READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment WHEN HERITAGE MINISTER Mélanie Joly delivered her Creative Canada vision statement last Thursday in Ottawa I was extremely pleased on behalf of Canadian screenwriters — at last, a vision for Canada that puts creators at the centre.While “creator” can mean many things, when it comes to screen-based entertainment, it means the showrunners and screenwriters that the Writers Guild of Canada represents. However, I wasn’t only pleased for WGC members because I also felt genuine hope — for the first time in a long time (remember the long, Canadian-arts-and-culture-dry years of the Harper government?) — for Canada. The direction of Creative Canada clearly is designed to give Canadian audio-visual entertainment (a form of entertainment that’s arguably the most popular cultural force of our day) a far better chance of being seen around the world than it has had in a very long time.Of course, the news that Netflix is putting in $500 million over five years into Canadian programming and opening a Canadian production office has been the focus of most of the media coverage and of the attention of industry colleagues. There’s more to the announcement than that, but let’s start with a closer look at that $500 million. That’s one hundred million dollars a year. That’s roughly the average spending by each of Bell Media and Corus Entertainment, respectively, on programmes of national interest (PNI), things like drama, comedy, documentary and some children’s programming, per year, over the past few years. That’s right, Netflix is kicking in as much money per year as each of these two Canadian broadcasters, who have benefited from corporate protections and received subsidies, and yet not produced a significant volume of original Canadian programming. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement
Indian Wells (United States): Doubt is a distant memory for Novak Djokovic as the world number one returns to Indian Wells on top of the tennis world, one year after his shock loss to qualifier Taro Daniel. Djokovic is making his first start since winning his third Grand Slam title on the trot at the Australian Open in January. He said he wasn’t fully recovered from elbow surgery when he opted to compete in the California desert last year, but it’s not a decision he regrets given the events that followed in 2018. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “I definitely wasn’t ready to compete at this level last year,” the Serb said Thursday as he looked forward to his title defense in the elite Masters series event. “I was kind of convincing myself that I was, but I truly wasn’t. “I know most of my team members at the time were against me playing in Indian Wells and Miami because it was too early after the surgery. “I could have, should have made a different decision, but I believe it also taught me some valuable lessons that helped me to create amazing results in the next seven, eight months and get from 22 in the world to No. 1 in the world in less than six months.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Djokovic would cement his return with a Wimbledon title and follow that with a US Open crown. He dominated Rafael Nadal in January’s Australian Open title and must be favored for a sixth Indian Wells crown — which would see him break the record he currently shares with fourth-seeded Roger Federer. Djokovic will open in the second round against 128th-ranked American Bjorn Fratangelo, who beat fellow qualifier Elias Ymer of Sweden 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. He could face a dangerous third-round clash with Australian Nick Kyrgios, seeded 31st, who is coming off his first title in more than a year in Acapulco last week. Kyrgios will take on Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round after the German veteran dispatched France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-0. The Australian beat Nadal, former world number three Stan Wawrkina, ninth-ranked John Isner and number three Alexander Zverev on route the title in Mexico. He also holds a 2-0 career record against Djokovic, including a straight-sets victory over the Serb star in Indian Wells two years ago. “If I get a chance to play against him … I’ll look forward to that because he’s in-form,” Djokovic said. “On the other hand, I started the season very well. “I hope I can restart here where I stopped in Australia.” In other first-round matches Thursday American Sam Querrey defeated Italian Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 6-4 to line up a meeting with 13th-seeded Milos Raonic — a rematch of their quarter-final here last year won by the Canadian. Veteran Ivo Karlovic defeated Australian Matthew Ebden 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/3) to line up an all-Croatian clash with 11th-seeded Borna Coric. Canadian 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime, ranked 58th in the world, defeated Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-2 to book a meeting with rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Mumbai: Market regulator SEBI came down forcefully against Hotel Leelaventure, barring it from selling its four high-profile hotels and other assets to Canadian investment fund Brookfield Asset Management. In the ongoing saga, the dramatic development came after ITC moved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against Leela alleging “oppression and mismanagement”. ITC also claimed that the deal between Leela and Brookfield was against the company’s and shareholders’ interests. SEBI has received representations from ITC on the matter and mentioned this in its letter to Leela. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal ITC’s plea was mentioned before the Mumbai bench of the NCLT, which posted the matter for hearing on Wednesday, Hotel Leelaventure said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday. “Representations/allegations against HLVL, as received by Sebi in relation to the issue, concerns the interest of the investors in the security market… While representations are being examined by Sebi, in paucity of time involved and in the interest of investors in securities, you are advised to ensure that none of the transactions proposed in the postal ballot notice dated March 18 are acted upon till further directions from Sebi,” Hotel Leelaventure said in the filing. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost In conjunction with the petition to NCLT, ITC also filed two applications seeking a waiver of the requirement of the minimum threshold of 10 per cent shareholding, it added. ITC holds 7.92 per cent stake in Hotel Leelaventure. The embattled hospitality group owned by the Nairs on March 18 had announced the sale of its four hotels located in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Udaipur, and a land parcel in Agra to Canadian investment fund Brookfield for Rs 3,950 crore. It also sought shareholders’ approval, the voting for which is scheduled to end on April 24.
Germany’s Siemens appoints longtime finance chief Joe Kaeser as CEO, replacing Peter Loescher AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 5:48 am MDT BERLIN – Siemens appointed finance chief Joe Kaeser as its new chief executive on Wednesday, handing a manager with over 30 years’ experience at the industrial conglomerate the task of improving its fortunes after missed profit targets led to the departure of predecessor Peter Loescher.Siemens AG said its supervisory board unanimously chose the 56-year-old Kaeser, who will take office Thursday. It said a new chief financial officer will be appointed “in due course.”It added that Loescher would leave the board “by mutual agreement.” The company had said Saturday night that the supervisory board would meet Wednesday to decide on his departure — a terse announcement that was followed by media reports of infighting.The prospect of trouble even prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel to express concern. Spokesman Georg Streiter said earlier this week the German leader considered it important that the company — a “flagship” of German industry — return to “calm waters.”Munich-based Siemens makes industrial machinery such as power generation and transmission equipment, high-speed trains, and medical diagnostic scanners. It has 370,000 employees, including 56,500 in the United States, and is active in 190 countries.Last Thursday, the company said it would miss its 2014 goal of a 12 per cent profit margin, blaming “lower market expectations.”“During the past week I came to the conclusion that the foundation of trust necessary for me to remain was lacking,” Loescher said in a statement explaining his decision to offer his resignation. He had a contract through 2017.“This company is on the right course,” he added, wishing his successor “good luck and much success.”Kaeser, unlike Loescher, has spent his career with Siemens, which he joined in 1980. He has been chief financial officer since May 2006.“Our company is certainly not in crisis, nor is it in need of major restructuring,” Kaeser said. “However, we’ve been too preoccupied with ourselves lately and have lost some of our profit momentum vis-a-vis our competitors.”He pledged “to put Siemens back on an even keel and create a high-performance team” and said that, by this fall, Siemens will “address the medium-term prospects and our vision for the company.”Siemens said shortly after announcing the leadership change that its net profit rose 43 per cent in the April-June period, its fiscal third quarter, after it spun off its lossmaking light bulb business. Net earnings were up to 1.1 billion euros ($1.46 billion) from 770 million euros a year earlier, when light-bulb business Osram cost Siemens 354 million euros.However, other measures of profit sagged as the company took charges totalling 436 million euros for a restructuring program aimed at restoring its profit levels and a 91 million euros charge related to inspecting and refitting wind turbine blades.Siemens’ profit margin fell to 6.5 per cent from 9.2 per cent a year earlier, while revenues slipped 2 per cent to 19.25 billion euros. But the company reported a 19 per cent rise in new orders to 21.14 billion euros, thanks largely to a major British train contract.Siemens shares were 0.8 per cent lower at 80.01 euros in Frankfurt trading after the announcements.Loescher, a company outsider hired in 2007 from drug company Merck & Co., Inc., helped Siemens move past a major corruption scandal.Siemens agreed to pay more than $1 billion in fines in Germany and the United States, for, among other charges, allegedly giving customers payments to secure business, especially internationally. Supervisory board chairman Gerhard Cromme said that “Peter Loescher restored Siemens’ high reputation.”___AP Business Writer David McHugh contributed from Frankfurt.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Weak results from CSX, Citi drag US stocks mostly lower; Best Buy plunges on sales decline NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are ending mostly lower after several companies turned in disappointing earnings news, including Best Buy, Citigroup and the railroad operator CSX.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 64 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 16,417 Thursday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell two points, or 0.1 per cent, to 1,845. The Nasdaq composite edged up almost four points, or 0.1 per cent, to 4,218.Best Buy plunged 29 per cent after the electronics retailer reported disappointing holiday sales, raising questions about whether it can turn its fortunes around.A weak earnings forecast from CSX late Wednesday dragged that stock and other railroads lower. CSX dropped 7 per cent.Nu Skin, a skin care and nutritional products company, plunged 39 per cent after Chinese state media reported that authorities there were investigating its business practices. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2014 2:22 pm MDT
Serbia is the last team that will play the Olympic Games 2012. They did what was needed from them, beating Algeria with 26:18 (15:10), while the Polish had a nightmare game against Spain, and a disastrous result, losing 22:33 to the host team. The Spanish dominated from the beginning managing to make a huge distance even in the first half, and then it became known that Poland will miss the train to London, and it’s now the Serbs that will be taking it. ← Previous Story Poland or Serbia at the Olympics? Valero Rivera: “We always play to win” Next Story → Champions League (W): Buducnost-Gyori in the final!
iFixit didn’t take long to get their hands on one of the new iMacs and decided to dismantle it in short order.The model in question is the 21.5″ sporting a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2800S processor with 6MB Intel Smart Cache, 4GB RAM, and an AMD Radeon HD 670M GPU. For storage, Apple used a 500GB WD Caviar Blue drive. It’s an update mainly to give the line a much-needed performance boost as can be seen from those components.As for the iMac itself, iFixit say this is pretty much just like the previous model, which unfortunately means getting inside is not the easiest of tasks. The display glass is held on magnetically meaning suction cups are your best bet for removing it without damaging the glass. Then there’s a bunch of Torx screws to remove in order to lift the display panel off the front bezel. Once that’s done you can gain access to all the components in the back casing.If that hasn’t scared you off opening up your $1199+ iMac then things get a lot easier from there. The RAM, hard drive, and optical drives are easy to locate and switch out. There’s also a free bay for adding an SSD which is an option Apple offer of some models.If you want to replace the CPU or GPU, however, the logic board has to be removed and some warranty stickers broken meaning no free Apple repairs. With the Core i5 chip and a Radeon HD 670 I doubt anyone will want to go this far as you have a lot of performance available by default.The good news is Apple has done a solid job of cooling both the CPU and GPU. Each has the right amount of thermal paste applied and each chip has a separate heatsink and cooling units. You may remember the recent MacBook Pro teardown raised a concern about excessive thermal paste, but that is not the case with the iMac. The GPU also has four Hynix 1Gb GDDR SDRAM chips (512MB total RAM) next to it being cooled by the same heatsink.iFixit give the iMac a 7 out of 10 repairability rating. So if you do want to save some money and upgrade the RAM or hard drive yourself, it’s not going to be too tough as long as you have those suction cups handy for the glass removal.Read more at iFixit
Mucoviscidose : un espoir porté par une moléculeUne société américaine a mis au point une molécule qui aurait parfaitement réagi auprès de patients atteints de la mucoviscidose. Une nouvelle qui apporte de l’espoir alors que la maladie ne connait pour le moment aucun traitement curatif.La mucoviscidose est une maladie génétique qui touche notamment les voies respiratoires et le système digestif. Si elle n’est pas contagieuse, il n’existe pour le moment aucun traitement permettant de la soigner. Aujourd’hui, un espoir est donné par une société américaine qui a mis au point une molécule dans le cadre d’un traitement inédit. Testée sur plusieurs patients atteints d’une forme rare de la maladie, la molécule aurait permis d’obtenir de bons résultats. Une bonne nouvelle pour l’association Vaincre la mucoviscidose qui a expliqué au Télégramme : “C’est une avancée majeure. Ça nous donne un véritable espoir”. De son côté, le responsable du centre de ressources et de compétences de la mucoviscidose basé à Roscoff(29), Gilles Rault renchérit auprès du journal : “C’est la première fois qu’une molécule corrige une mutation et fait diminuer le taux de sel dans la sueur. C’est la première fois qu’on a des effets significatifs”.La compagnie Vertex Pharmaceuticals a dévoilé les résultats de son étude sur la molécule la semaine dernière, précisant bien qu’elle ne concerne que les porteurs de la mutation G551D, une forme de la maladie qui ne touche que 1% des patients atteints de la mucoviscidose. Si les résultats sont confirmés, un médicament pourrait arriver sur le marché d’ici la fin de l’année. Mais les malades et associations préfèrent toutefois rester prudents pour le moment. Le 28 février 2011 à 17:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Washington State Department of Corrections asked Washington State Patrol to investigate a union claim against a high-ranking employee at Larch Corrections Center.Teamsters Local 117, a union representing workers at Larch Corrections Center, last month filed a grievance over what it says is threatening behavior toward bargaining unit members by Dale Caldwell, Larch Corrections Program Manager.Members independently took a vote of no confidence over hostility in the workplace, said Paul Zilly, union spokesman.The accusations relate to Caldwell’s treatment of employees.Selena Davis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections said the organization received the no-confidence petition in early March. Davis said it is typical for the department to ask for a third party, in this case WSP, to investigate these types of claims.The complaints are just allegations at this point, Davis said. DOC will wait for the results of the investigation to determine what, if any, disciplinary action needs to take place.Caldwell declined to comment, Davis said.
House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore, said that’s a concern for President Trump. A White House spokeswoman did not respond to an email asking about the president’s views on the icebreaker contract. In April, the government awarded a contract for up to three icebreakers to VT Halter Marine, a shipyard in Mississippi. Halter recently released some design details. The 460-foot hull will be able to break ice up to eight feet thick. It will accommodate 186 people for up to 90 days at a time. The Coast Guard expects to launch the first of three new icebreakers in 2024, but don’t expect to see much of it in Alaska. Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz said Tuesday the primary duty of the first icebreaker will be in the Antarctic, not the Far North. The new icebreaker’s essential mission will be to clear a path for supply ships serving the McMurdo Station. It takes more than 100 days to get to Antarctica, which would leave little time for trips to the Arctic. Schultz isn’t taking that lightly. He said physical presence on Arctic waters is vital for national security. The shipbuilder says it will deliver the third icebreaker by 2027. “When I was at the White House a few weeks ago, the president was quite upset at the price tag per ship,” DeFazio said at the hearing. “Until that second or third (polar) security cutter, we won’t really have much of a game up there, in terms of presence,” Adm. Schultz told a U.S. House Transportation subcommittee. “In the polar regions, presence equals influence,” he said. “And your Coast Guard is the sole surface presence protecting our rights and projecting sovereignty.” Schultz said the cost is expected to total $1.9 billion for the three ships. Artist rendering of the VT Halter Polar Security Cutter design. (Illustration: VT Halter Marine / Designer: Technology Associates, Inc.)
Here’s a chance for Spice Girls fans to spice up their lives: The iconic Union Jack-painted bus that featured in the 1997 Spice Girls movie Spice World is now listed as accommodation on Airbnb.The Spice Bus, which comes complete with pink Union Jack cinema chairs, vintage 90s memorabilia, and bold interiors, will be located in the heart of Wembley Park in London, where guests will be able to stay overnight on June 14 and 15 for £99 (around $126).The renovated living area of the bus also features a very Instagram-worthy ‘Girl Power’ neon light installation. A dressing area is located upstairs, where there’s an adjoining bedroom, fitted with a striking animal-print carpet, and comfy bedding for three guests who get to call the Spice Bus home for the night.The living area aboard the Spice Bus. (Photo Credit: Matt Alexander / PA Wire)The Airbnb host is a mega-fan named Suzanne Godley.“When my boss mentioned that he was considering buying the Spice Bus I was desperate to be a part of its renovation,” she told Airbnb. “We’ve worked hard over the past few months to turn the bus into a home, in keeping with its legacy, and I’m so excited to open it up to the public with the support of Airbnb. Being part of this project has been like a dream come true and I can’t wait to meet other Spice Girls fans through this experience.”The bedroom aboard the Spice Bus, which can accommodate three guests. (Photo Credit: Matt Alexander / PA Wire)Of course, the Spice Bus comes with rules:No petsMaximum three guestsNo smoking90s dress codeDouble denim permittedGirl Power essentialSelfies in the driver’s seat encouragedCompulsory rendition of ‘Goodbye’ on check outBook the Spice Bus on Airbnb here.More on Geek.com:Google Combines Trip Planning Features Under One RoofThis $5 Million Solar-Powered Yacht Cruises in ‘Pure Silence’This Futuristic Mini Yacht Fits 12 People and Travels Up to 70 MPH Airbnb For Work Simplifies Business TravelAirbnb’s Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Rental Is a Hot Dog Lover’s Paradise Stay on target
After looking at cute puppies and doggies all year, finally, the time has come when we can actually go and look at those puppy eyes, their tricks and furry wagging tails this weekend i.e., December 2-3. India’s biggest pet festival – Pet Fed – is back this year in Delhi’s NSIC Grounds, Okhla and this time, it’s bigger than ever. The year 2017 will count many firsts for the cutest gathering as Pet Fed 2017 will also happen in Mumbai’s MMRDA Grounds, BKC on December 16 and 17. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe allegation that it will be the cutest weekend of the year with 3000+ pets (dog, cat, hamsters and guinea pigs included) should be enough to get you there, but the immense stature of activities planned is the extra nudge that will have you rushing to book the tickets now.Completely different from the previous editions, the activity ring this year is lined with displays like the Security Dog Show, Good Dog Citizen Program and an Obedience Display. “In the security dog show, we are trying to show that dogs can be more than our companion. During the two days, you can witness multiple acts in which a dog is sniffing out a bomb and a whole scene enactment in which a dog pounces on a robber who snatches something from a lady,” informed Akshay Gupta, Founder and CEO of Pet Fed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIf your pet has some cool tricks up their sleeves, enroll them for the Pet’s Got Talent, happening for the first time in India and show off how well they can jump through a loop, play dead on command, count cards or any such cool trick. Your pet can even try their paw at the Fashion Show and Temptation Alley. Cash prizes are in store for these activities, apart from the whole act being in front of a live audience of 25,000+ pet lovers and a million people who will watch it from their homes on TV. Set your dog’s name in history, at Pet Fed 2017 powered by Dogsee, in Delhi and Mumbai, as they are attempting a Limca Book of World Record for the biggest dog gathering ever. The Off-Leash Play Area is a must drop by with your dogs for an Agility have-a-go, trampolines, ball pools and doggo slides. Do check out the Discover Dogs section as well, which is taken over by 11 dog breeds and mounted with uber cool facts.Even though Akshay Gupta is the founder of this loved festival, he says that he never had a dog of his own but that doesn’t stop him from loving and feeding the street dogs outside his house. He believes that every dog is unique in their own way and should be loved the same way. That’s why this year, he has taken a small little initiative to spread the love by giving free entry to those who bring their desi dogs to the event. “During the whole event, you will see on different occasions, different people coming and sharing their stories with their Indie dogs. Rahul Ram, lead singer for the Indian Ocean will also be there with his Indie breed dog where he will be sharing with the whole crowd his story about how he adopted, and how his desi dog has helped him through life. So we are sharing these stories for people to understand that even our desi dogs are as good as pure breed dogs,” said Akshay.That’s not all, if you’ve always wanted to get home a bundle of joy but haven’t found your furry partner yet; Pet Fed is where you need to be to ‘tie-the-knot’ by adopting a pet. And if you’re more into being mastered than being the master yourself, then the Cat zone is where you should be. With more than 100 stalls, food and drinks, a Cat Zone and a separate VIP Lounge, there is something for everyone at this pet festival.
Kolkata: Monsoon is expected to enter Bengal after June 5. All the South Bengal districts will continue to burn in the scorching summer heat in the next couple of days, with the temperature touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted that rainfall is likely to take place in some parts of the state early next month. It will bring relief to the people from the excessive summer heat. In the next few days, hot and humid conditions will prevail in all the South Bengal districts. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”A heat wave condition will continue to prevail in all the Western districts for the next couple of days. There may be some scattered rainfall in some parts of South Bengal on Thursday, the day of counting of votes, particularly in the afternoon hours,” a weather official said. According to a weather expert, the onset of Monsoon in the state will be on time. He has also maintained that conditions are favourable for its advancement into more parts of South Bay. It is likely to hit the North Andaman Sea and the Andaman Islands in the next couple of days. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”A cyclonic circulation each over the South Andaman Sea to the extreme East and over the Cape Comorin to the West-South-West are expected to provide a momentum to the Monsoon,” the expert said. According to the prediction of the weather office, thundershower along with gusty winds will take place in North Bengal districts in every afternoon during the next couple of days. In the last few days, some parts of South Bengal witnessed scattered rainfall, but it did not last, as a result of which the hot and humid condition continued unabated. The temperature in the city and its adjoining districts may hover around 37-38 degree Celsius, with humidity level on the higher side, in the next few days. The mercury may remain between 41-43 degree Celsius in the Western districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Birbhum. A heat wave will also sweep through the region. The temperature will drop once Monsoon arrives in the state early next month.
Register Now » 2 min read It can feel like a new cryptocurrency is popping up every hour, and that’s because they basically are. There are more than 1,500 tradeable cryptocurrencies. In 2017 alone, there were between 2.9 and 5.8 million people using crypto wallets throughout the year, compared to 0.3 to 1.3 million in 2013. There’s a $320-billion-plus market cap across all cryptocurrencies today.Related: 6 Ways Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Are Changing EntrepreneurshipIt’s safe to say, the crypto market is growing. While this growth has helped some people strike it rich, it’s also benefited the job market. Between December 2016 and December 2017, there was a 207 percent increase in job postings for Blockchain positions on Indeed.com.While the term “crypto career” might bring to mind technology and engineering professionals, there are a variety of jobs within the field, ranging from full stack developers to compliance officers and community managers. If you’re interested in one of these crypto careers, it might be a good idea to move out west. Unsurprisingly, the tech-savvy state of California employs nearly 30 percent of the country’s crypto employees — the most of any state. Of course, if moving across the country is out of the picture, another 15 percent of crypto jobs in the U.S. are remote.Related: 5 Essential Podcasts for Entrepreneurs Serious About CryptocurrencyTo learn more about crypto careers, check out CoinList’s infographic below. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 2, 2018
Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Earlier this year, a U.S. judge sentenced Bouterse’s son Dino to serve over 16 years in prison after he admitted that he offered a home base in Suriname to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The son, whose father once picked him to lead a counterterrorist unit, said he was motivated by money and pleaded guilty.There are 353,000 registered voters in the country of roughly 550,000 people. The Organization of American States, the Caribbean Community and several other groups have sent observer missions.Results were expected Tuesday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Bouterse promised a landslide victory in Monday’s election. His party needs a two-thirds majority of 34 seats in Parliament for him to be automatically re-elected as party leader without forging a coalition.Bouterse’s biggest rival is Chan Santokhi, a former justice minister who leads a new opposition coalition that calls itself the V7 alliance. Santokhi and his coalition accuse the government of corruption and such bad financial mismanagement that public debt has increased from roughly $295 million in 2010 to $1.7 billion now.Bouterse has loomed over Surinamese politics for decades. He first came to power in 1980, when he led a coup that saw the constitution suspended and Parliament dissolved just five years after independence from the Netherlands. Under international pressure he allowed the return of civilian rule in 1987, only to launch a second coup in 1990.His strategic coalition-building with former political enemies got him the presidency in 2010. Some of those old alliances fractured in recent years, but recent polls have indicated Bouterse remains popular.But he is dogged by old allegations of corruption. Convicted of drug trafficking in absentia in 1999 in the Netherlands, he was sentenced to 11 years but avoided that punishment because Suriname doesn’t have an extradition treaty with its former colonial ruler. Since 2010, he has also had immunity as head of state. PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse is betting that Monday general elections to choose the South American country’s next Parliament will keep him and his party in power for another five years.Most recent polls conducted in Suriname give a comfortable majority to Bouterse’s National Democratic Party.The 69-year-old was military dictator of Suriname twice after leading coups and has been convicted in absentia of drug trafficking, but was elected democratically in 2010 to his current term in the ethnically diverse country of about 550,000 people. FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2010 file photo, Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse speaks with journalists at the presidential cabinet office in Paramaribo, Suriname. Bouterse is betting that the Monday, May 25, 2015 election to choose the South American country’s next Parliament will keep him and his party in power for another five years. (AP Photo/Edward Troon, File) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home
The impact of recent flooding in Central Queensland has been felt by the tourism industry as employers in the region are forced to cut back on jobs. A business survey by Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development (CTED) has revealed that the closure of roads, rail and air into the region’s capital Rockhampton since 3 January has impacted severely across all industries in the area, resulting in job losses and cuts in employment hours. “In the tourism/hospitality industry alone, we believe that approximately 1,200 full time equivalent employees have no work for an extended period of time as a result of this prolonged isolation of Central Queensland’s capital city, Rockhampton,” Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development chief executive Mary Carroll said. “Most employed on a casual or permanent part-time basis are receiving no hours and no pay, and many full time employees are being asked to take voluntary annual leave to assist business cash flow.” According to Ms Carroll, the impact on businesses will continue “for many months, if not years”. “The irony is that the severity of these job losses are not because of businesses being inundated by flood waters, but rather by the capital of CQ, Rockhampton being inaccessible, therefore unable to trade due to inadequate road access on the national highway from the south and Capricorn Hwy to the west”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Warner added that the Cardinals offensive tackles — D’Anthony Batiste and Bobby Massie — have combined to start 14 NFL games, further showing how little experience the offensive side of the ball features.“It’s tough to get guys to come into this league and excel having not seen very much, having not been in crazy environments like last Thursday in St. Louis on the big stage,” he said.Arizona is averaging just 18.8 points per game and picking up 273.2 yards per contest. The quarterbacks have been sacked a league-high 23 times, and the Cardinals have the third-lowest rushing total in the NFL, ahead of only Dallas and Oakland, each of whom were off this week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback and current NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner thinks the Cardinals offense is lacking the one thing the coaches can’t help them gain: experience.So, before fans go and look at Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm as the responsible party for the team’s blocking woes, Warner wants people to realize he just doesn’t have much to work with at the moment.“You have to look at the big picture,” Warner told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Monday. “Take Fitz out of the mix, and you look at the skill positions starting for this team offensively, and their average number of starts is 12 starts.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLondon’s Halkin, a design-led boutique hotel located in tony Belgravia, has unveiled a new Assouline Culture Lounge. Located in the hotel’s lobby bar, the pop-up lounge showcases the publishing houses most iconic coffee table books, including tomes on fashion, art, photography, travel, architecture and design. The lounge, open till November 30th, will also hold a series of events with selected authors scheduled for later this year. The literary addition comes as the gem-like hotel, the first property from Singapore-based COMO Hotel and Resorts, celebrates its 20th anniversary.www.halkin.como.bz