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Gota says north not militarized

Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stoutly denied he was militarising the northern region and insisted troops “are maintaining absolutely essential presence” and were spread across all 22 districts on the island.He was responding to the charge by Tamil parties and the diaspora that army camps flooded the north even after the government won the war over 30 months ago and no civilian activity — not even family celebrations — could happen without the presence of an army officer. It’s sad some people do not recognise this and instead are talking of sanctions against us. Is this fair and justified?” Mr Gotabaya, the influential brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, told India’s Deccan Chronicle in an interview at his high-security office in Colombo. “We have achieved large-scale development and restoration of normalcy within a short span after ending the 30-year war on terror. Rajapaksa also pleaded for a “fair assessment” of the development work and restoration of normal life in the northern region “within a short time of ending the 30-year war against terror” instead of summary branding of the government as rights-abuser.“In these two-and-a-half years since winning the war, we have made great progress but, unfortunately, some people do not recognise that and harp on unnecessary issues, talk of sanctions (against Colombo). It was not an ordinary insurgency but real war. You cannot compare the LTTE with any other terrorist outfit, not even Al-Qaeda,” Mr Gotabaya said.Asked about the fate of senior LTTE leader V. Balakumar (ex-EROS), the defence secretary quipped, “I do not know specific cases. Was he in detention? I do not know. Most of the known characters died in the final battle. Some surrendered. There was ICRC and other agencies during the surrender process.”Stoutly contesting the charge that the surrendered Tigers were killed in cold blood, Mr Gotabaya said international agencies, including the French MSF (Medicines Sans Frontiers) and the Indian medical team, were present in the battle zone to receive survivors and surrendered militants, the Deccan Chronicle reported. read more

President gives chief prelates assurance following meeting

The Maha Nayaka of Malwathu Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero, Maha Nayaka of Asgiri Sector Most Venerable Varakagoka Sri Gnanarathana Thero, and Maha Nayaka of Ramagna Maha Nikaya Most Venerable Napane Premasiri Thero attended the discussion. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has gives the chief prelates an assurance on the Constitution making process following a meeting held with them in Kandy today.A meeting between Maha Sangha (chief prelates) led by Maha Nayaka Theros and President Maithripala Sirisena was held today at the President’s House in Kandy. The Maha Sangha presented their ideas and proposals on the political, social, economic and religious matters, to the President during this meeting. They presented a list of proposals related to these matters, the President’s office said. read more

Tech and healthcare push TSX higher US stock markets little changed

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index moved higher in late-morning trading, helped by gains by technology stocks and the health-care sector, which includes some of the big cannabis companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 33.05 points at 16,521.17.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 2.14 points at 27,334.17. The S&P 500 index was down 0.45 of a point at 3,013.32, while the Nasdaq composite was up 6.49 points at 8,250.64.The Canadian dollar traded for 76.65 cents US compared with an average of 76.70 cents US on Friday.The August crude contract was down two cents at US$60.19 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was down 4.9 cents at US$2.40 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up 20 cents at US$1,412.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was up 0.85 of a cent at US$2.70 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) read more

Whos Likely To Win The Five Big European Soccer Leagues

Since FiveThirtyEight relaunched with ESPN, we’ve created predictions for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NWSL, the men’s and women’s World Cup, college football, college basketball and tennis. Now we’re adding another set for the world’s most popular sport. Introducing: Club soccer predictions!Our new ratings — which are a revamped version of the ESPN Soccer Power Index (SPI) of national teams, adapted to the club game — use in-game player and ball-location data to assess the quality of shots and opportunities that teams generate. This gives us a better picture of performance than can be gleaned from game outcomes alone; you can read more in our full methodology here. Based on each team’s performance we calculate an offensive and defensive rating, which are used to predict the outcome of matches over the rest of the season.Right now, our predictions cover Europe’s five strongest club leagues — England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 — and the Champions League. Our prediction pages are available in English and Spanish. Here’s how each league stands.Premier League Italy’s club season also started with a clear favorite, as Juventus sought its sixth-straight title. The club currently holds a one-point lead with a game in hand, and we rate Juve’s defense as the best in Serie A. AS Roma and Napoli have slightly stronger offenses and a combined 36 percent chance of winning the league. Those three teams are the favorites to take the league’s three Champions League spots as well, with Lazio and both Milan clubs capable of making spoiler runs.Ligue 1 Eintracht34<1 Sevilla94 CHANCE OF … Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Real Madrid>99%49% Dortmund146 Man. United29<1 CHANCE OF … Lazio222 FC Cologne14<1 On the other side of the table, 2015-16 Cinderella Leicester City has fallen hard. While at the start of the season we projected the Foxes to finish ninth, they currently sit in 15th place, and we give them a 12 percent chance of being relegated. Swansea City, which skyrocketed from the fourth tier to the Premier League between 2005 and 2011, has a 61 percent chance of relegation.La Liga CHANCE OF … Lyon512 Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Juventus93%60% Inter Milan211 Atletico Madrid68<1 Roma7823 Real Sociedad18<1 Nice471 TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING SERIE A Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Man. City544 Napoli6413 CHANCE OF … PSG97%48% TEAMMAKING FINALWINNING CHAMP. LG. Hertha Berlin32<1 Villarreal22<1 Bayer17<1 Monaco9748 The group stage of the Champions League is behind us, with relatively few surprises. Tottenham and Dynamo Kiev probably were the two best teams eliminated: They had a 68 percent and 58 percent chance of advancing, respectively. AS Monaco and Benfica advanced in their stead.The knockout stage begins on February 14. Barcelona, which faces Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16, remains the favorite to win the title at 25 percent. Bayern, Real and Juventus are close behind. We give the other 12 teams just a 37 percent chance of winning, combined. Leicester City’s magic carried the club through the group stage, but its poor Premier League play has lowered its ratings. We give Leicester just a 29 percent chance of advancing past Sevilla to the quarterfinals, and a 1 percent chance of making the final.Check out our latest soccer predictions. Atletico Madrid125 Hoffenheim27<1 Barcelona43%25% Liverpool7915 CHANCE OF … Sevilla823 Bayern Munich>99%91% Real Madrid recently saw its 40-game unbeaten streak come to an end, but the club still holds a one-point lead in La Liga with a game in hand. Our ratings still consider third-place Barcelona to be the stronger team on both sides of the ball, which makes Real’s offense merely the second-best in the world. This leaves us with a neck-and-neck race for the league title, with a pivotal matchup between the two clubs looming in Madrid on April 23.Sevilla sits in second place, but we don’t expect the club to finish in first. Its goal differential is nearly half that of Real and Barcelona, and we rate Sevilla’s offense as about a goal per game worse than the other two teams’. Nevertheless, Sevilla is in good position to qualify for the Champions League by finishing in the top four in La Liga, after having qualified as the Europa League champion in each of the last two seasons.Bundesliga AC Milan11<1 Chelsea96%62% Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING BUNDESLIGA TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING PREMIER LG. Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League RB Leipzig836 Bayern is in the driver’s seat here, seeking its fifth-straight Bundesliga title. RB Leipzig — which played in Germany’s second division last season but isn’t exactly a heartwarming underdog — is only three points behind in the table. Our ratings consider RB to be a much inferior team to Bayern, though, and goal differential agrees. We peg Dortmund as the second-best offense and fourth-best defense in the league, but an ugly 7-win, 6-draw, 3-loss start has the club in sixth place, with too much ground to make up.The battle for Champions League qualification is a bit more exciting. Bayern is a lock and we expect RB and Dortmund to qualify as well, but the league’s fourth spot is wide open. Hoffenheim — which narrowly avoided relegation last season — has a 27 percent chance of completing an impressive turnaround by finishing in the top four.Serie A Arsenal719 Juventus2110 Arsenal105 Paris Saint-Germain entered the 2016-17 season as a heavy favorite to win its fifth-straight league title, with our preseason projections giving PSG a 91 percent chance against its relatively weak opposition. Twenty matches in, PSG sits at third in the table with 42 points, three behind Nice and Monaco. We have ourselves a race!We expect the title battle to come down to PSG and Monaco, which are now closely matched in our ratings (with Nice considerably lower). Fourth-place Lyon has only 34 points in 19 games, but it’s also much stronger than Nice and we expect the two clubs to closely contest the league’s third Champions League spot.Champions League Napoli84 Tottenham709 Atalanta7<1 Bayern Munich2816 Real Madrid2312 Barcelona>9946 Man. City146 Dortmund803 Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of reaching the Champions League final TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING LIGUE 1 CHANCE OF … Chelsea has opened up a seven-point lead on its Premier League rivals, and is threatening to run away with the title. Our ratings don’t consider the Blues to be significantly stronger than the other teams at the top of the table: We narrowly rate their defense as the league’s best, but their offense as just the third-best behind Arsenal’s and Liverpool’s. But even though Chelsea isn’t necessarily the best team in the league, seven points is a large margin with 17 games to play; we give Chelsea a 62 percent chance of taking the title. If our forecasted standings hold, both Manchester United and Manchester City will be left out of the top four for the first time in Premier League history. Who will win the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Champions League? See our predictions » TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WinningLa Liga read more

BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini arrested under Operation Yewtree

first_imgTHE BBC HAS confirmed that its broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been arrested as part of the Operation Yewtree inquiry.BBC News reports this evening that the veteran broadcaster was arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences.He had been held at his home in South London on Tuesday before being questioned in police custody.It is expected that the BBC will issue a comment later this evening.Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Police said that two men, aged 64 and 74, were arrested in south London and taken into police custody as part of Operation Yewtree.The operation was launched after allegations against the late BBC DJ Jimmy Savile emerged.Yewtree has three strands: allegations involving Savile, allegations involving Savile and others, and allegations involving others.The two men arrested on Tuesday were the 15th and 16th people to be arrested as part of the operation, and fell under the strand termed ‘others’.Read: Two men arrested in Savile sex abuse investigation>last_img read more

Man 45 charged with murder over fatal stabbing of Noel Whelan on

first_img Monday 1 Apr 2019, 2:47 PM Updated Apr 1st 2019, 2:47 PM A MAN HAS been remanded in custody after he was charged with murder following a fatal stabbing at a house in Dublin at the weekend.Mark Whelan (45), Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart, Dublin appeared before Judge Paula Murphy at Blanchardstown District Court this afternoon having been arrested on Saturday.He was accused of murder of Noel Whelan, a father-to-be who was in his twenties, at Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart on Saturday.Shortly after 6pm on Saturday, gardaí attended the scene of an incident in a house at Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart where Noel Whelan was discovered with stab wounds.He was treated at the scene by emergency services personnel but was pronounced dead a short time later.Evidence of arrest charge and caution was given by Detective Sergeant Shane MacCartan.He said the accused made no reply when the charge was put to him at Finglas Garda station at 1.15pm today.At the outset of the hearing his solicitor said that for his own safety and that of others Whelan agreed to remain handcuffed during the hearing.The district court cannot grant bail in a murder case.Whelan, represented by solicitor Tracy Horan, had scratches on his head and did not address the court during the brief hearing.Judge Murphy acceded to a request from the solicitor to direct medical attention and psychiatric evaluation of the accused while in prison remand.Whelan was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on 5 April next.Legal aid was granted after the court heard he was not working. Due to the nature of the charge he will have to apply to the High Court for bail.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Short URL Share66 Tweet Email1 Apr 1st 2019, 10:37 AM https://jrnl.ie/4570632 Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Man (45) charged with murder over fatal stabbing of Noel Whelan on Saturday Mark Whelan was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on 5 April next. 38,171 Views No Comments Image: Brian Lawless via PA Images By Tom Tuitelast_img read more

Oregon man jailed for fatal punch outside bar

first_imgWILSONVILLE, Ore. — An Oregon man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for contributing to the death of a man who he punched outside a bar.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 30-year-old Jorge Keymolen Jr. pleaded guilty earlier this month to criminally negligent homicide in the death of 46-year-old Randy Pigeon.Pigeon was punched in the head in late-June 2016. After falling and hitting his head on concrete, Pigeon spent time in a hospital and died Aug. 8, 2016. His wife says he underwent seven surgeries on his brain throughout 25 days.Keymolen Jr. apologized to about two dozen of Pigeon’s family members and friends at his sentencing.last_img read more

Bidding Extended

first_img Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2014 – Could it be… no construction company in the Turks and Caicos wants to build phase one of the new school for our teenagers. Education Minister, Deputy Premier, Akierra Missick said it is a shame that the tender closed last week with no interest expressed; the date is now extended. The big issue is that this could cause a further delay for the school’s construction; which would mean no new school in time for September. Media learned that an extra $1.6 million has been budgeted for the construction of the institution to be located in Long Bay Hills. This is the seventh time, explained the Minister, that an MOE project has not attracted bids. Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Related Items:akierra missick, bidding, construction companies, long bay hills, school construction Education Minister tours schools this weeklast_img read more

Spotify will come preinstalled on Galaxy S10 S10 Plus S10E

first_img Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $299 at Amazon Rylo $999 Best Buy 1 See It $999 $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $833 See It Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Galaxy S10’s batch of preinstalled apps will include Spotify. SOPA Images/ Getty Images If you buy a new Samsung phone, you’ll get the Spotify app too.Spotify said Friday that its app will come preinstalled on “millions” of new Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10E released Friday. New Galaxy owners could also get six months of free Spotify Premium. Spotify noted that you’re ineligible if you’ve already used Spotify Premium or its Unlimited service or previously had a free trial. The offer is another piece of Spotify’s partnership with Samsung. The two companies started working together in August, and Spotify was deemed Samsung’s go-to music provider. The Spotify app will also come preinstalled on the Galaxy Fold, set to debut April 26, and the Galaxy S10 5G, set for release in the summer.  See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Comments DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice See It Sarah Tew/CNET The Galaxy S10 is fantastic $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Comment Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy Sprint See at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $155 at Google Express Tags An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $59 at eBay Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Abt Electronics News • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be used to film entire Tonight Show episode Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • Galaxy S10 Plus braces for Galaxy Note 10 impact Tags Apple iPhone XS Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 See it $210 at Best Buy $999 5:14 See at Turo Share your voice $60 at Best Buy $999 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 7 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB, prism black) Sprint Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus $520 at HP Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview See It See it Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Amazonlast_img read more

Former Juneau lawmaker fined 18K for allegedly helping oil companies while seeking

first_imgBruce Weyhrauch represented Juneau in the Alaska House of Representatives for two terms, from 2003 to 2006. (Photo courtesy Alaska Legislature)Download AudioFormer Juneau Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch has been fined $18,104 for asking for an oil company job while sitting as a state lawmaker who helped draft oil tax legislation.But his attorney said the opinion released by a legislative ethics committee may not be the final word on the matter.The House Subcommittee of the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics released their probable cause complaint and final opinion on Tuesday after 10 meetings on the case over the last nine years.The ethics committee alleged Weyhrauch violated the Legislative Ethics Act by obtaining a promise of future employment with oil services company VECO for helping to draft the Petroleum Profits Tax bill that then-Gov. Frank Murkowski was pushing.They also found that Weyhrauch agreed or implied that — in exchange for the potential job — he would make sure the bill benefited VECO.The committee also determined that he exerted official influence on other lawmakers by encouraging them to vote the same way on the oil tax bill, also known as PPT.The committee determined that Weyhrauch had 51 amendments drafted for the bill as the legislature met in spring 2006. That same year, he sent six letters soliciting clients and employment. Of those, one each was sent to VECO, BP Exploration and ExxonMobil. He also offered his office space to an out-of-state VECO attorney.The panel said Weyhrauch’s actions demonstrated a conflict of interest even though there was no evidence that he ultimately was employed by VECO.Reached for comment Wednesday, Weyhrauch referred all questions to his attorney, Doug Pope.“We contest everything that’s in that probable cause finding, other than the fact that Bruce was a legislator,” Pope said.Pope said Weyhrauch cooperated with the committee, but he said it was time for the panel to prove their claims.“They’re going to have to prove that before the full committee and they’re going to have to justify their decision before a court of law,” Pope said.Pope said the process will likely go on for awhile longer, but not nearly as long as the ethics committee took with their investigation.“The sword has been hanging over Bruce and (wife) LuAnn’s head for too long,” Pope said.During their Jan. 26 meeting, the ethics committee fined him $5,000 for each of the three violations. They also tacked on an additional $3,103.70 for expenses related to the investigation and adjudication. Weyhrauch must pay the fine by Feb. 16, 2017. He must also write a public letter of apology within the next 30 days.As an alternative, ethics committee Administrator Jerry Anderson said Weyhrauch has until March 7 to request a public hearing or closed-door meeting with the ethics committee.If Weyhrauch does not comply, then the ethics committee will file formal charges against him.Weyhrauch served in the state House representing a portion of Juneau for four years beginning in 2003. He was indicted in May 2007 after a corruption probe by the U.S. Department of Justice that resulted in the indictments of other lawmakers like former House Speaker Pete Kott, former Wasilla Rep. Vic Kohring and U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder moved to throw out Stevens’ conviction because of prosecutorial misconduct before Stevens died in a plane crash in 2010.Weyhrauch eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor state charge of aiding an unregistered lobbyist after federal prosecutors dropped four felony charges against him.Weyhrauch was fined $1,000 and received a suspended sentence of three months in prison during his sentencing in March 2011.Weyhrauch told the court he was sorry and he took responsibility for the facts laid out in the plea agreement. He accused the media of getting the story all wrong and never believed he was guilty of the charges lodged by the federal government.last_img read more

Senior Flipkart executives in job hunt overdrive after Binny Bansals exit

first_imgAlso, BTI Consultants has been approached by some few Flipkart executives whose salaries are over Rs 1 crore per annum, the daily said.More churn in the industry, as well as in the job market, is expected as Walmart is going ahead with key acts of restructuring at the company. The US headquarters has already said Flipkart group companies Myntra and Jabong will be rolled into one, a move that will lead to the layoff more than 200 people at Jabong. Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Flipkart, Binny Bansal speaks during the launch of Flipkart’s Largest Fulfillment Centre on the outskirts of Hyderabad on October 30, 2015.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesIBTimes UKSeveral senior executives at Flipkart have stated looking for jobs outside following the abrupt exit of co-founder Binny Bansal from the Indian e-commerce giant that was acquired by Walmart earlier this year.Bansal, the group Chief Executive Officer at Flipkart, resigned after the Walmart management concluded that there was “a lack of transparency, related to how Binny responded to a charge of “personal misconduct”.Sachin Bansal, the other co-founder, had exited the company earlier this year after the US retail behemoth took a 77 percent stake in the Indian company for $16 billion. With both founders out, Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy became the highest ranking executive at the conglomerate overnight.The rapid ascend of Krishnamurthy in Flipkart had set alarm bells ringing among the senior professionals at the company. The comeback of the former Tiger Global executive to Flipkart in 2016 had caused the exit of more than a dozen senior C-level executives from Flipkart.Krishnamurthy ad joined Flipkart the first time in 2013 as interim sales chief and finance head. According to reports he had fallen out with the then CEO Sachin Bansal and left the following year. [Left to right: Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO, Flipkart, Jerry Shen, CEO, ASUS TEK Computer Inc.] Asus Zenfone series phones will be available exclusively on Flipkart in IndiaAsus Press KitIncidentally, it was Krishnamurthy who spearheaded the move to tie Flipkart in the stable of Walmart. Sachin Bansal had reportedly wanted a deal with Amazon, not Walmart.When Flipkart was bought over by Walmart eventually, Sachin quit the company he founded along with Binny more than ten years ago in a Bangalore apartment.As the news of Binny’s resignation spread, there were speculations that Krishnamurthy would be the next in line to become the group CEO. The Walmart management also announced that the CEOs of group companies Myntra and Jabong would report into Krishnamurthy.Soon it was clear that Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan was on his way out as his equations with Krishnamurthy weren’t great either. Even as reports about his resignation spread, Narayanan clarified on Friday that he hasn’t put in papers. Rush to exit According to a report by the Economic Times, more than ten senior Flipkart executives have refreshed their CVs and started discussions with executive placement agencies.While Delhi-based placement firm GlobalHunt got 10 resumes from Flipkart executives, Bengaluru-based Head Hunters has also intimated discussions with a handful of executive, ET reported.Separately, Mumbai-based executive search firm Hunt Partners has also got feelers from high-ranking Flipkart executives. Close Walmart Employee Harasses Muslim Customer IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:57Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:56?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

12member body to be formed to resolve RMG worker unrest

first_imgWorkers of readymade garment factories continued their protest for third consecutive day. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe government on Tuesday decided to form a 12-member tripartite committee involving representatives of workers, readymade garment (RMG) factory owners and the government to resolve the ongoing problems in the country’s RMG sector by one month.“A decision has been taken to form a 12-member tripartite committee with five representatives from RMG factory owners and five from workers, and the secretaries of the industries and labour ministries to resolve the ongoing crisis in the RMG sector,” commerce minister Tipu Munshi told newsmen after a meeting of the crisis management affairs core committee, reports BSS.He said the committee will scrutinise all sorts of problems in the RMG sector and will take steps to resolve those by one month.State minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian, labour secretary Afroza Khan, commerce secretary Md Mofizul Islam, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin were, among others, present at the meeting held at the Labour Department in the capital in the afternoon.Munshi urged RMG workers to join their work places and assured them of providing their salaries and allowances by one month.last_img read more

Buy This Comic Peter Parker The Spectactular SpiderMan 1

first_imgStay on target Today is Wednesday, better known as New Comic Book Day, the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week, that comic is Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1, a massive from Marvel Comics, writer Chip Zdarsky, artists Adam Kubert and Goran Parlov, and colorist Jordie Bellaire.via Marvel ComicsPeter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Adam Kubert, Goran Parlov (C) Jordie Bellaire SPIDER-MAN RETURNS TO THE FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD! The web-slinging, wallcrawling wonder returns to New York City in the all-new PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. A companion series to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series, Peter Parker is going back-to-basics for big heroics in the Big Apple. Featuring adversaries old and new, be there as Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood for his never-ending battle against crime and the dreaded “Parker Luck.”via Marvel ComicsLet me get this out of the way real quick. Chip Zdarsky, from Sex Criminals, Howard the Duck, and Jughead, is writing Spider-Man, and this is perfect. I cannot emphasize enough how perfect a match Zdarsky’s humor and sensibilities are for the friendly neighborhood millennial. Howard the Duck is one of my favorite comics, especially Marvel Comics, to come out in the past two decades, and if you haven’t read it yet, I strongly urge you to do so, and it can all be found here, and here, and here. Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones teamed up to bring the foul-mouthed fowl to a new generation of readers following the duck’s cameo at the end of them first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Quinones’ great expressive faces and spot on depiction of New York, combined with Zdarsky’s quirks, made it one of the best comics that I don’t feel like gets enough credit. Zdarsky seems to find strength in two things, the first being his ability to get to the core of a character, and the second is his willingness to have fun in the Marvel Universe’s sandbox. With Spider-Man, he does it again, dialing down all of the extra bits added to the character in the last ten years and honing in on what makes Peter Parker so likable.Zdarsky writes Peter as a young-ish guy just trying his best. He’s far from perfect and is even kind of insufferable sometimes. He makes plans and forgets, doesn’t have his priorities right, can be a bad friend sometimes, but at the end of the day, he cares and is trying, which is more than can be said for a lot of people. This first issue seems to be zooming in on the “Friendly, Neighborhood” part of the character that has got lost in the fuss of his bombastic, superspy adventures recently. With the new Homecoming movie coming out, this is exactly the kind of Spider-Man comic that we need right now, and Zdarsky delivers the goods. Showing Peter’s friendship with Johnny Storm, how awful Peter is with… people, but especially women, and just how in over his head he seems to be at all times are all great bits. It shows just how good of a grasp Zdarsky has on the character, and I can’t wait to see where he takes him.via Marvel ComicsAdam Kubert is the main artist on this book, and it’s weird because I am used to seeing him on more event-scaled books, but his recent stint on the Secret Wars mini-series, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, seems like a good precursor to this series. I don’t know that Kubert’s style fits as well with the tone of this book as it could, coming across as a little too serious, but I am sure it’ll work more going forward, especially with that last page reveal. I won’t give any spoilers away here, but if you want some context, I would strongly urge you to read this if you have not already. The series also seems to be setting up something more sinister in the backup which is also written by Zdarsky with art by Goran Parlov, which honestly feels like a throwback of sorts. Especially with how Parlov’s art feels like John Romita Sr. All in all, this first issue feels like a really loving take on the character and a great jumping on point for new readers.  Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 is available today in print and online at Comixology.6/21/17 Releases – In addition to Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading, if you are not already.Archie #21 by writer Mark Waid, artist Pete Woods, and Archie Comics. Part 2 of the Over The Edge storyline. Who lives? Who dies? Riverdale will never be the same.All New Guardians of the Galaxy #4 by writer Gerry Duggan, artist Aaron Kuder, and Marvel Comics.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more

Top 7 libraries for geospatial analysis

first_imgThe term geospatial refers to finding information that is located on the earth’s surface. This can include, for example, the position of a cellphone tower, the shape of a road, or the outline of a country. Geospatial data often associates some piece of information with a particular location. Geospatial development is the process of writing computer programs that can access, manipulate, and display this type of information. Internally, geospatial data is represented as a series of coordinates, often in the form of latitude and longitude values. Additional attributes, such as temperature, soil type, height, or the name of a landmark, are also often present. There can be many thousands (or even millions) of data points for a single set of geospatial data. In addition to the prosaic tasks of importing geospatial data from various external file formats and translating data from one projection to another, geospatial data can also be manipulated to solve various interesting problems. Obvious examples include the task of calculating the distance between two points, calculating the length of a road, or finding all data points within a given radius of a selected point. We use libraries to solve all of these problems and more. Today we will look at the major libraries used to process and analyze geospatial data. GDAL/OGR GEOS Shapely Fiona Python Shapefile Library (pyshp) pyproj Rasterio GeoPandas This is an excerpt from the book, Mastering Geospatial Analysis with Python by Paul Crickard, Eric van Rees, and Silas Toms. Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) and the OGR Simple Features Library The Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL)/OGR Simple Features Library combines two separate libraries that are generally downloaded together as a GDAL. This means that installing the GDAL package also gives access to OGR functionality. The reason GDAL is covered first is that other packages were written after GDAL, so chronologically, it comes first. As you will notice, some of the packages covered in this post extend GDAL’s functionality or use it under the hood. GDAL was created in the 1990s by Frank Warmerdam and saw its first release in June 2000. Later, the development of GDAL was transferred to the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). Technically, GDAL is a little different than your average Python package as the GDAL package itself was written in C and C++, meaning that in order to be able to use it in Python, you need to compile GDAL and its associated Python bindings. However, using conda and Anaconda makes it relatively easy to get started quickly. Because it was written in C and C++, the online GDAL documentation is written in the C++ version of the libraries. For Python developers, this can be challenging, but many functions are documented and can be consulted with the built-in pydoc utility, or by using the help function within Python. Because of its history, working with GDAL in Python also feels a lot like working in C++ rather than pure Python. For example, a naming convention in OGR is different than Python’s since you use uppercase for functions instead of lowercase. These differences explain the choice for some of the other Python libraries such as Rasterio and Shapely, which are also covered in this chapter, that has been written from a Python developer’s perspective but offer the same GDAL functionality. GDAL is a massive and widely used data library for raster data. It supports the reading and writing of many raster file formats, with the latest version counting up to 200 different file formats that are supported. Because of this, it is indispensable for geospatial data management and analysis. Used together with other Python libraries, GDAL enables some powerful remote sensing functionalities. It’s also an industry standard and is present in commercial and open source GIS software. The OGR library is used to read and write vector-format geospatial data, supporting reading and writing data in many different formats. OGR uses a consistent model to be able to manage many different vector data formats. You can use OGR to do vector reprojection, vector data format conversion, vector attribute data filtering, and more. GDAL/OGR libraries are not only useful for Python programmers but are also used by many GIS vendors and open source projects. The latest GDAL version at the time of writing is 2.2.4, which was released in March 2018. GEOS The Geometry Engine Open Source (GEOS) is the C/C++ port of a subset of the Java Topology Suite (JTS) and selected functions. GEOS aims to contain the complete functionality of JTS in C++. It can be compiled on many platforms, including Python. As you will see later on, the Shapely library uses functions from the GEOS library. In fact, there are many applications using GEOS, including PostGIS and QGIS. GeoDjango, also uses GEOS, as well as GDAL, among other geospatial libraries. GEOS can also be compiled with GDAL, giving OGR all of its capabilities. The JTS is an open source geospatial computational geometry library written in Java. It provides various functionalities, including a geometry model, geometric functions, spatial structures and algorithms, and i/o capabilities. Using GEOS, you have access to the following capabilities—geospatial functions (such as within and contains), geospatial operations (union, intersection, and many more), spatial indexing, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) well-known text (WKT) and well-known binary (WKB) input/output, the C and C++ APIs, and thread safety. Shapely Shapely is a Python package for manipulation and analysis of planar features, using functions from the GEOS library (the engine of PostGIS) and a port of the JTS. Shapely is not concerned with data formats or coordinate systems but can be readily integrated with such packages. Shapely only deals with analyzing geometries and offers no capabilities for reading and writing geospatial files. It was developed by Sean Gillies, who was also the person behind Fiona and Rasterio. Shapely supports eight fundamental geometry types that are implemented as a class in the shapely.geometry module—points, multipoints, linestrings, multilinestrings, linearrings, multipolygons, polygons, and geometrycollections. Apart from representing these geometries, Shapely can be used to manipulate and analyze geometries through a number of methods and attributes. Shapely has mainly the same classes and functions as OGR while dealing with geometries. The difference between Shapely and OGR is that Shapely has a more Pythonic and very intuitive interface, is better optimized, and has a well-developed documentation. With Shapely, you’re writing pure Python, whereas with GEOS, you’re writing C++ in Python. For data munging, a term used for data management and analysis, you’re better off writing in pure Python rather than C++, which explains why these libraries were created. For more information on Shapely, consult the documentation. This page also has detailed information on installing Shapely for different platforms and how to build Shapely from the source for compatibility with other modules that depend on GEOS. This refers to the fact that installing Shapely will require you to upgrade NumPy and GEOS if these are already installed. Fiona Fiona is the API of OGR. It can be used for reading and writing data formats. The main reason for using it instead of OGR is that it’s closer to Python than OGR as well as more dependable and less error-prone. It makes use of two markup languages, WKT and WKB, for representing spatial information with regards to vector data. As such, it can be combined well with other Python libraries such as Shapely, you would use Fiona for input and output, and Shapely for creating and manipulating geospatial data. While Fiona is Python compatible and our recommendation, users should also be aware of some of the disadvantages. It is more dependable than OGR because it uses Python objects for copying vector data instead of C pointers, which also means that they use more memory, which affects the performance. Python shapefile library (pyshp) The Python shapefile library (pyshp) is a pure Python library and is used to read and write shapefiles. The pyshp library’s sole purpose is to work with shapefiles—it only uses the Python standard library. You cannot use it for geometric operations. If you’re only working with shapefiles, this one-file-only library is simpler than using GDAL. pyproj The pyproj is a Python package that performs cartographic transformations and geodetic computations. It is a Cython wrapper to provide Python interfaces to PROJ.4 functions, meaning you can access an existing library of C code in Python. PROJ.4 is a projection library that transforms data among many coordinate systems and is also available through GDAL and OGR. The reason that PROJ.4 is still popular and widely used is two-fold: Firstly, because it supports so many different coordinate systems Secondly, because of the routes it provides to do this—Rasterio and GeoPandas, two Python libraries covered next, both use pyproj and thus PROJ.4 functionality under the hood The difference between using PROJ.4 separately instead of using it with a package such as GDAL is that it enables you to re-project individual points, and packages using PROJ.4 do not offer this functionality. The pyproj package offers two classes—the Proj class and the Geod class. The Proj class performs cartographic computations, while the Geod class performs geodetic computations. Rasterio Rasterio is a GDAL and NumPy-based Python library for raster data, written with the Python developer in mind instead of C, using Python language types, protocols, and idioms. Rasterio aims to make GIS data more accessible to Python programmers and helps GIS analysts learn important Python standards. Rasterio relies on concepts of Python rather than GIS. Rasterio is an open source project from the satellite team of Mapbox, a provider of custom online maps for websites and applications. The name of this library should be pronounced as raster-i-o rather than ras-te-rio. Rasterio came into being as a result of a project called the Mapbox Cloudless Atlas, which aimed to create a pretty-looking basemap from satellite imagery. One of the software requirements was to use open source software and a high-level language with handy multi-dimensional array syntax. Although GDAL offers proven algorithms and drivers, developing with GDAL’s Python bindings feels a lot like C++. Therefore, Rasterio was designed to be a Python package at the top, with extension modules (using Cython) in the middle, and a GDAL shared library on the bottom. Other requirements for the raster library were being able to read and write NumPy ndarrays to and from data files, use Python types, protocols, and idioms instead of C or C++ to free programmers from having to code in two languages. For georeferencing, Rasterio follows the lead of pyproj. There are a couple of capabilities added on top of reading and writing, one of them being a features module. Reprojection of geospatial data can be done with the rasterio.warp module. Rasterio’s project homepage can be found on Github. GeoPandas GeoPandas is a Python library for working with vector data. It is based on the pandas library that is part of the SciPy stack. SciPy is a popular library for data inspection and analysis, but unfortunately, it cannot read spatial data. GeoPandas was created to fill this gap, taking pandas data objects as a starting point. The library also adds functionality from geographical Python packages. GeoPandas offers two data objects—a GeoSeries object that is based on a pandas Series object and a GeoDataFrame, based on a pandas DataFrame object, but adding a geometry column for each row. Both GeoSeries and GeoDataFrame objects can be used for spatial data processing, similar to spatial databases. Read and write functionality is provided for almost every vector data format. Also, because both Series and DataFrame objects are subclasses from pandas data objects, you can use the same properties to select or subset data, for example .loc or .iloc. GeoPandas is a library that employs the capabilities of newer tools, such as Jupyter Notebooks, pretty well, whereas GDAL enables you to interact with data records inside of vector and raster datasets through Python code. GeoPandas takes a more visual approach by loading all records into a GeoDataFrame so that you can see them all together on your screen. The same goes for plotting data. These functionalities were lacking in Python 2 as developers were dependent on IDEs without extensive data visualization capabilities which are now available with Jupyter Notebooks. We’ve provided an overview of the most important open source packages for processing and analyzing geospatial data. The question then becomes when to use a certain package and why. GDAL, OGR, and GEOS are indispensable for geospatial processing and analyzing, but were not written in Python, and so they require Python binaries for Python developers. Fiona, Shapely, and pyproj were written to solve these problems, as well as the newer Rasterio library. For a more Pythonic approach, these newer packages are preferable to the older C++ packages with Python binaries (although they’re used under the hood). Now that you have an idea of what options are available for a certain use case and why one package is preferable over another, here’s something you should always remember. As is often the way in programming, there might be multiple solutions for one particular problem. For example, when dealing with shapefiles, you could use pyshp, GDAL, Shapely, or GeoPandas, depending on your preference and the problem at hand. Read Next: Introduction to Data Analysis and Libraries 15 Useful Python Libraries to make your Data Science tasks Easier “Pandas is an effective tool to explore and analyze data”: An interview with Theodore Petrou Using R to implement Kriging – A Spatial Interpolation technique for Geostatistics datalast_img read more

Discover Dominicas new Canadian rep focused on travel trade

first_img Share Discover Dominica’s new Canadian rep focused on travel trade Monday, August 15, 2016 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — The Discover Dominica Authority, Dominica’s official tourism authority, has appointed LMA Communications as its Canadian public relations agency.LMA says it will work to introduce Dominica to consumers as an unspoiled nature island with a vibrant culture and eco-adventures unlike anywhere else in the Caribbean.LMA will also focus on added travel agent and tour operator participation, web and online activities and increased visitor arrivals year round from key markets in Canada.“We are honoured to be the Canadian representative for the Island of Dominica,” said John Ozikizler, President and Partner of LMA. “Dominica is an undiscovered location for Canadian travellers and we intend to build consumer awareness through an integrated public relations plan and travel trade partner program.” Tags: Dominica << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Avalon Waterways waives single supplement on select Europe cruises

first_img The Canadian Press Share Posted by Avalon Waterways waives single supplement on select Europe cruises TORONTO — Solo travellers who book 2017 Europe river cruises with Avalon Waterways can save with a No Single Supplement promotion on now through Jan. 3.All of Avalon’s 2017 itineraries have five cabins set aside on every sailing for solo travellers. Avalon offers almost 30 European itineraries from eight to 24 days, many with themed departures available. These special sailings include expert talks and demonstrations, and range from art to music, wine to history and more, well suited for many single travellers. There is also a new Active Discovery cruise on the Danube with optional hiking, biking and canoeing excursions included.“Our solo passengers love the comfort and security on board our ships,” says Stéphanie Bishop, Managing Director of Avalon Waterways in Canada. “Plus if you act quickly, this can also be a great opportunity for two friends to travel together – each with their own stateroom!”Avalon features a fleet of new vessels – none more than seven years old – with the majority of staterooms featuring beds that face the wall to wall, floor to ceiling window which opens over two meters. Sailings include shore excursions, nightly talks and entertainment and local wine and beer served with lunch and dinner. Avalon cruises also include the use of Nordic walking poles and bikes, complete with helmets and maps, for optional independent touring ashore.center_img Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Tags: Avalon Waterways, Britain & Europe << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Rica expects 7 percent higher yields in next coffee harvest

first_imgThe Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFÉ) on Tuesday said current estimates indicate the 2014-2015 coffee harvest will be better than the previous season, due mostly to the implementation of better agricultural practices and actions to control rust fungus.ICAFÉ forecast a harvest of 2.1 million bushels (sacks of 46 kilograms) – a 7.25 percent increase over the 1.9 million bushels recorded during the 2013-2014 harvest, which was severely affected by rust fungus on plantations throught the country.“Farmers had better management of their plantations in 2013 and at the start of 2014. They did a better job fertilizing and using mechanisms to prevent diseases, especially rust,” an ICAFÉ report noted.The report states that crop renovation at many farms and a decrease in rainfall this year has benefited farmers in areas that are characterized by early grain maturity.Coffee is Costa Rica’s third most important agricultural export, behind pineapple and bananas. The 2014-2015 harvest starts in November and runs through April.Costa Rican coffee exports in 2013 totaled $301.9 million, a decrease of 26.7 percent from $412.2 million in 2012, mostly due to rust fungus.The fungus and climatic factors caused the loss of about 15 percent of the 2013-2014 harvest, according to ICAFÉ. Facebook Comments Related posts:New smartphone app lets farmers crowdsource coffee fungus alerts New Anacafé chief: Guatemalan state must do more to finance battle against coffee rust USAID to invest $5 million to combat coffee fungus epidemic in Central America Costa Rican coffee among the most recognized by US coffee drinkerslast_img read more

PNC Elects New Board Director CEO

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing PNC Elects New Board Director, CEO Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers PNC Bank Processing Service Providers 2013-02-15 Tory Barringer February 15, 2013 493 Views center_img In Pittsburgh, “”PNC Financial Services Group’s””:https://www.pnc.com/webapp/unsec/Homepage.do?siteArea=/PNCCorp/PNC/Home/Personal board of directors elected president William S. Demchak as director and announced that he will succeed chairman James E. Rohr as CEO.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The board held the election in response to Rohr’s desire to step down as CEO at the company’s 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on April 23 and his intention to retire from the company and the board next year. Rohr will serve as executive chairman for one year to ensure a smooth transition.Demchak joined PNC in 2002 as CFO. In 2005, he became head of corporate and institutional banking, serving there until his promotion to senior vice chairman in 2009. He was named head of all PNC businesses in 2010 and elected PNC president in April 2012.Prior to joining PNC, Demchak served as head of structured finance and credit portfolio for JPMorgan Chase. He is also a director of BlackRock, Inc., an investment management firm owned in part by PNC. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img by Bill Brioux, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 7, 2018 9:37 am PDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Big Hoss, left to right, Rick and Chumlee from the show “Pawn Stars” are seen in an undated handout photo in Las Vegas. When “Pawn Stars” premiered in July of 2009, few would have bet that it would last 100 episodes. Nearly 10 years later, however, it has soared past the 500 episode mark and counting. On a visit to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop earlier this year in Nevada, owner Rick Harrison modestly declared that the only prime-time shows with more episodes – in the history of television – are “‘Lassie,’ ‘Gunsmoke’ and ‘The Simpsons.'” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-History, *MANDATORY CREDIT* ‘Pawn Stars’ returns with tribute planned for ‘The Old Man’ Richard Harrisoncenter_img LAS VEGAS, Nev. – When “Pawn Stars” premiered in July of 2009, few would have bet — even in this gambling town — that it would last 100 episodes.Nearly 10 years later, however, it has soared past the 500 episode mark and counting.On a visit to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop earlier this year in Nevada, owner Rick Harrison modestly declared that the only prime-time shows with more episodes are “‘Lassie,’ ‘Gunsmoke’ and ‘The Simpsons.’”Harrison, who figures he currently owns around two dozen cars and motorcycles, many customized by his buddy Danny Koker (star of History’s spinoff series, “Counting Cars”), has parlayed his “Pawn Stars” fame into a tidy fortune. He’s added a small container park adjacent to the pawn shop, complete with a bar, rib joint and candy store.His son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison has shared the rewards, as has Corey’s childhood pal Austin “Chumlee” Russell. Harrison jokes that he gives Chumlee the same two Christmas presents every year: “fame and fortune.”Russell also runs the candy store in Harrison’s pawn plaza. The sleepy-eyed sidekick claims Harrison is “overcharging me for the rent, but it’s almost worth it because the customer base is built right in.” The pawn shop remains one of Las Vegas’ top tourist attractions.The series soldiers on this season without the fourth member of the reality show quartet: Rick’s father Richard Benjamin “The Old Man” Harrison. The no-nonsense shop co-founder passed away this June at 77 after coping with Parkinson’s disease.The series will mark the passing at the end of this season with a retrospective episode featuring tributes from the other cast members as well as clips of Harrison’s most memorable moments.A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Harrison was honoured with a full military escort at his funeral. Among those sending condolences were the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey club, Dana White from the UFC, Vegas headliners the Oak Ridge Boys, Boyz II Men and Oscar winner Russell Crowe.The pawn shop quickly got behind Vegas’ wildly successful new NHL franchise, cheering them on last spring to a berth in the Stanley Cup finals. Russell even strapped on the goalie pads and stepped onto the ice for a series of promotional spots.There was one problem, however: the 36-year-old can’t skate. “Those guys shoot hard,” says Russell.Rick Harrison prizes the Golden Knights jersey he has hanging in the store, the first worn by the team’s actual netminder, Marc-André Fleury. “Some guy was offering me $2,300 dollars for it,” says Harrison, who turned down the bid — although he maintains that everything in his shop has a price.He’s one of the biggest buyers in his own store. Recently, when a dealer came in with original drawings by children’s books illustrator Maurice Sendak, Harrison purchased them for US$225,000. On another episode, he dropped US$100,000 on the portrait of former president Abraham Lincoln that appears on the American penny.Harrison and Koker were both part of the top-rated “Evel Live” special starring stuntman Travis Pastrana that took place this summer in Las Vegas. Even Harrison shakes his head at the notion that he, Koker, Corey and Chumlee are the new Rat Pack Vegas headliners following in the footsteps of Sinatra, Elvis and Evel Knievel.“I can’t complain,” he says. “Busy guy, got this place, got six kids, got a bar and restaurant.”Why do audiences turn to History for pawn shop programming? Harrison has a theory:“If you make something educational and you make people giggle while they’re learning, they don’t even know they’re learning. People love to learn, and they like to hear it from their uncle.”“Pawn Stars” is back with all new episodes Monday nights on History.— Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont.last_img read more

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