Partners in Transportation Workshop

first_imgAgri-food and seafood processors and exporters will be among the people discussing how to get Nova Scotia products to market more efficiently during a workshop being hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Truro. “This workshop will identify the food industry’s transportation challenges, constraints and concerns,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. “It’s the first step in finding efficiencies together.” The Partners in Transportation workshop will be held, free of charge, at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel in Truro. To register, participants are asked to fill out a form and survey on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/mbd/transport.shtml or call 902-424-0333. This one-day session will take place before another workshop that is being sponsored by the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and the Colchester Regional Development Agency. That workshop is called Partners in Trade, and is being presented as part of a conference on Growing the Atlantic Economy: The Transportation Factor, being held from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4 in Truro.last_img read more

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Paul Bernardo to stand trial on weapon possession charge in Napanee

first_imgNAPANEE, Ont. – Paul Bernardo, one of Canada’s most infamous killers, was ordered Friday to stand trial for allegedly possessing a homemade shank in the maximum-security prison where he’s serving a life sentence.Bernardo appeared briefly via video link in a Napanee, Ont., courthouse for a hearing on a weapon possession charge, with a judge ruling that a trial on the matter would start Oct. 5.Court documents show the weapon allegedly possessed by Bernardo was a shank comprised of a screw and a pen. The alleged offence took place at a prison in Bath, Ont., on Feb. 9, the documents show.Bernardo’s hearing was delayed Friday morning as court staff dealt with technical issues. When a video link was established, Bernardo appeared from prison dressed in a blue T-shirt and smiled at the judge during a brief exchange about the hour-long delay.Justice Geoffrey Griffin ordered Bernardo to appear in the Napanee courthouse in person for the start of the trial.He noted that Bernardo’s lawyer had requested a trial date after mid-September.“There was a real possibility we could have given you a date before October, we could have likely given you a date this summer, but it was your lawyer that asked for a date after Sept. 15th,” Griffin said.As the date was being discussed, Bernardo asked that the trial take place before an upcoming parole hearing.“Your honour, I have a parole date in October and I’d like to have the matter handled before that, if that’s possible,” he said.Griffin, who initially considered scheduling the trial for Oct. 26, moved it to Oct. 5.Bernardo was arrested in the 1990s on allegations that he raped and murdered multiple teenage girls at his southern Ontario home.His 1995 trial for the deaths of 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French horrified Canadians as lawyers presented videotaped evidence of his repeated brutal attacks on the teenagers.Bernardo was eventually convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, forcible confinement and aggravated sexual assault in both cases and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for 25 years.He was later convicted of manslaughter in the death of Tammy Homolka, the younger sister of his wife Karla Homolka, who was convicted of having roles in all three killings and served a 12-year prison sentence after striking a deal with prosecutors.After admitting to raping 14 other women in and around Toronto, Bernardo was labelled a dangerous offender.last_img read more

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Two dead in Cat Lake

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN News The community of Cat Lake is in complete shock after what is believed to be a double homicide Wednesday evening.A spokesperson for the chief confirmed the deaths of two community members. No names have been released but the spokesperson said it involves an extremely large family.A source told APTN News one of the victims is believed to be the father of the accused. According to the source, a second victim is a young man.The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) has requested assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).The OPP will only say the Criminal Investigations Branch will be issuing a media release today.“There’s much sadness. We would ask for prayers and support from any and all communities,” said the spokesperson, speaking on behalf of Chief Ernie Wesley.The spokesperson said someone is in custody and there are a large number of police officers have arrived in the fly-in community of roughly 650 people, investigating.Cat Lake is located about 180 km north of Sioux Lookout in northern Ontario.last_img read more

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US offers to expand counterterrorism cooperation with Sri Lanka

The United States reiterated President Trump’s statement that America stands with Sri Lanka against terrorism and supports Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism efforts following the horrific Easter Sunday terrorist attacks of April 21.Sri Lanka expressed appreciation for US support, including multi-faceted assistance from the US Embassy in Colombo and investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The two sides discussed possible areas of future assistance as well.The terrorists who struck Sri Lanka on Easter appear to have drawn inspiration from ISIS. In this context, Sri Lanka was briefed about the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. The United States offered to continue to expand counter-terrorism and maritime and border security cooperation with Sri Lanka. In this context, the U.S. strategy towards a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, which ensures freedom of navigation, overflight, and unimpeded commerce was acknowledged as an important initiative.They shared the intention to further promote cooperation and exchanges in maritime security and safety, and noted with satisfaction the Indian Ocean conference hosted by Sri Lanka in October 2018, and agreed to continue to pursue joint initiatives to enhance security, stability, transparency, and economic opportunity for mutual benefit.Sri Lanka welcomed the arrival of the Secretary Class High Endurance Cutter transferred through the U.S. Excess Defense Articles program to advance mutual interests in building Sri Lankan capacity to monitor its territorial waters, counter smuggling and other illegal activity, and enhance its humanitarian assistance and disaster response capability in the Indian Ocean. The Foreign Minister was in the US to take part in the third U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue held in Washington, DC. The United States has offered to expand counter-terrorism cooperation with Sri Lanka.This was mentioned in a joint statement issued by the United States and Sri Lanka following the conclusion of a visit to the US by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. The meeting was co-chaired by Marapana and U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.Both Governments reaffirmed the importance of the bilateral relationship, firmly rooted inshared values as fellow democracies and committed to working together to furtherstrengthen the partnership. Both Governments welcomed ongoing bilateral security sector cooperation, including U.S. support for demining, joint military engagements, Sri Lanka’s peacekeeping operations, human rights training for Sri Lankan officers, and visits by U.S. ships and military officials.The United States and Sri Lanka agreed to expand military-to-military cooperation. The United States government welcomed the renewal of Sri Lanka’s commitment to promote reconciliation, accountability, justice, and human rights in pursuit of lasting peace and prosperity.The United States acknowledged progress in these areas, including on the mandate of the Office of Missing Persons, passage of legislation to establish an Office of Reparations, and the return of private land used by security forces.The Government of Sri Lanka emphasized its commitment to strengthening democracy, democratic institutions and practices, good governance, the rule of law, justice and parliamentary procedures.The United States encouraged Sri Lanka to sustain momentum in the implementation of these commitments.The United States and Sri Lanka expressed support for strong economic partnership and growing bilateral trade based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity.The two Governments welcomed the approval of a $480-million compact by the Millennium Challenge Corporation Board. Signature of the compact is pending Congressional approval in the United States and Cabinet approval in Sri Lanka.Together, the United States and Sri Lanka emphasized the importance of their bilateral relationship and expressed commitment to further strengthen the U.S.-Sri Lanka partnership for mutual benefit. (Colombo Gazette) The joint statement said that sharing a commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, the United States and Sri Lanka convened the third U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue on May 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. The United States and Sri Lanka resolved to work together to foster peace and security and ensure a safe maritime domain in the Indian and Pacific Oceans through a rules-based order that ensures respect for international laws and norms. read more

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Tough Enough casting special airs tonight on WWE Network

first_imgFacebook Pinterest Matches advertised for WWE UK King of the Ring Special and upcoming WWE tour of Japan in June Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter WhatsApp Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ring of Honor announces Pacific Northwest debut with two events this June Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Google+ WWE issued the following:WWE® NETWORK TO AIR TOUGH ENOUGH COMPETITION SPECIAL TONIGHT AT 8/7CSTAMFORD, Conn., June 16, 2015 – The Tough Enough Competition Special, a one-hour show chronicling the official tryouts of 40 finalists for WWE Tough Enough, will air tonightexclusively on WWE Network at 8/7C.From over 11,000 submissions, these 40 finalists made their way to the WWE Performance Center for a three-day tryout that would forever change the rest of their lives. Coaches and WWE Legends Booker T™, Lita™ and Billy Gunn™ tested each competitor’s physical abilities, mic skills and ring prowess. Only 13 earned the right to try and prove they are Tough Enough.WWE Tough Enough, premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 8/7C on USA Network and around the world*. Host and WWE Superstar Chris Jericho® will be joined by a panel of judges, including WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan®, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan® and WWE Diva Paige™. Each week, one cast member will be eliminated until one man and one woman are considered “Tough Enough,” with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.WWE Network, which launched on February 24, 2014, is the fastest-growing digital subscription service with more than 1.3 million subscribers as of March 30, 2015. It is available in more than 175 countries, and was named Best Over-The-Top Content Service for 2015 at the Cynopsis Sports Media Awards.Like other digital subscription services, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, fans are able to sign up for WWE Network online by going to WWE.com and can watch WWE Network on their TVs through connected devices such as Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices as well as Smart TVs including Sony and Samsung. WWE Network’s one-of-a-kind programming includes all 12 WWE pay-per-view events LIVE at no additional charge plus groundbreaking original series, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches, exclusive coverage of special events and more than 3,000 hours of video-on-demand programming.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Triple H Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTlast_img read more

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Toyota isnt stopping at opening its patents will sell hybrid tech to

first_imgEnlarge ImageToyota has spent the last 20 years honing the Prius’ Hybrid Synergy Drive tech into what it is today, and now other carmakers can buy that tech for their own products. Toyota Toyota recently did something pretty unexpected. It announced that it would allow royalty-free use of thousands of its gasoline-electric hybrid patents, patents it has jealously guarded in the past. It did this to extend the life of hybrid technology in an increasingly electric world, but that’s not where its plans end.According to a report published Friday by Reuters, Toyota has plans to not only act as a manufacturer of whole cars and trucks but also as a Tier 2 supplier. That means that it will supply hybrid components and even entire hybrid drivetrains to rivals. Why would it do that? Well, in short, to save some cash on electrification.See, Toyota has been lagging behind other companies in the development of fully electric vehicles. Catching up to the likes of Nissan and GM will require substantial amounts of cash for development of its own technology, but even more money will be needed to build a manufacturing infrastructure to support EV production.”We anticipate that there will probably be very few automakers who use our patents to develop their own hybrids from scratch, so by using our system and our components, and offering our support, we can work together to develop these cars,” said Shigeki Terashi, executive vice president for Toyota, in a statement to Reuters. Toyota didn’t immediately reply to a request for further comment.If Toyota can sell hybrid stuff to other car companies who want or need help in bringing down their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) numbers and can’t afford to spend the capital necessary to develop their own systems, then it won’t have to dig quite so deeply into its own pockets.Toyota is already equipping other manufacturers’ vehicles with its hybrid tech. The (decidedly lackluster) Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid uses Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive tech, for example. Toyota will also supply hybrid tech to Suzuki, and the hot-rod hybrid Jimny that could likely result from that hookup will haunt our dreams forever. 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: A tougher looking electrified crossover Post a comment 62 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Patents Suzuki Subaru Toyota Share your voicecenter_img 0 More From Roadshow Auto Tech Hybrids Car Industry Toyota 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

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Nikiski LNG Plant May Reopen Soon

first_imgThe ConocoPhillips LNG plant in Nikiski may be re-opening soon, thanks to a boost from the federal government. The Department of Energy announced Monday that it has approved a request from the company to resume LNG exports to Japan.Download AudioFor 47 years, the Liquified Natural Gas plant in Nikiski sent gas exports to Japan, until a shortage of gas in the Cook Inlet basin – and the expiration of its license – forced Conoco Phillips to shutter the plant a year ago.Now, the company says it’s getting back in the export game. In a news release, Spokesperson Natalie Lowman said Conoco Phillips plans to reopen that plant later this Spring and resume LNG exports on “a seasonal basis” over the summer for the next two years.The announcement comes on the heels of the Federal Department of Energy giving the OK for Conoco to export to countries that are not part of a free trade agreement with the United States, including Japan. In February, the department approved an application for the company to ship to Free Trade Agreement countries, such as South Korea.ConocoPhillips made their application Dec. 11. In the application materials, the company had to prove it could meet local demand for at least two years. In support of that, the Department of Energy used a 2011 study by Alaska Department of Natural Resources that estimated there are approximately 1,500 Bcf of natural gas reserves in existing fields in Cook Inlet and that “the Cook Inlet basin is capable of supplying regional natural gas needs through 2018-20, and possibly longer.”Senator Mark Begich called Monday’s announcement “great news for the cradle of Alaska’s oil and gas industry on the Kenai Peninsula.” Begich says the recent boom in gas exploration in and around Cook Inlet is spurring “the kind of job growth responsible oil and gas development can provide.”In its application to the Department of Energy, ConocoPhillips said the LNG facility, when operating, employs approximately 50 people directly and 128 people indirectly, generating an estimated $13.4 million in personal income and an economic benefit of $20.1 million per year to the state and local economy.last_img read more

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Will NASA discover alien life in the newly discovered exoplanet that has

first_imgNASA/JPL-CaltechNASA, the United States space agency, using its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has spotted an exoplanet with three suns. Considering its close proximity to the earth and its potential for future observation, experts believe that planets like these could the key to unveiling mysteries surrounding alien life.NASA scientists have named this exoplanet ‘LTT 1445Ab’, and it lies just 22.5 light-years away from the earth. Interestingly, this newly found planet orbits just one of its three red dwarf stars, and a complete orbit takes five days to complete. This exoplanet is speculated to be a third bigger than Earth, and it holds a temperature of about 320 degrees Fahrenheit.”If you’re standing on the surface of that planet, there are three suns in the sky, but two of them are pretty far away and small-looking. They’re like two red, ominous eyes in the sky,” Jennifer Winters, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and co-author of the study told New Scientist.Scientists believe that this new exoplanet could be a future candidate to search for extraterrestrial life. As per experts, this planet could hold an atmosphere, and in the future, using advanced equipment, scientists can look for traces of gases like carbon dioxide in this exoplanet. It should be also noted that ‘LTT 1445Ab’ offers plenty of observation opportunities to scientists due to its speedy orbit around the sun.A few months back, a research report prepared by an MIT student had suggested a new method to contact alien life that may be living in the deep nooks of the space. James Clarke, the researcher who conducted the study, revealed that beaming hot and bright lasers at exoplanets will attract the attention of advanced alien civilizations, and this method could bring alien life to the earth one day or the other.last_img read more

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UPDATE Authorities Arrest Man Who Escaped from Houston Courtroom

first_imgHarris County District Attorney’s OfficeTerry Dewayne Rodgers.The UT Police at Houston took Terry Dewayne Rodgers into custody around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday after he had escaped from a courtroom in downtown Houston on Monday.UT Police at Houston serves the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. According to a tweet from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, “preliminary indications” are that Rodgers “was seeking medical services at a UT System facility.”Rodgers, who had recently been arrested for possession of the controlled substance ecstasy, escaped Monday from the 351st State District Court, located in downtown Houston.Rodgers had been conditionally free on bond on a charge of Assault of a Family Member. Sharelast_img read more

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How to Watch the Ashes 2019 Live Stream England vs Australia 3rd

first_imgAfter a draw at Lord’s and a loss at Edgbaston, England have to win at Headingley – will the 3rd Test be the charm? It’s hanging in the balance and we hav no idea which way it’s going to tip. It’s time to seek out a 2019 Ashes 3rd Test live stream to find out if they will.While England will hope that Jofra Archer will wage another war for wickets, they will likely need Jason Roy to wake from his post-World Cup slumber or Joe Root to thrive as he (potentially) moves back to number four in the batting order. The Australian crew might not be against the wall like England are, but the loss of talisman Steve Smith brings them into this Test on the back foot. If you’re cheering on the Aussies, you’re likely hoping that James Pattinson returns fit and in a fury.Although rain delayed the early action on Thursday, there isn’t too much rain for the five day stretch. So hopefully the game won’t suffer the same kind of delays that dogged the action at Lord’s. RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. Tech This Out: New Nintendo Switch Battery, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 LaunchMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpThe 2019 Kindle Oasis01:26OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:1603:16 When is the Ashes series Third Test?The third Test runs from August 22 to August 26 at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds. Each day’s play starts at 11 a.m. local time, aka 6 a.m. Eastern time and 3 a.m. Pacific.How to live stream the 3rd Ashes Test in AmericaThe 3rd Test of the Ashes will kick off in the U.S. at 6 a.m. on the Willow TV channel. Willow is available both as an ala carte streaming service (for $9.99 per month), and as a part of cable TV packages, from providers including Dish, Fios Verizon and Charter. It’s also available for $9.99 per month as an add-on for Sling TV.How to live stream the 3rd Test of Ashes in the UKOver in the UK, the Ashes are available for Sky Sports subscribers, which showing the event on Sky Sports Cricket. Sky Q Experience subscribers (£35 per month) will see the third Test in up to UHD resolution. You’re also not tied to a TV, either, as the Sky Go app.Don’t despair if you don’t subscribe to Sky: all of its channels can be procured with a Now TV sports pass, which starts at £8.99 for a day’s use. The entire Third Test can be viewed with the £14.99 per week rate, though the £33.99 per month package is the best value.How to watch the Ashes 3rd Test from anywhere in the world with a VPNIt doesn’t matter if you’re in England or Australia: you can watch the 3rd Test of the Ashes from wherever you go, and use the streaming service you’re used to in defiance of any geo restrictions that may try and block your way. Once you’ve got a VPN, and we’ve got our picks on the best ones, you can make it seem as if your computer is back home, or anywhere else. This way you can use the legal service that you’re used to, and stop cycling through illegal streams from Periscope, Reddit and wherever else you’re pulling them from.Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN, really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It’s also compatible with loads of devices – from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and PlayStations. You’ll even get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year, or there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.View DealCheap and secure, NordVPN is just $2.29/month for a three-year contract, uses 2048-bit encryption, and makes it easy to use streaming services.View DealPerformance is just average, but this is one of the simpler VPNs out there, and at $9.99 for one month of service, TunnelBear is a lower-cost option if you just want to use the VPN to watch the third Test.View Deallast_img read more

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first_imgNovember 19, 2009 — Music can make you laugh or cry, rile you up or calm you down. Some say it’s good for the soul. It just might be good for the heart, too, reports the November 2009 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter .Make no mistake — daily doses of Mozart won’t clean out your arteries or fix a faulty heart valve. But music can help ease your recovery from a cardiac procedure, get you back to normal after a heart attack or stroke, relieve stress, and maybe even lower your blood pressure a tad.As researchers have turned their attention to the effects of music on the cardiovascular system, they have found that listening to music can lower blood pressure, slow the heart rate, and lessen anxiety in people hospitalized for heart ailments. It can ease pain and distress after cardiac surgery. In otherwise healthy people, music can lower blood pressure and ease stress.Today, music therapy is most commonly used for people undergoing a cardiac procedure and for those recovering from a heart attack or learning to cope with heart failure or another cardiovascular condition, like angina or heart failure. For them, music therapy can alleviate stress, provide a pleasant coping strategy, and impart a feeling of control.The Harvard Heart Letter notes that there are several ways to let music into your heart. One is to work with a music therapist. If you can’t find one through your cardiologist or medical center, try the American Music Therapy Association. Do-it-yourself music therapy is another option. Find some music that makes you feel good. Then sit and listen to it for 20 minutes or so.For more information: www.health.harvard.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | November 10, 2009 Research Finds Music is Good for the Heart last_img read more

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NARAT opens up registration for May 2019 Ultimate Egypt fam

first_img Posted by Tuesday, December 4, 2018 NARAT opens up registration for May 2019 Ultimate Egypt fam Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Tags: Egypt, FAMs, NARAT TORONTO — NARAT is now accepting application forms for its Ultimate Egypt deluxe fam, scheduled for May 17 – 28, 2019.The land and cruise fam will take agents “back in time through Ancient Egypt in a discovery of civilization and learn about Egypt’s top selling destinations,” says the tour operator.The 12-day specialty educational program includes the ancient Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings and the historic locations of Aswan, Karnak, Luxor, Abu Simbel and the Sahara Desert.Participants can also extend their fam program with a visit to the Red Sea, along with many other world-famous Egypt historic sites.Other fam activities involve seeing the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to view Egyptian artifacts and mummies, a visit to a Papyrus Institute and traversing age-old bazaars that go back to the Middle Ages.The fam also includes a sail down the iconic Nile. Agents will spend 5 days experiencing one of the world’s top-voted river cruises.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsIncluded in the fam is international airfare from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, domestic flights in Egypt and combines deluxe hotel and cruise accommodations, 11-day touring program including entrance fees and most meals. The program is escorted throughout by a Canadian tour director.Agents are also provided the opportunity to stay at Mena House with immediate views of the pyramids. The fam also includes a three day visit to the Red Sea with an opportunity to stay at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh Resort.Cost is US$1,950 per agent plus flight taxes totaling $760. Seating and single supplement is subject to availability. Connecting flights for agents travelling from other cities are available on request. One companion per agent is allowed.To request an itinerary and application form agents are asked to email fams@narat.org. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Air Canada launches one of a kind pop up YYCaesar Bar

first_imgAir Canada launches one of a kind pop up YYCaesar BarAir Canada launches one of a kind pop up YYCaesar BarYYCaesar Bar by Air Canada brings together Caesars, travel & community support for Calgary Firefighters Charitable FoundationOpen July 6-14 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily on Stephen Avenue at 117-8th Ave SWAir Canada today announced its YYCaesar Bar will pop-up in Calgary during Stampede week, offering Calgarians and visitors alike the opportunity to sample several varieties of Canada’s national cocktail, take-off on an Air Canada flight through a virtual reality experience, and help support the important work of the Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation. People will also have the chance to win two tickets daily to any Air Canada destination.  YYCaesar Bar by Air Canada pops up from Saturday, July 6 until Sunday, July 14.“We are delighted to bring visitors from across Canada and around the world to the Stampede and Calgary’s city-wide celebration. We can’t think of a better occasion to launch our one-of-a-kind YYCaesar Bar pop-up, right in the downtown core where the legendary Caesar was originally created 50 years ago,” said Ferio Pugliese, Air Canada’s Senior Vice President – Air Canada Express & Government Relations.“Building on our more than 80-year history and our long-standing commitment to serving Calgary and the rest of Alberta, we look forward to welcoming even more people to our award winning hospitality and invite everyone to explore the more than 200 destinations we fly to globally, including 59 directly from Calgary,” concluded Ferio.“The Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation, or CF2, is proud to announce our partnership with Air Canada. Funds raised through YYCaesar Bar by Air Canada will support our SAFE (Support After Fires and Emergencies) program initiatives,” says President Mike Henson. “Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation’s (CF2’s) mission is to serve and assist our citizens in their time of need. Our programs provide our citizens with resource information, education and/or financial assistance after an emergency – we are not done when the trucks leave, we are only beginning.”YYCaesar Bar by Air Canada Caesar choices:In addition to the classic Caesar originally created by Calgary’s Walter Chell, YYCaesar Bar by Air Canada will also present customized Caesars inspired by the Calgary Flames, Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Athletes, and a modern twist on the original.Caesars are priced at $7.00 each with a portion of proceeds from every Caesar sold going to support the Calgary Firefighters Charitable Foundation to support their critical work keeping Calgarians safe and resilient.Where and When:117-8th Ave SW on Stephen Avenue between 1st St SW and CentreOpen to the public from Sat., July 6 to Sun., July 14 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm dailyFive Fast Facts About Air Canada in Calgary:Direct flights to 59 destinations, including London Heathrow and Frankfurt year-round, and Tokyo Narita during spring and summer, plus newly announced route to Terrace-Kitimat beginning this fallAir Canada’s flights represent 6.9 million seats at Calgary2,750 proud employees based in AlbertaSpends $515 million in Alberta annuallySupports numerous organizations who help children’s health and help alleviate poverty, including the yearly Dreams Take Flights Calgary that provides a magical trip-of-a-lifetime to childrenAbout Air Canada:Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 220 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 62 airports in Canada, 54 in the United States and 100 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2019 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.Source = Air Canadalast_img read more

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Fed QE3 Asset Purchase Program to End In October

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News October 29, 2014 430 Views Fed: QE3 Asset Purchase Program to End In October Economy Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Federal Reserve FOMC Labor Market Mortgage-Backed Securities QE3 Asset Purchase Program 2014-10-29 Seth Welborncenter_img The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System today announced that its asset purchase program, known as QE3 (quantitative easing), will end this month, citing sufficient economic growth.Following months of speculation of the end of the program, Fed made the announcement in its FOMC statement, following the FOMC’s seventh of eight meetings this year which took place today. Unlike the Fed’s first two QE programs, which were launched in 2008 and 2010, QE3 allowed for the unlimited purchase of mortgage-backed securities; the Fed planned to continue the stimulus program until the economy was deemed healthy enough.The Fed suggested in today’s FOMC statement that U.S. economic activity is expanding at a “moderate pace” since the Committee’s last meeting on September 17.The Committee cited several factors in its assessment of the state of the economy. Since the start of September, the nation has experienced solid job gains and posted the lowest unemployment rate in six years, and labor market indicators show a gradual diminishing in the underutilization of labor resources. The housing sector has been slow to recover from the crisis of 2008, but household spending rose moderately and business fixed investment is advancing.With the substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market, as judged by the Committee, since the inception of the QE3 asset purchase program two years ago and the broader economy’s underlying strength to support ongoing progress toward maximum employment in a price stability context, the Committee decided to conclude the QE3 program this month.”The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction,” the Committee’s statement said. “This policy, by keeping the Committee’s holdings of longer-term securities at sizable levels, should help maintain accommodative financial conditions.”In order to support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability, the Committee decided in today’s meeting that the current zero to one-fourth percent target range for the federal funds rate is still appropriate. The Committee will assess both realized and expected progress toward the objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation in order to determine how long to maintain the current target range for the federal funds rate.The Committee said it will use a wide range of information to determine how long the current target range will be appropriate, including labor market conditions, inflation pressures and expectations, and financial development readings. The current target range could be in place for a while, the Committee said.”The Committee anticipates, based on its current assessment, that it likely will be appropriate to maintain the zero to one-fourth percent target range for the federal funds rate for a considerable time following the end of its asset purchase program (QE3) this month, especially if projected inflation continues to run below the Committee’s 2 percent longer-run goal, and provided that longer-term inflation expectations remain well anchored,” the Committee’s statement said.Increases in the target range for the federal funds rate could come more quickly if the Committee’s employment and inflation objectives are met sooner than expected, the Committee said. If information indicates that the Committee’s employment and inflation objectives are taking longer than anticipated to be met, then an increase in the federal funds rate target range could come much later than expected.The Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for December 16-17. Sharelast_img read more

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CEO Says Taxpayers Arent on the Hook Anymore

first_imgCEO Says Taxpayers Aren’t on the Hook Anymore in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Servicing April 5, 2017 639 Views The days of “too big to fail” are over and taxpayers are no longer on the hook for bailing out the country’s biggest banks, should a 2008-style collapse occur again—at least that’s the bold statement made by the CEO of JPMorgan Chase.In his annual letter to shareholders, Chase CEO Jamie Dimon claimed, “Essentially, too big to fail has been solved. Taxpayers will not pay if a bank fails.” Released on Tuesday, the letter stated that the failure of a major bank wouldn’t have the same impact as in years past.“The American public has the right to demand that if a major bank fails,” Dimon wrote, “they, as taxpayers, would not have to pay for it, and the failure wouldn’t unduly harm the U.S. economy. In my view, these demands have now been met.”“Too big to fail” was a term coined during the financial crisis of 2008—when regulators deemed the collapse of several of the nation’s biggest banks to be a threat to the country’s financial system. As a result, a number of institutions received bailouts via taxpayer dollars.But according to Dimon, banks don’t pose this same threat anymore, thanks to more transparency, higher levels of capital, more liquidity, and a more secure regulatory environment. In fact, Dimon thinks Lehman Brothers wouldn’t have failed at all under today’s capital rules and, even if it had, the market’s multiple safeguards wouldn’t let the organization’s bailout fall to taxpayers anyway.Still, there are people in the industry who fear another collapse, something Dimon said is natural.”Market panic will never disappear entirely,” Dimon wrote, “and regulations must be flexible enough to allow banks to act as a bulwark against it rather than forcing financial institutions into a defensive crouch that will only make things worse.”In addition to addressing “too big to fail,” Dimon also covered technology in his shareholder’s letter—particularly Chase’s $9.5 billion-dollar investment in it last year, as well as the organization’s plans to introduce digital banking, online investment advice, and electronic trading in 2017. According to the letter, Chase is “collaborating with some excellent FinTech companies to dramatically improve [its] digital and other customer offerings.”Dimon also participated in a town hall event on Tuesday, in which he called the country’s social and economic status a “slow train wreck.”center_img Share Bailouts JP Morgan 2017-04-05 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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USDOT awards 233 million for airport upgrade

first_imgAmerican Samoa Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased that over $23.3 million in federal resources are being awarded to American Samoa for much-needed airport renovation projects to improve the pavement.“This is a sizable grant for our Pago Pago International Airport, and it is great news for us this week,” said Aumua Amata. “I’m especially pleased to welcome this important federal support to preserve and enhance our airport.Our airport is our primary connection to the United States and the rest of the Pacific, and it is essential to keep it in good repair.”Specifically, this grant includes a significant discretionary amount of $22,303,667 through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, plus $1 million in formula-based distribution.The combined total is $23,303,667, which is designated to renovate the pavement of the extensive terminal apron area. This final phase of the project is the rehabilitation of 54,000 square yards of pavement.“A special thank you to Port Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele for all her efforts on this valuable project, and everyone else taking part in this much-needed work,” continued Congresswoman Amata.“I would also like to thank my friend U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell for considering the importance of this project to American Samoa, and recognizing the necessity of a quality U.S. airport in the Pacific as part of the nation’s dependable transportation system.”Story credit: Talanei.com.The post USDOT awards $23.3 million for airport upgrade appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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TEMPE Ariz — Daryl Washington wanted to get one

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — Daryl Washington wanted to get one last question in.“You’ve been playing so well, so are you coming back next year,” he asked teammate John Abraham. Abraham is in the first year of a two-year contract he signed with the Cardinals in July, and with the way he’s been playing, a return for the second season would certainly be welcome. Following a three-sack performance Sunday against the Houston Texans, the 35-year-old now has six sacks on the season — all of which have come in the last three games. It is a franchise record for sacks in three consecutive contests, and with 128 in his career, Abraham is steadily climbing up the NFL’s all-time list. “He was getting so close,” the coach said. Abraham attributed the increased production to playing time as well as better health, and given the results, it’s tough to argue that point. Arians also pointed to the disruption coming from the middle of the defensive line, and there’s little doubt that has also helped. But whatever the reasons, Abraham is giving the Cardinals something they have not had in nearly a decade. Through nine games he is on pace to finish the season with 10.6 sacks, which would be the highest individual total for a Cardinal since Bertrand Berry tallied 14.5 in 2004. Then again, Abraham’s last three games have been nothing like the previous six, so if you look at the roll he’s currently on, that final number could be much, much higher.“He’s one of those guys that you need on the outside that can put pressure on the quarterback, take a little pressure off the guys in the middle, like myself, and ‘Los,” Washington said of Abraham. “Once he’s able to put pressure like that then we’re able to be a better defense as far as pass rushing, so all we’ve got to do right now is continue to keep getting better and making our plays.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As a team, the Cardinals’ 26 sacks are tied for 14th in the NFL, though the 216 yards lost to their sacks ranks fourth. Eleven players other than Abraham have recorded a sack, with four of them — Dansby, Washington, Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett — tallying multiple sacks. Though Abraham has forced three fumbles himself, the Cardinals have just eight, which places them in a tie for 19th. In short, the defense has been good, and probably even very good. Add in an elite pass rusher whom offenses have to account for? Watch the group go to a whole new level.“Everybody’s got sacks, pretty much,” Abraham said, crediting defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for what the defense is doing. “You’ve got DBs getting sacks on our team, you’ve got ‘Los getting sacks.“You know, I was jealous of them at the beginning of the year because they were getting all the sacks, so you know I had to come back with a vengeance.”Indeed he has.But as to Washington’s question, which was about whether or not he’ll be back next season, Abraham had a very simple response.“Man, we ain’t going to talk about that,” he said. For now, he’ll just let his play on the field do the talking for him. – / 11 “He’s hitting on all cylinders right now, and that’s where we needed him to be at the right time,” linebacker Karlos Dansby said. “He’s peaking at the right time right now, and it’s good. It’s a real good thing for our team.”Four games ago, this did not seem very likely. Sure, Abraham had gotten some pressure a couple of times, but for six games he had been unable to actually get to the quarterback. And even though he had tallied 10 sacks last season and 9.5 the year before, his age led some to wonder if the former Falcon and Jet would ever find what made him one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. Abraham understood the concern but disagreed with the idea. “Being 35 you know you’ve got to deal with that kind of pressure, some people saying you can’t do this,” he said. “I had no doubt that I still could play at a high level, I just had to get everything situated in my head and everything situated on the team and get the confidence of the coaches and everybody around me.”Abraham added that when he first got to Arizona he was playing in a backup role, which is true. He signed in Arizona knowing that he may become a situational pass rusher, and that may very well have been the coaching staff’s goal. However, season-ending injuries to linebackers Sam Acho and Alex Okafor forced him into the starting lineup, and while no one wants to see anyone injured, the silver lining has been more reps for Abraham. And given that, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said it was only a matter of time before he got going. Top Stories last_img read more

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Lego founding family to acquire Merlin Entertainments

first_imgOlderAirlines urged to remove ‘no-show’ clauses from tickets Merlin Entertainments has agreed to be taken over by Kirkbi Invests, a company owned the founding family of Lego. Private investor Blackstone will also provide capital for the transaction. The deal values the company and its debt at nearly £6 billion, and when complete will see Merlin half owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family and half by Blackstone and Canadian pension fund, CPPIB.Merlin owns the Madame Tussauds brand, Legoland theme parks, the London Eye, Alton Towers and Chessington Adventures, among other assets.The move will be one of the biggest private equity deals in Europe in recent years, and comes as buyout firms are flush with record amounts of cash to invest.ADVERTISEMENT“Following an unsolicited approach by a consortium of investors, and after rejecting a number of their proposals, the Merlin independent directors believe this offer represents an opportunity for Merlin shareholders to realise value for their investment in cash at an attractive valuation,” Merlin chairman John Sunderland said in a statement.“We are therefore unanimously recommending it to our shareholders.”The deal is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2019.Kirkbi already owns almost a third of the shares in Merlin Entertainments, and says it does not expect the deal to lead to any significant changes.All existing Merlin attractions in the UK will remain open and it has no plans to sell any part of the business, it said.Merlin is the second-largest operator of visitor attractions globally with more than 130 attractions in 25 countries.Earlier this year it sold its ski interests to Vail Resorts. NewerGovernment launches first ever tourism sector deal in UKlast_img read more

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Irvine California – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgIrvine, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAston Martin has unveiled a new motorsport-inspired special edition; the V8 Vantage N420 which brings a new dimension of sporting prowess and dynamic ability to the V8 Vantage range. The N420 will make its US debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2010.Successor to the special edition V8 Vantage N400 of 2007, the Vantage N420 is based upon the standard 4.7-litre, 420bhp, 180mph V8 Vantage and is available as a Coupe or Roadster, and with a six-speed manual or optional Sportshift automated manual transmission.The Vantage N420 draws inspiration from the company’s experiences at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. In the 2006 running of the annual Nürburgring endurance classic amongst a field of mostly motorsport homologated cars, Aston Martin entered a near-standard, road-registered V8 Vantage. Driven by a team of employees, including Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, the V8 Vantage – named ‘Rose’ by the team – finished 4th in class and 24th overall from a field of more than 200 specialized racing cars.Since then Aston Martin has returned every year to compete in this grueling endurance race, scoring a string of class victories and podiums with road-registered V8 and V12 Vantages and most recently the new four-door Rapide. Not only has this racing success spawned a burgeoning V8 Vantage GT4 customer program run by Aston Martin Racing, but lessons learned in racing at the Nürburgring has led to aerodynamic and other performance developments being fed back into Aston Martin’s road cars.A generous standard specification and some unique options ensure the special edition Vantage N420 is both exclusive and distinctive.On the outside, wider sills combine perfectly with a carbon fiber splitter, side strakes and diffuser, while bold 10-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels complete with gloss black finish, black mesh vents and ‘Graphitic’ tailpipe finishers complete the coordinated look.Inside the Vantage N420 offers an Iridium interior package, with graphite instruments, leather or Alcantara® steering wheel, special N420 sill plaques and adjustable sports seats, complete with ‘Race Track’ stitching as in the V12 Vantage. Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and Park Distance Control are also standard.Cementing the Vantage N420’s credentials as a special edition V8 Vantage tailored for the most discerning and enthusiastic drivers, it is fitted with the normally optional Sports Pack. This package combines revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars for even more responsive and dynamic handling, while retaining the V8 Vantage’s renowned poise, balance and long distance ability. Finally, a new sports exhaust system delivers a suitably rousing soundtrack.A further distinctive feature is the availability of a new range of optional Aston Martin ‘Race Collection’ paint schemes. Pairing bold body colors with contrasting hues for the cant rails and radiator grille surround, they celebrate the marque’s racing heritage. All of the company’s successful N24 Vantage racers are celebrated, with ‘Rose’ yellow, ‘Kermit’ green and ‘Elwood’ blue all featuring in the collection along with traditional Aston Martin Racing green. The white and black car shown in the accompanying images wears the equally striking ‘Asia Cup’ livery.Production of the V8 Vantage N420 begins this month, with deliveries for the Americas commencing in quarter four 2010.www.astonmartin.comlast_img read more

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