November 16

Virat Kohli to AB de Villiers: My brother, you are the most honest and committed man I know

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli has lent his support to Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers after the retired South African great broke his silence on his recent controversy.The Indian captain described de Villiers, who was criticised for picking and choosing international assignments after announcing his retirement last year, as the “most honest and committed” person.”My brother you are the most honest and committed man I know. It’s been unfortunate to see this happen to you. But know that we stand with you and believe in you.”Seeing people enter your personal space has been sad to see and uncalled for. More love and power to you and your beautiful family. Me and Anushka are Always here for you guys” Kohli wrote on de Villiers Instagram. Instagram ScreengrabIn the middle of South Africa’s disastrous World Cup campaign, a media report had claimed that the former Proteas captain had offered to come out of retirement a day before the squad was to be picked for the mega-event but the team management rejected it.However, de Villiers, in a detailed statement on Friday, finally broke his silence on the controversy surrounding his international comeback, which never happened, saying he did not demand to come out of retirement at the 11th hour before the World Cup but was privately asked whether he was open to play the 50-over showpiece.Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also chimed in his support for the 35-year-old on Instagram.”My dear friend and legend, your one of the nicest guys i’ve ever played cricket with an absolute gem of a person! There was never a chance for SA in this World Cup to win without you! It is your country’s loss not to have you in the squad not yours. The bigger the player more the criticism! We all know what a gentleman you are,” Yuvraj wrote.advertisementAlso Read | Rohit Sharma returns to India ahead of teammates after World Cup 2019 exitAlso Read | Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still a great player: Steve WaughAlso See:last_img read more

November 16

Simeone lauds Torres after brilliant brace

first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone lauds Torres after brilliant two-goal haul Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:47 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Torres-cropped Getty Images Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Elche Elche Copa del Rey The Atletico Madrid head coach was full of praise for his two-goal hero following Wednesday’s triumph over Elche Diego Simeone hailed the “quality” of Fernando Torres after the veteran forward fired Atletico Madrid into the Copa del Rey last 16.Torres scored twice as Atletico saw off third-tier Elche 3-0 on Wednesday and 4-1 on aggregate at the Wanda Metropolitano midweek.Torres 6/5 to score v Sociedad Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 33-year-old’s brace opened his account for the season, having failed to score in all competitions prior to Wednesday.”Fernando did well as goals are so important for a forward,” Simeone said.”He took maybe the two most difficult chances he had, with a lot of quality.” Today, we lived a great first-ever #CopaDelRey night in the Wanda @Metropolitano! Thanks for your continuous support, Atlético fans!#AúpaAtleti #AtletiElche— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) November 30, 2017Atletico centre-back Jose Gimenez was also on target, opening the scoring in the 31st minute in the Spanish capital.”The cup can be a trap as if you relax you can find it difficult to get back into the game,” Simeone said. “The away goals are very valuable, so you must be focused in every moment.”The first half was very good, we went out very strong, convinced on what we needed to do. The two goals had us in control really of the tie, although things can always turn around.”Simeone leapt to the defence of out-of-form forward Luciano Vietto, who was wasteful in attack as his run without a goal in 2017 continued.”It seems that yes [Vietto feels under pressure],” Simeone added. “He plays very well with his back to goal, rarely loses possession, chooses his passes well. His is a tough position to play as if you do not score you get criticised.”He does not hide, keeps playing, and he is one of the best we have in his general play and we protect him for that.”last_img read more

October 23

Fitch Upgrades DP Worlds Rating

first_imgzoom Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World has seen its Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) upgraded to BBB+ from BBB and Short-Term IDR affirmed at F2 by ratings agency Fitch Ratings.Fitch Ratings added that the rating outlook is stable. This follows on Fitch’s rating upgrade in August 2016 from BBB- to BBB and reflects DP World’s solid performance and stable cash flow generation.The ratings agency also notes DP World’s flexibility in its expansionary plan to maintain leverage below the threshold of 4.5x, well diversified and resilient portfolio and pricing power due to its significant exposure to origin and destination traffic.According to Moody’s ratings agency, DP World’s current ratings for three entities DP World Limited, DP World Sukuk Limited, and DP World Crescent Limited are Baa2 with a stable outlook.“To receive consecutive upgrades in the current market conditions is a true recognition of the strength and resilience of our business alongside our long-term growth potential and continued progress to create the most productive, efficient and safe trade solutions globally. We remain committed to delivering growth through continued disciplined investments and managing leverage,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said.last_img read more

October 17

Politics needs to be more welcoming for women NL premier says

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s legislature reconvened two weeks early on Tuesday for a remarkable session to address alleged bullying and harassment by two ousted members of the governing Liberals.The scandal has enveloped the government since spring, when Eddie Joyce and Dale Kirby were relieved of their cabinet portfolios and ousted from Liberal caucus. Soon after, former finance minister Cathy Bennett said a Liberal culture of intimidation had helped drive her from cabinet.As reports on the two men were released Tuesday, Premier Dwight Ball said the government needs to be a welcoming place for women.“We want to make sure that we can attract females, women, the future MHAs of Newfoundland and Labrador. We want to make sure that the workplace is conducive to bringing people into this, not discouraging people,” he said.But Ball had previously come under fire for claiming he was unaware of harassment allegations, and both opposition party leaders and one complainant complained Tuesday about the haphazard handling of the complaints.A key sticking point: One of legislative standards commissioner Bruce Chaulk’s reports was made by the public before being officially tabled Tuesday.Last week, Kirby released one of Chaulk’s reports to the media, clearing him of most misconduct allegations from MHA Pam Parsons — except for one incident when Kirby told Parsons “You are beautiful and I love you,” and suggested that she stop being so vocal on behalf of her constituents.Kirby had also allegedly sent Parsons a text saying “You’re causing a (expletive) of trouble for me today.”The reports said Joyce faced complaints that he glared at people after a heated conversation, walked away from discussions, and dismissed questions. One complaint said: “MHA Joyce refused to shake the complainant’s hand and spoke negatively about interacting with her to her colleagues.”The reports found that Joyce’s actions, for the most part, did not violate the code of conduct, except for one incident when he submitted a friend’s name for consideration in a management position, and followed up several times about the status of the competition.Liberal member Sherry Gambin-Walsh, one of the complainants against Joyce, said outside the legislature she was not satisfied with the report, or with how the process has unfolded.“It’s been very difficult on me personally, but I’ve managed to work through it, and it’s been very difficult on my family,” Gambin-Walsh said.She said she would have preferred an independent firm handled the investigation, rather than a government commissioner with minimal experience in the area.Gambin-Walsh is set to present her version of events later this week.A harassment-free workplace policy for government officials came into effect in June and work is ongoing to develop a legislature-specific policy.Tory member Tracey Perry, one of the complainants against Joyce, raised the issue of whether the handing of complaints might discourage young women from running for office.Outside the legislature, Ball said that the process has been flawed but he hopes the lessons learned will create a more welcoming environment and make young women feel safe taking an interest in government.“There’s no doubt … getting from April to where we are now, there’s been a lot of flaws in this process,” Ball said outside the legislature.Debate over Chaulk’s findings, and possible reprimand for the two MHAs, will resume on Wednesday after all members of the house have reviewed the findings.last_img read more

October 14

Tŝilhqotin Canada and BC sign reconciliation agreement in support of selfdetermination

first_imgThe agreement purportedly commits the three governments to “sustained progress on eight Tŝilhqot’in priorities,” including self-governance, language and culture, children and families, healthy communities, justice, education and training, lands, water and resources, and economic development.It will also support the transition to Tŝilhqot’in governance in the declared title area as recognized in the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Decision.In 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada declared the Tŝilhqot’in have Aboriginal title to roughly 1,750 square kilometres of land in B.C.’s Interior. Lee WilsonAPTN NewsThe Tŝilhqot’in National Government and its six member First Nations have signed a ‘reconciliation agreement’ with Canada and the Government of British Columbia.Tŝilhqot’in, provincial and federal leaders met in Williams Lake, B.C. Wednesday to celebrate the new Gwets’en Nilt’i Pathway Agreement, which the governments are touting as a “historic reconciliation agreement to support Tsilhqot’in self-determination.”A news release from the three governments calls Gwets’en Nilt’i “a tangible expression of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which recognizes every Nation has unique and distinct paths to self-determination.” “This Agreement sets the table for that work and sets a pathway together to bring these commitments to life in a way that reflects our aspirations as Tŝilhqot’in peoples,” Tl’esqox First Nation Chief Francis Laceese said Wednesday.Following the landmark ruling in 2014, the Tŝilhqot’in have signed a number of letters and agreements with the provincial and federal governments.In 2016 they signed the Nenqay Deni Accord — or “The People’s Accord” — with B.C. “to establish the shared vision, principles and structures for the Parties to negotiate one or more agreements to effect a comprehensive and lasting reconciliation between the Tŝilhqot’in Nation and British Columbia.”In 2017 the Tŝilhqot’in and Canada signed a “letter of understanding” stating their commitment to “renewing and strengthening their nation-to-nation relationship, and negotiating in good faith to achieve a lasting reconciliation for the Tsilhqot’in people.”In November 2018 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Tŝilhqot’in on their title lands at Chilko Lake, where he exonerated six war chiefs who were wrongfully hanged during the Chilcotin War of 1864.Tŝilhqot’in Tribal Chair Chief Joe Alphonse told APTN News that the reconciliation agreement has “been in the works since…we won Aboriginal title,” and that it represents an important step toward independence for his people.“We as Indigenous people, we have to believe that as long we’re persistent and we keep moving things will eventually turn around, and I think that is happening,” he said.lwilson@aptn.calast_img read more

October 8

Heres where Target is opening its next 20 stores in Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Target will open an additional 20 stores in Canada this month, adding to the 48 locations already in operation across the country, the big U.S.-based retailer announced Thursday.[np_storybar title=”Jump directly to list of upcoming store openings” link=”#1″] [/np_storybar]The new locations, opening between July 16 and July 30, include 11 in Ontario, two each in British Columbia and Alberta, and three in Saskatchewan, the first Target stores in that province.The 20 new stores push Target past the halfway mark for store openings this year, as the retailer has announced plans to open 124 stores across Canada throughout 2013.“After opening stores in Ontario and Western Canada, we’re excited to bring the unique Target brand shopping experience to additional locations in these markets and to welcome our first guests in Saskatchewan,” Target Canada president Tony Fisher said in a release.Locations opening to the public on July 16 include:British Columbia (2)Courtenay – Driftwood MallKelowna – Orchard PlazaAlberta (2)Calgary – Signal Hill CentreMedicine Hat – Medicine Hat MallSaskatchewan (3)Regina – Northgate Shopping CentreSaskatoon – The Mall at Lawson HeightsSaskatoon – Centre at Circle & EighthOntario (11)Ancaster – Meadowlands Power CentreChatham – Thames Lea PlazaHamilton – South Hamilton SquareHamilton – Queenston PlaceKitchener – Laurentian Power CentreNiagara Falls – 7190 Morrison StreetNorth Bay – 1899 Algonquin AvenueOakville – South Oakville CentreOshawa, Ontario – Five Points MallThunder Bay – Intercity Shopping CentreWelland – Seaway MallOn July 23:Kingston — Cataraqui Town CentreOn July 30:Brampton — Bramalea City CentreCanadian Press read more

October 6

UNICEF kicks off soccer partnership for the children of the Americas

The United States beat Panama on a penalty shootout in yesterday’s Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, but the partnership will endure long after that final whistle.Under the agreement signed on Thursday night between the two semi-final games at the stadium under the slogan “With Children We Win,” UNICEF and CONCACAF pledged to develop a long-term partnership to benefit children in Latin America and the Caribbean by integrating advocacy and information and building grass-roots programmes.”UNICEF believes that sports and play must be part and parcel of every child’s life, girl and boy, advantaged and disadvantaged, talented and instinctive,” UNICEF Representative Andres Franco said. “Play comes naturally to children, and is a powerful force to ensure that children, especially children in the developing world, realize their right to play.”CONCACAF President Jack Warner reinforced the message adding: “As the most popular sport in the world, football has the potential to be a tremendous power for good, especially for young people. Through this relationship, we will explore ways to harness the power of football to have a positive impact on the lives of children across this region.”The focus on HIV/AIDS and violence is due to the importance these issues carry in the CONCACAF region. With a prevalence rate of 2.3 per cent, the Caribbean region has the second highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world, next to Sub-Saharan Africa.Latin America is one of the most violent regions in the world, with children and women the main victims. In 2002 alone, 653 children were murdered in Guatemala. Two thirds of victims of sexual crimes reported in Nicaragua in 2004 were children and adolescents and 28 per cent of murder victims in El Salvador in 2004 were boys between 10 and 19 years of age. More than 2,000 Honduran children were murdered between 1998 and 2002.”We need to work in partnership to get girls and boys on to sports fields and playgrounds, and to educate children and their families about the benefits of sports,” UNICEF Regional Director Nils Kastberg said. read more

October 6

Annan unveils rugged 100 laptop for worlds children at Tunis Summit

“When they start reaching the hands of the world’s children, these robust and versatile machines will enable kids to become more active in their own learning,” Mr. Annan said. “Children will be able to learn by doing, not just through instruction or rote memorization. And they will be able to open a new front in their education: peer-to-peer learning.”The low-energy green laptops, powered by a windup crank, are the key to the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative introduced by Mr. Annan and Professor Nicholas Negroponte of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.The laptops are to be financed through domestic resources, donors and possibly other arrangements, at no cost to the recipients themselves. They are to be distributed through education ministries using established textbook channels, Mr. Annan said. Calling the laptops an “impressive technical achievement,” the Secretary-General said that they were able to do almost everything that larger, more expensive computers could do, unlocking the “magic with each child, within each scientist, scholar or plain citizen-in-the-making.” He urged governments at WSIS to incorporate the initiative into their efforts to build an Information Society.The OLPC is a partner project in the Connect the World initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which held a roundtable yesterday in which political, business, and development leaders pledged their commitment to expand the benefit of information and communications technologies (ICT) to people all over the world by 2015.Also today, at various other forums at WSIS, other UN specialized agencies addressed their areas of expertise today. Among them, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, underlined the key role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in meteorology and early warning for natural disasters. He offered to expand the use of WMO’s Global Telecommunication System. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Microsoft Corporation, in cooperation with the Youth Observatory of the Tunisian Ministry of Youth, today inaugurated the InfoYouth Centre, a regional community technology centre for North Africa, designed to provide as many as 50,000 youth with access to, and skills training in, information technologies. Also organized by UNESCO, in collaboration with a diverse range of partners, a workshop on ICT and Persons with Disabilities was attended by Tunisia’s first lady, Leïla Ben Ali.At another event, called Communication for All, Ericsson and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) spoke of the importance of increasing mobile phone access into isolated areas. Two billion people still live in areas with no mobile phone coverage, which is easier to expand than hard-wired connections, they said.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Association for Progressive Communication jointly held a meeting to introduce the Multimedia Training Kit that assists community media trainers in rural areas. Other programmes discussed the importance of ICT for health systems, small business, postal services and many other areas.One two-day event, the World Electronic Media Forum, concerning the role of electronic media in the digital age, closed last night. Addressing the final session, Secretary-General Annan urged media practitioners to use their influence to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals, a set of targets for greatly reducing poverty and other world ills by 2015.”Day in, day out, where do we find timely alarms about injustice, opportunities to forge connections across great distances, or simple entertainment after a long day’s work in factory, field or office tower? On television, on the radio and, increasingly, on the Internet,” Mr. Annan said.”Today, the world needs you to use that influence, even more than you do already, to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” he said, noting that media had already found creative ways to address the scourge of HIV/AIDS.In his statement, Mr. Annan also addressed the issue of freedom of expression in electronic media, which had become a major concern of WSIS.”I will continue to press Governments to uphold their responsibility both to create conditions in which journalists can do their job safely, and to bring to justice those who commit crimes against them,” he said. read more

September 25

Surgery students cant sew or cut because they spend too much time

Surgery students have lost the ability to perform simple tasks like stitching and sewing up patients because they spend so little time using their hands and so much time staring at screens, a professor has warned. Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical education at Imperial College, London, believes the quest for academic knowledge has come at the expense of physical dexterity. He told the BBC: “It is a concern of mine and my scientific colleagues that whereas in the past you could make the assumption that students would leave school able to do certain practical things – cutting things out, making things – that is no longer the case.”Prof Kneebone says he has seen a decline in the ability of students to perform manual skills over the past decade.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––While historically these skills might once have been gained by cutting textiles, measuring ingredients or repairing things in the house by delving into the toolbox and using basic woodwork techniques to fix things, technology has taken over, Prof Kneebone says. “A lot of things are reduced to swiping on a two-dimensional flat screen,” he told the BBC, compromising young people’s ability to develop their motor skills which has led to them becoming “less competent and less confident” in using their hands. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. With a surgeon’s ability to perform intricate movements with their hands just as important as their subject knowledge, Imperial College has been forced to think outside the box.It has called in magicians in an attempt to reverse the trend, by getting students to learn how to listen intently and shape their hands in a way that is needed to trick an audience – something Prof Kneebone believes is transferable to the operating theatre. Later on Tuesday, speaking at the V&A Museum of Childhood in east London, Prof Kneebone will address a report calling for an increase in creativity in the curriculum because “We have students who have very high exam grades but lack tactile general knowledge”. read more

September 21

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cianan Brennan Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 4:57 PM Short URL 8,736 Views Source: William MurphyEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #APOLOGY: The State has offered an “unconditional apology” to a family that was harassed by gardaí.2. #TRUMP: The US president claims that his own intelligence services are behaving “just like Russia”.3. #MCCABE: New documents show that the ‘admin error’ that led to allegations against Maurice McCabe was not reported as a HSE data protection breach.4. #SERIOUS RISKS: Ireland is being taken to court over waste water by the European Commission.5. #NOT HAPPENING: Floyd Mayweather says he will not be fighting Conor McGregor. No Comments Feb 15th 2017, 4:57 PM Share Tweet Email The 5 at 5: Wednesday State apologises to family harassed by gardaí, and Trump at war with his own intelligence services – it’s the Five at Five.last_img read more

September 21

A small fire has broken out at Beaumont Hospital

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE is attending a fire at Beaumont Hospital.It’s understood that a small fire broke out in the records room of the hospital.Two units from North Strand fire station are currently at the scene.More to follow. Read: Man accused of killing Gareth Hutch stabbed in Mountjoy> By Cliodhna Russell Short URL 18,653 Views 4 Comments Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 4:25 PM A small fire has broken out at Beaumont Hospital Two units from North Strand fire station are currently at the scene. Mar 28th 2017, 4:25 PM Share4 Tweet Email3 last_img read more

September 19

Weather Eye Crazy weather continues snow rain affect various elevations

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Sinclair Lewis once said, “Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” Well I tell you that winter certainly has taken up shop here in the Northwest. Remember those 50-degree days back in December? Such good times.After a ton of hype about being snowed in on social media, it gets rather confusing. To put it simply, the weather is acting crazy. Crazy weather. Snow to rain back to snow.The National Weather Service in Portland Monday issued a winter storm watch for Clark County for Monday night and early today. A watch means something could develop but not certain. A warning means it is about to happen.We had a warm front move through raising the temperatures into 40s eliminating any threat of snow in the lowlands. The cold front was forecast to sag southward over us Monday night with heavy rain.Huge pancake-size flakes that weigh the trees and power lines down is not what we want. So, we will be glad with all rain.last_img read more

September 16

Deadline Approaches to Nominate Someone for ASA Achievement Awards

first_imgASA is currently accepting nominations for the Special Meritorious Award, Lifetime Achievement Award (Membership focus) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (Association focus). The registration deadline is next week, Friday, Nov.22.  Nominate someone who has dedicated their lives to promoting the soybean industry or membership by applying online at nominations, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted online or in writing and received no later than Friday, Nov.22, 2013. Send to Byron Keelin at The nominations are reviewed by the ASA Membership and Corporate Relations Committee. The awards are presented at the ASA Awards Banquet on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, during the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.last_img read more

September 16

Vancouver man kept Air Force One in contact

first_imgAir Force One is the designation for any Air Force plane carrying the president. Two highly customized Boeing 747 aircraft serve in that role, with tail numbers 28000 and 29000.SOURCE: world just got another lesson in how much of the president’s job happens behind the scenes. People often don’t know what’s been going on until a news alert flashes across the TV screen and their jaws drop.For about 15 years, Vancouver’s Earl Van Valkenberg was behind the scenes. He served five presidents as chief communicator on Air Force One.As chief of the communications center on the presidential jet, Van Valkenberg made sure Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were always in contact with the White House.“I could be anywhere in the world and call any number in the world,” he said.Van Valkenberg didn’t always know what the messages were. But his communications center, and the radio operators he supervised, transmitted some dispatches that helped shape history.The Nixon administration provided a few of those moments, including a ground-breaking flight to China with Henry Kissinger. Over the course of several visits, they flew Defense Department officials to China, then White House communications people.last_img read more

September 12

Tame Impala Announce Currents Reissue Box Set

first_img Facebook The Currents – Collector’s Edition vinyl box set is due out on Nov. 17, and is now available for pre-order via the band’s website.Tom Waits Announces Six-LP Vinyl Reissue SeriesRead more The band is now accepting pre-orders for the deluxe vinyl reissue of their GRAMMY-nominated 2015 albumBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2017 – 2:51 pm Tame Impala fans have a special treat coming their way this holiday season, as the band has just announced a massive vinyl reissue of their acclaimed 2015 album, Currents.Currents earned Tame Impala a GRAMMY nomination for Best Alternative Music Album at the 58th GRAMMY Awards and was ranked No. 13 on the Rolling Stone list of the 50 Best Albums Of 2015.The deluxe reissue package will include a limited-edition pressing of the album on marbled red vinyl, a 12-inch vinyl LP containing two remixes, a flexi disc with three B-sides, and a collection of alternative album artwork, photos, and sketches made during the album’s recording sessions. Tame Impala To Reissue ‘Currents’ Vinyl Box Set tame-impala-announce-currents-reissue-box-set News Email Tame Impala Announce ‘Currents’ Reissue Box Set Twitter read more

September 9

Sockeye Fire Strategy Changes To Offensive

first_imgAn incident command post has been set up at Houston High School in a new offensive against the Sockeye fire. The state division of forestry has a staging area at the school, and on Tuesday,June 16, Fire information officials held a parking lot press conference. Tom Kurth, Sockeye fire incident commander, said the fire had gained one thousand acres since Monday, and is now [as of 3pm on Tuesday ] over 7500 acres. Kurth said crews coming in are attempting to set up a safe anchor at the North end of the fire, to begin offensive action. But the fire’s gains are on three sides, the Eastern perimeter, the Northwest and the Southern tip.“We still have a lot of potential for the fire to move, however the containment lines that we are trying to establish, at least we are getting familiar with what it’s gonna take to slow this fire down. There is a lot of structures still at risk there, there are a lot of values inside the perimeter here, so those are of the utmost concern.”Kurth said the priority for firefighters at this point is to protect structures, protect the Alaska railroad, and keep the Parks highway open. He said the number of structures destroyed has grown, along with the fire’s spread.“As mentioned, there’s somewhere between 50 and 100 structures that have been lost. Now that is a very loose survey that is done by drive by now. We’ll try to get a more accurate accounting from the Borough which has records for that. But I do want to qualify that a structure can be as small as 40 square feet, so that’s not homes and residences, it’s outbuildings and that sort of thing. We’re trying to get a good information base as to where any structural loss is taken care of, we’re assigning that to the Mat Su Borough.”He said firefighters who have been working so far are reaching fatigue limits, but new crews just arrived will be on seen shortly. Five hot shot crews have arrived from the Lower 48 to get to work on an offensive against the fire by establishing containment lines for stablization.“The next 48 hours we’ll start to gain some ground and turn from this more defensive posture into what we like to say is an offensive workload where we start to go direct on a lot of that line there. We do have heavy equipment up on the North end where we have established some line there and now we’re plumbing that with pumps and hoses to make sure we can secure that. ”“We are getting familiar about how to approach the fire”, Kurth said.The Parks highway, closed at times since Sunday, is open at intervals to traffic that is being let through the fire area by pilot cars. A new Parks highway information recording is now at 907-761-3700, fire officials said.last_img read more

August 19

Employers looking to fill 3000 vacant jobs at CINDE fair next month

first_imgThe job market in Costa Rica is off to a good start with announcements from companies that will launch or expand operations and others that will be actively hiring during the 12th edition of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) Job fair. The fair takes place Feb. 19-21 at the Antigua Aduana, east of downtown San José.The fair will bring together recruiters from 64 companies representing 35 sectors, who will be looking to hire 3,000 employees with good command of two or more languages as well as technical or professional degrees.According to CINDE, the companies will be looking for workers in the areas of business, finance, manufacturing, engineering, software development, computer programming, graphic design, sales and translation.The two main requirements for prospective employees are a good command of a second language, mainly English, Portuguese, Italian, German and French, and completion of a pre-registration form online at the fair’s website.Online registration will guide users step by step, requesting basic information such as personal data, completed studies, work experience and current availability, among others.At the end of the process the system will generate a QR code that will be the only method for fair attendants to share personal information with recruiters.Registered users also are required to test English-language proficiency using an online Business English Level Test, or BELT, which measures language skills based on standards from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR). A Portuguese proficiency test also is available at the website.Registration and entrance to the fair are free, but only those who completed the online registration will be allowed, CINDE stated.The job fair takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.More jobs: German company opens business centerEvonik Industries, a chemical products manufacturer based in Essen, Germany, this week announced it will open a financial services center in Costa Rica to assist the company’s operations across the Americas.The company in coming days will begin construction of its offices in San José and the hiring of its first 50 employees. Posts are primarily open to accounting, finance and human resources professionals.Evonik also confirmed it hopes to expand operations in 2017 by bringing its payroll to 100 employees by the end of that year.Those interested in applying for a post can send résumés by e-mail to: to CINDE, the German company “will join more than 120 multinational companies that currently have service centers in Costa Rica.”Intel also hiringChip manufacturer Intel on Thursday reported that it has openings at its Global Services Center in Heredia province.Intel’s manager of government affairs, Timothy Scott, said this week the firm opened some 60 positions for professionals in various areas and with a strong command of English. On Thursday afternoon the number of available posts was 49 in the areas of app development, systems analysis, network engineering, information technology auditing, tax analysis and call center support, among others.Those interested in applying can find the full list of available jobs at Facebook Comments Related posts:Bilingual employment fair to offer 3,800 jobs Job fairs seeking 1,300 employees Foreign firms announce more than 2,000 new job openings in Costa Rica Companies to offer 2,700 posts for bilingual staff at job fairlast_img read more

August 15

April Signs Point to Cooler Summer than Last Year

first_imgApril Signs Point to Cooler Summer than Last Year in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply RE/MAX 2014-05-20 Tory Barringercenter_img Following a release from Redfin indicating mixed strength in April’s housing segment, RE/MAX has issued its own monthly report, echoing the theme of a cooling market compared to the last few years.According to the company, April home sales were up an estimated 10.9 percent from March across 52 of the nation’s largest metros, fitting with the 12.4 percent increase Redfin recorded in its 30 surveyed markets. Only two markets in RE/MAX’s monthly report posted lower sales on a monthly basis.Year-over-year, however, the numbers played out differently, indicating a 7.8 percent decline.Despite the yearly decrease, RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly took a positive view on April’s statistics.”While sales and prices aren’t growing at the rate they did last year, we still remain in a recovery with the market settling into a more sustainable growth pattern,” Kelly said.According to RE/MAX, the median sales price of all homes sold last month was $190,000, an uptick of 1.9 percent month-over-month and 5.8 percent year-over-year—a little more than half the 10.7 percent push recorded in April 2013.Of the 52 metro areas surveyed, 38 reported higher prices compared to a year ago. As has been the case through most of the recent recovery, the markets hit hardest in the recession topped the others in terms of growth, with Detroit leading the way at 22.2 percent appreciation. It was followed by Las Vegas (+18.7 percent), Orlando (+14.4 percent), Miami (+13.9 percent), and Atlanta (+12.9 percent).For all homes sold in April, the average number of days on market was 74, marking the 23rd straight month in which time on market came in below 90 days and demonstrating the market’s high level of demand compared to its low supply.Looking at inventory, RE/MAX reported a 5.0 percent annual decline. However, available stock did climb 1.9 percent month-over-month—the first monthly gain in the last year—hinting at possible relief to come as housing’s usual busy season comes to its peak. May 20, 2014 440 Views last_img read more

August 10

Virgin Gorda British Virgin Islands – Reported by

first_imgVirgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine“Reel” good times are in store at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands for this year’s annual BVI Billfish Tournament. The fourth running of this popular catch-and-release blue marlin fishing tournament will take place from July 30 through August 2, 2012 at the North Drop, an area just 13-30 miles from Bitter End on Virgin Gorda in the BVI.Competitors of all types, from the serious sport fisherman to the casual caster, are welcome, whether in their own boats or in locally chartered ones. Participants will spend the day casting out for prize-winning billfish in one of the best blue marlin fishing sites on the planet. After fishing from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., participants will return to the resort for image review and scoring, as well as for great food and libations, relaxation, and enjoyment after a long day on the turquoise-blue waters of the BVI. All boats participating in the 2012 BVI Billfish Tournament will receive a complimentary membership to Bitter End’s Quarterdeck Club (a $500 value). The tournament size is limited to 20 boats, so early registration is strongly suggested.If the recently renovated, state-of-the-art Quarterdeck Marina at Bitter End Yacht Club and the ideal fishing conditions of the BVI aren’t enough to lure in the relaxed reeler, the amenities and non-fishing offerings at the Bitter End Yacht Club should be. Family and friends of competitors are welcome, with many exhilarating experiences to be had at BEYC and throughout the BVI. The monthly Full Moon Parties happen to coincide with the end of the Billfish Tournament as well, occurring on August 3rd, with a rollicking good time to be had at Bomba’s Shack and a more family-friendly Fireball Party held at Trellis Bay in Tortola.The welcoming Caribbean spirit is in abundance at the Bitter End Yacht Club, where BVI Billfishing Tournament participants and spectators can take advantages of the resort’s Angler’s Bed & Breakfast Special or the Admiral’s Family Vacation Package. The Angler’s Special starts at just $325 per night for two in a North Sound Suite and includes breakfast daily. The Family Package includes three meals daily, unlimited use of the Club fleet, an Introduction to Sailing Course, and access to the resort amenities and tournament parties – fun for the entire family!www.bvitourism.comlast_img read more

August 10

Lucerne Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgLucerne, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineWith the Patravi EvoTec BigDate, Carl F. Bucherer presents the first ladies’ watch based on the EvoTec Manufacture Concept. In so doing, the Lucerne brand is responding to the growing number of women who demand a high level of mechanical and technical sophistication without wishing to sacrifice the independent, feminine aesthetic appeal of their watch.In order to satisfy these expectations, with the Patravi EvoTec BigDate Carl F. Bucherer presents the first women’s watch that is based on the integrated “Evolution Technology” Manufacture Concept—EvoTec for short. This concept concentrates in particular on the design of Manufacture movements and mechanisms with genuine added value as well as practical additional functions.The CFB A1003 Manufacture movement of the Patravi EvoTec BigDate and its function module are the result of this progressive approach. A standout feature of the caliber is the first ever reliably functioning peripheral rotor, which offers an unimpeded view of the caliber with its modern decoration, in addition to developments such as a patented dynamic shock absorption (DSA) for the rotor and a new fine adjustment system (CDAS), which requires adjustment only once. A solution has also been found for the switching of the big date. This functions with a moveable finger that is integrated into the relevant ring. This finger makes it possible, when changing the date from the 31st to the 1st of the following month, to change only the disk with the second digit while that controlling first digit stays still.Typical of the launch models from Carl F. Bucherer that include the term “EvoTec” in their name as a distinguishing feature is the cushion-shaped case. For the Patravi EvoTec BigDate, its dimensions have been reduced to a still extremely generous 39.2mm x 38.5mm. In two of the four versions so far available, the bezel is fitted with 56 of the purest diamonds, emphasizing the character of this watch as a modern piece of jewelry. With the jewels becoming finer towards the corners and their slightly convex shape, this setting emphasizes the elegant shape of the case.The silver dial of the Patravi EvoTec BigDate presents a sleek look with fine index marks for the hours. The black dial offers an attractive alternative: with fascinating high-quality black mother-of-pearl with its natural play of colors at the center, while on the outside there are longitudinal index marks and five diamonds, also set in a dome-shaped framework, indicating the hours.A striking feature of the Patravi EvoTec BigDate is the date indication in the double window, positioned in the upper left quadrant of the dial, the dimensions of which are unusual even for a big date. The small seconds at 6 o’clock takes up the shape of the case and is a perfect counterpart to the date. Not only the front face but also the back of the Patravi EvoTec BigDate has a sapphire crystal, which permits an unimpeded view of the precisely and evenly ticking microcosm of the Manufacture movement. This women’s watch is complemented by a strap made of either brown python skin, white water-snake skin, black alligator skin or calfskin.For more information visit read more