Kolkata: Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested a Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh terrorist from Gaya in Bihar on Monday morning.The accused person, identified as Ejaz Ahmed alias Ezazul, is one of the masterminds of Bodh Gaya and Khagragarh blasts. According to sources, a few months ago, STF officials came to know that Ahmed was hiding somewhere in Bihar. However, the police failed to locate him as it was like finding a needle in a haystack. Later, the police decided to seek help from the Bihar Police as well as the Intelligence Branch (IB). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the plan, primary help was sought from the Intelligence Branch in Bihar to locate Ahmed’s hideout. Approximately 20 days ago, Bihar IB informed STF about Ahmed’s location. After the information arrived, a special team was formed and members of the team were briefed accordingly. All the members were asked to carefully proceed in the case after reaching Bihar as arrest of Ahmed was essential in order to know their further plans.A few days ago, the team went to Bihar and got in touch with the IB officials and confirmed Ahmed’s location. Following confirmation of Ahmed’s location and some other information, STF team approached Bihar Police for assistance. Details of Ahmed along with other information given by the Bihar Intelligence Branch was also provided to the police. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayFollowing that a team was formed by Bihar police which would assist the STF to nab Ahmed. Also, a plan was chalked out on how to raid the hideout. In order to confirm the success, a recce was done in and around the area where IB had located Ahmed. It was also decided to raid the place during daytime as the accused may flee taking the advantage of darkness during the night. Later on Monday morning police personnel in plaint cloth surrounded the house where Ahmed was staying at Pathantoli village of Buniyadpur in Gaya. Also, a contingent of Bihar Police was in the second layer in order to block all the exits from the house and the area. As soon as Ahmed opened the door, he was pushed inside and detained. But Ahmed yelled at STF officials stating that he was an software engineer and a reputed person in the area. Hearing his version, STF members got confused. In order to confirm his identity IB was contacted. After Ahmed’s identity was confirmed, he was brought to the local police station. He was arrested and was produced before the local court for transit remand, which was granted eventually. According to STF, Ahmed was the main leader of JMB in India since Kausar was arrested. Ahmed, originally from Panrui in Birbhum, had joined JMB in 2008. He was constantly in touch with JMB leader Salauddin. He had plans to release Kausar from jail. Several digital documents were seized from him.
October 12, 2019
24 March 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti is calling on locals to cooperate with its troops and with members of the national police at roadblocks and other checkpoints being set up to try to combat widespread crime and insecurity. The mission, known as MINUSTAH, has increased its logistical and material support to the national police (HNP) in the wake of a recent surge in crime, particularly kidnappings. It has also asked for the population’s support so that its blue helmets can help ensure public safety and security.In a statement issued late last week in the capital, Port-au-Prince, MINUSTAH said the roadblocks and patrols were being established across the country, which is the most impoverished in the Western Hemisphere.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today in New York that the total number of motorized patrols had been boosted to 2,740 this month alone and the number of foot patrols to 2,152.Meanwhile, the mission is financing a series of projects in Cité Soleil and Martissant, two of the most notorious neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince, which aim to create jobs, boost the local economy, reduce violence and improve the environment.The projects, which cost just over $500,000 in total, include the cleaning of local canals, the rehabilitation of public spaces and street paving in the troubled districts.
October 7, 2019
Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford is promising a 12 per cent cut to hydro rates if elected premier in June.Ford says under his hydro plan, the government would give ratepayers the dividends it gets from Hydro One.It would also shift the cost of energy conservation programs from hydro customers to the tax base.According to the PC leader, the changes would save the average Ontario family $173 a year.Ford has been critical of and has promised to review the Liberal government’s Fair Hydro Plan, which borrows money to reduce hydro rates by 25 per cent.He says the Tory plan would be in addition to the Liberals’ rate cut.
October 7, 2019
United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk delivered backpacks filled with new school supplies to hundreds of students in need across Haldimand and Norfolk.In 2018 the list of children in need of supplies in the area had 125 students from 10 schools. This year, the list grew to over 600 students from 29 local schools. This was in part due to the growing awareness of the program among the schools and community.United Way’s goal was to provide local students with the supplies they need to succeed, regardless of family income. They worked with the local schools to identify how many kids needed help and which supplies were needed the most.Donation bins were located throughout the two counties where community members could drop off donated items. The donated school supplies helped students of all ages.“I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation for the generous donation of back to school backpacks for students in need. Thank you for supporting our students,” Colleen Kelly, principal of Hagersville Elementary School, said in a press release.The amount of donated school supplies was so great that three locations were needed in order to store them before distribution. Two Day of Caring events with staff volunteers from Libro Credit Union and Imperial were held to do the sorting, packing and delivery of the supplies to the 29 schools who signed up to receive them.
October 4, 2019
TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,103.11, up 20.27 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace and transportation. Up five cents, or 2.17 per cent, to $2.35 on 11.5 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 49 cents, or 3.22 per cent, to $14.71 on 10.4 million shares.Pinetree Capital Ltd. (TSX:PNP). Brokers and exchanges. Up 2.5 cents, or 15.62 per cent, to 18.5 cents on 5.3 million shares.Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PPY). Oil and gas. Down 35 cents, or 4.92 per cent, to $6.76 on 5.1 million shares.Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. (TSX:LEG). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $2.01 on 3.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurance. Down nine cents, or 0.42 per cent, to $21.27 on 3.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up $1.86, or 5.06 per cent, to $38.64 on 3.1 million shares. The company said it almost tripled its profit in the fourth quarter to just under $1.2 billion or $1.09 a diluted share. Adjusted net earnings were $756 million or 69 cents per share, up from $563 million or 52 cents. The energy company is raising its quarterly dividend by half a cent to 23 cents per share. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2015 2:49 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX
October 2, 2019
On 20 July – Colombia’s Independence Day – as a new Congress was inaugurated, including representatives from the political party that has sprung out of the former FARC rebel movement, which waged a revolutionary struggle with government forces for more than 50 years, before signing a peace deal in 2016.“The presence of the political party FARC fulfills one of the core objectives of the final Peace Agreement, and this Congress is among the more diverse, plural and representative in the country’s legislative history,” said Jean Arnault, Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, which was set up nearly two years ago, to monitor and support implementation of the peace deal.He added however that “while participation of FARC representatives in the Congress is a major step, reintegration into civilian life of former FARC-EP members is very much unfinished business,” noting that successful reintegration will “no doubt require dedication and resources”.According to the report, “the fundamental goal of providing income-generating opportunities for 14,000 former combatants is far from being realized”. However, the Government made “the welcome decision” to extend food assistance to the territorial areas for training and reintegration until the end of 2018.In addition to the fear and frustration expressed by some former combatants regarding a peace process they feel has not lived up to expectations, the report lays out other issues which President-elect Iván Duque, set to take office on 7 August, will have to address in order to bridge the divisions among the Colombian people: the proliferation of new illegal groups; the continued growth of the coca economy; and the ongoing violence in certain areas, especially against community leaders and human rights advocates.In his briefing, the Head of the Verification Mission recognised the importance of the national “Pact of repudiation of violence against social leaders” signed by President Santos and President-elect Duque. “It is the first time that violence against social leaders is received with such a strong sense of outrage, expressed in the streets of Colombia and cities abroad, in the halls of national institutions and across the political spectrum,” he said, calling this national consensus against attacks on local figureheads “significant”.Mr. Arnault reiterated that the newly elected authorities can count on the support of the Verification Mission and stressed that “supporting institutions in their efforts to curb the violence in the territories will remain a top priority”.
September 28, 2019
Urban Meyer leads the Buckeyes onto the field prior to the start of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter defeating Indiana 49-26 on Saturday, Ohio State remained at No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Sunday. The Buckeyes continued to earn a first place vote, finishing behind No. 1 Alabama, which earned 59 first place votes, and No. 2 Georgia. Ohio State is one of four teams from the Big Ten represented in the AP Poll. The Buckeyes join No. 8 Penn State, No 12 Michigan and No. 15 Wisconsin in the latest edition of the poll. Iowa also earned 87 votes, but failed to enter the Top 25. No. 3 Ohio State will face Minnesota in Ohio Stadium at 12 p.m. on Oct. 13.The AP Poll: Week 7 Alabama (59)Georgia Ohio State (1) Clemson (1) Notre DameWest VirginiaWashingtonPenn StateTexas UCF OklahomaMichigan LSUFloridaWisconsinMiamiOregonKentuckyColoradoNC StateAuburnTexas A&MSouth FloridaMississippi StateCincinatti
September 25, 2019
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Maybe if social services had listened to me, my girls would still be alive today.”Mr Draper, who was in court for sentencing, said: “I hate Louise.”CCTV footage showed Porton casually leading Lexi into their home hours before she she killed her on Jan 15 last year.While Lexi was receiving treatment, Porton took topless photos in the hospital bathrooms and was arranging to perform sex acts for money with a man she had met through a website.Before calling 999, she searched “can you actually die if you have a blocked nose and cover your mouth with tape” on the internet. She waited “some time” before contacting emergency services the court heard.Jurors were told that the mother-of-two did not seem distressed by Lexi’s death and accepted 41 friend requests on the dating app Badoo a day later.Porton killed her second daughter Scarlett less than three weeks later on Feb 1 and told a 111 call handler that her condition “did not seem urgent”.She was convicted of two counts of murder on Thursday following a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Porton, described as “calm and emotionless”, denied all responsibility, telling police in a prepared statement: “I still don’t know how my daughters died, or what caused it. Louise Porton has been handed a life sentence at Birmingham Crown Court for murdering her two young daughters because they “got in the way” of her sex life. The 23-year-old mother suffocated three-year-old Lexi Draper and strangled 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan in Rugby, Warwickshire in January and February last year.The part-time model will serve a minimum 32 year sentence for the killings. Mrs Justice Yip described the murders as “evil” and “calculated”.“These were blameless young children who were plainly vulnerable and ought to have been able to rely on their mother to protect and nurture them. Instead you took their young lives away,” the Judge said. Before sentencing, the judge told the court Porton had “no medical history or mental disorder that goes any way to explaining what happened in this case”.In a victim impact statement read to court by the prosecution, the girls’ father, Chris Draper said: “Why did Louise do something so evil to our beautiful daughters?”You are their mother, the person supposed to care for them, protect and love them. They were just an inconvenience to you; how could you do this?”Mr Draper said no punishment would ever be enough as nothing will bring his daughters back. “I sit and think, day and night, and I can’t understand why my two little girls were taken away because Louise wanted to sleep around.
September 24, 2019
Outotec has agreed with OJSC Svyatogor, a subsidiary of Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, to provide Outotec Ausmelt technology to the Svyatogor smelter modernisation in the Ural region, Russia. The contract value is approximately €10 million which has been booked in Outotec’s fourth quarter 2014 order intake. Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company is the second largest copper producer in Russia.The Svyatogor primary copper smelter is currently roasting concentrate in multi-hearth furnaces and smelting it in reverberatory furnaces. Adopting Outotec Ausmelt technology to replace the current roasting and smelting phases will improve efficiency and environmental performance of the Svyatogor operations as well as reduce production costs. Outotec will provide detail engineering, proprietary equipment and advisory services for a new copper smelting furnace capable of processing more than 500,000 t/a of copper concentrates. In 2013, Outotec provided a technology licence and basic engineering for the same project. The smelter is expected to be operational in 2018.“We are very pleased that OJSC Svyatogor has chosen Outotec’s sustainable smelting technology for its modernisation project. It demonstrates their commitment to operating environmentally sustainable metals business”, says Robin Lindahl, head of Outotec’s Metals, Energy & Water business area. Outotec acquired the Ausmelt technology in 2010 to complement its technology portfolio in environmentally sound smelting technologies for copper and nickel smelters as well as solutions for ferrous metals, zinc, lead and tin concentrates, zinc bearing residues, recycling and various secondary and waste materials.
September 21, 2019
Thousands of Greeks went on strike Thursday, crippling the country’s public and private sector in an action against the government’s economic policiesThe country’s two biggest unions led marchers through the centre of Athens, chanting slogans against spending cuts.The strike was organized by Greece’s two major trade unions – the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) and the Confederation of Public Servants (ADEDY) – which represent more than half of the country’s 4.5 million workforce. The 24-hour nationwide walkout is the latest show of opposition to austerity measures proposed by the Karamanlis government.“This strike is Greece’s response to the G-20 summit in London,” said Stathis Anestis, a spokesman for the country’s confederation of workers. “Those who created the crisis,” he said, “are now trying to fix it, and the solutions they’re handing down to governments like ours are not to be trusted.”‘Workers demand a change in government policy. The crisis should be paid by those people who caused it and not by workers,” said Spiros Papaspyrou, President of the the Confederation of Public Servants.Thursday’s strike grounded more than 160 domestic and international flights. Across the country, commercial ships remained anchored at harbors while the Athens subway system, urban buses and trolleys operated briefly to allow protesters to travel to the center of the city to take part in protest marches.Teachers, bankers and public servants also stayed away from work as state-run hospitals operated on skeleton staff and public utilities corporations shut their client-service departments for the day. A 24-hour news blackout was ordered by the country’s powerful journalists’ union.The walkout follows a government decision earlier this month to freeze public sector salaries of more than 1,700 euros a month and impose a one-off tax on high income earners. It also follows a wave of private-sector layoffs that the confederation of workers predicts will reach 150,000 — 16 percent of the country’s labor force — by the end of the year.“The government is doing nothing to safeguard our jobs and labor rights,” Mr. Anestis said. “To the contrary, it’s squeezing our incomes.”Nearly 20 percent of Greeks earn less than 5,000 euros a year, according to government statistics, and the country’s huge debt has stifled the government’s ability to provide a stimulus package for the poor. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
September 3, 2019
Prothom Alo File PhotoJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain has asked the election commission to delay announcement of the polls schedule until the current political dialogue concludes.“The Jatiya Oikya Front wants to hold another round of dialogue with the prime minister,” Kamal said in a letter to the commission, bringing the matter of political dialogue to its attention.In the letter addressed to the chief election commissioner, Kamal Hossain said the confidence of the political parties and the people in the election commission will enhacne if it defers announcement of the election schedule.The publicity secretary of the Gano Forum, the party Kamal heads, Rafiqul Islam Pothik, brough the the letter to the EC secretariat on Saturday afternoon.Kamal Hossain, quoting AL general secretary Obaidul Quader as saying that it is under their consideration to hold another round of dialogue with the Oikya Front after 8 November.The government is holding the dialogue with political parties ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections due at the yearend or early next year.The Jatiya Oikya Front led by Kamal Hossain held the first round of dialogue with the Awami League-led 14-party alliance. AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina led the incumbents at the talks held at her official Ganabhaban residence on 1 November.While leaving Ganabhaban, Kamal Hossain told newsmen said it was a good discussion.However, while briefing newsmen at his Baily Road residence, he said, “We have found no specific solution [to the current crisis] in the dialogue.”The Jatiya Oikya Front including the BNP has placed a seven-point demand for holding a free and fair election.The demands include installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution of the election commission, release of all the political prisoners including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, deployment of the army personnel and cancellation of the move to use EVM for holding the next polls in a fair manner.
August 30, 2019
For entrepreneurs and companies big and small, AI is not the enemy at the gates we feared, but a strategic building block for professional relationships that can ultimately improve a company’s professional network, finances, and operational structure.Here’s how AI can improve working relationships with four different business cohorts:Employee relationshipsAlready, AI tools like facial recognition in video conferencing software have helped facilitate teamwork, allowing entrepreneurs to discuss and collaborate on projects more readily. However, it can also help them interact with and manage their employees.In fact, AI can be an HR advocate in many ways. Machine learning allows businesses to analyze employee data analytics to help incorporate inclusive, representative policies in the workplace. Companies are even implementing AI tools to make their work environments safer and more comfortable places to work.For example, Botler.ai is a startup curbing workplace sexual harassment by utilizing natural language processing to scan online conversations for specific phrases or sentence structures, flagging for any inappropriate content. When implemented, these tools can help safeguard egalitarian structures, performance and personal development among all workers. According to the Harvard Business Review, that same natural processing language algorithm can also mine customer actions and social sentiment data to identify employees (and even customers) who are at a risk of leaving. Although there are privacy issues to be addressed with this operation, profitable data can optimize employee satisfaction and training.Related: 5 Reasons Machine Learning Is the Future of MarketingEtch, an AI-enabled contact manager, helps foster business relationships by transforming professional networks into unified databases that can be searched and filtered through user-friendly interfaces. This system intelligently provides information about contacts including their biographies, skills, interests and achievements. A searchable interface can even construct timelines for past interactions users had with their contacts. With AI and big data insights, entrepreneurs can get to know their employees much better and even include them in important decisions or ask their opinion on sensitive data.In fact, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) determined that AI automation can increase employee morale, reduce operational errors and improve employee productivity and transparency between workers and managers. A recent Deloitte University report also shows that Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can benefit employee satisfaction and loyalty. With streamlined functions, businesses can truly foster creativity, productivity and well-being of their workers.Vendor relationshipsArtificial intelligence can also improve relationships between businesses and their vendors. Since many AI devices are programmed as personal assistants and communication tools, they can help provide shared insights, mentoring and strategic planning to create a shared understanding and trust between the two partnerships. Whether third party companies are hired for expertise or skilled labor, both teams need to understand clear internal marketing goals and analytics.Related: Want to Be More Like Amazon? Start By Making Your Startup More Data-Driven.One way to foster smooth and productive relationships is to offer automation and predictive analytics to research, monitor, report and build media content that third-parties can utilize or edit according to their expertise. Regular check-ins and support are essential for nurturing these vendor-to-business relationships. A report from MIT Sloan Management Review mentions that companies like Airbus now use AI to combine data sets from past production projects, but that information is continuously updated from other interlinked projects that can improve the quality of products in development. These AI programs can use computer-assisted translation and self-learning algorithms to identify problems and positive patterns in assembly line production. Airbus’s system can match up to 70 percent of factory disruptions to successful solutions that worked in the past — in real time! This allows teams in different locations to learn quickly and meet production needs.As owners of data sets, hiring companies can provide select information to vendors while creating tangible results and trustworthy relationships. In addition, content like automated video editing can radically cut down on time and save money for both companies, building strong creative dynamics between outside business teams.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessCustomer relationshipsFor businesses and entrepreneurs, one of the most vital relationships AI can foster is the one shared with their customers. Marketing customer relationiship management (CRM) systems can now build more personalized, data-centric centers that are driven by predictive models and customer concerns. Chatbots, especially, are personalizing customer service. Customers can now ask questions and expect high-quality answers. In fact, chatbots are the preferred contact methods for 44 percent of U.S. consumers, according to a Harvard Business Review survey.Machine learning is using customer service data, like customer reactions, actions and social sentiment data, to assess hidden insights even without being programmed. Learning from past customer experiences and interactions, machine algorithms can now create more relevant and personal experiences that directly address the needs of customers in convenient ways. One prime example of this is how Amazon and Netflix recommend suggestions based on your viewing history.Industry giants like Salesforce are motivating businesses to quickly establish AI infrastructures. The company’s AI toolkit, Einstein, allows businesses to provide smart, personalized customer experiences through predictive analytics gained from their data and accumulated insights.For small businesses, personalized products are especially important but often take a backseat to larger businesses. Now, even small entrepreneurs can invest in user-friendly (and affordable) in-house machine learning technologies. Third-party tools and software, like Acquisio, help to optimize customer acquisition with their AI-based marketing tool specifically for small businesses.Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less LucrativeInvestor relationshipsBuilding relationships with investors can be fairly difficult for businesses, especially for newer companies trying to prove their capability. But, AI is allowing investors to get a better sense of how new ventures and their current investments are performing. Startups like Alphasense and Kensho let investors analyze market information of emerging and wide-ranging market practices.Databases that implement machine learning algorithms and natural language processing models can browse online messages and social media posts to learn the latest trading sentiments for specific markets or determine a company’s output value. This allows investors to analyze a prospective company’s market or business model with confidence.As communication is key in any working relationship, investors need to evaluate the necessary background information on new startups. But, information on startups is often limited. Yet, McKinsey & Company reports that companies like Hone Capital are initiating AI metrics and computer vision models, allowing investors to research beforehand to become more acquainted and trusting of their potential acquisitions.AI software can now identify key background information like current financing, the founder’s background, previous funding rounds and intellectual property information. As investors use AI, they can work on strategic plans to enhance their businesses’ revenue and operating systems. As a result, these predictive analytics can foster deeper and more nuanced relationships between investors and their companies.New customs for new connections It’s time for entrepreneurs to get creative and high-tech with their communication skills. In the future, the factors that will differentiate successful leaders between their competitors is how they can interact, emotionally engage and respond to a wide network of industry players ranging from employees to investors.The interconnected, AI era is not one to hide from. Rather, it’s one that can help empower businesses to accentuate their services and creative capabilities, so they can prosper in a more emotionally aware world. Professional relationships are the backbone of success — even in the business world — and soon our relationship with AI could advance all of us to another level of innovation. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read March 21, 2018
August 27, 2019
Technology | November 27, 2008 Candelis Demos Dedicated Digital X-ray Acquisition Workstation Candelis will demonstrate the iMed-Stor 300, a dedicated DICOM-compliant archive appliance engineered specifically to provide secure, cost-effective management of digital medical images and studies for standalone digital X-ray, digital radiography (DR) and computed radiography (CR), imaging operations including private practices, hospital departments, imaging centers and multi-physician clinics using a single imaging modality.The iMed-Stor is fully compliant with DICOM protocols and standards and can work seamlessly alongside a digital X-ray system as a dedicated acquisition workstation to expand existing archiving system capabilities. An optional Web-based, FDA 510(k)-cleared DICOM viewer enables diagnostic reading of MRI images from any location with a secure Internet connection. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
August 19, 2019
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Tags: Princess Cruises, Savings Posted by Princess Cruises’ latest sale includes up to 40% savings Travelweek Group SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises’ ‘Sail Into Savings’ sale kicks off today with up to 40% off on select cruises and cruisetours.Running until April 30, the sale includes the following voyages:Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage (Whittier) aboard Coral Princess, 7 days, $549 interior (was $999) and $1,099 balcony (was $1,899)Alaska Cruisetour CAZ from Vancouver to Fairbanks aboard Coral Princess, 10 nights, $999 interior (was $1,759) and $1,699 balcony (was $2,709)Scandinavia & Russia roundtrip from Copenhagen aboard Regal Princess, 11 days, $1,839 interior (was $2,299) and $1,999 balcony (was $3,049)Mediterranean from Barcelona to Rome aboard Emerald Princess, 7 days, $889 interior (was $1,449) and $1,539 balcony (was $1,999)Eastern Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale aboard Caribbean Princess, 7 days, $699 interior (was $1,119) and $999 balcony (was $1,699)Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale aboard Caribbean Princess, 7 days, $729 interior (was $1,199) and $1,029 balcony (was $1,699)More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAll prices are per guest and based on double occupancy.Guests can book a Princess MedallionClass vacation onboard any of Princess Cruises’ MedallionClass enabled ships. The Princess OceanMedallion, included complimentary, is a wearable device that elevates the guest experience by delivering enhanced experiences and personalized service.For more information call 1-800-PRINCESS or go to princess.com. Share
August 19, 2019
Venezuela now has a gold problem.The South American country, which is trying to stave off a bond default in the wake of oil’s swoon, had 68 percent of its international reserves in bullion as of August, according to the World Gold Council. That’s a big worry because the price of the precious metal has tumbled 15 percent from this year’s high in January as the global slump in commodities deepened.The decline threatens to erode reserves the cash-strapped country relies on to pay its foreign debt. Venezuela, which gets more than 95 percent of its export revenue from oil, will see its hoard plunge by $1 billion if bullion prices don’t rebound, said Alejandro Arreaza, an analyst at Barclays Plc.“Obviously, it’s the worst of both worlds,” he said.Venezuela’s dollar-denominated bonds have lost 19.2 percent in the past three months, the most in emerging markets, as the collapse in oil exacerbates concern the nation will run out of money to pay debt. Yields on its benchmark notes climbed past 26 percent on Aug. 6, the highest since February.Venezuela’s central bank uses a six-month moving average to value its gold, which means the 5 percent drop in the metal over the past month isn’t immediately reflected in official statistics, according to Barclays’s Arreaza.Bullion for immediate delivery fell to a five-year low on Aug. 5 and is currently trading around $1,104 an ounce. Prices will average $950 an ounce in 2016, Natixis Commodity Markets Ltd. said in an Aug. 6 report.Press officials for the Finance Ministry and Central Bank didn’t answer phone calls placed Monday during normal business hours seeking comment on the slump in gold prices and the government’s ability to pay debt.After falling to $15.4 billion last month, the lowest since 2003, Venezuela’s reserves have climbed to $16.7 billion after the country collected an oil-debt payment from Jamaica and signed a loan agreement with China.Still, Venezuela and its state oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, have about $6.3 billion in bond payments due for the remainder of this year and about $10.8 billion in 2016, data compiled by Bloomberg show.Venezuela’s reserves could fall below $15 billion if gold prices fall further or if the government decides to liquidate some of its holdings, according to Sarah Glendon, the head of sovereign research at Gramercy Funds Management.In April, Caracas-based newspaper El Nacional reported that the central bank swapped $1 billion of its gold reserves for a cash injection. And in 2012, then President Hugo Chávez repatriated most of the country’s gold reserves.Venezuela has drawn down reserves about $1 billion a month this year to counter the drop in oil prices, Morgan Stanley said in a note to clients last month.“It’s a question of what weighs more in their mind: servicing their debt or holding their gold in Caracas?” Gramercy’s Glendon said from Greenwich, Connecticut. “It’s going to be extremely challenging for Venezuela to get another source of dollars.”© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Amid shortages, Venezuelans turn to informal networks Venezuela’s Maduro secures another $5 billion loan from China for oil sector Venezuela’s crackdown on sales of everyday goods risks alienating loyalists Venezuela rating cut by Moody’s as oil plunge hits finances
August 18, 2019
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen ambushed a U.N. convoy in conflict-wracked northern Mali on Thursday killing six peacekeepers and wounding five others, the U.N. said. All the victims were from Burkina Faso.The U.N. mission in this west African nation has the highest number of casualties of the world body’s 16 far-flung peacekeeping operations. The latest attack raised the toll to 42 peacekeepers killed and 166 wounded since the Mali mission was established in April 2013. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the latest violence saying it won’t alter the U.N.’s determination to support the Malian people and efforts to restore peace. The U.N. Security Council also strongly condemned the attack, calling on Mali’s government to swiftly investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice, and reaffirming the need to combat all “acts of terrorism.”Tuareg rebels took over Mali’s north in 2012 following a military coup, but al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists hijacked the offensive, prompting a French-led military intervention in 2013. It pushed the extremists from the major cities and towns in the north, but the country has grown increasingly unstable, and U.N. troops are struggling to maintain peace.The convoy was attacked Thursday morning about 45 kilometers (27 miles) south of Timbuktu while patrolling on the road between Goundam and Timbuktu, the mission said. The U.N. said two vehicles were destroyed and the mission was evacuating all the peacekeepers.It was unclear who staged the attack, but Tuareg camp residents in the area said they saw a jihadist flag on the attackers’ vehicles.The Mauritanian Al-Akhbar news agency, which regularly carries credible claims of responsibility by jihadist groups, reported that al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility. The group said it killed seven peacekeepers, one more than the U.N. reported. Comments Share How do cataracts affect your vision? New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of ___Associated Press Writer Edith M. Lederer contributed to this report from the United NationsCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
August 17, 2019
Qantas trials new foodie pop-up for young flyersQantas trials new foodie pop-up for young flyersChildren travelling overseas during the school holidays can help themselves to a selection of kid-friendly snacks prior to their flight, with Qantas trialing a new ‘Kids Quisine’ buffet in its Sydney International Business Lounge.The new ‘pop-up’ station features a range of healthy and tasty treats and has been designed to appeal to the palate of the next generation of frequent flyers.The pop-up food station is currently being trialed in Sydney and, if popular, Qantas will consider extending it to other lounges for the October school holidays.Helen Gray, Qantas Head of Food and Beverage, said school holidays are an exciting time for young flyers and the Kids Quisine pop-up is designed to make their journey even more fun.“We want the lounge experience to be as enjoyable for children as it is for their parents so a dedicated kids’ food station will help get their holidays off to an exciting start,” Ms Gray said.The Kids Quisine station features a DIY-design cupcake and muffin stand where children can decorate their cupcake or muffin with a range of toppings including vanilla icing, a selection of lollies and marshmallows.Other snack options include fruit skewers, veggie jars, pinwheel sandwiches, kid-sized cold-pressed juice and for something more substantial, gluten free pasta with tomato sauce and cheese or sausage rolls. Kangaroo-shaped fairy bread is also a special school holidays treat on the menu.Kids Quisine is open from 11am daily until 21 July 2018.There is also a Joey Club Kids Zone in Sydney’s Qantas International Business Lounge, with books, toys and activities. The Qantas Joey Club helps keep young flyers entertained before they fly and onboard, and rewards them with Qantas Points when they travel. Children aged 12 and under can join for free. Find out more about the Joey Club here.Source = Qantas
August 13, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed raising tariffs to 25% on a range Chinese products including fresh fruit and vegetables, in the latest development of the escalating trade war.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that on June 18 Trump had directed him to identify US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs at a rate of 10% in response to China’s retaliation on previous U.S. tariffs.Lighthizer said he initiated this process on July 10.“This week, the President has directed that I consider increasing the proposed level of the additional duty from 10 percent to 25 percent. The 25 percent duty would be applied to the proposed list of products previously announced on July 10,” he said.Both countries implemented 25% tariffs for US$34 billion of goods on each other on July 6. China had already implemented a 15% tariff rate on a range of U.S. horticultural products on April 2 in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, meaning fruit exporters are now facing an additional 40% rate compared to four months ago. Turkish cherry industry eyes strong future in Chin … “The Trump Administration continues to urge China to stop its unfair practices, open its market, and engage in true market competition. We have been very clear about the specific changes China should undertake,” Robert Lighthizer he said.”Regrettably, instead of changing its harmful behavior, China has illegally retaliated against U.S. workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses.”The increase in the possible rate of the additional duty is intended to provide the Administration with additional options to encourage China to change its harmful policies and behavior and adopt policies that will lead to fairer markets and prosperity for all of our citizens.”The U.S. is accepting public comments on the proposal to increase the tariff rate on the additional products to 25% until Sept. 5.The 50% total tariff rate exporters have faced going into China since July 6 has already had a huge effect on cherry trade and will likely have a similar impact on the upcoming apple season. NZ: Zespri sends first kiwifruit charter of the ca … U.S. increases tariffs on China to 25% in major tr … You might also be interested in August 02 , 2018 Chinese companies have stopped buying U.S. agricul …
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