first_imgAdvertisement The Sheepdogs arrive on the red carpet at the 2019 Juno Awards in London, Ont. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With:center_img The Saskatoon band also performed at the festival in 2016. The Sheepdogs have been added to this year’s Riverfest Elora after the opening night headliner had to cancel due to a leg injury.Organizers said that after receiving news this week that Toronto singer Jessie Reyez was unable to perform, they called in a “huge favour.”“It’s hard to find the right headliner for a festival under normal circumstances, let alone to find one with just over two weeks to go,” artistic director Spencer Shewen said.“Our good friends, The Sheepdogs, are willing to help us out and jump in at the last minute.” Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Morocco Best Destination For Spaniards to Spend Christmas Holiday

Rabat – Morocco is the best travel destination for Spaniards who preferred “warmth and the beach” for the coming Christmas and New Year holidays, according to a report released Monday by the online travel agency “Rumbo”.As the holidays get closer, many Spaniards “have planned Christmas holidays well in advance” the study said.While others are likely to reserve their flights at the last moment, “it is clear that Spaniards are among those who prefer the heat of the sun and the beach rather than snow and sub-zero temperatures in this time of year,” the report added. The report compared the reservations made between December 22 and 31, 2017 with the same period last year.According to this report, the reservations made to warm destinations have increased by 20% this year.More than 30% of Spanish holiday bookings have chosen Morocco as their destination, followed by Thailand with 20%, Mexico at 14%, and Indonesia at 9%.The same source revealed that the majority of Spaniards that travel abroad this time of the year are young couples or those without children, representing 40% of Spanish tourists. New York is the most popular destination for families with children.While some renowned world destinations may be freezing and busy this time of the year, most world tourists are opting for Morocco as an amazing destination thanks to its varied climate and its vigilance in countering terrorist threats.In a recent ranking made by Fodor’s Travel Guide in November, Marrakech ranked on the top of its “Travel Go List for 2018.”Thanks to its romantic charm, reflecting both authenticity and modernity, Marrakech made it to the top of the list ahead of 51 other renowned tourist destinations all over the world. read more

SecretaryGeneral saddened by deaths of peacekeepers in Sinai

7 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was ‘saddened’ to learn of the deaths of nine members of the independent peacekeeping force in the Sinai, a United Nations spokesperson said today. Eight French and one Canadian members of the Multinational Force and Observers, deployed as part of the 1978 Camp David peace accords between Egypt and Israel, died in an airplane crash yesterday in the desert peninsula.Mr. Ban expressed his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the governments of the victims of the accident, spokesperson Michele Montas said.

Recent Libya fighting unprecedented in gravity warns outgoing UN envoy

In his final address as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Tarek Mitri said that the Libyan people bear the brunt of the conflict. The number of people displaced is estimated to be over 100,000, with at least another 150,000 seeking refuge abroad. “There is a general deterioration of living conditions [in Libya]. Food, fuel, water and electricity are in short supply. The departure of foreign medical staff and shortages in medical supplies has rendered the plight of civilians more critical,” said Mr. Mitri. The use by all sides of heavy weapons in densely populated areas has spread terror and contributed to a rising toll of innocent lives lost, including children. In addition, Mr. Mitri said there has been a rise in kidnappings, burning houses, looting and other acts of revenge. While UNSMIL had evacuated its international staff due to the escalating conflict, it remains engaged. On 7 August, a delegation travelled to Tripoli to meet with a range of political and military actors to explore options for an unconditional ceasefire. Despite many efforts made at the inaugural session of the newly elected House of Representatives in Tobruk, parties failed to arrive at an agreement over procedural and related issues to ensure full participation of all elected members. A number of representatives decided to boycott the sessions. Mr. Mitri reaffirmed that every effort must be made to enable parliamentarians, who boycott the House of Representatives, to join their colleagues. “We need to remind Libyan political leaders and brigade commanders that dialogue remains the only alternative to a prolonged armed confrontation,” Mr. Mitri emphasized, reiterating that “no military solution is possible” and that the present impasse will only deepen by the use of force.The Mission, he said, must contribute in more effectively protecting the civilian population and institution building. He also urged the Libyan General Prosecutor to initiate impartial investigations into crimes committed during recent fighting in Tripoli. The threat of derailing the democratic transition initiated by the revolution is mounting, the envoy warned. Libya’s progress is conditional on upholding the principles of pluralism, inclusivity, separation of powers and adherence to agreed democratic values. Many Libyans, however, remain “sceptical of the political process in their country and frustrated with their political elites,” he said. Low participation in two recent elections is an indication of the “erosion of credibility.” “The threat from the spread of terrorist groups has become real. Their presence and activity in a number of Libyan cities are known to all,” he said. Succeeding Mr. Mitri will be Bernardino León of Spain who will assume the role of Special Representative and head of UNSMIL on 1 September.Also today, the Security Council adopted a resolution calling on all parties in Libya to agree to an immediate ceasefire and an end to fighting. The 15-member body also condemned the use of violence against civilians and called on those responsible to be held accountable. The text also modifies the Libya sanctions regime and strengthens the exemption procedure with respect to the arms embargo currently in place. read more

WATCH Grounded cargo ship stays put in Louth

first_img Arklow Raider Source: mobrien142Attempts at re-floating the The Arklow Ruler were unsuccessful yesterday.The Irish Coastguard said no pollution has been sighted as a result of the ship and that the ship is no danger.Watch this video of the ship in its new setting: Source: mythicalireland/YouTubeRead: High tide hasn’t freed cargo ship run aground in Louth> Source: mythicalirelandTHE SECOND SHIP to run aground in a week remains stuck in Drogheda. The ‘Arklow Ruler’ is an 80 metre long ship with a non hazardous cargo and eight people on board.The Arklow Raider, a sister ship of the Arklow Ruler. The Arklow Raider ran aground in October 2012.last_img

Greek politicians get on board for Sept election

first_imgThe date’s been set. Australians will be going to the polls on September 14. It’s become the earliest announcement of the election date in history, prompting speculation that voters will be bombarded with campaign messages much earlier than expected. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pushed aside the issue of timing and said the announcement was to help put things in perspective.“The benefit of fixing the date now is not just the end of speculation about election timing. It gives shape and order to year,” she said.She denied that the announcement will prematurely start campaigns, telling politicians they should not neglect their governing jobs.“It should be clear to all which are the days of governing, and which are the days of campaigning,” she said.For Greek Australian politicians, the election date announcement has come at a good time.Most expected the election to be called in September and have welcomed the transparency.“I think it is a good for democracy,” Independent Senator Nick Xenaphon said. “We all know now when we’ll be put out of our misery.”MP Steve Georganas believes that in an election year, the campaign will always start early. “When you’re leading into an election year, the campaigning starts anyway,” he told Neos Kosmos.“In my case my campaigning started the day after the last election,” he says.For many politicians, it’s too early to start campaigning, with many of them going on with their work as normal. MP Maria Vamvakinou says the election doesn’t serve as a distraction for her work in representing her electorate. “It’s still early days although I don’t expect major distractions. I will continue to work in the same manner I intended before the election date was called,” she told Neos Kosmos.Political apathyFor many voters, the thought of another election campaign is daunting. After petty bickering, multiple scandals and politicians that wont say anything without a PR team behind them, many have lost faith and interest in their leaders. Political apathy is at its highest it’s ever been and both parties will need to find new ways of campaigning, rather than resting on tired tactics.Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella says the election is a time to give people a chance to chose a new political platform and move away from the bickering.“The unusually dysfunctional nature of a minority government and the scandals, it really has dragged down the respect of politics and the tolerance of politics,” she told Neos Kosmos.“They want to know that those in government have got the national interest, not their own interest at heart”.Opposition leader Tony Abbott has labeled this election as one of “trust”. His new tagline for the Liberal campaign has changed slightly to “hope, reward, opportunity”, calling for a positive future for Australia by channeling the catchphrases of the popular Howard era.”Who do you trust to reduce cost of living pressures?” Mr Abbott asked in response to the election announcement. ”Who do you trust to boost small business and to boost job security? And who do you trust to secure our borders?”Bookies have already started to take punts and it seems the odds are in the coalition’s favour. Just as Julia Gillard announced the date, Labor’s odds drifted from $3.75 to $4.15, while the Liberal’s odds shot up to $1.22, from $1.26.No safe seatThe national political fatigue many voters are feeling means no seat can be considered safe.A poll released this week by the Financial Review indicates Mr Georganas’ seat in the South Australian electorate of Hindmarsh might be in trouble with the swing every increasing. Mr Georganas has brushed off the speculation as nothing new.“Polls come and go,” he says.“All I can say is Hindmarsh has always been a battle ground, I’ve fought some very tight elections, it’s no different this time. You just can’t take anything for granted; you have to work your but off.”The last sitting in Parliament is in June. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sony lance son service de musique en ligne en France

first_imgSony lance son service de musique en ligne en FranceSony a ouvert les portes de Qriocity dans l’Hexagone. Le service de musique en ligne a pour objectif de concurrencer Deezer et Spotify, les deux géants du secteur. Depuis le week-end dernier, Qriocity est accessible depuis la France. Le service de musique en ligne de Sony propose un catalogue de six millions de titres parmi les principaux labels de l’industrie du disque. Deux formules d’abonnement sont disponibles à 3,99 euros et 9,99 euros par mois permettant d’accéder à des chaînes musicales et à l’ensemble des titres de Sony sur Internet. Il est possible de synchroniser les morceaux à condition de s’abonner, de posséder iTunes et de bien vérifier que les fichiers sélectionnés ne soient pas protégés par DRM. Qriocity est accessible depuis un ordinateur ou bien la gamme de produits Sony connectés à Internet comme la Playstation 3, lecteur Blu-ray et bientôt par smartphone. Le 25 janvier 2011 à 13:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

More taxes coming for TCI restaurants

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 15, 2016 – A proposal to broaden the base of who is taxed for giving dining services in the country will mean more revenue and a more leveled playing field believes the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick who presented the amendment to the 2014 ordinance.Minister Misick, yesterday during House of Assembly debate admitted there is push-back on the move to make more restaurants subject to the 12% tax.  Magnetic Media in checking the pulse of the marketplace found that while there is support for equity in who has to deliver on this tax to government, there is also the view that if there will be more paying the Hotel & Restaurant tax – which earned the second highest revenue for TCIG last fiscal year – then the tax could and should be lowered.Perhaps this suggestion holds merit, as Government recorded a surplus of $68.6 million last financial year and in that Ministry of Finance report, it said,  “Favorable results from the Hospitality sector, recording $58. 2 million at year end for Hotel & Restaurant Tax.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Search called off for 3 missing in Colorado slide

first_imgCOLLBRAN, Colo. — Authorities on Tuesday called off the search for three ranchers who disappeared after a huge mudslide in a remote part of western Colorado.Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said the slide remained too unstable to continue looking for the men.The three men were checking on problems with an irrigation ditch caused by an initial slide Sunday when a second, much larger slide hit. Authorities say the slide is a half-mile long and about 3 miles long.Hilkey said another slide is still possible.“We’re not able to do what we would like to do,” the sheriff said. “What we would like to do is have every inch of this covered with people if we could. But we don’t want to create any more of a tragedy than we already have.”The three men — a county road worker, his son and another man — were all from the close-knit town of Collbran. They volunteered to investigate when a rancher noticed his irrigation ditch stopped running.The smaller mudslide was found to be to blame for the water cutoff.When the men went to check on the damage, a huge chunk of the ridge sheared off, likely overwhelming them.Hilkey has said the slide was most likely triggered by runoff from Grand Mesa following two days of strong rain.No structures or roads were affected in the remote area, about an hour east of Grand Junction. A drone was used to try to detect heat sources from the missing near the edge of Grand Mesa, one of the world’s highest flat topped mountains.last_img read more

Protests staged over scrapping Article 370

first_imgBaghlingampally: CPI(ML) New Democracy president has Govardhan condemned the cancellation of Article 370 by the central government and termed it as attack on foundations of democracy and constitution. He was participating in the protest staged by the party members at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram on Monday. The protestors wore black masks and raised slogans against union government and demanded the withdrawal of the decision which was taken without consulting people of the state. They also demanded withdrawal of armed forces deployed in Kashmir and condemned government for creating tense atmosphere in state.The protestors argued with police but left the venue of protest later. Among those who participated in the protest include New Democracy leaders Sadineni Venkateshwar Rao, Sandhya, Aruna, Parushuram and others.last_img

AL factional clash kills UP member

first_imgmap of khulnaA union parishad member was killed and four people, including two women, were injured in a factional clash of Awami League at Atalia village in Khulna’s Terokhada upazila on Monday morning, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Golam Maula, 50, a member of Terokhada Sadar union parishad and president of 5 No. ward AL.Salequzzaman, officer-in-charge of Terokhada police station, said there had been a longstanding dispute between Golam Maula and local Krishak League leader Zilu Miah.Following the enmity, Zilu locked into an altercation with Golam Maula around 9:00am.At one stage, supporters of the two groups locked into a fierce clash when a chase and counter chase took place, leaving five, including Maula, critically injured.The injured were rushed to Terokhada Health Complex where Maula succumbed to his injuries around 10:30am.Victim’s son Khalid Sheikh claimed that Zilu Miah attacked his father and hacked him to death with a sharp weapon.last_img

US Economy Surges To A 41 Percent Growth Pace In 2nd Quarter

first_imgEvan Vucci/APSpeaking at the White House, President Trump called Friday’s report of 4.1 percent economic growth in the second quarter “amazing.”Updated at 10:07 a.m. ETThe U.S. economy had a blockbuster second quarter, with growth surging to a 4.1 percent pace, the Commerce Department said Friday. That was nearly double the first quarter rate of 2.2 percent and the strongest pace in nearly four years.President Trump has been steadfastly claiming that his policies will catapult the U.S. economy into a much higher rate of growth — 4 percent over the next few years.That would be about double the growth rate in recent years. And it would almost certainly mean a big boost in the standard of living for many Americans, with higher wages and better public services as the government raked in more tax dollars from a booming economy.“We’ve accomplished an economic turnaround of historic proportions,” Trump said in remarks at the White House Friday morning. “Once again, we are the economic envy of the entire world.”The president called the 4.1 percent rate “amazing” and said, “As the trade deals come in one by one, we’re going to go higher.”Boosted by a 4-percent jump in consumer spending and a 13.3 percent surge in goods exports in the second quarter, the economy expanded at its fastest pace since the 4.9-percent rate of the third quarter of 2014.“What we’re seeing in the Trump economy is wages going up for the first time in a long time,” Peter Navarro, the top trade adviser to the president, told NPR Friday before the GDP report was released. “We’re seeing unemployment go down to levels we haven’t seen since the 1990s. This is a strong economy. This president’s economic policies are succeeding, and trade is a big part of that.” Share Trump said, “These numbers are very sustainable. This isn’t a one-time shot. … Next quarter, I think it’s going to be outstanding.”But most economists say such a strong growth rate is unlikely to last.Yet, at least for the second quarter of this year, the stars have aligned, and, as many analysts predicted, gross domestic product grew by an annual 4.1 percent.Most economists caution this is likely to be a one-off growth spurt and not a new sustained trend.Exports are a particularly dramatic example. Ian Shepherdson, the chief economist of Pantheon Macroeconomics, says the Trump administration’s ongoing trade fight with China is a big threat to the economy. But in recent months, the trade dispute sparked an unexpected short-term boost in exports.“We saw an enormous surge in soybean exports,” Shepherdson said before the report was released. And that gave the overall export numbers a big lift. That’s because, ahead of retaliatory tariffs by China on U.S. agricultural products, China went on a soybean buying spree.But that boost in exports will now reverse because the tariffs have been imposed, Shepherdson says. And, he says, that will be a drag on the economy. “I think some of these components, which look great in the second quarter, won’t look so great in the third, in particular the foreign trade numbers,” he says.“There’s going to be a payback,” says John Silvia, the chief economist at Wells Fargo. Both he and Shepherdson had predicted very strong second-quarter GDP growth of 4.5 percent or higher.Still, Silvia says, “you can have a very strong second quarter,” but growth will slow to about 2 percent to 2.5 percent as the export picture turn negative.Another factor at play here is tax cuts. They’re boosting the economy, but Shepherdson says that just creates “a short-term sugar rush to growth and then probably some sort of hangover eventually down the line.”He says that if the government had passed a big infrastructure plan, it would have meant long-term projects that would have helped boost growth and underlying productivity for years to come. Instead, Shepherdson says, the tax cuts gave millions of Americans a one-time income boost and that’s now being spent on “on gadgets and cars and vacations.” But, he says, that growth in spending will fizzle.Silvia says the tax cut will have a longer lasting effect, but nowhere near enough to sustain 4 percent or 5 percent GDP growth. He predicts about 2.5 percent growth for 2019 — a bit better than the 2 percent of recent years. Shepherdson predicts about the same.Just about all economists say the biggest wildcard is the ongoing trade fight with China and other major trading partners. If that escalates and disrupts supply chains and damages exports further, they say all bets are off on whether the economy will be growing at all or sliding toward a recession.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

New satellite data on melting of Himalayan glaciers

first_img Now a new study using satellite data from NASA’s Ice Cloud and land Elevation satellite (ICESat) combined with radar data collected in 2000 from the space shuttle Endeavour, suggests the loss of ice among the approximately 46,000 glaciers in the Himalayas and Tibet averaged 12 billion tonnes annually between 2003 and 2008. This figure is still around a third lower than estimates from field studies in the region.Leader of the new study, Prof. Dr. Andreas Kääb, of the University of Oslo in Norway, said that ICESat, launched in 2003, uses a laser altimeter to study the polar ice sheets, which is more suitable for flat terrains than the mountains of the Himalayas. They corrected for this by using measurements of elevation from the space shuttle, and cross-checking elevation measurements of the glaciers against those of adjacent areas to satisfy themselves that reductions in elevation of the glaciers were really caused by loss of ice.The research team were able to produce a map of the glaciers with a resolution of 70 meters, and showed that over the period of 2003 to 2008 the elevation reduced by an average of 21 centimeters a year. Professor Kääb noted that glaciers are not all melting at the same rate, and a few are static or even growing. In Karakoram the glaciers are barely changing, while in the north west of India glaciers are melting at the estimated rate of 66 centimeters annually. He also said the studies would need to span several decades to confirm any climate trends. What the study does do is give scientists a new means of using the ICESat data, and the results also suggest the long-held theory that ice melting is reduced if the glacier has an insulating covering of rocky debris may be wrong, since their results indicate these glaciers (such as Ngozumpa in Nepal) are melting at about the same rate as clean glaciers.Changes in glaciers in high mountainous regions such as the Himalayas can have marked effects on water resources for the millions of people living in the region and can pose significant hazards through effects such as glacial floods and rock avalanches. Explore further Citation: New satellite data on melting of Himalayan glaciers (2012, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from NASA Ice Satellite Maps Profound Polar Thinning This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2012.11252 © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Nature (—There is consensus among scientists that the glaciers in the Himalayas and Tibet are shrinking, but there is disagreement on the extent of the shrinkage because of the difficulty in interpreting satellite data. In 2010 satellite data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite was analyzed and the researchers concluded the glaciers were losing around 50 billion tonnes of ice each year, but the same data was interpreted earlier this year by another team of researchers who concluded the annual loss of ice was around five billion tonnes.last_img read more

Coired up

first_imgThe exhibition was inaugurated by the Coir Board chairman, Prof G. Balachandran.The 11-day sales exhibition of handicrafts, geo-textiles, pith and wood, all made of coir will be on display till 30 November. Items on display at the exhibition include uniquely crafted handicrafts such as coir bags, UV-resistant toys, ornaments and similar gift articles as well.Coir Board’s Pavillion, at the ongoing India International Trade Fair in Delhi, is showcasing a technology for bioconversion of coir pith into organic manure. It is a perfect option for potted plants and kitchen garden; and is especially ideal for growing flowers like rose, orchids, and anthuriums besides vegetables such as tomato and cucumber. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Coir pith in eco-friendly containers is put up for sale at Pragati Maidan as part of the India International Trade Fair and will be on display also at Dilli Haat and Chetanalaya later this week. Coir pith, a byproduct of industries that use coconuts, is finding itself remodelled virtually as soil which is conditioned for plants to grow. That is courtesy Coir Board’s invention of a technology for bioconversion of coir pith into organic manure.WHEN: On till 30 NovemberWHERE: Dilli Haatlast_img read more

Response to disaster aid successes struggles in postMaria Puerto Rico

first_imgLooking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact Facebook Comments As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the horrendous 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor John McPhaul reflects on his experience at the heart of Hurricane Maria’s passage through Puerto Rico. Part II of II. Read Part I here.The Puerto Rican municipality of Yauco, located in the southwestern part of the island, is known for its premium coffee. But Yauco won’t be producing much coffee for a while after Hurricane Maria roared through on Sept. 20, nearly obliterating the coffee fields with Category 4, 155 mile-an-hour winds.Coffee was just one of the worries of the 41,500 residents of Yauco. Maria tore the roofs off of hundreds of homes. Rains caused a landslide that destroyed around a dozen houses. And a berm levee burst, sending a creek’s waters flooding to the rooftops of a neighborhood of around 125 houses.“It was horrible. We had no electricity, no water, no food, no help – we were desperate,” said Isabel Cristina, 65, a lifetime resident of Yauco center. “For the people in the countryside it was worse. So many of them have no roofs.”The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of installing temporary blue-tarp covers over the hundreds of thousands of homes throughout the island that lost their roofs.Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the head of the U.S. military response to the Maria disaster, has been inspecting the progress of the response and recovery. On a recent trip to Yauco, Mayor Angel Luis Torres gave him a tour of the food and water distribution center, where residents received two dozen bottles of water and 12 military-style meals. This US Navy photo released on Oct. 7 shows an MH-53E Sea Dragon from the “Vanguard” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 embarking aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), as it prepares to transport concrete barriers to help repair the Guajataca Dam in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico. AFP Photo / US Navy / Levingston Lewis / Handout“What happened here was very difficult,” Torres, a member of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, told Buchanan. “If you couldn’t come here, we would be lost.”The nerve center of the emergency response and recovery effort was the Pedro Rosselló Convention Center in western San Juan.The center became a beehive of activity as police from Homeland Security and officials from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. National Park Service, FEMA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and state police and firefighters from New York State descended on the island.Joining them were 13,000 men and women from the U.S military, who stood out in their olive green and camouflage blue uniforms as they went in and out of the convention center.The soldiers were placed under the command of Buchanan, the commander of the Joint Forces Land Component Command, eight days after the hurricane struck. This delay raised questions about why the administration of President Donald Trump had not acted faster in the Maria emergency. Criticisms of the response only intensified when Trump visited San Juan and cavalierly tossed rolls of paper towels basketball-style to hurricane victims. Residents form a human chain to load supplies to a truck at the Rio Abajo community in Utuado on Oct. 17. AFP Photo / Ricardo ArduengoMany of the military personnel were veterans of foreign deployments in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and were accustomed to the hardship imposed by the emergency.“What we’re doing here as far as civilian assistance goes isn’t much different than what we’re doing in Iraq or Afghanistan, except we’re not getting shot at,” said an Army Lieutenant Colonel of Puerto Rican origin who asked to remain anonymous.Gen. Buchanan has said the federal military will stay as long as needed to supply towns and municipalities from the air, while roads to the far-flung corners of the island are reestablished by Puerto Rico National Guard work crews.“We won’t be here forever, but FEMA will be here a long time,” he said.The government isn’t alone in offering assistance. More than 60 non-governmental organizations have joined the relief effort.Recently, the AFL-CIO union sent out a call for volunteers among its membership. In response, 200 union members from across the country came to Puerto Rico aboard a charter airline provided free by United Airlines – piloted by union pilots – to help in the response. San Juan Mayor Carmén Yulín Cruz welcomed the workers, who included electricians, heavy equipment operators, nurses and nurse practitioners.Joan Davis, 55, a registered nurse from Camden, New Jersey got to work right off the United Airlines chartered flight, packing food boxes containing meals for a family of four for one week. She said she didn’t mind doing work outside her specialty as long as she was helping.Susan Gillis, 44, a nurse practitioner from Hillsboro, Oregonm also packed the food boxes, which included two milk boxes, canned food, canned meat, soup, beans, evaporated eggs, mixed canned vegetables, soup stock, canned meat, egg powder among other items.Gillis said she hoped to get out to a rural town to help nurse hurricane victims.“This is something I feel called to do. I have the gift of healing, so I thought I would share it,” Gillis said.John McPhaul is a dual U.S.-Costa Rican citizen, born in San José. He wrote for The Tico Times for many years and now works at the San Juan Daily Star.center_img Related posts:Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact Government charters flight to bring Costa Ricans home from Puerto Rico Costa Rican Foreign Ministry seeks Costa Ricans in Puerto Rico PHOTOS: ‘There’s a new normal in Puerto Rico’last_img read more

ILTM Japan 2016 – set within a flourishing Japanese luxury travel mark

first_imgILTM Japan 2016 – set within a flourishing Japanese luxury travel marketThe fourth ILTM Japan event will take place from 29 February – 2 March 2016, set against the backdrop of a flourishing Japanese luxury travel industry.According to the JNTO, the highest ever number of international visitors (18 million) visited Japan in 2015, an estimated increase of 47.5% year on year. Luxury travellers visiting Japan increased by 35% year on year, placing the country 6th behind Australia, China, Ecuador, Iceland and Greece.Reflecting this positive travel trend, the fourth edition of ILTM Japan (29 February – 2 March 2016), opening for the first time in Tokyo, is already 50% bigger than ever before. Taking place at the Conrad Tokyo, the event will profile both established brands and new experiences from within Japan and from all four corners of the world.Japan is now ranked within the top ten countries in the 2015 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), placed at 9th out of 141 countries. This index ranks country economies in terms of ‘tourism readiness,’ taking into account the factors that enable sustainable development of its travel and tourism industry.Japanese participants include Sankara Hotel & Spa Yakushima, The Art of Travel and Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. In addition, there will be a number of luxury experiences from Japanese prefectures including Nara and Shizuoka as well as several new Ryokans to be introduced to the discerning international traveller. A number of international brands will have Japanese hotels represented such as Conrad, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula Hotels.Further to this, additional international brands seeking to meet Japanese operators include One & Only Resorts, Georgia’s Caucasus Travel, the Armani Hotel Dubai, the Park Hyatt in Seoul, the USA’s Resort at Pelican Hill in California and Iceland’s Oceanwide Expeditions as well as international destinations including Bilbau, Spain, Peru and New Zealand.Alison Gilmore, Senior Exhibition Director of the ILTM Portfolio says:“We are delighted to be working with both Tokyo and the City of Kyoto in hosting the world’s most important and productive luxury travel buyers and media to the fourth exciting edition of ILTM Japan.“This is an important time for Japanese luxury travel. The Japanese tourism sector is going from strength to strength and the expanding inbound market will also offer a huge wealth injection into the economy – an ideal platform for ILTM Japan to facilitate luxury travel business and business opportunities.”ILTM Japan is a unique, invitation only, Japan focused luxury travel event, offering one-to-one meetings between international exhibitors and luxury Japanese buyers, alongside Japanese exhibitors and buyers from across the world. Learn more here!Source = ILTM Japan 2016last_img read more

Previously Strong Vintage Now Faltering Fitch

first_img September 6, 2012 472 Views Adverse selection is leading to rating downgrades for “”one of the strongest U.S. residential mortgage vintages,”” the pre-2005 vintage, according to “”Fitch Ratings””: [IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Residential mortgage-backed securities formed before 2005 “”have historically performed well,”” according to Fitch. In fact, more than 93 percent have already been repaid in full, and principal losses account for less than 1 percent of the $650 billion vintage. However, Fitch has placed several underperforming classes from the pre-2005 vintage on “”Rating Watch Negative.”” “”Many high-quality mortgage borrowers are refinancing to take advantage of record-low interest rates, leaving the remaining mortgage pools increasingly concentrated with borrowers unable to refinance,”” explained Grant Bailey, managing director at Fitch in a statement Thursday.The remaining bonds are at risk for negative ratings pressure. “”While additional negative rating actions are likely, pre-2005 senior classes are by and large expected to retain investment grade ratings and recover full principal,”” Bailey said. Agents & Brokers Credit Ratings Fitch Ratings Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-09-06 Krista Franks Brock Sharecenter_img Previously Strong Vintage Now Faltering: Fitch in Data, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

Vericrest Completes Onboarding of New Servicing Rights Portfolios

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began arguing that even earlier human relatives dating to 6 million years ago—very soon after the human-chimp evolutionary split—already had humanlike hands as well This even included the ability to press the thumb against the fingers with considerable force a key aspect of precision gripping To get a grasp on what early hands really looked like Almécija and his colleagues analyzed the thumb and finger proportions of a large number of living apes and monkeys including modern humans They then compared these to the hands of several extinct species of apes and early humans including Ardi the Neandertals and the 2-million-year-old Australopithecus sediba from South Africa which its discoverers controversially think might be a direct ancestor of humans The sample also included the 25-million-year-old fossil ape known as Proconsul The team crunched the measurements from all these samples using sophisticated statistical methods designed to determine the course of hand evolution over time The researchers found that the hand of the common ancestor of chimps and humans and perhaps also earlier ape ancestors had a relatively long thumb and shorter fingers similar to that of humans today (Gorillas which spend most of their time on the ground and not in trees have similarly shaped hands) Thus the human hand retains these more “primitive” proportions whereas the elongated fingers and shorter thumbs of chimps as well as orangutans represent a more specialized and “derived” form ideal for life in the trees the team reports today in Nature Communications Almécija says that a hand capable of precision grasping was “one of the earliest adaptations” among members of the human line possibly because it made our ancestors better at gathering a wider variety of foods and not originally because it made them better toolmakers And if human hands largely retained the “primitive” state he adds the most important changes that led to toolmaking would have been “neurological” — that is the result of the enlargement and evolution of the human brain and its ability to plan ahead and better coordinate hand movements “Their results fit very nicely with the view … that the human hand is best described as primitive” says Tracy Kivell an anthropologist at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom who specializes in the study of the primate hand and wrist “It’s good to see that some of the implications of Ardi”—that the common ancestor of chimps and humans was not chimplike—“are being noticed” adds Owen Lovejoy an anatomist at Kent State University in Ohio and member of the team that studied this early member of the human line Rather than being a good model for this common ancestor Lovejoy says today’s chimps are “highly specialized” for a fruit-eating life high up in the trees But the study is not likely to receive a warm welcome from researchers who think the common ancestor of chimps and humans was indeed more chimplike The team “build[s] an evolutionary scenario based on one data point bony proportions of hands with the underlying assumption that they tell a story” says Adrienne Zihlman a primatologist at the University of California Santa Cruz Zihlman argues that the hands alone provide researchers with only a very limited view of what the common ancestor was like “This paper serves as a poster child for what is wrong with a lot of work in paleoanthropology” on the other hand,爱上海Amparo, the sort of skills that will be most useful in a world where technology and automation could wipe out many of the jobs for which our children are currently being prepared. Jide Omokore. Better keep your fingers crossed. Contact us at editors@time. McLarty recalled. “It’s fascinating that … these transitions may not be as difficult as presumed, Meanwhile, ‘Ganduje is a great man’. read more