Marrakech Top Vacation Spot for Londoners

Taroudant – Marrakech is among the most popular destinations for Londoners according to new research published by the British website the Daily Mail.Conducted by the British travel company Tele Text Holidays, research that looked at 100,000 holidays booked by Brits over the last year found that Marrakech remains the favorite tourist destination for adventurous Londoners.“Adventurous Londoners like to visit Marrakech and don’t mind spending just three nights in a five-star hotel for their breaks,” the same source said. While Londoners prefer the ochre city, people living in Edinburgh and Birmingham choose to go to Barcelona and those living in Plymouth and Brighton like to enjoy the sunny clime of Gran Canaria.The same source added that Londoners, unlike travelers from other cities in Britain, are more likely to stay in a five-star hotel.“They were happy to go away for a three-night break but those in the North of England preferred a trip that was two weeks or longer,” the research found.With its exotic old medina, luxurious hotels, old riyads and a vibrant square that host all forms of entertainment and delicious food, Marrakech continues to fascinate its visitors and attract world celebrities.Last week, the Dutch Website Skyscanner listed the famous square of Jamaa El-Fna in Marrakech among the most alluring squares to visit in the world. read more

Senior UN official nominated as SecretaryGenerals top envoy to Iraq

Mr. Ban has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Ad Melkert, who has served as Associate Administrator of UNDP since 2006, to succeed Staffan de Mistura as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq and head of the UN mission in that country (UNAMI), UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.Ms. Montas said that Mr. Melkert, 53, brought a unique combination of political experience and economic and development expertise to the role from his work as a government minister and member of parliament in the Netherlands and as a senior official at UNDP and the World Bank.“As a result, he enters with a deep understanding of the nature of the challenges and priorities that face Iraq at this phase of its transition,” she said.Ms. Montas said Mr. Ban was also grateful to Mr. de Mistura for his “valuable leadership in a challenging security environment in Iraq.”UNAMI is tasked with assisting in the reconstruction of Iraq, the implementation of the International Compact with Iraq and the process of national reconciliation and inclusive political dialogue. 7 July 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he has chosen the second most senior official in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to be the UN’s top envoy in Iraq. read more

Pacific island states call for UN measures to help countries fight climate

23 September 2011The leaders of three Pacific Island countries called on the United Nations today to take a series of measures to help them and other small island nations combat the effects of climate change. “Climate change threatens to undo all of our recent development gains if the major biggest polluters continue down the path of business as usual,” Nauru’s President Marcus Stephen told the General Assembly annual general debate.He stressed that it is essential that the international community recognizes climate change as a peace and security issue, not just an environmental one, and called for further measures to ensure the issue was addressed by the Security Council.“First, the Secretary-General should appoint a Special Representative on Climate and Security to analyze the projected security impacts of climate change so that the Council and Member States can better understand what lies ahead.“Second, the Secretary-General should assess the capacity of the United Nations system to respond to the likely security impacts of climate change, so that vulnerable countries can be assured that it is up to the task. These two proposals are the absolute minimum necessary to prepare for the greatest threat to international security of our generation.”Mr. Stephen also urged Member States to honour their commitments made in existing environmental accords such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Cancún Agreements so that further progress can be made on sustainable development goals.Micronesian President Emanuel Mori echoed Mr. Stephen’s remarks by saying that a special category for Small Island Developing Countries (SIDS) is imperative if the UN is to improve the lives of people who live in these states. He also remarked that climate change as a security threat is not new, but should be taken even more seriously now by Member States. “We cannot help but notice the persistent failure and reluctance by some countries to address the security aspect of climate change even in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence.“We believe that those who opposed the debate in the Council and those who doubted the security implications of climate change simply ignored the obvious,” he said.President of Kiribati Anote Tong noted that climate change is a threat that his country faces every day and this will be true for other countries in the future. “In Kiribati, many young people go to sleep each night fearing what will happen to their homes overnight especially during the high tides,” he said.“Accelerated and continued erosion of our shorelines is destroying settlements and as I speak some communities are relocating elsewhere on the island. I was glad that the Secretary-General was able to understand and feel for himself the sense of threat which our people and those of similarly vulnerable countries experience on a daily basis,” he said, referring to the Secretary-General’s recent visit to Kiribati earlier this month, which marked the first time ever that a Secretary-General visited the country. read more

UN report calls for elimination of child labour in livestock sector

Governments, farmer organizations and rural families must all be involved to eliminate child labour in the livestock sector, which is a widespread and largely ignored practice, according to a United Nations report released today.The report, Children’s work in the livestock sector: Herding and beyond, found that agriculture accounts for most of the reported child labour in the world, with livestock accounting for some 40 per cent of the agricultural economy.While there have been global efforts to tackle child labour in agriculture, the report, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), argues that the livestock sector has received much less attention. In some parts of the world, children start herding at a young age, ranging from five to seven years old.“Reducing child labour in agriculture is not only an issue of human rights, it is also part of the quest for truly sustainable rural development and food security,” said the Assistant Director-General in charge of FAO’s Economic and Social Development Department, Jomo Sundaram.“Child labour strikes at the heart of decent employment opportunities for young people, especially when it interferes with their formal schooling.”The report notes that livestock is at least a partial source of income to 800 million rural poor who live on less than $1 a day, and stresses the importance of being able to find alternatives to child labour without negatively affecting the livelihoods of these people.“The growing importance of livestock in agriculture means that efforts to reduce child labour will need to focus more on the factors that lead to harmful or hazardous work for children in that sector, while respecting and protecting the livelihoods of poor rural families,” Mr. Sundaram said.The report also makes a series of recommendations for governments and their development partners to tackle the issue such as implementing national policies to improve people’s livelihoods and increasing educational options for rural families; establishing a direct dialogue between employers and workers, and developing programmes to improve access to school and attendance in rural areas, and which monitor child labour.“In tackling child labour in pastoralist communities, you need to engage in a dialogue to find solutions that are suitable for their specific socio-cultural situations, and which are built on the support of pastoralist leaders, parents, employers and children,” said Rob Vos, the Director of the Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.“This would allow ‘education with identity’ and give children better employment prospects, within and beyond the livestock sector.”The findings of the report are expected to inform the 3rd Global Conference on Child Labour, which will be held in Brazil in October. read more

Plan sida pour un dépistage plus efficace

first_imgPlan sida : pour un dépistage plus efficaceFrance – A l’occasion de la Conférence de Vienne, Roselyne Bachelot expose les efforts qui seront faits dans l’Hexagone pour lutter plus efficacement contre le sida.Le dépistage est toujours un moment important, parfois angoissant. C’est pourquoi Roselyne Bachelot, la ministre de la Santé souhaite banaliser cette démarche. À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterQue le dépistage soit effectué par des non professionnels plutôt que dans l’enceinte d’établissements de santé semble être un premier pas vers plus d’accessibilité et de simplicité. La ministre souhaite donc ouvrir dix centres d’ici 2011 : ces lieux d’accueil où interviendront des associations devraient permettre de toucher une part plus grande de la population, notamment ceux qui sont parfois marginalisés. Une autre piste consisterait à mettre à contribution les médecins traitants. Ceux-ci doivent en effet davantage informer et orienter leurs patients.Le plan finalisé sera présenté en septembre. Pour promouvoir ces mesures, une campagne de communication sera lancée au deuxième semestre 2010.  Le 20 juillet 2010 à 12:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Droits des animaux défendre les chimpanzés de laboratoire

first_imgDroits des animaux : défendre les chimpanzés de laboratoireUne association de défense des animaux bataille contre les laboratoires américains qui réutilisent des chimpanzés “retraités”.Les Etats-Unis restent le seul pays riche dans lequel la recherche médicale est autorisée sur les chimpanzés. Les études qu’ils subissent étant jugées cruelles et inutiles par les associations de défense des animaux, sur le sol américain cette utilisation est contrôlée : la reproduction ainsi que l’importation sont interdites, visant à un arrêt progressif de l’utilisation des chimpanzés. Après avoir été utilisés, les vieux singes, malades suite aux traitements expérimentaux, sont conduits dans un centre pour “retraités”.Cette semaine, l’institut national américain de la santé (NIH) a déclenché les foudres des défenseurs des animaux en allant rechercher 14 de ces chimpanzés afin de les remettre “au travail” dans un laboratoire de San Antonio, connu pour ses méthodes controversées. Une procédure pénale a été engagée afin de faire libérer les singes, et l’association PCRM a débuté une étude afin de prouver l’inutilité de leur utilisation, et ainsi en obtenir l’interdiction par la justice américaine.Le 13 mars 2011 à 15:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jim Ross and Samoa Joe attend NXT tapings on Thursday

first_img Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, who attended last night’s NXT TV tapings at Full Sail University, confirmed wrestling media reports on Friday that former TNA star Samoa Joe was also in attendance. It’s been long rumored that Joe was expected to begin preliminary talks with WWE about a possible deal following his departure from TNA back in February.Source: @JRsBBQ, @SamoaJoeRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Cesaro Roman Reigns is in Remissioncenter_img Pinterest Facebook Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Google+ Now Playing Up Next Twitter Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Kurt Angle WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television SPOILER: Title change at NXT TV Tapings on August 15 from Full Sail University Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Will there be a growing market for the Lionfish in the TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 19, 2016 – The Department of Coastal Resources is making a market for the harmful lion fish which it hopes will lead to the eradication of the species from TCI coral reefs.The Lionfish continues to be a marine life terrorist and on October 29th and November 5th that invasive species is going to take center stage as the object of our palates in a Lionfish derby and festival hosted by the DECR and the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund.The first annual Lionfish Festival will take place in both Provo and Grand Turk and DECR Director, Dr John Claydon explains, “Some TCI fishermen have been catching lionfish on a small scale for many years, and they know that although it’s invasive, lionfish is a very tasty fish.  However, these fishers do not typically target lionfish heavily because crawfish, conch, and other finfish are more profitable.”Provo, the Lionfish Festival is October 29th… Grand Turk, your festival – both held in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Culture – is set for November 5, 2016. Related Items:Lionfish festival in turks and caicos, lionfish invasion in the TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

All clear given after bomb threat at Hallandale Beach High School

first_imgHALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have given the all clear after a bomb threat prompted an evacuated at Hallandale High School.According to Hallandale Beach Police, the high school, located at 720 NW 9th Ave., was evacuated Wednesday morning, just after 11 a.m.7Skyforce flew over the scene, as Broward Sheriff’s Bomb Squad arrived on the campus.Two students with special needs were tended to by fire rescue after feeling ill due to the warm weather.By 2 p.m., the all clear had been given and students were being dismissed for the day a bit earlier than usual. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Tata Consultancy Services ranked Top Employer in Asia Pacific region

first_imgIndia’s largest software exporter TCS has been rated the number one top employer in Asia Pacific region.The IT bellwether said in a statement that the Netherlands-based Top Employer Institute has ranked the company as number one Top Employer Institute Asia Pacific 2019 based on its performance in a number of countries across the region.TCS is also the number one Top Employer of Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, and Singapore, and a Top Employer in the Philippines and China, the statement said.”TCS is proud to be ranked as number one in the latest Top Employer Certifications for Asia Pacific,” Kunnumal Sudeep, TCS Asia Pacific Director and Head of Human Resources, said in a statement.”Our employees are our greatest asset and the key element of our success. This recognition is a testament to the considerable investment we are making to ensure our Asia Pacific workforce is highly engaged and enabled to ensure future-readiness for our customers in the Business 4.0 era,” he said.The Top Employers Institute evaluates companies worldwide, taking into account employee conditions, talent development opportunities and enablement at different levels of the organisation, and continuous improvement and excellence in employment practices.The institute conducts thorough research and evaluation by independent auditors of the applicant company ahead of certifying it as Top Employer.Established more than 25 years ago, the Top Employers Institute has certified over 1,300 organisations in 115 countries, the institute says on its website. These Certified Top Employers positively have an impact on the lives of over 5 million employees globally, according to the statement.TCS has won the laurels for its outstanding performance as a top employer at global and regional levels (Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia Pacific) as well as in 29 countries, the company said in its statement.The IT major has also launched a private cloud in Canada to help forward-thinking enterprises move rapidly along the digital maturity curve.”TCS’ Enterprise Cloud Platform (ECP) is a dynamic solution stack that provides multiple, flexible cloud infrastructure options including IaaS, PaaS, and state-of-the-art hybrid cloud capabilities which enable highly secure orchestration between on-premises and public cloud environments,” the company said.last_img read more

Will Sony drop the PS4 price today

first_imgToday is the first day of E3, and with it will come a number of announcements by the big hardware companies in gaming including Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.In terms of who’s winning in the next-generation hardware battle, Sony clearly has the lead. After launching the PS4 last November Sony has grown a lead over Microsoft’s Xbox One that is in the multi-millions due in no small part to a $100 price advantage. But today Microsoft removed that price disparity from the equation by launching a new, Kinect-less Xbox One for $399. Will Sony respond with its own price cut?We know that the PS4 $449.95 at Amazon hardware already sells at a profit, meaning there’s room to maneuver on price for Sony. It’s also the number one selling console right now, so there’s a healthy profit being generated from the sale of games and peripherals. Again, that meane the price of the hardware could change without Sony losing any money for the PlayStation business as a whole. In fact, it may even help generate more from increased sales of hardware.If Sony has considered a PS4 price cut this week, I think they had to ask three questions:Is the price advantage worth retaining from a marketing perspective?How will gamers perceive a price cut?How much can we realistically cut the price by?The price advantage PS4 has held over the Xbox One $150.00 at ebay for the last 7 months has been a huge incentive for gamers to choose Sony’s console. $100 is a couple of games or a game and an extra controller. It’s hard to turn down such value, and it’s a major reason the PS4 is the next-gen console market leader today.As for how a price cut would be perceived, I can’t see it being taken as a negative. Microsoft cut their price first and Sony is reacting. Gamers will view it as even better value rather than Sony being worried about an Xbox One priced the same. Remember, the PS4 is the more powerful machine so Sony still has the upper hand even at the same price point. A price cut would just be icing on the cake.So how much of a price cut could Sony stomach? $100 is out of the question as that would certainly incur a major loss on every PS4 sold. $50 is probably feasible, but would certainly wipe out any hardware profit Sony currently enjoys. $20, so the PS4 drops to $379.99 would mean Sony retains its cost advantage over Microsoft and possibly still keeps some profit on the console sale. Therefore I view that as the most likely new price point if it happens at all.Of course, Sony doesn’t have to cut the price. It already holds a large installed user base lead, PlayStation Now is on the horizon offering backwards compatibility through streaming, and there’s sure to be a few surprise games announced later today exclusively for the PS4. There’s also talk of a PS4-PS Vita bundle. But I can’t help but think Sony will want to push their advantage home, not allowing Microsoft to achieve parity on price, and having PS4 remain the cheaper of the two consoles.What do you think? Will we see a $379.99 or even a $349.99 PS4 announced at E3 today?last_img read more

Puma teams with Playseat to get gamers rockin

first_img 360Dx, 2018 We recommend In Efforts to Ramp Up Adoption of Liquid Biopsies, Lung Cancer Becomes Proving Ground Google Analytics settings Yes No In Brief This Week: LabCorp, Seegene, Commonwealth Diagnostics, and More Molika Ashford, 360Dx, 2017 JBS Science Awarded $3M To Commercialize Liver Cancer Screening Test 360Dx, 2018 Agendia Partners With GeneCast to Launch Tests in China I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Privacy policy Despite the explosion in popularity of e-sports, some still dispute the veracity of gaming being called a “sport”, but sportswear giant Puma doesn’t need any convincing. It has teamed up with gaming gear company Playseat to develop the Playseat | Puma game seat, which was unveiled at Gamescom last week.Charles Johnson, Global Director of Innovation at Puma believes, “we have to start seeing gamers as athletes, with requirements particular to their sport. As a sports company, we want to offer these athletes the products they need to perform at the very top.”Taking the form of an ergonomic rocking chair that makes use of breathable materials and features four knitted side-pockets for storing phones, games controllers and remote controls, we’re not sure the game seat will go all the way to achieving Johnson’s lofty athletic aspirations, but the ability to easily rock back and forward might help get some blood flowing and prevent numb bums in marathon gaming sessions.To prevent the chair sliding about when the action gets frenetic, the chair features rubber feet to provide grip in what the designers call “attack mode” (leaning forward), stability in “cruise mode” (reclining normally), and support in “defense mode” (leaning back).”Gaming is greater with full sitting control,” says Fernando Smit, President and Founder of Playseat. “That’s why we felt the need to change sitting of gamers from the traditional couch or even on the floor in front of their screens, so we created something truly unique.”The Playseat | Puma game seat certainly looks comfortable enough, and who doesn’t like a good rock every now and then, but as with any chair the proof is in the sitting. Those interested in taking a load off and getting their game on can try the seat out from November.Source: Playseat 360Dx, 2018 360Dx, 2017 360Dx, 2017 Quidel’s Solana Whooping Cough MDx Clears FDA Palmetto GBA Finalizes LCD for CareDx Transplant Dx AlloSure Powered bylast_img read more

PROUD Experiences returns to New York City

first_imgThis year’s event grew by 60% from its first edition in London in June 2018; and organisers predict this number is set to rise again for the third edition in 2020. Event Director Simon Mayle commented:“If the LGBTQ+ travel market was a country, it would be the fourth biggest economy in the world, and with an increase of people identifying on the LGBTQ+ spectrum – from 8% of Baby Boomers to 31% of Centennials – along with the coming of age of Millennials, this next decade is set for strong growth again. We are looking forward to returning to New York City from 22 to 24 June 2020 and are delighted to once again be working alongside NYC & Company and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge to deliver another fantastic event next year.”“We have been honored to collaborate with Reed Travel Exhibitions to host PROUD Experiences 2019 in New York City during such a monumental year for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We are honored to again be the Host City for PROUD Experiences in 2020, and look forward to cultivating this extraordinary partnership.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Over 90 international exhibiting companies and 90 buyers from 31 countries are currently attending PROUD Experiences 2019, celebrating an industry valued at US$218 billion in 2018 alone – according to consultancy firm Out Now. This year’s event takes place during the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in NYC. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) PROUD Experiences will return to New York City for the second consecutive year in 2020. The announcement was made at today’s Opening Gathering of PROUD Experiences 2019 – taking place this week 18 – 20 June at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which will again host next year’s edition.Reed Travel Exhibitions’ groundbreaking b2b travel and lifestyle event for premium and luxury travel suppliers and buyers – targeting the LGBTQ+ global community – sold out its exhibition space for this second edition more than 3 months ago. Guam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention in TorontoMalta Tourism Authority a sponsor of Proud Experiences ConferenceFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018More articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

JQ staff strike baggage fees

first_imgAs part of the carrier’s staffs first ever industrial action, check-in staff in major airports will waive excess baggage fees this Friday.The ‘No Weight Day’ commencing at 3.30am Friday 14 October and ending 3.30am Saturday 15 October was organised by the Australian Services Union (ASU) and will see customers able to pack freely when travelling with the carrier through Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Cairns, Brisbane and Gold Coast airports.According to the Group’s assistant national secretary Linda White, strikes are a final option at reaching a new workplace agreement.”They are not interested in listening to workers’ reasonable requests for a fair pay rise,” Ms White explained “Rather, they are looking to push wages and conditions in the industry to new depths.“ Our members just want Jetstar to value their work.”The union said Jetstar currently charges a flat $80 for passengers with baggage that exceeds the weight limit on their fare.‘No Weight Day’ is expected to cost the carrier up to $50,000 which Ms White said could have management “start seriously negotiating with their workers”.”We are happy to say that this will have no negative impact on passengers, in fact it will be a bonus.”This is the most recent in a continuously growing line of strikes the Qantas Group has faced over the past two months.The carrier has had issues with its engineer and transport unions, with the Group’s requesting pay rises that could slump Qantas’ competitive edge, according to group executive Olivia Wirth.The carrier announced today it was forced to cancel two international flights and 14 domestic as well as delay 35 others as Transport Workers Union members walk off the job tomorrow. Hoping to minimise disruptions, Qantas said it would utilise larger aircraft to accommodate passengers and deploy management staff in operational roles. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Newcastle Airport accepts expansion grant

first_imgResearch revealed locals wanted greater aviation services. Source = ETB News: P.T. The expansion will assist the airport in providing these future growth services. Earlier this year, the Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund helped to revitalise Newcastle’s CBD by replacing a heavy rail link from Wickham to Newcastle with a proposal for light rail operations. Research conducted by Newcastle Airport revealed locals wanted the ability to fly more frequently and to more destinations, some of them international.center_img “Receiving this funding is a real game changer; the expansion will provide the space for us to grow our domestic services and give us the capability to move into the short-haul international market,” Newcastle Airport chief executive Paul Hughes said. The NSW Government committed the capital as part of the Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund. Newcastle Airport has received an AU$11 million grant to expand the region’s airport terminal.last_img read more

Justin Timberlake postpones Vancouver concerts due

first_imgJustin Timberlake postpones Vancouver concerts due to bruised vocal chords by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 6, 2018 4:08 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 4:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Pop superstar Justin Timberlake is postponing two concerts in Vancouver due to bruised vocal chords.Promoter Live Nation says on Twitter the concerts will no longer take place on Thursday and Friday.The promoter says instead Timberlake will bring his “Man of the Woods” tour to Rogers Arena on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15.Timberlake also recently postponed concerts in Edmonton for the same reason.Rather than performing Sunday and Monday, Timberlake is now set to play on Feb. 6 and 7.He also had to delay concerts in New York last month, saying his vocal chords are “severely bruised.”last_img read more

Halliburton vote of confidence in Cyprus updated

first_imgBy Stefanos EvripidouOILFIELD services giant Halliburton on Friday concluded a deal with the government to use Cyprus as their base of operations for the eastern Mediterranean, providing a much-needed “vote of confidence” for the prospects of the Cypriot economy.The Cyprus Mail reported last week that two of the world’s largest oilfield services companies- Halliburton and Schlumberger- were about to sign relevant agreements with the government this month to set up shop in Cyprus.Halliburton’s Senior Vice President for Europe and Africa Mark Richard met on Friday night with President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace to close the deal.Once the meeting ended, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis wasted no time spreading the news on Twitter, welcoming Halliburton to Cyprus in a tweet. He wished them the best in servicing hydrocarbons exploration in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and thanked them for their confidence in Cyprus’ potential.Speaking after the meeting, Richard said: “It is a pleasure to be here in Cyprus for the start of our operations to support our customers and the country of Cyprus in the ongoing efforts to hopefully produce oil and gas here in the Mediterranean.”The Halliburton official thanked the government “for the tremendous support and hospitality in helping us to get started here in the country”, adding, “Hopefully, this is the start of many, many good years to come”.Richard said the multinational will base its operations in Larnaca. Halliburton currently operates in more than 80 countries.Asked how many people will be employed in Cyprus by the company, Richard said: “That depends on how much work we actually win from competitive tenders with our customers, but it will be considerable at one point in time.”Halliburton is expected to announce shortly its plans for collaboration with Cyprus-based companies and universities, as part of its operational plans for the region.The giant’s operations are due to start in Larnaca before summer’s end.Lakkotrypis, also present last night, beamed at having the “great pleasure” to receive “such an important company” that will be active in providing support services for hydrocarbon explorations within Cyprus’ EEZ.“The presence of such a company constitutes a vote of confidence for Cyprus and the prospects of the Cypriot economy,something which we very much need,” said the minister.Talks with the company began many months ago with the involvement of the president himself, he said. They reached a “happy conclusion” last night, opening the way forward for the company’s establishment in Cyprus, a move which will help achieve economic growth in the short-term, said Lakkotrypis.The minister said he hoped to have something similar to announce soon, a likely reference to the pending agreement with Schlumberger, expected to be sealed before the end of the May.Schlumberger, arguably the world’s largest oilfield services company, has its principal offices located in Houston, Paris, and The Hague. In the industry, they are known as sub-surface specialists, and develop a lot of the software used to analyse seismic data.Last week, former executive chairman of the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company, Charles Ellinas, confirmed to the Mail that the two multinationals were about to set up shop here.He said Halliburton in particular have been looking to rent land for their base of operations in the Aradippou/Larnaca area, close to the Larnaca harbour and the airport.Halliburton provides drilling services and gear for companies prospecting for hydrocarbons.Their base in Cyprus will cover the entire eastern Mediterranean, which is expected to become a hotbed of exploration activity in the years to come.According to Ellinas, Halliburton estimates around 50 to 60 new wells will be drilled in the eastern Mediterranean (Israel, Cyprus and Lebanon) in the next few years, possibly racking up $5bn to $7bn in drilling costs. Halliburton will be keen to get a significant slice of that pie, and Cyprus’ political stability makes it a sensible place from which to base its pie-chasing operations.Halliburton’s activities here would likely consist of storing their drilling gear and opening up offices.Ellinas noted that once the company secured contracts for its services, local companies would have an opportunity to provide support services like storage space, servicing of equipment, providing supplies etc.Considering Halliburton’s modus operandi elsewhere, the US-based company is expected to set up a management team but then hire and train locals to do the work.Speaking yesterday at an oil and gas conference in Nicosia, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades on Friday highlighted the huge importance of hydrocarbons to Cyprus’ economic prospects, warning however that: “The discovery of hydrocarbons does not mean we have won the lottery – like some people in Cyprus are saying.”The energy sector is promising but also a challenge, which requires careful handling and a well-prepared strategy, he said.“We are not and should not be basing our financial recovery on natural gas prospects alone. It should be based on facts and not on political rhetoric.”Georgiades noted that the finance ministry would submit a legal bill before the end of the year to set up a national fund to handle hydrocarbons revenues in a transparent manner for both current and future generations.Peace, stability and regional cooperation as a result of hydrocarbons could also see a solution to the Cyprus problem, said the minister, noting it was an opportunity to see the normalisation of relations with neighbours – especially Turkey.Also addressing the conference, DIKO leader Nicolas Papadopoulos warned that without a Cyprus problem solution, the government needs to stick to plans to build a liquefaction plant to export gas from the eastern Mediterranean basin to Europe and Asia.“It should be clear that, with the solution of the Cyprus problem pending and before the necessary confidence towards Turkey is built, Cyprus cannot consider any ideas for exporting its natural gas via pipelines to Turkey,” said Papadopoulos.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bumstead bill remedies local stagnant acquisition challenges

first_img State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, applauded today’s passage of House Bill 5398, which aims to help local governments consolidate small foreclosed properties by facilitating acquisitions of surrounding land for resale and potential development.LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, worked with Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon to see this legislation through completion. Moon brought Newaygo and Lake counties’ foreclosure acquisition issues to Bumstead’s office in Lansing, helped guide the legislative process with her firsthand experience and testified before the House Committee on Local Government.“My legislation will help local governments utilize small parcels of land that were once unsalable,” Bumstead said. “This issue is specifically a problem for Newaygo and Lake counties, but may certainly be applicable in other rural areas of Michigan.”Many of the district’s small parcels are owned by a numerous public and private parties and are abandoned or indefinitely entwined in the tax foreclosure process. Newaygo County Treasurer Holly Moon worked the Legislature to help remedy the situation in the district, because Bumstead said the land could be used more resourcefully if properly managed.“I certainly hope every bit of Pure Michigan can be enjoyed and utilized in some way, and this bill could certainly help put available land to good use,” Bumstead said.HB 5398 allows a county’s foreclosure unit to acquire property owned by state, federal and other governmental entities to encourage sales of tax reverted property. The bill passed 104-5 with one abstained vote, and will go to the Senate for further consideration.### 09Sep Bumstead bill remedies local, stagnant acquisition challenges Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Runestad continues push for income tax relief in Michigan

first_img24Feb Rep. Runestad continues push for income tax relief in Michigan Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake today said he continues to support income tax relief as a common-sense reform that is long overdue for Michigan workers.In 2007, the income tax rate was temporarily increased due to a downturn in the economy with the explicit promise that a rate reduction would take place when the economy recovered. That promise was never kept.This week, the House considered but did not approve a plan to keep that promise and roll back the income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent by 2021. This bill also would have prevented full implementation of the cut if budgetary expectations were not met.“This was a common-sense approach to keep our overdue promise to taxpayers and build in protections against a potential revenue shortfall,” Runestad said. “It would force controlled government spending without harming schools, roads, or essential services.“Michigan cannot continue to increase spending year after year,” Runestad continued. “This plan puts the pressure where we need it — on the government’s pocketbook, to make state government responsible and prioritize spending on essential services.“I supported the tax cuts and I am disappointed in the outcome of this week’s vote. We must keep the promise to Michigan families, and we can do this without any harm to our schools and core obligations.”.######last_img read more

Rep Brann invites residents to office hours

first_img Categories: Brann News 23Mar Rep. Brann invites residents to office hours State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming invites the people of Byron Township and the City of Wyoming to attend his local office hours on Monday, April 3. Office hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting.“I want to hear from people on what issues they agree or disagree with and what they would like to see me focus on in Lansing,” said Brann. “I’m excited to meet with residents and hear their thoughts and concerns about state issues.”The first-term legislator will be available at the following locations on April 3:10 to 11:30 a.m. at Byron Family Restaurant, 2527 84th St. SW in Byron Center;4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, 4157 Division Ave. S. in Grand Rapids.No appointments are necessary for office hours. If you are unable to attend, but would like to voice a question or concern to the representative, contact his office at (517) 373-2277 or TommyBrann@house.mi.gov.last_img read more