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Morocco Eyes 479000 Italian Tourists by 2015

Milan – Morocco seeks to attract around 479,000 Italian tourists by 2015, that is an increase of over 10 percent compared to the previous year, Morocco’s Tourism Promotion Office (ONMT) said.A strategy has been devised by ONMT to achieve this goal, ONMT Delegate in Italy, Jazia Santissi told MAP.“We managed to achieve a 7 percent growth in arrivals and 10 percent increase in overnight stays in 2014 thanks to targeted proximity actions”, she added. According to Santissi, 381,614 Italian tourists visited Morocco for 400,000 overnight stays in 2014.ONMT has carried out a marketing campaign to attract more Italian tourists, notably through close relations with Italian travel agencies and media outlets, especially radio and TV channels. read more

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TSX higher amid positive German confidence data rising oil prices

The Toronto stock market was higher Tuesday amid reassuring data suggesting Germany will be able to avoid slipping into recession.Traders also looked to the start of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting on interest rates and hoped for a resolution to the fiscal cliff crisis.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 53.86 points to 12,284.33 while the TSX Venture Exchange was down 6.44 points at 1,180.3.The Canadian dollar inched up 0.01 of a cent to 101.33 cents US amid rising oil prices and data showing Canada’s trade picture improved significantly in October.Statistics Canada says the merchandise trade deficit shrank to $169 million, which was a big improvement over the September figure when the deficit was $1 billion. Exports rose one per cent to $38.1 billion while imports fell 1.2 per cent to $38.3 billion.Hopes for more stimulus from the Fed helped push the Dow Jones industrials up 90.23 points to 13,260.11, while the Nasdaq rose 34 points to 3,020.9 and the S&P 500 index was up 11.01 points at 1,429.56.Investors took in an index of German investor optimism which rose more than expected in December. The ZEW indicator of economic sentiment rose to plus 6.9 points, from minus 15.7 in November. Markets had expected the index to rise only to minus 11.5. Germany’s economy grew a modest 0.2 per cent in the third quarter.Meanwhile, investors are expecting the Federal Reserve to embark on another round of stimulus when it wraps up its meeting Wednesday. The Fed’s US$400-billion stimulus program, know as Operation Twist, is set to expire after 2012.It involved the Fed buying $400 billion of longer-term Treasuries and simultaneously selling some of the shorter-dated issues it already held in order to bring down long-term interest rates.Economists now expect that the Fed will begin buying $40 million of long-term treasury securities each month. This would be on top of an existing plan announced in September that involves the Fed buying $40 billion per month in mortgage-backed securities.Negotiations to avoid a fiscal crisis yielded no tangible signs of progress Monday. Fiscal cliff is the name for a situation that will arise at the beginning of the year when automatic tax increases and steep spending cuts are due to take hold. The subsequent shock to the economy would likely push the U.S. back into recession.The eurozone government debt crisis also returned to centre stage following the surprise weekend announcement by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti that he will resign after Italy’s 2013 budget has gone through parliament.Monti, a technocratic leader who has been credited with restoring confidence in Italy’s economy, said he found it impossible to lead after former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party, parliament’s largest, dropped its support for the government. Analysts fear Monti’s resignation could spark a new round of Italian political turmoil.Tech stocks led TSX advancers as MacDonald, Dettwiler & Assoc. (TSX:MDA) rose $1.19 to $54.34.Patent-licensing firm Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) has started litigation against Research in Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) alleging patent infringement. The case, launched in the Southern District of Florida, alleges infringement of a patent related to Bluetooth technologies. Wi-LAN shares added five cents to $4.95 while RIM advanced 24 cents to $11.98.The consumer discretion segment was also higher as Magna International (TSX:MG) rose 71 cents to $47.90.Commodities were mixed and the mining group was up 0.6 per cent while copper prices gave up some of Monday’s four-cent rise as the March contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dipped one cent to US$3.70 a pound. Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) edged up five cents to $3.16 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gained 19 cents to C$20.56.The energy sector was up 0.5 per cent as the January crude contract gained 19 cents to US$85.75 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 28 cents to C$28.30.Shares in oilsands company MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG) declined 90 cents to $32.75 as the company announced a pair of financing deals to raise a total of $800 million, including one with the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec. MEG said it has agreed to sell nearly 12.13 million shares to a syndicate of underwriters for $33 per share and another 12.12 million shares to the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec for the same price.The gold sector was off 0.15 per cent as February bullion fell $4 to US$1,710.40 an ounce. Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD) gave back 13 cents to $13.20.Investors also took in the first earnings report issued by Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) since the retailer returned to the Toronto stock market. HBC said its loss from continuing operations was $8.5 million or eight cents per share in the third quarter. That compared with a loss from continuing operations of $7.5 million or seven cents per share in the same year-earlier period.Revenues in the three months ended Oct. 27 were $930.4 million, up from $896.7 million in the 2011 period. Hudson’s Bay Co. also said it will initiate a quarterly dividend of just over nine cents per share and its shares dipped six cents to $16.75.European bourses advanced in the wake of the German economic data as London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.14 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.57 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 gained 0.77 per cent.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.1 per cent with Japanese utilities coming under pressure a day after a team of geologists said that a nuclear power plant in western Japan is likely located on an active fault. Japanese guidelines prohibit nuclear facilities above active faults.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.2 per cent but shares in mainland China fell, with the main Shanghai index closing 0.4 per cent lower.In other corporate news, HSBC will pay US$1.9 billion to settle a U.S. money-laundering probe, avoiding a protracted legal battle that would have further embarrassed the British banking giant. The probe of Europe’s largest bank by market value focused on the transfer of funds through the U.S. financial system from Mexican drug cartels and on behalf of countries such as Iran that are under international sanctions.And Delta Air Lines is buying almost half of Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic for US$360 million as it seeks a bigger share of the lucrative New York-to-London travel market. read more

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Oil falls below 92 to 8month low of US9166 a barel natural

Oil falls below $92 to 8-month low of US$91.66 a barel; natural gas plummets 5% AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2014 3:36 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil closed at the lowest level in eight months Thursday as traders worried about bulging supplies of crude and falling demand for gasoline.Meanwhile, natural gas prices fell five per cent on forecasts for warmer than normal weather in the coming weeks.Benchmark West Texass Intermediate crude for February delivery fell 67 cents to close at US$91.66 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price did rise back above $92 in electronic trading after the close, perhaps piggybacking on a move by U.S. stocks into positive territory.On Wednesday, the U.S. Energy Department said supplies of gasoline rose by 6.2 million barrels last week, a jump of nearly three per cent. Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill, said the data indicated that demand for gasoline was the lowest in a year.At the same time, U.S. production of crude oil is the highest in more than 25 years and supplies “are near the upper limit of the average range for this time of year,” the Energy Department said.As of the close, oil was down nearly seven per cent so far this year.Natural gas futures plunged 21 cents, or five per cent, to US$4.01 per 1,000 cubic feet. Natural gas last closed below $4 on Dec. 4.With the U.S. pulling out from a recent spell of extremely cold weather, forecasts are starting to warm up. “Some of these outlooks are tilting increasingly in favour of warmer than normal trends in some parts of the upper mid-continent,” wrote Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, in a note to clients.Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of oil, dropped 76 cents to US$106.39 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline dipped one cent to US$2.64 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil slipped three cents to US$2.92 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

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Transforming the world requires input from all society UN deputy chief

Amina Mohammed was addressing a special meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the UN forum that supports implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.The global action plan, agreed by world leaders three years ago, seeks to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives.“The success of our collective journey to 2030 will greatly depend on how we involve Government, parliaments, local authorities, indigenous peoples, civil society, the scientific and academic community and the private sector,” Ms. Mohammed said.“In short, the transformation promised will only be achieved by engaging all actors right across society.”The UN deputy chief called for an end to barriers that exclude people, particularly the most vulnerable, from taking part in processes that affect their daily lives.She said inclusive sustainable development that is rooted in respect for human rights is the foundation for universal prosperity and well-being, and a healthy planet.It also is “our best defence against violent conflict which so rapidly and dramatically erodes development gains,” she added.With interconnected challenges such as climate change, forced migration and urbanization affecting all people, ECOSOC president Marie Chatardová called for a “paradigm shift” in how the world responds to these issues.“The spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness, in particular, have also great potential to accelerate human progress and bridge the digital and other divides, thus helping to develop inclusive and people-centred societies,” she said.Ms. Mohammed, the UN deputy chief, outlined five areas for action; including the need for responsible leadership and greater investment in transparent and accountable institutions.Women and girls, as well as young people, must also be encouraged to contribute, while investing in the so-called “green economy” can create jobs and improve health outcomes.She said: “The 2030 Agenda needs the participation of all actors to ensure no one is left behind and that all can enjoy prosperity, dignity and opportunity in a world of peace.” read more

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Conference aims to keep arts in the classroom

What was once created to combat the decline in funding for the arts in Ontario classrooms is now one of the Faculty’s of Education premier events. And after a seventh successful Arts Matter Conference this week, the message was clear that arts are monumentally important in today’s classrooms.The full-day conference, held Wednesday at Brock University’s Hamilton campus, featured four rolling sessions in each of the arts disciplines — drama, music, dance, and visual arts — as well as a captivating and entertaining live performance by Shaun Boothe.In addition to a wealth of resources and knowledge, many of the teacher candidates in attendance came away with a calming reassurance that integrating the arts across the curriculum is not the anxiety-inducing task it may initially seem.“It really pushed me out of my comfort zone,” said Aline Saffran. “I was afraid to be a drama teacher, which is why I pursued history, but in the drama class we focused on a historical topic and I thought it was cool that, as a history teacher, I could incorporate drama into the class.”A true benefit to the conference is the experience of the clinicians, all of who are skilled and knowledgeable in teaching the arts to an array of audiences.Shauna Daley, a teacher and artist, was the visual arts clinician and has been, in one way or another, part of the Arts Matter conference — both as a teacher education student and a clinician — for the past six years.Daley, an ardent advocate for the arts, recognizes the importance of these types of conferences and the additional instruction provided to future teachers.“I think that this conference is wonderful because it is another extension for the teacher candidates to use art in the classroom,” says Daley. “It broadens their scope to how meaningful the arts can be and opens their eyes to ways to different ways the arts can benefit education.”Initially, for some, the idea of dancing, drawing, acting and playing instruments struck somewhat of a juvenile chord, but those perceptions were quickly altered when the big picture, in some cases quite literally, began to take shape.“We were each given a piece of a picture and we were to recreate that picture,” said Adesewa Laoye. “In the end, the pieces we created were put together. It was really cool. It promotes a form of togetherness and teamwork and that’s something I would do as a teacher in my classroom because it shows that everyone can be creative and work together to create something beautiful.”Through chatter between workshops, over lunch and during sessions, it was clear the teacher candidates attending the conference were absorbing the new ideas and approaches to arts in the classroom, developing that confidence for translation into their own classrooms.“We did a story drama and we learned how to use a picture book about an intense topic and break it down into short exercises to have students embody the role of the characters,” said Madeleine DeLuca. “I think drama is a great way to incorporate students to really understand what they are reading instead of just reading the text itself.”For more information on the conference visit the Arts Matters website. read more

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Baseball Ohio State comes up empty in trip to South Carolina

Ohio State freshman right fielder Dominic Canzone bats in the bottom of the seventh inning against North Carolina Greensboro. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team (7-8) lost all three games in the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational. The drive from Greenville, South Carolina to Spartanburg, South Carolina did not prove to be refreshing, as the Buckeyes also dropped their fifth-straight game on Tuesday.  Michigan StateThe Buckeyes fell to a Michigan State squad fueled by early runs and stellar pitching. Michigan State (3-10) defeated Ohio State 7-1 on Saturday. Spartans junior pitcher Mike Mokma went the distance in the 11-strikeout win. Mokma allowed seven hits in his nine innings of work, leaving with a 2.05 ERA on the year. The Spartans added three runs in the first inning to give Mokma early run support. Senior third baseman Ando Royce had two hits and three RBIs. Ohio State freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn picked up his first loss of the season, falling to 2-1 on the year. Burhenn allowed seven runs in five innings. Freshman pitcher TJ Brock put in three hitless innings of relief for the Buckeyes. He recorded five strikeouts in the process. Western Carolina A big inning plagued the Buckeyes, as they dropped their third straight game. Ohio State fell to Western Carolina (8-5) in a score of 8-5. A five-run seventh inning propelled the Catamounts to a comfortable four-run victory. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone hit a solo home run for the Buckeyes, his fourth of the year, to put the Buckeyes up 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Ohio State freshman pitcher Mitch Milheim allowed four runs in the bottom of the inning, picking up his first loss of the year. Despite producing 11 hits, Ohio State stranded 12 baserunners in the loss. Western Carolina junior pitcher Jacob Corn received his second win of the season, as he allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief. FurmanDespite producing 10 runs, Ohio State dropped its fourth straight game in dramatic fashion Monday. The Buckeyes were outscored 11-10 in 10 innings against Furman (4-9). A solo home run by senior first baseman John Boswell ended the game, giving the Paladins its second win in three games. The Buckeye offense recorded a season-high 15 hits. Four Buckeyes produced at least three hits in the loss. Ohio State junior first baseman Conner Pohl recorded four hits and one RBI. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry added three RBIs, hitting his fourth home run of the season. The Buckeyes led 10-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. After two throwing errors put two runners in scoring position, a ground out reduced the lead to one with two outs and put a runner on third. A single knocked in the tying run to extend the game. Ohio State freshman pitcher Will Pfenning received the loss. Furman freshman pitcher Rob Hughes picked up his second win of the season; he has no earned runs in 15 innings of work. Wofford The Buckeyes could stop the bleeding, dropping their fifth straight in a loss to Wofford. Ohio State lost 8-6 to Wofford (11-6), despite jumping out to a 5-1 lead through three innings. The Terriers’ offense produced seven runs in the next four innings to secure the lead and ultimately the win. Wofford sophomore starting pitcher David Yourke struggled early, allowing five earned runs in four innings. The relief for the Terriers rebounded, however, allowing only one run in the final five innings. The pitching for Ohio State did not excel against a talented Wofford batting order. Freshman third baseman John Dempsey produced three RBIs, including a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry had a three-hit performance for the Buckeyes that included two RBIs and two doubles. Cherry is now batting .344 on the season. Ohio State junior pitcher Andrew Magno received the loss, while Wofford junior pitcher Rasesh Pandya earned the win. read more

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Brazil President Michel Temer faces more criminal charges

President Michel Temer has been accused of leading a criminal group (AFP Image)(BBC) Brazil’s top anti-corruption prosecutor has charged President Michel Temer with obstruction of justice and racketeering.It is the second set of criminal charges he faces and is based on the plea-bargain testimony of the owners of the meatpacker JBS.They accused Mr Temer of taking bribes and of conspiring to buy the silence of a witness.Mr Temer has strongly rejected all allegations of wrongdoing.The earlier corruption charge was blocked by Congress, which has the power to decide whether the president should stand trial.In the second round of charges, President Temer is accused along with six other political allies.The Chief Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot said in a statement that Mr Temer “acted as leader of a criminal organisation” made up of senior members of his PMDB party.He said the group had allegedly taken $190m (£140m) in bribes in return for contracts at public companies.The charges derive in part from testimony given by the owners of the world’s largest meat packer, JBS, Joesely Batista and Wesley Batista.They told prosecutors that they met Mr Temer in his Brasilia residence and secretly recorded him allegedly discussing paying hush money to a witness.President Temer has denied the recording shows anything incriminating.His lawyers also challenged the testimony saying it was unreliable because Joesely Batista withheld information from prosecutors.The latest charges must first be accepted by the Supreme Court before being sent for debate in the lower house.The president is widely thought to have enough support in Congress to avoid being put on trial.The allegations against Mr Temer are part of a series of wide-ranging criminal investigations by prosecutors into corruption by Brazil’s elite.Dozens of politicians and business executives have been convicted or are being charged in embezzlement and bribery schemes. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazil: Temer wins corruption charges reprieveJuly 14, 2017In “Regional”Brazil’s top prosecutor charges President Temer with corruptionJune 27, 2017In “latest news”‘Biggest cash haul’ in Brazil ex-minister’s apartmentSeptember 6, 2017In “Regional” read more

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Govt taking steps to ensure elderly care facilities meet minimum standards

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPalms undergoing major upgrade; Govt engaging stakeholders to raise standards in elderly care homesMay 15, 2018In “latest news”Night Shelter’s reintegration programme restructured – Social Protection MinistryFebruary 2, 2018In “latest news”All Daycare centres to be licensedJune 8, 2016In “latest news” The Government, through the Ministry of Social Protection, is taking the necessary steps to ensure that all registered elderly care facilities in Guyana meet the minimum standards expected.Director of Social Services, Whentworth TannerAccording to Director of Social Services, Whentworth Tanner many of these homes fall short of the minimum standards of ensuring their residents are treated equally, fairly and with dignity, and lead productive lives.Tanner was quoted in a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying that through the Elderly Residential Facilities Visiting Committee, the Ministry has been conducting regular visits to the facilities to ensure full compliance.On the issue of those non-registered homes, Tanner noted that the Ministry of Social Protection is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and the agencies to bring them in line with those standards. According to DPI, the Director explained that the aim is not the closure or penalisation of these homes, but rather, to work with them so that they provide the best quality of service.“…It is not to be punitive, at least not in its embryonic stages, but is for us to work with these homes to build their capacity, so that they can meet the minimum standards,” Tanner explained. read more

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Toibín dismisses talk of SF rift after defeat on abortion free vote

first_imgSINN FÉIN TD Peadar Toibín has dismissed speculation that he could be forced to quit the party, after the defeat of a motion at the party Árd Fheis which would have offered a free vote on proposed abortion laws.Meath West TD Toibín spoke in favour of the motion, which was tabled by five party branches including his own, at the Árd Fheis in Castlebar.The motion would have allowed all Sinn Féin members “to articulate and vote on the issue of abortion according to their conscience”, but was defeated.Toibín abstained in the Dáil vote on Clare Daly’s abortion bill last November – absenting himself from the vote which would have legalised abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at risk – and was deemed to have broken the party whip, after his Sinn Féin colleagues voted in favour of the bill.As a result, Toibín was stripped of his €9,500-a-year position as Chairman of the Oireachtas committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions – a new committee whose chairmanship is being offered to an opposition party – but remained within the Sinn Féin fold.The defeat of the ‘free vote’ motion at the Árd Fheis, however, raises the prospect of Toibín again clashing with the party position when the Department of Health legislation in line with the X Case is presented later this year.This morning, however, Toibín said his commitment to Sinn Féin was “100 per cent” and that his determination was “to do everything possible” to ensure that the legislation presented was something both he and his party could support.“The heads of bill [the first draft of the legislation] haven’t been developed as of yet,” he told TheJournal.ie today. “I haven’t seen them so no individual can indicate what way they’re going to vote until the heads of bill are actually published, and even then there is a long way to go.”He said it was the opinion of everybody within the party that “every mother – no ifs, no buts, no exceptions – should have every medical procedure necessary afforded to her to survive”, and that nobody wanted doctors to be confused about the legality of possible treatments.“There’s a lot that unites everybody in the party,” he said, saying he was “with every single cell of my body, an Irish republican,” and arguing that Sinn Fein was “the only vehicle available to achieve those objectives”.He added that Sinn Féin was “very open” about allowing members to air their opinions.Read: Second minister appears to reject calls for ‘sunset clause’ in abortion lawlast_img read more

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All we want is closure New appeal for missing Esra Uyrun as

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 27,808 Views Monday 27 Mar 2017, 9:59 PM http://jrnl.ie/3310199 It would be a blessing for my mum (to find out what happened). She’s in hospital, she’s been diagnosed with cancer and all she wants is closure. All she wants to know is what happened to her baby. It’s hard for us to live like this all the time. Missing Esra Uyrun Source: CrimecallIT HAS BEEN over six years since Esra Uyrun disappeared without a trace and her family is no closer to finding out what happened to the doting mother.On 23 February 2011, Uyrun got into her her silver Renault Twingo (08 D 23067) and left her home in Collinstown Grove in Clondalkin. She said she was going to buy some milk.She has not been seen since.However, later that night, her car was discovered near Bray Head in Wicklow which is about a 40 minute drive from her home.Esra’s sister Berna Fidan travelled to Dublin to appear on Crimecall to appeal for the public’s help.She explained it was very out of character for Esra to disappear with no explanation – and that she had made plans for the week ahead.“I spoke to her on Sunday, we’d already made plans for mum and her mother-in-law to go over and visit,” Fidan told Crimecall. Share314 Tweet Email Mar 27th 2017, 9:59 PM Source: CrimecallWhen last seen she was wearing black leggings, white Nike trainers and a dark top.Making an appeal four years ago on the second anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, Berna Fidan said it was like Esra had “vanished without a trace”.“There hasn’t been anything since she disappeared. I feel like we are going around in roundabouts,” said Fidan. “We need closure of some form. I’m not convinced she is dead without a body but then again I  know my sister could not go this quiet for so long.”The woman’s family are asking anyone with information to contact Ronanstown garda station 01 6667700, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Any one with information is asked to contact Crimecall on 1800 40 50 60Read: Renewed appeal for missing woman whose car was found on Bray promenade 5 Comments ‘All we want is closure’: New appeal for missing Esra Uyrun as her mother battles cancer Esra’s sister Berna Fidan has said her mother needs to know what happened to her daughter. By Garreth MacNameelast_img read more

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U2s former manager has made a €35m TV show about the seedy

first_img McGuinness pictured with Bono in 2012 Apr 8th 2017, 8:30 AM Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 8:30 AM Share7 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3323076 By AFP Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 6 Comments U2’s former manager has made a €35m TV show about the seedy lives of the rich and famous Funded by Sky Atlantic, Riviera is the brainchild of Paul McGuinness and directed by Neil Jordan. A NEW BIG-BUDGET television drama series gives an insider’s peek into the lives of the rich and famous in the oligarchs’ playground of the French Riviera.“Riviera”, the brainchild of Paul McGuinness, the multimillionaire former manager of rock group U2, premiered Monday night at MIPTV, the world’s top TV gathering at Cannes.Directed by Neil Jordan, the Oscar-winning maker of “The Crying Game”, much of the inspiration for the taut 10-part thriller comes from McGuinness’s own time rubbing shoulders with some of the richest people on the planet.McGuinness, who like the members of U2 has a home on the Riviera, told AFP that France’s Mediterranean coast – once described by novelist Somerset Maughan as a “sunny place for shady people” – was thick with stories and scandal.“The Riviera is a destination for rich people from all over the world. We have Americans, Russians, French and English characters,” McGuinness said.He said that throughout the making of the series Jordan repeated Balzac’s maxim: “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.”The show turns on the murder of a billionaire in a mysterious explosion on the yacht of a Russian oligarch.His widow, an art curator, is played by Hollywood star Julia Stiles, best known for her role in the “Bourne” films.‘Rich doing terrible things’McGuinness said the €35 million production was about “rich people in the south of France doing terrible things to each other. There’s money laundering, art fraud, murder, yachts and Ferraris.”But before shooting began last year, the production was hit by two major shocks – the Nice terror attack and Brexit, with the devaluation of the pound playing havoc with British producers Sky Atlantic’s budget.McGuinness paid tribute to the French authorities for allowing shoot-out scenes to be filmed on the streets within weeks of the Bastille Day attack last July 14, which left 86 people dead and more than 400 hurt.He also called in Man Booker prize-winning novelist John Banville to help with the story arc.McGuinness said he loved the area and would find any excuse to spend time there.“With U2 we used to base our tours in the south of France,” he told AFP. “I started looking for stories set in the area.”The inspiration came from “the news, gossip, and there’s always a lot of scandals” on the Cote d’Azur, he said.“There is a huge amount of public curiosity about what rich people do,” he added, and having lived on the Riviera for many years he knew the scene more than most.Stiles told reporters that she jumped at the sophistication of the show. “It is more poetic and mysterious than much of what I’ve seen on TV recently.”Sky’s drama chief Cameron Roach said that based on the reaction to the premiere, they believe they have a hit on their hands, in particular with Stiles as a compelling “Alice in Wonderland” lead trying to make sense of a strange world.“And you have all these unputdownable characters you just want to spend time with,” he said.- © – AFP 2017Read: U2 say goodbye to Paul McGuinness in typical U2 wayRead: Paul McGuinness to step down as U2 manager 27,095 Views McGuinness pictured with Bono in 2012 Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Irelandlast_img read more

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Solaire unveils new Players Stadium installation

first_imgManila’s Solaire Resort & Casino has launched its latest main gaming floor attraction called “Players Stadium” – an expansive and colorful entertainment space highlighted by a massive 360 square meter surround screen.The screen itself, designed specifically for Solaire, boasts over 91 million pixels and is equivalent in size to 310 65-inch televisions, while the gaming space below is designed to provide guests with a dash of luxury. It includes 14 reclining seats located at individual betting terminals and from which guests can also order food and drinks, as well as special cup holders to keep beverages chilled longer and subsequently reduce the time needed for breaks. Load More G2E Asia officially announces new Philippines expo RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August “Looking at the market and the trends in customer behavior, Solaire wanted to create something that’s original and would cater to a wide audience,” said Solaire’s Executive Vice President for Casino Marketing, Cyrus Sherafat.“The Players Stadium is unlike anything that our guests have seen before. It offers variety in one setting while at the same time letting them experience something that no other property has. It truly allows our guests to fully immerse themselves and enjoy the elevated Solaire experience.” Megaworld insists POGO exposure “small and manageable” as license moratorium sees share price tumblelast_img read more

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Pribilof scientists work to bring back decimated blue king crab population

first_imgThe restrictions put in place to protect blue king crab also make it difficult to do research on the species. (Photo by Celeste Leroux/Alaska Sea Grant)The last commercial harvest of Pribilof Island blue king crab was in 1999. Extremely low population numbers have kept that fishery closed.Listen Now“They’re almost like unicorns in the trawl survey now,” Lauren Divine said. Divine is the co-director of St. Paul’s Environmental Conservation Office. “There are very, very, very few being found. When you find one it’s kind of unreal. It’s kind of surreal.”As the blue king crab population goes down, fishermen on St. Paul Island face more restrictions to reduce bycatch. When those crab are caught accidentally, that can lower fishing quotas even more. Those precautions are intended to protect crab and help the species rebound.One idea Divine thinks could help the species recover is outstocking. That’s when female crab are plucked from the wild, flown to a hatchery where their eggs are raised until the young crab are dime-sized, and then they’re all returned to the ocean.That method is being tested in Kodiak on red king crab and Divine said they’re seeing positive results.“That gives us a lot of hope to say if it worked with red king crab, we could do this outstocking,” Divine said. “We could put these babies in the wild somewhere where we could go back and check. We could actually track survival, see them molt, and see the success of these crabs surviving.”But the restrictions in place to protect the crab also make it difficult to do research on the species. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game would have to issue a permit to allow Divine to remove crab from the water. That permitting process takes a long time, but Divine thinks it’s time to try.“In the 16 years that we’ve been looking at this species and have been trying to rebuild this species, nothing else has worked,” Divine said. “There is nothing to suggest that simply not touching them is going to do anything for the population in the future.”At this point, Divine said scientists have exhausted other ideas. There’s only so much you can take from one population and apply to another.Divine dreams of the day St. Paul’s fishermen will be able to fish without being limited by blue king crab bycatch.last_img read more

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Strong earthquake shakes near Adak registering magnitude 64

first_img(U.S. Geological Survey / Alaska Earthquake Cente)A series of earthquakes shook the Aleutian Islands Monday morning, including a strong magnitude-6.4 quake near Adak.Listen nowAccording to the Alaska Earthquake Center, the big event struck at 9 a.m. about 80 miles west of the community, where about 350 people live.“I would suspect that it was close enough to Adak that they should have felt it, but it’s probably not big enough to cause damage,” seismologist Natalia Ruppert said.Ruppert said the earthquake center has since detected a flurry of aftershocks. The small events have registered magnitudes around 4.0, but the center hasn’t ruled out another large quake.“It’s possible there will be another magnitude-6.0 earthquake,” Ruppert said. “In 2008, we actually had magnitude-6.4 and 6.6 earthquakes in the same location, just a day apart.”While earthquakes of that magnitude aren’t unusual for the region, Ruppert said Monday’s event did strike in an uncommon spot.“This was a shallow, coastal earthquake located underneath the island arc,” Ruppert said. “What we typically see in the Aleutian Islands is that stronger earthquakes are located south of the arc, more offshore.”The earthquake center is continuing to monitor seismic activity in the region. Officials say there is no danger of a tsunami.last_img read more

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first_imgDelhi is going to witness an education fair with eleven leading Russian government medical and engineering universities participating in it. The fair will further move to other metro cities of India – Kolkata (8 May) and Chennai (10-11 May) at Russian Centre for Science and Culture. The fair is aimed at informing students about the availability of the options available in Russia’s top Universities and Academies. It will serve as a one stop solution for all education queries and opportunities available in Russia at undergraduate and post graduate level. The students and their parents can interact directly with faculty and international representatives of the universities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Russian institutions of higher learning from different cities in Russia are targeting Indian high school graduates in this fair. These include the Tver State Medical Academy, Moscow Higher School of Economics, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Kazan Federal University, Southern Federal University, Kuban State Technological University and many more.When: 7 MayWhere: Russian Centre for Science and Culture, Mandi Houselast_img read more

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Folder Move move programs or games without losing functionality

first_imgFolder Move: move programs or games without losing functionality by Martin Brinkmann on May 14, 2018 in Software – Last Update: May 03, 2018 – 18 commentsFolder Move is a free portable program for Microsoft’s Windows operating system to move the content of a folder to another destination without losing access to the files in the original folder.Why would you want to move installed programs or games to another folder without losing access to the original folder? The prime reason is that you are running low on disk space on the original drive or partition and want to free up space this way.You could also move a game to another drive this way if an update requires more storage, or to make room for other games or programs that you want to install on the primary drive without losing access to older software or games.Folder Move is not the first program to offer the functionality. You can check out Free Move or Steam Mover which offer similar functionality.Folder MoveFolder Move is a straightforward application. Download the less-than-1-Megabyte program from the official website (link in the summary box below this review) and run the application afterward.Note: You need to run the program with elevated rights by right-clicking on the executable file and selecting the “run as administrator” option from the context menu.The entire process is done in three simple steps:Select the source folder that contains the files and subfolders that you want to move to a new location.Select the destination folder that you want to move all files and subfolders of the source folder to.Click on “move and set Symbolic link” to start the process.The program creates symbolic links that point from the original folder to the new folder. Windows and any program that try to access the files in the source folder will be redirected behind the scenes to the new destination so that access is guaranteed.You may want to test the functionality to make sure the process completed successfully. You can use a free program like NTFS Links View to display the symbolic links.Closing WordsFolder Move is an easy to use program for Windows to move the content of a folder to another destination without losing access to the data in the original folder. The process ensures that you retain access to installed software or games without reinstallation.Check out the following resources to learn more about symbolic links:Create NTFS Junctions aka Directory symbolic linksFind Equal Files: duplicate file finder with symbolic link featureGet to know Linux: LinksLinkmaker for Windows: create shortcuts and symbolic linksWindows 10 Creators Update: Symlinks without elevationSummary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name Folder MoveOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://foldermove.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img You might also be interested in But what is it about the technology that’s so cost effective?“For instance, BingoBox invested heavily in RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. I guess they were calculating that this would be standard in all products,” says Cromwell.“We were using our phone as scanning existing QR codes and then using a multisensory system where we have sensors in the shelves and we have cameras,” he says.In its essence, this model relies on customers themselves scanning the product, while the cameras and sensors serve as a back-up.“Together these systems will give us a very high probability of knowing what the customer has bought,” he says.Although MobyMart uses facial recognition technology for consumers to enter the store, the “very simple technology” of scanning barcodes on your phone allows for opening “a lot of stores at a very low cost.”“BingoBox need to add RFID sensors on all the products and there are limitations to how many products you can scan at the same time, and there are a lot of problems sorting these problems out,” Cromwell says.“Amazon is also trying to do it completely seamless, which complicated the systems with the different sensors and cameras — it will exclude a lot of low-margin retailers because the system itself is so expensive.”Keeping costs low with a staffless systemTo call the automated stores ‘staffless’ is not entirely correct as someone still needs to change inventory and make sure everything is in order, but it certainly leads to fewer staff.“With the example of the fruit store, instead of having one person waiting for the customers where you have one person locked to that store, he will be operating with the staffless system,” says Cromwell.“It won’t be 100 percent staffless because you still need someone circulating the store and making sure everything’s fine and restocked, but one person in one day can operate eight to 10 stores depending on how spread out they are. “So you have much more efficiency with the staff you do have.”Cromwell says the cost of operation at MobyMart-powered stores will vary according to several factors. “What you’re paying for is rent of the space you take up, which is usually quite low because it’s places like parking lots; not prime retail spaces,” he explains.“Then there’s electricity and that very much depends on where you’re operating; if you’re operating in a very hot area, that cost of air conditioning will be very high, but basically you have a very low running cost for stores.”Cromwell adds that artificial intelligence (AI) and big data also will help store operators know what products will be needed at what locations and at what time. “If we have a request of some sort, that is something that will also solve the last mile problem,” he says. “We will be able to sell the store for close to US$15,000 (£11,662) with the whole store and the system. That makes it possible to deploy them in all sorts of locations, which will be a very good accessible pick-up point for parcels that you order online.” Further development MobyMart has taken on several forms since the first prototype as “like a spaceship driving around,” with the fruit store as Moby Mart 4 and the fifth one as a “very modular small version.”“I don’t think we will stop trying out different versions — we’re basically still in the heavy development stage of the different stores, but the technology will stay the same,” says Cromwell.“It can be installed in brick-and-mortar stores, as well, but we think it’s more interesting to create these retail pods and stores as we think mass production is key for getting the price down so you can get a very quick return on investment,” he says.The co-founder believes this in turn will lower the threshold for retailers that want to operate in the countryside, or areas where retail traditionally has not been profitable enough. “In Europe, I think we will start in Sweden as it’s well known to us, but the problems are quite similar in all of Europe actually,” he says. “Whether it’s the UK, Germany, France or Sweden, it’s harder and harder to find stores in the countryside — there’s a big need to establish the small corner store, and that’s probably where we’re going to go in the European market.”And although China will be the big focus in 2019, Europe and North America are in MobyMart’s sights.“In the U.S. market I can’t go into too much detail, but since we have a background on the West Coast — we went to Y Combinator with bicycle cafes a couple of years back — we have some of our previous early investors, both in Moby and Wheelys, in Silicon Valley,” he says. “So we’re going to start on the West Coast. Most likely we’re going to start late Spring 2019.” Another co-founder, Tomas Mazetti, clarifies MobyMart’s major investors are a Chinese fund called Morning Crest, as well as various Silicon Valley angel investors. U.S.: EPA decides not to ban chlorpyrifos … From the pages of Produce Business UKAs an alternative to Amazon Go and with a less complicated set-up than BingoBox, a Swedish-Chinese company claims to have found the sweet spot in staffless retail systems. Having grown through startup incubation hub Y Combinator in Silicon Valley with their global bicycle café business Wheelys, the founders of MobyMart have found early success with their automated store format in partnership with a Shanghai fruit retailer. “We currently have two stores operational which are no longer prototypes, with one in Hefei and one outside Shanghai,” says Per Cromwell, who co-founded MobyMart with Tomas Mazetti, Lina Mazetti and Bo Wu. The company also has a prototype store with automated driverless vehicle capabilities, but because of legislation around the technology, Cromwell says it is still uncertain when this add-on could be applied in practice. “Currently, we’re building stores which can be easily deployed in different locations, but they are not driving around,” he clarifies. “It’s highly sensitive. If there are some issues with self-driving cars, then the whole rollout of self-driving cars can be postponed for years.” Now up to ‘Version 5’ in the platform’s development, the team at MobyMart is busy enough with the static stores that can also be mounted on trailers or trucks to change location.The first to open commercially was in a corner-store format, introduced in the city of Hefei thanks to the company’s tie-up with Hefei University, where Wheelys produces its bicycles. “We created a mobile vending platform for coffee which then turned out another version with a mobile platform for vending everything, and that’s Moby,” says Cromwell.After seeing initial success in Hefei, Cromwell says the plan was then to trial the technology with different types of retail and the first cab off the rank was fruit shop Taoyuanming. “We found a very visionary fruit retailer in the suburbs of Shanghai, and basically they had physical stores but they wanted to have unmanned stores,” says Cromwell. “We saw that we didn’t actually need to make too many adjustments to our existing system because basically what we had to do was pre-pack all the fruit — we needed to have fixed units and not have people buying by weight.” Cromwell adds it is easier to get permission to sell the fruit as well if it’s pre-packed. “If it had been somehow handled and sliced, like in fruit salads, it would have become much more complicated,” he says, adding there are around 50 stock keeping units (SKUs) in the store. “So we just pre-packed all the different kinds of foods and added all the barcodes for scanning and the fixed prices of the products, and when we opened it up to the public it was an instant success.”The MobyMart co-founder highlights the owner of Taoyuanming is so pleased with the results, he plans to open two more automated stores in early 2019. “And if these perform well, I think he’ll go for a more aggressive expansion with staffless stores,” says Cromwell.Offering a solution to smaller playersChina is a very tough retail market to enter, with a high degree of digital sophistication amongst consumers, coupled with market scale and data advantages for large conglomerates such as Alibaba and Tencent. In this context, Produce Business UK asks Cromwell how MobyMart can grow a larger niche.“What we’re doing, as far as I know, no one else is doing,” he responds.“We’re going to operate our own stores, but we’re also going to provide a platform for other small retailers.”He emphasises other companies in the space such as BingoBox — a group backed byQiming Venture Partners, Source Code Capital and Ventech China — operate their own stores with their own brands. “But if you are for instance a fruit store outside Shanghai and you want to expand from a few stores to 10 stores in your neighbourhood, then you can’t really start buying BingoBoxes because it’s quite complicated and expensive technology,” he says.“They’re quite expensive to buy and they have to be branded BingoBox.”In contrast, he proposes a retail outlet can still use their own brand in a deal with his company, provided it has the slogan ‘Powered by Moby’ on the store.“And we have a quite efficient technology that doesn’t rely for instance on the Amazon technology, which is extremely expensive,” he says. 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first_img 0 Comments   Share   NFL fans in Washington are not accustomed to seeing their team lose home games.In fact, before the Arizona Cardinals’ 17-10 win at CenturyLink Field Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks hadn’t dropped a home contest in 728 days.Needless to say, the unfavorable result didn’t sit well with the Seattle faithful, and in particular a local lawmaker.Joe Fitzgibbon (D), a representative in Washington’s 34th Legislative District, took to social media to vent his frustration at the loss and apparently his disdain for the state of Arizona. In a statement to The Associated Press, Fitzgibbon voiced surprise over how seriously people were taking his tweet.“If folks are going to take that too seriously, then I’m sorry about that,” he said.The Associated Press contributed to this report. – / 17 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Note: You can read Fitzgibbon’s public apology here.Fitzgibbon, who is also the Deputy Majority Whip, has since taken down the tweet, but in its place he sent out another one in an attempt to clarify his earlier remarks.Upset re hawks loss, and failure of smart immigration reform–shouldn’t have conflated the 2 though. Happy holidays, better for both in ’14— Joe Fitzgibbon (@joefitzgibbon) December 23, 2013 Makes us all look bad RT”@MikeBakerAP: here’s a screengrab of lawmaker calling AZ a “racist wasteland” after loss: pic.twitter.com/c3nkm0jWIB“— Rep. JT Wilcox (@jtwilcox111) December 23, 2013 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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NEW YORK NY – Alicia Keys kicked off Grammy Awa

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Alicia Keys kicked off Grammy Award week with an award — and was serenaded with “Happy Birthday”The 15-time Grammy winner and her husband, Swizz Beatz, were both honoured Thursday with an honour from the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing. It was also Keys’ 37th birthday and media crews welcomed her on the red carpet with the traditional song.Keys felt the moment was surreal since she was being honoured on her birthday at the Grammys and in her hometown, walking distance from where she grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood.“I’m like, OK, they’re going to set up the Grammys, kick it off with my birthday. My husband and I (are being) honoured simultaneously in this most prestigious moment, and then we’re going to just keep going from there and it’s going to be a magnificent week. I do feel like this was made for me,” Keys said.Beatz said it doesn’t get much better than being honoured with your wife. He called the dual awards “a celebration of her life but also a celebration of our life as creatives.”Keys’ hits include “Girl On Fire,” ”Fallin,’” “No One,” ”A Woman’s Worth” and “Superwoman,” many of which salute strong women. TV personality Gayle King came to honour Keys and said many of her songs are especially relevant.“Alicia Keys is very good when it comes to doing women anthems,” King said. “She is a walking talking example of what a woman in power should be. She does that every single day. She walks the walk and she talks the talk.”___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2018 9:16 am PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alicia Keys kicks off Grammy week with a birthday partycenter_img FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Alicia Keys performs at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Davis’ gala, held a day before the 2018 Grammy Awards, launched the careers of Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys, and have featured all-stars like Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Smokey Robinson and Carly Simon. He first held the gala 42 years ago. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, File) last_img read more

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