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Richard Branson Celebrates Londons Air Ambulance As It Turns 28

first_imgSir Richard Branson has blogged about London’s Air Ambulance, which is celebrating its 28th anniversary.“One of the more unusual things that has happened in my life is being rescued by emergency helicopters no less than five times,” he wrote. “If it wasn’t for these helicopters and teams, I am certain I wouldn’t be alive today.“London’s Air Ambulance remains a charity very close to my heart, and is celebrating its 28th anniversary. To mark the occasion has launched a new digital timeline. I enjoyed taking a journey through the service’s interactive history (you can spot yours truly along the way). The timeline shows its highs and lows, battles against adversity, and the great work the team has done to save tens of thousands of lives.“The Air Ambulance treats an average of five critically-injured people every day; airborne within just four minutes of activation and landing safely in the busy streets of London – be it in the middle of Trafalgar Square or on the embankment. The service was launched in 1989 following a report by the Royal College of Surgeons that stated too many people were dying on the streets unnecessarily. Today, the service is at the forefront of medical innovation, delivering pioneering procedures, including roadside open chest surgery, anaesthesia and blood transfusions. It truly is a wonderful charity, doing pioneering things to keep Londoners safe.”To read the full blog, and find out how to donate to the Air Ambulance and support it’s work, click here.last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP track down stolen pickup

first_imgThis is the second such incident in the last month of a late-90’s Chevrolet pickup being stolen during the overnight hours in the Energetic City. In late June, the 1998 Chevrolet pickup owned was stolen from the Fort St. John fire hall while its owner, by firefighter Adam Winn, was at work.Police are continuing to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about the incident, or who can assist in identifying suspects, to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.solvecrime.ca. UPDATE: Cst. Chad Neustaeter said that the RCMP have located the stolen pickup, which will be returned to its rightful owner.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is asking for the public’s help in tracking down a pickup truck that was stolen early Wednesday morning.At around 6 o’clock this morning, the RCMP received a report of a pickup truck that was stolen from a home on 104th Ave near 98th St. between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. The truck, which was taken from out front of the home, is a 1997 Chevrolet pickup that is green in colour with BC license plate HB9897. Cst. Chad Neustaeter said that the truck was locked and had half a tank of fuel.last_img read more

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Campaigning for Lok Sabha poll ends in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The election campaign for all seven Lok Sabha constituencies came to an end on Friday evening with polling scheduled for May 12. The three major political parties, after a hectic round of campaigning in the last couple of weeks, made all efforts to woo the voters in their constituencies as they would not be allowed to campaign, take out processions or to address rallies during the silence period, which has now come into play.The campaign which got off to a slow start as alliance talks between the AAP and Congress lingered on till the last days of nomination gained momentum over the last fortnight with senior leaders drawing huge crowds at mega rallies and road shows in the national Capital. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesWith Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a massive rally at the iconic Ramlila Maidan, Congress President Rahul Gandhi Congress addressing two public meetings, while his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra taking out two road shows in the city, the campaign gained momentum. BSP supremo Mayawati, BJP President Amit Shah, too, canvassed for their party candidates. Calling itself way ahead of its opponents, the Congress and the BJP, Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) says it has not left out any possible means of communication to reach out to voters. The party started working for the Lok Sabha battle even when the elections were not the main topic of discussion in the country. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”We did door-to-door campaigns, rallies, public and indoor meetings and one-to-one communication with 35 lakh people at the micro level. Roadshows, nukkad nataks, we did metro campaigns, to list a few,” AAP Delhi chief Gopal Rai said. AAP candidates Balbir Singh Jakhar, Atishi, Guggan Singh, Raghav Chadha, Dilip Pandey, Pankaj Gupta and Brijesh Goyal are in fray. Putting all their effort, all seven Congress candidates Sheila Dikshit, Ajay Maken, JP Agarwal, Arvinder Singh Lovely, Rajesh Lilothia, Mahabal Mishra and Vijender Singh held road shows in their areas. “Candidates of BJP and AAP are mainly outsiders while the Congress party candidates are from the city. They know issues very well as they are active on ground since decades. The voters’ mood is in favour of Congress this time as the are fed up with the theatrical politics of both BJP and AAP in Centre as well as Delhi,” said Congress’ West Delhi candidate Mahabal Mishra. On the last day of campaigning, all of BJP’s seven candidates in Delhi took out roadshows in the Capital city, to wrap up their respective campaigns. Harsh Vardhan, Meenakshi Lekhi, Manoj Tiwari, Hansraj Hans, Parvesh Verma, Gautam Gambhir, and Ramesh Bidhuri stopped at nothing for a final appeal to voters before May 12. Manoj Tiwari, the BJP candidate from the North East Delhi and Delhi BJP President, used all his energy to contact the people through Road Show and Nukkad Sabhas in his Lok Sabha Constituency. BJP Candidates Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, Meenakshi Lekhi from New Delhi, Ramesh Bidhuri from South Delhi, Pravesh Sahib Singh from West Delhi, Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi, Hansraj Hans from North West, made every possible effort in the urban and rural areas for contacting voters. While the candidates focused on connecting with voters, saffron party leaders like Vijender Gupta continued to hold press briefings to launch attacks at opposition parties Congress and AAP alike. Manoj Tiwari said that BJP is the only party which has worked tirelessly for resolving the issue of sealing in Delhi. Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have only politicized this issue but in actual they haven’t done anything. Lekhi at her roadshow addressed supporters and said that she is confident of a win in the upcoming polls and is sure that opposition members will be defeated by a large number. In a Twitter Chaupal, Harsh Vardhan said I want that all the political parties should rise above party politics and understand the sufferings of the people and solve their problems. As the polling day is around the corner, senior officers in the district have briefed police personnel to not openly or privately align for or against any political party or group. Police sources told Millennium Post that senior officers in their morning briefings told their personnel regarding the ECI’s instruction for compliance general conduct during Lok Sabha Election. The Delhi Police has beefed up security in parts of the national capital ahead of the May 12 polling and will deploy over 60,000 personnel to ensure smooth conduct of the election here. All liquor shops, clubs, bars, and other such establishments will remain closed in the city from Friday evening to 6 pm on Sunday.last_img read more

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Arab Quartet Supports Moroccan Stance against Iran’s Interference

Rabat – Five months after Morocco cut ties with Iran, the Arab Quartet Committee has expressed support for Morocco’s position against Iranian interference.The committee, which is in charge of monitoring the crisis with Arab states and Iran, expressed solidarity with Morocco through a statement issued during its 9th meeting held in the 150th session of the Council of Arab Foreign Affairs in Egypt.In the statement, the committee addressed Iran’s alleged interference in Arab domestic affairs and condemned Iran’s alleged attempt to arm and train elements to destabilize Morocco. The committee said Iran’s action is part of its plan to “disrupt security and stability in the region.” The committee denounced the “continued” interference of Iran in internal affairs and condemned repeated “provocative statements by Iranian officials against Arab countries.”Morocco cut ties with Iran on May 1, accusing the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah of supporting the Polisario Front and training its separatist members in the Tindouf camps of Algeria.Since Morocco announced its decision, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has repeatedly stated that Morocco presented detailed evidence to Iran documenting Polisario-Hezbollah collusion.Several Gulf countries supported Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Qatar.In May Qatar News Agency (QNA) quoted a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar in support of Morocco’s interest to preserve security and stability against all attempts to undermine its territorial integrity or to target its safety and that of its citizens.Qatar also stressed “the importance of respecting the principles governing relations between states, with respect for sovereignty.” read more

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Nepal peace process close to standstill due to tensions and mistrust UN

13 January 2010The peace process that ended a 10-year civil war in Nepal has remained largely stalled over the past three months, with tensions and mistrust between Maoists, the Government and army threatening its very survival, according to a new United Nations report issued today. “The major disagreements that have brought the peace process close to a standstill remain unresolved, increasing the risk of its collapse,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in the report to the Security Council, referring to the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist army personnel and the democratization of the Nepal Army, the main combatants in the war, and the scope of presidential authority that replaced the monarchy.“Positions have hardened at the opposing ends of the political spectrum, which has seriously eroded the common middle ground that had, from the outset, defined the peace process and remained its driving strength. There is a growing and worrying risk of the political discourse being dominated by extreme voices and the focus shifting away from the peaceful and democratic path,” he adds, calling on all parties to overcome their differences.The report focuses on the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), set up at the request of the Government of Nepal in 2007 to monitor the management of arms and armed personnel of the former Royal Nepal Army and its foe, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which is now the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M). Its present mandate ends on 23 January, and Mr. Ban recommends that the Council renew it should the Government so request.“The country is now entering a crucial period,” he writes. “The coming few months before the May 2010 date for the promulgation of a new constitution are critical for the successful conclusion of the peace process. While it is my desire to see UNMIN complete its mandated tasks and end its presence as soon as possible… withdrawing the Mission at this particular time of heightened tension would not be the wisest course.”Citing the significant gains since the end of the war, including holding elections which resulted in a broadly representative Constituent Assembly and declaring a republic, Mr. Ban stresses that integration and rehabilitation of Maoist army personnel and democratization of the army are critical. “Regrettably, there is little progress to report on this front,” he writes.“As the stalemate has continued, tensions have risen within and among the parties, and talks among senior leaders of the Nepali Congress, the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) and UCPN-M have remained inconclusive,” he adds. “The brinkmanship and confrontation between the Maoists and the Government, accompanied by a sharp and dangerous hardening of positions, is making a negotiated solution significantly more difficult.”He cites as violations of the peace accord the UCPN-M-led protests calling for “civilian supremacy” that disrupted daily life as well as the functioning of Government offices around the country, sharply escalating tensions over seizure of land and crops by people with the support of UCPN-M-affiliated organizations, and the repeated call for fresh recruitment for the army.Turning to UNMIN operations, he notes that its Arms Monitoring Office continues verify compliance by the army and Maoists with restrictions on their weaponry, maintaining round-the-clock surveillance at the army weapons storage site in Kathmandu, the capital, and the weapons storage areas in the seven main Maoist cantonment sites. The Office also investigated Government allegations of misconduct by Maoist army personnel outside the cantonments.But neither the army nor the Maoists have carried out previous recommendations to confirm the number of their respective personnel and increase their cooperation with UNMIN on the notification of troop movements, nor has there been progress on formalizing confidence-building measures related to joint humanitarian and mine action-related activities, he says.On human rights, Mr. Ban reports no substantial progress in addressing impunity and ensuring accountability for human rights violations committed during or after the conflict, with the Government promoting to second-in-command of the army a major general who commanded a then-Royal Nepal Army brigade linked to arbitrary detention, torture and disappearances in 2003/04.For its part, UCPN-M failed to take any action to address the alleged involvement of party members in serious crimes, both during and since the conflict, including the killings of a businessman and journalists and the bombing of a bus in 2005 that resulted in the death of 36 civilian passengers.UNMIN has an authorized strength of 278 personnel. As of December, of 192 civilian personnel, 31 per cent were women, as were 5 of the 72 arms monitors. read more

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Federal Reserve foresees lower US unemployment and inflation this year and next

Federal Reserve foresees lower US unemployment and inflation this year and next WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve expects the U.S. unemployment rate to fall faster this year and next than it did in March.The Fed now predicts unemployment will fall to 7.2 per cent or 7.3 per cent at the end of 2013 from 7.6 per cent now. It thinks the rate will be between 6.5 per cent and 6.8 per cent by the end of 2014, better than its previous projection of 6.7 per cent to 7 per cent.The 6.5 per cent level is significant because the Fed has said it plans to keep the short-term interest rate it controls near zero at least until unemployment falls that low. The Fed thinks that level could be reached by the end of next year.It also expects inflation to dip even further below its 2 per cent target. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2013 2:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Callidans MoistScan MA100 Bulk Sample Analyser gives fast accurate results

first_imgCallidan Instruments, a microwave moisture analysis specialist, has developed a new bulk sample analyser. The MoistScan® MA-100 uses microwave technology to determine the moisture content of large samples, providing accurate results in quick time. Callidan says that it is an improvement on traditional benchtop instruments as the sample is much larger (it takes a sample of litres), hence more representative, and the result is instantaneous (less than 10 seconds) when compared to traditional methods, which can take up to 10 minutes. A large smelter in Japan recently purchased an MA-100 to help them better control the granulation process. It has been used to measure the moisture in a lead-zinc concentrate mix fed to the agglomerator. The product granules are also sampled and analysed by the instrument. With this information at their fingertips the plant operators regulate the addition of water to the agglomerator so as to produce granules of the correct size.The size of the sample is particularly important. Callidan believes that a very small sample size is not a representative sample, even if very stringent sampling procedures are followed. During the course of its normal business of commissioning and calibrating online moisture analysers, Callidan has conducted many hundreds of duplicate sampling programs where laboratory results using small sample sizes have been compared. Inevitably there are significant differences in the moisture results between large and small samples.last_img read more

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Van der Flier Carbery and Dillane not included in Ireland squad to

first_img Josh van der Flier in possession for Ireland during last weekend’s win over Italy. By Paul Dollery Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Feb 19th 2017, 6:23 PM 55 Comments Josh van der Flier in possession for Ireland during last weekend’s win over Italy. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO https://the42.ie/3248136 Share24 Tweet Email center_img 35,993 Views Van der Flier, Carbery and Dillane not included in Ireland squad to face France Joe Schmidt has named his squad for Saturday’s game. Short URL A 34-MAN IRELAND squad will assemble at Carton House this week to prepare for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with France at the Aviva Stadium.Head coach Joe Schmidt announced his panel of players this afternoon, but it doesn’t include the likes of Josh Van der Flier, Joey Carbery and Ultan Dillane.After sustaining a shoulder injury, flanker Van der Flier lasted just 13 minutes of Leinster’s Guinness Pro12 win at home to Edinburgh on Friday night.Carbery, returning from an ankle problem to play for the first time since December, impressed by scoring two tries but the 21-year-old out-half won’t be winning his fourth cap when the French visit Dublin this weekend.Dillane played 63 minutes of Connacht’s victory over Newport Gwent Dragons last night but he has also been left out by Schmidt. It’s unclear if the lock picked up an injury.Munster’s Ian Keatley and Andrew Conway are among those included, as is Leinster’s Dan Leavy, who was also among the tries against Edinburgh.Ireland (v France)Forwards (17)Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster — captain)Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster)Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster)Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster)Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)Peter O’Mahony (Cork Con/Munster)Quinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht)Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster)Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster)CJ Stander (Munster)Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)James Tracy (UCD/Leinster)Backs (17)Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)Andrew Conway (Munster)Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)Craig Gilroy (Bangor/Ulster)Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster)Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster)Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster)Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)Tiernan O’Halloran (Buccaneers/Connacht)Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)Jonathan Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster)Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)The late, late try that sent Munster back to the top of the Pro12 tableRugby world in shock as former Australia star Dan Vickerman dies aged 37 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 6:23 PMlast_img read more

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Talks in Northern Ireland collapse less than 24 hours before deadline

first_imgThe DUP’s approach thus far has been to engage in a minimalist way on all of the key issues, including legacy issues; an Irish Language Act; a Bill of Rights; and marriage equality.“Sinn Féin is up for building a pluralist rights based society as set out in numerous agreements. Is the DUP?”Read: ‘Words cannot express our appreciation’: Family of Martin McGuinness touched by supportRead: Enda Kenny should step aside as Brexit Minister when he leaves office – poll By Gráinne Ní Aodha TALKS BETWEEN THE two major parties in the North have broken down less than 24 hours ahead of the deadline. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesSinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill confirmed that the talks had ended this evening, telling reporters that “we’ve come to the end of the road”:“This talks process has run its course. Sinn Féin will not be supporting nominations for Speaker or the Executive tomorrow. 68 Comments Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 6:19 PM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3308001 Source: Brian LawlessSinn Féin and the DUP gathered the most amount of votes in this year’s election, and under legislation had until tomorrow to form an Executive.With talks breaking down so close to the deadline, Northern Ireland could be thrown into another election process or return to direct rule from London.Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said: Regrettably, thus far in the talks process there has been no substantive progress across all of the key issues that are at the core of the current impasse. 29,003 Views Talks in Northern Ireland collapse less than 24 hours before deadline Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill said that negotiations had “come to the end of the road”. Throughout the course of Saturday Sinn Fein behaved as if they were the only participants whose mandate mattered. This cannot and will not be the basis for a successful outcome.“The DUP stands ready to continue to discuss how we can secure new arrangements for Northern Ireland.” Share774 Tweet Email Mar 26th 2017, 6:19 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article  Sinn Féin is still intent on honouring our mandate and agreements made. We want to see the institutions restored but when we said there will be no return to the status quo we meant it.DUP leader Arlene Foster said that they ran out of time to negotiate, and that they weren’t willing to form a new administration with “pre-conditions”.“To date there was little to suggest that Sinn Fein want to secure agreement. At every opportunity they have resisted involving the other parties and consequently no round table discussions were possible during this round of discussions.” Despite constructive engagement by all of the parties and important progress being made during these discussions, it has not yet been possible to make the necessary breakthroughs on a small number of core issues.“This is a critical time for Northern Ireland. We are on the cusp of the triggering of Article 50 by the UK Government.”He urged both sides to return to negotiations. Source: Michael McHugh/PA ImagesEarlier today, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams released a statement saying that talks weren’t progressing and said that “Unionism is at a crossroads”.“The DUP needs to decide whether and when it will rise to the challenges of this time and work in genuine partnership with nationalists and republicans, and all sections of our society, on the basis of equality and respect. For everyone.last_img read more

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Vancouver Downtown Redevelopment Authority had strong 2018

first_imgThe Vancouver Downtown Redevelopment Authority saw a strong 2018, despite a half-million-dollar dip in profits from the year prior, according to an annual report presented Monday to the Vancouver City Council.The authority, which oversees the Vancouver Convention Center and Hilton Vancouver Washington, reported that the group’s gross operating profit dropped to $5.6 million in 2018 compared to around $6.1 million in 2017.However, total operating revenue dropped just slightly last year, down to $18.10 million from $18.14 million the year prior.In Monday’s presentation to the council, Richard Keller, the authority’s board president, attributed the decline to less group business — the Hilton Vancouver Washington saw a 15 percent drop in group stays last year compared to 2017, an occupancy figure that also cut into catering revenue.Part of that can be traced to an airline flight crew that had previously held a contract with the Hilton Vancouver Washington for several years. The crew moved to a different hotel closer to the Portland International Airport when its contract expired in the spring.Despite that, occupancy held more or less steady, with 75.7 percent of rooms filled in 2018 compared to 76.1 percent the year before.All told, last year the authority remitted nearly $1.3 million in sales taxes, $360,000 in lodging taxes and paid about $125,000 to Visit Vancouver USA, the local nonprofit organization that promotes tourism.last_img read more

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Martial is unplayable at his best Higginbotham

first_imgFormer Stoke City player Danny Higginbotham believes Anthony Martial is “unplayable” at his best but needs to work on his consistency and defending if he wants to be a consistent starter in Manchester United’s starting line-up.Jose Mourinho has turned to Martial following Sanchez’s dip in form and the Frenchman has delivered whenever he is called upon, but Higginbotham has suggested he needs consistency to nail a place in United’s squad.“He is one of those players that, when he is in his stride, he is so difficult to stop. He is quick, he is strong and he is skillful,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports Match Centre.“The one thing with Martial – and this can be a frustration at times – is consistency. When he is at his best he is unplayable at times.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He is an absolutely magnificent player. He has got everything about him.“We saw against Chelsea in particular in the second half what he is all about on that left-hand side, drifting inside at times.“But it is just about getting the consistency from him. If you get the consistency he is playing week in, week out for Manchester United because I think he is that good.”United will confront Everton in the Premier League on Saturday after losing 1-0 to Juventus in what has been a topsy-turvy campaign.last_img read more

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UPDATE National Geographic Kills Print Edition of Adventure

first_imgThe Adventure brand will live on, the group said, in a “multi-platform model,” including books, e-magazines, mobile applications and a Web site. It will continue to produce the National Geographic Adventure Awards.Launched in March 1999, National Geographic Adventure carried a circulation of 625,000 and published eight times annually. Through the first nine months, the magazine saw ad pages fall 44 percent, according to PIB figures.UPDATE: Not far behind Adventure in terms of ad page losses is National Geographic Traveler, which saw a nearly 40 percent decrease through the third quarter. Despite those losses, a spokesperson said National Geographic is “fully committed to Traveler, saying the magazine is still part of the group’s “DNA.”The flagship National Geographic is down 21 percent in pages while Kids has held steady, growing roughly 1percent, according to PIB. After quietly exploring options for a sale, the National Geographic Society has decided to shutter the print edition of its Adventure spinoff title. The announcement was made today to staff.“We’re tremendously proud of what [editor-in-chief] John Rasmus and his team have accomplished over the last 10 years,” National Geographic Magazine Group president John Griffin said in statement e-mailed to FOLIO:.  “They have consistently delivered award winning editorial to an enthusiastic audience of readers and advertisers. But given the current advertising environment and the opportunities we see in emerging digital platforms, we think the time is right to transition the Adventure brand.”Seventeen layoffs were associated with the closing, a spokesperson said. The majority of the cuts came from editorial and production.last_img read more

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From Priyanka Gandhi to Shashi Tharoor Who can replace Rahul Gandhi as

first_imghttps://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/714930/tina-syndrome-play-modi-wave-sweeps-india-there-no-alternative-bjp.jpgTINA syndrome in play as Modi wave sweeps India; ‘There Is No Alternative’ to BJPIBTimes IN52 candidates got elected out of 421 across the country from 18 states and union territories, marking the second dismal performance by the party in the second successive national elections after 2014. Despite a fierce campaign led by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, Congress was relegated to a meagre 52 seats. After a humiliating comedown for Congress that was once a political colossus, the party’s footprint across India is shrinking rapidly as it is without a strong base anywhere in the country. Close Congress president Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind and is adamant on resigning as the party chief.The grand old Congress party is in crisis. Almost a week after the humiliating defeat it faced on May 23 in the Lok Sabha elections, when it slumped to its worst performance ever – winning just 52 of the 542 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sabha – the Indian National Congress is in a state of drift.It seems that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind and is adamant on resigning as the party chief. Though the Congress chief has made his decision after the party’s crushing defeat in the recently concluded general elections, party leaders are still planning to ask him to reconsider the matter.The top brass of the Congress party including Priyanka Gandhi, Ashok Gehlot, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Sachin Pilot and Rahul’s trusted aide KC Venugopal met Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday (May 28) at his residence to discuss the massive crisis that has hit the party.Several names have been doing the rounds after Rahul Gandhi asked his party members to look for his replacement. Three prominent names among them are of Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor, Congress general secretary of eastern UP Priyanka Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Captain Amarinder Singh won in Punjab despite the Narendra Modi wave in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. Congress won eight seats in Punjab. Also, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor won from Thiruvananthapuram with a margin of 99,989 votes.Earlier, The Congress leader told the Congress Working Committee that he would like to exit as its top boss nearly a year and a half after he took the job from his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. “We have to continue our fight. I am and will remain a disciplined soldier of the Congress and continue to fight fearlessly. But I do not want to remain the party chief,” said Rahul Gandhi.The party leaders reportedly protested Gandhi’s statement saying: “If not you, then who?” However, when Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s name popped up, Rahul said: “Don’t drag my sister into it.” He went on to add that it is not necessary that the president should be from Gandhi family. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:04Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:03?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img TINA syndrome in play as Modi wave sweeps India; ‘There Is No Alternative’ to BJP https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/714930/tina-syndrome-play-modi-wave-sweeps-india-there-no-alternative-bjp.jpgTINA syndrome in play as Modi wave sweeps India; ‘There Is No Alternative’ to BJPIBTimes INlast_img read more

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Gala Annual Day at Chiranjiv Bharti Sushant Lok

first_imgChiranjiv Bharati School, Shushant Lok celebrated its Annual Day to commemorate another rich and successful year in the education circuit. Called Vritant, the function was presided over by the chief guest, Dr Jitender Nagpal and the guests included Goldy Malhotra, Archana Ansal Luthra and Dr Raj Singh (VC, Ansal University).The ceremony commenced with the auspicious lighting of the lamp by all the guests and principal. The students in symphony gave a melodious performance on ‘East meets West’ as a tribute to legendary Late Pt Ravi Shankar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The tiny tots of the school enthralled everyone by their cute dancing steps on It’s a Beautiful Day and the primary sections mesmerised the audience with their rocking performance in School Chale Hum and Manyuva.The Chiranjivians spellbound the audience by their energetic, vivacious and graceful movements in a ballet showcasing five elements of life — Panchbhoota. The multi-talented students of the school also presented the play called Hum Bhool Gaye and surprised everybody with their theatrical skills.Dr Jitender Nagpal, was highly impressed by seeing the students conveying very deep messages to the world outside. In his speech he said: ‘Children these days are very sensitive .We all shall inculcate values in them by taking care of their emotional needs.’The programme rose to a final crescendo with a grand finale and ended with the school song.last_img read more

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How Google Wants to Make Starting Up Easier for Entrepreneurs

first_imgSeptember 27, 2012 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. min read Entrepreneur: What exactly is Google for Entrepreneurs? Why start it now?Grove: Google for Entrepreneurs includes all of our programs and partnerships which aim to support startups around the world. We have more than 50 efforts live in about 30 countries. We focus on three things:1. Partnerships with organizations that have both a global and local footprint to help them scale and help them engage with Google.2. Google-led programs, such as our Women Entrepreneurs on the Web effort, to help female entrepreneurs connect online and offline at monthly meetups.3. Helping connect startups with Google products that are relevant to their stage of growth.Entrepreneur: What sets the products under this Google for Entrepreneurs umbrella apart from other resources on the web?Grove: On the partnership front, we are working with organizations including Startup Weekend, Women 2.0, Startup America Partnership, iHub in Kenya, and Le Camping in Paris to help support their work and provide access to mentorship and product trainings by Google.On the product front, we aren’t trying to develop new Google products, but rather to make it easier for startups to connect with Google tools when they need them. For example, we have a partnership with Startup America Partnership to offer $1,000 of Adwords credit to match $1,000 spent by any startup in their program. We also have rolled out Google Product Bootcamps together with Startup Weekend to help developers get up to speed on Google products before they head into a startup weekend.So our focus is on community building — both directly and by supporting partners who are deeply engaged … on a global scale.Entrepreneur: What are Google’s long term goals for Google for Entrepreneurs?Grove: To continue expanding our partnerships and programs. We want to take this a step further as well to see how we can help connect these different communities both online and offline. For example, we use Google+ Hangouts as a great tool to provide remote mentorship to entrepreneurs in different countries. In terms of connecting people offline, we host entrepreneurs from around the world at Campus London, our hub for the startup community there. About a year ago, Google created a team of people with a focus on building and scaling the company’s efforts to support startups and communities of entrepreneurs all over the world. This week, Google formally launched Google for Entrepreneurs, the result of the group’s efforts to make it easier for startups to connect with Google tools when they need them.Leading this group is Mary Grove, Google’s head of global entrepreneurship outreach. She’s spent six of her eight years at Google working on new business development and partnerships with a focus on emerging markets. She’s met and worked with entrepreneurs in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, and Latin America.In an email interview, Grove discussed Google for Entrepreneurs and what business owners can expect from this new online resource. What follows is an edited version of that interview. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Council brings in experts to find out whats wrong with the A53

first_imgRead MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive The A53 flyover remains closed (Image: Kev Dunn) “Once these have finished, we will have a clearer idea on potential repairs and timescales for reopening the flyover. “In the meantime, we have taken this opportunity to repair manholes, fill potholes and clear gullies on the flyover, something which we normally have to close it for a few hours to carry out. “We appreciate this is a busy route and its closure will cause congestion for motorists, particularly in rush hour, but the safety of the public has to be our number one priority. Read More220 Stoke-on-Trent jobs SAVED after insurance giant agrees to take over Ageas call centre   “Traffic is being diverted through the roundabout underneath the bridge and we are looking at the timing of traffic lights. The closure has also been added to the roadworks.org website and should now show on people’s satellite navigation systems. “We would encourage motorists to allow more time for their journeys or find an alternative route.” The Festival Park flyover remains closed (Image: Tom Burnett/StokeonTrentLive) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major Stoke-on-Trent flyover has now been shut for more than 18 hours – due to an issue with an ‘expansion joint’ in the bridge. The Festival Park Flyover, which carries the A53 Etruria Road was closed at around 5pm yesterday due to ‘safety concerns’. The closure remains in place in both directions, with traffic being diverted around the roundabout beneath the bridge. Stoke-on-Trent City Council have this morning (Wednesday July 10) said ‘detailed investigations’ are now taking place on the flyover after specialists were brought in – but have still released no information on when the route will reopen. A city council spokesman said: “We thank motorists for their patience and understanding while the flyover is closed. Read MoreSchoolboy taken to hospital after collision near North Staffordshire high school “We took the decision to shut it yesterday due to a problem with one of the expansion joints which run across both lanes of the flyover. “It’s been necessary for us to bring in specialists who are carrying out detailed investigations on site with us now. Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowlast_img read more

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Bakkie and delivery vehicle involved in crash in Ladysmith

first_imgLate yesterday afternoon (May 31), a bakkie smashed into the back of a delivery truck along Harrismith Road.Emergency services were on scene.No one was injured, but the front of the bakkie was badly damaged.The exact cause of the crash is unknown at this stage. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

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Mexico arrests suspect in Fast and Furious killing

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Two guns found at the scene were bought by a member of a gun-smuggling ring that was being monitored in the Fast and Furious investigation. Critics have knocked U.S. federal authorities for allowing informants to walk away from Phoenix-area gun shops with weapons, rather than immediately arresting suspects.In Operation Fast and Furious and at least three earlier probes during the administration of President George W. Bush, agents in Arizona employed a risky tactic called gun-walking _ allowing low-level “straw” buyers in gun-trafficking networks to leave with loads of weapons purchased at gun shops. The goal was to track the guns to major weapons traffickers and drug cartels in order to bring cases against kingpins who had long eluded prosecution under the prevailing strategy of arresting low-level purchasers of guns who were suspected of buying them for others.During Operation Fast and Furious, many of the weapons weren’t tracked and wound up at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S., including the Terry shooting.Terry’s family released a statement after the arrest of the murder suspect.“This is a long-awaited arrest and a great development in the murder investigation of Brian,” Robert Heyer, cousin and Chairman of the Brian Terry Foundation said. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican federal police announced Friday that they have arrested a suspect in the killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the slaying at the center of the scandal over the botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.Jesus Leonel Sanchez Meza is one of the five men charged with killing Terry in December 2010 during a shootout in Arizona near the Mexico border. One is on trial in Arizona and the other three remain fugitives. Sanchez was arrested Thursday in Sonora state. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories “To the extent closure can ever be realized this is an important part of the process. However, the key issue of government accountability remains. Why was the operation that killed Brian authorized and who will be held to account?”In July, U.S. authorities made a rare disclosure linked to the botched gun-smuggling probe, revealing identities and requesting the public’s help in capturing the four fugitives accused in the shooting death of Terry.The release of the suspects’ identities in an unsealed indictment came with the offer of a $1 million reward for information leading to their capture.The FBI said it was seeking information related to Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, 31, Ivan Soto-Barraza, 34, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, 34, and a man identified as Lionel Portillo-Meza, which Mexican police said was an alias of the man arrested Thursday in Puerto Penasco, Sonora.Portillo-Meza’s age and birthplace were unavailable. The other three fugitives were born in Mexico, but their hometowns were not available.Authorities had previously released the identity of the fifth suspect, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of El Fuerte in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. He was shot during the gunfight and has been in custody since the night of the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty in the case, telling investigators that he raised his weapon toward the agents during the shootout but didn’t fire, the FBI said in records. His age was not immediately available. Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches All five men have been charged with murder. They also face charges of assaulting four federal agents.FBI agents declined to discuss which fugitive is suspected of firing the shot that killed Terry. They also would not comment on whether the weapon was linked to an Operation Fast and Furious purchase.The five men, plus another who faces lesser charges in the case, went to the U.S. from Mexico in order to rob marijuana smugglers, the indictment said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)KTAR Newsroom contributed to this reportlast_img read more

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SFR Rehab Cost May Be Lowered By Removing Waste From Process

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market October 13, 2015 677 Views SFR Rehab Cost May Be Lowered By Removing Waste From Process A panel speaks during the Rehab Lab of the inaugural Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Pictured are, from left, Matt Fulton of Market Ready, Steve Helser of ASONS, Brad Bordelon of ZVN Properties, Andy Capps of Ameritrust Residential Services, and Charlie Nelson of SGF Contracting Services.With the costs of labor and materials increasing, investors and contractors are constantly searching for ways to lower the cost of doing business when it comes to renovating or rehabbing their rental properties.The key to keeping costs down is to remove waste from the process, according to one expert on Tuesday at the Rehab Lab in the inaugural Five Star Institute Single-Family Rental Summit in Las Vegas.”The price of labor includes the processes, so if you can streamline your processes and take waste out of the processes, and cut your overhead costs or pass that on to a client,” said Steven Helser, CEO of ASONS, a panelist during the lab. “The other way to look at this is the materials. By only buying the level of materials you need at the right quality, you get massive discounts for national material suppliers like Home Depot and Lowe’s. Leveraging off of that, you can save that and pass that onto the client.”One way to keep costs down is to convert fixed costs into variable costs, Helser said.”If the client has a rehab team that goes out to do their renovations or their flips, they can get rid of that rehab team, and we as contractors can come in and take that fixed cost and make that a variable,” Helser said. “So if they’re not buying, they don’t have that labor cost. So it’s on our dime. And if we’re not performing for them, we’re out performing for somebody else. So we’re able to take and use that labor efficiently across multiple clients where one client would say ‘I have 10 or 15 people over here to do rehab or maintenance, and now I don’t have that anymore. I just pick up the phone and we know I’m going to have the right level of labor and performance and my costs are going to be lower.'””We take waste out of the system and we minimize the time from the time we get a purchase order to the time we invoice the client. So we’re moving that waste and making processes more efficient both inside and outside with our own performers or contractors.”In order to remove the waste from the processes, Helser said his company uses the Six Sigma approach, which was famously utilized by Jack Welch during his tenure as CEO of General Electric.While not many real estate investors or contractors are current utilizing this approach, more and more are coming on, Helser said.”We take waste out of the system and we minimize the time from the time we get a purchase order to the time we invoice the client,” he said. “So we’re moving that waste and making processes more efficient both inside and outside with our own performers or contractors. It allows us to have a complete hold on those overhead costs so we can take them down to a bare minimum. You match your labor with what business you have and it seems to work out. Same thing with materials.”While keeping costs of labor and materials down is an ongoing challenge for contractors in the single-family property rehab space, the availability of labor has also been an issue.”If you’re not self-performing with the way construction is going nowadays, all of the labor is going to the next job, like the big commercial jobs,” Helser said. “Having that labor available and keeping that labor engaged in this environment is very tough.”Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of DS News, DSNews.com, The MReport, and TheMReport.com. center_img Asset Management Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit SFR Rehab The Five Star Institute 2015-10-13 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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