Justin Bieber cancels remaining dates on Purpose world tour

first_imgCanadian pop star Justin Bieber has scrapped the rest of the dates on his Purpose world tour. He has played more than 150 shows in support of the album. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) “However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates.” It is unclear why Bieber decided to cancel the rest of the shows.READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has scrapped the remainder of his Purpose world tour, including two dates in Toronto.A statement on Bieber’s website said the cancellation stems from “unforeseen circumstances.”“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them,” the statement reads. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Future of North Dakota pipeline in judges hands for now

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn a week, a judge in the United States will decide whether construction on a pipeline in North Dakota can proceed.The Dakota Access pipeline has physically brought together thousands of protesters.It’s also rallied many more around the globe.APTN’s Dennis Ward has more on what can be expected in the next week.last_img

Morocco to Become Africa’s Gateway: OBG Report

New York – Morocco is on its way to becoming a main gateway to Africa due to its strong economic ties with the African continent, according to the Oxford Business Group’s 2015 report.The British company’s current report noted that Morocco’s overall trade with Africa is in its developmental phase and rapidly expanding, while Europe remains Morocco’s main trading partner.Moroccan economy showed a steady growth, primarily due to the launch of new markets in sub-Saharan Africa explored by the country’s private sector. According to OBG, Morocco has greatly benefitted from foreign investments, which have doubled since 2011.Another benefit to the country’s economic growth has been the increase of value in Moroccan exports and the decline in oil prices, which allowed the government to reduce the trade deficit by 6.2 percent in 2014, the OBG reported.The transport sector in Morocco has undergone a vast development with the construction of new highways across major cities, the installment of railways and the increase in commercial air transport.The plans for structural expansion of the Tanger-Med port will allegedly facilitate the handling of cargo and new logistic and management areas, the OBG said.Morocco’s plans to attract more tourists and the increase of air traffic coupled with the surge of airline schedules connecting the nation’s major cities to other parts of the world, including the African continent, confirms Morocco as a continental gateway.The global leader in business intelligence group shed light on Morocco’s manufacturing sector, which has shown a massive growth in recent years, namely in the automotive and business aviation industries.The establishment of more than 100 global companies in Moroccan territory thanks to its convenient geographical location plays an important role in the continental trade among growing African markets.The OBG’s 2015 report noted that manufacturing production in the North African nation rose in an average of 8 percent annually since 2012, aided in part by the Moroccan government. read more

German government advisers cut growth forecast for 2019

BERLIN — The German government’s panel of independent economic advisers has nearly halved its growth forecast for this year and is now predicting that the German economy will grow by only 0.8 per cent.In a regular update, the panel cut its 2019 forecast from the previous 1.5 per cent and said growth should accelerate next year to 1.7 per cent.The experts said in a statement that the lower forecast was strongly influenced by the effects of the economy’s weak performance at the end of last year, when it was dragged down largely by one-time factors related to new car emissions standards.They also pointed to high risks for the future from factors such as Brexit uncertainty and global trade disputes.The Associated Press

Mozambique UN food agency begins relief flights in wake of floods

22 January 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun relief flights to central Mozambique, where some 76,000 people have been affected by widespread flooding this month along the Zambezi River valley. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun relief flights to central Mozambique, where some 76,000 people have been affected by widespread flooding this month along the Zambezi River valley. A helicopter chartered by the agency flew its first mission yesterday morning, delivering 2.2 tons of mosquito nets, tents and plastic sheeting to the town of Mutarara for use and distribution by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The helicopter will transport its first consignment of WFP food assistance today, when it is scheduled to carry 2.5 tons of cereals and pulses to the town of Goligoli, where more than 13,000 people have been displaced from their homes because of floodwaters.In total WFP expects to deliver 74 tons of food to the Goligoli area over the next four to five days, while a second helicopter is on standby to deliver food and non-food supplies.The agency has also started delivering food assistance by road, working with the help of local officials and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to send supplies to camps and resettlement centres in the centre of the country.WFP has provided Mozambican authorities with three boats to assist in rescue and evacuation operations and some people are stranded in areas that cannot be reached by road. Some parts of three provinces – Tete, Sofala and Manica – are now inaccessible by land.This is the second time in a year that central Mozambique has been hit hard by floods. Since January last year, when the Zambezi valley was inundated, WFP has provided relief assistance to about 190,000 people. read more

President to seek foreign expertise on UmaOya project

He said that the protest staged by residents in Bandarawela against the Uma-Oya project was justifiable. A hartal was staged in Bandarawela yesterday against the Uma-Oya project. President Maithripala Sirisena is to seek foreign expertise to study the Uma-Oya project.Speaking in Hatton today the President said the project did not have a proper plan and this resulted in the people in the are suffering. Most shops were closed during the hartal and a protest march was also staged on the streets against the project.Several houses have been damaged as a result of the project and wells have also gone dry. The Uma-Oya Multipurpose Development project is being implemented by the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Management in coordination with the Ministry of Power and Energy and Ceylon Electricity Board.The plant will add 120 MW to the generation system with 230 GWh of annual energy generation. The estimated cost of the project is 529 million USD and 85% of the total project cost is provided by the Government of Iran through Export and Development Bank as a loan. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN honours fallen colleagues and friends who risk all to promote peace

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that it was a “sad reminder of the often-perilous nature of our work” but also “testament to the commitment of the thousands of women and men from around the globe who are prepared to risk all to promote peace and provide assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable and needy people.”Each year, @UN personnel risk their safety & security at the service of our shared global agenda for peace & development. Let us remember fallen colleagues who have paid the ultimate price so that we strive towards a + prosperous & fairer future for all. https://t.co/Cgz9hxOtYo pic.twitter.com/r8mQ5h3d8C— Jean-Pierre Lacroix (@Lacroix_UN) May 6, 2019 The UN chief lit a candle in honour of the 115 colleagues from 43 different nations, alongside the President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, and this month’s President of the Security Council, Dian Triansyah Djani, who is Indonesia’s UN Ambassador.Ms. Espinosa expressed her profound respect and admiration for their dedication, passion and commitment to humanity. She said that their ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.Mr. Guterres noted that most of the fallen, came from the UN peacekeeping family, “which faces increasingly complex and deadly challenges”, and the vast majority hailed from African nations, who had donned the ‘blue helmet’ to service in some of the most dangerous environments in the world. Mr. Guterres said he was grateful for the presence at UN Headquarters of the African Union Chairperson, Moussa Faki.The commitment and sacrifice of African peacekeepers is “a stark testament to the commitment and sacrifices of our African partners to our joint endeavours toward global peace and security”, said the UN chief. He also noted the huge loss of 21 colleagues who had died in the Ethiopian air disaster just in March, and 19 civilians from agencies, funds and programmes. “Our deepest condolences go to all their families and loved ones, many of whom are present here today with us.”After a moment of silence, he said the UN was working hard to mitigate the risks that colleagues face and promoting “better individual preparedness for crises” and providing “enhanced medical and psychological support”.“We are working to speedily settle claims and we are providing more comprehensive counselling, care and assistance to survivors and families,” he said. “But I am aware that there is always more we can do, and I am committed to ensuring our Organization reviews and constantly improves our practices related to the safety and care of staff.”The UN chief said he was “particularly outraged when our humanitarian and peacekeeping colleagues are directly targeted”, adding that it was “essential that we demand justice and accountability for what, in many instances, constitute war crimes.”He called on the whole UN to honour the memory of the fallen, “by rededicating ourselves to the noble cause of promoting peace, prosperity and opportunity for every woman, man and child on the planet.”For a full list of the fallen, you can go here, to the Memorial Service programme, and scroll down. read more

The Patriots Arent Quite Their Usual Dominant Selves This Year

MIN71MIN60MIN 24, GB 17-10.0– Taken altogether, these numbers reveal a Patriots squad that is not fully playing at the level it’s used to at this stage of the season. And that shows up in big-picture indicators such as Elo or even point differential, where the Pats’ +58 margin is its weakest of the decade through 11 contests. But even so, a lessened version of the Patriots still ranks among the league’s top teams. And as we mentioned above, the Vikings will be a good opponent for Belichick to use as a measuring stick for his roster. According to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs), this will be the fourth-best game of the week: IND29.514.5JAX0.10.114.71468 PIT70PIT69DEN 24, PIT 17+0.0 Here’s a surprise: The New England Patriots are 8-3, leading the AFC East, with some of the best odds in the conference of winning the Super Bowl.Oh, right. I’ve just described basically every Pats season in recent memory. This is the ninth consecutive season that New England has won at least eight of its first 11 games. The team’s current Elo rating of 1641, however, is the lowest it’s been through the same stage of the season since 2009 (and we don’t talk about that season).So what are we to make of these Patriots, then? After overcoming the typical early season hiccups, is this year’s version ready to build championship momentum down the stretch like normal? Or is there still something a little bit off about a team that was showering its punter (of all players) with praise after an uncharacteristically modest win over the lowly New York Jets last week?In advance of New England’s showdown Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, let’s take a look at some of the Patriots’ calling-card metrics to see whether this season is business as usual in Foxboro.Road warriors?One of the Pats’ most eye-catching statistics during Bill Belichick’s time as head coach has been their near-invincibility at home, where they’ve won 87 percent of their games this decade. But their road record — winning more than 70 percent of the time away from Gillette Stadium — could be even more remarkable. From 2010 to 2017, the Pats’ winning percentage on the road was about 10.5 percentage points higher than what we’d expect from their home record — the third biggest gap in the NFL (behind the Cowboys and Eagles): NO81NO83NO 31, ATL 17-0.9– SEA74.910.5SF<0.1<0.110.51460 MIN62.813.6NE99.11.014.61610 BAL46.118.0ATL4.23.121.01539 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 12Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 12 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND68IND70IND 27, MIA 24-0.6– WSH38.9%+/-19.5PHI23.7%+/-11.130.61525 DAL60.313.3NO> TEN20.57.2NYJ<0.1<0.17.21417 LAC84LAC85LAC 45, ARI 10-0.9– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CAR62CAR57SEA 30, CAR 27+4.1– HOU95.73.8CLE1.31.45.21462 NE77NE82NE 27, NYJ 13+0.4– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group BAL83BAL81BAL 34, OAK 17-2.3– On average, Elo beat our readers by 18.9 points in the game last week, bringing its record to 11 wins and one loss so far this season. Readers had the best pick of Week 12 — rightly pumping the brakes on Cincinnati’s chances of beating the Browns — but they were punished for picking against Elo in the Bills’ upset over the Jaguars, and they didn’t show enough faith in the victorious Vikings, Eagles and Bucs.Among individual users who did better than average, congrats are in order to Ryan Gnizak, who led all users in Week 12 with 263.5 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who held on to a slim lead for the entire season with 934.5 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. DEN13.010.7CIN6.45.316.01453 CAR30.914.9TB0.70.815.71492 GB6.13.0ARI<0.1<0.13.01412 PHI80PHI69PHI 25, NYG 22-8.1– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS CIN75%CIN63%CLE 35, CIN 20+13.4– HOU58HOU63HOU 34, TEN 17+2.3– This year, though, New England is a perfect 5-0 at home but only 3-3 on the road — respectable but nowhere near the league’s best. (The Pats have also been outscored by 11 points in away games, against a road schedule that ranks just 28th in average opposing Elo.) And this might come up in the playoffs, unlike so many seasons in which the Pats had home-field advantage through the AFC title game.1Since 2010, New England has played a total of 15 non-Super Bowl playoff games — of which 13 have been hosted at Gillette Stadium. Right now, New England is in line for the AFC’s No. 2 seed behind the Kansas City Chiefs, but only a half-game separates them from the fourth-seeded Steelers.Owning the turnover battleTurnover margin is one of the most important factors in determining who wins or loses any football game. Conventional stathead wisdom, though, tells us that outlier turnover seasons — whether avoiding them on offense, forcing them on defense, or both — are unsustainable. While there are some ways a team can influence its tendency to have more takeaways than giveaways, a lot of it also comes down to luck.Unless, of course, you’re the Patriots. New England perennially dominates this category, ranking first by a mile from 2010 through 2017 with a +116 turnover differential, almost double that of the next-best team. A lot of that is a function of having Tom Brady at QB; he’s tied for the second-lowest interception percentage of any passer in NFL history. But the Pats are also great at avoiding fumbles — only the Falcons had coughed it up fewer times since 2010, and no team had lost fewer fumbles than the Pats. And their defense had forced the second-most turnovers of any team this decade (behind the Giants), ranking second in interceptions and tied for third in fumbles recovered.Such opportunism has historically paid big dividends for New England, but this year’s squad is still trying to recapture that formula. The Pats are currently +5 in turnovers, which ranks ninth in the league but is nothing special by their standards. Brady has his highest interception rate since 2013 (his seven picks already are only one off of his full-season total from last year), driving a big overall increase in giveaways per game, though the team is being more careful in recent weeks. And while the Pats have forced at least one turnover in all but one game this season, they are tied for eighth-to-last in the league in games with three or more takeaways, six behind the league-leading Bears.Yards and pointsIn addition to — and correlated with — their dominant turnover differential, the Patriots have always had another trick up their sleeves in terms of winning extra games. It involves their yards per point (YPP): essentially, how efficiently they turn field position into scores on offense and how inefficiently they force opponents to do the same. By definition, when you have a lower YPP than the opponent, you will win more often because you’re trading field position for points at a more favorable rate than they are.Like turnover margin, YPP is supposed to be pretty inconsistent from year to year, bouncing around with a team’s luck at picking up key first downs and converting red zone chances, along with the all-important knack for “bending but not breaking” on defense. Yet the Pats dominate this category so thoroughly and so consistently, it might be the single biggest factor in their ongoing success. Not only had they ranked first in both offensive and defensive YPP since 2010, but their net YPP differential of +5.6 was more than double the No. 2 Packers’ +2.5 mark over that span.(This is one of the big reasons that worries about the Patriots’ defense always need to be tempered. Belichick’s team has traditionally punched above its weight in terms of points allowed, just because it always makes opponents work so hard to turn gains on the field into rewards on the scoreboard.)This season, the Pats remain among the top net YPP teams, ranking fourth, but they are not quite dominating like usual. They rank just seventh in offensive YPP and sixth on defense, with a net YPP of +2.8, which trails the Bears, Saints and Chiefs. On top of the increase in turnovers per game from above, New England’s efficiency rankings on third down and in the red zone are worse, and the team has slipped in those same “situational” categories on defense. And if you want another cause for the Patriots’ YPP decline, their net starting field position is -2.6 yards per drive this season (meaning the opponent starts 2.6 yards closer to the end zone than the Pats), after a decade in which that number was a league-best +4.6.In other words, many of the little things that usually add up to that massive YPP advantage for New England aren’t quite working as well so far this year. But the good news for the Pats is that their turnover margin and net YPP tend to improve radically from this point in the season onward, in no small part because Belichick specifically tries to build a tough, physical team that thrives in bad weather. So even in a relative down season by their key indicators, don’t be surprised if the Patriots build them up at least some before season’s end.Gronk smash!Tight end Rob Gronkowski has long been the Pats’ not-so-secret weapon on offense, helping the team transition seamlessly from the powerful Randy Moss-Wes Welker offense of a previous era to the version that’s been terrorizing the league for most of this decade.But the famously fragile Gronk has appeared to show his age and mileage this season more than perhaps ever before. He’s missed three games with various ailments, and when he has played, he’s been limited to just 63.0 yards per game with a career-low 0.25 touchdown catches per contest. Gronkowski’s reduced mobility has hurt his trademark ability to rumble after the catch for spectacular gains, and it’s made him much less of a focal point in the offense than he’s accustomed to being. When on the field, Gronk has seen only 18.7 percent of the targets in the Pats’ passing game, his lowest number since getting 17.7 percent as a rookie.But Gronk’s influence on the Patriots’ offense remains undeniable. In the eight games the star tight end has played in 2018, Brady’s passer rating is 98.2; in the three he missed, it dropped to 91.6 (league average is 94.9). Even with Gronkowski playing in a more limited physical condition than usual, producing less of a statistical footprint than before, this is confirmation that he’s still one of the biggest engines driving the Patriots’ success. The biggest question might simply be what kind of durability Gronkowski’s banged-up body will have over the rest of the season.Brady stays ageless … sort ofAlong with Belichick, the one constant in New England’s dynasty has been No. 12 under center. Brady has probably been the single most valuable player in the NFL this century, and he’s been crucial in engineering five Super Bowl titles for the Patriots with his consistency, leadership and ability to rally the team back from seemingly insurmountable deficits.But at 41 — an age at which almost no other QB has ever been productive — there is a near-constant watch for any sign of slippage in Brady’s performance. And he has been a bit less sharp statistically than in years past. His adjusted net yards per attempt index at Pro-Football-Reference.com, which measures passing efficiency relative to the league (where 100 is average), is 111 this year, down from 117 last season and 138 the year before that. It hadn’t been so low since Brady was barely above average (102) in 2013.Of course, there are reasons for Brady’s decline that go beyond his advanced age, from Gronk’s aforementioned absences to a four-game suspension for top target Julian Edelman at the start of the season and a WR corps in flux early on before adding Josh Gordon and shuffling roles for the likes of Phillip Dorsett and (WR-turned-RB) Cordarrelle Patterson. But Brady has managed to work around weird receiving situations before — and, in fact, his passer rating was better over the season’s first four games (94.0) than it’s been over the four most recent ones (90.8).Combine that with a ProFootballFocus grade that’s down a bit from last season (though still sixth-best among QBs) and those ubiquitous stats about Brady’s off-target throws (at 22.1 percent, no qualified passer has thrown an errant pass more frequently this year), and it’s fair to ask whether Brady is playing at quite the same level as he did over the past few seasons. Whether because of Brady or the receivers, the Pats are currently tied for eighth in adjusted net yards per attempt — their worst showing since (again) 2013, a season that saw New England fall short in the AFC title game.2Though it does bear mentioning that six of the eight Super Bowl champs this decade ranked among the top 10 in ANY/A, right in line with the Pats’ current performance. LAC88.27.0PIT93.95.612.61619 DAL65DAL67DAL 31, WSH 23-0.5– MIA5.13.9BUF1.31.35.21425 CHI96.33.9NYG<0.1<0.13.91474 BUF56JAX55BUF 24, JAX 21-13.0– KC99.90.2OAK<0.1<0.10.21479 CHI53CHI59CHI 23, DET 16+2.9– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. TB63TB58TB 27, SF 9-5.7– Playoff %Playoff % While the game has a lot more at stake for Minnesota, whose spot in the playoffs is still not fully locked in, there is still plenty for the Patriots to play for as well. Not only will this game affect seeding for the postseason (Elo says the Pats currently have a 60 percent chance of securing a first-round playoff bye), but it will also be another telling data point as to whether the Pats can get back to their mega-dominant form of the recent past, or if they’ll be merely good — but mortal — according to their signature metrics.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersIf you want to know where your team stands, FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings are a good indicator. You can check them out in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Try it out, and maybe you can climb up our giant leaderboard.Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: DET1.31.6LAR>99.9<0.11.61550 The best matchups of Week 13Week 13 games by ranking of average Elo ratings (using the harmonic mean) plus ranking of total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality read more

Key decision in favour of dedicated use of Rios Pilbara iron ore

first_imgRio Tinto has said it welcomes the Australian Competition Tribunal’s decision that its Hamersley and Robe rail lines should not be opened up to other users. Rio Tinto Iron Ore acting Chief Executive Paul Shannon said “This is great news. Rio Tinto runs a highly efficient railway that is fully integrated with our port and mine operations. This would be severely hindered if third parties were allowed to run trains on our rail network, not to mention the knock-on negative effect on the Western Australian and national economies from creating such inefficiencies.”Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), Australia’s third largest iron ore miner, has its own multi-billion-dollar rail line but has also been in dispute with Rio and BHP Billiton for access to their lines. The company had previously had a successful High Court decision in September 2012 directing its Rail Access Application to be remitted back to the Australian Competition Tribunal for fresh consideration. The High Court ruling required the Australian Competition Tribunal to make a fresh decision in Rio Tinto’s appeal against a decision by the Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan in 2008 when he declared Rio Tinto’s Hamersley and Robe lines to be available for third party use.The company stated: “Fortescue is disappointed that following that successful decision of the High Court, the Australian Competition Tribunal has made orders to set aside the original decision of the Treasurer to declare Rio Tinto’s Hamersley and Robe Railway Lines. The decision does not affect Fortescue’s current operations and expansion plans, which utilise the company’s existing fully owned rail infrastructure.” Fortescue CEO Nev Power said that “it is regrettable that the Competition Tribunal did not see the merits of providing third party access to this infrastructure to enhance competition and thereby deliver greater productivity and efficiency benefits for all of Australia. Fortescue will continue to provide third party access to our own rail system and will continue to advocate for third party access for all Pilbara rail infrastructure.”last_img read more

Synopsis for upcoming ESPN E60 special on WWE NXT

first_img XFL announces multi-year television deals with ESPN and FOX to air games starting in 2020 Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announced Vin Diesel Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR O. T. Fagbenle ESPN released the following promotional material for their upcoming “E:60” special on WWE and NXT that will first air on May 5:“E:60 Pictures presents WWE: Behind-The-Curtain, a new one-hour documentary film featuring unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Vince McMahon’s billion-dollar global empire. The show will follow three amateur wrestlers on their grueling, high-stakes climb with dreams of making it to the big show, complemented by candid interviews with WWE President Vince McMahon, his Executive Vice President of Talent Development, Paul Levesque (or ‘Triple H’) as well as former WWE talents Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock – Dwayne Johnson, and Hulk Hogan. The result is an inside look into what is perhaps the greatest spectacle in sports entertainment – with its extravagant productions, flagrant drama, and sold-out arenas.With flagship show Monday Night RAW drawing four million viewers per week, storied WWE owner and CEO Vince McMahon reveals the reason behind the brand’s success: “Talent is the only natural resource we have, without it we have nothing. There’s no product. There’s no shows. There’s no anything.”For decades, McMahon and WWE have created some of the most iconic characters in pop culture — Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock and John Cena.But before they become household names, WWE characters are carefully developed in a minor league system, NXT – led by WWE icon and current Executive Vice President of Talent Development, Paul Levesque, aka, “Triple H”. It is a backstage world no one has ever had access to – until now.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 51.12%0:03Remaining Time -1:55 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Videos Articles Facebook These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest Now Playing Up Next The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning center_img Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthday WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Lindsay Lohan Dwayne Johnson: I bonded with late Paul Walker over our daughters Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

ASA Signs Letter of Intent with Taiwanese Buyers

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today signed a Joint Communiqué with Taiwanese grain and oilseed buyers that describes Taiwan’s intentions to purchase 3 million to 3.2 million metric tons (equivalent to 110 to 118 million bushels) of U.S. soybeans during 2010 and 2011. The value of this purchase is estimated to be worth between $1.35 billion and $1.44 billion.”Taiwan is buying from the United States because we can reliably provide them with both the quality and the quantity of soybeans they need,” said ASA Chief Executive Officer Stephen Censky, who signed the Joint Communiqué on behalf of the ASA. “We are very pleased to strengthen the relationship between U.S. soybean producers and our customers in Taiwan because they have been an extremely good trading partner for U.S. farmers.”The Joint Communiqué was signed at the Office of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon between the Taiwan Feed Industry Association, Taiwan Vegetable Oil Manufacturers’ Association and the Republic of China (Taiwan), and the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and the United States of America. ASA First Vice President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio, participated in a similar signing ceremony with Taiwanese grain and oilseed buyers last week in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24.Ms. Hsiu-Lan Lee, Senior Manager at the American Soybean Association International Marketing (ASA-IM) also participated in the ceremony. The ASA opened its Taipei office in 1970.”The Taiwan government organized this mission to remind U.S. political leaders and the public that Taiwan is an important customer of U.S. agricultural products,” Censky said. “U.S. soybean growers and their customers in Taiwan have shared a beneficial business relationship for many years, and today’s ceremony solidifies everyone’s intent to maintain that relationship in the years ahead.”Taiwan has the highest soybean per capita consumption in the world and was the fifth largest buyer of U.S. soybeans last year with purchases of $952 million. It is also the sixth largest market for U.S. agricultural products. The 24 million people in Taiwan purchased $3.4 billion in grains, meats and a wide variety of U.S. products last year.The visit to Missouri was coordinated by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Development Office (TECO) of Kansas City. This office basically carries-out the duties of a consular office. Because the U.S. has adopted a One-China Policy, the Taiwanese consular offices have been named Taipei Economic and Cultural Development Offices. The Taiwan Goodwill Buyers’ Missions are scheduled every other year.last_img read more

Corporate executives paid handsome amount for stolen docs

first_imgA “handsome monthly amount” was paid by the arrested corporate executives to those “hired” for obtaining the “stolen documents” from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), Delhi Police said in its charge sheet submitted to a court here in the documents leak case.The money to the tune of Rs 2.5 lakh per month was being paid to the two accused, Lalta Prasad and Rakesh Kumar, who were first to be arrested outside the Shastri Bhavan, it said.Shailesh Saxena from RIL, Vinay Kumar from Essar, K K Naik from Cairns India, Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy and Rishi Anand from Reliance ADAG, energy consultant Prayas Jain and journalist Shantanu Saikia used to pay the amount to them, the charge sheet said. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 crore“On sustained interrogation, they all admitted that they had hired the services of Rakesh Kumar and Lalta Prasad for obtaining the stolen documents of MoPNG for their business gains,” it said. The Crime Branch of Delhi Police also did not rule out the possibility of slapping the charges under the Officials Secret Act (OSA) saying that reports pertaining to all the documents have not been received yet from the MoPNG and they have sought further clarifications from the ministry about it. “The reports received on April 10, April 15 and April 16, 2015 from MoPNG have been analyzed and it has been observed that reports pertaining to all the documents have not been received. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested“Further, it has also not been specified as to the documents marked as secret/confidential are covered under OSA or not. Further clarification in this regard is being sought from MoPNG,” police said in its charge sheet filed against 13 arrested accused. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal today took cognizance of the charge sheet and fixed the matter for further hearing on May 18. Police said according to ministry reports, documents recovered from the accused were not in public domain and some of them were marked as “secret/confidential in nature.”last_img read more

LeBron and his associates dominated the Knicks and sent a message to

first_imgWith the game well in hand, James and the rest of the Cavs starters sat for most of the fourth quarter and decided to take part in the Bottle Flip Challenge on the bench.Was LeBron being intentionally disrespectful, or sending yet another message to Jackson?  It looks like a bunch of guys killing time on the bench in a blowout, but who knows.LEBRON JAMES AND KYRIE IRVING ON THE BENCH DOING THE BOTTLEFLIP CHALLENGE LMAO pic.twitter.com/sW94RthNuM— LETS 2K (@chrismisc1) December 8, 2016 When Phil Jackson referred to LeBron James’ business team as his “posse”, it created a national media firestorm. LeBron publicly expressed his displeasure with Jackson’s comments, including stating that he no longer had respect for Jackson.With all the surrounding drama and backstory, last night’s game between the Knicks and the Cavs at Madison Square Garden carried more intrigue than most NBA regular season games.Whether it was because of Jackson or not, LeBron showed up in playoff mode, and Cleveland smoked New York, 126-94.James scored 26 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 7 assists, including a vicious second quarter throwdown where he ended up walking into the stands for some reason. Whatever you make of the bottle flipping, one thing that’s not open for interpretation is that LeBron continues to own the Garden, and the Knicks, and there’s not a damn thing Phil Jackson can say to change that.last_img read more

Festival celebrates AfroCosta Rican culture

first_imgRelated posts:Concert explores roots of traditional Caribbean music Little Mermaid ballet, Gamer Fair, and other happenings around Costa Rica Dub sounds in Costa Rica: Mad Professor and Mad Elaine Costa Rican band Zòpilot! performs for the last time tonight at Cine Magaly Plaza Lincoln in Moravia, north of San José, is the place to be this weekend: the Festival of Flowers of the African Diaspora and Other Cultures kicks off today and continues through Sunday, Oct. 25. A wide variety of cultural activities such as concerts, dance, photography, film screenings, and fashion shows with traditional and contemporary indigenous, Chinese, Arab, and African clothing will be offered during the four-day extravaganza.This festival, now in its 17th edition and organized by the Foundation of Art and Culture for Development, seeks to celebrate Afro-Costa Rican culture and promote a multicultural environment.Today’s inauguration will take place at 6:30 pm with the presentation of the Chinese Lions Dance, a musical performance by the band Master Key, and many more artists.“The festival is a cultural show in which the indigenous people and diasporas’ cultures will be shared, enhancing the African, Chinese, Jewish… and other cultures that form part of the national identity,” organizer Carol Britton said in a statement.The photography exhibition “Multicultural Costa Rica” by photographers Garrett Briton, Etzia Granera and Jesús Fung will also be part of this cultural celebration.The activity has no entrance fee and is open to the public. For more information or for the full program, visit the event’s Facebook page or website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Intrepid Connections new GM

first_imgJacquie Burnside – Intrepid Connections GM Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Jacquie Burnside is poised to become the new General Manager of Intrepid Connections, effective 31 December 2010.Intrepid Connections, a joint venture between Australian Pacific Touring (APT) and Intrepid Travel, eagerly welcome Ms Burnside to the team.“Jacquie comes to Intrepid Connections with a diverse set of skills in operations, product, sales, marketing and business development,” it read in a statement from Intrepid Connections.Outgoing GM, Fleur Ulbrick will return to her previous role as General Manager VIP Touring and the Inbound Division at APT.Intrepid Connections recently won three awards at the 2010 Brolga Northern Territory Awards in Darwin.last_img

Business travellers seek responsive service survey

first_img“The fact that over a third of respondents thought ‘accessibility’ was important indicates that clients value local service from people they can reach easily either by phone, email or see face to face.”Mr Lording said it also demonstrates that clients value travel management companies that offer extended trading hours as it means the travel managers are more readily available. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P A recent survey of business travellers revealed that ‘responsive service’ that provides options and is easily accessible is what corporate travellers are seeking from their travel managers.The recent customer survey conducted by Flight Centre asked their clients what they felt were the most important service attributes, out of nine options.  From the received 3,645 responses from corporate travellers, the results found that 67 percent of respondents felt ‘responsiveness’ was one of the most important attributes, 62 percent voted ‘providing options’ was an important service attribute, while 35 percent of applicants said ‘accessibility’ was a vital service feature.FCm Travel Solutions global leader Gregory Lording said the fact that companies want responsive service makes sense as there is “no one size fits all” when it comes to corporate travel management.“Travel managers need to have a positive attitude and proactive approach to client servicing and solving travel challenges. “The dynamic nature of the travel industry means travel managers need to think on their feet, and react quickly and intuitively to ensure their client’s needs are met,”  Mr Gregory said.last_img read more

AirAsia celebrates a decade of worlds best

first_imgAirAsia celebrates a decade of world’s bestAirAsia celebrates a decade of world’s bestAirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the tenth year in a row.AirAsia won the accolade at the 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held today at The Langham, London.Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Aviation Industry’, the Skytrax Awards are the global benchmark of airline excellence with over 20.36 million customers surveyed worldwide by more than 105 nationalities, measuring standards across 49 key performance indicators of an airline’s frontline products and services.AirAsia co-founder, Executive Chairman of AirAsia Group Berhad and Group CEO of AirAsia X Datuk Kamarudin Meranun accepted the award in London together with AirAsia’s long-serving Allstars from across the region.The four selected Allstars were Acting Head of Ground Operations Ahmad Bin Ismail from Malaysia (17 years of service), Assistant Cabin Crew Manager Robert Anthony Gutierrez from the Philippines (7 years of service), Head of ICT Pipat Khunprakan from Thailand, AirAsia’s first staff in Thailand (15 years of service) and Assistant Flight Dispatch Manager Koji Kaneko who dispatched AirAsia Japan’s very first flight (4 years of service).Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, “I’m honored to celebrate our record-breaking tenth win today with our Allstars who have been with us on this journey since the early days. This moment feels surreal. I remember the ecstatic feeling of being named the world’s best low-cost airline for the very first time ten years ago. I would have never imagined we would remain the world’s best for a decade. Thank you for your tremendous love and support. We will continue to champion low fares and hopefully transform many more lives in the process.”AirAsia X was also presented World’s Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin for the sixth consecutive year. Chairman of AirAsia X Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz accepted the award for AirAsia X.Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said, “Any success and achievement by the AirAsia Group and Asia X Group is a direct contribution and value add of every Allstar. As such, it is important that levels of competency, efficiency, and performance be continuously enhanced and upgraded so that the companies will be able to maintain their world-class status in the highly competitive regional and global aviation industry. Everyone must strive to be an asset to the AirAsia Group and AirAsia X Group. Congratulations everyone!”AirAsia also took home Asia’s Best Low-Cost Airline, received by Deputy Group CEO (Airline Business) Bo Lingam who joined AirAsia in 2001 as a Ground Operations Manager.Bo Lingam said, “In my seventeen years at AirAsia, I have witnessed how AirAsia has realised the dreams of more than half a billion people, especially in Asean. We have connected people and places, we have created jobs across the region, we have enabled small businesses to grow, and we have contributed to tourism in Asean and beyond. Knowing we have made a difference makes all the battles worth fighting.”In true One AirAsia spirit, the win was celebrated across the group in AirAsia offices in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Bangalore and Nagoya, with a special live interactive show broadcasted on AirAsia’s Facebook page.AirAsia also brings the celebration to major hub airports, namely KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2), Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, and Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok from 17 – 22 July, with boarding pass-enabled photobooths and a chance of winning tickets to their dream AirAsia destination.As part of the celebration, AirAsia will be offering unbelievably low fares on 23 – 29 July on www.airasia.com and AirAsia mobile app. Guests also stand a chance to win one year of free flights* by participating in our #WeAreAllChampions social media contest. For more information, visit our Instagram (instagram.com/airasia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia).*Terms & conditions applySource = AirAsialast_img read more

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