HAVANA — Seven people died and five are in critical condition after a bus crashed carrying tourists and local travellers in far eastern Cuba.State media report that the bus was carrying 18 Cubans and 22 tourists from Holland, Great Britain, France, Mexico and Canada when it crashed Thursday afternoon on a road between the cities of Baracoa and Guantanamo.The names and nationalities of those killed haven’t been released.The driver told Radio Guantanamo that he lost control on the wet and winding road.Cuban highways are poorly lit, narrow and rutted with huge potholes. There were 750 deaths and 7,999 injuries in 11,187 accidents last year in the country of 11 million. Thursday’s wreck was the fourth major bus accident in a month.Associated Press
In a statement released yesterday, the mission (MINUSTAH) said it took note of the final results announced on Tuesday by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in the 18 districts where the original results were contested.The Council set up a special office to re-tabulate and verify the results in those cases, in cooperation with observers from Haiti’s National Human Rights Defence Network (RNDDH), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).In 15 of the 18 cases, the office’s results matched those of the observers, but not in the cases of the districts of Jacmel, Belladère and Vallières/Carice/Mobin-Crochu.“In the interests of transparency and in order to legitimize these results, MINUSTAH calls on the CEP to post as soon as possible the decisions of its special office and to explain to all concerned parties, including the candidates, the reasoning that led to these decisions,” the mission said.MINUSTAH also called on Haitians to refrain from violence during the post-election phase and to work together to reconstruct the country, still reeling from last year’s catastrophic earthquake.President-elect Michel Martelly is scheduled to be inaugurated on Saturday after he won the run-off round of polls earlier this year and he spoke by telephone yesterday with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.A high-level UN delegation, led by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, will attend the inauguration. 12 May 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti has called on the country’s electoral authorities to explain as soon as possible why their results from three districts in recent legislative elections do not match the figures of local and international observers.
TORONTO — Canadians may dream of retiring debt-free, but research done for Manulife suggests nearly 20% of homeowners may be leaning on the value of their homes to finance life after work.[np_storybar title=”‘Tis the season of spending: How to stay within your budget over the holidays” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/11/29/tis-the-season-of-spending-how-to-stay-within-your-budget-over-the-holidays/”%5DCanadians say they expect to spend an average of $1,056.50 on gifts and other holiday-related purchases this time of year, but 67% don’t have a budget for such expenses, according to a new poll [/np_storybar]An online survey conducted for the financial services company found about half of the 2,373 respondents expected to still be in debt when they retire.Of those polled, 10% planned to borrow against their current homes, while about 8% were looking to downsize and use money from the sale of their home as income. Using home equity as a “fallback plan” suggests some Canadians are struggling to balance retirement with paying down debt, Manulife Bank CEO Rick Lunny said in an interview.“If people think they’re going to take out second mortgages and larger mortgages when they retire, that’s a pretty concerning view and evidence of no financial plan whatsoever,” Lunny said.“These people, if they’re going to retire with mortgage debt on their homes, there’s significant risk that interest rates will go up in the future.”The Manulife survey also found that many still struggle with financial literacy. For example, one-quarter of respondents didn’t consider mortgages or auto loans to be part of their overall debt.Older respondents were less confident in their retirement goals and about half planned to continue working full-time or part-time to extinguish their debt, the survey said.Manulife’s findings come after years of warnings from the Bank of Canada and the federal Finance Department that many people are still amassing too much debt.Throw in concerns that Canada’s housing market may be overpriced, and the likelihood that interest rates will rise in the coming years, and several additional levels of risk could be introduced into the financial equation.“Canadians have been lulled into this sense of security because they’re paying 3% or less on their mortgages, but that could change very quickly,” Lunny said. “People don’t have long memories and if their only reference period is the last five years or so, since the financial crisis, they better be prepared for it.”Debt problems are nothing new for most Canadians and neither are the surveys which conclude that most people aren’t properly saving for the future.TD Insurance released findings last month which said 39% of Canadians would run into financial problems if they were forced to stop working due to a sudden illness. The figure rose to 44% for respondents under the age of 35.Taking advantage of housing wealth in retirement isn’t necessarily a bad decision, suggested Thomas Davidoff, an assistant professor at the Sauder School of Business in Vancouver.“What I think, arguably, would be crazy is to live a meagre retirement and not have tapped an enormous asset,” he said.“It really depends on how important it is for you to leave wealth to your heirs, and how nervous you are about surprise expenditures.”He said that borrowing on a home is better choice than turning to high interest rate credit cards.“I don’t care what rates do, it’s never more expensive to owe on a home equity line or reverse mortgage,” he said.The online survey, conducted by data collection agency Research House, polled Canadian homeowners between the ages of 20 and 59, with a household income of $50,000 or more, from Sept. 8 to Sept. 19.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.“
Then-San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 15, 2013.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Michigan Wolverine football program is set to welcome back one of its own.Former Wolverines quarterback and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has been selected as the next head football coach at Michigan, according to multiple reports.Harbaugh, a Toledo native, played quarterback for the Wolverines from 1983 to 1986, starting in his final three seasons under then-coach Bo Schembechler and amassing 5,449 yards and 31 touchdowns over his college career.Following a 14-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers, Harbaugh worked as an assistant for his father, Jack, who was the head football coach at Western Kentucky University, before working as an assistant for the Oakland Raiders and ultimately landing his first head coaching job at the University of San Diego.From San Diego, Harbaugh was named head coach at Stanford in 2007, leading the Cardinal to its first 11-win season in 2010.After four years in Palo Alto, Calif., Harbaugh became the head coach of the 49ers in 2011 and led them to Super Bowl XLVII in 2012 — a game which the 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by Harbaugh’s brother, John.After an 8-8 finish to the 2014 season, it was reported that Harbaugh and the 49ers were ready for a mutual departure, which led to Harbaugh’s return to Ann Arbor, Mich.Harbaugh is set to be welcomed back to Michigan as its next football coach on Tuesday during the Wolverines’ basketball game against Illinois, according to reports.
Dear Editor,The use of force by the police on the opposition Members of Parliament during a Parliamentary session and the attempt by the police to forcefully remove the elected Member of Parliament for the opposition, Bishop Edghill, because he refused to comply with the Speaker’s order to leave the chamber of Parliament as he was merely seeking more time to question the government’s budget estimates will forever be remembered as a day of disgrace on our democracy and yet another example of authoritarianism by the APNU-AFC government.As a former Member of Parliament, I condemn in the strongest terms the actions of the Speaker of the National Assembly and the police who followed blindly orders to use such force. I am yet to see such excessive force ordered on Members of Parliament for the government whose behaviour on occasions have been far worse.I take this opportunity to remind everyone that this is merely a continuation of what happened shortly after the APNU-AFC took office when two years ago GDF officers attempted to unlawfully detain my wife and her brother and then chased them in a high-speed car chase which resulted in three persons dead and none other than the President Granger is quoted immediately thereafter as saying “it was a legitimate state operation” and “there was no need for a probe”. Almost exactly two years have passed and the government has swept the event under the rug of their diabolical secrets.Finally, permit me also to take this opportunity to explain to all Guyanese the magnitude of these events through the use of the history: In a democracy, the use of the armed forces by an authoritarian government against opposition Parliamentarians is where the police state and civilian repression begin.History has shown that authoritarian governments from all around the world loathe dissent, scrutiny, and voiced opposition. In a democracy, the vehicle of dissent, scrutiny, and voice opposition takes the form of the Members of Parliament in the opposition in Parliament. Once authoritarian governments succeed in silencing those Members of Parliament from the opposition by whatever means (political prosecution, electing and directing a partisan Speaker of Parliament, stacking the courts with compliant Judges, the use of force, the use of tax authorities, assassinations, etc.) the authoritarian government turns its intolerable attention to any form of dissent, scrutiny, or voiced opposition which then comes from civilians.So, today it may be Bishop Edghill or other opposition MP’s but tomorrow or next week it may be ordinary Guyanese and/or their families. Unless we stand against such state action then all civilian freedoms and protections will be eroded away bit by bit and such action almost always is purported to be justified in the name of “the protection of the state”.A clear example of this already occurring is the acknowledgment by Granger of the violation of the Constitution when an unlawful directive was sent to the Police Service Commission by his minister of the Presidency to cease promotions of the police but explained it was necessary to protect the state based on the information they obtained.All Guyanese who want better for Guyana must take a stand now against an authoritarian government or sit subjugated and repressed for a very long time.Sincerely,Charles S. RamsonAttorney-at-LawFormer Member of Parliament Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAPNU embarrassed yet again on AML/CFT amendments – AG says he understands Harmon’s bitternessMay 21, 2014In “Politics”No-confidence motion: Opposition Chief Whip writes Top Cop over security concernsDecember 19, 2018In “latest news”LETTER: Response to “vulgarian” comment by President GrangerNovember 9, 2017In “Letters”
De Beers Canada, having successfully “winterised” the conventional power solution at its mines in northern Canada, is now looking at a 100% renewable electricity solution for its recently-acquired Chidliak diamond project, CEO Kim Truter told attendees at the Energy and Mines World Congress in Toronto this week.While the Chidliak project is located on Baffin Island, which runs 100% on diesel power, Truter said due to the extreme remoteness of the proposed operation, “the energy solution for Chidliak has to be different”. The company acquired the mine earlier this year after taking over Peregrine Diamonds.The hidden cost that comes with diesel power generation is the required supply chain infrastructure, ie roads, according to Truter. If Chidliak was a non-road supplied site, it would drive the need for renewable power, he said.Another consideration is the size of Chidliak’s orebodies. As these are small, there is a need for a smaller overall footprint and the movability of plant as the bodies become mined out, he said.So far, 51 kimberlites have been tested for the presence of diamonds at Chidliak, with 41 of these showing positive results. Two kimberlites, CH-6 and CH-7, were prioritised for advanced exploration and were tested for grade and diamond value.The CH-6 kimberlite pipe is estimated to contain about 18 Mct of inferred resources in about 7.5 Mt of kimberlite, an estimated grade of 2.41 ct/t to a depth of 525 m below surface. The CH-7 pipe is estimated to contain about 4.2 Mct of inferred resources in about 5 Mt of kimberlite; an average grade of 0.85 ct/t to a depth of 240 m.At the conference, Truter said renewable supplementation of diesel baseload was growing in the industrial sector, but a micro-grid to regulate and accurately feed power through to a 100% renewable power system “does not appear to exist”.Yet, the Princess Elisabeth Base in Antarctica is occupied 365 days per year and is powered by 100% renewable sources, he said.“The next step is an Arctic mine with continuous (renewable) operations,” he told delegates, adding that the Chidliak development can achieve maximum potential if a 100% renewable energy solution is realised.In order to achieve this, he laid out several solutions.First, the company needed to look to shrink its footprint at Chidliak – size, people, power, thermal and environmental – then partner with best-in-class companies to tap into available natural energy sources; whether that be solar, wind or geothermal sources. Following this, De Beers Canada needed to confront the challenge of multiple-day power fluctuations with energy storage solutions and, finally, find an appropriate business model for the power solution.In addition to retaining the company’s social licence to operate, Truter said the eco-credibility that came with using renewable energy was an additional motivator for De Beers Canada, bringing intangible value to its product.De Beers Group has a global commitment by 2020 to reduce its energy requirements by 8% and cut its carbon emissions by 9%.
FOLLOWING A “CORDIAL and fruitful” meeting between its president and the Attorney General, the Association of Judges of Ireland said it is satisfied the judiciary’s concerns are “fully understood”.Justice Peter Kelly met with Máire Whelan this afternoon in the midst of a row between Ireland’s senior judges and the coalition.In a brief statement, the group said the meeting was held to “discuss the concerns of its members on issues involving judicial independence”.“The meeting was cordial and fruitful. As a result, the AJI is satisfied that its concerns are fully understood and that progress will be made by mutual co-operation in resolving issues.“The AJI is grateful to the Attorney General for her assistance in this regard.”A separate development also indicated a more conciliatory arrangement between the government and the judiciary. Earlier today, the Chief Justice said her suggestion to establish a forum for discussion about “matters of mutual concern” has been accepted by government.The first meeting of the forum was held last Monday and Susan Denham said she had held many constructive meetings with Alan Shatter.“There are currently issues of serious concern to the judiciary, which have been highlighted in recent days by some members of the judiciary,” Denham told the Law Society in Griffith College this evening, referring to remarks made by Justice Peter Kelly– and supported by the Association of Judges of Ireland (AJI) – which suggested that the government is deliberately attacking judicial independence.The group noted the comments were about pay cuts, but also addressed the passing of legislation without consultation with the judiciary.Earlier, the minister said that it was “unfortunate” if reductions in pay, brought in by a referendum, were seen as an attack on an organ of the State.Chief Justice: ‘There are currently issues of serious concern’
Four suspected members of a militant anarchist group believed to be responsible for dozens of bomb blasts over the past four years have been detained in custody until Tuesday, when they are to defend themselves before an investigating magistrate on multiple crime and misdemeanour charges.A prosecutor on Friday identified the four suspected members of Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire as Harilaos Hatzimichelakis, Emmanouil Yiospas, Myrto Panteloglou and Panayiotis Masouras. The charges they face include participating in bomb attacks, membership in a criminal organisation and the illegal possession of explosives and concerning two bomb attacks – one on the Kolonaki home of opposition PASOK deputy Louka Katseli on Wednesday and another in July that targeted the home of former Deputy Interior Minister Panayiotis Hinofotis in Palaio Faliro.The attack on Hinofotis, for which Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire claimed responsibility at the time, was carried out using a bomb planted in a cooking pot, almost identical to a device used in the attack on Katseli’s home and another, intact, device discovered at a house in the Athens district of Halandri, which the group is believed to have used as a hideout. Arrest warrants have also been issued for another six suspected members of Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire. These suspects were identified as Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Damianos Balanos, Giorgos Karayiannidis, Eleni Contopoulou and Constantinos Karakatsanis. Police said that they had found the fingerprints of all six suspects in the Halandri hideout. Sources said that they believed the group had maintained a second hideout in the district of Galatsi. Four people were detained for questioning by the police counter-terrorism squad on Wednesday night after the discovery earlier in the afternoon of an alleged urban terrorist safehouse in the northern Athens district of Halandri. Explosives, pressure cookers and printed material were found in a residence. The police counter-terrorism squad have been monitoring the suspects and several houses in anticipation of a politically motivated attack ahead of the October 4 elections. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Medical research into respiratory disease being undertaken by two Australian-born Greek doctors has gained immense traction, with $2.5 million in funding obtained from this year’s NHMRC project grant round. One of our major objectives as medical researchers is to provide inspiration to our next generation scientists, and we certainly hope our story goes towards achieving this.Associate Professor Ross Vlahos from RMIT University and Dr Stavros Selemidis from Monash University are both Australian-born Greek medical researchers who have a strong, ongoing collaboration and high-impact work in the areas of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, viral infections and cancer.Their thoroughness in this field of research has been the subject of the recent NHMRC success and also of the many publications and high- profile international presentations at prestigious conferences such as the Gordon Conference (US) and Innate Immunity Conference in (Crete), in 2016.Selemidis, who, as a first-year BSc student in 1992, met Ross Vlahos, a PhD student in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne. Ross was in the middle of an exciting experiment at the time and Stavros instantly noted Ross’ enthusiasm for medical research in this first encounter. This very first meeting sparked the beginning of a long-standing friendship, but it wasn’t until 2010 that the two began discussions and experiments in the area of influenza A virus, which induced lung disease. In 2016 their work has moved on to identifying novel drug targets for the treatment of the most devastating diseases caused by viruses worldwide. At the moment they are looking at developing novel therapies to treat respiratory virus-induced lung disease in normal people and in people with underlying chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The esteemed researchers took some time from their busy schedules to speak to Neos Kosmos about the pivotal role their research plays in understanding and curing these diseases.You say you have taken a ‘global’ approach in your research. What does this entail? We utilise forefront technologies to identify and characterise fundamental biological processes influenced by toxic free radicals that are triggered by viruses such as the flu and HIV. The approach is a synergistic collaboration between researchers with unique and complementary expertise across disciplines and across seven major universities in Australia and Trinity College Dublin in Ireland to ultimately identify future drugs to treat viral disease. The ever-present threat of epidemics and pandemics, emerging anti-viral resistance, and long lag times for vaccine development highlight an urgent and ongoing need for novel therapeutic approaches that alleviate viral pathology, ideally in a manner that is independent of the infecting strain. We have identified a novel biological mechanism that is viral strain-independent, which provides a target for therapeutic intervention. We focus on the important gene, the NADPH oxidases (NOXs) − which are the ‘master’ generators of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in mammalian cells. ROS are a crucial component of the immune response to invading pathogens, but paradoxically, ROS promote viral disease by unknown mechanisms. We provide proof-of-concept that this mechanism can be exploited via novel drugs to specifically target ROS in a manner that dramatically reduces viral disease.How did you decide to start working towards this direction? What makes this research so important for future treatments? Associate Professor Ross Vlahos has a long-standing interest in chronic lung diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and respiratory virus infections. His work is inspired by a family connection to lung disease, because his grandmother died of lung cancer when she was in her 60s. Thus he is passionate about identifying and developing novel treatments for people with lung diseases. Stavros and I have been friends for a long time and it became apparent that there were a number of synergies between our respective research programs, so we joined forces to develop novel drugs to combat the major global burden caused by respiratory viruses (eg. influenza) not only in healthy people, but also in people with underlying respiratory conditions such as COPD. There are problems with current strategies to treat influenza virus infections because people are developing resistance to existing anti-viral drugs and development of vaccines against new strains of influenza viruses can take up to six months, thereby putting the health of people at risk. In addition, current therapies are largely ineffective in COPD.Is there an immediate goal towards which you will allocate the funding you have received, and what long-term results do you aspire to achieve in the future? First of all, we were delighted to receive this funding because it opens up wonderful opportunities to develop this exciting work. Our first goal is to test novel drugs that we have developed against respiratory virus-induced lung disease. Our long-term goal is to develop effective treatments for respiratory virus-induced lung disease and COPD. One of our major objectives as medical researchers is to provide inspiration to our next generation of scientists, and we certainly hope our story goes towards achieving this. We need to encourage people to lead healthy lives and avoid the causes of respiratory diseases such as cigarette smoking and viral infections. Stop smoking.Dr Stavros Selemidis is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and a laboratory head at the Infection and Immunity Program, Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Department of Pharmacology, Monash University. He was successful in obtaining two NHMRC Project Grants for the 2016 round of funding. He has 40 publications in high-impact journals and has received a total of $4.5 million in research funding. His current research team composes of four PhD students and two BSc (honours) students.Associate Professor Ross Vlahos is a Principal Research Fellow and head of the Respiratory Research Group in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University. He has more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed high-impact journals, has received a total of $10 million in research funding and has played a major role in commercially-funded work that has confidentiality/patent agreement. His current research team composes of one Postdoc, four PhD students, one Masters student and three honours students. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Dell Latitude 10 : des détails sur la tablette sous Windows 8De nombreux détails concernant une tablette Dell, destinée au marché professionnel et embarquant Windows 8, ont malencontreusement échappés au constructeur américain. Une fiche de présentation du terminal a en effet fuité sur la toile et elle nous en apprend beaucoup sur cette fameuse Latitude 10 comme sur la station qui doit l’accueillir.Encore une autre fuite sur la Dell Latitude 10. Après qu’ont été dévoilées le mois dernier un certain nombre de caractéristiques concernant sa future tablette Latitude 10, Dell a vu lui échapper une nouvelle fois une fiche de présentation sur ce terminal fonctionnant sous Windows 8 et destiné au marché professionnel. Un document très complet publié par le site neowin.net, qui nous en dit plus sur les spécificités de la tablette.Pour commencer, cette fiche indique la date à laquelle le constructeur entend livrer sa Latitude 10 sur le marché. Alors que l’arrivée du nouvel et tant attendu OS de Microsoft est prévue pour l’automne, c’est à la mi-novembre que Dell compte commercialiser son premier terminal sous Windows 8.Le document évoque également une station d’accueil dédiée à la Latitude 10, mais également compatible avec la Latitude ST, déjà sur le marché. Enfin, elle confirme ce qui a été annoncé en mai, à savoir que le tablette affichera un écran 10.1 pouces d’une résolution de 1366 x 768 pixels, et sera équipée du dernier processeur Intel dual-core Atom Clover Trail 1.5GHz. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La Latitude 10 sera en outre dotée d’un appareil photo numérique dorsal de 8 millions de pixels, d’un capteur frontal à 2 millions de pixels et diposera de quatre ports USB, d’une connectivité Ethernet, d’un support HDMI, du Wi-Fi, du Bluetooth et d’une connectivité cellulaire proposée en option. Elle offrira enfin 2 Go de mémoire vive DDR2 basse consommation, et jusqu’à 128 Go de mémoire flash.Reste seulement aujourd’hui à connaître son prix…Le 17 juin 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
I do most of my shopping from the comfort of my couch: In the digital age, there’s no reason to leave the house for groceries, clothes, home furnishings, or basically anything else.But with great retail power comes great responsibility.Luckily for Amazon, many Americans are not responsible.A recent survey by The Hustle found that drunk shopping is an estimated $48 billion industry—a majority of the profits funneling straight into Jeff Bezos’s pockets.Among a sample of more than 2,000 alcohol-consuming adults, nearly 80 percent admitted to making at least one drunk purchase.(via Zachary Crockett/The Hustle)And they’re not always bargain-basement buys: Poor sap Ryan Green, sporting a beer buzz when Justin Timberlake took the stage at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, spent $378.80 on two tickets to see the blond bombshell in concert.“I woke up the next day and found a confirmation email I didn’t remember,” he told The Hustle.Embarrassing as that is, Green is not alone.Men and women alike spend an average $444 annually on intoxicated investments—mostly clothes and shoes, though sometimes high-brow purchases, like admission to a Mickey Mouse Club star-turned-pop icon/actor/philanthropist concert.(As well as life-size cardboard cut-outs of Kim Jong-un, a World War II-era bayonet, various international flights, a trilogy of Satanic religious books, and 30-pound bags of Idaho potatoes.)(via Zachary Crockett/The Hustle)According to The Hustle’s data, Millennials and GenXers with disposable income are inebriated e-commerce’s key demographic.“Certain professionals also seem … more inclined to shop drunk than others,” Hustler Zachary Crockett wrote in a blog post, highlighting sports, transport, oil and energy, recruiting, and marketing jobs as usual suspects.“Given the inseparable bond between sports and beer [the alcohol of choice for tipsy online browsing], the list topper isn’t too surprising,” Crockett generalized. “Nor are the highly social jobs of recruiting and marketing. What’s slightly more concerning is that transportation and oil and energy (sectors known for long, often solitary work hours) boast near-universal drunk shopping habits.”Folks who make a living off of writing, art, education, computer engineering, or retail, meanwhile, are statistically less likely to slurp and spent.“Tortured, oft-inebriated chroniclers of the human experience are actually far less likely to drunk shop,” the pigeonholing continued. “A possible explanation is that these jobs fall into lower-income brackets … But we’d like to think they’re just anti-consumerists.”(via Zachary Crockett/The Hustle)In the end, it’s Amazon that wins out, accounting for 85 percent of drunken online purchases.Despite unwittingly acquiring, say, 200 lbs of fresh bamboo, a full-size inflatable bouncy castle, a $2,200 pair of night vision goggles, or an NRA membership, most people don’t regret their shopping spree.Only 20 percent of survey takers end up returning the unwanted “To be honest, they’re almost always stupid buys, but the humor factor outweighs the stupidity,” one respondent told The Hustle. “I guess it’s a privileged way to look at consumption. … But how many people can say they own a personalized Chia Pet?”More on Geek.com:Drunk Man ‘Accidentally’ Buys Live Peacock, Salamander on Singles’ DayInstagram Rolls Out In-App Shopping FeatureAnonymous Online Shopping Don’t Come Easy—Or Cheap Stay on target Amazon Personal Shopper Service Ushers In Curated FashionToys “R” Us Returns This Holiday Season as ‘Interactive’ Experience
Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on target Spring is in full swing, and on April 19, stargazers worldwide will have the opportunity to see one of the season’s coolest lunar sights: A full “pink” moon that is expected to illuminate the sky.The Pink Moon, also known as the April full moon, will be the fourth full moon of the year, after millions of people spotted other ginormous moons, including the eerie Super Worm Moon in early 2019, the Daily Mail reported. On Good Friday, the full Pink Moon will be visible from multiple spots on Earth, including North America, where stargazers can see the pretty sight at 7:12 a.m. EST.Even though it has a cool nickname, the Pink Moon won’t actually be a vibrant pink shade. However, this lunar occurrence lines up with the blooming of a pink wildflower, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac website. The Pink Moon’s nickname comes from pink phlox (“wild ground” phlox), an Herb moss that blooms in Canada and the U.S. during the spring season. Space.com noted the Pink Moon also has other nicknames, including the Paschal Full Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Full Sprouting Grass Moon.— The Full Pink Moon sets over the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the NASA Glenn Research Center early on the morning of Monday, April 30, 2018.Credit: — ##Cleveland ##ClevelandHopkinsAirport ##PinkMoon #Astrophotography #FullMoon #Landsc… https://t.co/CmPR7uRmTB pic.twitter.com/muQp3e65VI— Rami Daud (@ramidaud) May 2, 2018The Pink Moon’s appearance will depend on the moon’s orbiting position around the planet. This is why certain locations worldwide will be able to spot the Pink Moon during daylight hours, such as the early morning. To see spring’s first full moon, stargazers might want to go to an area where there’s only a little light pollution, so the moon will look like it’s lighting up the sky and not hiding.For more updates on April’s Pink Moon, visit NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) Night Sky Planner on its website.More on Geek.com:Israel Will Build ‘Beresheet 2.0’ Spacecraft After Failed Lunar LandingAustralia Plans to Mine Water on the Moon Within Five YearsNASA’s Cassini Reveals Secrets of Saturn’s Mini ‘Ravioli’ Moons
Retirement Community of Fairbanks officials say work will begin soon on a new building on the Raven Landing Senior Community complex that will provide 35 additional housing units.Credit Explore FairbanksRaven Landing Senior housing facility in Fairbanks will begin work soon on an expansion project. The Retirement Community of Fairbanks has secured a loan to help finance a $7.4 million 35-unit addition to the facility off Airport Way. The expansion is aimed at meeting a growing need for senior housing in the Interior.Download AudioIt’s lunchtime at Raven Landing, and residents have packed the dining area in facility’s airy, sunlit Community Center to enjoy the food and the company.“Nutrition and socialization are the two biggest factors,” says Raven Landing General Manager Susan Motter. “Once the nutrition is in them, they’re able to do more. And they need to interact with people.”Motter says Raven Landing enables residents to avoid the hassle and expense of maintaining a household. And to instead enjoy such senior-friendly amenities as on-call attendants, a beauty salon, even wi-fi.And all that contributes to residents’ quality of life, says Karen Parr. She’s president of the Retirement Community of Fairbanks, the nonprofit that developed Raven Landing.“Many people get healthier when they get here. In fact, most people do,” Parr said. “They’ve got something to do, people to talk to. A positive environment.”Retirement Community of Fairbanks President Karen Parr, left, and Susan Motter, Raven Landing general manager.Credit Tim Ellis/KUACParr has spearheaded development of the 60-unit facility and was among the first to move in when it opened in 2010. She says it’s the only senior housing facility of its kind in Fairbanks, and one of only a handful in Alaska – which is why its apartments always are occupied, and its waiting list now has 156 names.“They’re always full,” she said. “They’ve been full from the beginning, they’re always full. Long waiting list.”Demographics are driving that demand. The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development says Alaska has more Baby Boomers per capita than any other state. It says Boomers age 65 and older will be Alaska’s fastest-growing population segment over the next 25 years.Parr, who’s lived in Fairbanks since 1961, says the demand for housing like Raven Landing also is driven by a desire by many seniors to stick around.“A lot of us, my friends and I, didn’t want to leave Fairbanks at all,” she said. “This is where our lifelong friends are. This is where our families settled.”Parr says that’s why the facility is named after the iconic bird that stays here, and doesn’t migrate.“This is a landing for ravens. The survivors. This is where we land.”Parr says the Retirement Community of Fairbanks wants to expand Raven Landing to help meet that demand. She says it’s the only senior independent-living facility, not an assisted-living facility, which offers a higher level of care. It’s for seniors who can care for themselves and who have a lot of life to live.“This is a place you come because you want to enjoy the last 10 or 20 years of your life. And have it be productive, and fun, and free of as many responsibilities as possible.”Single-bedroom apartment rents begin at around 2,000 a month. Parr says the 35-unit expansion project will include a few studios that’ll cost less.She says the lender notified her Friday afternoon that it has approved financing for the project. She says work will begin work right away, and that the project will be completed in time for the first tenants to move in around January.
Share Marjorie Kamys CoteraKen Starr during a Texas Tribune symposium on higher education in Waco.Days after he was stripped of his job as Baylor University president over a scandal about how the school handled accusations of sexual assault, Ken Starr said he will also resign as chancellor of the private Baptist school. In an interview with ESPN published Wednesday, Starr said he will remain as a law professor at the university. It’s unclear when the resignation will go into effect. A school spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Until last week, Starr held the job of president and chancellor. He was removed from his president post by the school’s board of regents after an investigation commissioned by the school found that Baylor failed to sufficiently investigate allegations of sexual assault against students, and football players in particular. The school also didn’t provide sufficient support to victims who reported those assaults, the report said.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/06/01/ken-starr-says-he-will-resign-baylor-chancellor/.
Share Broadcast live streaming video on UstreamHillary Clinton will speak to her supporters this morning in her first public remarks since her stunning defeat by Donald Trump. Her campaign says Clinton will speak to staff and supporters at a New York hotel (at 9:30 a.m. CT) Clinton didn’t make a formal concession speech. But she did call Trump early today to congratulate him on his victory.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Gage Skidmore/FlickrHilary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2016 Election.
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$180 Christchurch, New Zealand Average prices paid per night for five-star accommodation by travellers from Australia in 2016, in AUD Pattaya, Thailand Manila, Philippines Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam $198 $174 $163 $143 $192 Rotorua, New Zealand $198 $197 Hanoi, Vietnam World Class Qualia Luxury Resort in Hamilton Island AustraliaFive-star destinations where Aussies get luxury for lessFor Aussies who dream of living the millionaire lifestyle – but on an affordable budget – the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from Hotels.com™ has revealed eighteen destinations globally where Aussie travellers nabbed five-star hotel luxury for $200 or less per night in 2016, with Southeast Asian favourites leading the pack.For the second year running, top-of-the-range luxury was enjoyed for far less in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to the ruins of Angkor Wat, which came out on top as the best-value destination among those analysed for five-star accommodation under $200 per night. The average price paid* for a five-star hotel room in Siem Reap in 2016 was $140 per night.The vibrant streets of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia came in as the second-most affordable destination for five-star accommodation where the average price paid for a luxury hotel room was only $143 per night. A five-star room in the beachside town of Pattaya in Thailand ($163) and in Istanbul, Turkey ($170) also topped the list of destinations where Aussies nabbed lavish accommodation for under $200 per night.The HPI is a regular report on accommodation prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of accommodations on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.Backyard bargainsBack home, popular Australian destinations offered premier accommodation on a shoestring budget, with Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Canberra and Perth all coming in under $200 per night in the average price paid for a five-star hotel room. Across the ditch, Aussies will be saying ‘Kia Ora’ to the affordable hotel prices Rotorua and Christchurch offered in 2016, at just $170 and $176 per night respectively for a five-star room.David Spasovic, marketing manager Australia and New Zealand for the Hotels.com brand, said: “Luxury hotels can be extremely pricey— but they don’t have to be if you’re a smart traveller. The Hotels.com Hotel Price Index showcases exotic and culturally-rich destinations around the world where Aussies are spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury accommodation on a lemonade budget.“With the widest range of hotel choices, competitive deals and user-friendly technology, Hotels.com is the ideal place to find a luxury escape that won’t break the bank.“For access to even better savings on hotel rooms and the bonus of booking while you’re on the go, download the Hotels.com mobile app,” he said.Destinations where Aussies splashed their cashThe latest Hotels.com HPI revealed that Anaheim in the United States took out the top city in the world among those analysed where Australians paid the most for five-star accommodation, at an eye-watering $870 per night. Mykonos in the Greece ($622), Cancun in Mexico ($598), Florence in Italy ($570) and Hawaii’s Honolulu ($558) came in second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively.Destinations where Australians paid $200 or less per night for five-star accommodation in 2016: $179 Canberra, Australia Perth, Australia $192 Berlin, Germany $140 Brisbane, Australia Penang, Malaysia $173 $197 $170 Cairns, Australia $170 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $176 $194 Phnom Penh, Cambodia Adelaide, Australia Bangkok, Thailand Siem Reap, Cambodia Istanbul, Turkey Destination $186 Source = Hotels.com
Thomas Cook India Ltd has launched its Domestic Coach Holidays portfolio, offering simple and affordable seat-in-coach vacations to popular destinations that are at a driveable distance from India’s key metros/mini-metros.‘Coach Holidays’ are pre-packaged products for customers seeking a bargain domestic holiday in the air conditioned comfort of Volvo/equivalent coaches.According to Thomas Cook India’s internal consumer analysis, the domestic market has a strong untapped potential, with over 40% YoY surge in demand for the country’s getaways/ short domestic holidays, and at value pricing.In a strategic initiative to leverage the travel hungry, aspirational, yet price sensitive market, Thomas Cook India conceptualised its Coach Holidays inviting India’s domestic segment to explore a destination on wheels at attractive price points.Thomas Cook’s affordable range of ‘Coach Holidays’ targets two key segments: families and senior citizens, as also entry level young couples and ad hoc groups of friends. Hence, based on the booking preferences of each segment, the simple, easy to book, pre-packaged Coach Holidays are available through Thomas Cook’s extensive offline network, its India Toll Free Call Centre or online via thomascook.in.Rajeev D Kale, President & Country Head-Leisure Travel & MICE, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd said, “Domestic Tourism is witnessing a strong resurgence and the launch of our Thomas Cook ‘Coach Holidays’ intends to catalyse this demand. Popular drive-down locations are seeing strong interest and for today’s travel-hungry yet price sensitive audience, our focus on simple, easy to book, seat-in-coach tours offers the unbeatable quality assurance of the Thomas Cook brand, coupled with great value pricing!”
September 22, 2011 428 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing With the European debt crisis underway, lawmakers convened a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday to address fears about systemic risks to the U.S. banking system as more euro zone markets falter. The verdict: billions of dollars in liquidity may face exposure to the European debt contagion ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a reality that U.S. authorities should continue to monitor without overreacting.[IMAGE]Swerving at times to point to a bar chart, “”Sen. Mark Warner””:http://warner.senate.gov/public/ (D-Virginia) said that some $34 billion in U.S. liquidity may be “”in potential exposure”” to the wave of falling economic dominos and troubled assets from across the pond.Witnesses highlighted an array of blind spots in transatlantic financial relations and affirmed fears that debt contagion could chip away at the U.S. banking system. Some also faulted euro zone financial institutions for their failure to disclose the bulk of their risks and assets.””Things are likely to get worse in Europe before they can get better,”” “”Nicolas Veron””:http://www.piie.com/staff/author_bio.cfm?author_id=666, a visiting fellow with the “”Peterson Institute for International Economics””:http://www.iie.com/, read from a prepared statement. He said that Europeans and their leaders remain in denial, which means “”that contagion may spread further”” over a short amount of time.””Financial contagion to the US [sic] from further deterioration in the Eurozone [sic] cannot be ruled out,”” he added.Veron cited a 2009 “”Bank for International Settlements””:http://www.bis.org/ study revealing that the aggregate assets of Europe’s top three banks bear some 43 percent of U.S. assets ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô [COLUMN_BREAK]a figure made less startling in lieu of aggressive international expansion by European banks, he said.””The issue is global financial interconnectedness,”” said “”J.D. Foster””:http://www.heritage.org/About/Staff/F/J-D–Foster, a Norman B. Ture senior fellow with the “”Heritage Foundation””:http://www.heritage.org/. He said that “”[n]o one├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª really knows or understands all the connections, or all the weaknesses.””He laid blame at the feet of euro zone financial institutions for their failure to disclose the sum of their capital, liquidity, and risks, making matters worse for U.S. banks without the understanding needed to deleverage from Europe and prevent further exposure.Foster explained in his testimony that U.S. markets could see a boon in the short term, with interest rates rising as more investors flock to Treasury debt. “”On the other hand,”” he said, “”there will be a flip side ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô at some point these capital inflows will become outflows, pushing up interest rates at an inopportune time,”” adding that U.S. exports could suffer losses, and with those losses, a shortfall in American jobs.How should U.S. authorities prepare for the crisis?Says Veron: “”Under the current circumstances, the US [sic] should not overreact and financially ring-fence itself from the rest of the world to an extent that would compromise global financial integration from which the US is one of the key beneficiaries. Thus, precautionary measures are warranted but should remain proportionate. This seems to be the current mindset of US financial authorities.”” In a “”past story””:https://themreport.com/articles/feds-seen-as-able-to-weather-crisis-if-greece-defaults-2011-09-19 for _MReport_, spokespeople for the “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/ and “”Office of the Comptroller of the Currency””:http://www.occ.treas.gov/ held fast to their battle-readiness when it comes to European troubled assets.Concurring, “”Paul Dales””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/global-economics/paul-dales.html, a senior U.S. economist with “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, said in a past interview that he felt “”federal agencies are well-posed more so than they have ever been before,”” largely because of hindsight, given the financial crisis, and the rumor of problems that precedes the current debt fiasco. Lawmaker: $34B in U.S. Assets Exposed to Europe Debt Agents & Brokers Bank Failure Capital Economics FDIC Housing Affordability Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates OCC Processing Service Providers 2011-09-22 Ryan Schuette Share
You might also be interested in PRESS RELEASECapespan announced the certification of its procurement and marketing operation in South Africa under the IFS Broker requirements.“We are one of only 12 exporters from South Africa to have this certification and I am incredibly proud that our product meets the highest level of quality standards” says Tonie Fuchs, Capepan’s managing director.The goal of IFS Broker is to ensure the safety and quality of products filling the gap between production and distribution. The results of IFS audits also enable the various stores and retailers to implement suitable plans for action and improvement to offer consumers the highest levels of food safety and build consumer loyalty in return. As a supplier, the IFS Broker certification confirms Capespan’s reputation as a supplier of safe and high quality products.“At Capespan we believe that we win when our customers win and this certification shows our commitment to making our retail customers successful”, says Fuchs. December 12 , 2018 Capespan works closely with its grower customers, packhouses and supply chain partners to ensure that HACCP principles are applied across the supply chain. Further to meeting the highest product quality standards, Capespan recently reviewed its business structures and is refocusing its core business.Fuchs says service delivery, simplicity and transparency are their promise to both their grower and market customers. Our main objective is to work closely with our customers by managing the supply chain as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. Our sole purpose is to provide a service to meet our customer’s needs. Capespan Europe as an importer also holds IFS Broker certification, covering supply regions outside South Africa. Merritt Bruce joins Church Brothers Farms … Golden Bay Fruit creates “One of a Kind” show … Hazel Tech welcomes industry veteran, announces 40 … 2018/2019 Category trends, demographics & mar …