Get set to glide over paradise

first_imgIf the slimy water- logged roads of Delhi, the unending traffic jams, and the humidity made worse by erratic spells of shower have already taken a toll on you this monsoon, it’s time to head north to the snowclad slopes of Gulmarg.The picturesque skiing resort has a surprise in store for tourists this winter.A new chairlift, likely to be commissioned in the next few weeks, will take tourists on a breathtaking ride from the Kongdori valley to the Merry Shoulder peak, giving them a view of the Apharwat Mountain peaks, the Nanga Parbat mountains and the vast fircovered expanse enveloped in ethereal mist and fog.The Kongdori- Merry shoulder chairlift, apart from being a major tourist attraction, will boost winter sports in Gulmarg, officials of the J& K tourism department said.” We expect a number of foreign skiers,” an official said.The tourism department is expecting a greater inflow of visitors this year as militancy is on the decline in the state.Germany this year became the first European Union country to lift travel advisory against travelling to Kashmir.Showkat Ahmad Bhat, assistant manager at the J& K State Cable Car Corporation and currently holding the additional responsibility of assistant project engineer of the Kongdori chairlift, said the project is being built by the French company POMA Glaski.The lift has 90 chairs fixed to it and each chair can accommodate four passengers. ” This will enable us to carry around 1700 passengers per hour at a fixed speed of 2.5m/ s,” Bhat added.advertisementThe Kongdori chairlift will run almost parallel to the second section of the Gulmarg Gondola cable car. According to officials, the Gulmarg gondola project is the world’s highest passenger ropeway system, carrying skiers to an altitude of 13,500ft above sea level. It is also Asia’s longest ropeway with an aerial distance of 5.10 km.The first section of the Gulmarg Gondola project, with a carrying capacity of 1,500 people per hour, was commissioned in 1998. The second section, which can carry 600 passengers per hour, became operational in 2005.Bhat said the chairlift will be different from the gondola as it will make travel to the peak much easier. He said Merry Shoulder (11,750 feet) is a beautiful slope used for playing winter games.Currently, the skiers are ferried to the slope either by snow beating machines or snow scooters. “But with the commissioning of the Kongdori chairlift things will change forever,” Bhat said.last_img read more

A spark for Bolts

first_img“It was nice to get some momentum this tournament. It’s been a long time since we won two games in a row,” said coach Norman Black, whose charges improved to 3-2.“First half, I thought we struggled. In the second, Gani came up with a lot of energy, particularly off the boards. He [was the] difference for us in the second half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBaser Amer added 20 points for Meralco.Phoenix, without coach Louie Alas and top forward Calvin Abueva, turned to Matthew Wright and last season’s top rookie Jason Perkins to prop the squad that has been through a trying stretch. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA Finals odds jumping wild, too In the second game, Rain or Shine routed defending champion Barangay Ginebra, 104-81, behind a career night by Rey Nambatac, who registered 30 points, and Denzel Bowles’ double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds.“I think [this game] was a challenge for the players. I told them that everybody becomes better when they play against Ginebra,” coach Caloy Garcia  said. “They’re the defending champions of this conference.”Meanwhile, the PBA will hold its annual blood donation drive on June 16 at the Big Dome.Held in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and Smart Araneta Coliseum, the blood donation drive starts at 12 noon at the green gate.Qualified persons should be 18 to 60 years old, however, those from 61 to 65 years old must be a regular blood donor. Donors aged 16 and 17 years old should have their parent’s consent with them.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco rode on Gani Lawal Jr.’s monster game and took advantage of a deflated and depleted Phoenix Pulse, 101-95, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on, Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Lawal scored 28 points and pulled down 26 rebounds, both game-highs, to help the Bolts chalk up two consecutive victories—something they haven’t been able to do this season.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READlast_img read more

Tennis: Mischa Zverev’s heavy fine for ‘poor performance’

first_img COMMENT January 23, 2018 Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL × SHARE tennis Mischa Zverev today became the first player to be heavily fined for retiring from his first round match at the Australian Open under new rules aimed at limiting early injury withdrawals.The German, seeded 32, withdrew from his opening match with South Korea’s Chung Hyeon last week during the second set and has been fined AUD 45,000 (approximately USD 36,009) for what is termed “a poor first round performance”. The first round prize money is AUD 60,000 (USD 48,012).Under the new rules “any player who competes in the first round main draw singles and retires or performs below professional standards, may now be subject to a fine up to (the equivalent) first round prize money in 2018”.With tens of thousands of dollars at stake just for playing in round one, early injury pull-outs have often caused suspicion at Grand Slams, particularly at last year’s Wimbledon. Eight players retired from the opening round at the All- England Club, including the opponents of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic during the second sets of their matches on centre court.It sparked the new Grand Slam rules by the International Tennis Federation, being used for the first time in Melbourne.Players are now able to claim 50 percent of their prize money if they pull out before their first match, an incentive designed to allow someone else to play instead. Their replacement—a ‘lucky loser’ from the qualifying tournament—gets the other 50 percent.(The fine was originally posted as USD 45,000 but organisers confirmed that the fine was in the local currency.) COMMENTSlast_img read more

Ronaldo striving to rediscover scoring touch after 22 misses

first_imgWhen you’re as big a presence as Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s hard to hide in the shadows when it starts going awry on the field.Ronaldo rarely does.The three-time world player of the year hasn’t been short of scoring opportunities at the European Championship. The problem is that the Portugal captain has had 22 – but missed every one.He even missed a penalty against Austria on Saturday just weeks after he won the Champions League with Real Madrid from the spot.Ronaldo – for years one of the most lethal marksmen – blasted his spot-kick at the post.It was one of 11 Ronaldo misses in the 0-0 draw, a repeat of the number of chances squandered in Portugal’s Group F opener when he complained Iceland was overly defensive in the 1-1 draw.RONALDO RUES THE MISSED CHANCE”I’m disappointed because I feel good physically,” Ronaldo said after his record 128th Portugal appearance on Saturday. “I missed a penalty, but that’s football. I’m sure we’ll be able to improve the standard.”More specifically it’s about Ronaldo regaining the stellar goal-scoring standards that have served both Portugal and his club sides so well for more than a decade.Aside from his problems from the penalty spot, Ronaldo has also lost his touch from free kicks. It was hardly surprising he didn’t score from his two free kick efforts against Austria given that he hadn’t found the target from his previous 34 for Portugal at tournaments.And Ronaldo missed other clear chances too, whether from his head or his feet.advertisementHis anguished expressions and sighs to the sky showed the Austrians were achieving their objective.FRUSTRATING TIMES”That was our target – to get him out of his dangerous zone,” Austria defender Sebastian Proedl said. “If he is getting frustrated about this we are doing our job.”At times, the 31-year-old Real Madrid forward has appeared like a fading force in the sport he has graced for the best part of a decade in a personal duel for silverware with Barcelona and Argentina rival Lionel Messi.Were it not for his winning penalty in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo’s display was largely forgettable.He still contributed 51 goals for Real Madrid in the recently completed last season and was the second-highest scorer in the Spanish league.But some of his displays over the year appeared lethargic – perhaps a natural symptom of a player the wrong side of 30. The speedy runs through opposition defenses are now only witnessed in short bursts.But since Ronaldo is the only superstar in the Portuguese ranks, the team still feels obliged to play through him – even when teams like Austria are denying him space.FADING SUPERSTAR?”He is free to roam,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said ahead of Saturday’s game. “He needs to break through opposition lines. That is why he is free.”There has been speculation recently that Ronaldo may leave Real Madrid, possibly for Paris Saint-Germain as a replacement for the now-departed Zlatan Ibrahimovic. PSG’s home is the Parc des Princes – the same ground he missed all those opportunities on Saturday.One consolation for Ronaldo is that other big-name European strikers are having similarly frustrating times in France. Ibrahimovic, the Sweden forward was top scorer in France last season but has also failed to score in the first two rounds. Ditto for the Bundesliga’s top scorer, Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, and the Premier League’s number one, England’s Harry Kane.Ronaldo’s footballing prowess far exceeds that trio, none of whom have come close to winning the Ballon D’Or. But continue playing like he is for Portugal and Ronaldo won’t be collecting many more personal accolades.Ronaldo has another chance against Hungary on Wednesday to show he is still at the peak of his powers. If he doesn’t convert his chances then, Ronaldo and Portugal could be taking an early trip home from France this week.He’s unlikely to shirk from the challenge.last_img read more

Angelique Kerber puts aside Roberta Vinci to move into US Open semis

first_imgAt 4-all in the opening set of her U.S. Open quarterfinal Tuesday, Angelique Kerber noticed the loud roar of a jet flying past. She missed a shot, lost that point, glared overhead – then followed with a trio of unforced errors to get broken.In the past, that sequence might have been her undoing. The distraction. The deficit. The opponent outplaying her. Not now, though. Kerber’s game has improved, sure, and so has her attitude. On this afternoon, she wouldn’t drop another game.Making a push to move up from No. 2 in the rankings, and to earn a second Grand Slam title of 2016, Kerber moved into the semifinals at Flushing Meadows by taking the last nine games in a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Roberta Vinci, last year’s runner-up.”I know that I can beat everybody,” Kerber said, “and this is what gives me also a lot of confidence and motivation.”She has a chance to overtake Serena Williams at No. 1 after the tournament and moved into her third major semifinal of the year, which will be played Thursday against Caroline Wozniacki, a two-time U.S. Open runner-up who advanced with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over an Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. (Also read: Caroline Wozniacki thrashes Anastasija Sevastova to reach US Open semifinals)Sevastova twisted her right ankle on the first point of the second game and was unable to move properly the rest of the way against Wozniacki, a former No. 1 who is now ranked only 74th and hadn’t won a Grand Slam match in 2016 until last week.advertisementIt’s the fifth trip to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for Wozniacki, who lost the 2009 final to Kim Clijsters and the 2014 final to her good friend Williams.Kerber beat Williams in the Australian Open final this January, then lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final in July.”In tough moments,” Vinci said about Kerber, “the mind is important.”In 2015, Vinci reached her first major final by stunning Williams to end the American’s bid for the first calendar-year Grand Slam in tennis in more than a quarter-century.But after being two points from taking the first set against Kerber while serving for it at 5-4, 30-all, the No. 7-seeded Vinci faltered badly. She missed a forehand long, then netted a backhand to get broken there – and that was just the beginning of her collapse.Trailing 6-5, and serving at love-40, Vinci missed her first serve, then was called for a foot fault on a second serve. That resulted in a double-fault, ceding the set.As she walked to the sideline, Vinci looked at the line judge who made the call and smiled sarcastically, giving him a thumb’s up and applauding with her racket.”If they called it,” Vinci said later, “I must have done it.”It’s a rare ruling in Grand Slam tennis, especially at a critical juncture, although there was, of course, the most famous foot fault of all on the very same court. In the 2009 U.S. Open semifinals, Williams was angered by the same type of call: a foot fault that resulted in a double-fault; in that instance, it set up match point for her opponent, Kim Clijsters. Williams brandished her racket and yelled at the line judge, and the point she was docked for that ended the match. (Also read: Sania Mirza knocked out of women’s doubles at US Open)This time, the call ended the competitive portion of Vinci’s quarterfinal: She managed to take only 10 of 38 points the rest of the way.Vinci has been dealing with an injured left Achilles tendon – she wore black tape in the shape of a “V” that framed her left calf – and a bad back. Still, her varied game, filled with slices and drop shots and net rushes, gave Kerber fits for most of the first set.”I was playing better than her,” said the 33-year-old Vinci, who mentioned at her news conference that she will decide after the season whether to retire.But Kerber hung in there to reach her first U.S. Open semifinal since 2011.”I’m staying more positive and believing in my game,” Kerber said. “I think that right now, I can win matches like that.”last_img read more

Eddie Jones: ‘Defeat to South Africa was like a horror movie’

first_imgRugby union Topics Share on Messenger Share via Email Eddie Jones The Observer Read more Paul Rees Read more Share on Facebook Reuse this content Eddie Jones has compared England’s latest loss to “a horror movie” after watching South Africa condemn his side to a premature series defeat. The head coach has acknowledged his squad are enduring a “bloody tough period” and says their composure under pressure has to improve if they are to resurrect their fortunes.For the second time in successive weeks England were unable to defend a healthy early lead, failing to register a solitary point in the last 67 minutes of the game. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Read more England’s nightmare continues as South Africa complete series victory Share on Pinterest South Africa rugby team “You have to be statesmanlike in those situations,” Woodward said. “You don’t do that to someone in the media and I’m really disappointed in him.” Jones, however, said his player’s reaction had been understandable: “When you don’t win, you definitely have frustrations and disappointments and it’s sometimes difficult to control them.”Jones is now hoping his team can restore a small measure of pride in the final Test in Cape Town. “Everyone is going to fight hard to get out of this and you’ll see an absolutely spirited effort in Cape Town. It’s just about sticking together and understanding what you can improve. If we do that, we will get out of it. We wanted to get out of it after one game. Unfortunately it has gone on a bit longer but we’ll get out of it. There’s plenty of pride in there.” Pressure mounts on England’s Eddie Jones to rediscover his touch England rugby union team Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Twitter Owen Farrell’s captaincy style leaves his England teammates rudderless Having trailed in fifth in the Six Nations and conceded nine tries against the Barbarians last month, England’s only win away from home this year was against Italy in Rome at the beginning of February.It is certainly a far cry from the first phase of Jones’s tenure and the head coach admits the turnaround is very difficult to take. “It’s painful, extremely painful. It’s a bloody tough period at the minute. No one likes to lose five games in a row. We have been through an exceptional period and now we’re going through this tough period.“We made errors in different areas of the game today … we’re trying to work out why we did that. An England side is always under pressure, whether you’re winning or losing. Are the players feeling it more now? That’s a possibility. I’ve brought teams here for a long time and to beat South African teams in South Africa you have to play well. There is an ebb and flow to games here and if you don’t control that the game gets away from you.”A further indication of the strain England are under came when the normally composed Ben Youngs brusquely cut short an interview with Sky Sports immediately after the game. The scrum-half later apologised but his conduct attracted criticism from the former England head coach Sir Clive Woodward. Support The Guardian Since you’re here… news Share on LinkedIn “It was a bit like a horror movie, almost a rerun of last week,” Jones said, admitting there was no easy answer to his side’s recurring problems. “I wish I knew. The players are putting in plenty of effort but for some reason we’re just not handling the key moments well. As soon as something small happens we just don’t seem to react well to it at the moment.”England have not endured a leaner run since losing seven Tests in a row in 2007, prompting the World Cup‑winning centre Mike Tindall to suggest on social media that “England are in a pretty bad place and don’t look like they know how to get out of it”. Jonny May, one of his side’s sharper performers for the second successive week, also believes the team will come good eventually. “When you think that’s five Tests we’ve lost in a row, that is a bit of a shock,” the England winger said. “But we’re not far off, honestly we’re not.There was further food for thought for Jones as it was later announced that flying home are “It’s becoming a cliche but we just need to do what we’re doing in the first 20 minutes for the whole game and cut the errors out. There’s frustration and that showed in the way we played a little bit.“We just want a performance, don’t we? We don’t want to come out here and not get a win.”the props Ellis Genge, who has a knee injury, and Mako Vunipola, for family reasons agreed before the tour. Alec Hepburn of Exeter will join the squad in Durban before Saturday’s final Test in Cape Town.last_img read more

Vopak​ Starts Bunkering​ ​Services​ ​at Singapore Terminal

first_imgzoom Tank storage company Vopak has introduced a new concurrent bunkering services​ ​at​ ​its​ ​Sebarok​ ​terminal​ ​in​ ​Singapore.With the service, vessels calling at the company’s Sebarok terminal can receive bunkers from bunker barges while loading or discharging at the terminal, eliminating the shifting time to anchorages for bunkering and making the scheduling of bunker supply more predictable.Vopak said that the move is in line with Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore’s directive to improve port efficiency. Prior to the service, vessels were required to sail to the anchorage to receive their bunkers.“This new concurrent bunkering service is a continuation of Vopak’s strategy to help unlock logistical value for our customers, enabling seamless, safe and efficient logistics processes in the entire supply chain,” Tan Soo Koong, Vopak Terminals Singapore’s Managing Director, said.The bunkering service, introduced through a collaboration with BW Pacific, Sinanju Marine Services, and Unicore Fuel, will be expanded to Vopak’s other terminals in Singapore, according to the company.Located close to the Eastern anchorage where a large part of the bunkering activity takes place, Vopak’s Sebarok terminal is a strategic hub connecting the supply of bunker fuels and the flow of oil products.last_img read more

Yogi to attend Janmashtami celebrations in Mathura

first_imgMathura: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will attend the grand ‘Janamashtami’ celebrations in Mathura.He will stay in Mathura for two days during Janamashtami and perform ‘Abhishek’ at the Krishna Janambhoomi.Janamashtami will be celebrated on August 24 but the week-long celebrations in Mathura-Vrindavan will begin from August 17. The cultural programmes will be held at the Ramlila ground in Mathura and near the Vaishno Devi temple in Vrindavan.Special security arrangements were being made for the festival as well as for Adityanath’s visit.SSP Shalabh Mathur has sent a requisition for additional forces that were being called in from Prayagraj, Agra and other adjoining districts for the occasion.The SSP said that an ATS commando squad will also arrive in Mathura on August 22.last_img read more

Adopt healthy lifestyle to get rid of dementia risk WHO

first_imgNew Delhi: If you think that you may be under the risk of dementia then start doing regular exercises, eating healthy diets along with staying away from the harmful use of alcohol and smoking as the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its new guidelines on dementia have stated that potential dementia patients can get rid of the disease by maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.While releasing the new guidelines on dementia, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that in the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain,” Ghebreyesus said in an official press statement released by the WHO. The guidelines provide the knowledge base for health-care providers to advise patients on what they can do to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. As per the WHO press note, the guidelines would also be useful for governments, policy-makers and planning authorities to guide them in developing policy and designing programmes that encourage healthy lifestyles. “The reduction of risk factors for dementia is one of several areas of action included in the WHO’s global action plan for the public health response to dementia,” the WHO said in its release.last_img read more

Boat with 70 people missing

A boat with at least 70 people is reported to have gone missing after it left Mirissa and was heading to Australia last week.The boat with mostly Tamils had left on July 17th and is believed to have faced engine trouble halfway through the journey, our reporter in the area said. Under the new arrangement signed with Papua New Guinea unauthorised arrivals will be sent to Papua New Guinea for assessment and if found to be a refugee will be settled there.Regional processing arrangements in Papua New Guinea will be significantly expanded and people will be sent to Manus Island as soon as health checks are complete and appropriate accommodation is identified. (Colombo Gazette) The attempt to reach Australia by boat came despite the announcement that under a new agreement reached between Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG), asylum seekers who travel to Australia by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia but in Papua New Guinea. The navy is not aware of the incident but family members are worried about those who had attempted to make the illegal journey by boat to Australia. read more

Amid acrimony jobless benefit plan stalls in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., meets with reporters to urge passage of legislation to restore unemployment insurance benefits which expired Dec. 28, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Espo, The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2014 11:10 am MDT Amid acrimony, jobless benefit plan stalls in Senate WASHINGTON – Legislation to resurrect long-term jobless legislation stalled in the Senate on Thursday, triggering recriminations from both sides of the political aisle despite earlier expressions of optimism that benefits might soon be restored for more than 1 million victims of the recession.Gridlock asserted itself after majority Democrats offered to pay for a 10-month extension of a scaled-back program of benefits — then refused to permit Republicans even to seek any changes.Instead, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused Republicans of “continually denigrating our economy, our president and frankly, I believe, our country.”But Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, one of a half-dozen Republicans who helped advance the bill over an initial hurdle earlier in the week, said he hadn’t been consulted on any compromise.Echoing complaints by other members of his party, he said that under Reid’s leadership he has been relegated to the sidelines. Indiana voters “didn’t send me here to be told just to sit down and forget it,” he said.At issue was a struggle over the possible resurrection of a program that expired on Dec. 28, immediately cutting off benefits of roughly $256 weekly for more than 1.3 million hurt by the recession.The measure is the first to come before the Senate in the election year, and since Monday has become ground zero of a competition between the political parties to appeal to hard-hit victims of the longest recession in more than a half-century.While unemployment has receded in recent months, long-term jobless is high by historical standards.Despite the squabbling, lawmakers in both parties said the effort to find a compromise would continue.“We’re still trying to work through this,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., whose state has 9 per cent unemployment.At midday Thursday, Reid had expressed optimism about the chances for compromise, and Democratic officials said talks with Republicans were focused on a scaled-back program that is fully paid for and would provide up to 31 weeks of benefits for the long-term unemployed.The officials said the proposal would run through the late fall, and the price tag — approximately $18 billion — would be offset through cuts elsewhere in the budget so deficits would not rise.Reid told reporters he was “cautiously optimistic” about a compromise emerging later in the day, and said he had held meetings with fellow Nevadan Dean Heller, a Republican, but provided no details.But midafternoon, when Reid formally outlined the proposal, there was no evident Republican support for it, and each side accused the other of an unwillingness to compromise.Chandler Smith, a spokeswoman for Heller, said the senator met with Reid and Reed during the day and has been talking with Republicans as well, although he spent part of the day at a hospital for repair of a cast.Heller “remains optimistic, and appreciates that Sen. Reid has been negotiating in good faith to reach a deal,” Smith said.Democrats initially sought a three-month renewal of the expired program and opposed paying for it, meaning the $6.4 billion cost would be added to the deficit.Republicans countered that any legislation must be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget. Among their proposals was one to delay the requirement for individuals to purchase health care under “Obamacare,” and another to prevent immigrants living in the United States from claiming a certain type of tax credit for their children.They said either would pass easily, a claim Democrats did not dispute. But rather than exposing his rank and file to a politically hazardous vote, Reid made sure they were not formally offered.The expired law provided a maximum of 47 weeks of payments after an unemployed worker has exhausted state-funded benefits, usually 26 weeks.The new measure would reduce the 47 weeks to a maximum of 31 weeks, officials said, based on a sliding scale that dates to the expired program.The Democratic officials said the first tier of additional benefits would be six weeks, and be generally available to all who have used up their state eligibility.They said an additional six weeks would be available in states where unemployment is 6 per cent or higher; an additional nine weeks in states with joblessness of 7 per cent or higher; and 10 more weeks in states where unemployment is 9 per cent or more.The cost would be offset in part by extending a previously-approved reduction in Medicare payments to providers, the officials said, and in part by limiting or eliminating the ability of individuals on Social Security disability from also receiving unemployment benefits.The officials who described the details of the possible legislation did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to speak on the record. read more

New Nissan Qashqai to be designed engineered and built in Britain

At a meeting today with Prime Minister David Cameron, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, announced that workers in Britain will design, engineer and build the next version of the company’s Qashqai model.New model production will safeguard 6,000 jobs, both direct and indirect through the UK supply chain, and represents a significant endorsement of the quality and calibre of UK automotive manufacturing. Each Qashqai produced has 3,779 parts, of which 83.6% come from one of 224 UK suppliers.“Nissan’s announcement is the latest in a series of positive investment stories for the UK auto industry,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Manufacturing is crucial to the UK’s economic recovery and this decision demonstrates the long-term strength and global competitiveness of our sector.”The project amounts to a £192 million investment in Britain and is being funded entirely by Nissan. The design, engineering and build of the new car will involve teams at Nissan’s European Design Centre in London, Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield and manufacturing facility in Sunderland.Nissan’s Sunderland plant will produce its one millionth Qashqai later this month and more than 80% of current production is exported to 97 markets worldwide.The company is investing an additional £420m in its Sunderland plant for the production of the Nissan LEAF electric car from 2013 and in a new stand-alone facility to make lithium-ion batteries for both Renault and Nissan vehicles from 2012. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

This is what PS Vita game cards and cases look like

first_imgThe Tokyo Game Show is already producing a lot of information relating to the forthcoming PS Vita. We know it’s going to launch on December 17 in Japan with around 28 games available before the end of the year. We’re also starting to see gameplay footage of some of those games (videos below).What we haven’t really seen much until now is what the PS Vita physical game cards (NVG cards) and game cases look like. That all changed yesterday when a bunch of those games got mounted in a display case for all attendees to see, and Joystiq was kind enough to take some photos.As you can see, Sony has adopted a card format similar to what we’ve been using for years in the Nintendo DS and now the 3DS. It makes a very welcome change to the slow, battery-draining UMD format. It also makes it a lot easier to carry around a bunch of games on your travels.The cases look to be squashed DVD/Blu-ray cases just like the PS3 uses. I doubt they will be exactly the same as PS3 cases as Sony will want to differentiate between the two on store shelves beyond just the format name at the top of the case.As promised, here’s some of the latest Tokyo Game Show footage from PS Vita games in development and available on or soon after launch. This certainly looks like a next-gen portable device to me, and I’m a lot more excited about getting my hands on a PS Vita than I was about the 3DS if I’m being honest. More at Joystiqlast_img read more

TT Mayor gets key to St Anns

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, August 15, 2017 – Montego Bay – Chairman of the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Corporation in Trinidad and Tobago, Mayor Glen Ram, was on August 11 bestowed with the Key to St. Ann’s Bay, the capital town of St. Ann.  Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Michael Belnavis, made the presentation following a special meeting at the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.He said the “Key is a symbol of the friendship we have formed and also a token of the wonderful hospitality we are known for here in the ‘Garden Parish’ of St. Ann”.Mayor Belnavis said the Corporation is looking forward to working with local government colleagues in the twin-island republic “to do some wonderful things”.“I can see us doing some twinning as it relates to St. Ann and our rich history. We will certainly explore the areas of interest… on things that will be beneficial to us and also the people of Trinidad and Tobago. In this era of strong Caribbean integration, cooperation on all fronts is extremely necessary,” he pointed out.While in St. Ann, Mayor Ram visited the statue of National Hero Marcus Garvey and the St. Ann’s Bay Library, and toured the Mystic Mountain attraction, among other activities.The Mayor arrived in the island on August 9 for a five-day visit as guest of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development to observe the country’s local government reform processes.He met with Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, the mayors of Kingston and St. Ann’s Bay and representatives of the Social Development Commission (SDC).  He also visited the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).“That is a very professional and efficient organisation. It was a wonderful visit and one that showed me how well Jamaica is prepared to handle natural disasters,” he said.Mayor Ram had high praises for the Ministry, which he described as “wonderful hosts”.  He said that there are many similarities between Jamaica and Trinidad, noting that they are “probably the leaders as it relates to local government”.He contended that the countries could pave the way for the creation of a Caribbean Local Government Association.   “This, I believe, would be very effective and could play a valuable role in the region where local governance is concerned,” Mayor Ram said.last_img read more

New Life for Events

first_imgIn February, Canon announced plans to launch three DesignMed events this year to be co-located with its Medical Design & Manufacturing shows in the U.S. O’Keefe says Canon aims to have a 10-to-1 qualified attendee to exhibitor ratio. “When we see this metric or better, we see at least 70 percent on-site or at-show space renewals with signed contracts and deposits. When we don’t, the at-show space selection tells a different story.” To help with qualifying leads, Canon is launching Qmed.com. Featuring only “qualified, Canon-vetted medical OEM suppliers,” the online tool requires interested medical device manufacturing buyers to register first.At residential housing and commercial construction publishing giant Hanley Wood, selling booth space has been the primary revenue source for its Exhibitions group. In 2010, the group has been focused on being “more realistic” about budget expectations. “The residential and commercial markets are under duress, although improvement in some residential sectors is taking place,” says Rick McConnell, president of Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “The overall business model is becoming more integrated with our print and online platforms. Online marketing efforts have increased with significant improvements made in our Web sites, online match-making attendee tool Connect (a program that mines the company’s database for VIPs) and other online applications.”Hanley Wood produces 14 tradeshows. McConnell declined to say how 2009 revenue compared to the prior year. Last month, the publisher bought what it calls a “category-killing” Web business in Home Plans LLC which features more than 14,000 house plans on HomePlans.com.Reducing CostsSteve Reiss, vice president and publishing director at Vance Publishing, oversees the company’s three woodworking industry tradeshows. The events have typically been driven in terms of revenue by booth rentals and large companies “allowing attendees to see their large capital equipment in action.” But financial constraints among exhibitors have resulted in many of the larger companies not renting as much space or not participating at all.“Clearly, we’re going to figure out other ways to drive revenue,” says Reiss. “Producing a show costs a lot of money—for both the producer and the exhibitor. We’re shifting to focus on technology to bring a certain level of interactivity between vendors and attendees. We also have to maximize opportunities for face-to-face contact.”Experimenting in VirtualAccording to O’Keefe, the current virtual tradeshow format “has not really taken hold in any meaningful way”  for Canon and most likely never will. But Hanley Wood’s McConnell doesn’t share that opinion. The company is using virtual tradeshows to complement its face-to-face events. “For example,” he explains, “we will produce a series of Webinars leading up to one of our live events or a one-time virtual event featuring a series of Webinars. Then, on-site at the live event, we will feature an educational session that culminates the series. In order to gain all of the knowledge from the sessions, attendees must participate in both the online and on-site events.” But despite the strategy, no one publisher has figured out the silver bullet for producing mega-profit generating tradeshows during this economic downturn. The solution (or solutions) aren’t coming overnight, says Reiss. “The marketplace is in such poor shape that there’s nothing we can do in the short term to replace the revenue that’s lost when a large equipment supplier can’t afford to bring as many tools to the show and has either a smaller space or doesn’t show up at all.” The exhibitions industry declined 12.5 percent in 2009, according to the Center of Exhibitions Industry Research. Meanwhile, tradeshow M&A has come to a crashing halt, according to trade publishing event advisory firm Corporate Solutions.However, the event side of the publishing industry received a couple boosts in recent months. First, Los Angeles-based Canon Communications announced plans to launch three DesignMed events this year to be co-located with its Medical Design & Manufacturing shows in the U.S. Meanwhile, American Lawyer Media said attendance and registration for its LegalTech New York event grew by 3 percent this year.With revenue streams changing and expectations from sponsors growing, the business of producing a tradeshow is shifting for a number of producers from heavily sponsorship-driven to other sources. At Canon Communications, for instance, increased demand from sponsors to deliver ROI is pushing the company to intensify attendance campaigns this year, according to events senior vice president Kevin O’Keefe. Last year, Canon saw revenue from its events decrease roughly 5 percent to $45.2 million compared to 2008.“The basic premise of the outreach is very personalized and highly targeted, involving top-quality, first-class mailings, telephone outreach and practical show related incentives to the titles,” says O’Keefe. “We are also paying special attention to develop pristine databases of the qualified buyers we really want on the floor of the shows and reviewing our pre-registration files to remove attendees and not send badges to or confirm registrants we would prefer not to come to the show.”last_img read more

Another Begich Ad Alleges Alaskas US Senators Cooperate

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski keeps trying to shake him off, but Sen. Mark Begich continues to insist they have a good working relationship.Listen now:His latest television ad mentions Murkowski by first name only. It features Margie Brown, former CEO of Cook Inlet Region Inc. Brown says Begich helped expand Alaska’s telecom industry.“And I like how he works with Lisa,” Brown says.Brown points out that Alaska is one of the few states with both senators on the Appropriations Committee.“We can’t afford to lose that. I voted for Lisa. Now I’m voting for Mark,” she says at the end.Last week, Murkowski very publicly endorsed Begich’s opponent, in a TV ad for Republican Dan Sullivan. This is the second Begich ad featuring an Alaska business person highlighting what they allege is a good relationship between the senators. Begich spokesman Max Croes says there’s nothing wrong with saying that.“Well the response we had from the first ad was that Alaskans were pretty pleased with the fact that Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Begich work together in Washington,” Croes said.Murkowski, though, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Begich last month demanding he quit using her name and image in his ads.  The latest ad again shows  a photo of the two senators smiling, standing in Murkowski’s Senate office.While Murkowski is overtly trying to ditch Begich, Croes says the claim the two senators  make a good team is reflected in their Senate votes:  For the first half of this year, they voted together 80 percent of the time, a figure verified by the independent group Politifact.Kevin Sweeney, a spokesman for Murkowski’s campaign, says they don’t intend to respond to the latest ad because Murkowski has already made her views known.last_img read more

Teens Count Premiers Success A Journey Dream Big and Fly

first_imgSuccess…A Journey? Dream Big and Fly! premiers on Aug. 8th.Teens Count proudly presents Success. . . A Journey? Dream Big and Fly! a theatrical production written by our summer youth program participants. The production is a story about young girls struggling to find their identity, and learning how to code switch their way to a successful life through friendship, love, and art. The play premiers on Aug. 8th at 2pm at Saint Fancis De Sales (Educational Building), located at 2021 Rhode Island Ave., N.E., Washington, DC.Teens Count takes an innovative approach to career exploration using Theater, Marketing and Audio-Visual Technology as youth development activities.  Approximately 50 Washington, DC students (ages 16–21) work during the 6-week summer program to learn all production aspects. Participants cast, produce and market all components of their production and engage in relevant learning opportunities.last_img read more

Terminator Salvation Fight for the Future VR Experience Opens in San Jose

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Cinemark and Spaces, the VR startup that spun out of Dreamworks 3 years ago, opened one of the Bay Area’s first location-based virtual reality (VR) experiences in San Jose, Calif. this weekend. “Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” allows up to 4 players to enter the world of the “Terminator” franchise, and fight as rebels against the robot overlords.The experience is being housed in the foyer of the Century 20 Oakridge and XD theater. Visitors are first asked to scan their faces with the help of customized iPads. Spaces then uses those face scans to customize their avatars in VR, making it easier for friends to recognize each other. After strapping on a VR backpack, and putting special sensors onto their hands and feet, they put on an Oculus headset, and enter a VR world, where they are tasked with a special mission in service of the resistance. Unlike in other location-based VR experiences, Spaces gives each group of players a dedicated guide who helps them with their objective, and talks them through the more challenging parts of the mission. But even with that guidance, there’s still enough time for senseless robot shooting, as players get to explore a stage with physical props freely, without and wires tying them down. Each participant gets a video highlight reel emailed to them once a group is done with the 12-15 minute experience.“Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” is a little less complex than some of the other location-based VR experiences from companies like The Void and Nomadic, but it’s still unlike anything you’d get from trying VR at home. “You will remember the first time you’ve ever done anything like this for the rest of your life,” said Spaces co-founder and CEO Shiraz Akhmal.It’s also an experience that sits squarely between casual fun and video game play. Players can work on their high score by shooting as many terminators as possible — but it’s also fine to just ignore the points. “You don’t really have to be a gamer to come in and enjoy this,” said Cinemark marketing and communications senior vice president James Meredith.Cinemark isn’t the first theater chain looking to location-based VR to bring audiences used to spend time with video games and streaming back to the movies. Those efforts haven’t always worked. Imax, for instance, tried to build out its own VR initiative, with trial locations housed in a handful of theaters around the globe. But the chain quickly found that the numbers didn’t add up, and decided to shut down its VR efforts last December.“Where people may fall short is rushing to market with something simple that’s more home-based,” said Akhmal, referencing the fact that most of the VR experiences available at Imax’s now-shuttered VR centers were also available for the home VR market. “This is something that you just can’t do at home,” he said.Still, Meredith seemed cautious not to overplay his company’s commitment to the new medium. “The idea is just to take a look and see how well that this is working,” he said. “How big it’s it’s going to grow, I don’t know. It’s going to be interesting to see.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more