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Ensign acquires majority of Trinidad shares to take control of drilling company

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Ensign Energy Services Inc. says it will take control of Trinidad Drilling Ltd. after acquiring a majority of the company’s shares by its Tuesday deadline.The Calgary-based drilling company says 56.38 percent of Trinidad shares have been tendered. The 154.1 million shares are in addition to the 26.9 million it also owns, raising its stake in Trinidad to 66.18 percent.Each Trinidad shareholder will receive by Thursday $1.68 per share for a total of about $470 million, with the offer price representing a 17.2 percent premium over the all-share proposal by Precision Drilling Corp., the largest driller in Canada. With all conditions of its offer satisfied or waived, Ensign has extended the deadline until Dec. 10 for Trinidad shareholders who have not done so to tender their shares.Ensign had given Trinidad shareholders less time to consider its hostile takeover bid by pushing its offer deadline ahead of a planned Dec. 11 meeting where Trinidad shareholders will vote on the merger with Precision.If that meeting isn’t cancelled, Ensign says it will use its majority to vote down that offer from Precision.last_img read more

No EU monitors for north

The visit by the EU delegation comes as provincial council polls are scheduled to be held in the North in September.The EU, had earlier this year, said it wants an independent investigation and evaluation into the final years of the war in Sri Lanka, in addition to the national inquiries. The European Union (EU) will not be sending monitors for the provincial council elections in the North, a visiting EU delegation said today.Jean Lambert, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Countries of South Asia, said that the EU usually monitors major elections and in the case of the elections in the North there was not enough time to prepare for it. Lambert, who together with her delegation, visited the north during her current trip to Sri Lanka, said that there still remains a lot to be done in post war Sri Lanka. The EU had said it remains concerned about reports of threats and attacks on human rights defenders and journalists in Sri Lanka, and encouraged authorities to hold those responsible accountable.The European Parliament had also passed a resolution ahead of the UN Human Rights Council session in March, re-emphasising the need for accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking at a social gathering at a hotel in Colombo, Lambert said she hoped the elections will further help the reconciliation process in the country. read more

Parts of Brock to go dark this Saturday for Earth Hour

Parts of Brock University will go dark tomorrow (Saturday, March 23) from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in support of Earth Hour.Brock’s most visible contributions to the annual worldwide event includes turning off all lights in parking lots T, U and V, as well as the lights on the main entrance sign.These activities will be co-ordinated by Facilities Management, Parking Services and Campus Security Services. Staff, faculty and students are also being invited to help out by switching off all unnecessary lighting within their areas during this time.The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) first launched Earth Hour in Australia in 2007. The annual event uses the simple action of turning off non-essential lighting for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.An enhanced Campus Security and Facilities Management presence at the University will be maintained to monitor those areas that have been darkened for Earth Hour.Due to a number of activities taking place tomorrow evening at the main campus, all other parking lots, walkway and street lighting, as well as indoor public, common area and hallway lights will remain on for safety and security purposes.Visit the Earth Hour website. read more

Weir Minerals – total comminution to tailings solutions

first_imgAdding a partnership with technology group Andritz to its range of Trio® crushing equipment, Enduron® screens and other established brands, Weir Minerals Africa is further entrenching its position as a total solution provider to process plants. General Manager Comminution at Weir Minerals Africa, Vernon Steenbok, says: “Our offerings to mines now span all processes from the run-of-mine tip to the tailings dams including equipment such as crushers, conveyers, screens, feeders, pumps, cyclones, linings, hoses and valves.”Steenbok emphasises that the company has been expanding into the comminution space as a vital part of its total integrated solution provided to customers across Africa and the Middle East, from the gold mines of West and East Africa to the copper mines of Central Africa. Infrastructure development in the Middle East has also been important driver of the aggregate business, with resultant demand for Weir Minerals’ crushers and screens.As regulations governing the management of mine tailings become more onerous, the solutions available from Weir Minerals now includes a range of mechanical separation technologies such as thickeners, filter presses, centrifuges and vacuum belt filters.“To ensure the effective application of our growing equipment range, we place experienced process engineers at the centre of our relationship with customers,” says Steenbok. “This is key to helping customers drive down their cost of ownership while raising efficiency, productivity and profitability.”This involves building local capacity by actively developing mineral processing and other related skills in-country, nurturing young engineers in Weir Minerals Africa’s service-centred performance culture.“Our team of process engineers brings years of experience from the mining sector, and through training and mentoring prepare the next generation of engineers for their role in supporting and building a sustainable mining sector,” he says.Weir Minerals Africa’s talent pipeline includes 89 black learners – one third of them women – and this programme is set to grow to 115 learners participating in 2018. They are trained and prepared through a range of initiatives from bursary students and graduates to internships and apprenticeships.“We are here for the long haul,” says Steenbok, “and our investment in developing and acquiring leading brands, alongside our commitment to world class expertise, shows our commitment to the future of our customers and the mining industry as a whole.”last_img read more

Sandvik and IBM hail ushering in of a fourth Industrial Revolution in

first_imgJoint clients of IBM and Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology like Barminco, Hindustan Zinc, Petra Diamonds and Vedanta Zinc, are tapping the powers of IoT, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to realise safety, maintenance, productivity and operational efficiency. Sandvik states: “mining and rock excavation industry is under growing pressure to increase the global supply of minerals to meet the needs and expectations of a rapidly rising world population. This often requires extracting from increasing greater depths, which can make it difficult to communicate and act as necessary when equipment fails or needs to be serviced.”“OptiMine® Analytics transforms data into process improvements via predictive insights and actionable dashboards embedded into operation management systems. Using the analytics capabilities from IBM Watson IoT, this information management solution allows mining companies to combine equipment and application data from disparate sources in real-time, analyzing patterns in the data to help improve availability, utilisation and performance.”Through a series of IBM Design Thinking workshops, IBM and Sandvik work with clients to develop a framework to shape offerings around data driven productivity and predictive maintenance. Using the Watson IoT technology, Sandvik and IBM have jointly created a platform able to comply with the stringent reliability and security requirements of mining operations. Predictive maintenance technology leveraging IoT sensor data has also been introduced as part of this platform.“Proactively identifying maintenance needs before something breaks is leading to huge cost and time savings,” said Patrick Murphy, President, Rock Drills & Technologies, Sandvik. “Our award-winning OptiMine® Analytics with IBM Watson IoT solutions offer our customers a more complete view of their operations for smarter, safer and more productive work.”Sandvik and IBM clients such as Petra Diamonds and Barminco are using IoT to help reduce miner exposure to hostile work environments and increase safety. “Our top priority is the safety of our employees and if a machine fails underground we need immediate insight into what is happening in that tunnel,” said Luctor Roode, Executive Operations at Petra Diamonds. “With the solution from Sandvik and IBM, we have real-time data that allows us to immediately identify the root cause of the problem and act accordingly.”“Leveraging data is becoming increasingly valuable across the mining sector. Through analytics, machine learning and AI, we are seeing new possibilities for increased operational efficiency,” said Paul Muller, Chief Executive Officer, Barminco. “Our partnership with Sandvik’s OptiMine® Analytics allows us to fast-track our efforts, leveraging Sandvik’s whole-of-fleet data and innate machine knowledge.”OptiMine® Analytics will also be used by Vedanta Zinc International’s Black Mountain Mining (BMM) operations in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, to accelerate data-driven operations for safety, efficiency and productivity for trucks, loaders and drills. Additionally, Hindustan Zinc, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of zinc, lead and silver has tapped Sandvik to implement a major digital transformation at its Sindesar Khurd Mine, India, to ensure all required infrastructure and platforms can achieve world-class mining safety, efficiency and productivity.“Sensors and tracking systems for asset management is only the beginning when it comes to how artificial intelligence will disrupt the mining industry,” said Jay Bellissimo, General Manager, Cognitive Process Transformation, IBM Global Business Services. “Creating a solution that turns the data into actionable insights is a delicate matter. It requires an interdisciplinary effort spanning across mining technology, software engineering and data science. IBM and Sandvik are now on course to help transform the mining value chain with the fusion of cognitive capabilities into miners business and operating processes.”Sandvik has been delivering solutions in the mining automation business for decades, with autonomous operations in more than 60 mines on six continents. This footprint is a major asset to the process optimisation solutions in higher and higher demand. For its part, IBM has been working with leading mining clients to infuse cognitive capabilities in their business and operating processes, creating the Cognitive Value Chain for Mining. This multidisciplinary approach leverages and expands on the concepts of the fourth industrial revolution by helping miners achieve new efficiency savings, without having to make large-scale capital investments.last_img read more

Gardaí seize cash designer watches and cars in raids targeting Kinahan crime

first_img Short URL Share11 Tweet Email1 Feb 23rd 2018, 9:43 AM 25 Comments Updated 3.30pmTHE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau (CAB), assisted by local gardaí and a number of national units have raided 39 homes and businesses believed to be linked to the Kinahan crime gang.The searches took place in Dublin 1, Dublin 7, Dublin 11, North County Dublin and Limerick this morning.Twenty residential premises were searched along with 18 professional premises and a gym.Around €15,000 cash was seized along with five designer watches and five vehicles.“This CAB investigation into an Organised Crime Gang is continuing, today marks a significant development in the progress of this investigation,” Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Clavin said. By Paul Hosford Gardaí seize cash, designer watches and cars in raids targeting Kinahan crime gang Homes, businesses and a gym were raided as part of the operation. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Irelandcenter_img The Criminal Assets Bureau are relentless in their mission to identify the criminally acquired assets of persons and to deny such people these assets. The motivation of these organised crime gangs is greed for wealth and we will do all we can to deprive them of this wealth.The watches were a Breitling, two Rolexes, a Cartier and a Legend. While the vehicles included an Audi Q7, a Mercedes Vito, two Volkswagen Golfs and a Honda motorcycle.A freezing order has also been made in respect of a substantial amount of money in a bank account.Documents and mobile phones are also being examined by investigating officers.No arrests were made. 28,900 Views http://jrnl.ie/3867554 Friday 23 Feb 2018, 3:00 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le bouton 1 de Google se répand avec succès sur le net

first_imgLe bouton +1 de Google se répand avec succès sur le netSelon une récente étude de BrightEdge, le bouton +1 de Google se serait considérablement répandu sur le net ces dernières semaines. Il serait aujourd’hui à la deuxième place du classement derrière le “J’aime” de Facebook, mais devant le “Tweet” de Twitter. Près de quatre mois après son lancement, le bouton +1 de Google fait une ascension fulgurante dans la vie des internautes. Ajouté à côté des résultats de recherche, ce petit bouton permet aux internautes d’indiquer les sites qu’ils apprécient et ainsi partager facilement des informations. Il est ainsi régulièrement associé au “J’aime” de Facebook ou encore au “Tweet” de Twitter. Mais si ces deux concurrents étaient jusqu’ici en tête du classement, Google +1 grappille rapidement du terrain. Selon une récente étude de la société BrightEdge, le bouton a en effet réalisé une croissance de 33% en quelques semaines, avec une pénétration qui atteint désormais 4,5%.Pour obtenir de tels chiffres, la société BrightEdge a analysé près de 10.000 sites web et a noté la présence des différents “boutons”. La progression du +1 serait alors tellement importante qu’il serait désormais passé à la deuxième place du classement dépassant Twitter qui n’affiche que 2,1%. Facebook reste néanmoins largement premier avec une présence du “J’aime” avoisinant les 10,8%. Alors vous êtes plutôt “Tweet”, “+1” ou “J’aime” ? Le 12 juillet 2011 à 09:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

USDA Begins 49th Enrollment Period for the Conservation Reserve Program

first_imgInformation provided by USDA. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminded farmers and ranchers this week that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began, Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.As of September 2015, 24.2 million acres were enrolled in CRP. CRP also is protecting more than 170,000 stream miles with riparian forest and grass buffers, enough to go around the world 7 times. For an interactive tour of CRP success stories from across the U.S., visit www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30, or follow on Twitter at #CRPis30.”Over the past 30 years, farmers, ranchers, conservationists, hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts have made CRP one of the most successful conservation programs in the history of the country,” said Vilsack. “Today, CRP continues to make major environmental improvements to water and air quality. This is another longstanding example of how agricultural production can work hand in hand with efforts to improve the environment and increase wildlife habitat.”Participants in CRP establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. At times when commodity prices are low, enrolling sensitive lands in CRP can be especially attractive to farmers and ranchers, as it softens the economic hardship for landowners at the same time that it provides ecological benefits. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish native plant species on marginal agricultural lands for the primary purpose of preventing soil erosion and improving water quality and related benefits of reducing loss of wildlife habitat.Contracts on 1.64 million acres of CRP are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2016. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.Since it was established on Dec. 23, 1985, CRP has:Prevented more than 9 billion tons of soil from eroding, enough soil to fill 600 million dump trucks;Reduced nitrogen and phosphorous runoff relative to annually tilled cropland by 95 and 85 percent respectively;Sequestered an annual average of 49 million tons of greenhouse gases, equal to taking 9 million cars off the road.Since 1996, CRP has created nearly 2.7 million acres of restored wetlands.For more information FSA conservation programs, visit a local FSA office or click here. To find your local FSA office, visit click here.The Conservation Reserve Program was re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing, and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, click here.last_img read more

TechRadar Sees Heavy Traffic While PTOM Closes Down

first_imgThe growth has been bolstered by what Considine calls a “soft rollout.”American Googlers were coming to the U.K. version in droves, she says, but the format wasn’t ideal for them There was opportunity to improve.Studying the patterns and conducting audience research, the U.S. site has changed obvious elements-pricing items in U.S. Dollars instead of British Pounds, for example-along with some more obscure features-“The word ‘flavor’ has a ‘u’ in the U.K., so we had to make sure we took that out,” Considine says.To this point, expansion plans have, of course, been based on market considerations, but location has been a factor as well. With an October launch in Australia-the third TechRadar site-the site’s network is now staffed 24 hours a day.Breaking stories originating in the U.K. will be passed off to TechRadar staff in San Francisco at around 7 p.m. GMT. In turn, the Australian staff will pick up where the San Francisco team left off when they go home at 7 p.m. PT, and so on.South America has been posited as the next market, although Considine could not confirm whether plans had advanced past the testing stage.PlayStation: The Official Magazine Shutting DownDespite the success of TechRadar, another Future property, Playstation: The Official Magazine, will shut down after the holiday issue is released this winter.An official statement will not be released.The shuttering of PTOM comes months after Future announced that it would also cease publication of Nintendo Power at the end of the year.”It’s not the space, I think that the space is amazing,” Considine says. “We’re just going through a console life-cycle change, so you’re really just seeing the space in general is evolving, and I actually think it’s only going to get better.”PTOM and Nintendo Power have been in publication since 1997 and 1988, respectively. PTOM has a circulation of 139,000, according to Future.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! It was a mixed week for Future plc who announced record growth for TechRadar’s U.S. website, while also revealing that it would close long-time gamer title, PlayStation: The Official Magazine.Just six months after its launch, Future’s U.S. incarnation of TechRadar.com reached 5.4 million unique visitors in September, surpassing the established U.K. site audience by more than 1 million. Although the size of the markets varies greatly, Rachelle Considine, Future U.S. COO, is happy with the results.”I don’t think we expected to grow this quickly,” she says.last_img read more

Maryland Wins Over Texas As Terps Play for McNairs Honor

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFROA rainbow covered the skies following the game-stopping thunderstorms signaling a smile from the heavens, when Maryland and Texas returned to play after an unexpected weather delay in the fourth quarter at Fed Ex Field.  Perhaps it was the presence of the late Jordan McNair who needed to give the Terps a lift after they had blown a 22 point lead on an emotional day where his teammates remembered him from start to finish.McNair, the offensive lineman who passed away from heat stroke in June, was honored by his teammates with #79 decals on their helmets, a moment of silence with his image on the jumbotron, and by lining up with only 10 players for the game’s opening play. The late lineman may have been the intangible they needed to win.Jordan McNair was remembered by fans and teammates during a pregame moment of silence before their season opening game vs. Texas at FedEx Field.  (Photo by Mark Gray)Maryland is playing for more than wins and losses this season, they are playing for McNair. Emotion can take teams a long way in sports and perhaps this was the start of a special season in College Park.  The Terps had several chances to give in but ultimately pushed through a series of challenges that may have broken one of their lesser teams to beat Texas 34-29 for the second consecutive year on September 1.“We just stayed together which has been our motto through everything that’s happened,” said wide receiver Taivon Jacobs during the postgame press conference.  “Everybody in our building just packed our parachute and stuck together.”Any doubts that Maryland was up to this emotional challenge was put to bed on their first drive.  The Terps’ march downfield was choreographed better than the performance by their band.  With Kasim Hill starting at quarterback for the first time since his season ended last year in Austin the offense was almost flawless.Maryland football players honored his memory with his jersey on the field after their 34-29 victory over Texas at FedEx Field. (Photo by Mark Gray)“Its been a long time since we played a football game and it was good just to be back out on the field with your brothers,” said Hill.Maryland’s freshmen were massive.  The neophyte Terps contributed to every score. Jeshaun Jones, from D.C.’s Friendship Collegiate high school, was the star. He busted through the Texas defense for 28 yards and the game’s first touchdown to cap their opening drive. Jones also went deep against the Longhorn secondary for a 65-yard scoring reception. In the second quarter, Jones converted a jet sweep option by connecting with Tavion Jacobs for a 20-yard touchdown pass to give Maryland its biggest lead at 24-7.Jones scored three times in the first half placing himself in elite company.  He became the first college player to score on a rush, reception and pass in his first game in 20 years.The Longhorns used their uptempo, offense to change the game’s momentum and took the lead. Texas scored 22 unanswered points behind sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Texas’ defense also stopped Maryland’s Jake Funk in the end zone for a safety which closed the gap to 24-22 at halftime.   Ehlinger found Collin Johnson in the endzone on for a touchdown then Kyle Porter’s two-yard score gave Texas its only lead.Interim head coach Matt Canada’s leadership was tested also after both teams went to the locker rooms as the mini monsoon hit.  He first had to re-establish the Terps offense after overcoming an 86 minute weather delay and conservative play calling that kept Texas alive. The Terps went 75 yards in just under five minutes for the game’s final and decisive score while their defense produced three fourth quarter turnovers to seal the game.The adversity of their offseason seems to have prepared them for challenges of the season to come at least for one big game.last_img read more

State officials request mandatory ferry passenger list

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — State officials say they are pushing to make ferry passenger lists mandatory for all who travel between Playa del Carmen mainland and the island of Cozumel.The Fifteenth Legislature in the State Congress of Quintana Roo will issue an appeal to find the legal mechanisms and necessary steps to enforce an official passenger list for the operation of the federal route between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.Eduardo Lorenzo Martínez Arcila, president of the legislative chamber, says he considers it a serious failure that such a list has not been previously taken into account. Such a list would provide the identity of those who travel as well as if they are traveling for tourism or domestic purposes.He emphasized that ferry companies that continue to operate must adapt to this new implementation, which could be determined by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), the Harbor Master’s Office or directly through the Secretariat of the Navy.“There is no mechanism where the authorities know who is getting on the ferries, something that is really serious and has never been addressed. It is basically a federal issue, but we will request the relevant warrant from congress.“I think it will be the port authority who will have to issue a memorandum so that for this type of crossing, an order for a passenger list will be put into place so we know who is boarding the boats,” said Martínez Arcila.He explained that the ferry companies will have to adapt and modify their promotion or sales strategies to be integrated into a identifiable passenger list for the benefit of obtaining security guarantees. Currently, the sale of tickets does not include any of this information.“With all due respect, you are not selling tickets to the discotheques. You are selling tickets to a federal concession that is the subject of maritime transport. There cannot be a justification that implementing a passenger list is too complicated because the companies use a variety of different promoters,” he added.Martínez Arcila stressed that extraordinary security measures that are being implemented in coordination with the armed and federal forces must remain permanently in the port facilities.The general director of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo, Alicia Ricalde, says that within six months, the ports of Quintana Roo will be the first in Mexico to have the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) protocol.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grand Bahama Islands Grand Lucayan reopens entire resort ready by Feb 2017

first_img Travelweek Group GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND — Grand Lucayan has officially reopened following temporary closure as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Beginning with the re-opening of Lighthouse Pointe, Grand Lucayan hopes to have the entire property operational by February 2017.“Our staff have worked tirelessly to get Grand Lucayan ready for our guests,” said Veronica Clarke, hotel manager. “We are so thrilled to be open and can’t wait for our guests to enjoy our pools, beach, spa, golf and dining options.”The 196-room Lighthouse Pointe, the traditionally all-inclusive portion of the resort, will temporarily play host to all guests, whether or not an all-inclusive package is booked. Venues including Waves Pool Bar, Portobello’s, Pizzeria Capri and Aroma Café are open. A new Sunday champagne brunch, served from noon until 4 p.m. is now offered along with a Fish Fry Party every Wednesday evening, featuring live entertainment, and ‘Welcome Back’ Bahamian Cuisine nights on Fridays.The Convention Center and wedding gazebos are also fully functional and ready to host weddings and groups. The Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Reef Course also fared well and looks forward to hosting players, said Clarke. The remainder of the resort, including Breaker’s Cay, the Lanai Suites and additional dining venues, will be open in the first quarter of next year.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthFor more information on Grand Lucayan see GrandLucayan.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, November 10, 2016 Sharecenter_img Grand Bahama Island’s Grand Lucayan reopens; entire resort ready by Feb. 2017 Posted by Tags: Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayanlast_img read more

TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows

first_imgTags: TravelBrands Posted by TORONTO — TravelBrands’ ‘G’Oh Canada’ Agent Appreciation 2017 road trip events will take place in five locations across Ontario this month and next.“Join us for an evening of food, fun and great information as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” says the company. Agents will learn about new TravelBrands initiatives and tools, plus all attendees will have a chance to win prizes.Events are taking place at Fort Henry in Kingston on July 25, the Barrie Country Club in Barrie on July 26, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery in Niagara on the Lake on July 27, Elmhurst Inn and Spa on Aug. 1 and The Lake House in Pickering on Aug. 2.All of the shows are evening events, with registration from 5:30 – 6 p.m. and dinner, presentations and prizes from 6 – 8 p.m.“Space is limited so sign up today,” says TravelBrands. See surveymonkey.com/r/ZVSTVTF for details. Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img TravelBrands gets ready for its 2017 Agent Appreciation road shows Thursday, July 13, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

More capacity on the way as Air Canada announces return of full

first_imgMore capacity on the way as Air Canada announces return of full India service Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Delhi MONTREAL — Air Canada says it will resume its daily, nonstop Toronto-Delhi flights eastbound on Oct. 1 and westbound on Oct. 3, with additional capacity coming Oct. 27 with 400-seat B777-300ER aircraft.All flights are now available for purchase.Air Canada had announced on Feb. 27 that it was suspending its India service due to airspace closures over Pakistan. In recent days Pakistan has reopened its airspace to commercial flights, opening up the route again. Air India has also resumed its flights over Pakistan.Air Canada operates daily service from Toronto and Vancouver to Delhi and four times weekly between Toronto and Mumbai.The carrier’s Vancouver-Delhi flights will resume at their usual flight times starting Aug. 1.“We are very pleased to resume our daily, nonstop Toronto-Delhi flights in time for Diwali celebrations, and with additional capacity going forward to meet expected demand,” says Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.“With our Delhi flights returning to normal together with our seasonal return to Mumbai for fall firmly demonstrating our long term commitment to this vibrant market, we look forward to operating our full schedule to India.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upThe Toronto-Delhi flights will be operated initially with Boeing 787 Dreamliners and beginning Oct. 27, additional capacity will be added to this route with 400-seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, featuring Air Canada’s Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy classes of service.Air Canada’s seasonal Toronto-Mumbai flights will operate four times weekly from Oct. 27, 2019 until March 28, 2020 with Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.Air Canada will have up to 18 weekly flights connecting a multitude of cities in North America to Delhi from both Toronto and Vancouver, and to Mumbai from Toronto.Flight AC42 will depart Toronto at 10:10 p.m., arriving in Delhi at 9:35 p.m. Flight AC43 will depart Delhi at 12:10 a.m., returning to Toronto at 5:05 a.m.From Vancouver, flight AC44 will depart 1:15 a.m., arriving in Delhi at 3:50 a.m. On the return, AC45 will leave Delhi at 5:55 a.m., arriving back in Vancouver at 7:30 a.m.All of the above flights are daily.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”To Mumbai, flight AC46 departs Toronto at 8:45 p.m., arriving BOM at 10:10 p.m., on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On the return, flight AC47 departs BOM at 11:45 p.m. and gets back to Toronto at 5:25 a.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.“The resumption of Air Canada’s direct flights is a most welcome development,” said Kasi Rao, President & CEO of the Canada-India Business Council. “At a time of increasing commercial activity between Canada and India, Air Canada’s direct flights represent a very important element in connecting the business communities in both countries as well as the growing number of tourists, students, families and cargo traffic.”center_img Share Tuesday, July 23, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The Tico Times Dispatch Whats in Costa Ricas taxreform bill

first_imgRelated posts:The Tico Times Dispatch: An interview with journalist and economist David Ching Listen to our new podcast: The Tico Times Dispatch The Tico Times Dispatch: Figuring out and fighting street harassment in Costa Rica The Tico Times Dispatch: March news roundup Facebook Comments The streets of Costa Rica have been bogged down by protests since Sept. 10, when public-sector unions called for a general strike to oppose a proposed tax-reform bill.Public sector unions say the bill, which raises taxes on everyone and cuts benefits to public employees, puts too much of a burden on the working class. The government says 80 percent of the new taxes come from the top 20 percent of Costa Rican earners.In this episode of The Tico Times Dispatch, we interview Costa Rican journalist and economist David Ching to find out what’s in the bill:You can also listen and subscribe to our podcast on: iTunesStitcher: Google Play: last_img read more

Report Home Prices 3 Undervalued Nationally

first_img Share Report: Home Prices 3% Undervalued Nationally October 6, 2014 508 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Home Prices Home Values Housing Bubble Trulia 2014-10-06 Tory Barringer Despite inching closing to the tipping point, home prices still haven’t reached a stage where fears of a bubble are justified, says Trulia.The company recently released its third quarter Bubble Watch report, which measures whether home prices are over- or undervalued relative to their fundamental value. Comparing current movements to long-term trends, the report suggests home prices nationally remain 3 percent undervalued, a step up from 5 percent in the second quarter.During the housing bubble of the last decade, house prices surged to 34 percent overvaluation at their peak (in Q1 2006) before diving to 13 percent undervaluation in their trough (Q1 2012).As of the third quarter, seven of the nation’s top 100 markets were more than 10 percent overvalued, five of which are located in the inventory-starved state of California. The top overvalued market at the moment is Austin (19 percent overvalued), which—like most Texas metros—avoided the worst of the crash and has actually bounced back higher than it was in 2006.On the other hand, while a number of California’s major markets—Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Riverside-San Bernardino, San Jose, and Oakland—are high on the list of overvalued metros, they’re all still well short of the peaks they hit during the last bubble.What’s more, a scatterplot measure of annual price changes (as of August) suggests little relationship between the most overvalued markets and the markets where prices are rising fastest—a positive sign, says Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko.”Price gains in overvalued markets are a sign that we’re headed for danger, while price gains in undervalued markets are probably just a sign of getting back toward normal,” he said.He concluded: “All this means that bubbles should not be our top housing worry today. Our latest Housing Barometer shows that weak construction and subpar young-adult employment are the recovery’s big red flags. By contrast, prices are slowing to a sustainable pace and staying within striking distance of normal.”last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineJerusalem’s legendary Machane Yehuda open-air food market has developed into a gourmand wonderland, featuring more than 250 food stalls and vendors boasting a wide range of products — from locally sourced produce, dairy products and delicacies to imported sweets and organic wines from Israel and around the world.Conveniently located just steps away from the Jerusalem city center, the Machane Yehuda market was first established in 1887 and exists today as one of Israel’s most buzzing markets, where espresso bars, photography galleries and fashion boutiques sit alongside butchers, repairmen and vegetable vendors. The Machane Yehuda market has also launched a new website, featuring interactive maps, interviews with vendors and options to book special themed tours.“The Machane Yehuda Market is one of the most exciting parts of the city for travelers and locals alike,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. “The colorful mix of local and international gourmet food products will be sure to surprise and satisfy travelers of all tastes and palates.”The market will also host the Balabasta food festival, featuring food-centric events, music and acting performances, every Monday through August 2012.www.machne.co.illast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2018 1:26 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 21, 2018 at 2:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gold-medalist Monique Lamoureux-Morando joins NHL Network SECAUCUS, N.J. – Olympic gold medallist Monique Lamoureux-Morando will make her debut as an NHL Network studio analyst on Friday.The network announced Wednesday she will join Kevin Weekes and Tony Luftman on NHL Tonight. The three-time Olympian scored the tying goal against Canada to help the U.S. team capture the gold medal last month in South Korea. Twin sister Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the game-winning goal in the overtime shootout. Both recently discussed the gold-medal effort in studio at the NHL Network.Monique Lamoureux-Morando says she’s “looking forward to sharing my perspective and passion for the game with hockey fans around the world.” She has been a colour commentator for North Dakota women’s games and the under-18 World Championships.She played professional hockey for the Minnesota Whitecaps from 2015-17 and the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League from 2014-15.last_img read more

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first_imgBon Jovi’s restaurant gives free meal to furloughed workers RED BANK, N.J. — A restaurant owned by musician and New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi is providing free meals to local government workers and their families during the federal government shutdown.JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank announced on Facebook it will provide the free meals to furloughed workers Monday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.The meals are a result of a partnership between Gov. Phil Murphy’s organization the Phil and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation.JBJ Soul Kitchen opened in 2011, and the restaurant allows customers to pay a donation or volunteer to pay for their meals.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2019 3:35 am PDTlast_img read more

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