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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: Norwich play some extremely good footballby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is concerned meeting with Norwich City.He admitted to watching the Canaries opener at Liverpool – a 4-1 defeat – and thinking “they are a very good team”.”I think they are very good and they play some extremely good football,” Hodgson said. “I’m pretty certain the win against Manchester City tells you everything you need to know about them.”I would rather we played against another team than Norwich, a team I feared a bit less, but this is the fixture that is in front of me.” last_img read more

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first_imgLondon: Bangladesh posted their highest one-day international score as ferocious hitting from Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan took them to 330 for six against South Africa in Sunday’s World Cup match at the Oval. Mushfiqur made 78 from 80 balls and Shakib’s 75 came from 84 balls as the pair combined in a 142-run partnership. That was Bangladesh’s highest World Cup stand and set the stage to beat their previous highest ODI total of 329 for six against Pakistan in 2015. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and fielded, but his decision backfired badly as Bangladesh put his lethargic bowling attack to the sword. Thrashed by a 104 runs in their first match against England on Thursday, South Africa, deprived of key batsman Hashim Amla due to a head injury suffered in that loss, will have to score 331 to avoid a second successive defeat. Tamim Iqbal was fit to open the batting after a wrist injury, but it was Soumya Sarkar who hit the first boundary, his flick off Lungi Ngidi bringing a huge roar from Bangladesh fans who made up the majority of the crowd at the Oval, the south London headquarters of Surrey. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upThose green-shirt clad Bangladesh supporters were back on the feet as Tamim and Soumya, who hit five fours in six balls at one point, brought up their fifty partnership in just seven overs. After conceding 27 in two overs, the barrage took its toll on Ngidi, who fielded a Tamim shot and petulantly threw at the stumps, forcing the Bangladesh opener to fend it away in self-preservation. Moments later, Ngidi trudged from the pitch, reportedly suffering from a tight hamstring. In his first over, South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo broke the partnership with 60 on the board when he induced an edge from Tamim that was held by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock. Soumya had made a dazzling 42 in 30 balls when his aggression got the better of him with a miscued hook off Chris Morris that was well caught by the diving de Kock. With part-time bowlers Aiden Markram and JP Duminy filling in for the absent Ngidi and Dale Steyn sidelined again by a shoulder injury, South Africa’s bowling attack was hardly threatening as Shakib reached his fifty with ease. Du Plessis was visibly frustrated, gesticulating angrily as Shakib and Mushfiqur took their partnership past a hundred runs. Imran Tahir delivered a desperately needed breakthrough on his 100th ODI appearance, the 40-year-old spinner breaking the 142-run stand when he bowled the sweeping Shakib. Mushfiqur perished after a risky slog off Phehlukwayo to leave Bangladesh on 250 or five in the 43rd over. But after going six overs without a boundary, Bangladesh finished their innings with a flourish thanks to powerful stroke-play from Mahmudullah (46 not out) and Mosaddek Hossain (26).last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – U.S. imports of softwood from Germany have grown tenfold in the first half of the year as punishing duties pushed imports of Canadian softwood down.RBC Capital Markets analyst Paul Quinn says Canadian lumber producers have plunked down an estimated $500 million so far in countervailing and antidumping duties after the U.S. accused Canada of unfairly subsidizing its softwood industry in the spring.Canada says it absolutely does not subsidize the industry, but cannot officially challenge the U.S. tariffs until after final decisions are made about the level of duties to be imposed some time this fall.Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Home Builders Association in the United States, says the impact on the price of Canadian wood products has made European wood more competitive and Germany in particular was ready and waiting to jump into the void.Howard says the U.S. cannot produce enough wood to meet demand and it has to come from somewhere.That somewhere is proving to be Europe, with imports from Germany up 916 per cent in the first six months of the year compared with the same period last year.Imports from Austria were up 178 per cent, Romania 141 per cent, Russia 42 per cent and Sweden 41 per cent.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Detentions of Mexican nationals by Canadian border agents have surged dramatically this year to levels not seen in a decade, new figures obtained by The Canadian Press show.According to Canada Border Services Agency, the total number of detentions from Jan. 1 into the first week of September hit 2,391 — roughly six times the 411 in all of last year — and equal to the previous five years combined.“CBSA cannot speculate why the number has increased,” spokesman Barre Campbell said in an email Thursday. “The agency’s role is to apply Canadian law at the border.”The sharp increase has contributed to a rise in the rate of detentions of all foreign nationals this year. Figures show agents detained 1,032 people each month this year, compared to 877 a month last year and 993 in 2015.Experts point to two main factors as the most likely cause of the upswing in Mexicans running afoul of border agents in Canada.Last December, the Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lifted a visa requirement for Mexicans coming to this country, making it easier to do so. The result was an immediate jump in detentions.Additionally, the crackdown on undocumented migrants under U.S. President Donald Trump and his threat to remove deportation protections from those foreigners who entered the States illegally as children — the vast majority Mexicans — may also have prompted many of those affected to look north to Canada.Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said on Thursday that Canada was working with Mexican officials to monitor migration trends and address any risks.“Canadian officials have co-operated closely with Mexican counterparts to lay the ground work for the visa lift and ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place,” Bardsley said in an email. “These efforts include measures to identify and deter irregular migration, including bolstering co-operation on travel-document integrity and traveller screening.”The last time the Mexican detention numbers were anywhere near current levels was in 2008, at 3,301, border agency numbers show. That year also saw the number of Mexicans seeking refugee status in Canada reach record levels.In response to what they characterized as phoney refugee claims, the former government under then-Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper imposed an onerous visa requirement in 2009 that meant all would-be Mexican visitors had to provide numerous supporting documents.“We are spending an enormous amount of money on bogus refugee claims,” Harper said at the time. “This is a problem with Canadian refugee law, which encourages bogus claims.”Harper’s visa decision resulted in an immediate plunge in detentions and asylum claims that lasted until 2015, with a slight uptick happening last year. However, the requirement angered the Mexican government and civil-rights groups in Canada among others, ultimately leading to Trudeau’s reversal of that decision late last year.Bardsley defended dropping the visa requirement as a boon to bilateral relations, trade, investment and tourism that he said will result in lasting economic benefits for Canada.Recent Immigration and Refugee Board statistics also show a dramatic increase in asylum requests from Mexicans this year, although the vast majority of such applications are rejected as unfounded.In 2016, for example, 242 Mexicans applied for refugee status. Almost three times as many — 660 — were recorded in the first seven months of this year alone. The board does not keep statistics of how many people came via the U.S. rather than from Mexico itself.The law allows the border agents to detain foreign nationals or permanent residents on reasonable suspicion they pose a danger to the public, may go underground, or where identity is in doubt. The CBSA data relates to detentions not detainees and may include a person detained more than once.last_img read more

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Rabat – Humanitarian Doctor Zouhair Lahna has announced his decision to return to the middle east to continue his aid work in conflict zones.Lahna is a French-Moroccan doctor who has spent 20 years of his life helping and caring for people who are affected by war in conflict zones across the world.The doctor has also launched humanitarian projects in Morocco to assist those in need. This includes refugees fleeing war in their countries of origin. Doctor Lahna, however, admitted that he faced multiple challenges while operating in Morocco.Sadly Lahna feels that he cannot realize his ambitions for humanitarian aid in Morocco. He blames the lack of progress in the health sector for this.However, the doctor did not deny that he enjoyed spending 85 % of his time in charity work in Morocco after his initial return from Palestine in 2014. Doctor Lahna says that he cannot regret the moments he spends helping any patient Prior to his decision to leave Morocco, the doctor shared his love for volunteer work in an interview with Morocco World News at his home in Bouskoura, Casablanca. For Dr. Lahna, volunteering is not a hobby or a vanity project but a calling and a human duty.“I received my academic training in France, where I gained an important experience. I had to apply what I had learned to helping people all over the world, especially in my native country, Morocco.”The 50-year-old father of four received his academic training in Casablanca and then in France, where he specialized in gynecology and obstetrics. Immediately after graduating from medical school, Lahna decided to dedicate his time to humanitarian work. He started volunteering as a surgeon with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 1998, and had the opportunity to work in a number of African and Arab countries, including Ethiopia, the Comoros, and Rwanda.The humanitarian situation in GazaAfter a brief experience in Afghanistan in 2002, Dr. Lahna took on one of the most influential experiences in his personal and professional life. Together with colleagues at MSF, he responded to the needs of people in the West Bank who are under Israeli aggression and siege.Over the past 12 years, the surgeon visited Palestine seven times—four trips to the West Bank and three to the Gaza Strip. It was during his  first experience in Jenin area in the northern West Bank where he provided training courses in laparoscopies.During the Israeli siege and bombing in the Gaza Strip, hospitals experienced great pressure. The number of urgent cases admitted in these hospitals reached more than 50 cases per day, an unusually high level of admissions compared with other hospitals internationally.Dr. Lahna comments on the situation: “War alone means death, let alone if this war is accompanied by harsh weather conditions and siege.”The doctor admitted that his experiences in Palestine have had a great impact on strengthening his sense of altruism and duty. “When I returned from Gaza,” he said, “I decided to allocate 80 percent of my time to volunteering. Life is very short; I have to devote a part of it to help victims of war.” Time as a volunteer in SyriaTwo months after he left the Gaza Strip, the surgeon went on to visit Syria nine times, mostly in the province of Idlib to discover that the situation in Syria was “much more difficult than Gaza,” he said.“Statistics show that about 780 health facilities have been bombed and hundreds of doctors have been killed under the rubble of hospitals,” he told Morocco World News.Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that “[s]even years of conflict have devastated Syria’s healthcare system. More than half of the country’s public hospitals and healthcare centers are closed or only partially functioning.” The number of people in need of health assistance has exceeded “11.3 million people, including 3 million living with injuries and disabilities.”“The regime considers all the doctors alike, whether you agree or disagree with it,” he said. “Everyone who helps Syrians belongs to the opposition,” he says. After the bombing of medical facilities, “all foreign doctors left [the country] for fear of the regime, and only two doctors stayed with me: one French and one English.”The possibility of injury or personal danger did not prevent those who chose to remain in Syria from continuing to assist the victims of the bombing. “Despite the difficulty of the situation, the experience included a positive dimension. I worked with a big association called the Union of Syrian Relief Organizations,” he added.Outside the framework of international health organizationsDr. Lahna’s experiences as a rescue doctor and an instructor made him see life through a less rigid perspective— free from the limitations of politics, and the dichotomy life and death, individual and community, or  “I” and “them.” He decided to undertake individual initiatives in the beginning of 2011: “I chose to volunteer on my own because I felt that international organizations were tightening up on me and limiting my freedom to go to all areas of conflict in Syria and Yemen.”“International organizations are working in these areas with local doctors because they do not want foreign doctors to be in danger. They also prevent doctors from talking to the media,” he said. “I almost work in the same fashion as these organizations, but I do not care about insurance, accidents, death, etc.”Challenging the blockade and rescuing conflict victims in YemenDr. Lahna could not turn a blind eye to the suffering of Yemeni people caught between the civil war and the Saudi-UAE-lead coalition, which imposed a land, air, and sea blockade on Yemen following the military intervention that started in March 2015.The blockade has inflicted untold damage on the living conditions of the Yemenis. It caused a humanitarian catastrophe and contributed to the deterioration of various sectors, including  health, to the extent that the United Nations declared in April 2018 that “Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”In 2016, the United Nations reported that 600 medical facilities had been closed due to the conflict as well as the lack of basic equipment and medical personnel. Besides which, 70 medical facilities had been destroyed entirely. Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Johannes van der Klaauw stated in May 2014 that over half the country’s population was in need of humanitarian aid.In November 2017, the World Health Organization stated that the number of people suspected of cholera in Yemen had reached nearly half a million people.The lack of access to health facilities due to bombing has proved a powerful weapon against Yemeni civilians. The war has disrupted 50 percent of health facilities and medical personnel in 18 percent of all districts in Yemen, according to the United Nations.After many attempts, Dr. Lahna was able to enter Yemeni soil in 2018. “After I was tired of trying, I went to Bangladesh in a relief initiative for Rohingya Muslims, and there I met a young Syrian working for an American organization operating in Yemen.”After a period of research and planning, he was able to visit Al-Jouf and Marib hospitals, collaborating with a local foundation called Hayat for Relief.In addition to relief work, Zouhair shared his expertise with local medical staff in Yemen through the training of two teams on relief operations and obstetric surgery; as many as 30 doctors and nurses benefited from the training. “When I train a group of doctors in a particular place, I leave and I am reassured that I have left [behind] doctors able to provide help for the injured.”Becoming the “doctor of the poor”Dr. Lahna has established a private clinic in the city of Casablanca in Morocco offering free treatment services to two categories of patients: the poor and refugees coming to Morocco. He recently established Injab Center in collaboration with a foundation bearing the same name in France and Morocco.Injab Center is a women’s reproductive health center that targets the health and safety of infants and lactating women. “Women are the backbone of society, that’s why I chose to save the life of the mother and the fetus.”He also contributed to the development of volunteerism where he grew up and many Moroccans call him “the doctor of the poor.” “I come from a social class that is deprived of basic health care, so the issue of paying attention to this simple class is very important to me. Medicine is my only weapon; it is the  means I have chosen to help people in need.”Being a volunteer doctor in various countries to rescue victims in areas of conflict made him criticize the Arab rulers’ silence towards the suffering of victims. “I regret the lack of solidarity in the Arab countries which reveals the absence of any vision among Arab officials who do not consider that they may live the same strife and pain at any moment.” read more

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During the meeting, President Compaore told Carolyn McAskie, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Humanitarian Envoy for the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, how the crisis in that country impacted Burkina Faso’s economy, including losses in revenue for the private sector and increases in the prices of consumer goods. The UN estimates that some 60,000 migrant workers have returned to Burkina Faso from Côte d’Ivoire since violence erupted in September.Over the weekend, Ms. McAskie will go to Liberia, where she plans to visit Ivorians in refugee camps there. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has now resumed most of its operations in Côte d’Ivoire after a three-day suspension following unrest in Abidjan and general insecurity in the rest of the country last weekend. Since the partial resumption on Wednesday, another 235 Liberian refugees have been transported from Tabou, in western Côte d’Ivoire, across the Cavaly River to Liberia. Refugees are still being targeted in various parts of the country, and many are so desperate they have asked UNHCR to simply arrange for free passage past several vigilante checkpoints on the Côte d’Ivoire side of the border river.In a related development, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) today reiterated an urgent appeal, issued a week ago by Ms. McAskie, to ensure the security and protection of human rights of the civilian population. In her meeting with Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo on January 23, Ms. McAskie raised concern over the continued destruction of shantytowns in Abidjan, despite the President’s declaration last October to halt such destruction. read more

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Commission (EC) today signed an agreement designed to create a closer strategic partnership in the fields of development and humanitarian aid by streamlining programmes and reducing costs in the battle to alleviate world hunger. “I look forward to strengthened collaboration with the EU (European Union), an important member of FAO, as we face up to the urgent challenge of reducing chronic hunger and undernourishment that afflicts so many hundreds of millions in the world today,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said on signing the agreement in Brussels with Poul Nielson, EC Commissioner for Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid. Under the agreement, FAO will adhere to the Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement (FAFA), recently concluded between the EU and the UN, which seeks to lower transaction costs of joint projects, helping the institutions to make better use of their resources for development and humanitarian relief to benefit those in need. By increasing the predictability of the rules to be applied for the EU, the FAO, other donors and the beneficiary country, FAFA will contribute to greater transparency, lower transaction costs and thereby to a greater impact of the operations on the ground. “I see this agreement as a confirmation of our close collaboration,” Mr. Nielson said. “The agreement provides us with the tools to further increase the quality of our collaboration in the pursuit of our common goal: alleviating poverty in developing countries.” read more

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In this Oct. 24, 2016, photo, containers wait to be unloaded from a ship at the Port of Baltimore in Baltimore. The U.S. trade deficit rose in April 2017 to the highest level since January, according to information released Friday, June 2, 2017, by the Commerce Department. The politically sensitive trade gap with China registered a sharp increase. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit rose in April to the highest level since January. The politically sensitive trade gap with China registered a sharp increase.The Commerce Department said Friday that the U.S. trade gap in goods and services climbed 5.2 per cent to $47.6 billion in April from March. Exports dropped 0.3 per cent to $191 billion, pulled down by a drop in automotive exports. Imports rose 0.8 per cent to $238.6 billion as Americans bought more foreign-made cellphones and other consumer goods.A widening trade deficit is a drag on economic growth. Donald Trump made the trade gap — the difference between exports and imports — a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. His administration has vowed to reduce the deficit, blaming it on abusive practices by America’s trading partners.The deficit in goods with China rose by 12.4 per cent to $27.6 billion in April.So far this year, the trade deficit is up 13.4 per cent from a year earlier to $186.6 billion. Exports are up 6.1 per cent to $765.6 billion this year, but imports are up more — 7.5 per cent to $952.2 billion. So far in 2017, the United States is running a $268.7 billion deficit in goods and an $82.1 billion surplus in services such as banking and tourism.Trump recently has singled out Germany for criticism, saying it is unfairly benefiting from a weak euro. When a country’s currency is weak, its products enjoy a price advantage in foreign markets. The trade deficit with Germany rose 4.3 per cent in April to $5.5 billion. US trade deficit rises to highest level since January by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2017 6:37 am MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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The tripartite Mechanism coordinated by the UN Mission in Colombia, with Colombia’s Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), will begin to monitor and verify the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities tomorrow, Monday, 7 November. The joint Monitoring and Verification Mechanism will gradually begin its work based in eight regional offices, as the separation of forces will take place in temporary locations throughout the country.“I wish to highlight that I witness the commitment from the parties every day; this gives us confidence, tranquility and the certainty that this peace process will come to fruition,” said General Perez Aquino, head of the UN Mission’s international observers, during the first press conference held with the joint Mechanism representatives this past Friday in Bogota.Barely one month ago, Colombian voters narrowly rejected the historic peace accord between the Government and the FARC-EP meant to end the Western Hemisphere’s longest running conflict. The deal was the culmination of four years of talks hosted in Havana, Cuba, between the two sides, and which led to agreements on key issues such as political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and victims’ rights and transitional justice. Both the Government and the FARC-EP reiterated their commitment to maintain the ceasefire. Admiral Orlando Romero, Government of Colombia representative in the Mechanism, explained that all parts are “clear about the commitments to the rules governing the ceasefire and to the population’s rights, under the ceasefire’s framework.”Further, Marco León Calarcá, FARC-EP representative in the Mechanism, said “it is time to reiterate the commitment of the FARC-EP to the bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities as a foundation for the stable peace that we need to achieve.” He also explained that more than 300 of his men and women were trained as members of the tripartite Mechanism.To enable the ceasefire monitoring and verification the guerrillas are moving to temporary locations, also to ensure the safety of the civilian population and of FARC-EP and Public Force members. During the press conference the parties stressed that any citizen can file complaints or concerns directly to the joint Monitoring and Verification Mechanism, according to the UN Mission. General Pérez Aquino hailed the UN Security Council´s – and the international community’s – support to the peace process and stressed the importance of reaching a final peace agreement in the near future. He also clarified that the UN Mission has no deadline to stay in the country and will continue to work in Colombia as long as there is a request from the parties.Finally, Government of Colombia and FARC-EP officials thanked the support from the International Committee of the Red Cross to the process. read more

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first_img Short URL By Stephen McDermott RYANAIR HAS DEFENDED its environmental record after the EU’s Verified Emissions report found that the airline was one of the worst carbon polluters in Europe.According to new data, the airline emitted 9.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide last year, up from 9.2 million tonnes in 2017 and 8.4 million tonnes in 2016.This made the airline one of the top 10 worst polluters last year, the first time a company that does not run a coal-fired power plant made it onto the list. Ryanair was also the only Irish company listed in the top 10, coming behind seven companies based in Germany, and two located in Bulgaria and Poland. However in a statement today, the company defended its record, with a spokesman saying the airline was Europe’s “greenest and cleanest”.“Passengers travelling on Ryanair have the lowest CO2 emissions per km travelled than any other airline,” the spokesman said.The company also claimed that it delivered “an industry-leading CO2 per passenger-km metric, which is 25% lower than the average of the other four European airliners and 39% lower than the average of 21 airlines globally”. Meanwhile, Ryanair added that passengers were given the option to donate to a climate charity partner when they fly with the airline to “offset the carbon cost of their flight”. Aviation figuresAccording to the European Commission, direct emissions from aviation accounts for about 3% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions and more than 2% of global emissions. By 2020, it forecasts that global aviation emissions will be around 70% higher than in 2005. Andrew Murphy, aviation manager of the NGO group, European Federation for Transport and Environment, said airline emissions will continue to grow unless measures, including further taxation, are introduced. “When it comes to climate, Ryanair is the new coal,” he said. “This trend will only continue until Europe realises that this under-taxed and under-regulated sector needs to be brought into line, starting with a tax on kerosene and the introduction of mandates that force airlines to switch to zero-emission jet fuel.”However, Diarmuid O’Gorman, an aerospace engineering lecturer at IT Carlow, suggested that Ryanair’s efficiency – loading planes by an average of more than 94% – made travelling on the carrier more efficient than travelling by car.Short-haulHe also claimed that Ryanair’s appearance on the top 10 list was down to the number of routes the company operates.“They’re a huge airline, and they’re flying so many passengers,” he told TheJournal.ie.“If you compare their emissions across the industry, other airlines do just as poorly: it’s just that Ryanair have over 400 aircraft.”In February, Ryanair reported a 9% increase in passenger numbers, carrying 9.3 million passengers, up from the 8.6 million passengers carried in the same month last year. O’Gorman said that the airline could claim to have become more efficient in recent years, increasing its emissions by 17% over the same three-year period that it had seen a 20% rise in passenger numbers.“They unfortunately suffer a bit because they’re a short-haul airline,” he added.“They’re not getting up and doing ten-hour journeys that others might do. Aircraft perform better the higher altitude they travel at, so they suffer a bit there too.”With additional reporting from Conor McCrave. Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 10:32 PM Ryanair claims to be ‘greenest’ airline following appearance on list of worst carbon polluters in Europe The airline emitted 9.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide last year. Share11 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/4572798 Image: Shutterstock/Vytautas Kielaitis Apr 2nd 2019, 9:57 PM Image: Shutterstock/Vytautas Kielaitis Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17,983 Views 21 Comments last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Right away, last night’s Riverdale let us know we were in for something different. Rather than Jughead’s usual narration, we got a text scroll straight out of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It even includes the line about the events being more tragic because the victims were young. Still, nobody actually dies in this one. Riverdale’s showrunner really doesn’t want to turn this season into a slasher movie, even as it borrows its visual elements and story structure from them. The title of the episode, “Tales from the Darkside,” is more of an indication of what the episode actually is. Named for George A. Romero’s ’80s horror anthology series (which is definitely worth a watch, if you haven’t seen it), the episode tells three suspenseful stories taking place over the same couple nights. Each story, like the ones in Romero’s series, ends with some kind of twist.With more episodes to work with this season, Riverdale is free to be a little more experimental with the stories it tells. As much as we want to know who the Black Hood is, the stalling tactic employed by this episode is necessary. It gives the mystery some room to breathe and build suspense. It lets us spend some time in the town of Riverdale and see how the events of this season have affected it. It also gives Riverdale the time to explore its own influences and give them a loving homage. I love when this show takes a break from the high-speed insanity of its main plot to indulge in its (also insane) love for its influences. Season one had that out-of-nowhere Dark Betty turn that immediately made most viewers think of Twin Peaks. Now, season two has its teen drama dressed like its favorite horror anthology classic.Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Tony Todd as Farmer McGinty (Photo: Jack Rowand © 2017 The CW Network)The episode begins with some brief set-up explaining why we won’t see much of the Black Hood this week. He’s testing Riverdale. If the town can go without sinning for 48 hours, he won’t kill anyone anymore. Spoiler: It can’t. The rest of the episode follows three pairs of kids as the navigate those 48 hours. Though it looks like Betty and Jughead are back together, they both have their own worries going on. Betty is trying to figure out who the Black Hood is, and Jughead is dealing with the aftermath of Archie’s deal with the Ghoulies. They go separate ways and the stories begin. First, Archie and Jughead. Jughead gets a call from Penny Peabody, the Serpent lawyer his dad told him to stay away from. That turns out to be real good advice, although Jughead doesn’t realize that until it’s too late. She tells him his dad got beat up by some Ghoulies after Archie’s stunt last episode. She needs money to speed his case up and get him out of jail. To get that money, she hires Jughead to run a crate of “pancake mix” over to Greendale.This segment features a truly amazing guest star. Jughead enlists Archie to drive him to Greendale and, of course, they get a flat tire. The trip is seemingly rescued by the sudden appearance of horror icon Tony Todd. Yes, it’s the Candyman himself! (Or Death’s exposition guy, if you prefer the Final Destination series.) After two straight weeks of playing to musical theatre kids, it’s nice to see the show throwing a bone to horror movie buffs. Todd is terrific in this episode, bringing to it all the gravitas and danger he brings to his horror movies. He takes Jughead and his crate to a diner, where he tries to stick the kid with the bill and steal the “pancake mix.” Fortunately, Archie saves the day as only he can, and the two boys make the dropoff. Only to find out that Jughead’s been set up. That’s the twist of this story. Jughead’s dad wasn’t hurt. Penny forced him to be the new Jingle Jangle delivery boy. And he’s going to keep doing it or she’ll sell him out to the cops. Should have listened to your dad, Jughead. Knowing this show, the deliveries won’t last long before it all blows up in Jughead’s face. The only thing we can be certain about is that we can’t possibly predict how.Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, and Jordan Calloway as Chuck Clayton (Photo: Shane Harvey © 2017 The CW Network)Jughead and Archie’s story may have had a horror movie star in it, but Josie’s story was the most like a horror movie. And it had the best twist. Thinking back on it while writing this, it’s impressive how well it was set up. The foreshadowing was subtle enough that it was possible to guess what was going to happen, but it still came as a huge surprise. At first glance, Josie and Cheryl look like normal friends, but then you realize how clingy Cheryl’s being. But hey, Josie did save her from a sexual assault. It’s natural she’d want to be around a friend who makes her feel safe. Then you realize it’s a little suspicious that the music agent Cheryl hooked Josie up with doesn’t want the pussycats involved. And Cheryl is doing everything she can to make sure Josie doesn’t trust the apparently reformed Chuck Clayton.Josie’s story revolves around her having a stalker, and it’s legit scary. She’s getting strange notes that grow increasingly possessive. Finally, she receives a drawing of herself along with a real pig’s heart. Cheryl is sure Chuck is the culprit and the episode really wants us to think it’s the janitor who listens to Josie practice after the school closes. It’s neither. Cheryl is the one who’s stalking Josie. Suddenly, everything falls into place. She’s separating Josie from her band and from any potential dates. No one else is allowed to be Josie’s friend. It really shouldn’t be a surprise that Cheryl is super creepy at this point, but Riverdale keeps finding ways to make it one. If Archie and Jughead’s story showed how geeky and knowing this show can be, Josie’s reminded us that it can be truly creepy when it wants to.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (Photo: Jack Rowand © 2017 The CW Network)Finally, there was Betty and Veronica’s story, which largely served to tell you that your Black Hood fan theories are probably wrong. After the Black Hood killed the Sugarman at the end of the last episode, Betty starts thinking Sheriff Keller is the Black Hood. And hey, Kevin mentions that he has been acting awful strange lately. Veronica, on the other hand, thinks the Sheriff is having an affair and the two set about finding out what’s really going on. For a little bit, it looks like Betty might be right. The Sheriff is working out late into the night, going out in the wee hours of the morning, and the next day, a Jingle Jangle addict turns up dead. Then there’s his evidence room, which looks like the den of a serial killer… or a cop trying to catch one. Yes, just like you, Betty has plenty of circumstantial evidence supporting her theory, but it’s completely wrong. This is the show telling you to be patient. You’ll learn the identity of the Black Hood soon, but maybe cool it with the wild accusations. Because they’re wrong. Your theories are wrong. The only person who’s right is the one assuming things aren’t as they appear: Veronica. Sheriff Keller is having an affair. The twist is who with. He’s sleeping with Mayor McCoy. That certainly paints the scene after the pig’s heart incident in a different light.Riverdale broke from its usual format last night to experiment with the kinds of stories it can tell. Even with this break from the norm, it was still the crazy, soapy Riverdale we know and love. It’s a reminder that this show is always capable of more than it lets on. It uses its teen drama base to tell stories across multiple genres, and proudly displays its influences. Last night, the series used its three-story format to showcase everything it does well: bonkers fast-paced storytelling, Lynchian horror and convoluted mystery, all with the perfect amount of self-awareness. Is it any wonder we love this show so much?center_img ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 last_img read more

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first_img? What: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.? Where: 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.? Diesel Fares: Adults, $15; seniors 60 and older, $14; youths 5 to 12, $10; children 2 to 4, $8; children younger than 2, free.? Steam Fares: Adults, $18; seniors 60 and older, $17; youths 5 to 12, $13; children 2 to 4, $11; children younger than 2, free.? Christmas Tree Specials: December packages including four passenger tickets and one tree start at $55.? Information: www.BYCX.com; 360-686-3559.AMBOY — Luke Johnson’s excursion ride doubles as a steam-powered time machine.It will transport passengers seven miles through Clark County’s north woods on a journey full of the sensations, sights and sounds of the 1870s.Johnson will be at the throttle of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad’s steam locomotive for the season-opening tours on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-12.While the locomotive was built for a Northwest lumber company in 1929, “it’s 1800s technology,” Johnson said.The new season will give the steam locomotive a chance to get back on the track after a five-year layoff. It’s been sidelined by mechanical problems, as well as an ownership dispute.Johnson, who also heads the restoration team, was in the engine house recently with fellow volunteers Jeff Davis and Dan Volker as they prepared old No. 10 for its comeback.It’s been a long process: You can’t just run down to the hardware store to pick up steam-engine parts, so they fabricated almost all of them in their shop.last_img read more

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first_imgRegional Media Advisors represented Zivyak Media Group in the deal. Zivyak Media Group, publisher of Berkshire Living, has purchased the assets of San Jose magazine from Renaissance Publications. San Jose folded in December 2008 and Zivyak plans to relaunch the magazine in 2010, according to CEO Michael Zivyak. San Jose will undergo a redesign by award-winning art director Pete Ivey (formerly of Portland Monthly and now a freelancer in the Bay Area) and will be hiring new employees over the next few months. The magazine will relaunch with distribution of 30,000. The acquisition represents cross country expansion for 25,000-circ. Berkshire Living, which serves western Massachusetts and also publishes spin-offs Home+Garden and BBQ: Berkshire Business Quarterly. “My wife’s family is from San Jose and I couldn’t imagine leaving the 10th largest market in the country without a good looking, solid city book,” says Zivyak. “I don’t believe print is dead and a city needs a good magazine.”last_img read more

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first_imgSome of the biggest developing economies in the world that include China, India and Russia are also the most corrupt, a new report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), an international corruption watchdog showed.The report, titled “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2003-2012″, showed that some of the biggest developing economies were the largest contributors to corruption, tax evasion and other money-laundering activities.The developing world lost more than worth $6.6 trillion over the period of 2003 to 2012 due to the illicit financial flows.”Emerging and developing countries haemorrhaged a trillion dollars from their economies in 2012 that could have been invested in local businesses, healthcare, education, or infrastructure,” Joseph Spanjers, economist and co-author of the study told The Rakyat Post.”This is a trillion dollars that could have contributed to inclusive economic growth, legitimate private-sector job creation and sound public budgets.”The report explains that the countries usually launder money through “export under-invoicing and import over-invoicing””…corrupt government officials, criminals and commercial tax evaders are able to easily move assets out of countries and into tax havens, anonymous companies and secret bank accounts” in these countries, the report underscores.The report also found that the outflow of illegal money was increasing by 9.4 percent every year. Dev Kar, the other author of the report added that it was “troubling” to note the rapid pace of illicit financial flow, which is affecting the share of GDP of poorer countries around the world.Most of the illicit money outflow came from Asia as it represented 40 percent of the total illegal financial flows.Below are the top 10 countries most corrupt countries with the amount they :China – $125.24 BillionRussia – $97.38 BillionMexico – $51.42 BillionIndia – $43.95 BillionMalaysia – $39.48 BillionSaudi Arabia – $30.86 BillionBrazil – $21.71 BillionIndonesia – $18.78 BillionThailand – $17.16 BillionNigeria – $15.74 BillionFinancial crime in the world has become a mounting concern. Even at the recent G20 Summit, the members met and resolved to tackle the issue by putting in place some stringent rules and regulations.Experts note that with the current state of world corruption, economic growth and sustainability is difficult.”It is simply impossible to achieve sustainable global development unless world leaders agree to address this issue head-on. That’s why it is essential for the United Nations to include a specific target next year to halve all trade-related illicit flows by 2030 as part of its post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda,” Raymond Baker, president of Global Financial Integrity, in a public statement on Monday.last_img read more

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first_img News News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) – Faith leaders are calling on New York City police to launch a hate crime investigation into a violent attack on a Hindu priest near his temple in Queens.Swami Harish Chander Puri, the 62-year-old priest who leads the Shiv Shakti Peeth temple in the Glen Oaks neighborhood, said he was walking outside his temple the morning of July 18 when a man came up behind him and began hitting him repeatedly.Locals said they believe the priest was targeted because of his religious clothing and that the attacker screamed “this is my neighborhood” during the assault, according to media reports and a letter published by Sadhana, a progressive Hindu movement based in New York City.“The remarks uttered by Swami Puri Ji’s attacker are a blatant example of hate speech,” the letter reads. “Thus, we urge the NYPD to investigate this matter as a hate crime.”An NYPD spokesperson told media that investigators do not currently believe there is a hate crime component to the attack.Police arrested 52-year-old Sergio Gouveia in connection with the attack and have charged him with assault, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon. Puri has since been released from hospitalization and is recovering from the cuts and bruises on his head, nose, chest, arms and legs.The Shiv Shakti Peeth temple in the Glen Oaks neighborhood of Queens. Photo courtesy of Google MapsInterfaith activists linked the attack to President Donald Trump’s recent inflammatory rhetoric against four democratic Congresswomen of color, suggesting that they are un-American.“Bigotry and xenophobia does not distinguish between Hindus and Muslims, or black or brown skin,” the letter said. “When the US President targets immigrants and refugees and encourages chants of ‘send her back’ at rallies, this results in real harm inflicted on our communities.”Sadhana’s letter was also signed by community activists and faith leaders in New York and beyond, including leaders of the Shri Shakti Mariammaa Temple, the Shakti Mission, American Baptist Churches, Park Avenue Christian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Ecclesia Ministries of New York, Auburn Seminary, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Union Theological Society, United Clergy Task Force and other groups.Afaf Nashar, executive director at Council on American-Islamic Relations’ New York chapter, signed the letter.“No human being should suffer through an assault because of his color or faith,” he said. “As hate crimes continue to break record numbers, our president revels in promoting a divisive, racist nation. The president can help our nation heal if he wanted to, but he shamefully chooses to stoke flames for his political gain.”The letter also noted that Queens was named America’s most diverse large county earlier this month, according to a report of 2017 census data produced by Axios.“This type of brutal act is un-American, and the person who committed this heinous crime is a coward,” said U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-Queens, in a statement expressing solidarity with local Hindus. “People from across the globe call Queens home, and we are proud to embrace this rich diversity that exists in our communities and neighborhoods.” Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Pope places sanctions on bishop investigated over sexual harassment, lavish spending Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Husband of Christian blogger and father of 6 dies in beach accident Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Tagshate crime Hindu homepage featured New York City Top Story,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgFirefox 57: Search bar off by default by Martin Brinkmann on September 09, 2017 in Firefox – 81 commentsMozilla plans to remove the search bar of the Firefox web browser by default in Firefox 57. While the search bar will be off for new users, existing users won’t notice any difference to the previous setup as the search bar remains visible when the browser is updated to Firefox 57.Mozilla revealed back in June that it had plans to make changes to Firefox’s search bar. It came down to reclaiming interface space by removing the search bar. What was not clear back then was whether this would come down to a complete removal of the search bar, or only a visibility change.Firefox is the one major web browser for Windows — from a usage share perspective — that displays a search bar next to the address bar. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer don’t show or support a search bar.In fact, the majority of Chromium-based browsers don’t show a search bar either; the one exception to the rule of thumb is the Vivaldi web browser which features a separate search bar as well.The change is part of the Photon design update of Firefox 57. Check out the following coverage of Photon here on Ghacks:Firefox 57: new Photon design screenshotsFirefox 57 Photon mockups: activity stream, library, compact mode, moreFirefox Photon: new design mockups show interface, and moreHow to disable animations in Firefox PhotonThe bug 1387416 lists reason and target (Firefox 57):Move the search bar in the customization palette for new profilesThe Photon design spec calls for a unified location and search bar. We have to make similar changes as in bug 694291 at least for the new profile case.There are experiments underway to identify the right set of profiles to receive this experience, so the scope may change a bit soon.The referenced bug 694291 was created six years ago. It suggests to remove the search field in the Firefox navigation bar because its placement clutters the interface and is redundant because functionality is replicated by the browser’s address bar. The bug references Google Chrome and its single field (address and search) layout.Closing WordsFirefox users who use the search bar right now will keep the bar when the web browser updates to Firefox 57. New Firefox users, and users who create new profiles, won’t have access to a search bar by default.It is still possible to add the search bar back to the Firefox interface, for instance by using the customize menu. Mozilla plans to add an option to the browser’s search preferences as well.Now You: Do you use the search bar in Firefox?SummaryArticle NameFirefox 57: Search bar off by defaultDescriptionMozilla plans to remove the search bar of the Firefox web browser by default in Firefox 57 for new users of the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | March 25, 2011 FDA Clears Gamma Ray Stereotactic Neurosurgery System The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. March 25, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a gamma ray neurosurgery system. The Infini system, from Masep Infini, reduces procedure times and can increase patient throughput.It features independent beam switch control with programmable arcs, automated collimator exchange and three-dimensional patient positioning and the company’s Rotary Focusing technology. Independent beam switch control with programmable arcs allows for fine-tuning of dose distributions to address even the most challenging cases. Automated collimator exchange and three-dimensional patient positioning allow radiosurgery to be conducted without the need to interrupt procedures to manually exchange collimators or re-position patients. Treatment can also be initiated by the simple push of a button.The patented Rotary Focusing technology provides customers with reduced system acquisition and maintenance costs. It allows the system to operate with fewer cobalt sources than comparable fixed cobalt source systems without compromising total activity levels.”The Infini is a welcome addition to the field of gamma ray radiosurgery,” said Edward Laws, M.D., director of the Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “For patients with indications for gamma ray radiosurgery and for hospitals and clinics who provide it, there was really only one option available and not all healthcare systems could meet the acquisition and replacement costs of this type of equipment. Masep Infini’s new system meets the technological requirements neurosurgeons demand but in an affordable, practical package.”Stereotactic gamma ray neurosurgery focuses radiation on specific areas of the brain to treat tumors and lesions. The head is held stationary using special headgear. The patient is then positioned and re-positioned inside the system during the treatment, which is painless and silent. The surgery does not require an incision, and is typically an outpatient procedure.For more information: www.masepinfini.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Effect of Slow Home Appreciation Home prices and mortgage rates are not only impacting affordability for first-time homebuyers, but also for homeowners looking to trade up according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI forecast released on Tuesday.The report indicated that for August 2018, home prices rose 5.5 percent on a year-over-year basis and by 0.1 percent from July 2018. It forecasted that the HPI would continue to increase by 4.7 percent year over year to August 2019.Mortgage rates have also resulted in a slackening of demand as well as the slowing of home appreciation, according to CoreLogic.“The rise in mortgage rates this summer to their highest level in seven years has made it more difficult for potential buyers to afford a home,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic. “The slackening in demand is reflected in the slowing of national appreciation, as illustrated in the CoreLogic Home Price Index. National appreciation in August was the slowest in nearly two years, and we expect appreciation to slow further in the coming year.”These market conditions are also causing homeowners looking to trade up to wait before selling. “In some markets, homebuyers and sellers are remaining cautious and taking a pause as price appreciation continues to rise,” said Frank Martell, President, and CEO of CoreLogic. “By waiting to sell, homeowners believe they will get the greatest return on their investment; the more money they have for a down payment, the easier the purchase payments will be for their next home.”Analyzing the housing values in the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas CoreLogic’s Market Condition Indicators (MCI) found that 38 percent of metropolitan areas had an overvalued housing market in August while 18 percent were undervalued and 44 percent were at value. Looking at the top 50 markets based on housing stock, the MCI revealed that 46 percent of the markets were overvalued, 12 percent were undervalued and 42 percent were at value. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News CoreLogic Home Prices Homebuyers homeowners homes HOUSING markets mortgage ovevalued 2018-10-02 Radhika Ojhacenter_img October 2, 2018 588 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Global Loyalty Company, the loyalty division of Etihad Airways, and flybuys, one of Australia’s most popular loyalty programmes, today launched a partnership which enables flybuys members to turn everyday shopping into international flights with the World’s Leading Airline.Flybuys members will be able to collect points when booking Etihad Airways flights and enjoy exclusive access to airfare deals to more than 100 destinations worldwide.In a world first, flybuys members who link their Etihad Guest membership to their flybuys account will also earn Etihad Guest Tier Miles when they spend at Coles and selected partners. Tier Miles count towards elite Etihad Guest status which affords top tier members benefits such as priority check-in and airport lounge access when flying with Etihad Airways and its partner airlines.To earn Etihad Guest Tier Miles, flybuys members must link their Etihad Guest membership to their flybuys account.  Members will earn one Etihad Guest Tier Mile (up to a maximum of 2,500 Tier Miles per month) for every AUD 1 spent at any Coles Supermarket, Coles Online, Coles Express, and selected stores nationwide and, at the same time, collect flybuys points.Flybuys members can also convert their flybuys points to Etihad Guest miles, giving them access to flight rewards and upgrades.Darren Peisley, Managing Director of Global Loyalty Company, said: “The launch today of the partnership with flybuys is exciting news for millions of flybuys members.“Now they will be able to turn their weekly shopping at Coles and other selected stores into travel to exciting destinations worldwide.“Together, we are offering flybuys members the unique ability to earn Tier Miles in the Etihad Guest programme and, as a result, to enjoy the exclusive benefits we offer our most valuable frequent flyers.”Mr Peisley added: “As the entity responsible for the commercial growth of the airline frequent flyer programmes in which it has a strategic interest – Etihad Guest (Etihad Airways, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional), JetPrivilege (Jet Airways), MilleMiglia (Alitalia) and topbonus (airberlin) – Global Loyalty Company is delighted to be celebrating this important milestone.“The partnership with flybuys begins an exciting new chapter for the organisation. It is a new style of partnership programme offering members a suite of innovative benefits and rewards and the first of several such partnerships which Global Loyalty is developing in other key markets across the world.”Adam Story, Coles General Manager flybuys said: “flybuys is thrilled to be partnering with Etihad Airways.“We are proud to be offering our members the opportunity to collect flybuys points quicker and redeem them on exciting rewards like international travel.“Flybuys members will also benefit with access to exclusive discounts on Etihad Airways and members will be able to accelerate their status within the Etihad Guest frequent flyer programme by shopping at Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Coles Express, and selected stores nationwide.”To celebrate the partnership launch:Etihad Airways will offer flybuys members up to 25 per cent off all Etihad Airways Economy and Business Class fares (excluding Breaking Deals) to anywhere on the airline’s global network. This applies to bookings made by 3 November for travel until 4 December 2015. At the same time, until 31 December, flybuys members will collect five flybuys points per AUD 1 spent on Etihad Airways flights, by booking through the flybuys ‘My Offers’ page. Etihad Guest members will also be able to earn Etihad Guest reward miles on the same flights.Linked programme members will be able to earn three Etihad Guest Tier Miles for every AUD 1 they spend in Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Coles Express, and selected stores nationwide (capped at a maximum of 5,000 Tier Miles per month) until December 31, 2015. This will normally be one Etihad Guest Tier Mile for every AUD 1 they spend (capped at a maximum of 2,500 Tier Miles per month).Linked programme members will have the chance to win one of 25 prizes of round trip Economy Class flights for two to an overseas destination of their choice on the Etihad Airways’ network.Other prizes include 10 sets of two tickets to an A-League game at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium or AAMI Stadium during the 2015/16 season.Throughout the year, flybuys and Etihad Airways will offer flybuys members other benefits including bonus flybuys points for flight purchases, discounts on air travel and stopover packages.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgVictor and Luz Adriana hold baby Victor Manuel. [Photo by JenniferThornton] May 7, 2001We want to welcome a new Arcosanti Community Member: Victor Manuel Arcos. VictorManuel was born on April 23rd, 2001 to Victor and Luz Adriana Arcos. Here he ispictured with his sister Paolandrea. [Photo by Victor Arcos] A family portrait. [Photo by JenniferThornton]center_img [Photo by Jennifer Thornton]last_img