Vancouver Park Board to mull motion seeking ban on use or display

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Vancouver Park Board is being asked to consider sticking a pin in the presence of latex and plastic balloons in city parks.The board, which is responsible for all activities in parks and community centres, will consider a motion at its next regular meeting to ban balloons.The motion — tabled by commissioner Stuart MacKinnon — says balloons are non-renewable, clog landfills and should not be permitted.It says the colourful inflatables pose a risk to birds, sea turtles, dolphins and other wildlife that either eat the deflated remains and suffer internal injuries, or die after becoming tangled in balloon strings.Mackinnon’s motion also says young children are among those at risk, referencing a study from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the DuPont Institute that found balloons cause more childhood deaths than any other toy.The two-term park commissioner hopes the board will vote Monday night to prohibit the use or display of balloons in parks, community centres and other areas within its jurisdiction.last_img read more

Moroccos Sale Protests Criminality After Man Is Brazenly Murdered

Rabat – Residents of Sale are expressing outrage toward criminality after a young man was murdered on the street.On Saturday, September 15, two men chased down and knived a young man in Sale, Rabat’s sister city across the Bouregreg River.In her testimony, the mother of the victim said that her son was always receiving threats from the suspects. She said they had already informed her that they would kill him. She added that she tried to talk to them and to convince them to refrain before. However, one of them told her, “We will kill him.”The mother said that she even talked to one of the suspects’ fathers. The father told her that his son is “not good. If he said he will kill then he will kill.”The tried to flee to Rabat, but the suspects ran after him with knives and murdered him when he could no longer run.The suspects violently cut and hit the young man with their knives, killing him in the Al Qaria neighborhood of Sale.Police arrested the two men, who showed investigators in front of a crowd how they murdered the young man.As they were showing authorities how they killed him, the crowd started chanting, “Death penalty!”The murder caused Sale residents to storm Al Qaria and protest criminality in the area.Protesters carried banners saying: “We want a Sale without criminality.” Protesters also called on King Mohammed VI to intervene and ensure safety, good health services, and more security in the city.Some people said that security authorities are doing a “good” job. The issue, according to protesters, is corruption in courts. Although police may arrest perpetrators of crimes, when it comes to prosecution, authorities may “play in files” and release suspects for bribes. read more

More concrete steps needed by nations to counter terrorism Ban tells Security

He noted that more than 30,000 people from all over the world have joined Da’esh’s campaigns in Iraq and Syria, and warned that the terrorist group – also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – has shown an ability to radicalize and recruit disaffected youth, including women and girls, through strategies involving the Internet and social media.“We must also curtail the ability to abuse and misuse the Internet and social media to radicalize and recruit young people, by identifying global and regional solutions that involve governments, private enterprise and civil society,” Mr. Ban told UN Security Council members.“Strategies to counter the threat of online radicalization will also require legislative and law enforcement measures at the national level,” he stressed, adding that to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, nations should intervene at all stages – from their initial radicalization to their travel and return. The UN chief recently returned from Switzerland, where, together with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, he co-chaired the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism, where many Ministers and Heads of regional and UN organizations, as well as civil society representatives, came together to focus on solutions.Two weeks ago, the Nuclear Security Summit meeting in Washington, D.C., adopted an important Action Plan in support of the key role the United Nations can play in mitigating the threat and managing the response to the possible use by terrorists of nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological materials.“Recent attacks around the world have destroyed lives, heightened fear and defied all norms of international law and our common humanity,” Mr. Ban said today. “Terrorism and violent extremism are global threats, transcending cultures and geographical boundaries. They should not be associated with any one religion, nationality or ethnic group.” While recognizing the importance of measures to counter terrorism, he said the global community also needs to engage earlier and address the drivers of violent extremism: “We know that violent extremism flourishes when groups are marginalized, political space shrinks, human rights are abused and people lack prospects and meaning in their lives. My Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism asks each country to develop a National Plan that engages key communities and focuses on conflict prevention,” he recalled. The Secretary-General’s action plan also calls for the resolution of long-standing conflicts, which would give hope to those enduring oppression and eradicate the breeding grounds of violent extremism and terrorism. read more

Upturn in November car market boosts record expectations

Analysis and tables follows.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Commenting on the November new car market, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said, ‘November’s new car market was the second largest on record, boosting registrations towards a fourth consecutive record annual total. While the December market is difficult to predict, 156,135 new cars would see another record total. With Christmas coming, it remains to be seen if enough people have a new car on their gift list.’ Upturn in November car market boosts record expectations November registrations rise 1.8 per cent to 172,094 units Year-to-November only 682 units behind 2003 level December market of 156,135 needed for record year

ICSID issues decision in favour of Antofagasta and Barrick in Reko Diq

first_imgBarrick Gold announced that an arbitration tribunal of the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has issued a decision on the arbitration claims that Tethyan Copper Co Pty Ltd (TCC), a joint venture between Antofagasta plc and Barrick, filed against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in relation to the unlawful denial of a mining lease for the Reko Diq project in 2011.The decision by the ICSID tribunal rejected Pakistan’s final defense against liability, and confirmed that Pakistan had violated several provisions of its bilateral investment treaty with Australia, where TCC is incorporated.The damages phase of the proceedings will begin on March 22, during which the tribunal will consider submissions from the parties to determine the amount that Pakistan must pay TCC. A ruling on the quantum of damages is expected in 2018.The Reko Diq project, located in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, was expected to require an initial capital investment of more than $3 billion. It is one of the world’s largest known undeveloped copper and gold deposits, with a potential mine life of more than 50 years.last_img read more

Lunchtime Fix 7 things you need to know

first_img Source: WORLDBESTVIEWS/YouTubeCatch up on the rest of today’s stories> 6. Do you believe the rumours about Roy Keane leaving the Irish set-up for a job with Celtic?Overheard, with a hint of sarcasm, in‘s HQ today: ”Now there’s a man who would never walk out on his country… twice.”7. Brad Pitt was punched in the face at a film premiere last night. WHAT’S THE STORY?1. Has any other city suffered as much as Waterford since the recession began? In another blow to the southeast, Bausch + Lomb has said it is seeking 200 redundancies. Closed-down businesses in Waterford city. Source: Photocall Ireland2. More announcements from Labour folk today as Alan Kelly announced his wish to be second-in-command in the party and Arthur Spring said he was mulling over a leadership bid.3. Businessman Anthony Lyons is back on court today as a three-judge panel rule on an unduly lenient sentence for a sexual assault. Lawyers for the office argue that the six-year sentence imposed is applicable but that “the suspension of the five-and-a-half years that is of concern in this case”. Lyons, pictured on the right, wearing sunglasses. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland4. As gardaí issues warnings about travelling on this busy Bank Holiday weekend, tragic news of two road deaths came through this morning. The fatalities bring this year’s death count to 76, higher than this time in 2013.5. The Irish Ambassador to Australia has taken issue with the media’s reporting on a court case, where they referred to the accused as a ‘Drunk Paddy’ and used other ‘belittling Irish stereotypes’. Noel Write wrote in The Age:The repeated use of such language over time leads to uncritical acceptance of a distorted national stereotype. It undermines the confidence and self-esteem of communities, including of the many children of Irish-born parents in Australia. The relevance of such hurtful insults extends beyond the upset it causes to one particular group of people. Equivalent stereotyping would be as offensive to any other nationality or ethnic group as it is to the Irish.last_img read more

Australia deputy PM at centre of affair scandal slams prime minister as

first_imgAustralia deputy PM at centre of affair scandal slams prime minister as ‘inept’ There have been calls from the opposition for Barnaby Joyce to step down. Source: ABC News (Australia)/YouTubeAUSTRALIA’S PARLIAMENTARY SEX  scandal opened a rift in the governing coalition as deputy leader Barnaby Joyce described Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as “inept” for criticising his affair with an aide.Joyce, 50, whose National Party rules alongside Turnbull’s Liberals, admitted last week to having an affair with his 33-year-old media adviser, who is pregnant with their child.Turnbull yesterday harshly admonished Joyce for making a “shocking error of judgement” for the affair and said he had created a “world of woe” for his wife, four daughters and lover Vikki Campion.Turnbull, head of the Liberal Party, acknowledged that he was powerless to remove Joyce, who holds the deputy position as leader of smaller National Party on which he relies to govern.He instead announced that a formal ban on sexual relations between cabinet members and their staff would be added to the ministerial code of conduct.Joyce hit back in a defiant press conference in Canberra today, refusing to resign and accusing Turnbull of interfering with internal National Party affairs. He blasted the PM’s comments as “inept”, “unnecessary” and causing “further harm”.“I don’t believe people should be resigning in any job over personal issues,” Joyce added.“In any workplace in Australia, when personal issues become the determination of a job, then I think we’ve moved to a very sad place,” he said.He also batted away revelations he accepted a rent-free apartment from a millionaire after his marriage collapsed, saying the accommodation was just a gesture of support from a friend.Daily media headlines about the affair have riveted the public and sparked debate about workplace culture in Australia amid the global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.But it has also highlighted the perilous state of the coalition government, which just a few months ago survived a crisis over lawmakers’ dual citizenship that threatened its wafer-thin parliamentary majority.The Labor opposition has capitalised on the ructions, with leader Bill Shorten calling for Turnbull to sack Joyce.“This government is in crisis. It is a full-blown political crisis,” Shorten told reporters, adding that the spat showed neither man was “fit for the high office they currently hold”.The citizenship crisis had capped a decade of turmoil for Australian politics that saw a revolving door of prime ministers.Labor’s Kevin Rudd, who came to power in 2007, was ousted as prime minister by his deputy Julia Gillard, before snatching back the top job in 2013.He lost the national election in the same year to the Liberals’ Tony Abbott, who was then deposed by rival Turnbull in 2015.© – AFP, 2018Read: Australia bans sex between ministers and their staff after deputy PM’s affairRead: Australia deputy PM under pressure to resign over affair with woman who was given government job Share12 Tweet Email Feb 16th 2018, 7:12 AM Friday 16 Feb 2018, 7:12 AM 12,851 Views Short URL By AFP 17 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

EA Temporarily Removes Microtransactions From Star Wars Battlefront II

first_img Yesterday night, EA announced it will temporarily remove all microtransactions from Star Wars: Battlefront II. Astonishingly, the decision was made hours before the game’s launch (today).Here is the full statement from EA’s official site:“Thank you to everyone in our community for being the passionate fans that you are.Our goal has always been to create the best possible game for all of you – devoted Star Wars fans and game players alike. We’ve also had an ongoing commitment to constantly listen, tune and evolve the experience as it grows. You’ve seen this with both the major adjustments, and polish, we have made over the past several weeks.But as we approach the worldwide launch, it’s clear that many of you feel there are still challenges in the design. We’ve heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages. And we’ve heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn’t get this right.We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases. We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we’ve made changes to the game. We’ll share more details as we work through this.We have created a game that is built on your input, and it will continue to evolve and grow. Star Wars Battlefront II is three times the size of the previous game, bringing to life a brand new Star Wars story, space battles, epic new multiplayer experiences across all three Star Wars eras, with more free content to come. We want you to enjoy it, so please keep your thoughts coming. And we will keep you updated on our progress.”While it’s great EA is removing microtransactions from Star Wars: Battlefront II, the fact it’s only temporary doesn’t sit right with me. This is obviously a tactic meant to save face during the game’s launch. If it is going to eventually bring microtransactions back, that doesn’t solve the underlying problems folks have. For the lack of a better phrase, EA is trying to have its cake and eat it too. The company still wants to take whatever extra money it can from you. It will just do so at a later date.Shortly after the news broke, I took to Twitter to share my thoughts. Fellow writer Will Greenwald replied to one of my tweets with this response.Are they rebalancing the progression through gameplay as well? Because just turning off microtransactions makes unlocking content absurdly grindy. Which was half of the complaint to begin with.— Will Greenwald doesn’t need more characters to sou (@AggroWill) November 17, 2017Will is absolutely correct here. As reported by several outlets, unlocking certain in-game items like heroes does indeed take a ridiculously long time. EA has reportedly dropped the time it takes to unlock heroes such as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker from 40 hours to 10-15. Removing microtransactions does little since users still need to spend hours grinding to unlock content.Some gamers are jubilant about this announcement. They see it as a victory — a David vs Goliath scenario where the little guy won. I personally don’t think that’s the case. In fact, my line of thinking with regards to the actual motive behind this is decidedly cynical. I wonder if removing microtransactions now is merely a tactic meant to get people to demand them later. As Will pointed out, it takes many hours to unlock in-game items. Time is a precious commodity, and both casual and core gaming audiences could get fed up with the in-game grind. They may actually ask EA to bring microtransactions back. I obviously don’t know if this is EA’s plan, but I really cannot help but shake the feeling this is what’s happening.In the larger discussion about microtransactions and loot boxes, we have to keep in mind that the gamers you see on social media make up a relative minority of consumers. Companies like Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive recently revealed how almost half of their earnings for the last three months were from microtransactions. The core gaming fan base is small when compared to the casual audience. The large majority of game sales come from folks who aren’t on social media all day and who are mostly ignorant of the ins-and-outs of the industry. They buy DLC in large quantities and are perfectly happy to do so.Given the popularity of microtransactions (two of the top three games in October’s NPDs feature microtransactions), EA has no true incentive to completely remove them. This is why I see taking away microtransactions as disingenuous. Like all corporate entities, EA’s main goal is to bring in profits. Removing microtransactions from Star Wars: Battlefront II goes against this end goal. Microtransactions will return since there is so much money to make from them. Like I previously said, it’s entirely possible folks will ask for their inclusion once they get a taste of the absurd grind.As we reported yesterday, Belgium is looking into classifying games like Overwatch and Star Wars: Battlefront II as gambling. North America’s ESRB stated it doesn’t consider loot boxes and the like as gambling. However, this position may change depending on Belgium’s ruling. If it becomes illegal to sell games with microtransactions in stores, it would create a seismic shift in the way large gaming publishers handle DLC of this sort. Combine this possible scenario with the negative reactions to microtransactions and it’s possible to see microtransactions removed from AAA games moving forward. I personally do not see this happening, but you never know.If nothing else, EA removing microtransactions from Star Wars: Battlefront II shows the company is at least listening. However, given how this is a temporary measure, I’m not sure the move is entirely altruistic. I obviously do not want to advocate things like boycotts. Folks are free to do what they want with their money. With that said, if you truly want to make changes you feel help gamers and the industry, the best course of action is to vote with your wallets.For now, I’m curious to see when EA will bring back microtransactions and how gamers will react to their return. I’m sure other gaming publishers are watching this situation closely and will adjust their plans accordingly. Don’t expect the drama over microtransactions in AAA games to end any time soon. Stay on target EA Is Taking Another Crack at Single-Player Star Wars, Battlefront II6 Awesome Star Wars Video Games in Humble Bundle’s Huge May the 4th Sale last_img read more

Two displaced after early morning Battle Ground house fire

first_imgAn early-morning fire at a Battle Ground house displaced two people Wednesday.Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 3 were dispatched about 1:32 a.m. to 2511 N.W. 12th St., according to emergency logs.Battalion Chief Sean Smith said responding firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the roof of the two-story home.“It appeared that the fire started on the exterior and then got up in the attic,” he said.The fire didn’t do much interior damage, beyond the attic, he said, but it still rendered the home uninhabitable.The city fire marshal estimated the blaze caused about $40,000 in damage. The fire is suspected to have been caused by improper ash disposal.last_img

Car hits North Miami Beach motorcycle officer

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A motorcycle officer was struck, Thursday morning, in North Miami Beach.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the North Miami Beach officer was hit in the area of Northwest 170th Street and West Dixie Highway.A witness said he is not surprised by the crash.“The same thing just happened like two months ago, right here,” said witness Frantz Testama. “The car tried to come in here to buy something in the store that we have next to the laundry, and the police kind of hit the car on the side, just the same way.”7Skyforce flew overhead as paramedics took the officer and driver to the hospital.Both are expected to recover, according to officials.The crash is being investigated. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Traffic lights out in NW MiamiDade after truck hits power lines

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Traffic lights are out in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and 119th Street in Northwest Miami-Dade after a truck got tangled in power lines, Wednesday.According to police, a crew was trimming trees in the area when the tree-cutting truck hit the power lines. A tractor trailer driving by then got tangled in the fallen power lines, just before 4 p.m.No injures were reported as a result of this incident.Police are currently directing traffic in the area.Drivers have been advised to avoid the area if possible.Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Not Kareena Kapoor Khan but Priyanka Chopra is Ishaan Khatters favourite among

first_imgIshaan Khattar and Shahid KapoorInstagramShahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khatter recently picked Priyanka Chopra as his favourite among the actor’s list of ex-girlfriends. Shahid and Priyanka had dated each other for a small span of time. Their relationship apparently had started during the making of Kaminey.Although Shahid’s most famous affair was with Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ishaan said that he had shared the friendliest equation with Priyanka. “Oh gosh! Like the most, I cannot say, but I had the most friendly equation with Priyanka Chopra,” Ishaan said when host Neha Dhupia asked who among Shahid’s exes he likes the most.Earlier, Shahid was put into a similarly tricky situation by Karan Johar on his chat show when he asked the actor if given the power, whose memories he would like to erase – Kareena or Priyanka? The Padmaavat actor had played it safe with much positive response. Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka ChopraInstagram”See, my relationship with Kareena was longer and with Priyanka, it was shorter. I think the man that I am today is because of all the experiences that I’ve had. So I wouldn’t want to delete any of the memories. It’s taught me a lot,” he had said.Shahid, Kareena and Priyanka are currently happily married to their respective partners. On the work front, Shahid will be seen next in the much-awaited film Kabir Singh, which is a remake of Telugu movie Arjun Reddy.The teaser of the film received a good response, and now fans are eagerly waiting for the trailer, which will be out on May 13.last_img read more

APOS Former DramaFever Bosses Get Korea Role at Warner Digital Networks

first_imgSuk Park is based in New York and Hyun Park in Seoul. Both will report jointly to Hunegs for DramaFever-related projects and Gareton regarding international production matters.Suk Park co-founded DramaFever with Seung Bak in 2009. Prior to DramaFever, Suk Park was MD, International at publisher ZiffDavis from 2004-2008. Hyun Park was VP of DramaFever from 2012 and focused on licensing Korean content into the service. Prior to DramaFever, Hyun Park spent eight years at Spanish media company Grupo PRISA, rising to deputy CEO of PRISA Internacional, the group’s international corporate development arm. Warner Bros has named brothers Suk Park and Hyun Park, the former principals of DramaFever, as co-heads of production & acquisitions for Korean drama TV series at Warner Bros. Entertainment. Warner acquired streaming service DramaFever in 2016 and folded it into Warner Bros Digital Networks.The announcement was made on the eve of the APOS conference in Indonesia, by Craig Hunegs, president, Warner Bros. Digital Networks and president, business & strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group, and Marc Gareton, executive VP, APAC, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment & International Production.In their new roles, the Park brothers are responsible for acquiring and producing TV content for the Korean market, as well as licensing Korean formats for the U.S. and importing select WBTV formats, such as “The Mentalist,” into Korea. Popular on Variety center_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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Pay Stubs Tax Returns Among 15B Sensitive Files Visible Online

first_imgStay on target Google Transformed Cloud Storage Traffic Into Cool Data ArtGoogle starts experimenting with new shapes for hard drives The Internet is a treasure trove of user data: A whopping 1.5 billion sensitive files are visible on the open Web, according to security researchers.Digital Shadows last week unveiled findings that suggest heaps of private information from individuals and companies are floating around online.In a report appropriately titled “Too Much Information,” the company counted more than 12 petabytes (12,000 terabytes) of exposed data—primarily via cloud storage programs like Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), rsync, and Server Message Block (SMB).AdChoices广告“For context, this is over 4,000 times larger than the ‘Panama Papers’ leak (2.6 terabytes),” Michal Marriott, Digital Shadows senior strategy and research analyst, wrote in a blog post. “It’s also 12,000 times larger than the Deep Root exposure of 198 million voters in 2017.”While most countries suffer some amount of exposure, the United States alone accounts for more than 16 percent of in-plain-sight info (nearly 240 million files).Geographic distribution of exposed data (via Digital Shadows)(Oddly, Digital Shadows’ geographic distribution features the European Union, as well as separate member states United Kingdom and the Nordics. It’s unclear whether the EU’s stats—36.5 percent (537 million files)—include the UK’s 3.7 percent and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden’s collective 2.6 percent.)“It’s not just the volume but the sensitivity of the data that is a major cause for concern,” Marriott said, citing disclosure of personal information, intellectual property, and security assessments.Folks are still reeling from the recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data leak. Now, Digital Shadows is unwrapping more information that could be used for malicious purposes.Details like employee wages, tax returns, and healthcare information; copyright applications and source codes; security documents, network infrastructures, and penetration tests.“This type of information is a goldmine for attackers targeting organizations,” Marriott pointed out. “An attacker will typically spend weeks, if not a couple of months, performing reconnaissance on their targets to glean this exact type of information.”Download a copy of Dark Shadows’ full report to learn more about types of sensitive data services are “unwittingly” exposing, and how you can mitigate the risk (including using passwords and firewalls and disabling guest access).center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Hotel business is about the heart

first_img‘If you have a passion, I believe you should follow it,’ says Vijay Wanchoo and that is exactly what the man is all about. All heart and vision. But traits like these come at a price and almost two decades in the hotel business, Wanchoo has clearly seen the best and the worst and come a long way.The man behind The Imperial, the romance and the splendor of it, had a rocky start to his career. Initially as a trainee in ITDC, Wanchoo was left a little shaken. But as the best always do, he headed over to get his degree in hotel management from PUSA in 1976. Straight out of St Columbus, Wanchoo was all set for a long struggle till he actually managed to get what he wanted, but there was no deterring the man. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’From a trainee chef at Oberoi to a sous chef and finally Assistant Food and Beverages Manager at the Lalit, he made the smooth transition from the business of food and restaurants to the management side. Wanchoo was named the best F&B Manager in 1994. His first stint with Imperial happened in 1996 when he joined as Executive Assistant Manager. Spice Route was a brainchild of Wanchoo in his first chapter at the hotel. He left in 1999 to join the ITC group and opened the Marriott in Saket (now known as the Sheraton). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘It is not often that one gets to return to two ex-companies,’ says Wanchoo. But that is just what happened to him. He returned to join the Lalit in 2006 and finally it was back to Imperial turf in 2009 as Senior Vice-president and General Manager. And today, as Senior Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Wanchoo is a proud emperor of all things luxurious and heartfelt.Imperial is all about the luxury and the experience, explains Wanchoo as he talks about the last few years of being at the helm and what lies ahead. He is a man who clearly prioritises his staff above most other business concerns and more often than not little innitiatives Wanchoo has come up with – from special self defence classes for the ladies to anti-smoking sessions, the wall of fame and letters that he writes to the parents of the best employees every year – goes a long way to keep everyone happy. For the guests, he came up with unique concepts of Moments of Magic and Pass the Baton – the visitors at the Imperial can be rest assured that they will be receiving the best attention. So what is Imperial focussing on this year? Green innitiatives top the plans, says Wanchoo. Besides regular renovations and raising the bar on quality, the environment-friendly ventures will be prioritised. ‘It is all about the romance and history at the Imperial,’ says Wanchoo adding that the building is one of the oldest lot of constructions in Delhi and thus maintains the grandeur of the past and extra care must be taken to preserve that. And speaking about things away from business matters, Wanchoo is a complete Delhiite at heart but if he had to ever live elsewhere – Shimla and then Kashmir would be his picks. ‘The Imperial is the only hotel with a squash court and has one of the biggest pools amongst hotels in the city,’ adds Wanchoo who is a sportsman himself and a complete sports lover. He captains the hotel cricket team and he thinks it perfect when he can play on the same pitch with his staff. ‘It makes them feel good,’ says Wanchoo. An avid billiards player as well, Wanchoo makes sure that despite all engagements, he makes time for passions that keep him going.last_img read more

Holland Sherry sets foot in India

first_imgAfter 180 booming years, the luxurious clothing brand Holland & Sherry (H&S) launched its operations in India with the SK Birla Group in a joint venture. The brand promises an exclusive range of luxury clothing especially designed for the Indian market.H&S is a world renowned cloth producer and retailer supplying some of the finest fabrics to prestigious fashion houses all over the world. With already more than 100 outlets in India, H&S will be opening up its offices in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Calcutta and Ludhiana to meet the demands of its customers.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHolland & Sherry India Private Limited (HSIPL) launch unveiled for the first time in history, their ladies wear collection in India along with a unique fabric range. This high-end collection will meet the aspirations of the contemporary Indian consumer who is highly educated, sophisticated, well travelled and is willing to spend on  quality products. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Walid Bathich, Regional Director, H&S said,” This partnership is a milestone for us because India is the fastest growing market and will continue to be so for the next 10 years.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveH&S is known to produce the most expensive fabric collections in the world and assures the finest natural fibres. Mr C Bhaskar, Managing Director and CEO, Digjam Ltd and Holland & Sherry India said, “This partnership would set new standards in luxury by making available the rarest and most exquisite fabric collections to our customers from the world renowned Holland & Sherry.H&S has played a leading role in supplying luxury clothes to the top end of the market, bespoke tailors, Parisian haute couture fashion houses and high class garment manufacturers and continues to engage in research for ever finer and more luxurious fibres and fabric qualities.last_img read more

Lawmakers move forward with bill to legalize morningafter pill therapeutic abortion for

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican woman denied therapeutic abortion petitions Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Abortion and politics on the campaign trail Social conservatives march against abortion, gay rights Abortion Ban Blamed for Maternal Deaths Lawmakers of the Legislative Assembly’s Human Rights Commission last week approved the drafting of a bill that would allow the use of the emergency contraception method known as the morning-after pill, but only with a doctor’s prescription.Bill No. 16,887 would add a new “Sexual and Reproductive Rights” chapter to the country’s General Health Law if passed in a full legislature. It was first submitted in 2009 by Ana Helena Chacón, who at the time was a lawmaker for the Social Christian Unity Party and currently is vice president under the Citizen Action Party administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís.Among the bill’s main provisions is mandatory access to medical treatment to prevent pregnancy for women who are victims of rape. It also would ensure treatment for sexually transmitted diseases for both men and women who are victims of sexual abuse.Under its current drafting the morning-after pill will be provided for free at Social Security System health care facilities for public health insurance holders, Ronal Vargas, president of the legislative Human Rights Commission, told The Tico Times.“It also will be available at drugstores, but not for free, and only by prescription,” he said. The emergency contraception pill only will be provided to women according to medical criteria and according to regulations for the implementation of the law, which we will draft once the bill goes up for debate and for a vote in the full Assembly,” Vargas said.Another major feature of the bill is a provision stating that all women would have the right to opt for the therapeutic termination of pregnancy (therapeutic abortion) if a woman’s health or life is threatened.The drafting of the proposed legislation was approved by National Liberation Party lawmakers Rolando González and Sandra Piszk, the Citizen Action Party’s Epsy Campbell and the Broad Front Party’s Patricia Mora and Ronal Vargas. Óscar López, of the Accessibility Without Exclusion Party, was absent from the session.Other provisions would guarantee sexual and reproductive rights for disabled people, and the right for pregnant women and seniors to access reproductive health information and medical care.The bill now will move forward for discussion in the full Assembly, where lawmakers can file motions for its modification before a first-round vote. In order to become a law, it must be approved in two separate rounds of voting. The bill last week entered the legislative agenda in 37th place.Its approval in commission sparked a heated debate in a full Assembly session last Wednesday, with several lawmakers announcing their opposition. One vocal opponent is Óscar López, who said he would file a series of motions to make sure “the bill will not harm the morals of the Costa Rican people.”Costa Rican Renovation Party’s Abelino Esquivel also expressed disapproval, saying the bill “has loopholes that will legalize abortion.”The Broad Front Party’s Patricia Mora highlighted that the morning-after pill is not a method of abortion, a common misconception promoted by its opponents in Costa Rica.Fabricio Alvarado and other evangelical lawmakers responded by accusing Human Rights Commission President Ronal Vargas of breaking a promise  to discuss modifications during the bill’s drafting. They accused Vargas of telling them last Tuesday that the Wednesday session of the Human Rights Commission would not take place.Epsy Campbell responded to Alvarado’s statements by emphasizing – again – that none of the bill’s articles would call for the broad legalization of abortion. Alvarado fired back that his party would “file up to 5,000 motions against the bill, just like PAC lawmakers who filibustered voting on the U.S. Central America Free Trade Agreement years ago.”The morning-after pill is approved for use by the World Health Organization. Because it is not allowed or available in Costa Rica, people often resort to improvised – and sometimes dangerous – alternatives. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Etihad Airways to introduce Boeing 787 AU to Barcelona

first_imgEtihad Airways to introduce Boeing 787 AU to BarcelonaEtihad Airways to introduce Boeing 787 AU to BarcelonaEtihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona, effective 22 February 2019, providing seamless connectivity for Australian travelers on Etihad’s flagship A380 and 787 aircraft out of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.The deployment of the larger 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the recently launched route, has been timed to coincide with the Mobile World Conference taking place in the city from 25-28 February, during which Etihad Airways will provide daily flights. The airline will increase frequency to a permanent daily operation from 31 March.The service will feature Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats – 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats –  a capacity increase of six seats in Business and 31 in Economy in each direction, and an increase in belly-hold cargo capacity of four tonnes.Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to now include Barcelona to our growing list of Dreamliner destinations. We launched flights to the city just last month and forward passenger and cargo demand on the route from Abu Dhabi, and beyond, has encouraged us to accelerate the deployment of the larger 787 on this popular service.“Together with Madrid, also operated by the 787-9 Dreamliner, the move will guarantee product consistency and more convenient travel options for our customers travelling to and from Spain, ensuring they experience the quietest cabins and our latest in-flight products and innovations.”Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787-9 aircraft feature innovative, award-winning cabin designs and products, complemented by the airline’s acclaimed service and hospitality offering. Flights include Food and Beverage Managers in Business Class and a Flying Nanny in Economy Class to provide extra specialised care for families with young children.Etihad Airways provides business and leisure travellers with convenient timings between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona, and seamless onward connections through Abu Dhabi to major cities in the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Australia.Etihad Airways operates an extensive codeshare partnership with Air Europa (UX) allowing guests a seamless transfer with the Spanish airline’s services between Barcelona and Madrid. Etihad also codeshares with Air Europa beyond Madrid to 19 cities in Europe, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.Source = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

Congress to Examine Financial Health of FHA in Hearing

first_img February 24, 2015 446 Views Congress to Examine Financial Health of FHA in Hearing Federal Housing Administration FHA House Committee on Financial Services Housing and Insurance Subcommittee 2015-02-24 Seth Welborn The second in a series of hearings to examine the financial health of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will take place Thursday in Washington, D.C., according to an announcement from the chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services will hold the second hearing in the series, entitled The Future of Housing in America: Oversight of the Federal Housing Administration, Part II, on Thursday, February 26, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time.The first hearing in the series took place on February 11 in the House Committee on Financial Services, where U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro testified before Congress for the first time since being appointed to that position in July 2014.Republicans on the HFS Committee grilled Castro in that hearing on the FHA’s financial state, and in particular the Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund, which reported a capital reserve ratio of 0.41 percent in November – less than a quarter of its required 2 percent level. Castro repeatedly praised the fund’s recent growth, predicted that the MMI fund would reach that 2 percent level within two years, and defended FHA’s recent lowering of the mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points down to 0.85 percent.Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri), the chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, was one of the most vocal critics of FHA’s policies during last week’s hearing.”Today’s testimony from Secretary Castro was disconcerting to say the least,” Luetkemeyer said in a statement following Castro’s testimony to the Committee. “The Secretary’s answers were as inconsistent and alarming as FHA’s policies. It is clear to me that this agency suffers from not only misguided policy but also mismanagement. FHA continues to try to grow its way out of a problem, and it is putting the American taxpayers at risk. FHA today holds less than one quarter of the capital it is statutorily required to hold in the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund. When you remove the 2013 taxpayer bailout of $1.7 billion and billions of dollars more in Justice Department settlements, the capitalization of the fund falls to .08 percent. If a private company operated the way FHA operates, it would be shut down.”Also next week, according to Hensarling’s announcement on Friday, there will be a full Committee hearing to receive the semi-annual report on Monetary Policy and State of the Economy from Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve. That hearing will take place Wednesday, February 25, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time.center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sharelast_img read more