Council declared the Condill lots as surplus

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the recent Regular City Council Meeting, a Request for Decision was made to Council in order to continue to the final stage of the Condill project, making the land available for redevelopment.At the time the Report was being read, Councillor Trevor Bolin removed himself from the Chambers due to conflict of interest as City staff were seeking the land to be designated as surplus and ask Council to approve securing a listing real estate agent.The revitalization to the Downtown core is a key strategic objective to the Citizens of Fort St. John. With the purchase and demolition of the Condill Hotel, this was a marker that the City recognizes as the start of a transformation to this area. The final stage of the project is to make the land available for redevelopment which is subject to the vision defined in the Official Community Plan (OCP). Development on these lots will follow the OCP and zoning bylaws to create the vision for downtown.To read more about the Request; CLICK HERE To read more about the Condill; CLICK HERElast_img read more

UN and Central Asian countries agree to measures to conserve Saiga antelopes

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and several governments in Central Asia and Russia have concluded an agreement on conservation measures for the migratory Saiga antelopes, whose population have been in decline during the past two decades, the agency reported today.During an international conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, representatives from Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and UN bodies gathered under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) and agreed to include the Mongolian Saiga in an international conservation pact.The meeting was also attended by representatives from intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local communities from the region.Saiga antelopes roam the vast plains of Central Asia and Russia. They can undertake migratory journeys between summer and winter of more than 1,000 kilometres. Although sometimes described as the “ugly duckling” of the world’s antelopes, the Saiga comprise a vital part of the natural and cultural heritage of the plains of Eurasia.They numbered around one million in the early 1990s, but declined to between 60,000 and 70,000 in 2006. In response to conservation efforts, their populations have stabilized, according to UNEP.Currently there are reportedly about 85,000 animals in Kazakhstan, with almost 12,000 dying in a disease outbreak in May. Another 8,000 live in Mongolia, at least 10,000 animals are in Russia and several thousand live in Uzbekistan in winter. No Saiga mass migration has been observed in Turkmenistan in the last 10 years, where the species used to migrate during harsh winters.Despite legal protection, the Saiga are hunted for their meat and horns, which are used in traditional medicine. Other threats include disease, pasture degradation through overgrazing by livestock and other disturbances from oil and gas extraction work and possibly climate change.The new conservation measures are expected to harmonize monitoring and surveys to regularly track all populations. Aerial and ground surveys will determine changes, with emphasis on calving, rutting and two migration areas. Due to their long migration between winter and summer pastures, it can be extremely difficult to find them.The experts at the meeting carried with them figures released in a report commissioned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and compiled by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, which raised the alarm over the levels of illicit trade in Saiga horns even before this year’s mass deaths.The report brings together information on the Saiga horn trade gleaned from interviews with experts and government officials, together with market surveys in Malaysia and Singapore, where Saiga horns are readily available.“The key to success for the conservation of these unique looking antelopes of the Eurasian steppes has been the engagement of local people,” said CMS Executive Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema. “This week’s meeting paves the way for implementing the international action plan for the conservation of this remarkable animal across its entire range.” Governments are seeking to address the fundamental motivation for poaching Saiga, namely poverty and unemployment. Involving local communities will be critical to the conservation measures implemented under the CMS Saiga agreement. Incentives to combat poaching are being developed through alternative livelihoods in deprived steppe communities. 13 September 2010The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and several governments in Central Asia and Russia have concluded an agreement on conservation measures for the migratory Saiga antelopes, whose population have been in decline during the past two decades, the agency reported today. read more

Amid fresh violence in Gaza Ban urges parties to reach immediate understanding

In a statement issued yesterday by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General strongly condemned the breach of the Egyptian-brokered humanitarian ceasefire which was to expire at midnight local time last night.“He is gravely disappointed by the return to hostilities,” said the statement, adding that Mr. Ban reminded both sides of their responsibility not to let the situation escalate. “The hopes of the people in Gaza for a better future and the hopes of the people in Israel for sustainable security rest on the talks in Cairo,” the UN chief said, calling on the delegations to live up to that expectation. Mr. Ban in his statement urged the parties to reach an immediate understanding on a durable ceasefire which also addresses the underlying issues afflicting Gaza.

New arrivals at UN camp add to largest number of displaced in

The new arrivals bring the total number of civilians in that site close to 26,000, with a total of 115,000 sheltering in UN compounds elsewhere in the country. That takes the number of displaced people being sheltered in UN compounds to its highest level since the start of the conflict in December 2013.Despite that lugubrious statistic, new displacements of population continue to be reported by the UN’s humanitarian partners in other parts of the country, including 31,000 in Jonglei state, and the total number displaced around the country is around 1.5 million, with a further half a million people forced to flee the country.

UN health agency declares elimination of measles in the Americas

“This historic milestone would never have been possible without the strong political commitment of our Member States in ensuring that all children have access to life-saving vaccines,” Ms. Etienne said. “It would not have been possible without the generosity and commitment of health workers and volunteers who have worked so hard to take the benefits of vaccines to all people, including those in vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities. Indeed it would not have been possible without the strong leadership and coordination provided by PAHO, Regional Office for the Americas of WHO,” she added. Process to eliminate measlesMeasles transmission had been considered interrupted in the region since 2002, when the last endemic case was reported in the Americas. However, as the disease had continued to circulate in other parts the world, some countries in the Americas experienced imported cases, according to WHO. The International Expert Committee for Documenting and Verifying Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome Elimination in the Americas reviewed evidence on measles elimination presented by all the countries of the region between 2015 and August 2016 and decided that it met the established criteria for elimination. The process included six years of work with countries to document evidence of the elimination. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases and affects primarily children. It is transmitted by airborne droplets or via direct contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of infected individuals. Symptoms include high fever, generalized rash all over the body, stuffy nose, and reddened eyes. It can cause serious complications including blindness, encephalitis, severe diarrhoea, ear infections and pneumonia, particularly in children with nutritional problems and in immunocompromised patients. The Region of the Americas has eliminated measles!WHO highlighted that as a result of global measles elimination efforts, only 244,704 measles cases were reported worldwide in 2015, representing a significant decline from earlier years. However, more than a half of these reported cases were notified in Africa and Asia. To maintain measles elimination, PAHO/WHO and the International Expert Committee have recommended that all countries of the Americas strengthen active surveillance and maintain their populations’ immunity through vaccination. “I would like to emphasize that our work on this front is not yet done,” warned Ms. Etienne. “It is critical that we continue to maintain high vaccination coverage rates, and it is crucial that any suspected measles cases be immediately reported to the authorities for rapid follow-up.” PAHO, founded in 1902, works with its member countries to improve the health and the quality of life of the people of the Americas. It serves as the regional office for the Americas of WHO and is the specialized health agency of the inter-American system. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) celebrate the elimination of measles, the first region in the world to accomplish this. Photo: WHO/PAHO “This is an historic day for our region and indeed the world,” said Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization of the UN World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) yesterday, noting that the achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas. “It is proof of the remarkable success that can be achieved when countries work together in solidarity towards a common goal. It is the result of a commitment made more than two decades ago, in 1994, when the countries of the Americas pledged to end measles circulation by the turn of the 21st century,” she added. The announcement was made during the 55th Directing Council of PAHO/WHO, which is currently under way and is being attended by ministers of health from throughout the Americas. Measles is the fifth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the Americas, after the regional eradication of smallpox in 1971, poliomyelitis in 1994, and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in 2015. Before mass vaccination was initiated in 1980, measles caused nearly 2.6 million annual deaths worldwide. In the Americas, 101,800 deaths were attributable to measles between 1971 and 1979. A cost-effectiveness study on measles elimination in Latin America and the Caribbean has estimated that with vaccination, 3.2 million measles cases and 16,000 deaths between 2000 and 2020 will have been prevented in the region, WHO said. read more

Brock raises money for Movember

Mo growers on the Brock Staffer Staches team include, from left, Colin Ryrie, Vince Wilson, Terry Cockerline, Andy Morgan and Curtis Gadula.Take a look at your male co-workers this month and you might notice a slight difference in the form of some suspicious upper lip growth.Brock men across campus are growing moustaches for Movember, a fundraising and awareness campaign for prostate cancer research. Participants start the month clean shaven, then have 30 days to grow the best moustaches possible. All the while, they collect pledges at across campus include Jimmy’s Staches, a group of staff at the James A. Gibson Library, and Brock U, a large student team affiliated with the Brock University Students’ Union that boasts more than 80 mo’ growers. Nine Brock employees are part of the Brock Staffer Staches, a team started by Terry Cockerline, manager of Alumni Relations.“Obviously prostate cancer is a serious issue, and this is a fun way to draw attention to it,” Cockerline said. “With Brock being a tight-knit community, I thought it would get people’s attention.”Moustache results so far are varied, as are reactions to the team members’ furry upper lips.“My admin assistant won’t look at me,” said Andy Morgan, manager of the Project Management Office in Information Technology Services.“I’ve been told by more than one person that it’s hard to take me seriously,” said Cockerline, who admits the moustache is “outside of my comfort zone.”But the team sees the serious side of the issue too.“Being my age, I know of a number of people who have either had prostate cancer or are dealing with it right now,” Morgan said.New members are welcome on the Brock Staffer Staches team.Movember has raised more than $30 million for cancer research since it was founded in 2003.Below are links to the donation pages of some Brock teams:Brock U (team captain: Curtis Bell)Brock Staffer Staches (team captain: Terry Cockerline)Jimmy’s Staches (team captain: Jonathan Younker)Get The Brock News delivered to your email. read more

Usain Bolt to Skeptics Im Clean

Usain Bolt has one thing to say following the doping violations that have been publicized about his countrymen: “I’m clean.”Bolt, who is undoubtedly the fastest man in the world, is speaking publicly for the first time since Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson and Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for banned substances.“If you were following me since 2002, you would know that I have been doing phenomenal things since I was 15,” Bolt told reporters in London. “I was the youngest person to win the world junior title at 15, I ran the world junior record at 18, the world youth record at 17. I have broken every record there is to break, in every event I have ever done. For me, I have proven myself since I was 15. For me, I have shown I was always going to be great.”Bolt went on to say, “I was made to inspire people and to run. I was given a gift and that’s what I do. I’m confident in myself and my team, the people I work with. And I know I am clean.”Powell, Campbell-Brown and Simpson firmly deny knowingly taking banned substances. While those three will not be competing, Bolt is expected to run at weekend’s Diamond League meeting in London.Bolt’s speed is off the charts. See the video above. read more

Icardi insists Inter were deserved winners

first_imgInter Milan captain Mauro Icardi insists the team deserved their victory over rivals AC Milan on Sunday.The Nerazzurri ran out 1-0 winners against Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan to secure their seventh straight win in all competitions.Mauro Icardi, who scored a stoppage-time winner against the Rossoneri insists it was just what Inter Milan deserved.The Argentine striker headed home the only goal from Matias Vecino’s excellent cross in the second minute of added time to clinch his side a fifth straight league win.The victory lifted the Luciano Spalletti’s men up to third in the table, six points behind league leaders Juventus.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“You need to win the derby. We’ve been saying it to ourselves all week. We had to win,” Icardi, whose last-minute penalty won the corresponding fixture for Inter last season, told Sky Sport.“We created plenty of chances, we had a goal ruled out for offside and we hit the post.”“We deserved to win considering the chances we had and then if the win arrives like it did, at the death, then it’s even better.”last_img read more

Soy Growers WTO Appeals Ruling Highlights Need for Solution to COOL

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) has again called for a coordinated approach to fix the United States’ mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) rule for imported meat. ASA’s call comes in light of a ruling Monday from the World Trade Organization Appellate Body that determined the COOL rule gives domestic producers an unfair advantage over importers from Canada and Mexico. ASA President Wade Cowan, a farmer from Brownfield, Texas, underscored the association’s concerns and indicated that ASA will support new legislation to repeal COOL from House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway:“This most recent ruling from the WTO is hardly a surprise, and reinforces our long-held contention that we’ve got to find a fix for COOL. The rule is an unworkable one, and has the potential to create significant problems, both for the livestock industry that represents our number one customer, and for soybean farmers directly, should Canada and Mexico opt to place retaliatory tariffs on American soy. Beyond these most immediate impacts, we remain concerned about the impact of this issue on our trading relationships.“ASA has consistently opposed the COOL program.  In the wake of the WTO’s fourth ruling against COOL, we support legislation to repeal the program, including the bill introduced yesterday by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway.  Recognizing that legislation to repeal or make COOL compliant with U.S. WTO obligations could take significant time, we call on the Administration to ask the WTO for 60-day arbitration with the governments of Canada and Mexico to prevent more immediate retaliatory tariffs on imports, potentially including soybeans and soy and livestock products.  We also call on Congress to look at alternative measures for making COOL WTO-compliant.“Our primary and most pressing concern is avoiding retaliation. As producers of the nation’s leading farm export, soybean farmers have a huge stake in trade partnerships that are robust and mutually beneficial. With regard to COOL, we have to take every step to ensure that American policies are crafted in such a way that avoids retaliatory steps from our trading partners. All parties, from Congress to USDA to our counterparts in foreign markets, must come to the table and establish a solution that will help to keep the pathways of global trade free and open.”In response to the WTO report, the House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway introduced legislation (H.R. 2393) to repeal the Country of Origin Labeling requirements for beef, pork and chicken.  On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee marked-up the bill and was able to favorably report it out of Committee by a vote of 38-6. The bill now heads to the House floor for consideration. Chairman Conaway expressed a desire to move it through the House floor in early June.last_img read more

A small Kia pickup truck might be in the works

first_img 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 14 Photos 18 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff More From Roadshow More From Roadshow General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 10 Photos 81 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Tags Kia Trucks Car Industry Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Hyundai Kia,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 52 Photos 49 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Comments 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 26 Photos 3 69 Photos 12 Photoscenter_img 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Share your voice 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performer Tags 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 71 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Enlarge ImageKia’s new truck could share its underpinnings with the Hyundai Santa Cruz, seen here in concept form. Hyundai We’ve long known that Korean automaker Hyundai is working on a pickup truck, previewed by the Santa Cruz concept in 2015. Now, a new report from Australia’s CarsGuide suggests Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, could be getting in on the pickup action, too.”Work has begun” on the new truck, according to Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith. He told CarsGuide the Kia pickup could launch around 2022 or 2023.Interestingly, while Meredith acknowledges the existence of Hyundai’s forthcoming pickup, it’s not immediately clear if the two are related. The Santa Cruz will use a unibody construction, not unlike the Honda Ridgeline, but CarsGuide believes Kia’s offering will be more robust — Meredith says the platform is “brand-new.””We’re talking about a dual-cab, a single-cab — what we’ve requested is the full gambit for the ute,” Meredith told CarsGuide.It seems somewhat silly that Hyundai and Kia could be developing two separate truck platforms, but of course, crazier things have happened. Let’s not forget the Kia Borrego, which used an honest-to-goodness, body-on-frame truck platform — something the Hyundai brand never did. Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 68 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Hyundai’s first US pickup expected to look like its 2015 Santa Cruz concept Hyundai’s jumbo compact sedan communes with Google 1 Share your voice Comment 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUVlast_img read more

Aviation fuel prices up 19 since April 1

first_imgIndian Oil Corporation (IOC) announced an increase of 7.3 percent in aviation fuel prices with effect from Tuesday (November 1), after raising the price by 3 percent on October 1. With this, the hike in the prices of the fuel (also referred to as aviation turbine fuel, or ATF) is 19.2 percent since the beginning of the current fiscal.Aviation fuel now costs Rs 50,260.63/kilolitre in Delhi and Rs 49,482 in Mumbai. The highest price among the four metros is in Kolkata, at Rs 54,921.The price was Rs. 46,826 on October 1 after the 3 percent hike and was Rs 42,157 as of April 1, 2016.Aviation fuel accounts for about 35 percent of operating costs of air carriers and influence profit margins in a big way.Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) is dispensed from specially designed refuellers in two ways. “ATF is pumped into an aircraft by two methods: Overwing and Underwing. Overwing fuelling is used on smaller planes, helicopters, and piston-engine aircraft and is similar to automobile fuelling – one or more fuel ports are opened and fuel is pumped in with a conventional pump. Underwing fuelling, also called single-point is used on larger aircraft,” according to IOC, a state-run refiner and retailer.On the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), share prices of carriers were trading in a narrow range on Tuesday at around 3 p.m. SpiceJet was down 0.68 percent at Rs 73.20, Jet Airways was up 1.51 percent at Rs 474.50 and Indigo-owner Interglobe Aviation was trading 0.63 percent higher at Rs 942.IOC was trading at Rs 0.31 percent higher at Rs 324.55. BPCL was up 0.83 percent at Rs 676, while HPCL was down 0.52 percent at Rs 465.The BSE Sensex was down 23 points at 27,907. Top Sensex losers were Axis Bank and TCS, while Tata Steel (up 3.13 percent), HDFC (2.82 percent) were the top gainers.last_img read more

South Korea vs Japan War time atrocities refuse to die new equation

first_imgFile picture of people protesting against the erection of the statue in TaiwanReuters/Tyrone SiuSouth Korea has been mounting pressure on Japan for over seven decades since 1945 to compensate for the latter’s atrocities during the colonization era that preceded for about 35 years since 1910, including subjecting many women to be captured and made “Comfort Women” for its armed forces.Though it has lingered for decades, a ruling by South Korea’s Supreme Court last year asking Japanese companies to compensate the South Koreans who were conscripted as forced laborers during World War Two turned the trigger to worsen ties between the erstwhile trade partners. Alarming indeed that both have upped the ante, irrespective of the looming danger from North Korea.Japan removed South Korea from its trade partners’ White List, citing an erosion of trust and imposed tighter controls on exports of materials, especially some key components used in smartphone chips. In a tit-for-tat move, South Korea on Monday said it would remove Japan from its own “white list” of countries with fast-track trade status.Apart from trade relations, last week, Seoul hinted that it would withdraw from the 2014 security pact with Tokyo on sharing military and strategic intelligence, especially against North Korea’s nuclear and missile program. Under this pact, Japan used to share intelligence gathered from its satellites, radars, patrol aircraft and other high-tech systems on North Korea’s missile tests and its submarines, while it received in turn, some key information from Seoul’s military radars observing the border to detect North Korean launches, besides some information from spies and defectors from North Korea. However, both can live without the agreement as the US is still a member of some such trilateral pacts.On his part, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Japan’s economic retaliation is unfair as it owes to its colonial-era abuses, but never relented as his government moved swiftly to invest about 7.8 trillion won ($6.48 billion) over the next seven years to procure the vital materials domestically.”The government will pursue an elaborate and detailed strategy to more substantively develop our economy by taking Japan’s economic retaliation as a chance to turn good out of evil,” said Moon but the move is seen as distancing the role of US as a possible negotiator in the region.Some Japanese experts quickly pointed out that it was a signal from an emboldened South Korea. “South Korea under the Moon administration appears to be not as enthusiastic about the trilateral cooperation with Japan and the U.S. as South Korea used to be in the past,” Junya Nishino, a Korea expert at Keio University, recently said on a TV talk show, reports Reuters. “President Moon thinks the current framework is a legacy of the Cold War era and should be changed.”It remains to be an intriguing development that was never expected between the two trusted allies of the US in the Korean peninsula. Whether Trump offers his mediation and how far his offer will be accepted is another big question before the experts.last_img read more

With BLISS Driving Academy An Entrepreneurial Spirit Finds Her Niche Dawn Simmons, owner and lead instructor at BLISS Driving Academy, LLC.When Dawn Simmons opened the BLISS Driving Academy last October, it was the culmination of a long search for the right outlet for her entrepreneurial energies.  Fun and engaging classes are what set Bliss apart, says Simmons, who may have found her entrepreneurial niche with her driving school but remains engaged in a number of business and social endeavors.“I’ve always believed that training of any kind doesn’t have to be like watching paint dry,” Simmons told the AFRO about her approach to teaching driver’s education, in which she employs a conversational teaching style, with students and herself sharing their experiences.Simmons, who holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Walden University, says she always knew that she had wanted to be self-employed, but that she took her time, exploring various ventures, before settling on opening a driving school. Opening BLISS, which stands for ‘Being Licensed, Insured, Safe & Secure,’ made sense in no small part because it guarantees a captive market.“It’s a requirement,” explained Simmons.  “You can’t get a license in Baltimore—in Maryland—without going to driving school.”Simmons also works as a business consultant and a virtual assistant, sells hand painted glassware, as well as running a program in which she guides high school students with a business idea through the start-up process.  She has also taken her hand painted glassware and turned it into a social event called ‘Sip and Stroke,’ in which folks gather at an establishment for wine and to paint their own glasses.“I know it sounds weird but when you hear the name it piques your interest,” said Simmons, ever aware of the importance of branding and marketing.“I’ve got a couple things pulling at me but it’s all worth it,” said Simmons.  “If you look at anybody who has gone from zero to millions, they have multiple streams of income, so I’m following that blueprint.”Simmons says that her classes at BLISS are fairly evenly split between young adults just learning to drive and older residents who know how to drive but never received their licenses.  The biggest challenge with the adults is getting them to break their bad habits, since many of the things experienced drivers do on a regular basis will cause you to fail a formal road test.With her younger students, the biggest challenge is getting parents to realize that driving school is just part of the learning process, not its entirety.“A lot of times what parents think is they come to driving school and they don’t have a responsibility to their child outside of driving school, not realizing that Maryland also requires 60 hours of additional driving outside of the classroom,” said Simmons, adding later, “the real practice comes in with the parent outside of driver’s ed.”The BLISS Driving Academy is located at 132 W 25th Street, and anyone interested in learning more can visit its website at  Driver’s education is a prerequisite for receiving a license in the state and BLISS’s program consists of 10, three-hour sessions totaling the legally mandated 36 hours of classroom instruction.last_img read more

Boost SEO by Showcasing How Smart You Are

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The secret to online visibility can be found in search. But how can businesses maximize search engine optimization for their company websites? The solution is both simple and complex. You need content, but content that’s clever, creative and engaging.”It’s all about creating fresh, relevant content,” says Eric Siu of digital marketing agency Single Grain. “Everyone preaches it,” he says, “but not everyone is able to actually deliver on that.”We reached out to a team of SEO experts to break down how smarter content can showcase your company’s assets, boost your content quality and eventually pull your site to the top of users’ search results. Here’s what they suggest.Related: 4 Ways to Get Influencers to Spread Your Brand’s MessageDon’t try trickery. Tactics for optimizing SEO have changed drastically and quickly. “SEO in 2014 is largely defined by quality content publication,” says Jayson DeMers, founder and CEO of AudienceBloom, “whereas a few years ago, it was defined by manipulative tactics,” such as mass link sharing through online forums or even purchasing links from SEO agencies, which would trick Google’s algorithm into ranking your site higher. Now, these methods are entirely ineffective. Content strategy has almost completely displaced the “spammy” strategies of just a few years go. “Those tactics are easily detected by Google’s ranking algorithm and will backfire on companies that attempt to use them,” DeMers says, resulting in penalties that will keep you out of the Google rankings for months or yearsQuality is key. For Google and other search engines, it’s all about pointing searches toward the best results. “Publishing low-quality content on a company blog will…not only hurt SEO efforts, but will degrade your brand,” DeMers says. Ask yourself: Would you read this article? Would you share it? If the answer to either of those questions is ‘No,’ you need to go back to the content drawing board. Look to blogs you admire and think about ideas you can borrow and build upon for your own site.  Related: Marketing Trends Experts Want You to AvoidBe consistent. Everything you post on your site should align with your brand. If it’s helpful, jot down 2- 3 key words you want people to use when describing your company (words like, “positive” or “expert”) and ask how many of those key words could describe any of the posts you make online. And make sure to update your online efforts at regular (even predictable) intervals to build an audience. Give people something to look forward to. “If you create quality and you continue to do it over time, you’re going to see these results compound,” says Siu.Spice things up. Siu emphasizes that variety will help your site rise to the top of the search rankings. Consider a range of content options, such as blogs, short videos you tape on your phone or laptop, photos and Webinars that will drive word of mouth about your business. “People are taking more risks,” he says, adding that some businesses are even creating eBooks for their readers. If you create a unique and valuable experience that actually rewards visitors to your site, Siu promises that “Google will reward you for that.”Related: 6 Ways to Retain Ecommerce CustomersBe the expert. Presenting yourself as an industry leader in your site’s original content will drive SEO and improve your personal brand. “You need to be constantly reaffirming your space in the industry,” says Brian Honigman, a marketing consultant. Acting like the expert you are in your presentation will continue to pay off in the years ahead. “If you clearly package your expertise on a subject, then over time, you’ll be able to keep up with the search engine’s constant changes.”Be a friend. Traditional link building may be dead, but the side effect of sharing links, the bonds between sites, is strong than ever. In other words, real relationships matter. “Through these organic relationships, you can build links to your site and help your SEO while achieving other goals,” Honigman says. Re-post customer’s photos (with their permission), link out to experts you admire and forge new bonds. “You’re going to get a better bang for your buck if you combine your efforts,” adds Siu. Meanwhile, you’ve cultivated a network of ambassadors who have a reason to drive back to your online content.Be patient. Siu explains that SEO success doesn’t happen overnight. Create a content schedule you can manage and monitor its results over several weeks, tweaking these articles once you feel you understand what your audience wants. Change won’t come immediately and Siu emphasizes patience, especially for young companies. The days of buying your way to the top of the search results are long over. “You won’t see results very quickly,” he says. “It does take time when it comes to SEO.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read September 18, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

Become a Database Wizard When You Learn Microsoft Access

first_img 2 min read Register Now » July 28, 2019 Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Every time you go online and check out your favorite websites, the company running that site collects a bit of data about you. Companies need this data to create more effective marketing tactics that keep you on their page — and buying what they’re selling. In order to do that, they need to organize and find patterns in the data they collect.The person in charge of all that valuable info is called a Data Analyst, and they make serious cash. If you’re spinning your wheels in your current gig, getting into this lucrative field is a solid next step. Taking the Microsoft Access Complete Course: Beginner to Advanced will set you up to work with one of the world’s most important databases.Microsoft Access is a database management system that stores, organizes and retrieves large amounts of data. It’s got the power to deal with massive amounts of information, and this class teaches you how to make Access work for your workplace.The course teaches you how to create effective database tables and understand table relationships. You’ll also discover how to retrieve data with access queries, build dynamic user forums and effective reports, and automate complex tasks for faster data analyzation.The Microsoft Access Complete Course: Beginner to Advanced usually costs $200, but right now you can get this vital data education for only $12.99 (93 percent off). Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Why Lenders Need Technology to Remain Competitive

first_img 2018-07-25 Kristina Brewer It’s almost impossible to start any trend article on mortgage lending without recognizing a recent statistic that has far-reaching implications for the mortgage industry. $8,957. That’s the cost to originate a loan in the first quarter of 2018, according to a study by the MBA. That figure rose almost $500 from the fourth quarter of 2017.What else happened in Q1? Mortgage bankers lost money for the first time since Q1 of 2014.Now consider the top trends this year that have to do with advanced technologies that financial services firms need to stay competitive with digital-first challengers in the market. So, what is the first and most important trend for mortgage lenders? According to The Financial Brand, financial institutions worldwide are making “massive investments in digital transformation” to try to make up for outdated legacy banking infrastructure that can’t keep up with the expectations of digitally savvy customers.While You Were PivotingDigital-only entities are taking the market by storm and scooping up the customers and the profits even as the global banking attempts to pivot to becoming more tech-savvy. The fact that mortgage origination costs keep hitting new peaks is a sign that the mortgage industry as a whole is even further behind its other financial services counterparts.That’s why an aggressive and thoughtful focus on digital transformation for mortgage lenders is more important now than ever before. Digital lenders like Quicken and a growing field of disruptive startups are already focused on fast processes and online experiences. A recent whitepaper from financial analyst firm Celent concluded that a fully end-to-end digital mortgage is possible within the next five years. So making sure that lending institutions get started on the right foot with the right plan is critical.A Proven PlanWhat does it take to get there? It is a relief to know there are proven ways to start and maintain a digital transformation journey.Celent suggests that taking a phased approach to technology implementation can provide fast initial benefits, lower project risk and spread out costs. First on the firm’s technology to-do list is digital document capture. But just any digital document capture solution isn’t likely to provide the benefits truly needed to move the needle on lowering costs and showing quick return on investment.Lenders who want to make the most impactful first step in their transformation should look for a solution that combines OCR and intelligent capture technology and offers the following capabilities:Automatically sorts (classifies) all incoming documents, regardless of type and formatCaptures specific data without defining templates, zones, anchors or specific keywordsReconciles captured data against your LOS to ensure consistency, accuracy, and completenessEasily and quickly integrates with your LOS or other line of business systems, or may be leveraged as a standalone solutionThese capabilities eliminate paper-based processes, reduce human touch-points, and eliminate the need to manually classify documents and hand-key data from even the most complex, diverse document types. With over 500 pages in the typical mortgage file, it’s easy to see how lenders have accomplished major cost reductions in areas like paper, file storage and printing costs.Information accuracy and transparency are also improved, reducing the risk of critical loan defects and compliance issues. And reduced cycle times allow lenders to process more loans and make better profits, while increasing the satisfaction of the borrower, who invariably wants to close her loan as quickly as possible.Clearing the ObstaclesDocument capture is just the first key technology identified by Celent, so lenders shouldn’t stop there if they want to push for end-to-end mortgage lending. According to a 2017 survey, the top five barriers to digital transformation for financial institutions are teams that lack the right skillset, integration problems between new and existing technology and data, a lack flexibility and speed in processes, outdated technology and a lack of collaboration between IT and business units.With the right plan and the right solution, these obstacles are easier to remove than you might think. Share July 25, 2018 821 Views center_img Why Lenders Need Technology to Remain Competitive in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, journal, News, Originationlast_img read more

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first_imgClemson quarterback Cole Stoudt, left, scrambles to get away from the defense of Georgia’s Leonard Floyd in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Comments   Share   Look, nobody here thinks anyone who follows the Arizona Cardinals is concerning themselves with the 2016 NFL Draft.After all, that is still roughly three months away and the team kind of has a playoff game (or three) left in the 2015 season.But if one wanted to start looking toward the draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. has offered some help with his first mock draft of the year.In the piece, which is on ESPN Insider, the draft expert has the Cardinals picking 30th (based on regular season record, not expected postseason finish) and taking Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals could use another pass-rusher, and Floyd has the explosiveness to be a special one. He has a lean frame, but he can get tackles off balance and is the kind of edge defender who can get quarterbacks to speed up their internal clock. I’d like to see him play a little more physical, but on a good team that is trying to protect leads, Floyd can help.The 6-foot-4, 231-pound Floyd tallied 17 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss over three years with the Bulldogs, and in 2015 was named to the All-SEC Coaches’ Second Team and was a Butkus Award finalist.For Arizona, he would make sense because upgrading the pass rush figures to be a priority in the offseason. The Cardinals ranked 20th in the NFL this past season with 36 sacks, though nine of them came in one game and their leader in the category with eight, Dwight Freeney, is 35 years old and not guaranteed to return.last_img read more

The Madison Boardroom at The PierreBusiness groups

first_imgThe Madison Boardroom at The PierreBusiness groups hosting meetings and receptions at The Pierre on New York’s Central Park, which has re-opened following a $100 million renovations program to update guestrooms and public spaces, may select from three new comfortably elegant spaces with state-of-the-art amenities that can accommodate groups up to 75.All three rooms adjoin the hotel’s business center on the fourth floor and include the assistance of a dedicated conference services manager who will customize all arrangements to meet groups’ specific needs, including an inventive array of dining and meeting break options with signature Pierre service. These business-centric rooms complement the hotel’s expansive social banquet spaces on the second floor that can accommodate private events for up to 1,500 guests.Madison Boardroom at The Pierre-The 400-square-foot Madison Boardroom is tailor-made for executive sessions of up to 14 people -The elegant space features expansive windows , warm light wood paneling and molding detail, fine hand woven carpet and a generous rectangular polished wood conference table flanked by large ergonomic leather chairsState-of-the-art technology includes-A large wall-mounted flat screen for LCD presentations and video teleconferencing -Wired and wireless Internet connectivity -A wireless master control panel to activate lights, audio, video and teleconferencing -Built-in speaker phones and input jacks integrated into boardroom tablePark at The Pierre-The 380-square-foot Park can accommodate groups of 20-25 in conference, U-shape, classroom or hollow square configurations; up to 50 theatre-style; up to 60 for banquets and up to 75 for receptions -The classic room is appointed in warm neutrals and features windows and state-of-the-art technology -Park may become a larger space by raising a soundproof wall into the ceiling to join the room with the adjacent LexingtonLexington at The Pierre-The 360-square-foot Lexington can accommodate groups of 20-25 in conference, U-shape, classroom or hollow square configurations; up to 50 theatre-style; up to 60 for banquets and up to 75 for receptions -The classic room is appointed in warm neutrals and features windows and state-of-the-art technology -Lexington may become a larger space by raising a soundproof wall into the ceiling to join the room with the adjacent ParkBusiness Center at The PierreThe 24-hour Business Center offers a wide range of services, including-High speed Internet access, both wired and wireless -Facsimile, scanner, photocopying -Mac and IBM computer workstations and Apple and Microsoft software -Secretarial services; full-service shipping and receiving office -Notary Public available at Concierge deskIn-room Amenities at The PierreMeeting attendees who are also overnight guests at The Pierre will enjoy inviting residential-style décor with a feeling of quiet luxury that includes:-An interactive 40-inch flat screen television -A Bose Wave Studio with iPod docking station (Bose Home Theatre system in all suites) -High speed wired and wireless Internet access -A spacious working desk with built-in data and power outlets, and an ergonomic desk chair -An electronic safe complete with power outlet that accommodates laptops Comfortable upholstered chairs -Large new sound-insulated, energy efficient windows with blackout draperies -New marble bath featuring a glass-walled shower with oversized showerhead and steam-free makeup, shaving and wall mirrors -24-hour valet and pressing services, same-day laundry and dry cleaning services and overnight shoe shine read more

Diaspora chambers in Australia launches trade initiative with Cyprus Greece and Egypt

first_imgThe Chambers of Commerce of the Cypriot, Greek and Egyptian diasporas in Australia are preparing an action plan to promote trade and investment relations with the three respective countries, and according to Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou, they will discuss this initiative with the competent authorities.Photiou, together with Egyptian Minister of State for Immigration and Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram and Greek Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Terence Quick are in Australia to attend activities, as part of the “Nostos 3” programme for the diaspora.In a joint statement, the three officials highlight the role of the diasporas in fostering commercial ties with Australia and reconfirm their governments commitment to support diaspora business people in their efforts to promote trade and investment initiatives.“Trade and investment are also an important tool of enhancing diplomatic and business relations between the three countries and Australia, which is also the aim of Nostos. This visit will add another dimension, which is the role of diaspora in the development of trade and investment relations,” it added.As for programme’s objectives in relation to the younger generation, the statement says they aim to encourage the youth to preserve and promote their heritage and culture.Nostos 3 is a trilateral initiative, aiming to bring the three diasporas of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece closer and create strong links between them and their home countries.Photiou, Makram and Quick also note that “multiculturalism is a key fabric of society that ensures Australia`s success and has contributed positively in the development of the country.” Immigrants, such as those in Australia, prove to the world that a successful integration policy which embraces people from various backgrounds has a far-reaching positive impact, they add.Two round table discussions were organised in Melbourne, one on Monday with representatives of youth organisations and on Tuesday with business people.Speaking to CNA, Photiou said that “there is clearly an initiative by the three chambers of commerce of the diaspora in Melbourne to cooperate and create together a coordination mechanism.”The chambers, he added, would develop an action plan to be discussed with the chambers in Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, as well as with the competent ministries and services.The effort, according to Photiou is to join forces in order to “develop trade and investment relations between the three countries and Australia even further.”He added that youth organisations also came up with an action plan, focusing on culture, while they are also undertaking an initiative on climate change.“Nostos 3” activities wrap up Tuesday with a meeting of Egyptian Greeks and Cypriots who live in Australia.While in Australia, Photiou, Makram and Quick also met with the Prime Minister of the State of Victoria Daniel Andrews, Ministers and MPs. The Presidential Commissioner noted that officials showed great interest for the three countries’ joint diaspora initiative, while Andrews asked about the latest developments with regard to the Cyprus problem and natural gas activities off Cyprus.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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