I guess you could say.O: Yes, it has, and as far as actual consumption of music, immediately after getting on, I’d say that my active listening for music has gone up six or seven hundred percent, and I’m suddenly buying albums. I’ve bought more albums since using turntable than I have in the last two or three years.J: Since you are a musician, and I think that’s what sets you apart from other super users, and a lot of other users on turntable, what do you make of the potential copyright issues because I know that’s been a big thing surrounding turntable in my reading about it?O: Well, I was worried about it initially, but there’s been a lot of fuss about doing deals with BMI and ASCAP in addition to following pretty strictly DMCA copyright laws that Pandora adheres to. So, since the ASCAP thing, I don’t actually worry anymore. I actually think it’s a great service. Like I’ve been to so many listening parties from so many different artists like Questlove, Ra Ra Riot, Sir Mix-a-Lot was on there. I actually think that in the beginning I was concerned that record labels would have a problem with it because it was another foray into tech that deals with music, but this time I think they smartened up and probably also having done this once with Spotify just recently – Spotify just came to the U.S. – and I’m glad because of how well it’s done.J: I think part of what makes turntable so appealing is sort of how small it is right now. I mean, I know it’s growing, but it’s definitely like you feel like you’re in a sort of club.O: Yeah, and I think there are probably way more people on turntable than you realize are there. The reason I feel that is because of the 200 person cap per room. So it feels like a very democratizing energy where you’re in the room with someone who does PR for Mumford & Sons and another guy from Ra Ra Riot and another guy who writes for Pitch Fork and a bunch of other random people. And they all feel very weirdly like it’s a small exclusive party, but it’s not.J: Even though it’s only two, three months out of the gate, where do you see turntable going?O: Yeah, that’s really hard to say because they have so much opportunity to grow in a bunch of different directions at this point. I think the ball’s in their court. They’ll have to come up with some kind of business model, but there’re so many opportunities. I think the biggest thing we’ll see more of actually is just larger and large profile musicians using it in campaigns.J: Alright, so, thank you for your time, and this has been fun.O: No worries, no worries, thank you so much.You can find Olga on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.
La construction du grand Centre russe de suivi spatial touche à sa finLundi, la Première chaîne de télévision russe a annoncé que le grand Centre russe de suivi spatial est sur le point d’être achevé. Il se trouve dans l’Altaï au sud de la Sibérie et pourra rivaliser avec le plus puissant site de contrôle spatial au monde des îles Hawaii.La construction du plus grand Centre russe de suivi spatial est sur le point de se terminer. C’est du moins ce qu’a annoncé en début de semaine la Première chaîne de télévision russe au sujet de ce centre dont la création a commencé déjà il y a plusieurs années dans l’Altaï au sud de la Sibérie. Capable de rivaliser avec le plus puissant site de contrôle spatial situé à Hawaii, celui-ci sera équipé d’un télescope à laser pouvant capturer des clichés en haute résolution des satellites et d’autres engins spatiaux situés à des dizaines de milliers de kilomètres de notre planète.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAA ce jour, il comporte déjà un premier télescope mis en service il y a quelques années et qui permet de préciser les coordonnées des engins spatiaux se trouvant à une distance de 40.000 kilomètres de la Terre. Le deuxième qui sera prochainement mis en exploitation, permettra quant à lui une observation des orbites terrestres basses dans lesquelles évoluent la plupart des satellites. Les deux instruments conçus par les experts prendront en outre des photos détaillées des satellites, facilitant le dépistage des défaillances techniques, rapporte RIA Novosti. Ajouté à cela, le nouveau Centre de l’Altaï sera à même de donner des informations objectives qui seront ensuite analysées sur les lancements ratés, ou avant que des fragments de satellites ou vaisseaux ne retombent sur Terre. Mais le système russe de navigation par satellite GLONASS constitue aujourd’hui l’une des priorités pour les spécialistes du centre qui contrôlent jusqu’à 50 satellites par nuit. D’après la télévision russe, le centre de l’Altaï devrait fonctionner à plein régime en 2013.Le 28 mars 2012 à 19:41 • Maxime Lambert
With little more than a month remaining until filing week, candidates for the 3rd Congressional District have amassed more than $675,000 in contributions this quarter. Leading the pack is Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, but Democratic challengers aren’t too far behind.RepublicansHerrera Beutler reported $391,500 in contributions between Jan. 1 and March 31, $317,000 which comes from individual contributions, $69,000 from political action committees and $5,000 from the Washington State Republican Party.She ended the quarter with $767,000 cash on hand and spent about $141,000 on operating expenses.Donors of note include Safari Club International, a gun rights lobby, which donated $2,000. Until this quarter, Herrera Beutler had not received contributions from gun rights groups since 2015.Local developer Clyde Holland and his wife, Rena, are among the 308 individuals who made contributions this quarter. Both gave the maximum, $2,700, to both the primary and general elections.Ken Fisher, CEO of Fisher Investments, also contributed the individual maximum this season, topping out at $5,400 between the two elections.“I continue to be humbled by all of the individuals who have stepped forward to support this campaign,” Herrera Beutler said in an email. “I’m confident that we’ll have the resources we need to let voters know about my efforts to fight Oregon’s scheme to toll the I-5 and I-205 bridges, protect our native salmon, save Southwest Washington families $2,300 by cutting their taxes, and solve problems facing our region.”
Inside The Louvre’s New “Apes**t” Art Tour louvre-offers-art-tour-based-carters-apest-video Facebook News https://twitter.com/MuseeLouvre/status/1007639026315284482 Twitter The superstar couple’s surprise single, video and album confirmed long-running rumors of a collaboration project. Everything Is Love and the “Apes**t” video arrived June 16 in the midst of the pair’s On The Run II tour. Beyoncé introduced the clip for the first time during a show in London, sending the crowd into a frenzy and igniting excitement from fans of both artists worldwide.For tickets to catch the On The Run II tour, visit Ticketmaster. For more information on visiting the Lourve, visit the museum’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more The world-famous Paris museum launches a visitor’s trail showcasing 17 of the works of art from Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s latest music video Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 6, 2018 – 5:58 pm The Louvre museum in Paris was the quite conspicuous setting of The Carters’ new music video for “Apres**t” from their surprise album, Everything is Love. Now, the project that posed GRAMMY winners Beyoncé and Jay-Z in front of some of the world’s most recognizable art pieces has inspired a museum tour highlighting the works featured in the video.The 90-minute self-guided tour will take visitors to 17 of the works of art featured in the “Apes**t” video, including the Greek marble piece “Nike of Samothrace,” Marie Benoist’s “Portrait Of A Negress,” and David’s “The Coronation Of Napoleon I And The Crowning Of The Empress Josephine,” according to AFP.Classified by the museum as a “visitor’s trail,” fans can peruse the tour online without traveling to the City of Lights, though as is the case with many great works of art, it’s a very different experience in person. The Louvre Offers Up Art Tour Based On The Carters’ “Apes**t” Video Email
Bharti Airtel’s voice and data offerings suffered from the aggressive price war triggered by the Reliance Jio’s free services.ReutersThe country’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, on Tuesday reported a 63 percent fall in net profit for the September quarter on year-on-year (YoY) basis.The company net profit declined to Rs 586.1 crore from Rs 1,615.10 crore profit in the corresponding quarter last year. On sequential basis, profit fell 5.11 percent sequentially, the company said in an exchange filing.The company’s weak result is primarily because of intense competition led by Reliance Jio Infocomm and low tariffs war which is continuing in the sector.”The financial stress in the industry continues due to double digit revenue decline and will be further accentuated by the reduction in IUC rates in the next quarter. This will eventually force operator consolidation and exits as we have witnessed in the recent past,” said Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO of Bharti Airtel.Average revenue per user (ARPU) during the quarter stood at Rs 154 which was lower than Rs 188 during the corresponding quarter year ago. However, consolidated mobile data traffic came in at 853 million MBs for the quarter, up 293.8 percent on year-on-year basis.”Airtel remains committed to its goal of increasing revenue market share in this competitive environment by providing superior customer experience and strategically investing behind building more data capacities,” Vittal added.The company’s revenue fell marginally to Rs 21,780. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 17.4 percent to Rs 7,922 crore, while EBITDA margin contracted to 36.4 percent from 30.72 percent in the previous quarter, the company said.
In this file photo taken on 9 April US president Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump on Monday warned Syria against launching an attack on the country’s last rebel stronghold with the help of Russia and Iran, saying the offensive could trigger a “human tragedy.”The warning came as Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javed Zarif met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of the looming offensive.Syrian forces are amassing around the northwestern province of Idlib, in preparation for the assault.“President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy,” Trump tweeted.“Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!”The United Nations and aid groups have warned that a full assault on Idlib could spark a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale not yet seen in Syria’s seven-year-old conflict.But Russia and Iran have insisted that extremist groups in Idlib must be defeated and are expected to back regime forces in any assault.Zarif’s trip to war-ravaged Syria also comes just days before a top-level tripartite meeting in Tehran to discuss the Syrian conflict, now in its eighth year.He met Assad to discuss “issues on the agenda for the tripartite meeting,” according to the Syrian presidency’s account on the Telegram messaging app.Former de-escalation zoneSince early 2017, Iran, fellow regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey have sponsored the negotiations track based in the Kazakh capital to tamp down hostilities in Syria.Last year, they had designated Idlib as a “de-escalation” zone where violence would halt in preparation for a countrywide ceasefire.Damascus’s main sponsor Russia has been sounding the war drums in recent days, all the while seeking to pressure Turkey into reining in jihadists in Idlib,Tehran and Moscow have provided steady political, financial and military backing to Assad throughout the war, which has left over 350,000 people dead since it broke out in 2011.The International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank, said an all-out assault on Idlib and its catastrophic consequences could still be avoided.ICG said Russia, whose air support would be crucial for the offensive to succeed, should understand that a bloodbath in Idlib would jeopardize its own political goals.“By backing an all-out offensive, Russia risks undermining its long-term political objectives in Syria,” ICG wrote in a nine-page briefing.“Russia seeks to ensure not just the regime’s military victory in Syria but its full political restoration through international re-legitimating at war’s end.”Further Iranian engagement in Syria meanwhile risks drawing Israel deeper into the conflict.A series of recent strikes in Syria that have killed Iranians has been attributed to Israel.But Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday signalled strikes could be extended to Iraq if necessary.Asked about the possibility of Israel hitting Iranian military positions in “Iraq or Tehran,” Lieberman said: “We do not limit ourselves to Syrian territory alone. It must be clear.”US warnings ring hollow?Britain, France and the US, which together launched limited attacks on Syrian installations in mid-April in retaliation for an alleged Syrian chemical attack, say their red line against illegal weapon use remains in force.But analysts still say the United States appears resigned to the likelihood of a final military victory by Syrian government forces.Behind the scenes, American diplomats have been actively warning Moscow, which has been accused in the past of turning a blind eye to chemical weapon use by its Syrian proteges.But these “verbal warning shots” have little to do with today’s reality in Syria, said Jonas Parello-Plesner, a researcher with the Hudson Institute in Washington who recently published a study on the US approach to the region.And that reality, he told AFP, is that “Assad is advancing on the ground, aided by Iran by land and Russia by air,” while the United States places its hopes on a UN-backed Geneva peace process that might best be described as “moribund.”Trump said in April that “it’s time” to bring American troops home from Syria-once the jihadists of the Islamic State group had been definitively defeated.While he quickly backed away from talk of an immediate withdrawal, his underlying determination to leave Syria’s seven-year war as soon as possible seems unchanged.
Craig Hartley for Houston Public MediaHouston Police Chief Art Acevedo talks about Texas Senate Bill 4, also known as SB4 or Sanctuary Cities law, on the first panel of the Latino Town Hall bay Houston Public Media and Univision, on July 21st, 2017.Police chiefs from Texas’ largest cities are decrying the so-called bathroom bill being debated in the special session of the Legislature, saying it will make the state less safe and waste their time.Officials from Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and El Paso gathered at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday. The Senate began debating requiring transgender Texans to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates.The chiefs said they’d not found examples of restroom-related sexual assaults and that forcing them to combat non-existent crime will increase discrimination and make Texas more dangerous.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo noted that state lawmakers ignored law enforcement opposition while recently passing a “sanctuary cities” law allowing police to inquire about peoples’ immigration status. He urged the Legislature “don’t put another handcuff” on police. Share
Kolkata: Within 24 hours of being nominated from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat, noted actor Mimi Chakraborty started her election campaign in full swing on Wednesday morning.She was accompanied by state Public Works department minister and Tollygunge MLA Aroop Biswas. Later in the day, party supremo Mamata Banerjee met all 42 nominees and discussed the poll strategy with them. Chakraborty shot to fame for her roles in popular Tollywood movies like Criss Cross, Dhananjay and Posto. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWhen asked whether she was feeling nervous about facing the first election in her life, Chakraborty said: “When Mamata di has selected me for the seat, I will never let her down. I will seek the blessing of the people of Jadavpur, work for them and stand by them in their hour of need.” The name of Mamata Banerjee had become a household name in Bengal, after she defeated Somnath Chatterjee in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat in 1984. CPI(M)’s Malini Bhattacharya, a teacher of English in Jadavpur University, was an MP from Jadavpur. Krishna Basu and her son Sugata were also MPs from the seat. Jadavpur was the Assembly constituency of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee as well. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe seven constituencies under Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat are Tollygunge, Sonarpur North, Jadavpur, Bhangar, Sonarpur South, Baruipur West and Baruipur (SC) East. The Left-Congress alliance and BJP are yet to announce their candidates in Jadavpur, where CPI(M)’s Sujan Chakraborty was defeated by Sugata Bose in 2014. Aroop Biswas said though the campaign for Mimi has just begun, the response of the people is very positive. “It will pick up further with time. All the Assembly segments will be covered and Mimi has tremendous popularity in the rural belt,” he added.
Brand USA lays out new marketing plan at IPW 2019 Travelweek Group Share Posted by Friday, June 7, 2019 Tags: Brand USA << Previous PostNext Post >> ANAHEIM — Brand USA took to the world stage at IPW 2019 in Anaheim, California earlier this week to announced its new marketing initiatives aimed at positioning the United States as a premier travel destination.As the premier sponsor of the annual trade show, Brand USA did what it does best: show international travellers all that the U.S. has to offer in travel experiences. While at a news conference, the organization revealed the following:• Its Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report shows that USA consumer campaigns in 14 markets generated 80% of international visitation to the U.S. A mobile giant screen strategy offered engaging stories to drive U.S. travel interest, and a second giant-screen film, ‘America’s Musical Journey’ opened in 75 theatres worldwide.• Brand USA’s third giant-screen film, ‘Into America’s Wild’, follows trailblazers John Herrington, the first Native American astronaut, and Alaskan pilot Ariel Tweto, on a cross-country journey that includes visits to scenic byways, ancient homelands and little-known trails. The film will premiere in Washington, D.C. in February 2020. To watch the trailer, click here.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal• Brand USA celebrated the success of its eighth year as the U.S. Travel Association’s premier sponsor of IPW 2019. The three-day show drives US$4.7 billion in future travel to the U.S., and had more than 1,300 exhibitor booths and over 6,000 attendees, including 1,300 international and domestic travel buyers and 500 journalists representing more than 70 countries. Brand USA extended its premier sponsorship agreement through 2024. “IPW is the biggest stage and brightest light annually for Brand USA to celebrate collective success with our world of stakeholders,” said Christopher L. Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA. “Congrats to the U.S. Travel Association, as well as our hosts Visit Anaheim and Visit California for another very productive event.”Brand USA’s mission is to increase incremental visitation, spend and market share to fuel the nation’s economy and enhance the image of the United States worldwide. Its FY2018 marketing initiatives helped to welcome 1.13 million incremental visitors to the USA. Those visitors spent a record $4.1 billion, generated a record $8.9 billion toward the U.S. economy, and supported more than 52,000 incremental U.S. jobs, according to a study by Oxford Economics.
TORONTO — While Air Canada’s $520 million acquisition of Transat awaits regulatory approval and the green light from shareholders, industry insiders are weighing in on the impact of the takeover.As reported yesterday, potential snags for the deal still loom large, even though Air Canada and Transat have both signaled their intent to go through with the transaction, valued at $13 per share.The price tag is one of the stumbling blocks, at least for some of Transat’s major shareholders, who say the price is too low.Canada’s Competition Bureau will also need to green light the deal. Air Canada and Transat’s combined slice of the transatlantic market out of Canada is about 60%.Some have expressed concerns that fares will go up, if not on sun routes where there is plenty of strong competition, then potentially on European routes especially where there is little to no competition.That said, “there are huge synergies and efficiencies that can be realized from the merger for both companies,” says Zeina Gedeon, CEO, TPI – Travel Professionals International.Gedeon says she has been fielding calls about the acquisition since Air Canada and Transat announced they were in negotiations. “We have enough competition on the leisure route and the European routes that there should be no impact. We keep thinking inwards about us but we are forgetting the positive impact this would have on brining more tourism from Europe to Canada, more spending in Canada, more jobs in Canada. This is positive for everyone.”More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthChristine James, CTM, Vice President Canada, TL Network Canada agreed that competition is strong particularly on sun routes. “It’s too early to predict what the impact will be on the industry overall. However there’s still healthy competition and lift to the sun destinations so I don’t see a negative fallout in that regard. From a TL Network perspective, we don’t have a partnership with Transat but we have a strong relationship with Air Canada Vacations so I believe there’s a potential upside for our Member agencies.”Joel Ostrov, President – Canada East Region – Direct Travel, says he “totally supports this transaction”. Ostrov, based in Montreal, has a long history in the travel industry, starting his industry career at 22 years of age right out of university, and grew his first agency, Partners In Travel, into a Montreal success story. He followed up in April 2000 with the creation of Vision 2000 Travel, now Vision Travel, and then merging with Direct Travel in 2017.Brian Robertson, President, Vision Travel Solutions, a Direct Travel Company, works in tandem with Ostrov to head up the company in Canada.Says Ostrov: “I have seen so many airlines come and go in Canada, from Nationair, to Jetsgo, to Wardair to Canada 3000 to Intair, to Roots Air, to Royal Airlines and many many others. The population in this country is simply not large enough to sustain the new entrants that have come and gone in my 42 years in the industry.”More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionOstrov adds: “Air Transat, and Transat the corporation (including all divisions) has certainly been one of the longest-lasting of these niche carriers, but now finds itself in a money-losing position which as we all know is not sustainable. Joining forces here in Montreal with another Quebec-based carrier like Air Canada, will ensure most if not all of the jobs will be protected.“Yes, we lose one more competitor in our market, but with so many foreign carriers serving the Canadian market, there is adequate if not abundant competition to keep Air Canada in check and not be able to gouge the consumers.”The fact that Air Canada’s acquisition of Transat would include retail distribution arm TDC was top of mind with many retailers.Air Canada’s acquisition of Transat, including TDC, would give Air Canada a sizeable foothold in retail distribution. Gary Gaudry, President, Maritime Travel, says Maritime Travel is watching the potential deal with eyes wide open. “We are taking a wait and see approach to this merger. The competition in sun destinations and Europe, and the fact Air Canada will now have distribution, are both of interest to us.” << Previous PostNext Post >> From distribution to competition, insiders weigh in on AC, Transat deal Share Friday, June 28, 2019 Tags: Air Canada, Air Transat Travelweek Group Posted by
Sponsored Stories Associated PressBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Svetozar Gligoric, a legendary Serbian and Yugoslav chess grandmaster who was the national champion 12 times and one of the world’s top players in the 20th century has died in Belgrade. He was 89.Serbia’s Chess Federation says Gligoric died on Tuesday and was buried in the Serbian capital on Friday. Media in Serbia reported that Gligoric died of a stroke.“We have been painfully deprived of a truly great man,” the federation said on its website. “He was a legend.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life “There is hardly a chess player in the world who does not know who is Svetozar Gligoric,” fellow chess master Aleksandar Matanovic said at a commemoration ceremony this week.“He always played for victory, not against his rival across the board, but the chess pieces,” Matanovic said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Gligoric was born in 1923 in Belgrade in what was then the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. He made his first chess career moves early, winning his first title aged 15 at the Belgrade Chess Club championship.Gligoric was from a poor family and both his parents died by the time he was 17 and World War II was about to start. During the war, Gligoric’s joined the anti-Nazi guerrillas and put his chess career on hold.After winning his first international tournament in Warsaw, Poland, in 1947, Gligoric became Yugoslavia’s champion 12 times and played at 15 biennial Chess Olympiads, collecting one gold, six silver and five bronze medals. He was awarded the grandmaster title in 1951.Serbia’s Chess Federation described Gligoric’s victory in Poland as a “historic triumph” over the greatest Soviet players of the time, including future World Champion Vasily Smyslov.The federation said that Gligoric secured 64 victories at international chess events.The World Chess Federation said Gligoric was among the top ten players of the world for many years. “He was very well known and respected as a perfect gentleman with style,” it said.In Yugoslavia, Gligoric received a number of state awards. After the former federation broke up in a civil war in 1990s’, Gligoric lived in his native Serbia. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Comments Share 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Patients with chronic pain give advice
Qatar Airways Renews its Partnership with Orbis UKQatar Airways Renews its Partnership with Orbis UKQatar Airways has renewed its sponsorship as Official Airline Partner to Orbis UK for a further three years. The airline has been a proud supporter of Orbis and its blindness prevention programmes since 2012.Orbis is a global charity that brings people together to fight avoidable blindness through access to quality eye care. Together with its partners, Orbis trains eye teams, strengthens eye care services and works on the ground to provide lasting solutions to communities in need.Orbis’s pioneering Flying Eye Hospital spearheads the charity’s global efforts to transform lives. The world’s only accredited eye hospital with wings is equipped with a state of the art operating theatre which is connected to a class room at the front of the room with a 3D screen, enabling those learning to get a very real view of the surgery taking place. The aircraft also features pre and post-op spaces for patients to recover.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways strongly believes in giving back to the global community and to making a difference. As an airline that connects communities and people around the world, we are delighted to continue our support for Orbis for another three years as Official Airline Partner. This initiative is of great importance to the global communities served by this state of the art flying medical facility, providing crucial eye care to people around the globe.”Orbis UK Trustee, Dr Robert Walters said: “We are so thankful for Qatar Airways’ trust, friendship and support since 2012. Together we have already hosted the Flying Eye Hospital in Doha three times and facilitated the royal visits, enabling us to gather the support required to launch Qatar Creating Vision. It is only through the power of partnerships that we are able to proudly celebrate the millions of eye tests provided to children and the thousands of people trained to help find those struggling with low vision in communities.”The renewed sponsorship this week also coincided with a visit from Her Royal Highness, Sophie The Countess of Wessex, to a ‘Qatar Creating Vision’ programme in Dhaka and Chittagong, Bangladesh. There she watched as patients bandages were removed, spoke withthe Orbis volunteers transforming lives and the local medical teams undertaking brilliant work.The Royal Visit concluded in Doha, where Her Royal Highness Sophie The Countess of Wessex also met with H.E. Mr. Al Baker, to celebrate the achievements of Qatar Creating Vision, which has undertaken 2.4 million eye tests for children and provided over 27,000 training sessions to doctors, teachers and community workers, to reach those living with unnecessary blindness.In 2013, Her Royal Highness Sophie The Countess of Wessex, in her role as the Ambassador for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), visited Doha with the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital to discuss the devastating impact a lack of access to eye care can have on people across the world. In October 2015, the Qatar Fund for Development and Orbis launched Qatar Creating Vision, an initiative that brings together the people of Qatar in the fight against preventable blindness.Earlier this year, the aircraft returned to Doha to bring together key stakeholders from across the ophthalmic medical community in Qatar to share knowledge of preferred practices and approaches to eye care.The national carrier of the State of Qatar, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 20th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.Source = Qatar Airways