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New UN centre informs Colombian refugees crossing into Ecuador on rights

26 May 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has opened a new information centre at a key border crossing point to inform Colombian refugees and migrants crossing into Ecuador about their rights. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has opened a new information centre at a key border crossing point to inform Colombian refugees and migrants crossing into Ecuador about their rights.Opened in cooperation with Ecuadorean authorities, the centre at the Rumichaca International Bridge links Colombia’s volatile Nariño department and Ecuador’s Carchi province. Every year, some 150,000 people – including migrants and refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Colombia – cross the bridge into Ecuador. “The main problems are lack of knowledge about the existence of an asylum system, people’s fear of coming forward, or the concentration of refugees in isolated areas where services and information are scarce or non-existent,” said Marta Juarez, UNHCR’s representative in Ecuador. While there are roughly 180,000 Colombians in Ecuador, only 16,000 have been formally granted refugee status, she noted. The new centre seeks to provide refugees – many of whom are possibly unaware that they can apply for asylum in Ecuador – with information regarding their rights. The new facility opened last week, located in a former Ecuadorian customs building. UNHCR will supply printed material and audio-visual equipment for the new office, which will be manned by two municipal employees who have received training in international refugee law and other related areas. “This will be a great opportunity for people who arrive from now on because they will be able to know about the possibilities that Ecuador offers,” said José, a Colombian refugee who attended the opening ceremony. “They will be able to learn that it is possible to request asylum in this country where I have found freedom and optimism.” read more

Ending visit Security Council praises UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti

In the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the leader of the 15-member team, Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg of Brazil, said he was confident that the general elections would be held this year, as scheduled, despite the present violence, and benefit not only the international community, but Haiti itself.A new president is scheduled to be installed next February.During the mission, which ended on Saturday, the Council delegation took advantage of its presence to express to the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Juan Gabriel Valdés, “our satisfaction with the excellent work of MINUSTAH,” Mr. Sardenberg said.Re-establishing security was a primary task, the Council said, acknowledging the efforts of the Government to end the violence of armed illegal gangs.The delegation encouraged the Government to proceed with the launch of the national programme of disarmament, demobilization and re-integration (DDR) while giving a concrete response to claims from authentic former members of the Armed Forces of Haiti, disbanded by ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in the mid-1990s, the mission said.The delegation also held talks with Interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, who told them that “the problems of stabilization and security are rooted in the poverty and the unemployment of up to 70 per cent of the population,” MINUSTAH said.The Council also visited Haiti’s second city, Cap Haïtien, and the MINUSTAH troops from Chile stationed there, as well as the port city of Gonaïves, which was recovering from widespread flooding that killed some 3,000 people last September.For its part, the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Consultative Group on Haiti, led by the Permanent Representative of Canada, Allan Rock, and which also ended on Saturday its four-day mission to assess the country’s economic development potential, said it would submit a report to ECOSOC.The report would emphasize that the three major axes of long-term Haitian development should be providing education, building infrastructure and repairing the environment, it said. read more

Amid violence glaring lack of hope UN deputy chief urges action to

“We continue to witness illegal settlement activities and settler-related violence. Demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures have continued, including punitive demolitions. Such policies and actions are directly contrary to the Government of Israel’s stated intention to pursue a two-State solution,” said Mr. Eliasson in his remarks to a special meeting of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People ahead of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked annually on 29 November. Mr. Eliasson, who presented his statement on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, recalled that the International Year had been established in 2014 to focus on the Question of Palestine and on growing hopes at the time that the international community would engage in finally bringing to an end this long-standing conflict of such consequence to so many areas of the world. However, he noted that today the region continues to witness illegal settlement activities and settler-related violence, including demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures have continued, including punitive demolitions. “Such policies and actions are directly contrary to the Government of Israel’s stated intention to pursue a two-state solution,” said Mr. Eliasson who also warned against religious dimensions to the conflict, after tensions and violence related to the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem erupted in the recent weeks.He stressed the need to preserve the status quo at the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount, in accordance with the agreements between Israel and Jordan and with the special role of the King of Jordan, as Custodian. Further, Mr. Eliasson also welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s repeated assurances that Israel has no intention of changing the status quo and urged the Israeli leader to accompany this commitment by actions to defuse the situation and to restore confidence. Additionally, he condemned the recent wave of “heinous attacks, stabbings, shootings and attacks causing immense suffering among Israelis and Palestinians alike.”At the same time, he acknowledged the security problems Israel faces, but reminded the Israeli authorities that using excessive forces feeds anger and frustration and urged the security services of the country to exercise maximum restraint, particularly, for the use of lethal force.“It is abundantly clear that Palestinians feel deep frustration over an occupation that has lasted nearly 50 years. Similarly, Israelis strongly fear for their security. The lack of a political horizon to achieve the two-state solution seriously increases the risk of the situation spiralling out of control,” said Mr. Eliasson.He also called for greater participation of the international community to break the impasse and urged the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East peace process to continue its efforts to preserve the viability of a Palestinian State and establish conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations.“On 29 November 2012, the State of Palestine joined the United Nations as a non-Member Observer State. Today, 136 countries recognize the State of Palestine and its flag flies at the United Nations next to those of Member States. However, these diplomatic advances are not felt by children in Gaza, or by the Palestinians of Nablus and Hebron,’ said Mr. Eliasson.The UN deputy chief added that the region is gripped with a “glaring lack of hope that their lives will change for the better and that they will be citizens of a State which will ensure their freedom and well-being.”Lastly, ahead of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Mr. Eliasson urged all parties to reaffirm their commitment to bring about peace in the region, which can also contribute to international peace and security.“Simply put, the Palestinian people have waited too long. On this Organization’s momentous 70th anniversary, let us recall the ideals of peace, unity and human rights at the heart of the UN Charter. And let us use those ideals to inspire new momentum to find a lasting solution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft in his remarks to the special meeting.He noted that key UN principles, namely the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war; equal rights and self-determination of peoples, continue to be violated. In addition, the General Assembly had repeatedly affirmed the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.The General Assembly had also repeatedly affirmed the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem.“I am therefore gravely concerned by the continuing expansion of settlements, the demolition of Palestinian homes, the revocation of residency rights and the eviction and displacement of numerous Palestinian families from East Jerusalem in contravention of international law. Such actions do not contribute to peace. Rather they have become a major impediment and serve only to increase tension,” he stressed, calling on both parties to return to meaningful negotiations with a pre-established timeframe. read more

Most Of UConns Games This Season Were Over At Halftime

Mike Pesca knows just how dominant Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has been this year. He lamented recently on Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast (around 49 minutes in) that every time he tuned in to a UConn game while working out at the gym this season, usually with 10 minutes left on the clock, the game was already effectively over.By just how much have the Huskies been draining the drama out of Pesca’s workouts? A lot, and by a whole lot more than their predecessors did.At halftime of the average UConn game this year, the Huskies were winning by 25 points. That’s staggering — so staggering that it blows away four of the best teams in recent history: the last four UConn teams, which all reached the Final Four. The last two won the title. Those two championship teams averaged halftime leads of a mere 20 points; the Huskies’ average halftime lead was even lower in the two years before that.By five and a half minutes into the second half, this year’s UConn team averaged a lead of more than 32 points, compared to less than 26 points last year and 24 points or less in the prior three seasons. (Just four teams other than UConn this year beat opponents by more than 20 points per game. And that was their margin at the end of games, not soon after halftime.)But at that 5:30 mark we begin to see a dip. At that point, the ultracompetitive Huskies showed a tiny fraction of mercy. If they’d carried on at the same rate for the whole game, they’d have won by an average of 51 points. Instead they won by only 42 points per game. By the time Pesca was tuning in, UConn led by an average of 35 points. (This is all based on data provided by ESPN Stats & Information, supplemented with play-by-plays from the UConn website.)We also looked at the data another way: How often this season was UConn, say, trailing? Or winning by 40 points?The Huskies established dominance early: By six and a half minutes into their games this year, they were tied or trailing just once. And they led for the entire second half in most games, though Stanford tied things up in regulation and then dealt UConn its only loss, back in November. More than half the time, UConn led by at least 30 points two minutes into the second half. That all adds up to lots of minutes of Mike Pesca doing bicep curls with dull basketball on in the background.This doesn’t necessarily mean this year’s UConn team is the best UConn team of the last five years. The school shifted to the American Athletic Conference two seasons ago from the Big East, which has made for easier conference games and more blowouts. And the previous seasons’ stats include NCAA tournament games, some of which were close — though many were also blowouts.Even so, it’d take a whole lot of NCAA tournament drama to undo all the meaningless second halves the Huskies have played so far this year. Our forecast currently gives them a 74 percent chance of winning the title, before they’ve played their first game. That doesn’t leave much room for nail-biters.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

Letter MCCs consultations should cater for working folks

Dear Editor,I have noted many advertisements put out by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) regarding  public consultations as it pertains to the garbage situation.  While it good for the M&CC to have these consultations, I noticed that the consultations are at 10 am on the dates specified and also they are held at City Hall.  I tried to go to one of the consultations for an area next to mine (my area was not included in the consultation list by the way), however, I had a work meeting clash that I could not get away from.  This is my point. How serious can M&CC be about talking with citizens if they put the meetings at a time that most cannot attend? Why not hold meetings after work hours or on weekends? Also why not have teams or the Councillor representatives have meetings within their areas so as to ensure a proper engagement? I hope that this can be considered by the Council, especially for engagements on other issues,  particularly those that are directly community related, in the future.Kind regards, Dr Raquel Thomas-Caesar Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident to M&CC: Consult, not dictateJuly 25, 2016In “latest news”Punitive parking meter measures, clamping vehicles, issuing fines suspendedFebruary 10, 2017In “Business”Letter: Leaders have to remember they are there to serve the peopleJanuary 23, 2017In “Letters” read more

Thats not what I do Kathleen Lynch says she never threatened to

first_imgJUNIOR HEALTH MINISTER Kathleen Lynch has insisted that she never threatened to resign over cuts to mental health services.Speaking during questions to Ministers at the Department of Health this morning, the Labour TD described claims she threatened to resign as “fantasy.”“I never threatened to resign. I never would, and that’s not what I do. I have a job to do and I intend to do it,” she said in response to a call from Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher to “again threaten to resign” over cuts to mental health funding.The Sunday Business Post reported earlier this month that Lynch, the Minister of State with responsibility for mental health, was furious over proposed cuts to the mental health budget and told told Health Minister James Reilly, the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste that she “would not stand” for the proposed cuts.A spokesperson for Lynch declined to comment on claims that she threatened to resign when contacted at the time the story emerged. In the Dáil this morning, Lynch said there was a lot of opposition to the government’s Vision for Change policy which aims to advance mental health services in Ireland. “Everyone is in favour until it’s happening in their area,” Lynch said saying “all of a sudden it’s the wrong way to go and the wrong thing to be doing” is the reaction when it is implemented. She said that staffing mental health services had proved difficult in recent times as a result of a requirement for a “different skill mix” and the “different type of people” needed, saying “a whole range of other skill mixes” are needed.Kelleher said there has been an “awful lot less people” working in the area of mental health than there has been in recent years as a result of the embargo on public sector recruitment and the reduction in overall staff numbers. Lynch earlier said that €20 million in funding for mental health services next year will allow for 250 to 280 additional staff to be employed by the HSE in various mental health schemes, with recruitment commencing in the first quarter of 2014.She added that she hoped the positions would be filled by the final quarter of next year.Read: HSE Service Plan confirms €619 million in cuts across health services next yearRead: ‘No comment to make’ on reports Kathleen Lynch threatened to resignlast_img read more

Local state educators not happy about DeVos confirmation

first_imgThe news of Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as education secretary after a historic vote came just before Evergreen Education Association President Rob Lutz walked into a meeting with other teacher union leaders across the state.“It was pretty somber,” Lutz said.Local teacher union officials shared feelings ranging from disappointment to outrage Tuesday after the 51-to-50 vote confirming DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education.Vice President Mike Pence had to issue a historic tiebreaking vote for the Michigan billionaire, who has been a longtime advocate for expanding school choice. DeVos, however, has little experience with public schools.“This is a situation where this individual is unqualified to do a job,” Lutz said. “That doesn’t make sense to me.”No Democrats supported DeVos’ confirmation, and two Republican senators voted against her as well, making it the first time an education secretary has been appointed without bipartisan support.“This was raw politics, and yet another way that certain individuals, certain groups, are going to try to attack public schools,” said Rick Wilson, executive director of the Vancouver Education Association.last_img read more

Mourinho on Essien I am his white Daddy

first_imgJose Mourinho has declared himself Michael Essien’s “white daddy”  while discussing their special relationshipThe Portuguese coach signed the former Ghana international in August 2005 for a £24.4m transfer fee from Ligue 1 side Lyon in his first season in charge at Chelsea.Together the pair won the Premier League title and the Football League Cup twice and formed a special bond with Mourinho affectionally referring to Essien as his “son”, while the midfielder referred to his coach as his “daddy”.Following Mourinho’s departure in 2008 for Inter Milan, Essien struggled to get back into the starting eleven at Chelsea due to a set of ongoing injury issues that greatly hampered his final years at Stamford Bridge.The now-35-year-old was reunited with Mourinho at Real Madrid after the former Chelsea boss signed Essien on a loan deal and in his final game for Los Blancos, the Ghanan scored his second goal for the club and dedicated it to the coach.“He was not my player, he is my son – I am his white Daddy,” said the Manchester United manager, according to talkSPORT.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Tell you stories? I can tell you more than stories – feelings. That’s the feeling, he is more than a player for me.“He was probably the only one who took me to his home, to the real home. To the place, he was born, to the street where he played football as a kid.“He made me fall in love with Ghana, with Accra where he lived, because then I had a better understanding of his mentality.“I understand why as a player he was ready for everything, he was ready to die for the fellow players, for the club, for the manager, why he was ready to play like he did for me at Real Madrid with a knee that was not a knee anymore.“It was a destroyed knee but with that personality, that desire and that mentality he suffered, always he suffered, but always with a smile. Michael smiles a lot.“I loved so many of my players but I think Michael would be on the podium for sure.”last_img read more

Excoach Mohamed Elneny needs to leave Arsenal

first_imgMohamed Elneny has to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window either permanently or on loan, says his old El Mokawloon coach Hamdy NouhDespite signing a new long-term contract in March, Elneny has been restricted to just the one Premier League appearance this season.Under new manager Unai Emery, Elneny’s minutes have been drastically reduced with summer arrivals Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi instead being preferred in the Arsenal midfield.Now Nouh believes it’s essential that Elneny leaves the Emirates Stadium next month either permanently or on loan to regain his confidence.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He needs to leave Arsenal in the next transfer market, at least on loan to play more and regain his confidence,” Nouh told Goal.“He has been influenced lately by the change in coach and his new style, but I am confident that he will return better than before, because of his great potential and the competitive spirit that will help him get back in.”The majority of Elneny’s appearances for Arsenal this term have come in cup competitions with five in the Europa League and the one in the Carabao Cup.The 26-year-old midfielder has been at Arsenal since January 2016 after arriving from Swiss side FC Basel.last_img read more

TCI Daniel Carriere resigns InterHealth Canada Interim CEO Appointed

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 23, 2018 – Providenciales – InterHealth Canada TCI Ltd, the private management company for Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, is saddened to announce the departure of Chief Executive Officer Daniel Carriere who has had to resign for family reasons, effective January 31, 2018.Given these regrettable circumstances, Mr. Gaston Levac, a former Chief Executive Officer of hospital operations within Ontario Canada has been named interim CEO while the Board conducts a search for Mr. Carriere’s permanent successor.  Levac has been brought on-island to facilitate a smooth transition of duties and responsibilities with Carriere’s departure expected this month.Speaking on behalf of the InterHealth Canada Board, John Hyland said: “Daniel’s contribution to the success of the TCI Hospital and its increasing international recognition as an example of how even small hospitals in the region can and should perform, cannot be overstated.  Since joining us in September 2015, he has strengthened the administration, overseen the company’s policy of continuing improvement in performance in all departments, continued the programme of promoting Belongers to positions of greater responsibility within the Hospital, encouraged the attendance of staff at Seminars and other Continuing Education courses, played a leading role in the preparation of plans for the strategic development of the Hospital over the coming years.  Importantly and perhaps for him most memorably, through his leadership by example and with the support of his Senior Management Team, he was able to ensure the continued operation of the Hospital through Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the implementation of the necessary recovery programme.  He leaves with our hopes and very best wishes for the future.”Daniel Carriere said: “It has been an enormous privilege to have led the organization over the past two plus years.  I have immensely enjoyed my experience in this beautiful country with such talented hospital personnel.  I have met such great people both inside and outside the hospital and have experienced so many new and exciting challenges that have enriched my personal and professional life.  I have benefitted from the wisdom obtained from professional colleagues and historical guidance from IHC Board members, many of whom are legacy participants in the original development of the two hospitals in Providenciales and Grand Turk; they remain committed to the hospital and the country of TCI.”Mr. Carriere is a veteran in the health care industry having joined InterHealth Canada as Chief Executive Officer in September 2015. Carriere had previously held several senior administrative positions in Ontario’s health care sector and is recognized for his accomplishments in advancing services and quality of care.Mr. Gaston Levac formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of various health care entities such as the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, Laurentian Hospital and West Nipissing General Hospital in Canada.As a former Surveyor of the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, Levac boasts over 20 years of experience in numerous surveys in Canadian and international health care organizations, including health services offered in various military bases and hospitals in the Caribbean.  Gaston is expected to greatly benefit the organization in preparation for its re-accreditation survey slated for June 2018.Commenting on the appointment, Levac said: “I am excited to have been chosen by the IHC-TCI Board of Directors as the interim CEO of the hospital in TCI.  I have been to TCI on many occasions in the past, so I know that I will enjoy my involvement here.  I am totally committed to working hard with all stakeholders to help continue efforts to provide excellent hospital care to the citizens of TCI and ensure that the company steers a steady course whilst the Board undertakes Daniel Carriere’s succession process.”Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital consists of two state-of-the-art secondary healthcare facilities on the islands of Grand Turk and Providenciales.  The public facility, managed by InterHealth Canada (TCI) Ltd, is one of few Diamond accredited health care providers in the Caribbean region.As recognized pioneers in health care Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), InterHealth Canada is a world leader in healthcare operations and management with diverse activities in planning, management and consulting.  Established by an initiative from two Provincial Canadian Governments, InterHealth Canada was created to export Canada’s intellectual expertise in healthcare to an expanding international market. Press Release: interHealthCanadacenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Applebees offering 1 margaritas throughout October

first_img(WSVN) – Applebees is now offering $1 margaritas for the month of October to celebrate Applebee’s Neighborhood Appreciation Month.Known as the Dollarita, these drinks are available at all participating restaurants from open to close.“We focus on our food a lot, but ‘bar’ is in our name, and it is an integral part of what makes Applebee’s a great neighborhood destination,” said Patrick Kirk, vice president of beverage innovation at Applebee’s. “Our $1 margaritas in October give us a chance to show our guests a little love, giving them a totally unbeatable offer as a gesture of our sincere appreciation for their patronage.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Turkish Government Wants Texas Officials To Investigate Harmony Charter Network

first_img 00:00 /01:46 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Laura IsenseeLawyers hired by the Turkish government have asked the Texas Education Agency to launch a full investigation into Harmony Public Schools.The charter network focuses on math and science education and runs more than 40 schools in Texas, making it the state’s largest charter network and the second largest in the country.“We’re not anti-charter. We’re not trying to displace thousands of Harmony students,” said John Martin, senior counsel with Amsterdam and Partners which filed the complaint. “We’re trying to get to the bottom of several red flags related to discrimination, self-dealing and immigration visa issues.”The complaint alleges that Harmony has abused the immigration visa system to hire Turkish nationals, that it’s discriminated against other non-Turkish employees and that it’s given a large portion of contracts to affiliated companies or former employees.The complaint also alleges that the system has ties to a controversial Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who’s been accused of trying to overthrow the Turkish government.Harmony CEO Soner Tarim said that the complaint is a political attack from a Turkish administration hostile to critics.“You know this was established here, as a nonprofit organization,” Tarim said. “That’s why I call it a political move and it’s a witch-hunt. And we have nothing to do with Turkey.”Tarim, who is a dual citizen with Turkey, said that the current president there, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has received little support from Turkish Americans.He pointed to Harmony’s successes, like a $30 million federal grant and continued expansion.This isn’t the first time Harmony charter schools have faced state and federal investigations, though it’s never faced sanctions.A spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency said that they’ve received the complaint and will decide the next steps. Sharelast_img read more

Art with a Heart Shop Bop Fundraiser

first_imgArt with a Heart, a non-profit arts organization based in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, will host its annual Shop & Bop on July 29, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at its social enterprise/retail store, HeARTwares, 623 W. 34th St., 21211 in Hampden Village Centre. This free event will feature live music from Saleem and the Music Lovers with special guest, Caleb Stine; food and drinks by the Farm to Charm food truck, and community art projects. For more information about Art with a Heart or HeARTwares, visit artwithaheart.net or call 410-366-8886.last_img read more

Legos New Justice League Sets Go On Sale This Summer

first_img The Justice League movie will arrive just in time for the holidays this year… and that means a whole bunch of licensed goodies are on the way. Lego’s getting in on the action early with three new Justice League sets!Let’s start off with The Flying Fox: Batmobile Airlift Attack. The set features four key members of the Justice League team: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg. They’ve been matched up against the electro-axe wielding Steppenwolf and a pair of Darkseid’s nasty parademons.AdChoices广告Next up is the Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack. Batman gets to drive around in another one of his wonderful toys,” fighting off another pack of parademons with help from The Flash. You’ll be able to stage a full-on firefight with this one: both parademons come with stud shooters, and the Knightcrawler is equipped with a pair of rapid-fire shooters.Lego has also thrown in a couple of Power Blast elements so you can turn the tables on the bad guys with The Flash’s electro-blast ability. The Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack rings up at $49.99 and comes with 622 pieces.Rounding out the news sets is The Battle of Atlantis, which is a more humble-looking set than its name might imply. There’s a small archway backdrop for staging lopsided underwater battles pitting a lone parademon against the mighty (and Jason Momoa-style) Aquaman and his faithful Atlantean guards. This is the smallest set at just 197 pieces, and it also has the smallest price tag ($19.97).You’ll be able to get your hands on all three sets well before Justice League hits theaters. Lego will have them in stores for an August first launch.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17,000 Lego Bricks’The Lego Movie 2′ Trailer is Here and It’s an Intergalactic Dream Stay on targetlast_img read more

Delta Tests Free InFlight WiFi on Select Flights

first_img For two weeks starting Monday, passengers on about 55 domestic flights can tap into Delta’s cyberspace at no charge.The pilot program—available across all cabins on select short-, medium-, and long-haul routes—is the airline’s first step toward offering free in-flight Wi-Fi.“Customers are accustomed to having access to free Wi-Fi during nearly every other aspect of their journey, and Delta believes it should be free when flying, too,” Ekrem Dimbiloglu, director of onboard product, said in a statement.AdChoices广告“Testing will be key to getting this highly complex program right,” he continued. “This takes a lot more creativity, investment, and planning to bring to life than a simple flip of a switch.”Unfortunately, this early run does not support content streaming, so users will have to pre-download their favorite Netflix shows.Or just ditch binge-watching altogether and instead respond to emails, have an a shopping spree, text friends and family, and upload artistic clouds-through-the-plane-window images to social media.Delta is no stranger to gratis on-board entertainment.In 2016, the company began offering all-free Delta Studio content via seat-back screens and streaming to personal devices. By 2017, it became the first global carrier to offer free mobile messaging, and now boasts more video screens than any other airline.(Yes, but does it embed creepy cameras in them?)Don’t expect to get online for free just yet, though. Dimbiloglu noted that, due to the complexity of the project, it will likely take several more test phases and “lots of listening” to ensure Delta delivers a top-notch product.“As with any test in uncharted territory, Delta will rely heavily on customer and employee feedback to navigate how to best make free in-flight Wi-Fi a reality,” he said.Those customers eligible for the test will be notified by Delta via email and a Fly Delta app push notification prior to their flight.More on Geek.com:Airbus, Delta, Sprint Team For Seamless In-Flight InternetAirline Refuses to Board Artist and Her ‘Emotional Support’ PeacockGoogle Now Tells You If Airlines Are Ripping You Off Google Now Tells You If Airlines are Ripping You OffWorld’s largest jumbo jet clips tiny jet, sends it spinning at JFK Stay on targetlast_img read more

Turn around After 6 decades of dismal balancesheets buoyed Bengal Chemicals eyes

first_imgKolkata: Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (BCPL) is hopeful of bagging the status of a Miniratna company by 2021-22. The PSU’s optimism comes from clocking the highest ever profit and income in its 120-year-old history after the end of the 2nd quarter this year.”We have an income of Rs 60 crore after the end of the 2nd quarter (April to September) and our net profit is Rs 11 crore. The increase has been over 47 percent in comparison to last year’s corresponding period. The net profit in the last fiscal was Rs 10 crore and in two quarters this year, we have surpassed that. We are poised to end at Rs 120 crore income and Rs 20 crore profit in the 2018-19 fiscal and that will be the highest ever,” said P M Chandraiah, managing director of BCPL. He further said that with the current progress, the company is eyeing a Rs 30 crore profit in 2019-20. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChandraiah is optimistic of completely wiping out the negative network of the company that presently stands at Rs 80 crore, into a positive one by the 2021-22 fiscal. “I will immediately apply for Miniratna Category I status, as the company will be meeting all the parameters by 2021-22. There has hardly been an instance when a company facing loss for a period of 65 years, has made a turnaround and targeted Miniratna I status,” he maintained. According to Chandraiah, injectibles that were introduced in January 2018 for the first time, has been a major driver towards the turnaround of the oldest pharmaceutical company in the country. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The 60 percent increase in pharmaceuticals has been because of the injectibles. Our home products have grown by 18 percent,” a senior official of the company said. “We have written to the Bengal government requesting it to place orders from our company. We will be grateful if they do so as this will further hasten the prospects of the company in bagging Miniratna I status,” Chandraiah said. It may be mentioned that in June this year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had written a letter to the Union Commerce & Industry Ministry regarding the Central Government’s decision to sell off BCPL, a company with a long and illustrious history. Founded by legendary chemist Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy in 1901, BCPL had reported a net profit of Rs 4.5 crore in 2016-17, the first profit in six decades.last_img read more

Regulatory authority cancels concession for taxi service at the Juan Santamaria International

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican taxi drivers, language-school workers arrested in fake English diploma scam Taxi fares to increase this month Rates going up for Costa Rica taxis Taxis drivers block capital roads to demand crackdown on ‘piratas’ The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) ordered the elimination of a concession granted to private cab company Taxis Unidos to provide transportation from the Juan Santamaría International Airport, the biggest in Costa Rica.The ARESEP ruling followed an investigation prompted by various complaints against the company for not using the mandatory taximeter to establish trip rates.Investigations began in 2009 after the regulatory authority received several complaints, mostly from tourists. The use of a taximeter is mandatory under ARESEP laws.The company filed an appeal of the agency’s ruling, but the Supreme Court’s Civil and Administrative Law Branch, or Sala I, dismissed the appeal last month and announced its ruling this week.The ARESEP board of directors said the cancellation of the contract must happen within three months.ARESEP also notified the Public Works and Transport Ministry and the Public Transportation Council, which will now have to arrange for a new company to provide taxi service to and from the airport. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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