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Canada sends additional military support to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The federal government says it’s providing additional emergency military support to areas in the Bahamas that were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.Global Affairs Canada says a Canadian Armed Forces’ CC-130J Hercules aircraft was sent Friday to provide airlift support.The large propeller-diven cargo aircraft will facilitate the deployment of the Jamaican Defence Force into the Bahamas.A Canadian Disaster Assistance Team was sent to Nassau in the Bahamas earlier to determine how Canada can best help those affected by Hurricane Dorian along with $500,000 from the federal government.Officials say the death toll has risen to 43 and is likely to increase after the Category 5 storm devastated some Bahamian communities.Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 storm in Nova Scotia on Saturday evening before moving into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where it is expected to transform into a strong post-tropical storm.last_img read more

Anarchy reigns at Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nothing says “hello” like a slap in the face. That’s how Christian Sida-Valenzuela describes I Promise You Anarchy, the gala opener at this year’s Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, screening Thursday (August 25).“It’s a tough film to open a festival with, but we wanted something shocking,” says VLAFF’s reliably provocative artistic director, during a call to the Straight. “It’s a very strong film, but it’s also beautifully and aesthetically wise.” Sida-Valenzuela goes on to praise cinematographer Maria Seco’s luminous work on the movie—about two skateboarding lovers in Mexico City and the bizarre service they bring to the country’s drug cartels—and generously commends the Julio Hernández Cordón–directed feature as “arty in a good way”, with “a strong script, and nonprofessional actors who are very fresh in their acting ways. We just thought it was a great film to start the festivities with.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian Public Relations Society recognizes 19 newly accredited members

first_imgAdvertisement Tadra Boulton, APRAlberta Health ServicesEdmonton, ABCPRS Edmonton Sara Alaric, APRThe City of Red DeerRed Deer, ABCPRS Edmonton Jill Noble, APRThe City of Red DeerRed Deer, ABCPRS Edmonton LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jennifer Thoma, APRUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoon, SKCPRS Calgary Tracie P. Moore, APRAlberta Energy RegulatorCalgary, ABCPRS Calgary Isabelle Fontaine, ARPCogeco ConnexionMontréal, PQSQPRP Bryant Sullivan, APRTreasury Board Secretariat, Government of OntarioToronto, OntarioCPRS Toronto Amanda McCuaig, APRCity of VancouverVancouver, BCCPRS Vancouver Login/Register With: Facebook Nate Habermeyer, APRHOWE&WYEToronto, ONCPRS Toronto Advertisement Mary Jo Milhomens, APRCity of GuelphGuelph, ONCPRS Hamiltoncenter_img Cara Tobin, APRAlberta Energy RegulatorCalgary, ABCPRS Calgary Scott Jackson, APRCo-operative Housing Federation of CanadaVancouver, BCCPRS Vancouver Advertisement Audrey Ready Holt, APRCity of MississaugaMississauga, OntarioCPRS Toronto Gary Buffet, APRSouth East Community Care Access CentreBelleville, ONCPRS National Ruth Fernandes, PMP, APRNeinstein LLPToronto, ONCPRS Toronto Nikki Van Dusen, APRArt Gallery of AlbertaEdmonton, ABCPRS Edmonton Caitlin Coull, APRArt Gallery of OntarioToronto, ONCPRS Toronto The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) has granted accredited status to 19 members following their successful completion of a year-long accreditation program.Congratulations to the following CPRS members for achieving their APR (accredited in public relations): Twitter Catherine Frechette, APROttawa TourismOttawa, ONCPRS Ottawa-Gatineau “Earning your APR is a great achievement that demonstrates a high level of expertise within the communications industry,” said Celia Sollows, APR, Presiding Officer of the CPRS National Council on Accreditation. “With one in five CPRS members currently accredited, our 19 new APRs join a robust, yet exclusive, group of practitioners committed to the highest standards of practice in Canadian public relations.”The APR designation is a voluntary certification recognized around the world for more than 50 years as the highest global standard of excellence in the industry. The program involves a rigorous evaluation of the skills needed to practice public relations and measures experience and strategic thinking. CPRS members must also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical practice of public relations and adhere to the CPRS Code of Professional Standards.This year’s APR cohort will be recognized in front of their peers on the first day of Illuminate 2017, the CPRS National Conference in Kelowna B.C, May 28-30, 2017.About CPRSFounded in 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is a not-for-profit organization whose members are engaged in the practice, management or teaching of public relations. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations. CPRS is a federation of over 2,500 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide. Kim Daynard, APRNorthern Ontario School of MedicineThunder Bay, ONCPRS Torontolast_img read more

Air Transat slammed fined for handling of hourslong tarmac delay

first_imgOTTAWA – Air Transat failed its passengers during a sweltering, hours-long ordeal aboard two of its grounded aircraft this summer, a federal agency ruled Thursday as it fined the airline $295,000 and ordered it to cover the out-of-pocket expenses of affected passengers.The Canadian Transportation Agency is ordering the airline to tighten its rules about when passengers are allowed off planes during delays, ensure there are working bathrooms, provide medical services when needed, and ensure its pilots know the wording in the tariff agreements.The airline will pay $295,000 to the 590 passengers who were aboard the two flights, over and above their out-of-pocket expenses incurred because of the delay. The payments have to be made by late May.Thursday’s report comes four months after the two flights — one from Rome, the other from Brussels — sat on the tarmac in Ottawa for almost five and six hours, respectively, with passengers not allowed to disembark.It is now being used in a political game over the fate of a government bill to create an air passenger bill of rights that would set strict new standards for airlines to follow when flights are cancelled or delayed.Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Thursday he hoped the Senate would pass the bill by Christmas so new rules could be in effect next year, but Conservatives and independent Liberals have raised concerns about the legislation that also touches on the rail industry.Sen. Terry Mercer, deputy leader of the independent Liberals, told the Senate last week that “anybody who thinks this piece of legislation is going anywhere fast hasn’t been paying attention to the number of issues that are in this bill.”Among the issues for senators are provisions to require recorders in locomotives and why the bill punts development of passenger rights rules to the transportation agency.“This stuff has to be fleshed out,” said Sen. Michael MacDonald, the Conservative critic on the bill.“Governments can ram through stuff in their own committees in a day or two — and they do it a lot, perhaps too often — but it’s not the same thing over here.”The passenger bill of rights was a recurring theme after the July 31 incident when one of the two aircraft ran out of fuel and lost power, shutting down the air conditioning system. Passengers described how tensions mounted as temperatures rose, a child threw up on board one plane and ultimately a passenger on the Brussels flight called 911, attracting widespread media attention.Weather caused the two flights to be diverted to Ottawa on July 31, along with about 20 other planes — an incident that appeared to tax airport resources in the national capital. The airline argued it shouldn’t be held liable for what happened.Transportation agency members agreed Air Transat was not solely responsible for the delays, prodding airports, refuelling companies and others involved in getting planes on and off the ground to work harder to avoid a repeat occurrence.However, the agency said the extraordinary situation didn’t relieve Air Transat from its commitment to customers. The agency ordered the airline to rewrite the tariff agreement by late February to require passengers to disembark after a four-hour delay, unless there are safety, security, or air traffic control issues, and require crews to update passengers every 30 minutes.The passengers aboard the Brussels flight said in a Facebook post that the case shows the need for a passenger bill of rights in Canada to protect air travellers from “the implications of negligent corporate behaviour in the event of unexpected delays.”Vanessa Baratta, a passenger aboard the Rome flight, said she hoped the ruling would ensure “no one has to go through the same deplorable experience as we have.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

Razor burn Gillette ad stirs online uproar

first_imgNEW YORK — A Gillette ad for men invoking the #MeToo movement is sparking intense online backlash, with accusations that it talks down to men and groups calling for a boycott. But Gillette says it doesn’t mind sparking a discussion. Since it debuted Monday, the Internet-only ad has garnered nearly 19 million views on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter — a level of buzz that any brand would covet.The two-minute ad from Procter & Gamble’s razor brand shows men and boys engaging in bullying and sexual harassment and encourages men to “say the right thing” and “act the right way.” Taking on bullying, sexual harassment and toxic masculinity is a big task for a razor brand. Many critics took to social media saying it was insulting to men and laden with stereotypes.The uproar comes as Gillette battles upstarts like Harrys Razors, Dollar Shave Club, and others for millennial dollars. Gillette controlled about 70 per cent of the U.S. market a decade ago. Last year, its market share dropped to below 50 per cent, according to EuromonitorAllen Adamson, co-founder of branding firm Metaforce, called the ad a “hail Mary” pass from the 117-year-old company. But he added that online buzz, whether positive or negative, rarely makes a long-term difference for a marketer since memory fades quickly.“Getting noticed and getting buzz is no easy task, and they’ve managed to break through,” Adamson said. “Most advertisers advertise, and no one notices because there is so much noise in the marketplace, so just getting noticed Is a big win, especially for low-interest category like a razor.”On the flip side, it probably won’t sell many razors either, he said.Gillette’s ad echoes other attempts by major advertisers to take on social issues. Pepsi pulled an ad in 2017 showing Kendall Jenner giving a cop a Pepsi during a protest and apologized after an outcry that it trivialized “Black Lives Matter” and other protest movements. Nike polarized the nation with an ad featuring ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick who started a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.Sales weren’t affected in either of those cases. When controversy does affect sales, it is usually over something more substantive than an ad. Lululemon saw sales tumble in 2013 after a string of PR disasters including manufacturing problems that caused their pricey yoga pants to become see through and fat-shaming comments from their founder. But even that was short lived.Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR, said that much like Nike’s Kaepernick ad, Gillette likely knew the ad would garner online debate.“Nike knew what they were getting themselves into,” Torossian said. The ad with Kapernick was “making a lot of noise, and it can’t be a surprise to (Gillette) that this is making a lot of noise.”P&G, one of the world’s largest advertisers, is known for its anthemic spots that appeal to emotions during the Olympics and other events, often aimed at women, such as the tear-jerking “Thank You Mom” Olympics branding campaign and Always “Like a Girl” 2014 Super Bowl ad.Pankaj Bhalla, North America brand director on Gillette says the controversy was not the intended goal of the ad, which is part of a larger campaign that takes a look at redefining Gillette’s longtime tagline “The Best a Man Can Get,” in different ways. Another online ad features one-handed NFL rookie Shaquem Griffin.While he doesn’t want to lose sales or a boycott over the ad, “we would not discourage conversation or discussion because of that,” he said.“Our ultimate aim is to groom the next generation of men, and if any of this helps even in a little way we’ll consider that a success,” he said.Larry Chiagouris, marketing professor at Pace University, is skeptical.“Treating people with respect, who can argue with that, but they’re kind of late to the party here, that’s the biggest problem,” he said. “It’s gratuitous and self-serving.”Mae Anderson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Jeep Commercial Showing Woman in Hijab Causes Backlash

By Kristina FriedA number of conservative Americans have taken offense at a Jeep advertisement that ran in the United States during the Super Bowl this past Sunday. The commercial depicted scenes from all over the world set to the classic American folk song, “This Land is Your Land”.At one point in the commercial, a woman is shown wearing a hijab, standing in the foreground of a mountain range. The shot lasts approximately two seconds, and is preceded and followed by shots of India, China, Brazil, and Australia, among others. The commercial caused a backlash among the more conservative groups in the United States, with certain individuals taking to Twitter to voice their displeasure.Several people questioned why Muslims should be included in the commercial on the grounds that they behead people. User artie_rx tweeted,Die RT @artie_rx: This Land is Made for You and Me? Why didn’t that Jeep commercial show any Muslim savages beheading innocent people?— From Oakland W/ Love (@RFWavekiller) February 2, 2015And fellow twitter user Not Bruton Smith must have been thinking along the same lines, tweeting,You better not drive that #jeep in the Arab Muslim countries. They will chop your head off— Not Bruton Smith (@NotBrutonSmith) February 2, 2015Other complaints included the inclusion of Muslims but the supposed exclusion of Israeli Jews, with twitter user Lady4Yeshua asking,Most? RT @Lady4Yeshua “@Jeep; why could you show Arab Muslims, but not Israeli Jews? In most Arab countries, women aren’t allowed to drive!”— Ali M Latifi (@alibomaye) February 2, 2015Tweets like these were soon countered by defenders of the commercial. Twitter user Linda Sarsour played upon the common misperception that Muslim women are not allowed to drive, tweeting,Muslim women and jeeps and ya’ll thought Islam said we couldn’t drive. ???????? #CreepingSharia #SuperBowl2015— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) February 2, 2015In fact, it is only in Saudi Arabia that a law preventing women from driving is in effect.Still others referenced the commercial’s inclusivity, with user Wardah Khalid tweeting,Loved the @Jeep ad. If you can’t deal w/ the fact that Muslims are a part of this gorgeous world, then kindly move to another planet. #SB49— Wardah Khalid (@YAmericanMuslim) February 2, 2015 read more

Feds FBI exercised remarkable caution in CIA worker probe

NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors in New York say the FBI “exercised remarkable caution and candour” in securing search warrants that led to espionage charges against a former CIA employee.Prosecutors say a hearing is not necessary to reject Joshua Adam Schulte’s claims that evidence should be tossed out because searches of his New York City residence and various electronic accounts were illegal.The government made its arguments in papers filed late Friday in Manhattan federal court.Defence lawyers have asked a judge to toss out evidence. They say investigators violated search warrants by taking all kinds of things, including notebooks Schulte had carefully labeled as protected by attorney-client privilege.He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he leaked classified information that was disclosed publicly by WikiLeaks in March 2017.The Associated Press read more

UN human rights chief voices concern over convictions in Uzbek unrest trial

“There are doubts about the adequacy of the defence, and it appears that little evidence was presented during the trial, apart from confessions,” she said in a statement following the end of the trial yesterday. All of the defendants had admitted their guilt at the outset of trial, echoing the accusations by the prosecution.In the Andijan unrest hundreds of protesters were killed by Government forces. The 15 men are the first of more than 100 people to go on trial.“This is particularly worrisome as information from independent sources is greatly at odds with those confessions,” Ms. Arbour added. According to reports, the men’s lawyers were State-appointed and although present at the proceedings, did not adequately represent the 15.She noted that Uzbek Government did not agree to her proposal to send a monitor to the proceedings in order to help determine their conformity with international fair-trial standards, provided the monitor would be given access to case files and places of detention. Ms. Arbour, who has consistently called for an international inquiry into the events in Andijan, urged the Government to ensure that the 15 can enjoy their right to appeal. Noting that the trial might be the first in a series in connection with the Andijan events, she called on the authorities to abide scrupulously by the international fair trial standards they have freely accepted. She reiterated her offer to send a monitor to future proceedings.In a report issued last June following an Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) mission to neigbouring Kyrgyzstan to interview survivors of the Andijan events, the High Commissioner said there was strong, consistent and credible testimony to the effect that Uzbek military and security forces had committed grave human rights violations, mostly of the right to life. The findings of the report varied greatly with the version of events given by the authorities as outlined in the trial. read more

Inaugural class graduates Maadens Saudi Mining Polytechnic

first_imgMore than 150 students have successfully completed their two-year long coursework qualifying them to hold mining jobs in Saudi Arabia. As part of the program students were trained in both theoretical and technical programs at the world class training centre, Saudi Mining Polytechnic, established by Ma’aden.The picture shows students and faculty posing with Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Saudi Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Engr. Abdullah Bin Saif Al-Saif, Chairman of Board of Directors, Ali Al-Ghafis, Governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and Engr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, President and CEO of Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) in the simulation training facility.The training centre includes a facility with Immersive Technologies’ simulators where students are able to train on underground and surface heavy mining equipment. Courses in the training centre allow for students to observe classmates and review their own simulation sessions while instructors can manage and run reports through a centralised control station.“The simulation training has transferred their job speciality theoretical expertise to practical field applications and provided them with realtime work environment variables and emergencies,” says Eid Alanazi, Managing Director of Saudi Mining Polytechnic.The training centre will develop a trained and qualified Saudi national workforce, capable of supporting the mining industry needs Kingdom-wide.“Our graduates have developed self-confidence and situational decision making capability, enhanced their job safety requirements comprehension and reactions, improved their attitude and capacity to handling real machinery, technical terminology and best field practices as well as elevated their team spirit, integrity, cooperation and core values on the job,” Alanazi says.Saudi Mining Polytechnic originally introduced simulation based training in 2013 with the largest mining simulation investment in history delivered by Immersive Technologies. Saudi Mining Polytechnic is usng Immersive Technologies simulators to address one of the biggest challenges faced by the Kingdom – developing a skilled workforce to support the expansion of mining. The investment included seven Advanced Equipment Simulators and 18 simulator modules (Conversion Kits®) for both surface and underground mining.The students have now begun work at national surface and underground mines, as well as process plant operations, after completing requirements qualifying them to hold the jobs for which they were trained.last_img read more

PHOTO STORY Kombank Arena handball experience

12► ← Previous Story DREAM ABOUT SEMI-FINAL: Hungary or Brazil? Next Story → POLISH SENSATION: France goes home! handball matchhandball photohandball serbia 2013handball storykombank arenaserbia 2013WWCH 2013 “Kombank Arena” in Belgrade with capacity of 21.000 is one of the biggest halls in which is handball ever played. In the first match of home team, Serbia against Korea 28:27 about 10.000 fans were in the hall. Look our photo story from that match, but also clash between Brazil and Netherlands… [Show slideshow] read more

Egyptian tycoon offers to buy Greek islands for refugees

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Egyptian billionaire is currently in talks over the purchase of two Greek islands to help accommodate and settle refugees. The grand act of generosity comes as part of the Aylan Island project, set up by Naguib Sawiris and named after the Syrian toddler found washed up on a Turkish beach.According to a recent statement released by his communications office, Sawiris has “corresponded with the owners and expressed our interest to go into negotiation[s] with them”.If everything goes ahead, the islands purchased by the 61-year-old will remain under the jurisdiction of Greece; though the deal ultimately depends on how many refugees Athens is willing to approve under the country’s laws.In an interview with Newsweek, Mr Sawiris said he had sent letters to both Alexis Tsipras and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi seeking their approval, but had yet to hear back. “I sent a letter saying that I need them to provide me permission to take the refugees there and if they have an island to sell, I am a buyer,” he told Newsweek. “It would help me greatly and what I need from them is the approval to get the refugees there and the administrative support.”The billionaire, whose fortune is worth an estimated $3 billion, has said he is willing to spend up to $200 million for the purchase of the islands, in addition to the joint-stock company he is looking to set-up with a starting capital of $100 million. The project has had a great response thus far, with the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR offering to co-operate on the project, along with a number of investors and volunteers wishing to get on board. “I have got around 10,000 emails,” said Mr Sawiris. “Many people said they would volunteer to come and help me build this city, I have two people saying they want to donate $10 million and so on.”Further to assisting the refugee crisis, Mr Sawiris believes purchasing the islands will assist Greece with its own economic crisis. “I know that the Greek government owns a lot of islands that are uninhabited and they need the money.“It would look good that they are helping a humanitarian idea. It would be saving the EU from a burden and helping to do something [about the refugee crisis],” he said.Source: RTlast_img read more

DHL and Orange are among Global Top Employers for 2017

first_imgDHL, Orange, Philip Morris International and Saint Gobain are among the ten organisations that have been accredited as Global Top Employers for 2017 by the Top Employers Institute.The accreditation is based on the results of a HR best practices survey, which analyses talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits, and organisational culture.Qualifying employers can be awarded either a regional or global award. More than 1,231 organisations across 116 countries have been accredited in total, with 10 organisations achieving global accreditation.The Global Top Employers for 2017 are:DHL.Dimension Data.JTI.Merck.Orange.Philip Morris.Saint Gobain.Technip.Tata Consultancy Services.Valeo.Jerome Barre, head of human resources at Orange Group, said: “It is with great pride that I received, on behalf of Orange, our certification as a Top Employer Global 2017. After the positive results of our 2016 social barometers, published in January, this title confirms that quality of our people’s work in 30 countries, one more than last year, on five continents.“It’s these men and women who, over the past six months, put the Orange promise into action in our daily lives at work, making it tangible for our employees across the world and bringing to life a unique, digital and caring experience.”Regine Buettner, executive vice president, HR Global and Europe at DHL Express, added: “This is a confirmation of our insanely customer centric culture and the passion we have to make sure we attract, retain, engage and develop motivated people in our organisation.“Our people are vital because they are the ones delivering great service quality to our customers. Our people will always be our top priority and we will constantly work towards being an employer of choice.”last_img read more

ExBusinessWeek Prez to Head McGrawHill Construction

first_imgFox takes over at McGraw-Hill Construction—which includes its Dodge division and publishes Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record, GreenSource, and 10 regional publications—as the group faces legal action from competing publisher Reed Construction Data, a unit of b-to-b publisher Reed Business Information. The suit charges corporate espionage, among other things.Reed’s 60-page complaint, which was filed in October, alleges that McGraw-Hill’s Dodge Construction division unlawfully accessed confidential and secret trade information from RCD by hiring consultants to subscribe to RCD’s confidential data, using made up names and fake companies. It also alleges that Dodge manipulated the RCD information to create “misleading comparisons” between Dodge and RCD’s products and services “in an attempt to mislead the marketplace.”In November, McGraw-Hill filed a motion attempting to dismiss five counts of misconduct in the case. Reed subsequently refiled its complaints and the two met in court again for a March 24 hearing, with McGraw-Hill again attempting to dismiss the five counts. The court has not yet made a ruling. Nearly five months after saying he was stepping down as president of BusinessWeek but that he’d remain with parent company McGraw-Hill, Keith Fox Monday was named president of McGraw-Hill Construction. He replaces Norbert Young, who left the company last fall.According to McGraw-Hill Information & Media president Glenn S. Goldberg, Fox [pictured] will work with management to enhance McGraw-Hill Construction’s leadership “in providing information, marketing services and analytics to the construction industry and to accelerate our growth in the emerging areas of sustainability, renovation and technology-enabled design and construction.”Fox served as president of BusinessWeek from 2007 until its sale to Bloomberg LLC in December 2009. He joined McGraw-Hill in 2000 as senior vice president of marketing and business development for BusinessWeek.last_img read more

Smart is sending the combustionpowered ForTwo off with a 21car salute

first_img Smart Smart’s ForTwo Final Collector’s Edition is a 21-car love letter to its ICE-powered past More From Roadshow Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img Post a comment 0 14 Photos Enlarge ImageSmart’s Final Collector’s Edition isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely unique and probably at least a little fun. Smart Smart may be dead in the US after this model year, but that doesn’t mean it’s quitting elsewhere. In fact, the brand is celebrating its 21 years as a company before it switches over entirely to electric powertrains by producing 21 special combustion-powered cars as a final send-off, according to a press release published on Tuesday.This limited-edition Smart is called the Final Collector’s Edition by Konstantin Grcic, and Daimler’s press release says that they’re only for the most “ardent collectors.” Honestly, we’ve never met any ardent Smart car collectors, but we’re sure there are some somewhere.The Final Collector’s Edition cars are being built in cooperation with Brabus and are due to enter production in August of this year. Daimler leaves a lot of details out of its announcement, but we’ll assume Brabus’ involvement means that this car will share similar specs to the German tuner’s Ultimate 125 version of the Smart ForTwo.This would mean that the Smart would make 123 metric horsepower from its three-cylinder turbocharged engine and around 174 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission on offer is an automatic unit with paddle shifters which. Daimler doesn’t offer any pricing, but we’re guessing it’s going to charge a pretty penny since it used the words “ardent” and “collectors” when talking about prospective buyers. We’re also going to assume that Mr. Grcic’s involvement doesn’t come cheaply.If the name Konstantin Grcic doesn’t ring any bells, he’s a German industrial designer who is best known for designing geometric, minimal furniture. His contribution to the Smart FCE is seen in the jagged color transition from yellow to black on the exterior and some of the finer accents of the interior. Smart Convertibles Car Industrylast_img read more

Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrated

first_imgOngole: As part of the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations on Thursday, the district collector Dr Pola Bhaskara, joint collector Shan Mohan, additional joint collector Dr A Siri, DRO V Venkata Subbaiah extended their wishes to the Indian army. The collector and other officials felicitated the family members of the slain soldiers from the district and praised their services to the motherland. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The officials felicitated Tallapureddy Guruvamma, mother of Tallapureddy Krishnareddy of Obulapuram village in Giddalur mandal, Kankara Savitri, wife of Kankara V Subbareddy of Mundlamuru village in Giddalur mandal, Shaik Nazma, wife of Shaik Akbar of Bilal Colony of Ongole in the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations.The district Sainik welfare officer M Rajani Kumari and other staff of the department also participated in the programme.last_img read more

Bajaj Auto Royal Enfield motorcycle sales rise in April

first_imgBajaj Auto Ltd., Pune-based automobile company, and Eicher Motors Ltd., makers of Royal Enfield motorcycle, saw domestic sales of motorcycles rise 25 percent and 42 percent, respectively, in April 2016.Bajaj AutoBajaj Auto sold 2 lakh units during April 2016, helped by new models including Avenger, the Mint quoted S. Ravikumar, president, business development and assurance at Bajaj Auto, as saying on Monday. The company’s another models include the Pulsar, Discover and Platina 100 ES.The company’s three-wheeler sales jumped 82 percent to 25,700 units in April as compared to the same month a year ago.However, overall exports declined 36 percent to 1,03,976 units from 1.62 lakh vehicles in April 2015. Ravikumar said the fall in exports was due to one of its key markets Nigeria facing currency problems resulting in a drop in orders from the African country, according to the daily.The company hopes to sell 375,000 units this month aided by the buoyancy in the domestic market and a pick-up in exports, according to Ravikumar. Stcks of Bajaj Auto closed at Rs. 2,474.20 on Monday, down 0.42 percent from its previous close.Royal Enfield Eicher Motors, in a filing with the BSE on Monday, said it sold 47,037 units of Royal Enfield, 42 percent more than 33,118 vehicles sold in the corresponding month last year.  Overall sales, including exports, stood at 48,197 units last month, up from 33,918 vehicles in April 2015, the company said in the filing.Shares of Eicher Motors closed at Rs. 19,874.75 apiece, down 0.79 percent from their previous close.last_img read more

Two arrested in killing of Playa del Carmen police commander

first_imgThe state has filed criminal action against both for the crime of homicide and attempted homicide. Arrested are Gabriel N, who has been linked to the murder and Silvia N, who has requested the constitutional extension. Gabriel N has been ordered to remain in preventative detention by a judge. Silvia N is expected to resolve her legal status in coming days. Police have not released photos of the two suspects. La Fiscalía General del Estado has released a statement saying they have detained two implicated in the murder of a Solidaridad police commander that took place on March 2. One of the detainees was linked to the process while the other requested a constitutional extension. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two people have been arrested in the death of a Playa del Carmen police commander. center_img The FGE explained that Ministerial Police conducted the corresponding investigation and with evidence, were able to identify the alledged participants and their location. On March 2, Playa del Carmen police commander José del Carmen Rodríguez Madrazo, was shot along with his wife outside their home in the residential area of Plamas I. Both died. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 survive to tell of Sri Lankan abduction squads

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “I heard the crack of a gun and I too pulled out my pistol and fired back,” said Udayashanta, who had been involved in a long-running dispute with another ruling party lawmaker over a business deal. Udayashanta’s brother already had disappeared _ dragged away one month earlier, he says, by men in a white van.But things went differently on this March day. Udayashanta and his entourage surrounded the men from the white van and captured them. Eventually, at gunpoint, the men acknowledged who they were: Sri Lankan government soldiers.In a country where people had hoped the 2009 end of its bloody, long-running civil war would mean a return to normalcy _ a country with a history of forced disappearances that stretches back to the 1970s _ the open secret of the white vans has come to exemplify the terror felt by anyone who runs afoul of Sri Lanka’s rulersFor years, little solid evidence had surfaced on the abductors.Then came the cases of Udayashanta and that of another man in recent months_ an Australia-based activist who says he was freed from abduction only under Australian pressure _ who survived to tell their stories. In Udayashanta’s case, police confirmed that the men in the white van were government soldiers. Comments   Share   Associated PressCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – The politician knew something was amiss when a suspicious white van pulled alongside him at a Colombo park and four men got out, pretending to exercise. Ravindra Udayashanta alerted his supporters, and police. Soon, the gunbattle began.In Sri Lanka, anyone who has crossed someone of importance is wary of white vans, said to be the vehicles of choice for shadowy squads who `’disappear” opponents of powerful people. So, Udayashanta’s armed supporters immediately went into action. But neither case has done much to overturn Sri Lanka’s apparent culture of impunity. Police said the soldiers who got into a gunfight with Udayashanta were actually searching for deserters. Officials say the investigation is continuing, though it’s unclear what _ if anything _ they are doing. Government leaders and the military deny any links to abductions.Apathy on the party of many citizens over extralegal disappearances _ and even tacit approval when criminals are nabbed _ is partly to blame for their prevalence, said Ruki Fernando, an activist with the Sri Lanka human rights group Rights Now Collective for Democracy.“This is a sign of an uncivilized and undemocratic society,” Fernando said.Rights activists, opposition lawmakers and local journalists say top officials send abduction squads in white vans to disappear political opponents, activists and outright criminals. White vans are parked in front of the homes of government critics, in clear attempts to terrify them into silence. The citizen journalism Web site http://www.groundviews.comsays that 58 people have disappeared over the past nine months. In at least 22 of those cases, witnesses saw the victims forced into white vans. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Udayashantha, the local politician, now mostly stays at home, watched by two bodyguards.“We have to free society from this fear of white vans,” Udayashanta said.______Associated Press reporters Bharatha Mallawarachi in Colombo and Rod McGuirk in Canberra contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Another man _ Sri Lankan-born Australian citizen Premkumar Gunaratnam _ was abducted in April but released a few days later after protests from Australian diplomats.The former Marxist guerrilla, who was active in an armed rebellion in 1988-89 and now lives in Australia, had returned to Sri Lanka to help start a new political party when he was snatched from a rented room in Colombo.“All this happened within a few seconds … they stormed into the room and abducted me,” Gunaratnam told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Sydney. “They tortured me, interrogated, mostly humiliated me _ some sexual torture as well.”His blindfold was removed long enough for captors to take a photograph, giving him an opportunity to see his surroundings, a well-maintained office with computers and stationery, Gunaratnam said.His captors questioned him about the new party and whether he had links to the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels who were defeated in a civil war in 2009. Their manner suggested military backgrounds, he said.“I knew about their language _ the armed forces’ language_ because I was in armed custody in 1989 as well. I knew their culture to a certain extent,” he said. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breachescenter_img It’s not clear why white vans would be used, though many suspect it is because they are so common on Sri Lanka’s streets that they can quickly disappear into traffic.Udayashanta branded the disappearances a form of state “terrorism.” He said the failure of authorities to fully investigate his case has robbed the country of its best chance so far to shed light on the white van abductions.A town council chairman in the Colombo suburb of Kolonnawa, Udayashanta said he had been on alert since his brother had been grabbed, an act he took that as a warning from political rivals.Then, in March, a white van showed up again while Udayashanta watched a sports match in suburban Colombo. He pointed out the suspicious men to his supporters and police officers, prompting the men to scatter, triggering the gunfight and the eventual confession.Udayashanta’s entourage said the men were the same ones who had abducted his brother.The group later handed the suspects to police, who promptly released them.Police spokesman Ajith Rohana confirmed the incident, and said the military confirmed the men were soldiers. But he said Udayashanta was wrong to assume he was being abducted, that the men were merely hunting deserters. Top holiday drink recipes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Ramasamy Prabaharan, a wealthy Tamil businessman, was abducted in February in front of his house, two days before a court was to hear his lawsuit against top police officers for torturing him over alleged links to rebels.His wife, Shiromani, said a white van with armed men pulled up behind their car just as they returned home.“Four of them got down and pulled my husband and he was holding fast to the gate. He cried out, calling for help. There was desperation and fear in his voice,” she said. “I know he was abducted because he had challenged top police officers in court.”The Defense Ministry denied that solders were behind any abductions and said that only 18 people, not the 58 tallied by Groundviews, disappeared in the past nine months, most of them in crime-related incidents.“Interestingly most of these figures are underworld characters involved in organized crime, drug trade, extortion, kidnapping and such anti-social activities,” the ministry said in a statement. “Fifteen of these 18 individuals are suspected to possess criminal backgrounds.”Rohana, the police spokesman, said that resolved cases have indicated that most abductions were about private disputes over money. Back in Australia, Gunaratnam’s wife Champa Somaratne and at least one lawmaker, Greens party Sen. Lee Rhiannon, sounded the alarm about Gunaratnam’s disappearance. A few days later, the captors handed him to Australian officials at a Colombo police station, Gunaratnam said.Australia’s foreign ministry would say only that it has urged Sri Lanka to “investigate fully all allegations of abductions.”Large-scale disappearances were first reported in Sri Lanka in 1971 when Marxist rebels launched the country’s first armed rebellion. The second Marxist insurrection in 1988-1989 saw scores of young men and women abducted by government paramilitaries, with bodies later found burning by roadsides.Abductions and killings also were linked to the Tamil separatist war launched in 1983, especially during the final years of the conflict. Victims ranged from suspected rebels, to journalists and human rights activists.Though those conflicts have ended, the abductions have not.Sri Lankan activists say victims in the past year include political activists, businessmen, suspected criminals, released former rebels and even a popular fortune-teller. 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Its All Good Julys Jobs Report Makes the Grade

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Employment Situation Jobs 2016-08-05 Seth Welborn Economists and analysts widely praised July’s Employment Situation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday, not just for the headline number, but also for the majority of the data contained within.Payrolls added 255,00 jobs added in July, which beat MarketWatch’s forecasted number of 185,000 by 70,000. July’s job gains, combined with June’s upwardly revised total of 292,000, brought the average monthly job gain for May through July up to 190,000 despite May’s dismal showing (24,000 after an upward revision).It was not all about the job gains, however; July’s employment summary also contained strong wage growth (an increase of 8 cents up to $25.69 per hour, and an over-the year increase of 2.6 percent) and the unemployment rate stayed below 5 percent at 4.9. The labor force participation rate, which has been hovering right above a four-decade low, nudged up to 62.9 percent.“Strong job growth is clearly a positive sign, said the Collingwood Group Managing Director Tom Booker. “It tempers recession fears, a key concern among home owners. “It’s all about raising ‘more boats’ in cities and rural areas where job growth has been lagging and what those jobs pay.”The more comprehensive U-6 unemployment rate, which includes the total unemployed plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, bumped up by 10 basis points from June to July (9.6 percent to 9.7 percent) but is still way down its post-recession peak of higher than 17 percent and is down by a full percentage point (10.7 percent) from July 2015.“It’s rare to have a jobs report with a strong headline, yet so few blemishes in the details, and we got one today,” Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan said. “With upward revisions to prior months’ job gains, annual wage growth tying a seven-year best, an improved participation rate, and a longer workweek, the report gives support to those on the Fed hoping to increase rates this year, especially if the numbers are supported in future releases. The report should help soothe concerns over the health of businesses, which have seen sustained declines in capital expenditures.”On the housing side, the data from July’s employment situation is in line with predictions of recent economists that home prices will continue to increase at their current appreciation rate of higher than 5 percent for the next year.“Strengthening job and wage growth are positives for the demand side of the housing market, but weak residential construction hiring is worrisome from a supply perspective,” Duncan said. “Together, these developments suggest continued strong home price appreciation.”While the numbers from July’s report were mostly positive, some still doubt it will be enough to convince the decision makers at the Federal Reserve to raise the federal funds target rate before December.“This was another strong report that checked most, if not all of the significant boxes. Aside from the strong figure for job growth, labor force participation and year-over-year wage growth each ticked up slightly,” said Curt Long, Chief Economist at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. “The labor market should remain strong as long as consumers maintain their robust spending pace. While this was a second consecutive strong jobs report, it will not be enough to move the needle for the Fed. For those policy makers in the ‘wait and see’ camp, poor GDP growth and weak inflation provide enough justification for waiting at least until December for the next rate hike.”Click here to see the entire July 2016 Employment Situation from the BLS. Sharecenter_img August 5, 2016 766 Views It’s All Good: July’s Jobs Report Makes the Gradelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Heap will be replaced on the roster by tight end Kory Sperry, who the Cardinals signed Tuesday. Sperry spent the last two seasons with the San Diego Chargers but was released following training camp in August.Todd Heap’s statistics on ArizonaSports.com 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals have parted ways with veteran tight end Todd Heap.Heap has been bothered by a knee injury suffered in Week 2 in a win over the New England Patriots and hasn’t played since.In two games this season, Heap caught eight passes for 94 yards. In his injury-plagued two-season stint with Arizona, Heap had 32 receptions for 377 yards and and one touchdown in only 12 games.The veteran from Mesa Mountain View High School and Arizona State University has 499 catches for 5,869 yards and 42 touchdowns in his 12-year career. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more