With Jet Airways being nonoperational opportunities narrowing in Indian market Star Alliance

first_imgSeoul: India is a big aviation market and Air India provides the important domestic network for our members but opportunities in the market are narrowing with Jet Airways being non-operational, Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh said Sunday. Star Alliance is a grouping of 28 airlines, including Air India, which became a member in July 2014. Emphasising that Air India is an important representation for the alliance in the Indian sub-continent, Goh said the airline provides very important domestic network for its members to connect into. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents “Indian market is a big market and is a very fast growing market… clearly things are changing very fast in the Indian market in connection with what has happened with Jet Airways. I think certainly to that degree possible, it will help (that)… Air India will have higher capacity and better yields because there is less capacity in the market,” he said here. Full service carrier Jet Airways, which had a significant number of international flights, temporarily suspended operations in April after running out of cash. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief To a query on whether there could be a second Indian carrier such as low cost carrier IndiGo as a Star Alliance member, Goh said the grouping is positioned for having a full member as well as a connecting partner model. “We also have the ability to integrate less traditional airlines whether they are hybrid, regional or low cost airlines. We are positioned to address both the situations. We are not closed for business, whether an airline in India is interested in full membership or connecting partner model. It is more a question of value proposition that you can bring to the network,” he said. Talking on the sidelines of an IATA (International Air Transport Association) event here, he stressed that an airline should prove its business case if it has to be a member or connecting partner. “The challenge obviously is that there is IndiGo but in the Indian market there isn’t such a credible portfolio of opportunities with Jet Airways not operating anymore… The market is narrowing in terms of opportunities but we are going to be convinced that if we have a member or another connecting partner they are bringing something that Air India doesn’t. “At this time, how fast the Indian aviation market is going to grow… We have got to be mindful how that market is trending and not integrate a member just for the sake of integrating,” he said. IndiGo is India’s largest domestic airline with a market share of nearly 50 per cent. Star Alliance was founded in 1997, with the aim to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to international travellers.last_img read more

Questions and answers for royal watchers on the birth of Harry and

first_imgTORONTO — The much-anticipated child of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has arrived, igniting a flurry of baby fever and speculation on all manner of royal gossip.Questions abound for crown watchers and celebrity fiends: When will we see pictures of the baby? Who will his godparents be? What country will the new family visit first? Will Meghan ever get to enjoy Mother’s Day with her son’s birthday so close to her special day? Does England even celebrate Mother’s Day?For some of these and other pressing matters, The Canadian Press turned to monarchy experts to weigh in. Here’s what they said: ONE OF MEGHAN’S BESTIES IS CANADIAN STYLIST JESSICA MULRONEY, CAN SHE BE THE BABY’S GODMOTHER?It’s pretty much a certainty this child will be baptized in the Church of England, although plans have yet to be announced. Royal watcher and author Katie Nicholl suspects that will occur this summer at the historic St. George’s chapel at Windsor Castle, where Harry and Meghan wed in May 2018.She also believes Mulroney has a good shot at participating, after playing a key behind-the-scenes role at the wedding, which featured the Mulroney children as a bridesmaid and groomsmen.“I think it’ll be a mixture of some family and friends and Jessica is clearly at the top of the list,” Nicholl, author of “Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love,” said from Windsor, England. “I think there’s every chance that we could see Jessica as godmother.”Whether she meets the church’s requirements is another matter, since godparents are required to be baptized and ideally, confirmed Christians. Mulroney is a member of one of Montreal’s most established Jewish families, the Brownsteins, and wed TV personality Ben Mulroney in a Montreal ceremony that blended both Catholic and Jewish elements. Nevertheless, Nicholl suggests this rule may not be uniformly enforced across all parishes, if the godparent is willing to swear to certain Church of England vows.“Even if she’s not a godmother, she’s going to be a part of this child’s upbringing. You know the children will be close and Jessica has been a great friend to Meghan and also to Harry.” DO THE ROYALS CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY?Mother’s Day is this Sunday in Canada and the United States, but not so in England. Over there, mothers are feted on Mothering Sunday, which takes place on the fourth Sunday of Lent and three weeks before Easter Sunday, typically in late March. The next Mothering Sunday is set for March 22, 2020.But that’s not to say that Meghan can’t also mark Mother’s Day this weekend, says MacKenzie, noting that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, reportedly arrived to stay with the royal couple in the days leading up to the birth.“Her mother, of course, is with her at Frogmore House so I suspect that they’ll be marking that in their own way,” says MacKenzie. “It’s a very special time of year, of course, for a baby to come along and for that child to be with his mother and grandmother. So I suspect there’ll be some American traditions sprinkled in this weekend.” ARE THE ROYALS ALSO CANADIAN CITIZENS? WILL THIS BABY BE PART CANADIAN?Prince Harry, of course, is a senior member of Canada’s royal family but does not actually hold Canadian citizenship. Nor does he hold citizenship for any other Commonwealth nation, says Barry MacKenzie of the Monarchist League of Canada. He says all members of the royal family are British, save for the Queen, who technically does not have any citizenship and does not travel with a passport — because passports are issued in her name.“And of course Prince Charles will eventually, when he becomes king, also not really have a citizenship,” he notes. “It’s sort of a strange sort of phenomenon.”However, the baby’s California-born mother may apply for U.S. citizenship on the child’s behalf, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website. Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Torontos Iconic Music Gallery Forced To Relocate

first_imgToronto’s Music Gallery has announced that they are being forced to temporarily vacate from 197 John St, a home they have leased from the Church of St. George the Martyr for over 17 years.The interdisciplinary arts venue was given notice on April 20 that construction on an adjacent condo development had raised safety concerns over the structural integrity of the dual purpose performance space and church sanctuary. They have been asked to vacate the premises effective this past Monday, May 1, 2017. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img

Lionrock Death Toll Reaches 17 as Japan Braces for New Typhoon

Tokyo – The death toll from Typhoon Lionrock has risen to 17 in Japan, with several people still missing, and officials said Sunday a new storm threatens the country’s southwest.Two more deaths were confirmed Sunday from the major typhoon which hit northern Japan last week, said an official in the hard-hit prefecture of Iwate.A new typhoon is bearing down on the country’s main island of Kyushu in the southwest. The new storm is slowly moving northward with gusts of up to 126 kilometres per hour and bringing heavy rain, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, warning of high seas, landslides and floods.In 2013 a powerful typhoon that triggered massive landslides on Oshima island killed 40 people, while 82 died after a typhoon hit Japan in 2011.

State of emergency extended by another month from today

The state of emergency was declared soon after the April 21st suicide attacks for a period of one month and has been extended since then. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has extended the state of emergency by another month with effect from today.A gazette notice was issued today announcing the extension of the state of emergency. The notice by the President said “I am of the opinion that by the reason of a public emergency in Sri Lanka, it is expedient, so to do, in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community; Know ye that, I, Maithripala Sirisena, President, by virtue of the powers vested in me by section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter 40) as amended by Act, No. 8 of 1959, Law No. 6 of 1978 and Act, No. 28 of 1988, do by this Proclamation declare that the provisions of Part II of that Ordinance, shall come into operation throughout Sri Lanka on and after June 22, Two Thousand and Nineteen.” read more

Colombia Annan pledges UN commitment to reconciliation human rights

During their talks, the two discussed the overall situation in Colombia as well as the Secretary-General’s continuing good offices in support of the search for a negotiated solution to the country’s longstanding conflict, according to a spokesman for Mr. Annan.Afterwards, in his address to the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, President Uribe appealed to the international community to help Colombia put an end to the continuing violence that has plagued the country for decades.”The world has plenty of analysts of Colombian problems, and of critics of our society and our governments. We require less rhetoric and more action – real contributions to solve the problem,” he said. “Representatives of the peoples of the world: with your commitment and support, and our determination, Colombia will be freed from the slavery of violence and permit more justice for all.”Mr. Uribe said that he was committed to observe and respect human rights rigorously, because, while a failure to do so might lead to a reduction in violence, it would never bring reconciliation. He warned, however, that the problem of Colombia was a potential risk to the democratic stability of the region.”I ask the help of the world because my government made the decision of defeating terror, and ensuring that these four years do not elapse with a new triumph of delinquency, or as a new test to the State’s and society’s hesitation toward the arrogance [of the perpetrators of violence],” he said. read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel

Video: Business report with Mike Eppel by News Staff Posted Sep 11, 2013 6:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Apple shares are down in pre-market trading activity, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. apple shares|business report|mike eppel|trading

Book launch and guest lecture on Spanish pedagogy being held March 9

Spanish second-language pedagogy in the Canadian classroom will be discussed during a guest lecture and book launch March 9.Brock University Associate Professor Cristina Santos and Donna M. Rogers, Interim Principal and Spanish Professor at Brescia University College, will discuss their two Canadian-edition Spanish textbooks, Puntos de Partida and Ma?s, which share a vision of language learning within appropriate cultural contexts, connecting learners of Spanish in Canada with millions of Spanish speakers around the world.To support an optimal learning environment for contemporary university students studying Spanish in Canada, the authors believe in articulating clear, concise learning objectives and outcomes matched to linguistic and cultural content.The event runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Plaza 600F with light refreshments. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse stumbles against Denver in first loss of the

It was a hard day shooting for the No. 12 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, which struggled to find the back of the net in its first loss of the season to No. 5 Denver Saturday. Despite outshooting the Pioneers 38-30, the Buckeyes lost, 10-9, snapping a four-game win streak to start the year. The shots from OSU, said coach Nick Myers, rarely challenged the goalie, something he credited to the Pioneers’ defense. “We felt like we had a plan and credit Denver for playing a great zone and their goalies playing really well,” Myers said. “We struggled to break the seal and couldn’t get the extra goal we needed.” Offensively, the game started slow, with neither squad being able to find the back of the net for almost the first seven minutes. The action, though, would pick up, as OSU (4-1) and Denver would score twice before the end of the game’s first period. Goals from OSU freshman attacker Carter Brown, senior attacker Logan Schuss and junior midfielder Michael Italiano in the second quarter gave the Buckeyes a 5-3 lead with about five minutes to play in the first half. From that point on, though, Denver would command the rest of the game. Scoring the next five goals, and seven of the game’s final eleven, the Pioneers kept the contest out of the Buckeyes’ reach until the very last minutes. A goal from sophomore midfielder Jesse King goal with just more than a minute remaining pulled OSU within one score with the hopes of sending the game into overtime. On the ensuing faceoff, senior midfielder Trey Wilkes won the ball and gave the Buckeyes possession in the last minute. But OSU could not capitalize as a shot from King sailed high and allowed Denver to run out the remainder of the clock. Italiano, who tallied two goals Saturday, was disappointed in the loss, but admitted Denver’s defense was the difference in the game. “We had the game plan to get the ball, get down there and try to get the goal,” Italiano said regarding OSU’s last series to try and tie the contest. “We didn’t get the look we wanted, credit Denver’s defense. They showed up today and got the stop and the win.” Denver swapped out two goal keepers, one in each half, who combined for 18 saves on the day, stifling a previously hot OSU offense. Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander said he thinks the Buckeyes’ poor shooting day had more to do with the goalies’ ability than an off-day for OSU’s offense. “Sometimes you play a hot goalie, or two hot goalies in their case,” Alexander said. “We’ve got good shooters on our team and I have confidence in any one of those guys.” The Buckeyes are set to travel to Charlottesville, Va., to take on No. 9 Virginia on March 16 at 3 p.m. They will then head to Notre Dame, Ind., to face the No. 3 Fighting Irish on March 20. read more

Exuberant Imran Tahir joins Warriors for CPL 2018

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedImran Tahir, Qais Ahmad to join Guyana Amazon WarriorsSeptember 9, 2019In “latest news”CPL 2018: Having Tanvir bowling at the other end makes my job easier- Warriors EmritJune 26, 2018In “Sports”CPL 2018: “My goal is to win the trophy for Guyana” – Sohail TanvirAugust 4, 2018In “latest news” Imran Tahir is currently playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and was hugely successful for the Multan Sultans at the Pakistan Super League (PSL).  Soon he will be appearing for the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Imran Tahir (IANS image)Tahir said he is looking forward to this new challenge. “It’s very exciting for me and I guess it’s very challenging for me as well.  I have been watching CPL on TV for the last couple of years and it looks a very good standard, and I just want to go and express myself and try do well and that’s what I am looking for.”This will be the first time that Tahir has played at the Hero CPL, but he has had some success in the Caribbean in the past. In the 2016 One-Day International tri-series featuring South Africa, Australia and the Windies he finished with 13 wickets – the most by any bowler in the tournament. He says that success two years ago means he is looking forward to his return and making the most of conditions that suit him.“I have been there once and I really enjoyed it. It’s spinning friendly so no complaints.  Beautiful islands and people are very nice. I just had a really good time and I’m really looking forward to my second trip.“Whatever is thrown at you I think you just have to adjust to the conditions, sometimes you are lucky sometimes you aren’t. Most of the time wherever you play in the world you don’t get spinning friendly pitches.  In Guyana you think that you’re going to get a spin friendly pitch, you’re going to do well. But for me that’s part of the challenge because people’s expectations are high and they are looking for that. As a spinner you have to do really well but for me it’s another great challenge. I think the conditions don’t really matter these days because guys are very smart and play a lot of different shots, but it will be a little bit helpful and as I said before it will be a challenge for me.”Imran Tahir will bring his unique wicket-taking celebrations to the Hero CPL. His joy when he takes a wicket is very clear to see, and Hero CPL fans can look forward to watching his exuberance. He says his celebration is all about his passion for cricket.“I think if I had to put it in a simple way, I just feel like it’s the passion for the game. It’s been my dream since I was a kid that I wanted to be in that arena where I see all the international players playing around me and I think that’s where I am today.  Every wicket I take is very important for me and I think that’s probably built up inside me and it comes out when I take a wicket.  So look, it’s pure passion for the game, and I just want to carry on doing more celebrations – that means I am taking wickets” he explained.Those celebrations were particularly energetic when Tahir took a hat-trick at the PSL.The Guyana Amazon Warriors has reached the final of the CPL on three of five occasions but was never able to seal the deal.This year the Providence National Stadium will host a total of seven matches; five home games and two scheduled semi-finals.The CPL 2018 tournament will run from August 8 to September 16. read more

Govt hopes to ride wave of confidence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government’s main priority for 2013 is to capitalize on the improving climate in the international financial environment regarding Greece in a bid to attract investments and create jobs, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said in a press conference alongside Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis on Wednesday.“We shall do that according to specific objective schedules. We shall attract investment, not with wishes or public relations, but through specific substantial steps,” said Samaras, who chose to participate in the ministry’s briefing on its plans for 2013.Focusing on three main pillars – liquidity, progress in public works and structural reforms – the plans are aimed at Greece finally becoming a country friendly to investment and entrepreneurship.“After five consecutive years of recession, 2013 could become a turning point as long as we work with a plan, with a system and with efficiency,” said Hatzidakis, who presented detailed timetables for each of the ministry’s projects on legislative and other levels.Its priorities include the construction of a cruise ship port in the broader area of Piraeus through public-private partnership (PPPs), the promotion of privatizations, as well as measures for reducing bureaucracy in realizing investments and in export procedures.Hatzidakis further referred to the creation of the Hellenic Investment Fund, stressing it will operate under private management and according to private sector criteria.The Development Ministry also intends to help to channel liquidity into the market by securing 7 billion euros through the activation of agreements with the European Investment Bank for the funding of small and medium-sized enterprises, the restarting of National Entrepreneurship and Development Fund (ETEAN) projects and the acceleration of projects subsidized by the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA).The ministry aims to complete talks involving the state, banks and contractors by February 4 so that construction work can restart on four highways by April. As for the Thessaloniki metro project, Hatzidakis announced measures to overcome the stumbling blocks that have brought works to a standstill.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Correctif de bogues Skype nest plus Chatroulette

first_imgCorrectif de bogues : Skype n’est plus Chatroulette Skype a corrigé un problème qui survenait après le plantage du client. Des messages étaient adressés aux mauvais contacts, voire à des inconnus. En début de semaine, Le service de téléphonie en ligne Skype a reconnu qu’un bogue affectait sa messagerie instantanée. Le problème qualifié de rare survenait après le crash de l’application, lors d’une conversation en mode texte. Après la reconnexion du client, le dernier message posté pouvait alors être envoyé à un autre contact, parfois même à un inconnu. “Dans de rares circonstances, les messages instantanés entre deux contacts peuvent être envoyés involontairement à un troisième contact”, a expliqué Skype lundi.  Mais désormais la filiale de Microsoft a assuré que ce problème était corrigé, après la publication d’une mise à jour. Celle-ci concerne certaines versions du logiciel : Skype 5.10 pour Windows, Skype 5.8 pour Mac, Skype 4.0 pour Linux et Skype 1.2 pour Windows Phone. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Cette mise à jour corrige aussi un problème lié à la sauvegarde impossible de fichiers sur un disque dur formaté en FAT32. Le client Linux a par ailleurs obtenu d’autres corrections, dont celle qui supprime le plantage du logiciel lorsque toutes les conversations étaient marquées comme lues.Skype n’a toutefois pas précisé l’origine de ce problème, ni indiqué le nombre de clients potentiellement atteint par celui-ci. Pour rappel, le groupe fondé en 2003 a été racheté par Microsoft pour 8,5 milliards de dollars. Le service revendique 250 millions d’utilisateurs et espère atteindre 1 milliard en étendant son offre à toutes les plateformes mobiles.Le 19 juillet 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

DCEU News Defending the Martha Moment Superman Appears And Joker Jokes

first_img Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News Stay on target Justice League is out later this year, which means it’s the perfect time to open old BvS-shaped wounds. /BvS (pronounced “Beavis”) wasn’t quite the beloved superhero classic Warner Bros. hoped it would be. After a lot of fans took issue with the over-dark murdery tone of Man of Steel, director Zach Snyder doubled down on it for the sequel. As a result, BvS was a bleak, humorless two-and-a-half-hour slog (three if you watched the extended edition for some reason).A lot of the ire was focused on the “Martha” scene. Batman and Superman are locked in battle. Batman is about to kill Superman when the Man of Steel requests that Bats “save Martha.” All conflict is immediately forgotten because Batman and Superman’s mothers happened to have the same name. This baffled much of the movie-going populous. It was a quick and too-convenient resolution to a conflict that felt contrived at best from the beginning. Actress Diane Lane, who played Clark Kent’s mom in both Man of Steel and BvS, disagrees.In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lane said she “wasn’t surprised” when she learned that her character’s name would be what brought the two superheroes together. To her, the scene made complete sense. Well, at least someone thought so.“It’s the compassion for a man who’s lost his mother. When you understand the wound, you can work better with people,” Lane said.She’s right. That is a fine reason for Bats and Supes to put aside their differences and team up against a larger threat. And while that is clearly the intention the actors are all working with, none of it is in the script. In fact, by placing so much importance on the name, it’s implied that Batman happily would have thrust his Kryptonite spear into Superman’s heart if his mom was named Betty or Stella or any other woman’s name. Thank DC for cosmic comics coincidences.Lane also mentioned that, in a future sequel, she’d like to do a scene with Nicole Kidman, who was recently cast as Aquaman’s mother. Not only would these two actresses on camera together make for a great scene, that sounds like an amazing spinoff movie. Let’s get Connie Nielsen in there too and make Supermoms the Movie. This isn’t a joke; I would watch the hell out of that.Speaking of Justice League, it appears even the movie’s own marketing is done pretending Superman won’t be in the movie. The Man of Steel has been consistently missing from the trailers and posters for the movie. Yes, Superman “died” in BvS, but I don’t think there’s a soul on the planet who didn’t immediately know he’d be back for Justice League. Even those who aren’t as familiar with what a joke death is in comics knew. It doesn’t matter how much you pretend to kill Superman; he never stays “dead” for long.A new promotional image was posted by Rubie’s Costume Company, which sells licensed DC costumes. It clearly features Superman standing among the Justice League. The site jointheleague.com leads to DC’s official website for the upcoming movie. At this point, this is the only piece of marketing so far to acknowledge Superman’s existence. We still don’t know exactly how they intend to bring him back. It’s possible they’ll go the “Reign of the Supermen” route and have him awaken from a stasis that occurs whenever he’s dealt what should be a lethal blow. Only this time no long ’90s hair.Finally, in other obvious but still newsworthy… uh, news, it appears that Batman and the Joker will fight each other in an upcoming DC movie. Jared Leto posted a photo on Instagram showing his version of the Clown Prince of Crime getting uncomfortably close to Ben Affleck’s Batman. Leto credited the fan account that created the image, @thejoker_clan. While it is a well-made image, there is most likely a reason Leto decided to share it. After a brief appearance in Suicide Squad, it became clear that Leto’s Joker would appear in more DCEU films in the future. Could Leto be hinting at a future scene where he fights Batman?The most obvious movie for such a fight to happen in would be the upcoming solo flick, The Batman. But there are plenty of other places a confrontation like this could show up. Suicide Squad 2, for instance, will almost definitely have much more Joker in it, after his brief role in the last one caused a large fan outcry. If the Joker is made to be more of a central villain in the sequel, it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility that Batman could show up to help the Suicide Squad out. If DC wants to make a cinematic universe that rivals Marvel, having their central characters show up in every movie isn’t a bad way to do it.last_img read more

Watch: Charging Bison Tosses 9-Year-Old Girl Into Air at Yellowstone

first_img A 9-year-old girl was injured after she was thrown into the air by a charging bison at Yellowstone National Park, park officials said Tuesday.The incident occurred on Monday near Observation Point Trail in the Old Faithful Geyser area, and was captured on video and posted to Twitter, where it went viral.Have you seen this unbelievable video? A girl gets tossed in the air like a toy by a bison in Yellowstone National Park. Thankfully, she’s ok. Details: https://t.co/4EClcuzUcc pic.twitter.com/HpLOp6gxog— Erica Simon (@EricaOnABC13) July 24, 2019The girl, reportedly from Florida, was treated at Old Faithful Clinic and later released.Witnesses told park official that a group of about 50 people were within 5 to 10 feet of the bull bison for at least 20 minutes, causing it to charge the group.In the video, the bison can be seen charging three people who have strayed from the trail, per the New York Daily News. An adult man and woman can be seen run away while a little girl is violently throw into the air by the bison.Park officials, who say the incident is under investigation, are urging visitors to give all animals near trails, boardwalks, parking lot or other developed areas space, and to not approach them.All large animals — bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes — need at least 25 yards of space. Visitors should give bears and wolves 100 yards of space.“The animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. The safest (and often best) view of wildlife is from inside a car,” park officials said as part of Yellowstone’s safety guidelines. “Always stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards away from all other animals, including bison and elk.”If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity, park officials said.More on Geek.com:Photographer Captures ‘Best Bear Fight’ Ever in Wild VideoChild Escapes ‘Serious Injuries’ After Cougar Attack in Washington ParkDoorbell Camera Captures Snake Attack in Oklahoma Stay on target 911 Calls Released: Kinkajou Sneaks Into Florida Apartment, Attacks ManWoman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii Bay last_img read more

Ministry of Finance Response to Moodys Investors Services Credit Rating Decision of

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 28, 2017 – Nassau – Today, Moody’s Investor Services confirmed The Bahamas’ Baa3 credit rating—after initiating a review for downgrade on 6 July, 2017.    Moody’s also left unchanged most of the risk ceilings for The Bahamas’ long-term and short-term financial obligations.In justifying its decision, the rating agency highlighted the positive prospects of the Government’s fiscal consolidation programme for debt stabilization; consistency in The Bahamas’ credit profile with other Baa3 rated-peers; and the limited liquidity pressures, despite higher borrowing requirements.   However, Moody’s move to change the outlook from stable to negative, reflects its assumptions about the potential downside risks to the implementation of the fiscal consolidation process posed by a less favourable growth outcome and any climate-related shocks.Moody’s decision, while not surprising, is an endorsement of the Government’s plans to deliver on its fiscal consolidation initiatives and eliminate any perceived risks to investor confidence.As emphasized in the 2017/18 Budget Communication, fiscal stability and economic growth are top priorities for the Government, and Moody’s has been advised of the Government’s willingness to pursue credit-positive fiscal initiatives and growth-promoting policies to extricate the Bahamian economy out of the low growth cycle.Through a judicious public expenditure review exercise, the Government is intent on achieving, at least, a ten percent (10%) reduction in expenditures—using a combination of approaches such as programme rationalization, where objectives are not aligned with policy priorities or producing the desired results; administrative policy adjustments, project deferrals and improvement in the procurement process.More medium-term spending control initiatives under consideration are the use of public private partnerships and efficiency improvements within the state-owned enterprises.The Government is also resolved to bringing greater accountability, transparency and sound fiscal management principles to bear on the country’s finances.   Improvements in fiscal management and policy outcomes are being promoted through the planned introduction of Fiscal Responsibility legislation, which will target, inter alia, the achievement of an annual GFS balanced budget deficit that would allow for a more sustainable evolution of the debt to GDP ratio.   IMF Technical resources are already on board to assist the Government in ensuring a well-designed legislative and operational framework, which should be finalized prior to the next budget year.   Tangential to this, work is progressing on the upgrades to the public expenditure management system, critical to achieving a credible implementation of the procedural and rules-based reporting requirements of the Fiscal Responsibility legislation.In the area of revenue administration, work is continuing to improve compliance as a means of protecting yields, and promoting tax efficiency and fairness.   These efforts include measures to improve the coverage with respect to property tax assessments and proper and timely filings relative to VAT and business licence returns.The Government is optimistic that economic growth prospects will gain more traction as the fiscal year progresses.    Specific proposals aimed at securing greater economic diversification are under active review, as are opportunities for improving business facilitation and the investment climate, through addressing issues of competitiveness, including energy reform.   Recent improvements in the labour force statistics are encouraging, and further gains are anticipated by year-end, as real sector developments provide additional opportunities for employment.The Bahamas has an excellent track record in servicing its debt obligations and, by using the right policy mix, the Government is committed to delivering a positive fiscal and economic outcome for the country.last_img read more

Alaska Communities to See More PILT

first_imgInterior Secretary Sally Jewell announced today the government is sending $28.5 million to local governments in Alaska to compensate them for the tax-exempt federal land within their boundaries. It’s called “Payment-in-lieu of taxes” and this year’s total is $2 million higher than last year. For some cities and boroughs, PILT is an important part of the budget. Last year, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough received $3.2 million in PILT while the Kenai Peninsula Borough got $2.6 million.  At the other end of the scale, Yakutat’s share was a little over $100,000.Link: www.doi.gov/pilt/county-payments.cfm.Download Audiolast_img

Jio GigaFiber plans price in India leaked Reiterates affordable broadband offering

first_img Close RIL’s 41st AGM: Biggest highlights IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:09Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:08?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Reliance Jio GigaFiber rollout in India is highly anticipated, but the mystery around the plans and prices has put consumers and rivals on edge. Jio GigaFiber is expected to disrupt the broadband industry in the same way it disrupted the Indian mobile industry. With 100Mbps broadband speeds and affordable plans, Reliance Jio could easily become the front-runner amidst stiff competition from Airtel, ACT Fibernet and others.There have been several reports in the past hinting about the potential plans and prices of Jio GigaFiber. With the Annual General Meeting (AGM) just around the corner, Reliance Jio is highly expected to end the mystery around the pricing and plans of Jio GigaFiber. But before that, there’s a word on the street that Jio’s FTTH broadband plans could start as low as Rs 600 per month.According to the latest reports, Jio GigaFiber’s Rs 600 monthly plan would offer consumers 50Mbps speeds whereas the blazing-fast 100Mbps plan would come at Rs 1,000 a month. The latest information about Jio GigaFiber plans follows a similar report in April, which had hinted similar pricing for the new broadband service in India. Reliance Jio GigaFiber registrationReliance Jio Website (Screen-shot)Live Mint had reported at the time that Jio would offer broadband, TV subscription and landline service at Rs 600 per month. At this price point, Airtel and ACT Fibernet would definitely feel the heat. The report also added that Reliance Jio plans to offer 100GB free data with 100Mbps speed as a part of its preview offer.Reliance Jio has already been testing its high-speed fibre-optic broadband in select regions. Consumers willing to test out the new service had to pay Rs 4,500 towards a deposit, post which Jio has offered 100Mbps broadband and 100GB data for free. These test runs are currently being conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and other cities. Reliance Jio GigaFiber will disrupt the internet broadband and also home cable service in India.Reliance Jio Website (Screen-shot)Interested folks can register for Jio GigaFiber from the company’s official website. While registering for Jio GigaFiber does not guarantee the service offering, but Reliance Jio says that cities with most registrations will be prioritised during rollout. When launched, Jio GigaFiber will be the largest Greenfield fixed-line broadband rollout with a real-time introduction in 1,100 cities across India.last_img read more

The Last of Us 2 listed on resume of former Naughty Dog

first_imgThough games like Uncharted 2 and Journey graced the PlayStation 3 with their existence, the console’s last major release, The Last of Us, is likely the game we’ll all remember when the PS3 is far from our memory. Though fans obviously want another game as stellar as TLOU, most would agree that the game should be left as a standalone for the sake of the narrative’s integrity. The prospect of a sequel to The Last of Us is a tough one, but according to a resume of a former Naughty Dog employee, the studio has plans for exactly that.Former Naughty Dog lead character artist, Michael Knowland, may have accidentally let the Cordyceps-infected cat out of the bag when he listed The Last of Us 2 on his LinkedIn profile. During his Naughty Dog tenure, he worked as character artist for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and supposedly spent one month prototyping character heads for The Last of Us 2.Click to enlarge.Uncharted 4 is a fairly new prospect — only having been unveiled in the summer of 2014 — so Knowland could have indeed been around for the beginnings of a TLOU sequel. Knowland left Naughty Dog back in April when the studio experienced something of an employee exodus, which included Uncharted series lead Amy Hennig.Naughty Dog has mentioned that Joel and Ellie, the main characters from The Last of Us, would not be getting a sequel, but the semantics of that statement don’t rule out another game set in the same universe — sequel or not. It’s hard to think of TLOU without our honorary-father-honorary-daughter protagonists, but if TLOU showed us anything, it’s that Naughty Dog knows how to handle new characters. For now, all we can do is wait for more news on the potential game, and replay The Last of Us over and over.last_img read more

Vehicles That Talk to Each Other Know What Lanes Theyre In

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further A group of scientists from the University of Waterloo and California Polytechnic State University are currently working on an Auto21 project called Dynamic Collaborative Driving. Within this project, the scientists have developed an intelligent lane detection system that uses communication among GPS-equipped vehicles to achieve significantly greater accuracy than with a single GPS device. Because the new system uses only low-cost GPS receivers, a filter, and an algorithm, it has the potential to be much less expensive – as well as more robust – compared to other lane detection systems.“The lowest accuracy GPS we used is the LocSense 40-CM, which has an accuracy of 5 meters CEP (Circular Error Portable),” Dao explained to PhysOrg.com. “The 5m CEP accuracy means that half of the data points fall within a circle of a 5-meter radius, half lie outside this circle. This accuracy is equivalent to 13 meters in 2dRMS, where 95% of the data points occur within a 13-meter radius. Therefore, any GPS receivers better or the same as the LocSense 40-CM can be used for lane positioning.”As the researchers explain in their study, GPS errors from multiple sources are common. Errors can occur due to the geometry of visible satellites, atmospheric effects, clock errors, and many other causes. However, the scientists note that GPS receivers that are relatively close to one another experience many of the same errors. This means that, even though absolute vehicle positions may have a large error, the relative position between vehicles has a smaller error, and can provide a more accurate location than a single GPS receiver can. By communicating GPS data among vehicles traveling within about 300 meters of each other, the precise lane of each vehicle can be determined. Emergency vehicles might even be equipped with systems that have a communication range of up to 1 km.In addition to GPS, the other two components of the system are a filter and a Markov localization algorithm. The filter minimizes the measurement noise from different GPS receivers, enhancing the system’s overall quality. “The most challenging part is designing a filter to effectively reject the receiver noise that can influence the prediction phase of the lane positioning system,” Dao explained. “We did this by using a combination of a low-pass Butterworth filter and a particle filter to eliminate this high-pitched noise.” A standard GPS receiver has an average 2D-positioning accuracy of about 13 meters. While this precision is high enough to direct you to your hotel, it’s quite a bit lower than the accuracy required to determine which lane your car is in while driving down the highway. Vehicles with GPS receivers communicating with each other can increase the positioning accuracy to a level that enables them to determine what lane they’re in. Credit: Thanh-Son Dao, et al. ©2007 IEEE.center_img With head injuries mounting, will cities put their feet down over electric scooters? Citation: Vehicles That Talk to Each Other Know What Lanes They’re In (2007, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-vehicles-lanes-theyre.html Then, the Markov algorithm transforms the GPS data into a lane estimate, without the need for prior knowledge. The algorithm is probabilistic: rather than making a single hypothesis for which lane a vehicle is in, the Markov algorithm maintains a probability distribution over all possible lanes for a vehicle. To determine if a vehicle has changed lanes, the system calculates the shortest distance between the vehicle’s current position estimate and the predicted vehicle path calculated using two previous position estimates. If the distance is close to zero, there is a low probability that the vehicle has changed lanes. If the distance is large, then either the vehicle is switching lanes, or there’s a curve in the road. The lane-finding algorithm can distinguish between these two possibilities by estimating the arc of the road, where a lane change would not form a large arc. Further, if a vehicle changes lanes on a curved road, the system can tell because the vehicle’s previous position will not lie on the estimated arc.The researchers tested the device both in simulations and in real road tests, where they demonstrated an accuracy of between 92 and 99%. They also noted that the algorithm could sometimes anticipate when a vehicle would change lanes before the vehicle had completed the change. They even tested the system’s ability at low speeds by calculating the lanes of two individuals walking down the street holding GPS-equipped laptops, and achieving high accuracy.“The limitation of the system lies in the fact that it only uses GPS data to estimate lane positions,” Dao said. “This might be challenging where GPS data are not available or the GPS signal is completely blocked by large obstacles, like in a long tunnel. One possible solution to this problem is to fuse the GPS with another type of sensor, such as an IMU [Intertial Measurement Unit], until the GPS data is again available.”A lane detection system could have many benefits as a component of an intelligent transportation system. For example, a lane-level navigation system could advise drivers which lane to use to reach a destination without having to make a last-minute lane change. The system could also measure lane-specific traffic conditions, and advise drivers to choose a certain lane to reduce traffic congestion. Safety could be another possibility, with the system warning the driver when swerving within a lane, and even autonomously taking control of the vehicle if needed.More information: Dao, Thanh-Son; Leung, Keith Yu Kit; Clark, Christopher Michael; and Huissoon, Jan Paul. “Markov-Based Lane Positioning Using Intervehicle Communication.” IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vol. 8, No. 4, December 2007. Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

Avalon invites travellers to choose their own adventure with more active options

first_imgTags: Avalon Waterways Travelweek Group Avalon invites travellers to choose their own adventure, with more active options in 2019 Posted by Sharecenter_img TORONTO — Avalon Waterways is ensuring that 2019 offers a wealth of river cruise experiences for intrepid travellers by revamping its Avalon Choice program and adding a new itinerary on the Rhône River.“Our guests tell us they want to explore in a whole new way,” says Stéphanie Bishop of Avalon’s Canadian office. “So we’d included more choice in their cruise price, choices that make each day according to your mood.”Next year, the company is introducing a completely revamped Avalon Choice program, offering travellers ‘Classic’, ‘Discovery’ and ‘Active’ options on every river cruise itinerary as well as a new AvalonGo App.There are three excursion styles:Classic: A local expert guides travellers through the history and heritage of local destinationsDiscovery: Travellers engage in interactive activities designed to cater to their interests, from cooking classes to painting workshopsActive: Energetic excursions that range from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam to biking and hiking through destinationsTo further help their guests go their own way, Avalon’s new AvalonGo App invites them to independently explore each destination with a detailed daily schedule of their itinerary, a list of nearby attractions, maps, directions to local restaurants and bars, and entertainment options. “We’ll even provide a picnic!” says Bishop.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe new eight-day Active Discovery on the Rhône includes an array of ‘Active’ and ‘Discovery’ excursions such as:Hiking or biking through the Camargue Regional National Park or a visit to a local oyster farm in Port-Saint-LouisHiking in Val d’Enfer or participating in a Van Gogh painting workshop in AriesE-biking through Tavel, wine tasting or touring the Musée des Aromes in AvignonCanoeing through the Gorges de l’Ardéche, hiking through the Natural Reserve of Cirque d’Estr, wine tasting in an underground cave, visiting a crocodile farm or embarking on a ghost tour in ViviersRail-biking along the Gorges du Doux, hiking through vineyards, making chocolate bars or joining a cooking demonstration in Tournon/Tain L’HermitageHiking in Parc de la Tête d’Or, joining a culinary walk, or making Saucisson brioche in a cooking class in LyonBishop added that all such excursions are included in the cruise price.In 2019, Avalon’s eight- and nine-day Active Discovery Cruises sail on Suite Ships featuring 200-square-foot Panorama Suites, open-air balconies and beds facing the views. Cruises sail on the Rhine, Danube and Rhône Rivers, and include more day sailing and time in atypical ports of call. For instance, on the Rhine River, cruisers spend time in destinations like Cologne and Amsterdam, as well as Xanten, Eltville, Duisburg and Wiesbaden.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesTo entice Canadians to book their 2019 river cruise now, Avalon is offering savings of up to $3,000 per couple or a waived single supplement if booked by April 24, on select air-inclusive Europe and Asia river cruises.For more information go to agentlingo.ca. Friday, February 23, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more