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Sankalp Education Awards 2019 Celebrating excellence in learning

first_imgIn recognition of the inspiring individuals and institutions revolutionising education in and around Kolkata – Sankalp Education Awards 2019 witnessed the celebration of innovation, excellence and commitment to educating our society. Curated by Lal Bhatia, co-founder of David & Goliath; Imran Zaki, President of FACES; and Sudha Jaiswal, District Governor of Lions Clubs International (District 322 B2), the grand event held at JW Marriot, Kolkata, gathered some of the region’s most reckoning educators. After rigorously studying the nominations received, the event felicitated some pioneering faces, many of whom have dared to rethink current pantheons of teaching and administration, welcoming creativity in means and methods. The event constituted 45 categories of awards that were created to recognise some outstanding work by individuals whose contributions are often forgotten in everyday hustle. By recognising academic excellence, sporting talent, environmental consciousness and sensitivity to society – the awards ensured that a wide array of talent was recognised and duly felicitated.last_img read more

Well work with cities even when provinces wont work with Ottawa Trudeau

first_imgQUEBEC — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his federal Liberal government will work closely with municipalities to deal with the effects of extreme weather and climate change — even if Ottawa and the provinces in question aren’t getting along.In a speech today to members of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities, Trudeau specifically cited Doug Ford, accusing his Ontario Conservative government of blocking federal funding for local projects.Trudeau says the Ontario premier is playing politics with communities, with citizens paying the price.This is actually a very big deal. Making that top up permanent is the biggest ask cities have of the parties in that election. He doesn’t promise that and says working with provinces is the preferred path but if they’re obstructionist, they’ll get the work done.— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) May 31, 2019The prime minister says his preferred option is the type of co-operative federalism that Canadians expect: three levels of government working together whatever their political stripes.But if provinces don’t want to play ball, Trudeau says his government will find a way to get funding to municipalities.He says extreme weather events like flooding, forest fires and droughts are rapidly becoming the norm, exacerbating a housing crisis that’s being felt across the country.He says his government has a plan to deal with climate change and that politicians of all stripes mustn’t close their eyes to what is happening around them.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Airline confirms three dead after float plane crashes in Labrador lake

first_imgST. JOHN’S – The president of a small Quebec airline says three people were killed when one of its planes crashed into a Labrador lake Monday.Jean Tremblay, president of Air Saguenay, said the float plane was carrying four fishermen, two guides and the pilot. He said the condition of the four missing occupants is unknown.Major Mark Gough of Maritime Forces Atlantic said military rescuers are searching for survivors at the crash site in Mistastin Lake, about 120 kilometres southwest of Nain, N.L.Gough said a Hercules aircraft spotted the wreckage of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver float plane at 5 a.m. local time Tuesday.He said the plane left a fishing lodge on Crossroads Lake, east of Schefferville, Que., Monday headed to a remote fishing camp on Mistastin Lake.It failed to return to the lodge that evening, and people at the lodge were unable to reach the missing party by satellite phone.Rescue officials said a helicopter was expected to arrive at the site Tuesday morning, and a second float plane had been dispatched to assist in search efforts.The Canadian Transport Safety Board will investigate the crash.last_img read more

CBC series Shoot the Messenger goes behind citys facade

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: A co-creator of the new CBC-TV crime drama Shoot the Messenger insists it’s not a story about Rob Ford.But Sudz Sutherland does admit he was inspired by the saga of the late former Toronto mayor as he helped craft the series, which stars Elyse Levesque as a newspaper reporter caught up in a web of gangs, murder, sex, drugs and politics in Toronto.“It’s not the Rob Ford story but . . . we were all inspired by that and I thought that unmasked a lot of what was going on behind the scenes of the city,” said Sutherland, who created the show with his wife Jennifer Holness. Facebook “We thought, ‘Hmm, that’s really interesting,’ so we wanted to actually explore these relationships between people who are super rich and political people with political power, and people who are business leaders but have these skeletons in their closet.”Debuting Monday, the serialized show follows Levesque’s character Daisy as she witnesses and then investigates the murder of a young Somali man.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Lyriq Bent plays the lead homicide detective, who is also Daisy’s secret lover.“A huge influence for me was Claire Danes of Homeland. That was a big inspiration for finding this person,” said Levesque, who hails from Regina.“But other than that I didn’t base it on any actual living human being.”Co-stars include Alex Kingston as Daisy’s editor, Lucas Bryant as her co-worker, Hannah Anderson as her sister and Ari Cohen as the attorney general.Guest stars include Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson, and former NBA stars Jamaal Magloire and Rick Fox.“We’ve got the attorney general and we’ve got a group of young Somali men, so we took the barest piece of the Rob Ford stuff and that inspired us,” said Sutherland.“Then we also took a young reporter — nothing to do with the Rob Ford story — but we took somebody who actually witnessed a crime. So that was something that was really interesting to us, the fact that Daisy witnessed a crime and what would that be like if a reporter kind of becomes the story?”Sutherland, who is also a director on the show, said he and Holness wanted Shoot the Messenger to have the same characteristics as a Netflix or HBO series.“We wanted to bring that to the CBC, that highly serialized, really great, fun, guilty-pleasure-type show, things like Scandal.”He and Holness spoke with Toronto cops and reporters “to actually get into the underpinnings of what’s going on in the city,” he said.“We really learned so much about how people really get down in the world, because there’s a facade of how we think people behave, but really how people behave behind closed doors is really, really interesting. So that’s the story we wanted to tell.”By Victoria AhearnThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hotels face battle over whether to help US house migrants

DETROIT — There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels.Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The U.S. government has occasionally detained migrants in hotels for decades and says it might have to split up families if hotels don’t help.It’s the latest example of a private industry caught in the political fray of an overtaxed immigration system.American and United Airlines said last year they didn’t want to fly migrant children separated from their parents. Greyhound told authorities to stop dropping off immigrants inside its bus stations. More recently, immigration groups have criticized Enterprise for renting vans to federal agents and PNC Bank for funding private detention centres.Hotels don’t like to wade into politics. They’re used to accepting business without questions and tuning their lobby televisions to nonpolitical channels. They’re also used to working with the government, whether to host displaced flood victims, defence contractors or conferences.But when the Trump administration announced immigration arrests targeting families the weekend of July 13 and said it might use hotels, the big companies responded. Marriott, Hilton, Choice Hotels, Best Western, Wyndham, Hyatt, IHG and MGM Resorts all released statements saying they don’t want their hotels used to detain migrants.Hotels felt pressure from their unions — which represent thousands of immigrants — as well as from customers angered by recent scenes of overcrowding and other squalid conditions at detention facilities.“Hotels are meant to welcome people from all over the world, not jail them,” said D. Taylor, president of the hotel workers union Unite Here.The companies also needed to reassure customers that their properties are safe and not overrun by armed guards watching migrants, said Daniel Mount, an associate professor of hospitality management at Pennsylvania State University.So far, there’s been little evidence of widespread arrests.But the hotels’ stance frustrates Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence. He said ICE uses hotels “strategically” to keep families together before transferring them to detention centres or deporting them. As of July 16, the agency had 53,459 individuals in custody, including 311 members of families.“If hotels or other places do not want to allow us to utilize that, they’re almost forcing us into a situation where we’re going to have to take one of the parents and put them in custody and separate them from the rest of their families,” Albence told The Associated Press in a recent interview.The Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy last year led to the separation of families at the southern border, igniting widespread outcry before it was abandoned.One national chain, Motel 6, faced lawsuits after it was accused of sharing guests’ names with immigration authorities.ICE wouldn’t say whether it’s now using hotels to detain migrants.Despite the corporate positions, individual hotels might still work with ICE. Franchisees run 88% of hotels in the U.S., according to data firm STR, and their franchise agreements don’t expressly prohibit detained migrants.Hotel companies could change those agreements to ban the practice, but waiting for the deals to expire and rolling out new ones would take years, Mount said. And not all hotel owners would back the change.Walter Barela, who runs 10 hotels across the Southwest as principal of Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Peak Hospitality, said some of his hotels on the border work with church groups to house newly arrived immigrants at discount rates. But he has never been approached by ICE about rooms for detained migrants.If he was, he said he would consider it. Barela, who serves on the board of the national Latino Hotel Association, said hotels close to Mexico “live and breathe off the Border Patrol.” He once sold a hotel because occupancy dropped sharply after border officers were reassigned.“It’s not our business to stand on one side of the debate or another,” Barela said. “We have to make people across a wide spectrum feel comfortable in our establishments.”Contracts with the government can be lucrative. According to federal contract listings, Quality Suites San Diego Otay Mesa, near the Mexican border, could earn $502,900 between 2016 and 2020 housing migrants for ICE.Mount says the government generally pays a higher rate than a budget hotel could command.“If the government is saying, ‘We can fill half the hotel at $99 per night for six months or a year,’ that’s hard business to turn away from,” he said.Available data suggests the government detains migrants at hotels on a limited basis. On a November 2017 list of government detention facilities, just 12 of the 1,685 sites were hotels. The list, obtained by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, also includes county jails and hospitals.Only one of those hotels — the Quality Suites — had recently housed more than three migrants. It had as many as 120 detained migrants at one time in fall 2017.In a September 2017 customer review on the Quality Suite’s website, a guest wrote, “The hotel booked two floors for detainees and held them there with guards in the hallways all night and noisy too. And they put our group just doors away on the same floor.”In 2016, another guest reported that rooms were being guarded by border security. Washcloths were stuffed in the doors to prevent them from being closed, the review said.Choice Hotels, which owns the Quality Suites brand, said the hotel signed a contract with the Department of Homeland Security — which oversees ICE — in 2016 but doesn’t plan to renew it. Choice said no migrants are currently being detained at the hotel.The hotel’s general manager didn’t respond to several requests for comment from the AP.John Sandweg, a former acting ICE director, said immigrants detained in hotels are usually kept there less than a week while their deportation papers or other orders are processed. They are generally confined to the room and guarded. Meals are provided.“People will be upset about this, but in the end, it’s probably cheaper than detention,” he said.___Associated Press writers Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami, Colleen Long in Washington and Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press read more

The Latest Merkel says orderly Brexit still possible

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit: (all times local):10:25 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says an orderly departure of Britain from the European Union remains possible, less than two months before the deadline.The United Kingdom is due to leave the bloc on Oct. 31 with little sign that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will get the new Brexit deal he wants with the EU.Merkel told lawmakers Wednesday that “it’s my firm conviction that we still have a chance to achieve this in an orderly way.”But she noted that Germany is also prepared for a Brexit without a deal that will result in “an economic competitor at our door.”Merkel added that Germany wants to keep close economic and security ties to Britain after Brexit.___10:20 a.m.A Scottish court has ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend the U.K. Parliament was unlawful, but did not order the suspension overturned.Judges said Britain’s Supreme Court must make the final decision.A group of lawmakers is challenging the government’s decision to prorogue, or suspend, Parliament, for five weeks until Oct. 14 — just over two weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union.They argue Johnson is trying to evade democratic scrutiny.Last week a court in Edinburgh rejected the challenge, but that was overturned Wednesday on appeal.The Associated Press read more

BC forest board says future timber supply at risk raises alarm about

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – British Columbia’s independent forest practices watchdog says future timber supplies in the province are at stake and the Liberal government needs to get moving on management plans for pine beetle and fire damaged forests.A Forest Practices Board report released Tuesday concludes up to two million hectares of Interior forests could be left insufficiently restocked for future use while the government considers replanting the forests.“Decisions about whether to replant areas where mountain pine beetle and fire have killed most of the trees will have an impact on the future timber supply in the B.C. Interior,” said board chairman Al Gorley in a statement following the release of the report.“At a minimum, if nature is left to take its course, the eventual crop of timber in those areas will be delayed,” said the statement.Gorley could not be immediately reached for comment.The Forest Practices Board report draws conclusions similar to those of Auditor General John Doyle in an audit of government management of forestry services last winter.Doyle concluded the ministry has not clearly defined its timber objectives and, as a result, cannot ensure that its management practices are effective.A leaked government report last winter said thousands of forest industry jobs in B.C. Interior communities are at stake due to timber supply issues connected to the pine beetle epidemic that destroyed an estimated 18.1 million hectares of forests — an area more than five times the size of Vancouver Island.Gorley’s report said of the two million hectares that may end up designated insufficiently replanted, industry is tabbed to restock a quarter of that, while the government will restock up to 250,000 hectares, leaving more than one million hectares unplanted.“There is a lot of debate about exactly how much forest has been damaged by fire and beetles,” said Gorley’s statement. “But the important question is, should we invest money now to ensure a healthy timber supply into the future, and, if so, how will we raise and invest it? But if action is to be taken, it must be taken quickly.”Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson could not be immediately reached for comment.Last month he announced the formation of an all-party special committee with a mandate to look for new ways to expand timber supplies, including possible changes to harvest rates, forest tenures and land use policies that include harvesting timber in protected areas.The committee, which has been holding public meetings in Interior communities, was the government’s response to the leaked forestry report that warned about thousands of job losses across the Interior and in the north due to a declining amount of wood caused by the pine beetle epidemic.The committee has until Aug. 15 to report back to government.Opposition New Democrat forests critic Norm Macdonald, who serves as deputy chairman of the special timber supply committee, said the report by the Forest Practices Board is further confirmation that the Liberals have mismanaged the forests.“Regardless of the definition, roughly two million hectares of land that was once part of the working forest is no longer productive forest land,” said Macdonald in a statement.He said the government spent nearly $35 million in 1996 on forest inventory work, but for the 2012-13 fiscal year, that amount dropped to $6 million.Macdonald said the special timber supply committee has been hearing the concerns raised in the Forest Practices Board’s report during its recent public meetings.“The government is scrambling to find a way to increase timber supply for communities that are facing a significant drop in their future cuts,” said Macdonald.Doyle’s 23-page audit last February found the forests ministry has not clearly defined its timber objectives and, as a result, cannot ensure that its management practices are effective.The report said existing management practices are insufficient to offset a trend toward future forests having a lower timber supply, and the audit found the ministry is not properly monitoring and reporting its timber results against its timber objectives.Doyle’s report made six recommendations, including developing performance measures that can be used to evaluate progress in achieving long-term timber objectives.Thomson said earlier he disagreed with Doyle’s assessment that the government is falling behind on its management of the timber resource. by News Staff Posted Jun 26, 2012 7:51 pm MDT B.C. forest board says future timber supply at risk, raises alarm about restocking forests read more

UN food agency launches nutrition initiative for millions of Afghans

With the collaboration of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, as well as WFP, the partnership is set to provide some 15 million Afghans with nutritionally-fortified wheat flour, vegetable oil and ghee – a clarified butter common in Central and South Asian cuisine – in order to help reduce the prevalence of vitamin and mineral deficiencies among the country’s more vulnerable groups, such as children under the age of five and women of reproductive age. “Chronic malnutrition, especially among women and children, is a terrible burden for the people of Afghanistan, both in terms of health and economic productivity,” the WFP Afghanistan Country Director and Representative, Louis Imbleau, said in a news release. “Micronutrient fortification is a cost-efficient intervention that can really help tackle this problem.”The partnership has recruited the largest vegetable oil producers and wheat flour millers exporting to or producing in Afghanistan, while equipment and nutrient blends will be provided to industry along with training for quality assurance. WFP, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting global hunger, is a key player in Afghanistan’s efforts against malnutrition and hunger. In January 2012, the agency contributed $3 million to a food voucher project which continues to function as a safety net against high food prices for Afghanistan’s urban poor. read more

Outotec tackling battery recycling with Aalto University and Business Finland

first_imgThe European Commission has invited Finland to coordinate the research related to recycling in the battery industry. Outotec will lead the project together with Aalto University’s Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering. Business Finland, a public research funding agency, is also strongly involved in advancing the project.Due to the rapidly growing demand for electric cars, the recycling of battery raw materials and equipment will become ever more important. The European Commission has compiled a strategic action plan to develop an innovative, sustainable and competitive battery ecosystem including recycling. Outotec’s Director of Sustainability, Dr Ilkka Kojo has been nominated to lead the battery recycling sub-group of the implementation working group. The first task of the sub-group is to pilot new ways to collaborate in research and innovations. Further, the goal is to define a long-term vision, strategic research agenda and action plans.“The pilot project will cover collaboration in the entire battery recycling process starting from the collection and processing of raw materials. The objective is to return, in an economically viable way, as big a proportion as possible of the battery materials to battery production and connect recycling with the primary production,” says Ilkka Kojo.“The expertise and the tools that have created internationally competitive cleantech know-how in Finland in the primary production of metals will now be harnessed, along with the electrification process, to improve the circular economy of battery metals,” says Mari Lundström, Assistant Professor of Hydrometallurgy at Aalto University.last_img read more

BEACH HANDBALL WCH 2016 Best ever on Margitsziget

Budapest, organiser of next Beach Handball World Championship held the draw for the mentioned championship.Teams were groupd to 6 qualitative pots with 2 teams in each. Drawing order were from the pot 6 up to the top and only “anomaly” in the draw was fact that, according to the IHF rules, it is possible that host team, in the last step of the draw, choose one of two groups.Draw, In male competition, “delivered” best ranked teams from previous BH WCh in Recife 2014 by ranking order: golden Brazil and 3rd Qatar to group A, while members of group B will be the runner-up Croatia and 5th team from Recife – Spain (4th Denmark and 6th Serbia didn’t qualify for VII BH WCh).  Group A is completed with teams of Ukraine, Egypt, USA (only NT that will have debut on the WCh in male, while the same situation is with girls of Tunisia) and Bahrain.Beside CRO and ESP, teams of Hungary, Oman, Uruguay and Australia will play in group B.In female competition group A will consist of teams of ITA, ESP, THA, ARG, AUS and host HUN that prefered this instead of group B  with NOR, POL, URU, TPE, TUN and as consequence of HUN choise –  with BRA.Expectations of all Beach Handball and Handball community is that following WCh will be the best ever and fantastic showcase of popularity and quality of this sport. We beleive it will be good invitation to come to Budapest (July 12 till 17) to watch competition on Marget sziget, or at least to do it via Internet (www.beachhandball2016) or TV.TEXT: X.Q ← Previous Story Vote for ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2015/2016 Next Story → Xavi Pascual to lead Romania until Tokyo 2020? Beach handballBudapest beach handball read more

Chemical watchdog denies claim from Syrian government its team has been kidnapped

first_imgTHE WORLD’S CHEMICAL watchdog on Tuesday denied a report by the Syrian government that investigators and their drivers on a fact-finding mission had been kidnapped, saying the group was “safe” and returning to base after an attack.“All team members are safe and well and heading back to their operating base,” Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) spokesman Michael Luhan told AFP.“Terrorist groups have kidnapped five Syrian drivers and six members of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team investigating the use of chlorine gas,” the Syria’s foreign ministry had said said.The team have been investigating allegations that Syrian government forces unleashed the industrial chemical on a rebel-held village in Hama province last month.The ministry had claimed that the team went missing as they were travelling in two vehicles from government-held Teebet al-Imam to rebel-held Kafr Zita, the scene of the alleged attack.ChlorineThe watchdog said late last month that it would deploy a fact-finding mission to probe the allegation that Damascus had used chlorine as a weapon in breach of its commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention.The Syrian government signed the convention last year as part of a Russian- and US-brokered deal under which it pledged to destroy all of its chemical arsenal.Syria was not required to declare its stockpile of chlorine — a toxic but weak agent — as it is widely used for commercial and domestic purposes.But its use for military purposes would still be a breach of Damascus’s undertakings under the convention.- © AFP, 2014Read: China and Russia veto UN bringing Syria to court for war crimes >last_img read more

Monster présente de nouveaux casques audio

first_imgMonster présente de nouveaux casques audioMonster va renouveler sa gamme de casques audio : trois nouveaux casques ont été présentés au Medpi 2012.Monster a dévoilé de nouveaux casques audio, lors du salon monégasque Medpi 2012. Ils se présentent autant comme des accessoires de mode que des appareils audio sophistiqués. Les trois casques révélés se dénomment Vektr, Diamond Tears Edge et Inspiration.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le fabricant des casques Beats compte bien se distinguer avec d’autres modèles design. Le “Vektr” a été conçu en collaboration avec Diesel, pour créer un accessoire résolument novateur adoptant des formes innovantes. Très stylisé, ce casque est proposé en noir laqué et porte l’inscription Diesel. Le “Diamond Tears Edge” contraste pour sa part avec le modèle précédent, puisqu’il possède une armature transparente en forme de diamant. Enfin, le casque “Inspiration” possède des finitions en métal brossé, ainsi qu’un arceau interchangeable.Tous trois se révèlent équipés de microphones et de la technologie ControlTalk. Ils offrent une qualité de son aboutie et un système d’isolation de bruits. Cette gamme cible décidément un public exigeant, puisque le Diamond Tears Edge sera vendu à 265 euros, tandis que les deux autres modèles présentés sont annoncés à 281 euros.Le 31 mai 2012 à 16:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Carlin moves to Daniel Thwaites

first_imgHospitality organisation Daniel Thwaites has appointed Joanne Carlin director of people and development. Carlin was previously at Pirelli, where she was HR director UK. Her other prior experience includes HR roles at Honeywell, John West Foods, MW Brands, and Nutricia.last_img

Bangladesh spending 280m to build homes at Rohingya island

first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamBangladesh is not expecting much help from foreign donors as it forges ahead with plans to relocate 100,000 Rohingya refugees to an uninhabited island, an undertaking that does not yet have a timeline, a state minister said in an interview.The minister of state for foreign affairs, Mohammed Shahriar Alam, told Reuters on Friday that Bangladesh was paying the entire roughly $280 million to build homes and fortify the muddy island in the Bay of Bengal from cyclones, and that it was mulling a formal request for international funds.No refugees who fled a military crackdown in Myanmar would be moved there against their will, he added.Some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed the border from Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August, and are in cramped camps at Cox’s Bazar. Because a repatriation deal between the neighbouring countries has been delayed, Bangladesh aims to prepare new homes on the nearby island, called Bhasan Char, before the onset of seasonal monsoon rains that could come in late April.“We don’t have a timeline because it’s a lot of money,” Alam said at Bangladesh’s United Nations office in New York. “We are so far building it with our own finances. I am not very hopeful about how much funds the international community will be able to raise.”The latest wave of refugees joined about 300,000 Rohingya already in Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest and most crowded countries, who fled previous bouts of violence. A UN coordination branch has separately requested $951 million for immediate relief.Alam pointed to blueprints of construction on the island 30 km (21 miles) from the mainland, and said one plan could be to bring potential donors there.He brushed off as “misunderstandings” concerns raised by humanitarian groups such as Amnesty International that the silt island was vulnerable to flooding. “Some people raised concerns about Bhasan Char (but) there is absolutely no reason to be concerned because we are building an embankment,” he said.Bangladesh sees the island as a temporary arrangement for refugees but has given conflicting signals on how much freedom they would have to leave once there.Alam said Bangladesh shared the building designs with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, which suggested “we engage people, countries and organizations to come help and contribute” to the cost. “We are yet to do it,” the minister said. “We haven’t decided on that.”last_img read more

Political Roundup Straus Bows Out And Flake Calls Out The President

first_img X 00:00 /18:27 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: It’s time again for our weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.This week, we discuss everything from Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announcing he will not run for re-election, to what propositions Houston voters will decide on the November ballot, to Republican Senator Jeff Flake’s speech on the Senate floor Tuesday in which he denounced President Trump’s behavior.This week our panel includes: Jay Aiyer, political science professor at Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast; Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; and Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7. Sharelast_img read more

THAI seasonally slow but steady in Q2 2010

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C Thai Airways International (THAI) has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2010, reporting a seasonal slow period that was still comparatively better than the same quarter in 2009. The airline noted Iceland’s volcano eruption as a leading factor for the slowness, which reduced passenger numbers. Passenger numbers travelling to and from Thailand were adversely affected by the domestic political unrest. Consequently, the average cabin factor was 64.6 percent, as opposed to the slightly healthier 66.2 percent posted for the same period last year. THAI reported that its freight load factor was considerably higher at 64.8 percent compared to 48.5 percent in Q2 2009. This was spurred by the global economic recovery and the associated increase in exports and import demand. The airline posted total revenues of THB 39.6 million, a THB 5 million or 14.5 percent increase over Q2 2009. Total expenses were up 10 percent mainly due to a 46.6 percent increase in average jet fuel price. A favourable gain on foreign currency exchange fostered a net profit of 0.91 baht per share, compared to the net loss of 3.18 baht per share during the same period last year.According to the company website, THAI’s fully paid up share capital amounts to 17 billion baht (9 May 2005) and is 53.8 percent owned by the Ministry of Finance, the Thai Government.last_img read more

THAI Clarification on Website Free Ticket Hoax Claiming to be the Comp

first_imgTHAI Airways International www.thaiairways.comTHAI Clarification on Website Free Ticket Hoax Claiming to be the CompanyThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) provides the following clarification about a website that made false claims to be the Company and asked readers to answer a questionnaire for a chance to win a free ticket with THAI. The Company clarifies that this is not a THAI website and has no connection with THAI.THAI has held its own official activities to mark the Company’s 57th Anniversary that give customers the chance to win air tickets and other prizes. Customers may participate in these activities on http://www.facebook.com/ThaiAirways now until 15 August 2017.The public may follow THAI’s activities, news, and promotions through THAI’s official communication channels, as follows:1. www.thaiairways.com2. Facebook Official Page at facebook.com/thaiairways3. Twitter Official Account @thaiairways4. Instagram Official Account @thaiairways5. LINE Official Account @thaiairwaysSource = THAI Airways Internationallast_img read more

Mortgage Payments Outpace Home Prices

first_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination September 19, 2018 538 Views Share Home Prices interest mortage 2018-09-19 Seth Welborncenter_img Mortgage payments are up year over year, outpacing home prices, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index Forecast. According to the study, principal-and-interest mortgage payment on that median-priced home has increased more than 15 percent over the past year, while the U.S. median sale price has risen by just over 6 percent in that same time.Additionally, CoreLogic predicts home prices to U.S. home prices will be up 4.7 percent year-over-year in June 2019, and the U.S. median sale price in June 2018 – $233,732 – was up 6.3 year over year, while the typical mortgage payment rose 15.1 percent because of a .67-percentage-point rise in mortgage rates over that one-year period.According to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, mortgage rates are up due to the “one two punch” of strong job and consumer credit growth,“Mortgage rates are currently 0.82 percent higher than a year ago, which is the biggest year-over-year increase since May 2014,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “Looking ahead, annualized comparisons for mortgage applications may look weaker than they appear, but that’s primarily because of the large spread between mortgage rates now and last September, which was when they reached their low for the year.”Added Khater, “Overall, this spectacular stretch of solid job gains and low unemployment should help keep homebuyer interest elevated. However, mortgage rates will likely also move up, as the Federal Reserve considers short-term rate hikes this month and at future meetings.”Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for Realtor.com, also commented on Freddie mac’s data, noting that increasing rates may impact price growth.“Looking forward, increasing mortgage rates will continue to erode home buying power and will undoubtedly contribute to a further slowdown in price growth,” said Hale. “We have already seen a tapering in August which saw a 7 percent increase in median listing prices, down from 10 percent a year ago.” Mortgage Payments Outpace Home Priceslast_img read more

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Their house motto is as tantalizing as it is obvious: “Dinner is coming. 2014.

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