The ongoing battle of a little piece of sacred land in Ottawa

first_imgAPTN National NewsStatus Algonquins in Quebec say it’s their land.Algonquins in Ontario, fighting for rights with the federal government, have placed claim on it.A private company bought it and is moving ahead to develop it.A music festival was held on the land just recently but was almost canceled.Many different views and opinions are held on the sacred and historic meeting place in Ottawa for Indigenous peoples.APTN’s Julien Gignac takes a closer look.last_img

AIADMK begins candidates selection process for polls

first_imgChennai: The AIADMK in Tamil Nadu Monday kick-started its candidate selection process for the April 18 Lok Sabha elections in the state, with the interview of ticket aspirants of ten constituencies. The ruling party also invited applications from aspiring candidates for the by-polls to 18 Assembly segments, which will be held along with the parliamentary polls. Elections to 39 Lok Sabha seats in TN and the lone Puducherry segment will be held on April 18, the second of the seven phases of polling across the country for a total of 543 seats. On Monday, the AIADMK Parliamentary Board, whose members include party Coordinator and state Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator and Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami, interviewed the aspiring candidates for 10 constituencies including Salem, Nilgiris and Coimbatore, a party release said. The AIADMK is heading the NDA in TN, whose constituents are the BJP, PMK, DMDK, Puthiya Tamizhagam and PNK.last_img read more

New labour code brings international standards to East Timor

“It’s an appropriate time to remind ourselves as to why any society requires legislation regulating the rights of workers and employers,” Sergio Vieira de Mello said at a signing ceremony, which was part of East Timor’s May Day celebrations.”The Labour Code will put in place a labour administration system that is democratic, transparent and participatory. It ensures that workers, employers, and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] have the opportunity to participate in both formulating and implementing labour policies and programmes,” Mr. Vieira de Mello added.The result of an extensive two-year consultation process with workers, employers, NGOs and the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), the Labour Code establishes minimum internationally accepted standards for hours of work, vacation and sick leave and maternity benefits.The new law also outlaws exploitative child labour and expands on the functions and duties of the Department of Labour and Solidarity, giving it the authority to reduce or eliminate discrimination in employment, and to assist women, minors, the disabled and disadvantaged workers.The Code also sets up a dispute settlement mechanism, including possible arbitration with a Labour Relations Board.”The Labour Code had undergone a legislative process characterized by consensus building and compromises,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said. “It is a comprehensive Code that complies with international standards and I sincerely hope that it will provide a sound basis for regulating the rights and interests of workers and employers in this country for the coming years.” read more

Business Highlights

Business Highlights ___RX for Baltimore economy: More residents with money to spendBALTIMORE (AP) — The fragility of Baltimore’s economy was exposed by Freddie Gray’s death from a spinal injury suffered while in police custody.The tragedy unleashed protests, looting and a widespread recognition that Baltimore’s poor have long lacked job opportunities. But it also revealed the easily overlooked absence of a stable upper-middle class, the same group that has revitalized cities such as New York and Washington. Baltimore is actively seeking to bring these people back, since their spending power could help restore neighbourhoods, expand the economic base and energize what has been a tentative comeback for the 620,000-person city.___More celebrity women taking on role of business ownerNEW YORK (AP) — These days, one of the most-coveted roles among A-list actresses is business owner.Oscar winner Halle Berry is one of the latest female celebrities to start a business. She launched Scandale Paris last year, a line of lingerie sold at Target stores.For decades, famous faces have been hired by big corporations to sell hair dye, lipstick and high-end fashion. But now, more female celebrities are taking control and starting their own businesses. It’s also helping some balance career and motherhood.___US retail sales flat-line in AprilWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. shoppers kept their spending in check in April, as modest wage growth over the past year keeps family budgets tight.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales were unchanged last month after rising 1.1 per cent in March. Sales have risen just 0.9 per cent over the past 12 months. Steady hiring has yet to spark significantly higher incomes.The retail sales report also raises the possibility that nasty winter weather can’t entirely explain the recent lacklustre consumer spending in prior months, since the anticipated spring rebound has not materialized.___US businesses increase stockpiles 0.1 per cent in MarchWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles slightly in March, as sales picked up for the first time since July.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that business stockpiles rose 0.1 per cent in March after a 0.2 per cent gain in February. Sales rose 0.4 per cent in March, ending seven straight months of declines or no gains. Over the past 12 months, sales have fallen 2.1 per cent.The inventories reflect expectations by business of future customer demand, possibly signalling whether the economy is strengthening or weakening.___Macy’s sales to overseas tourists pinched by stronger dollarCINCINNATI (AP) — Macy’s is feeling a big chill from international tourists because their money isn’t going as far as it used to.The strong dollar has crimped spending by overseas visitors at Macy’s stores in big cities like New York, Las Vegas and Chicago. That contributed to a 13 per cent decline in profit in the first quarter, the company said Wednesday.The company said bad winter weather and a slowdown at West Coast ports also hurt sales.Shares of Macy’s fell 2.5 per cent Wednesday even as the company raised its quarterly dividend.___More vehicles recalled for problem Takata air bag inflatorsTOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 6.5 million vehicles.Toyota said Wednesday it was recalling nearly 5 million more vehicles globally for the air bag inflator problem. Some 637,000 of the vehicles are in the United States. In Japan, it is recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles.The recall affects 35 models globally, including the Corolla subcompact, RAV4 sport utility vehicle and Tundra pickup, produced from March 2003 through November 2007.___Frontier Airlines CEO steps down citing personal reasonsDALLAS (AP) — The CEO of Frontier Airlines resigned and was replaced by the carrier’s chairman and president, who vowed to improve a record of frequent flight delays and customer complaints.Frontier said Wednesday that Dave Siegel stepped down for personal reasons.Siegel’s departure came the same day that consultants J.D. Power ranked Frontier last in a survey of customer satisfaction. On Monday, the federal government said that Frontier had the highest complaint rate and the worst on-time performance among the nation’s 14 leading airlines in March.___Wal-Mart to test unlimited shipping service for $50 per yearNEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will test a new unlimited shipping service for online shoppers this summer that will be priced below Amazon’s widely popular $99 per year Prime service.Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the shipping subscription service will cost customers $50 a year. Products will arrive in three days or less.Wal-Mart offers a grocery delivery and pickup service in five markets. But the unlimited shipping program marks a substantial commitment and underscores how serious the retailer is about accelerating the growth of its online business, which has seen a slowdown.___DuPont wins proxy fight against Peltz’s Trian FunWILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Dupont shareholders on Wednesday flatly rejected a contentious campaign by one of the most powerful investor firms in the U.S. for seats on the board of the 212-year-old chemical company.Nelson Peltz and his Trian Fund Management L.P., a major shareholder, had sought more influence at DuPont, saying that the company was falling short of its potential. CEO Ellen Kullman has resisted Peltz’s campaign vigorously, saying that he had mischaracterizing DuPont’s performance.___Danaher buying Pall for about $13.56 billionPORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Danaher will spend approximately $13.56 billion to acquire Pall Corp., a company that makes water filtration systems for airplane manufacturers, public works companies and notably, biopharmaceuticals.Danaher also announced Wednesday that it will split into two publicly traded companies.Pall’s life sciences segment had $1.5 billion in revenue in 2014, comprising more than half of the company’s total revenue for the year. The life sciences unit serves customers in the biopharmaceutical market, food and beverage and medical end markets.___California golf courses tee up water-saving measuresLAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — At first glance, nothing seems amiss at this lush, members-only golf club in one of the priciest communities in Orange County. A bubbling fountain gurgles out of an artificial lake. Emerald-green fairways stretch into the distance. Golf carts zoom across the grass like white ants.But behind the man-made stream and arcing sprinklers, California’s epic drought is reshaping the course at El Niguel Country Club and dozens of others statewide.___Owens-Illinois to spend $2.15B buying Vitro businessesNEW YORK (AP) — Beer and wine bottle maker Owens-Illinois will pay about $2.15 billion to buy the food and beverage glass container business of the Mexican company Vitro.Owens-Illinois Inc. said Wednesday that the all-cash deal will bolster its stake in Mexico’s packaging market and start helping its earnings by the first year after it closes. In the third year, the company expects it to add about 50 cents per share.Shares of Owens-Illinois jumped 9 per cent before markets opened and after the company announced the acquisition___Facebook pushes to improve benefits, pay for contractorsNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other workers who support its employees.The world’s largest online social network is implementing a set of new standards for its U.S.-based contractors who do a “substantial amount of work” with Facebook.Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, announced the changes in a blog post late Tuesday. The new standards include a minimum wage of $15 an hour, at least 15 paid days off per year, and for those who don’t receive paid parental leave, a $4,000 “new child benefit” for new parents.___By The Associated Press=The Dow Jones industrial average fell 7.74 points, or 0.04 per cent, to 18,060.49. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index shed 0.64 points, or 0.03 per cent, to 2,098.48. The Nasdaq composite added 5.50 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 4,981.69.The price of U.S. oil fell 25 cents to $60.50 in New York. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell 5 cents to $66.81 in London. Wholesale gasoline rose less than a penny to $2.041 a gallon. Heating oil rose .05 cent to $2.005 a gallon. Natural gas gained 3.8 cents to $2.935 per 1,000 cubic feet. by The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2015 4:06 pm MDT Last Updated May 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

HP et AlcatelLucent consolident leur partenariat

first_imgHP et Alcatel-Lucent consolident leur partenariat Les entreprises Hewlett Packard et Alcatel-Lucent renforcent leur partenariat autour du cloud computing. Hewlett Packard et Alcatel-Lucent ont renforcé leur partenariat autour du cloud computing. L’offre d’Alcatel-Lucent avait été lancée en 2010 avec le soutien d’HP. Cette initiative est aujourd’hui renforcée. Les deux sociétés vont adopter d’un commun accord la solution Data Center Network Connect (DCNC). Elle se situe entre l’offre de datacenter basée sur la technologie de ‘cloud computing’ de HP et les nœuds de réseaux haut débit d’Alcatel-Lucent. D’après, cette offre s’adresse aux fournisseurs de services télécom, aux grandes administrations, ou aux compagnies aériennes dans le cadre des “nouveaux services convergés d’infrastructures IT et télécoms”. Cet accord permet à Alcatel-Lucent de proposer à ses clients une solution d’organisation de leurs données. Alcatel-Lucent et HP ont révélé d’une seule voix : “Lucent marie la puissance des centres de traitement de données avec celle des réseaux de communication.” Le 3 décembre 2011 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sanrio Boys are here to steal your hearts in new mobile dating

first_img Kouta Hasegawa’s favorite Sanrio character is Pompompurin. He’s an easygoing guy with a lot of friends. Looks like an easy mark for your heart.<><><> Ryou is regal as hell and ready to put a glass slipper on you.<><><> Sanrio recently released images of each hunky guy in prince clothing, because… well, why not? I mean, just look at these soon-to-be princes of our hearts! Do you love Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, and Pompompurin? Well maybe you would like the hot guys who love them too!Last month, the kings of cute at Sanrio announced that they would be releasing Sanrio Danshi: Watashi Ai wo Shirimashita (Sanrio Boys: I Found Love) as a phone app game later this year.The game introduces a slew of cute guys who each have a favorite Sanrio character. In the tradition of Japanese otome (girls’) dating games, these young studs can be your one true soulmate if you click your way into their hearts in various scenarios.Let’s meet the five hunks whose primary hobby in life is drooling over their favorite Sanrio character; and hopefully you next! There is also a manga currently being released that features the pretty Sanrio boys titled, Sanrio Danshi: Never Without My Favorite Friend. The first Sanrio Danshi comic has already debuted via the Manga One phone app in April of 2016, while the second began publication on the Sho-Comi website in June of 2016.Although the game itself is slated for release by late 2016, there is no confirmation if it will be localized for the English-speaking market, yet. Please, Sanrio. Please make our Sanrio Boys dreams come true.last_img read more

Second bank robbed Friday; 2 reportedly in custody

first_imgTwo Vancouver banks reported robberies by female suspects, bringing the total number of bank robberies this week in Vancouver to three.Shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, a woman entered then robbed the Umpqua Bank at 11515 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said no weapon was displayed during the robbery.She left on foot, then was seen getting into a lighter colored, older sedan with heavy front-end damage, Kapp said. The suspect was not located.Six hours later, shortly after 5 p.m., officers responded to another bank robbery, this time at a US Bank branch at 8700 E. Mill Plain Blvd.According to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian, a woman entered the bank, presented a note demanding money, then left.Police tracked her to a location in the 6000 block of Southeast Riverside Drive not long after.Officers in the area found a pickup and stopped it, according to radio traffic, taking two people into custody.Officers surrounded a nearby home on Riverside Drive Friday evening, as well.It was not clear Friday evening whether the same woman robbed both banks.On Monday, a man robbed another Umpqua Bank, in Hazel Dell.The suspect in that robbery also was not located.last_img read more

North Korea fires short range projectile US official

first_imgWashington: The US said on Wednesday that Pyongyang had fired a short-range projectile, while South Korean media reported that two had been launched. The firing comes ahead of US-South Korean military exercises next month that North Korea has warned could affect the planned resumption of denuclearisation talks between Washington and Pyongyang. Also Read – Uganda: Traveling girl from Congo dies of Ebola Advertise With Us “I can confirm that it was… short-range” a US official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. He did not say when the launch was carried out. The North “fired one unidentified projectile at 5:34 am and the other at 5:57 am, from Wonsan areas into the East Sea, and they flew around 430 kilometres (267 miles),” according to Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, cited by the South’s Yonhap news agency. Also Read – At corruption retrial, Samsung scion may end up being jailed Advertise With Us “Our military is closely monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture,” Yonhap quoted the JCS as saying. Pyongyang last fired short-range missiles on May 9, which US President Donald Trump called “very standard stuff” that, he said, had not affected his relationship with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un. Advertise With Us Kim and Trump agreed to a resumption of dialogue at an impromptu June 30 meeting they held in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas. But last week, North Korea issued its warning over the military drills, which have been held for years and were scaled down to ease tensions with nuclear-armed Pyongyang.last_img read more

22 LesserKnown Facts About Sushma Swaraj Which Will Make You

first_imgSushma Swaraj, who today stands as the best External Affairs Minister till date, and one of the best cabinet Minister in Modi-led NDA government. Famous for being one of the most helpful, tech-savvy ministers of India, she has restored our faith in bureaucracy and has received applause from all around the world. Here are lesser-known facts about Sushma Swaraj that you probably didn’t know: Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us 1. Born on 14th February 1952 Sushma Swaraj was born on 14 February 1952. Her birthplace being Ambala Cantt, Haryana, Sushma Swaraj was born to Hardev Sharma and Shrimati Laxmi Devi. 2. From Sushma Sharma to Sushma SwarajSushma Swaraj was Sushma Sharma before her marriage to Swaraj Kaushal 3. Links to PakistanSushma Swaraj’s parents hailed from Dharampura area of Lahore, Pakistan. She also visited Dharampura during her last visit to Pakistan. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us 4. EducationSushma Swaraj got her early education from Sanatan Dharma College in Ambala Cantonment and got bachelor degree with majors in Sanskrit and Political Science. Then she studied law at Punjab University, Chandigarh.5. A child prodigy She also received the title of the best cadet of N.C.C at the S.D. College, Ambala Cantt for three years in a row. Advertise With Us 6. Killing with her speeches since long timeWon best Hindi Speaker award for three consecutive years, held by the Language Department of Haryana. 7. InterestsWith an interest in classical music, poetry, fine arts and drama too, Sushma Swaraj can be definitely be called an all-rounder! 8. Start of political careerIn early 1970s, she joined Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and from there began her political journey. Sushma Swaraj father was also a prominent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh member. 9. Start of professional careerIn 1973, Sushma Swaraj started practice as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India. She was part of George Fernandes Legal Defense team in Baroda Dynamite case (1975-77) along with Swaraj Kaushal. 10. Marriage with Swaraj KaushalDuring the times of Emergency, Sushma Swaraj married Swaraj Kaushal on 13, July, 1973. Swaraj Kaushal who was designated as Senior Advocate by Supreme Court of India at the young age of 34. And has also served as Governor of Mizoram (February 1990 to February 1993). 11. Youngest ever Cabinet MinisterIn 1977, Sushma Swaraj became the youngest cabinet minister, at the age of 25, in the Janata Party Govt., headed by then Chief minister Devi Lal. 12. Of the many firsts to be honoredIn 1979, at an young age of 27, Sushma Swaraj became State President of Janata Party, Haryana State. She is also the first female Spokesperson of a national political party in India. Swaraj has many firsts to her credit as BJPs first female Chief Minister, General Secretary, Leader of Opposition, Union Cabinet Minister, Spokesperson and Minister of External Affairs.13. Liberating Indian Film Industry From the underworld to the legal papers, the journey of film production to make it to an industry, again made possible by Sushma Swaraj when she declared Indian film industry, thus making it eligible for bank finance.Swaraj was Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting at that time (1988). 14. First female Chief Minister of DelhiServed as first female Chief Minister of Delhi for a short period in 1998 (13 October – 3 December). 15. Contested against Sonia Gandhi in 1999Her popularity among the crowd can be clearly seen when she managed to get 358,000 votes in her favor in just 12 days of her campaign for the Bellary constituency in Karnataka, where she had contested against Sonia Gandhi. Thou, she lost by a margin of 7%, Swaraj gave a good fight to Sonia Gandhi. 16. Set up up six AIIMSDuring her tenure as Union Health Minister (January 2003 to May 2004) she opened up 6 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh. A milestone in her ladder of achievements. 17. Honored with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 2004First and only female MP till date to be honored with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award. She has been elected seven times as the member of the parliament, and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. 18. Pushed Congress in formation of TelanganaSushma Swaraj played a major role in passing Telangana Bill which let to formation of a separate state Telangana. Swaraj also has to argue with her own mentor Senior BJP Leader LK Advani for this. And once she said: “TELANGANA, WHEN YOU THANK SONIA AMMA FOR THE FORMATION OF TELANGANA STATE, DON’T FORGET YOUR CHINAMMA (SUSHMA SWARAJ REFERRING TO HERSELF)” 19. Second woman to be Minister of External AffairsThe second woman to be India’s Minister of External Affairs after Indira Gandhi. Serving since 26, May, 2014, as Minister of External Affairs under Narendra Modi led NDA government.20. A diplomatic genius The crowning achievement of operation Rahat, during Yemen Crisis. When India helped manly countries including United Kingdom, Russia, United States, Pakistan etc.21. Like parents, like daughter Mother to a brilliant daughter, Bansuri Swaraj, an Oxford graduate, and a Barrister at Law, Bansuri has of course followed into the steps of her mother.22. Tweet and Viola! Solution! Being one of t he most tech-savvy ministers, she is always there to help other in need. Many have got immediate help after they tweeted to Sushma Swaraj.last_img read more

Three held notices issued to 16 telecallers for cheating

first_imgHyderabad: The officials of Cybercrime police station, DD, Hyderabad on Friday arrested three persons identified as Soma Roka (26), Arnabsur (26) and Mohammed Imran (23), natives of belong Kolkata, on charges of operating a call centre in the name of Saha Enterprises and cheating innocents. The accused hired about 20 lady tele-callers in the name of online dating. The police said that on May 7 they received a complaint in which the complainant stated that on April 25 he received a call from an unknown number who introduced herself as Ritika, calling from love arts. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The tele-caller told the complainant that they will provide girls for online dating. When the complainant showed interest, they asked him to pay a sum of Rs 1,025 for registration through online mode. Later, the complainant received a call from another person who asked him to send his photo and address for membership purpose. Later, another lady called and asked him to pay a sum of Rs 18,000 for this membership and told that the said amount would be refundable to him. After receiving all the details, the tele-callers allegedly threatened the complainant that his photos and ID’s are available on online dating sites and the police will come catch him. They further threatened the complainant to deposit Rs 75,000 and later Rs 1.20 lakh to evade any legal complications.last_img read more

Falling US Oil Production Lifts Crude Oil Prices

first_imgCrude oil prices continue to recover from the lows hit in March, supported by a fall in US oil production.Brent crude oil prices continued to increase on Wednesday to trade close to $60 per barrel mark, as the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on Monday that US shale production is likely to fall by 45,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 4.98 million bpd in May.”Speculative financial investors are clearly taking the latest news of a declining US oil supply as reason enough to further step up their investments in the oil market,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.The North Dakota Mineral Resources Department said on Tuesday that oil production in February in North Dakota dropped 15,000 bpd to 1.18 million bpd, boosting crude oil prices, which have seen a 20 percent gain since March.”There have often been drops in production during the winter in North Dakota because shale oil production has to be scaled back on account of the harsh weather conditions. We will therefore have to wait and see whether production continues to decline in the spring – if so, and only then, can there be talk of a trend reversal,” said Commerzbank.Further, oil services firm Baker Hughes reported that the number of US oil rigs in use were down by 40 to 988 for the week ending 10 April, falling below 1,000 rigs for the first time since September 2009.”We believe that US shale oil output is already falling, and that current rig counts imply that the m/m decline will exceed 70 thousand barrels per day (kb/d) by June. The deceleration in US output has been greater than the market is currently pricing in,” said Standard Chartered in a note.Besides, the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Wednesday raised its estimate for global oil demand growth for the second consecutive month, saying the world oil use will rise by 90,000 bpd to 1.08 million bpd on the back of increased consumption in the Europe, India and the United States.last_img read more

Political row begins after Greek fire kills scores

first_imgPeople attend a candlelight vigil in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on 30 July 2018, to commemorate victims of the country`s worst ever wildfires, which has claimed scores of lives. Photo: AFPGreek prime minister Alexis Tsipras accused the opposition on Tuesday of exploiting one of the country’s worst ever natural disasters in a deepening political row over the deaths of at least 91 people in a fire.Greece has been stunned by the blaze which swiftly gutted the town of Mati east of Athens on 23 July. Scores more people were injured and the death toll could still rise. There have since been recriminations over whether an evacuation order was issued and whether rescue services responded in a timely manner.“I really wonder how some people … can sleep today, and continue content in exercising their duties,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis, head of the Conservative New Democracy party, told a news conference.“When someone undertakes political responsibility it should be accompanied by an act, and resignation is an act of personal responsibility,” said Mitsotakis, whose party is leading in opinion polls.Though Mitsotakis did not name the prime minister, the comments appeared to be aimed at Tsipras, who has said he accepted full political responsibility for the disaster. The prime minister’s office accused Mitsotakis of trying to “take advantage of dozens of citizens’ pain and loss”.“Human lives cannot become an object of political exploitation,” it said in a statement.Later, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said criticism was welcomed but should not be skewed by media and political opponents.He said the environment ministry had found over 3,000 illegal constructions in forests and along the coastline in the wider Athens region, which have been marked for demolition.- Tsipras Vows Action -“The prime minister’s decision is very clear, the government is determined to clash (with any interests) and do everything possible to prevent a repeat of any such disaster in the future,” Tzanakopoulos said during a press briefing.Mitsotakis said those responsible for coordinating the fire response, including the civil protection and interior ministers and the fire brigade chief, should resign.He also appeared to criticise Tsipras for failing to visit the scene of the disaster sooner. Tsipras travelled to the site on Monday a week after the blaze. Another government minister who visited earlier had a heated exchange with survivors on whether aid was sent in a timely manner.“Anger, and sympathising with another’s pain is something deeply personal,” Mitsotakis said. “But public figures have no right to hide during a crisis. (A leader) has an obligation to take a position, and be next to people in trying times.”Tsipras has vowed to hold a thorough inquiry into how hundreds of people were left trapped by flames. He has pledged a series of changes, including a crackdown on unlicensed construction which is thought to have worsened the fire and blocked off escape routes for residents fleeing towards the sea.last_img

Baltimore Officer Discovered Drunk on Duty Terminated

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comLess than two months after a Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officer was terminated following a videotaped beating of a city resident, another BPD officer has been fired after he was discovered drunk while on duty.According to BPD Chief Spokesperson T.J. Smith, on Oct. 2, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Southern District supervisors were called to the 700 block of Washington Blvd., in Southwest Baltimore for reports of an officer slumped over in his patrol vehicle.Baltimore Police Department (AP Photo, File)Supervisors discovered Officer Aaron Heilman in full uniform, slumped behind the wheel of the marked patrol vehicle, while it was running. Suspected of being under the influence, Heilman was taken to the Central District, where he agreed to submit to a breathalyzer, which indicated he had a blood alcohol count (BAC) of .22, more than twice the legal limit in Maryland. Any BAC over .08 is subject to a DUI arrest.Heilman, a probationary officer, was cited and suspended. He had been working an overtime crime suppression detail after having been off for two days, according to Smith. He had started his shift about three hours prior to being discovered drunk and slumped behind the wheel of his vehicle.On Oct. 3, Heilman was terminated by Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle. “I looked at the totality of the circumstances involved in this case and I made the decision to terminate this officer immediately,” said Tuggle. “His actions represented a safety issue for himself and the community. I simply won’t tolerate it.”last_img read more

First stones laid for new Crown Paradise Puerto Morelos hotel

first_imgPuerto Morelos, Q.R. — With an investment of more than $55 million USD, the first stones for the new Hotel Crown Paradise Club Puerto Morelos hotel have been laid.The new hotel, which is promoted by Desarrolladora Inmobiliaria AHG, will be constructed on the coastal road north of Punta Petempich. When complete, the hotel will offer 184 rooms and nine food areas, four swimming pools, two snack bars, three bars, a shopping area, spa, gym and hospitality room.According to Salvador Ornelas, general director of the Jalisco company Arriva Hospitality Group, he says they will take approximately 18 months to complete the construction of the hotel adding they “seek to generate memorable experiences in hospitality services.”He says that by 2025, Arriva Hospitality has a goal to add 10,000 rooms, “being one of the five most important hotel companies in the country.”The new hotel will be added to the their already-existing Crown Paradise Golden of Cancun portfolio, which has 617 rooms.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Go User Survey 2018 results Golang goes from strength to strength as

first_imgYesterday, the team at Go announced the results of their user survey for the year 2018. 5,883 users from 103 different countries participated in the survey. Key highlights from the Go User Survey 2018 According to the report, for the first time, half of the survey respondents said that they are currently using Go as part of their daily routine. It seems this year proved to be even better for Go as the graph saw a significant increase in the number of respondents who develop their projects in Go as part of their jobs and also use Go outside of their work responsibilities. Also, a majority of survey respondents said that Go is their most-preferred programming language. Here are some other findings: API/RPC services and CLI tools are the commonly used tools by Go users. VS Code and GoLand have become the most popular code editors among survey respondents. Most Go developers use more than one primary OS for development where Linux and macOS are popular. Automation tasks were declared as the fast-growing area for Go. Web development still remains the most common domain but DevOps has shown the highest year-over-year growth and is also the second most common domain now. Survey respondents have been shifting from on-premise Go deployments to containers and serverless cloud deployments. To simplify the survey report, the team at Go broke the responses down into three groups: The ones who are using Go both in and outside of work The ones who use Go professionally but not outside of work The ones who only use Go outside of their job responsibilities According to the survey, nearly half (46% of respondents) write Go code professionally as well as during their free time because the language appeals to developers who do not view software engineering only as a day job. According to the survey, 85% of respondents would prefer to use Go for their next project. Would you recommend Go to a friend? This year, the team had added a question, “How likely are you to recommend Go to a friend or colleague?” for calculating Net Promoter Score. This score measures the number of “promoters” a product has than “detractors” and it ranges from -100 to 100. A positive value would suggest most people are likely to recommend using a product, while negative values will suggest, most people wouldn’t recommend using it. The latest score (2018) is 61, where 68% are promoters – 7% are detractors. How satisfied are developers with Go? The team also asked many questions about developer satisfaction with Go, in the survey. Majority survey respondents indicated a high level of satisfaction which is consistent with prior year results. Around 89% of the respondents said that they are happy with Go and  66% felt that it is working well for their team. These metrics showed an increase in 2017 and they mostly remained stable this year. The downside About half of the survey respondents work on existing projects that are written in other languages, and ⅓ work on a team or project that prefer a language other than Go. The reason highlighted by the respondents for this is the missing language features and libraries. The team identified the biggest challenges faced by developers while using Go with the help of their machine learning tools. The top three challenges highlighted by the team as per the survey are: Package management is one of the major challenges. A response from the survey reads,“keeping up with vendoring, dependency / packet [sic] management / vendoring is not unified.” There are major differences from more familiar programming languages. A response from the survey reads, “Syntax close to C-languages with slightly different semantics makes me look up references somewhat more than I’d like”, Another respondent says, “My coworkers who come from non-Go backgrounds are trying to use Go as a version of their previous language but with channels and Goroutines.” Lack of generics is another problem. Another response from the survey reads, “Lack of generics makes it difficult to persuade people who have not tried Go that they would find it efficient. Hard to build richer abstractions (want generics)” Go community Go blog, Reddit’s r/ golang, Twitter, and Hacker News remain the primary sources for Go news. This year, 55% of survey respondents said they are interested in contributing towards the Go community, though it is slightly lesser than last year (59%). The standard library and official Go tools require interacting with the core Go team which could be one of the reasons for the dip in the percentage. Another reason is the dip in the percentage of participants who are willing to take up the Go project leadership. It was 30% last year and it has become 25% this year. This year only 46% of respondents are confident about taking the leadership of Go, it was 54% last year. You can read the complete results of the survey on Golang’s blog post. Update: The title of this article was amended on 4.1.2019. Read Next GitHub releases Vulcanizer, a new Golang Library for operating Elasticsearch Google Podcasts is transcribing full podcast episodes for improving search results State of Go February 2019 – Golang developments report for this month releasedlast_img read more

Cargill chooses Costa Rica for new services center

first_imgMinnesota-based corporation Cargill Inc. announced the opening in Costa Rica of a business services center that will provide technical support to the group’s 50 companies in the Americas in areas such as finance, information technologies, human resources, transportation and logistics.The new center is part of a plan to bring together company services from around the world into one place. The company said in a press release the move would provide better service at a lower cost.The location of the new facilities likely will be one of the free zones in the Greater Metropolitan Area, and the center will begin operating later this year, the group announced on Monday.Cargill will look to hire staff with expertise in accounting, business administration, information technology and finance. Potential employees must be fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.In a study by Cargill on potential locations, Costa Rica scored the highest against Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Panama.“Cargill conducted research and chose Costa Rica because it is the most effective and engaging location for us,” Cargill Central America President Bruce Burdett told El Financiero in an interview. “The final decision was based on the country’s political and economic situation, and the availability of a highly trained workforce with good levels of foreign languages.”The company also sought references from other multinational groups with similar operations in the country, such as WalMart, Procter & Gamble and Citibank. According to Burdett, “references were very positive and influenced the final decision.”Cargill in 2011 acquired Costa Rica’s popular meat and poultry producer Pipasa Corporation and also represents animal food brands including Purina, Ascan, Mimados and Don Gato.Founded in 1865, Cargill has 143,000 employees in 67 countries. It is a producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Facebook Comments Related posts:2 companies seeking 450 bilingual employees for Costa Rica operations Cargill announces $100 million expansion in Costa Rica Foreign direct investment in Costa Rica declines 21 percent, but still beats government prediction Costa Rica’s Solís calls for revival of free trade agreement with Canadalast_img read more

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first_imgAnantara Recognised At The 2019 Travel+ Leisure Us World’s Best AwardsAnantara Recognised At The 2019 Travel+ Leisure Us World’s Best AwardsAnantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has received a total of twelve top accolades in the 2019 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Readers of the prestigious US magazine recognised seven individual Anantara properties across the highly coveted categories and Anantara was ranked among the very best hotel brands in the world.The well-heeled readers of Travel + Leisure US voted Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas as #7 in The Top 25 Hotel Brands in the World.  Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort achieved a fantastic #2 spot in The Top 5 Resort Hotels in North Africa and the Middle East category. In Thailand, two Anantara properties were ranked among The Top 15 Resort Hotels in Asia; Anantara Hua Hin Resort which was named #9, closely followed by Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort which placed #11.The results kept coming in strong from Thailand with five Anantara resorts listed in the Top Southeast Asia Resort Hotels category: #3 Anantara Hua Hin Resort, #4 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, #9 Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, #13 Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas and #14 Anantara Phuket Layan Resort.  In addition, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort was placed #5 in The Top 5 Hotels in Bangkok.Anantara saw two luxury resorts included in the Top 100 Hotels in the World category, which covered 33 countries and all continents except Antarctica. Rated on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value, Anantara Hua Hin Resort and #Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort are thrilled to have been listed #47 and #52 respectively.One of the world’s most prestigious travel awards, Travel + Leisure US annual readers’ survey rates destinations and travel providers. Asked to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe, T+L readers share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines and more.Full rankings are as follows: The Top 25 Hotel Brands in the World:#7 Anantara Hotels, Resorts & SpasTop 5 North Africa & the Middle East Resort Hotels#2 Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, OmanThe Top 15 Resort Hotels in Asia #9 Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Thailand#11 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, ThailandTop 10 Southeast Asia Resort Hotels#3 Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Thailand#4 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand#9 Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Thailand#13 Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Thailand#14 Anantara Phuket Layan Resort, ThailandTop 5 Bangkok City Hotels#5 Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, ThailandThe Top 100 Hotels in the World #47 Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Thailand#52 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand Source = Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit www.anantara.comlast_img read more

Fewer Homes Going to AllCash Institutional Buyers

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News November 6, 2014 574 Views Fewer Homes Going to All-Cash, Institutional Buyers All-cash Investors RealtyTrac 2014-11-06 Tory Barringercenter_img All-cash buyers and institutional investors accounted for a declining share of home sales in the third quarter, putting a bigger burden on traditional mortgaged buyers to carry the housing recovery forward.In a report released Thursday, real estate data firm RealtyTrac revealed that 33.9 percent of single-family home and condo sales last quarter were transacted in cash, down from 36.9 percent in the second quarter and flat from last year.Meanwhile, sales made to institutional investors—defined by the firm as entities that purchase at least 10 properties in a year—made up 4.3 percent of all single-family and condo sales, sinking to a nearly four-year low. Institutional investors accounted for 5 percent of sales in Q2 and 5.3 percent of sales a year ago.While the decline in both categories leaves more room for buyers who require mortgage financing, analysts at RealtyTrac say those two groups are still an important piece of the real estate puzzle as they continue to help drive up home prices from their trough in 2012.”As institutional investors and other cash buyers slow down their purchasing in many markets across the country, more traditional buyers—including first-time homebuyers and move-up buyers—will need to increasingly fill in the missing puzzle pieces to maintain the momentum of the housing recovery,” said Daren Blomquist, VP at RealtyTrac.According to the company, cash sales were up from last year in 22 states, including Texas (32.4 percent compared to 21.5 percent in Q3 2013), Indiana (31.1 percent compared to 21.7 percent), Massachusetts (30.7 percent compared to 24 percent), and Connecticut (36.9 percent compared to 31.8 percent).RealtyTrac also found that cash sales last quarter were concentrated at the lowest and highest extremes of the housing market, accounting for 64 percent of home purchases made under $100,000 and 41 percent of purchases made above $2 million. Cash sales also represented a large share of distressed sales, making up 54.6 percent of transactions involving homes currently bank-owned or in the process of foreclosure.For institutional investors, RealtyTrac reports sales share rose in eight states from Q3 2013 to Q3 2014, including Iowa (8.4 percent from 3.6 percent last year), Ohio (5.9 percent from 4.1 percent), Maryland (4.4 percent from 3.5 percent), and Florida (7.2 percent from 6.4 percent).As for property types, the company said those buyers are sticking to the lower tiers of the market.”Institutional investors are still actively purchasing single family rentals, but continue to gravitate toward markets where lower-end inventory is still available,” Blomquist said. Sharelast_img read more

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