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Divestment of State Assets Which Will Facilitate Increased Investments a Good Thing For Jamaica – PM

first_img “Divestment of assets is not a bad thing for Jamaicans if it is done correctly, if you find the right partners and if you have the right framework in place, Jamaicans benefit. Prime Minister Holness pointed out that approximately 200 additional Jamaicans have been employed by Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL). Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says the divestment of state assets which will facilitate increased investments and yield greater levels of economic growth is “a good thing for Jamaica”. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness is proposing that the regulatory arm of the Government be strengthened, so that it can divest itself of assets to the private sector.“We have to put in place the framework in which private and public sectors can work together to have the full utilisation of our asset,” he said.He added that significant acreages of land exist around the port, which is now well placed to be developed for logistics, manufacturing and other forms of operations.“The Government will move very quickly to ensure that these possibilities are explored and developed so that Jamaicans can benefit,” he said.Chief Executive Officer, KFTL, Olivier Tretout, said the expansions being undertaken will redound to the benefit of the country.Other members of the touring party included: Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang; President and Chief Executive Officer, Port Authority of Jamaica, Proffessor Gordon Shirley; Chairman of the Port Authority, Ambassador Nigel Clarke; and Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Audrey Sewell.center_img Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says the divestment of State assets which will facilitate increased investments and yield greater levels of economic growth is “a good thing for Jamaica”.“Divestment of assets is not a bad thing for Jamaicans if it is done correctly, if you find the right partners and if you have the right framework in place, Jamaicans benefit. (These are) assets that we would not be able ourselves to utilise because of the fiscal constraints that exist, (so) those assets get to be utilised and in the utilisation of those assets, Jamaicans get employed,” he said.Prime Minister Holness pointed out that approximately 200 additional Jamaicans have been employed by Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL).He was speaking following a tour of expansion works being undertaken by the KFTL at Port Bustamante on Friday (May 19).The expansion activities valued at US$456 million will include, among other things, structural developments to the berthing area to accommodate larger ships.KFTL is a subsidiary of the global terminal operators CMA CGM Group. The local company was established for the sole purpose of acting as the signatory to the KCT concession.The agreement gives KFTL a 30-year term concession, with the right to finance, expand, operate, maintain and transfer the KCT at the end of the concession period.Mr. Holness said the expansion of the facility is timely and places Jamaica in a better position to take advantage of the changes in logistics and shipping industries.“We would not at this time be in a position to find those resources with all that the Government has to do, we could not leave the asset there to further deteriorate and to become irrelevant as other ports are being developed and the shipping industry moves forward with new technology,” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Costa Rica to Reconsider Puerto Limon’s Future

first_imgzoom Costa Rica’s Sintrajap dockers’ union has won a commitment from the country’s government to re-examine the future of the vital ports of Limon and Moin, along with a promise to cease police violence against strikers, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports.In response the union has reportedly agreed to put its 15 day strike – which has been supported by trade unions right across Costa Rica and by the ITF and its affiliates – on hold.The strike was in protest at a planned 33 year concession deal won by APM to run a new terminal, which the ITF says ”would effectively give the new operation a monopoly over all container ships – something that is contrary to Costa Rican law,” and that ”such a monopoly, which is still being challenged at the country’s supreme court of justice, would also endanger the future of the state-owned JAPDEVA port company.”ITF unions have backed Sintrajap and condemned the police storming of Puerto Limon’s Moin and Limon terminals on October 23. According to the ITF, the police raid helped galvanize public opinion in the country against the government’s plans. There has been civil unrest in the province of Limon where the population have been protesting against the creation of a monopoly and an increase in container fees that would create further inflation in the country.They have also demanded a clear development programme for Japdeva, whose income is used for infrastructure and services in what is one of the poorest provinces in the country – despite the fact 80 percent of all the international commerce of the country passes through its port.Paddy Crumlin, ITF president and chair of its dockers’ section,said: “This affair is a long way from over, but there’s been a first victory for legality and reason today. The government will have to return to the negotiating table rather than ignoring the nationwide objections to their plans for Puerto Limon. The negotiation process that now starts must be taken seriously by the government, and a proper, fair and positive agreement reached so as to end this conflict and ensure the viability of JAPDEVA. There are also guarantees of no reprisals against the dockers who have been defending this national resource. We hope that peace comes to the province on Limon and we recognise that the people of Costa Rica have shown themselves willing to defend their port and their future”Press Releaselast_img read more

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An extravagant fashion affair

first_imgLal Bhatia, Owner of David and Goliath; and Imran Zaki, President, Faces along with other guestsMonsoon bridal couture show 2019, curated by Kaushik and Rajat, was recently held at Aqua, The Park.The ‘Wedding Couture’ designed by national-level award-winning brand, ‘Moha Atelier’, was breathtakingly beautiful. However, it wasn’t just the attires that made this event glamorous; it was former Mrs India turned actress, and the Showstopper of the event – Richa Sharma’s presence that added all the oomph, glam and glitz. Hosted by RJ Shelee from 94.3 Red FM, the show was also graced by Lal Bhatia, Owner of David & Goliath, and Imran Zaki, President, Faces.last_img

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Treasury sanctions Venezuelan business to isolate Maduro

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department is targeting four companies and nine ships operating in Venezuela’s oil sector as part of the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to isolate President Nicolas Maduro (nee-koh-LAHS’ mah-DOO’-roh).Treasury said in a statement its action Friday further targets Venezuela’s oil sector, which it says continues to provide a lifeline to Maduro’s “illegitimate regime.”So far, the U.S. has revoked the visas of 718 of Maduro’s associates and has issued sanctions on more than 150 people and entities.Despite the sanctions, Maduro clings to power with help from Russia, China and Cuba. The international coalition that supports the opposition stands at 54 nations, although some longtime U.S. allies have refused to join the Trump administration in recognizing the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido (gwy-DOH’), as interim president.The Associated Press read more

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Police searching for man wanted in Niagara robbery

Niagara Police are searching for a man after a suspected robbery that left one person with minor injuries.Officers say the man entered the Central United Church in Welland just before 7 p.m. on July 4.Police say the man went into the church kitchen, allegedly physically assaulted a staff member and took some “kitchen items” before fleeing the scene. The identity of the suspect is unknown.Police are asking anyone with information to call police or Crimestoppers.

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Assaulted stepdaughter man gets six years in prison

SIMCOE A 33-year-old Norfolk County man, who professed his innocence, was sentenced in Simcoe’s Superior Court to six years in prison.The man can’t be named to protect the identity of his victim, his stepdaughter, when she was aged seven to 14, from 2010 to 2017. He was convicted of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.“I hope this day will be the last time I have to talk about it,” said the young woman, now 16.“I’m angry it’s taken so long to come to the end of court but I can have some of my life back after this. It will never make up of the time I lost being a kid but I won’t have to worry about the stress from court.”The teen read a lengthy victim impact statement, telling court she was afraid to tell her mother what was going on.“The best day of my life used to be going to church but now I only go once in a while. Why does God let something like that happen to someone who loves going to church?”The girl’s mother told court that her life imploded when she learned her husband had been charged with sexually assaulting her “baby girl.”The mother assured the Children’s Aid Society that the man would not be allowed near the girl or her younger children. But the agency felt unsure she could protect the children and apprehended them for a time.“This caused so much added pain to my family,” said the mother.Assistant Crown attorney Lynette Fritzley told court the man had abused his position of trust as the girl’s stepfather.“He was a father figure and severely breached that trust with a prolonged period of abuse and included full vaginal penetration,” said Fritzley.She noted the victim had to testify twice in court and her stepfather showed no sign of remorse.When asked to speak, the man said he showed no remorse because he committed no crime.“Anytime I’ve done something wrong, even as a child, I’ve accepted everything. I’ve been honest and told every detail. I’m not about to take responsibility for something I didn’t do.”The man said his stepdaughter would have needed a doctor if he had been raping her since she was seven.“I understand you’re maintaining your innocence but the purpose of your right to speak is to deal with issues of sentencing, not how the court reached its decision,” chided Justice Meredith Donahue.Fritzley suggested six to eight years in the penitentiary would be an appropriate sentence, while defence lawyer, Jordan Battin asked the judge to consider a two-year sentence.Donahue sentenced the man to six years. His name will remain on the sexual offenders database for 20 years and he must stay away from parks and playgrounds and the direct company of females under 16, also for 20 years. He also must submit a DNA sample, go 10 years without weapons and have no communication with his victim, who balked at that use of the term for her.“People treat me like a victim when I know I’m not,” said the girl.“I don’t want people to pity me. You cannot define my life. I will be stronger because of this.”The teen ended her statement by saying goodbye to her stepfather and wishing him well in life.“You do not exist in my world now and I do not exist in yours. I do not know (you). I will go home tonight and throw this statement away because I don’t want to be reminded of this day ever again.”SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

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Loonie closes lower traders look to economic growth data later in the

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2014 2:18 pm MDT Loonie closes lower, traders look to economic growth data later in the week AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Wednesday, giving up early strength as commodity prices weakened.The loonie was down 0.12 of a cent at 91.95 cents US.On the commodity markets, July crude oil in New York fell $1.39 to US$102.72 a barrel.June gold was off $6.20 at a fresh three-month low of US$1,259.30 an ounce.Bullion had closed Tuesday at its lowest level since early February amid an easing of concerns about Ukraine. Worries about higher inflation had also supported gold prices, but now economists are, if anything, more worried about deflation, particularly in Europe.July copper was unchanged at US$3.18 a pound.The pace for economic releases picks up later in the week.Traders are particularly interested in seeing how the Canadian economy performed in the first three months of the year. Statistics Canada releases gross domestic product data for March and the first quarter on Friday. Economists are looking for an annualized rise of 1.7 per cent for the quarter and 0.1 per cent for the month.That data is of particular concern, coming out days before the Bank of Canada releases its next interest rate announcement.Also, traders will be looking for the latest U.S. data to see if the American economy actually contracted in the first quarter when the first revision to U.S. gross domestic product data is released Thursday. The initial report showed growth coming in at a paltry 0.1 per cent as severe winter weather impacted the economy, but markets are braced for a worse reading. read more

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Myanmar Ban welcomes announcement of ceasefire in Kachin state follows implementation

“He calls upon both sides to make serious effort to create conditions for sustained peace in Kachin through enhanced confidence building measures and political dialogue,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added in a statement on Sunday. “He also calls for renewed access to vulnerable civilian populations in the area to enable the supply of humanitarian assistance to them,” the spokesperson continued. The authorities in Myanmar reportedly announced a unilateral cease-fire on Friday following a three-week offensive against ethnic Kachin rebel fighters. Some 75,000 people have fled their homes in Kachin since fighting began in June 2011 between Government troops and rebels. Last Thursday, in the wake of a four-day visit to the country, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, called on all parties in the country to work to ease tensions, resume dialogue, and ensure that there is humanitarian access to those who have been affected by the violence in Kachin state. Regarding the resumption of dialogue in Kachin, the envoy stressed in his meetings with Government officials that while the matter was for the parties to negotiate among themselves, the United Nations has an interest in seeing that the continued stalemate and escalated tensions do not “undermine the overall direction of reform and transformation in the country or adversely affect the positive international atmosphere that had been generated so far.” Mr. Nambiar also reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to support Myanmar and appealed for greater humanitarian access in the region for UN agencies and other humanitarian partners. During her visit to Myanmar in December last year, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, discussed with President Thein Sein her concern about the lack of humanitarian access in parts of Kachin, particularly with the onset of winter. read more

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Womens Hockey No 5 Ohio State dominates Minnesota State 40

Ohio State then-freshman defender Lisa Bruno (22) attempts to slow a Gopher fast break in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignFor half the game, Minnesota State looked like it had a chance to upset.Midway through the second period, with Ohio State dominating in every part of the ice except the scoreboard, the Mavericks remained deadlocked with the Buckeyes 0-0 thanks to impressive play from freshman goalie Abigail Levy.Eventually, Ohio State broke through, and from there, the floodgates opened.No. 5 Ohio State (4-1, 1-0 WCHA) defeated Minnesota State (2-1, 0-1 WCHA) by a score of 4-0. From start to finish, it was clear who the better team on the ice was. Ohio State outshot the Mavericks 46-22, won 32 of 44 faceoffs and thoroughly outplayed its opponent from start to finish.After a scoreless opening 29 minutes, the Buckeyes took the lead when senior forward Charly Dahlquist beat Levy off a turnover to take the 1-0 lead. The shot was Ohio State’s 34th of the game.After one breakthrough, Ohio State continued to pile it on, with sophomore forward Emma Maltais scoring five minutes later on a rebound that beat Levy on the right side. Maltais ended the day with two points and six shots on goal.“I think we wore her down a little bit,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “Sometimes it’s hard to crack, it’s not just the goaltending it’s just when everybody jams it in front of the net, they get frustrated and you just gotta tell them to stay patient.”Sophomore defenseman Lisa Bruno and junior forward Samantha Bouley added insurance goal in the third period to put the game out of reach. The goal was Bruno’s first in her collegiate career.“It’s unbelievable,” Maltais said. “Seeing how hard she works every day in practice and, she’s been close in her first couple games this season and she was always close last season, so it’s nice for her to finally break that barrier and get one.”Maltais earned an assist on the Bruno goal, giving her nine points on the season, No. 1 in the NCAA.Maltais said it was all about the full-team effort in tonight’s victory.“Tonight, it was really just the best team win I think we could have,” Maltais said. “I think that the big focus for us right now is really like the support we have, and how everyone on our team is playing and everyone is contributing and I think that’s what’s making us successful.”After failing to score on the first 33 shots, the Buckeyes scored four goals in their next 10 attempts.Ohio State came out dominant, taking over the offensive pressure and putting up 19 shots against Minnesota State in the first period, but freshman goalie Abigail Levy stood tall against all of them to keep the game tied.Senior forward Madison Field had the best chance at Levy on a breakaway attempt, but was stuffed on an attempt at the five-hole.Freshman goalie Andrea Braendli earned her first collegiate win and shutout, making 22 saves in the victory over the Mavericks.“You have to understand that was her first ever collegiate game,” Muzerall said. “I think today seemed a little more composed and, she’s I think going to be a good player for us in the future.”Ohio State sophomore goalie Amanda Zeglen was not on the ice for warm ups. Zeglen won her only three starts this season, and holds a 2.00 goals against average in 10 career games. Muzerall had no comment on Zeglen’s status.The Buckeyes face off against Minnesota State again at OSU Ice Rink at 1:07 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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PSC says Diamond Diagnostic Centre plagued with drug shortages other issues

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPublic Health Ministry touts new management system in light of countrywide drug shortagesApril 7, 2017In “Health”Shortage of staff, drugs plaguing Diamond HospitalJune 10, 2019In “Health”Shortage of medical supplies, expired drugs plague Diamond HospitalJuly 26, 2013In “Local News” …plans to summon Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence to answer questions A visit by members of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee (PSC) on Social Services to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre has led to the discovery of shortages of drugs and a long list of other issues.Head of the PSC, Dr. Vindhya Persaud says the visit was aimed at assessing how members of the public access emergency health care and to observe the conditions under which patients are cared for at that facility.Following hours of detailed discussions with hospital staff and management, Dr. Persaud concluded that the hospital is facing a serious shortage of medical drugs and supplies.“The common message we are hearing all the way through is that there are severe shortages. Things like sterile goves, medications, injections, there are a lot of shortages here. So many that they are frustrated because they see the patients suffering, like one doctor lamented that he was not able to control his hypertension and diabetic patients because he cant treat them,” she said.A doctor explaining to the PSC members some of the problems facing the hospitalThe Opposition Member of Parliament posited that the public is suffering because while some people can afford to purchase their drugs, many others are not financially capable.“Overall, people are struggling to make ends meet so when you put that additional burden of health on them, now they’re taxing health care, so if they go to the private system, they’re paying 14 percent on health care at private systems so it’s something that I think the government needs to seriously look at and at this level, in terms of the parliamentary committee, we will definitely be going that road because I think we can’t continue with one and a half years of shortages and we’re looking further because of poor management and poor planning in the health care systems,” she explained.Dr. Persaud says that the hospital is currently without an administrator and that responsibility has now shifted to a doctor, which in her view is unacceptable.“As you see there is construction, there are many decisions to be made, there are many things to be addressed. If you don’t have an administration how are you going to properly function. You’re taking away from that doctor’s hours of delivering healthcare,” she asserted.PSC members meeting with a patient who recently delivered her baby at the facilityThe PSC has already visited the New Amsterdam hospital, where drug shortages, among other problems were also discovered.The Committee plans to visit Linden, Suddie and Georgetown Hospitals in the near future.At the conclusion of these visits, the Committee will compile a comprehensive report to be submitted to Parliament for discussion.The PSC also plans to summon Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence to answer questions relating to the poor conditions and other issues facing these health facilities. read more

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Bill against child abuse updated

first_imgA bill updating Greece’s laws against child pornography and sexual abuse that will include offenses such as grooming via social media was approved on Wednesday by five of the parliamentary parties.New Democracy, PASOK, SYRIZA, Independent Greeks and Democratic Left (DIMAR) MPs approved the draft law during an “in principle” vote in Parliament. The bill also seeks to make it an offense to expose abused children to a wider audience via the Internet, something that was not covered by Greek law until now.The would-be law also includes greater protection for the victims of such crimes, including the issuing of residence permits. Golden Dawn and the Communist Party voted “present” during Wednesday’s parliamentary ballot.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Scott Morrison government suffers huge defeat as refugee bill passes in Parliament

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suffered a defeat in Parliament after losing the vote on refugee medical transfers in an issue that has sparked debate on border protection.The government lost a series of votes by 74-75 after the Labor party joined forces with Greens and the majority of the crossbench on Tuesday to pass amendments that give doctors a greater say on medical evacuations.The Prime Minister suffered a humiliating defeat not seen by any sitting government in federal Parliament since 80 years, however he insists that the Coalition retains the ability to govern. “Votes will come and they will go, they do not trouble me,” he said, adding that the outcome could not be “contorted” into a vote of no confidence.Though Mr Morrison lost the historic vote in Parliament, he acted swiftly this morning to announce that the Christmas island immigration centre will reopen.The announcement came as the refugee medevac bill was passed into law by the Senate with 36 votes to 34.Despite his historic loss, Mr Morrison said elections would be in May, after the 2 April budget.Julia Banks rejects her old party’s argumentGreek Australian Liberal-turned-Independent member Julia Banks said: “People weren’t buying the national security argument. There were safeguards within the Phelps bill. With the amendments today – we worked on it all morning – it’s good to get it done.” Thank You!! @Kon__K and all at @ASRC1 , all the refugee advocates, doctors, healthcare professionals, teachers @ama_media , @UNrefugees , @RACGP & all the caring Australians who added their voice to this🙏🙏 @drkerrynphelps @MakeMayoMatter @Indigocathy 🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/1oQkliU8E3— Julia Banks MP (@juliabanksmp) February 12, 2019Details of the billAccording to the bill, a medical panel of two doctors would assess requests for medical transfers of people on Manus Island and Nauru. The Home Affairs minister would have 72 hours to make a decision on the transfer. The minister would be able to reject the transfer of a person deemed to have a substantial criminal record or one that poses a threat to the Australian community. Any other rejections would be required to be referred to an unpaid eight-member Independent Health Advice Panel for a reassessment of the reasoning regarding the transfer, with the possibility of a new recommendation to be made.last_img read more

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Hopefully Alien Blackout Isnt The Next Diablo Immortal

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target After a couple weeks of teasing, Fox has finally shed some light on Alien: Blackout. The next interactive adventure of Ellen Ripley’s daughter isn’t terrorizing a console near you but rather a mobile phone. And if you just want a spooky good time surviving Xenomorphs, Alien: Blackout might be the game for you. But for more hardcore fans, the real nightmare is what this game actually is compared to what they thought it might be.Take a look at the teaser.Developed by Rival Games and Theory Interactive, Fox describes Alien: Blackout as a “premium survival horror mobile game” where players try to hold onto their lives as well as save others on a downed Weyland-Yutani space station. They do so by carefully using emergency systems, maps, and motion trackers with limited power while making sure not to run into a deadly big old honkin’ alien. So far so good.But considering this brief teaser consists for shifting between video monitors and waiting for a Xenomorph jump scare to break the tension, folks are already beginning to believe this is just a Alien-themed reskin of the Five Nights at Freddy’s formula, a formula that already ran out its welcome after six games worth of material for racist teenagers to shriek over on YouTube. Although honestly the Xenomorph would be way scarier as an animatronic pizza mascot.There have been plenty of bad Alien games over the years. Remember Aliens: Colonial Marines? But the reason Alien: Blackout stings is because between the name, lengthy teasing, and continuation of Amanda Ripley’s storyline, fans really thought they were getting a full-fledged PC/console sequel to the surprisingly excellent survival horror game Alien: Isolation from 2014. We won’t know for sure until we play it for ourselves, but this mobile game doesn’t look like that. Fortunately, gamers don’t yet seem to be throwing a tantrum, unlike with Diablo Immortal from last year. And hopefully there is an actual Alien: Isolation sequel coming, just like actual Diablo 4. What a great thing to potentially announce on the inexplicable Alien Day this April 26.Alien: Blackout launches on the App Store and Google Play store later this month. Here’s hoping the next Alien game draws inspiration from Alien: Covenant and is just a Michael Fassbender simulator.last_img read more

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Rooney reveals why he moved to DC United

Rooney reveals why he moved to DC United

first_imgWayne Rooney has revealed that the new Audi Field stadium had a major effect on his decision to end his spell in English football for a move across the Atlantic to MLS side DC UnitedThe Manchester United legend has joined the capital club in a three-and-a-half-year deal and has begun training with his new teammates ahead of his expected debut match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 14.Rooney’s debut will coincide with the inauguration of DC United’s new 20,000-seater stadium and the 32-year-old revealed just how much of an important factor that was in his final decision.Speaking at the unveiling of the new ground at Buzzard Point, Washington, Rooney said (via Sky Sports): “First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to the fans. On the first day when I arrived at the airport, I will never forget the reception you gave me.“Secondly, to all the owners of the football club for creating this beautiful stadium. When I spoke to them about coming here to play I could tell the excitement they had with the stadium.“I’ve seen the new training ground as well which will be completed next year. It played a big part in me coming here.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…“I’ve come here to win, to help this team move forward and win titles, that’s my job here. Hopefully, in the next few years we can bring titles and trophies to this wonderful new stadium.”Rooney ended his final season of English football at Everton with a total of 10 league goals in 31 appearances.A sight to be seen ??#UnitedAtHome | @AudiField https://t.co/u4fvufFFmQ— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 9, 2018last_img read more

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Group of students get free computers for going extra mile in school

Group of students get free computers for going extra mile in school

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of South Florida students were rewarded with some free tech for going above and beyond in their classroom.Cory Jackson, a seventh grader at North County K-8 Center, was among 24 students who left school with his very own computer.“Just showed up to tutoring every day and brought up my academic grade,” Cory said. “Working hard pays off.”The students were rewarded for going the extra mile after school, all thanks to a council for educational change partnership between the school’s principal and Joe Steen, founder of Empower IT.“He wanted to do something to motivate students to try hard, and he offered to give away some computers to students who participated in the after-school tutorial sessions,” said Melissa Mesa, North County’s Principal.Students like Cory didn’t know about the computers until a month and half after they enrolled in the after-school sessions — they were already motivated to improve their grades.“She stays on my laptop, and she’s killing the WiFi gigabyte, and I know that she’s doing her work,” said sixth grader Mariah Edison’s dad. All Mariah and the other students had to do to earn their computers was show up at least 80 percent of the time and work hard.“We don’t want them to feel defeated if they were having issues. We want them to show up,” said Steen. “We also didn’t want to just give computers away. We wanted them to earn them.”Mariah no longer has to work on her dad’s laptop and learned one of life’s biggest lessons: hard work really does pay off.“I didn’t know at first until our reading tutoring teacher. She said if you keep it up and do all right, we could probably win our own computer, so I was on the ball,” Mariah said.“I’m very proud of them because we have many after-school tutorial sessions,” said Mesa. “These were in addition to the ones that they were going to.”The computers were purchased from South Florida Digital Alliance, a nonprofit that provides refurbished computers at a discounted price.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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ExBigg Boss contestant Neha Pendse unzips pants to set mercury level high

first_imgNeha Pendse hot photoNeha Pendse InstagramFormer Bigg Boss contestant, Neha Pendse turned heads with her latest hot photo on Instagram in which she is seen unzip her pants.The bold diva posted the picture on social media that shows her sporting a black swimwear coupled with a white trouser that is unzipped and pulled down.The actress, who has worked in several films and TV shows, hiked up the mercury level with her latest Instagram post. The photo received mixed reaction from her fans.While some of them praised Neha’s oomph factor, some others slut-shamed her. Nonetheless, actresses of current generation are rarely affected by such negative comments, and they often give it back to them with sassy repliesNeha is quite active on social media, and keeps posting sizzling pictures on Instagram. She was one of the contestants in Bigg Boss 12 last year, and was quite dominating on the show too.Check Neha’s latest raunchy picture below:last_img read more

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Global breakthrough in handmade carpets

Global breakthrough in handmade carpets

first_imgIndia has an unchallenged global leadership in handmade carpets with an impressive 38 per cent share in world exports. Unique designs and skilful hand-knotting, hand tufting and hand weaving leave international consumers simply in awe. In FY 2014-15, India’s handmade carpet exports went up by a healthy 17 per cent. Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) has played a key role in establishing this lead over the last two decades through consistent efforts towards skill development, market promotions and fulfilling Corporate Social Responsibility.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It regularly runs several projects towards education, health, social welfare and social infrastructure in clusters like Bhadohi. CEPC also acts as a catalyst among international buyers, Indian exporters, government and the carpet weavers.  India offers unique carpets and rugs in blends like cotton-jute, jute-wool silk-blends and other combinations with wool and silk. Indian weavers are quick to respond to diverse design and product needs. That is why, despite severe competition, Indian handmade carpets continue to enjoy increasing demand worldwide.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat is the current position of India’s carpet exports? Inspite of many ups and down in international markets, 2015 was a steady year for us.  Problems like migrants from Syria etc. have disturbed economic sentiments in Europe. Other regional economic and political problems too have adversely impacted our carpet exports. But demand in USA has picked up, increasing its share in our exports up to 45-46 per cent from 35 per cent. This set off the decline in European share, enabling us to maintain our export growth at 10-12 per cent, which considering the market conditions, must be considered healthy.  During FY 2015-16, we shall meet the target of Rs 10,000 crore, which is much higher than Rs 8,600 crore in FY 2014-15.   Where does India’s share stand in the world market?It remains at 37-38 per cent. We are optimistic to increase it further.Do you see a major impact of the Middle-East crisis like Syria on India’s carpet exports?Crisis like wars and instability always cause a concern in any market and their impact definitely percolates down on the people.  They start worrying about the basics and lose focus on luxury items like carpets. So, some impact would be there. Does India import carpets too?Only machine made carpets. But there is no competition between handmade and machine made carpets as buyers are different for both. What is the share of handmade carpets in overall global carpet consumption?Only about 10-12 per cent.Are Indian manufacturers switching over to machine-made carpets as well?Some of them are.  But only to cater to the domestic demand. But for exports, there is no production of machine made carpets. As India doesn’t have much production of machine made carpets, lot of cheap machine-made carpets are also being imported.  Where do you see the demand trend going for handmade carpets in the next one year, especially in terms of products and designs?Abstract designs are a major trend. People have been buying oriental designs for quite some time and certainly seek a change now. In terms of materials, wool and viscose blends and pure viscose will be preferred over pure wool. This is because the younger generation prefers fashion elements like viscose that has shine, like resilience and strength. They do not want very long lasting, but bright, trendy and cheaper floor coverings, which they can change frequently.What is the current situation with Kashmir, especially with its silk carpets?Silk carpet production is quite stable. With neither a surplus nor a scarcity of goods, the demand and supply situation for silk carpets in Kashmir is quite balanced. There is no disruption in regular production and hence the situation is healthy.What is the status of the Training Programme for carpet weavers started by the Council recently?CEPC took a very big initiative last year, beginning with Jayapura, which is from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency. We started training local women of that village in carpet weaving in their own places. In due course, the training programme was further expanded to Bhadohi, Mirzapur and other areas under the Cluster Development Scheme of Ministry of Textiles, government of India. By now we have successfully opened 144 Training Centres. Each centre trains 24 persons, 12 on hand knotted and 12 on hand tufted carpets. 70 per cent of the trainees are women.last_img read more

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CM pays tribute to bravehearts of Mumbai terror attacks

CM pays tribute to bravehearts of Mumbai terror attacks

first_imgKolkata: On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday paid tribute to those who laid down their lives to protect others.She also extended sympathies to those who lost their dear ones in the attacks carried out by 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terrorist organisation, in 2008. “On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 attack, my sincere tribute to those who lost their lives on that day. “Salutes to the police and military personnel, and civilians, who put their lives on the line to save people. Heartfelt sympathies with the families who lost their dear ones,” Banerjee said in a Twitter post on Monday. Terrorists carried out a string of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks that began on November 26 and lasted until November 29, 2008 in which more than 159 people, including nine attackers were killed and over a hundred wounded in the business capital of the country.last_img read more

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Tales of the disappeared in a Mexico drug state

Tales of the disappeared in a Mexico drug state

first_imgCIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – They were doing everyday things when they were kidnapped, never to be seen again: A woman working at her frozen fruit business. Another waiting for a bus. A policewoman having lunch.They are among the 5,000 people who are listed as “disappeared” in Tamaulipas, the northeastern Mexican state with the most missing people in Mexico, where a total of 26,000 have vanished amid a brutal, nearly decade-old drug war.Those are the official figures.For the nongovernmental organization Families and Friends of the Disappeared in Tamaulipas, 11,000 people are unaccounted for in the state.The disappearance of 43 students in southern Guerrero state last year put a spotlight on the plight of Mexico’s disappeared.But there are many, many other untold stories across Mexico, especially in Tamaulipas, where many fear the consequences of angering the Gulf or Zetas drug cartels.In Ciudad Victoria, the Tamaulipas state capital, members of the Families and Friends of the Disappeared gathered at a humble home to tell their stories to AFP: Guillermo Gutiérrez, father of Raquel, a girl missing since 2011 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas State, speaks during an interview with AFP in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on Dec. 16, 2015. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFPRaquel, 19Gunmen burst into the home of Guillermo Gutiérrez Riestra on Sept. 1, 2011 and kidnapped his 19-year-old daughter, Raquel, and a friend of hers.She was about to start college and dreamed of becoming a lawyer.“It was the Zetas. They burned the house and the car. I think they kidnapped 50 young people that day alone. We think they did it to force people to join their organization,” Gutiérrez said. Alma Miriam Ruíz, mother of Dalia, a woman from San Fernando, Tamaulipas State, missing since 2010, shows a pictue of her daughter during an interview with AFP in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on Dec. 16, 2015. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFPDalia, 26Alma Miriam Ruíz has not had any news of her 26-year-old daughter, Dalia, since she went to a bus station in the town of San Fernando, 170 kilometers north of Ciudad Victoria, five years ago.She disappeared just days after Aug. 27, 2010, when 72 migrants were slaughtered by the Zetas drug cartel in that town.Dalia was working in San Fernando and was coming home to see her children, who lived with Alma.“I don’t know much about her disappearance. They say one of those guys [gang members] took her by force. I think they take them to work as a girlfriend,” she said. María Luisa Silva, mother of Gladys, a policewoman missing since 2014 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas State, shows a picture of her daughter during an interview with AFP in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on Dec. 16, 2015. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFPGladys, 35Gladys, 35, was proud of being a state police officer. She hated desk work and loved operations.Her mother, María Luisa Silva, showed a picture of the young woman smiling in her uniform, holding a gun.On May 14, 2014, Gladys went out to eat with a friend and never returned.“We don’t know who the friend was,” María Luisa said. She suspects her disappearance was part of a vendetta linked to her daughter’s police work.“Nine days earlier, they killed a police chief in a shooting. They detained nine police officers. She detained one of the criminals.”Zaida, 17María Guadalupe Ramírez could barely hold back tears as she recalled that her daughter was only 17 when she was taken away on Sept. 1, 2011, as she went out with four other kids in a car to a nearby river.“The only one who reappeared was the boy who had the car — he was found cut into pieces,” María said. “A ransom was paid but none of them returned.”Isidro, 32Isidro, 32, was resting on April 5, 2011, when gunmen entered the house and took him along with his father-in-law and a brother-in-law.“There were women and children there, but thank God they didn’t take them,” said his mother, María Natividad Banda.Since then, sightings have been reported.“But we have looked for him, and nothing. The last time was in January. We were told that he was at the square [in] Ciudad Mante and that he looked very well.”José, 42Cirila Maldonado has been searching for her 42-year-old son José for more than four years. He was toiling in a welding workshop when men arrived in a car and snatched him.A ransom was paid.“They asked his wife for a lot of money. A lot. We got the money together and she delivered it, but they never delivered him,” Cirila said.Andrea, 28Andrea, 28, was at her frozen fruit business next to her house on Nov. 1, 2012, when a neighbor, who was married to a policeman, called her to ask her to come out.“She went out. An SUV arrived and they took her,” said her husband, Guillermo Robledo.Two suspects were detained.“One was killed in prison,” he said. “They never said what they did to her.” Facebook Comments Related posts:How chocolate cake led to Mexican drug kingpin’s arrest Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Argentine team casts doubt on Mexico’s investigation into students’ disappearance Parents of 43 missing students in Mexico wage hunger strikelast_img read more

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Consumer Confidence Continues to Increase in June

Consumer Confidence Continues to Increase in June

first_imgConsumer Confidence Continues to Increase in June in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Conference Board Confidence Consumer spending Jobs 2014-06-24 Derek Templeton Consumers are continuing to progress on the long journey toward restoring their faith in the American economy, according to a monthly Consumer Confidence Index report released by the Conference Board.The index, one of the leading predictors of economic growth in all sectors of the economy, now stands at 85.2, up from 82.2 in May. The largely positive findings could indicate that consumers are more ready now than they have been since the economic downturn to commit to larger, longer-term purchases.The survey measures month-to-month consumer feelings on both the present economic situation and their expectations for future growth. Consumers continue to believe that the current economic situation is improving. The Present Situation Index increased to 85.1 in June from 80.3 in the previous month. Those claiming business conditions are “good” increased to 23.0 percent from 21.1 percent, while those stating business conditions are “bad” decreased to 22.8 percent from 24.6 percent.The Expectations Index rose to 85.2 from 83.5 in May. The percentage of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months increased to 18.8 percent from 17.7 percent. However, that enthusiasm was tempered by those expecting business conditions to worsen, which also increased to 11.4 percent from 10.7 percent.The labor market is also expected to improve, with those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead increasing to 16.3 percent from 15.2 percent and those anticipating fewer jobs dropping to 18.7 percent from 18.9 percent.”Consumer confidence continues to advance and the index is now at its highest level since January 2008,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “June’s increase was driven primarily by improving current conditions, particularly consumers’ assessment of business conditions. Expectations regarding the short-term outlook for the economy and jobs were moderately more favorable, while income expectations were a bit mixed. Still, the momentum going forward remains quite positive.”The positive uptick in consumer confidence could be an indicator that more Americans are confident enough in the prospects of their economic health that they are more willing to commit to putting down roots and purchasing a home. Such confidence would be a signpost of a coming upswing in housing demand for the summer and fall.However, the results should be held in tension with the conflicting May 2014 National Housing Survey released by Fannie Mae indicating that consumer concerns about the direction of the economy and their household income appear to be weighing on the growth of the housing market.center_img June 24, 2014 466 Views Sharelast_img read more

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