Canadian playwrights Moscovitch Youssef shortlisted for Siminovitch Prize

first_imgCHARGES MAY APPLY Playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s most recent play, Little One, premiered at the Summerworks Theatre Festival and she is currently playwright-in-residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. In 2009, she was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for her play East of Berlin. Moscovitch hails from Ottawa but moved to Toronto about ten years ago to pursue more opportunites in her field.Subject: fi-mv-fame-hannah On 2011-08-16, at 5:20 PM, Rodan, Galit wrote: Hannah Moscovitch 5.JPG Hannah Moscovitch 1.JPG Hannah Moscovitch 2.JPG Hannah Moscovitch 3.JPG Twitter The National Arts Centre says Toronto emcee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Vancouver writer Marcus Youssef are also finalists for the lucrative award. Last year’s award went to director Nadia Ross, while protegee prizes went to Sarah Conn and Shaista Latif. Past winners of the playwrighting prize include Olivier Choiniere, Daniel MacIvor and Carole Frechette. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The winner gets $75,000 and can choose a protege to receive $25,000. This year’s winner will be announced Nov. 6 in Ottawa.center_img Advertisement OTTAWA — Montreal actress/writer Evelyne de la Cheneliere and Toronto-based writer and librettist Hannah Moscovitch are among four playwrights shortlisted for this year’s Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Facebook The Siminovitch Prize rotates on a three-year cycle, honouring theatre professionals in the alternating fields of design, direction, or playwriting. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Lightstream Resources proposes to pay down 118 billion in debt with stock

CALGARY — Lightstream Resources said Wednesday it has been granted preliminary court protection from creditors as it pursues a plan to reduce its debt by $1.175 billion, a move that would see secured creditors receive 95 per cent of the struggling oil and gas company’s equity.Current shareholders would end up with 2.25 per cent of the equity in a revitalized Lightstream, which has been unable to keep up with its interest payments since the collapse in oil prices that began in late 2014. Unsecured noteholders would get 2.75 per cent.Oil patch relieved as AER signals it will assess deals on a case-by-case basisDividend cuts ‘a last resort’ for banks under severe oil and gas stress: Moody’sThe plan outlined by Calgary-based Lightstream would reduce its annual interest payments by about $112 million.The company had previously warned that it wouldn’t be able to make a $41.7-million interest payment on June 15, starting the clock on a 30-day grace period that ends Friday.On Wednesday, the company said the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench had granted a preliminary interim order prohibiting holders of its secured and unsecured notes from declaring it in default or taking other enforcement steps. It said it will return to court in August to seek permission to hold meetings with stakeholders where they will vote on its recapitalization plan.The proposal still requires approval from secured and unsecured creditors as well as its shareholders. Lightstream was built through a series of acquisitions starting in 2009. It boasts a strong base of light oil production in Alberta and Saskatchewan but its debt totalled $1.6 billion at the end of 2015.The company launched a sales process for its core Bakken light oil producing assets in Saskatchewan in late 2014 but CEO John Wright said previously it couldn’t find a suitable buyer in a down market.Lightstream’s annual average production in 2015 fell 22 per cent to 31,392 barrels of oil equivalent a day due to asset sales and lower investment in new wells. It reported a net loss of $946 million, including a non-cash writedown of $661 million to account for lower anticipated future commodity prices.Canadian Press read more

Ford recalls 230000 minivans to fix rust problem that can cause rear

Ford recalls 230,000 minivans to fix rust problem that can cause rear seats to come loose by The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2013 12:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Ford is recalling 230,000 minivans in 20 cold-weather states and Washington, D.C., to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row seats to come loose.The company says the recall affects Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans from the 2004 through 2007 model years. They were sold mainly in Canada and U.S. states where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.The recall covers 196,500 minivans in the U.S. and another 33,500 outside the U.S., mainly in Canada.Ford said Thursday that rust can weaken the mounting brackets that hold the removable seats to the van floor. The company says no crashes or injuries have been reported from the problem.Dealers will install new seat mounting brackets, placing them outside of the area that can rust. They’ll also install panels above the rear wheels to prevent water from entering, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said. Owners will be notified of the recall by letter during the last week of March.“The panels will protect that area so that it won’t get any other exposure to corrosive elements,” Felker said.The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the vans from the 2004 model year in December, and added 2005 through 2007 to the probe in April because they all have similar seat designs.Vans in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Delaware, Maine, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Indiana, Michigan, New York, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., are being recalled. read more

Ohio State womens hockey set for weekend series against North Dakota

Senior defenseman Sara Schmitt (22) attempts a shot on goal during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s hockey team will try to put an end to its three-game losing streak as the Buckeyes prepare for a weekend series against the University of North Dakota.The Buckeyes (7-6-0, 5-5-0) hit the road this weekend to play UND (5-7-1, 3-6-1) in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association battle.Last weekend, the Buckeyes dropped two games to No. 2 Minnesota to extend their losing streak to three. OSU coach Nate Handrahan said despite the team’s inability to pull out a win in those three games, its energy and morale hasn’t changed.“We did a lot of good things inside those games against very good teams,” he said. “We need to make some adjustments but the players have done a good job of getting back to work.”One thing that Handrahan has consistently worked on this season with his team is specialty situations and special teams play. This weekend, all of that practice will be put to the test.So far this season, UND is undefeated when scoring on the power play.“Coach really stressed in practice this week, being active and knowing their personnel,” OSU senior forward Taylor Kuehl said. “They have a couple great shooters that can really hit one-timers. Coach stressed knowing who is on the ice.”Senior captain Sara Schmitt said, as a defensive player, killing the power play is something she has focused on personally.“Just working on blocking shots and reading the play,” Schmitt said. “We have to clear the puck whenever we have the chance.”UND coach Brian Idalski said that Schmitt is a key player for the Buckeyes both defensively and offensively.“Defensively (OSU is) very strong, the Schmitt girls are terrific. In fact one of them (Sara Schmitt) is leading the team in scoring,” Idalski said during a Wednesday press conference. “Very aggressive fore-check. They are going to work hard all over the ice, a lot of physical battles. It’s going to be a grind.”Schmitt’s sister — Kari — is also a senior defenseman for OSU.Even though the Buckeyes excel in their defensive play, Kuehl said there is still work to be done offensively.“We’ve struggled scoring goals. For offense we are still looking for production and chemistry between lines,” Kuehl said. “We’ve changed lines quite a bit this season and we are trying to find who works well together to create something specific, like aggressive lines or more skilled lines.”One thing UND is set to have to their advantage for the series is their home ice support. Attendance at UND women’s hockey games is ranked third this season, while OSU is ranked 20th, according to U.S. College Hockey Online. UND averages an attendance of more than 1,314 where OSU averages an attendance of around 300.Both Schmitt and Kuehl said that being seniors, they are use to stepping on the ice and having fans root against them. Kuehl said there is something about it that she actually likes.“I think its fun playing in an atmosphere with a bunch of fans against us,” Kuehl said. “It’s a goal of ours to take the energy from them, play our game and take the crowd from them.”The series between the teams is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at in Grand Forks, N.D. Friday’s game is set for an 8:07 p.m. start, with Saturday’s set to begin at 5:07 p.m. read more

At 24 Asher Allen Retires From NFL

At 24, former Georgia Bulldog star football player Asher Allen, perhaps visualizing health concerns in the future, alerted Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier that he’s retiring.Allen, a three-year defensive back with the Vikings, has yet to say why he is quitting his profession, but he did suffer concussions in back-to-back seasons. With Junior Seau’s recent suicide and Dave Duerson’s and others — all because of brain injuries from playing football, it makes sense that Asher would give retiring as an option.But to do it at such a young age is surprising. Frazier said, “He’ll talk about it more at some point. But he explained to me that this was something he wanted to do. He had given it a lot of thought and that’s what he wanted to do.“I didn’t see that coming. But everybody has to make decisions that are the best for their family.”Allen became a starter last season after injuries hit the Vikings. He played in 12 games and started nine. The 2009 third-round draft choice added depth to the secondary. read more

Still no word on new Ohio State football coaches pay

(Left) Former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson is reported to be coming to OSU as a defensive coach. Courtesy of The Daily CollegiateArkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash is reported to be coming to OSU as a defensive coach. Courtesy of Arkansas Athletic Department It has been a week since Ohio State formally announced a new addition to football coach Urban Meyer’s coaching staff, and another is imminent, according to multiple reports, social media accounts and the school’s own directory.OSU officially named assistant head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson to Meyer’s staff Jan. 15. But the other new staff member, co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Chris Ash, has yet to be announced by the school as a coach.Aside from when Ash will officially join Johnson as a member of the Buckeyes coaching staff is how much each new coach will be paid.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern in a series of emails Tuesday that the Buckeyes have “only announced Larry Johnson as a member of the coaching staff.”The spokesman also said the Department of Human Resources has yet to inform him of Johnson’s salary following multiple email requests by The Lantern beginning Jan. 15.The Lantern has been requesting information on both of the new coaches’ salaries since Johnson was announced by the school as a coach last week. The Lantern staff requests for the salaries of new OSU employees after their hiring and is typically provided the information within 24 to 48 hours of submitting the request.Though he has not yet officially been named an OSU coach, Ash has since changed the bio for his personal Twitter account, @CoachChrisAsh, to reflect his reported new position.“Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach for The Ohio State University,” the bio reads, also including a URL address to the football page on the OSU athletic website, where he has yet to be listed.Ash is also listed on OSU’s public directory Find People as “Assistant Coach – Major Sports.” Ash’s working title is listed as “Assistant Coach – Football” in the directory.Johnson, who is set to replace former OSU defensive line coach Mike Vrabel after Vrabel announced his intentions to join the NFL’s Houston Texans via Twitter Jan. 9, is known for his ability to recruit and mentor defensive linemen who eventually make the jump to the NFL. Meyer called Johnson an “outstanding addition” to the Buckeye coaching staff and said he has “great respect for (Johnson) as a family man, as a coach and mentor of young men and as a recruiter,” according to an OSU press release.It appears Johnson has already been hot on the recruiting trail since being announced as a coach at OSU. According to his personal Twitter account, @OSUrushmen1, Johnson’s first day working for the Buckeyes was Jan. 16.“Great first day as a buckeye on the road ! Osurushmen1,” a tweet from the account read. Johnson, along with Meyer, was also in a photo posted to the social media site by OSU defensive line commit Dylan Thompson, @BRONCODE59, posted Monday evening.According to the USA TODAY coaches database, Ash made a base salary of $550,000 this past season at Arkansas, including a “max bonus” of $45,833. Johnson’s salary while he was at Penn State was not available on the database, and the school did not respond to multiple requests by The Lantern for the figure.In his second and final year at OSU, Ash’s predecessor, Everett Withers — who was announced as the new head football coach at James Madison University Dec. 20 — earned $585,000. Vrabel made $291,004.Both coaches look to strengthen a defensive unit that has gone south since Meyer took over following the 2011 season, a year where the Buckeyes finished with the nation’s 19th best defense. The unit finished 34th in 2012 and 47th overall this past year.OSU is set to kick off the 2014-15 season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Czech tyre company enters earthmover segment

first_imgAt Bauma this week in Munich, Czech tyre group Mitas introduced its brand new ERD-45 18.00R33 tyre for rigid dump trucks which will be available on the market in May 2016. The pattern is designed for hard surface conditions and boasts excellent traction according to the company. The ERD-45 has sidewall protection and is also highly resistant to cuts.The Mitas ERD-45 18.00R33 is the first size in the Mitas product offering for rigid dump trucks and further extension of this range is planned for next year.“Mitas is significantly extending its product range in the segment of earthmover tyres and ERD-45 is one of the highlights,” said Andrew Mabin, Mitas’ Sales and Marketing Director. “During 2016 we will introduce four new tread patterns and eight new tyre sizes dedicated to the earthmover segment. These product launches are made possible thanks to the massive investments we made in our production plants in recent years,” added Mabin.last_img read more

Insolvent borrowers will be named and shamed online in new system

first_imgDISTRESSED BORROWERS who enter the State’s new insolvency regime will have their name and address posted online – raising fears from the opposition that struggling homeowners could be shamed away from engaging in the system.Justice minister Alan Shatter has confirmed that the Insolvency Service of Ireland will maintain a public register of people who have entered into the various arrangements allowed under the new insolvency laws.Those laws require the register to be made available to the public, and will be available online.The registers will include a debtor’s name, address, year of birth and the date on which they entered into the insolvency regime, and contact details for the insolvency practitioner who is supervising their entry into the process.Names will only be removed from the register after they have left the procedure – which in most cases will take at least three years.The confirmation has prompted fears from Fianna Fáil that the public register will have a ‘name and shame’ effect on people hoping to avail of the system to work their way out of chrnoic debts.“I am genuinely concerned that naming distressed borrowers in this way could put off a lot of people overburdened with debts from seeking relief under the new insolvency arrangements,” said the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath.“I cannot see how it is in the public interest to publish online the identity of people who may have had no other option but to avail of one of the debt relief options under the new service.”The inclusion of names on a public register would allow “family, friends, neighbours and complete strangers” to be aware of a person’s financial distress, he said.Fianna Fáil has called for an amendment to the rules so that the public register would contain details of the arrangements entered into, but not identify the borrower directly by name.Read: Personal Insolvency service will be available to gardaíMore: Why you can’t see the ‘black book’ that was never used for the banking crisislast_img read more

Schengen under threat for Greece

first_imgGreece activated the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism on Thursday, agreeing to allow EU border agency Frontex on its frontier with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and to trigger the Rapid Border Intervention Teams mechanism (RABIT) for extra help with patrols in the Aegean.The European Commission confirmed Thursday that it received these three requests from Athens. The action came after a number of unnamed EU officials claimed that there were calls for Greece to be excluded from the Schengen free travel area because of complaints about the way it is handling the flow of migrants and refugees and its failure to live up to commitments made at the Western Balkans Route Leaders’ Summit in October.The EU Civil Protection Mechanism allows Greece to benefit from material support. Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas said Thursday that Athens had not made the request for assistance earlier because it needed to assess its needs first.“We did not know exactly what we needed and, more importantly, how we would use what we asked for,” he said at a news conference.Greece sent a list containing 23 categories to Brussels. Among the things the government is asking for are 26 ambulances, six water pumps, four diesel-powered generators, 500 large all-weather tents, 100,000 waterproof jackets, 50,000 woolen blankets, 100,000 sleeping bags and 100,000 first-aid kits.The agreement with Frontex will see the border agency provide personnel to help register refugees and migrants at Greece’s border with FYROM, where some 6,000 people have now amassed as a result of Skopje refusing to allow anyone except Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans, who can qualify as refugees, through.The situation in the Greek border village of Idomeni is becoming increasingly tense, with clashes breaking out between refugees and migrants from countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Morocco. A man believed to be from Morocco was fatally electrocuted after touching high-power railway cable when he climbed on top of a train.“There will be a solution soon for Idomeni,” said Mouzalas. “We are trying to convince people to return to Athens.”Frontex officers are expected in the area next week but their job will be to help register those preparing to cross the border.“It is crucial that all migrants entering the European Union are properly registered. Migrants at Greece’s northern border will be checked and those found not properly identified will be registered,” said Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.The agency says it currently has 195 officers on the Aegean islands. In October, Frontex called on EU member-states to provide 775 border guards for its activities, with 600 to be deployed in Greece. EU members have so far offered 447 officers.Mouzalas rejected claims that the Greek government is unwilling to work with Frontex. He said Athens had rejected the idea of Frontex guards patrolling Greece’s border with FYROM but had repeatedly asked for more help from the agency in other areas.“In May, we asked Frontex for 318 people but less than 100 are currently involved in operations,” he said. “On September 25, we asked for 1,600 people and we have so far not received any response.”Greece has also made a formal request for the deployment of a Rapid Border Intervention Team to provide help on the Aegean islands. “Over 50,000 people have arrived in Greece since November 1,” said the European Commission.“The scale is immense and the Commission is working very closely with the Greek authorities to assist them in this challenge.”Mouzalas added that a so-called “hot spot” would soon be ready on Lesvos and that the Greek army would undertake the construction of two more on Leros and Kos.“There is a temporary hot spot on Chios but we have plans ready for the construction of a permanent one,” he said. “The only island where we are having trouble finding a place is Samos.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Rumor of a Hazel Dell eviction was just that

first_imgA rumor about a Hazel Dell apartment complex evicting all its tenants in a Courtyard Village-esque scenario sounded plausible and spread online — but it turned out to be untrue.What’s more, the rumor involved an unlikely target: A Vancouver-based property management company trying to make a dent in the affordable housing crisis.Westwynd Apartment Homes at 10117 N.E. Ninth Ave. was sold in February 2016 to Christensen Properties LLC for $13.6 million. It was formerly Crown Plaza and had a “pretty tough reputation,” according to an email from Richard Gress, CEO and executive vice president of RealVest Corporation, the company managing Westwynd. Businessman and philanthropist Paul Christensen owns RealVest. Kathy Maynard and Mike Maynard own Westwynd.Gress said the complex was financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To get the loan, a comprehensive inspection was required and certain repairs had to be made, while other repairs could be made within the first 12 months. Those requirements include completely renovating 90 of the 120 units at Westwynd, which are set to be finished by April 30.Rents are being raised about $50 for renovated units. Current rent at Westwynd is below fair-market rent. A one-bedroom apartment is $950 to $995, and a two-bedroom unit is $1,095.last_img read more

Financial Conduct Authority consults on new financial advice factsheet for employers

first_imgThe Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation on proposed guidelines designed to clarify the regulatory framework around financial advice, including the development of a factsheet for employers and pension trustees.The consultation is based around four of the recommendations made in the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR), which was launched by the Treasury and the FCA in August 2015 to explore how financial advice and guidance could be made affordable and accessible for all.This includes the proposed production of a new factsheet for employers and pension trustees, which will set out what help they can offer employees on financial matters without crossing the regulated advice boundary and giving advice they are not authorised to provide. The factsheet will be developed and promoted in conjunction with The Pensions Regulator (TPR).The factsheet includes information about the situations in which employers and trustees would require FCA authorisation, what advice employers and trustees should or should not provide, and how they might communicate or promote financial products, pensions, and workplace savings.In addition to the employer and trustee factsheet, the recommendations that the consultation covers include the development of a clear framework for firms offering streamlined advice on a limited range of consumer needs, providing clarity on the standard information required as part of the fact find process and setting out considerations for verifying a fact find that has been performed by a third party, and new guidance to support firms that help consumers make their own investment decisions without a personal recommendation.The consultation will be issued in two parts, the second part of the consultation will launch this summer and will cover changes to the FCA handbook, consolidation of non-handbook guidance, proposed revised guidance on the amended advice perimeter, and guidance informed by the experiences of the FCA’s Advice Unit in developing automated advice models.The first consultation will collect feedback on non-advised services guidance by 23 May 2017, and on guidance for streamlined advice, the fact find process, and the employer and trustee factsheet by 11 July 2017. The FCA plans to publish the findings from the first part of the consultation in September 2017.Alongside this, the Financial Advice Working Group has published its final report on financial wellbeing in the workplace, as well as the definitions of guidance and advice, and on the rules of thumb and nudges to enhance consumer financial wellbeing.The Financial Advice Working Group has recommended that the Money Advice Service develops a guide and online portal informing employers how they can support their employees’ financial health.The FCA and the Treasury will review the outcomes from FAMR in 2019.Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, said: “Employers and trustees are well-placed to help influence employees saving behaviour, but many are concerned about promoting their schemes and pension savings in the fear they might cross the regulated advice boundary. We had high hopes that FAMR would help to allay these concerns with the publication of a factsheet clearly setting out what employers can say to their employees. However, simply reminding employers they can only provide factual information, but must avoid promoting their scheme as it could constitute a financial promotion, will give cold comfort and little reassurance to employers.“We’re hopeful that the Financial Advice Working Group proposed portal and employer guide will go a long way to addressing this by helping employees to manage their financial wellbeing via the workplace. Thousands of pension savers are stagnating due to inertia and although the ‘streamlined advice service’ could be a breakthrough, many simply will not seek help. The workplace is at the heart of pension saving, but more needs to be done to empower employers to talk more positively about their own scheme, supported by financial advice from the experts.”Tom McPhail, head of policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, added: “There is a lot of detailed and dedicated work here. The rules of thumb provide clear, simple messages for all. Above all, we want a financial services system which delivers accessible solutions for all investors, and which encourages them to make the most of their financial future without compromising on regulatory protections.“Probably the most challenging area and the one most important to get right, is the boundary between advice and guidance; investors need to be able to access cost-effective support while having absolute clarity about the nature of the service they are receiving.”last_img read more

Democrats to Oppose House Authorization Bill over Reliance on OCO Funds

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will whip Democrats against the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill over opposition to the measure’s reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to get around the Budget Control Act spending caps.The unprecedented move follows a DOD briefing Wednesday for House Democrats that concluded, “this bill is the wrong bill,” according to House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.). The annual policy legislation typically passes with bipartisan support.Equally surprising was the announcement by Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, that he also would vote against the measure.The House Democrats’ opposition to the authorization bill is an extension of the Obama administration’s stance against FY 2016 spending bills that adhere to the statutory spending caps while providing budget relief to the Pentagon but not to domestic agencies. The authorization bill, which the House was scheduled to start debating Wednesday evening, would allow DOD to spend $96 billion from its OCO account, including $38 billion on operations and maintenance needs that ordinarily would be funded in the department’s base budget. OCO is not subject to the spending caps.The House bill’s reliance on OCO to shield DOD from the full force of the spending caps wasn’t the only reason it prompted a veto threat from the White House on Tuesday. The Office of Management and Budget also cited restrictions on DOD’s ability to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees, along with its failure to adopt cost-cutting reforms proposed by the administration such as BRAC.Despite Democratic opposition, the House bill still should pass, said Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), reported the Hill. “I think we’ll still pass it,” he said. “It’s really unfortunate because it has this tradition and history of bipartisan support in overwhelming numbers.”last_img read more

Amways India investments to cross Rs 1000 crore by 2020

first_imgAmway — American beauty, health and home care products maker — will cross Rs 1,000 crore in investments in India over the next five years. India is the third international market for the company outside the United States.In an interview to The Economic Times, Doug DeVos — the company’s global president — said India has made remarkable progress in terms of growth and regulation. In a bid to launch country-specific products and to source locally, the company named Anshu Budhraja as its India head. The company is reportedly investing “heavily” in its India operations.”Local leadership always works better since they know the market, work better with governments and understand the culture. We always had succession planning on our mind and things have moved significantly over the past one year,” DeVos, who is currently on a brief visit to India, told the publication.The company, which is one of the world’s largest direct selling businesses, has manufacturing plants in China and Vietnam, apart from the United States. It has reportedly invested in Rs 550 crore to set up its first plant in Tamil Nadu. Of the $335 million it had set aside for global expansion, the company spent more than 30 percent on its India operations.”Potential of the Indian market is very dramatic. It is still difficult to do business here and it is a little slower and more complicated then we had hoped. We’d love to see the pace improve and barriers to growth reduce. But things are certainly moving in the right direction,” DeVos was quoted as saying by ET.Amway recorded a 12 percent drop to $9.5 billion in its worldwide sales last year, The Economic Times added.last_img read more

Chloe and Nadine Kick Ass and Take Names in Lost Legacys Launch

first_img We’re only four short days away from the release of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. To celebrate the game’s launch, Sony has released a brand-new trailer that’s packed with all sorts of crazy action. In addition, the company has also unveiled some hi-res wallpapers for desktops, tablets, and smart phones.First up is the launch trailer. Like previous videos for the game, this trailer sets up the story. Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross visit India in order to find an artifact called the Tusk of Ganesh. They aren’t the only ones seeking this elusive item, however. Throughout their journey, the heroines must square off against the soldiers of a warmonger named Asav. Despite not featuring series star Nathan Drake, this adventure will contain everything fans love about the franchise.Then we have the wallpapers. These feature promotional art for the game that you may have seen floating around the internet. Three of them are game posters, while the others are character portraits of Chloe, Nadine, and Asav. What’s great about these is that they are sized for whatever device you want to use them on. They are also in 4K, so no matter where you use them, they’ll look nice and clean.AdChoices广告In other Uncharted news, Uncharted 4 will receive a multiplayer update when The Lost Legacy drops next week. Additions include Asav as a playable character, and new player skins for Chloe and Nadine. These contain new character models and outfits from Lost Legacy. Uncharted 4 will also get a new Survival Arena mode. This modified Survival mode features 100 waves of different enemy types, new wave modifiers, and a new Siege mode. The Lost Legacy will launch with all of Uncharted 4‘s multiplayer content.You can pre-order Uncharted: The Lost Legacy from Amazon. It will be released on Tuesday exclusively for the PlayStation 4. You can download the wallpapers over on the official PlayStation Blog.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive last_img read more

Dolphins agree to oneyear deal with Jay Cutler

first_img Advertisement The Miami Dolphins have opted to sign Jay Cutler over Colin Kaepernick to replace injured starter Ryan Tannehill for the 2017 season.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, The Miami and Cutler have agreed to a one-year deal for $10 million, plus incentives.Miami and former Bears QB Jay Cutler are finalizing a one-year deal, sources tell ESPN. Two sides are expected to hammer it out shortly.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2017 Cutler had been added to Fox’s NFL coverage as a color analyst, but instead will head to Miami to reunite with Adam Gase, who served as offensive coordinator in Chicago in 2015, one of Cutler’s best as a pro.Kaepernick watch continues.last_img

New tower with 92 rooms coming to Occidental Nuevo Vallarta

first_img MIAMI — Occidental Nuevo Vallarta will boost its capacity with a brand new guestroom tower with 92 new rooms, set to debut in the first quarter of 2020.The US$8 million project will bring Occidental Nuevo Vallarta’s key count to 366 rooms and suites. Located in the Riviera Nayarit, Occidental Nuevo Vallarta is part of the Barceló Hotel Group.The pool at Occidental Nuevo VallartaEach new room will feature Pacific Coast views of Bahía de Banderas, says the company.“Our number one priority at Occidental Nuevo Vallarta is the satisfaction of our guests,” says Juan Luis Sampol, Director of Barceló Hotel Group’s Pacific region. “Occidental Nuevo Vallarta’s new tower will improve our guest experience offering by providing travelers with more exclusive options when selecting their rooms. We’re confident that this will be a great success for the brand.” Tags: Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> New tower with 92 rooms coming to Occidental Nuevo Vallartacenter_img Travelweek Group Friday, June 21, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Japan boosts security near isles in China dispute

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said surveillance had been increased in the area for the anniversary, but did provide details. No incidents were reported as of early Wednesday afternoon.The standoff, which shows no sign of abating, has deeply damaged diplomatic relations between the two Asian powers and heightened concerns of a possible military clash.Japan lodged a protest after eight Chinese vessels on Tuesday briefly entered waters Tokyo claims near the islands. On Monday, Japanese fighter jets were scrambled when a Chinese military aircraft believed to be a drone was spotted. Though the drone remained in international airspace, Japanese officials expressed concern about the increased activity.So far, Tokyo and Beijing have been careful to calibrate their actions to avoid a direct military conflict.But with neither side backing down or wanting to look weak, the dispute continues to simmer. In a statement that appeared to up the ante, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday that Tokyo considered deploying personnel to the islands an option.No one currently lives on the islands, and China immediately slammed the remarks as provocative.“If they do provoke, they must be prepared to take the consequences,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday in Beijing. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 TOKYO (AP) – Japan has increased security around a group of disputed islands it nationalized one year ago Wednesday amid strong protests from China, which also claims them and has been stepping up patrols of its own.Tokyo and Beijing are at odds over the uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyutai in Chinese.Wednesday marks the first anniversary of Japan’s purchase of several of the islands from their private owners _ a sale China says was invalid. Both countries have since regularly sent coast guard vessels and aircraft to the area to assert their competing claims. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Stationing public servants on the islands was a campaign promise made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hawkish ruling party, which is also pushing to give Japan’s military a more assertive role in international peacekeeping and in stepping up territorial defenses.The islands, also claimed by Taiwan, are about 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) southwest of Tokyo.Japan’ coast guard said there have been more than 200 intrusions by foreign vessels into Japanese-claimed waters near the islands in the past year.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Travel Boating Lifestyle Joins Dometic Global Social Media Campaign

first_imgTravel Boating Lifestyle Joins Dometic Global Social Media CampaignTravel Boating Lifestyle is excited to announce they’ve been engaged to feature in a world-wide Mobile Living Traveler social media campaign. Global company Dometic have chosen ten travelers around the globe to feature in a digital influencer initiative known as Mobile Living Stories. Images, videos and stories produced by the ten travelers will be promoted to Dometic’s 150,000 social media followers and world-wide customer base during the year-long campaign.Fiona Harper, an Australian travel writer, and David Hartman, a Canadian photographer, are the team behind Travel Boating Lifestyle to be featured. Based on their yacht (currently in Fiji) they are uniquely positioned as Dometic’s inaugural travelers living a mobile lifestyle afloat.Fiona and David are professional storytellers living a lifestyle of endless horizons. Both independently successful writers and photographers whose words and images have been published and exhibited around the globe, they have almost 50 years’ experience between them.  As a content creation team they are formidable.Fiona and David utilise their wide-ranging skills and experience as the creative team behind the successful Travel Boating Lifestyle website, established by Fiona almost ten years ago. Documenting their travels on Travel Boating Lifestyle enables them to share the personal stories that engage with their readers. Additionally, they contribute words and images to travel and marine publications world-wide.‘As storytellers, David and I are passionate about tracking down interesting stories and capturing wonderful photos from our travels. We’re excited to share our adventures with a global audience of enthusiastic travellers, and hope that our stories encourage curiosity about our planet, ultimately enticing others to travel,’ said Fiona Harper.‘It’s such a thrill to work with a market leader like Dometic, who really ‘get’ what mobile travellers need. By eliminating many of the challenges of a mobile lifestyle, we’re able to get off-road and offshore yet enjoy modern conveniences.’Travelling by air, land or sea to research stories, Fiona and David bring a combined passion for adventure and sailing with their love for words and images. They are currently sailing the South Pacific onboard their 42’ yacht ANAHATA. In late 2017 they will transfer their storytelling platform to a 4WD vehicle, continuing their travels in Australia before returning to ANAHATA at the end of the 2018 cyclone season. They intend to spend each year divided between 6 months onboard the yacht and 6 months travelling by land.‘I’m thrilled with this unique opportunity to share with a worldwide audience the excitement and wonder that we have for the world, through our images and stories of people and their cultures,’ David Hartman said.‘Dometic’s integrated technology enables people like ourselves to live, work and play off the grid in remote and exotic locations for extended periods of time.’Sharing their Mobile Living Stories with Dometic is a natural collaboration between skilled content creators and a market leader. Dometic is a global company that makes mobile living easy by providing solutions to satisfy people’s essential needs whether travelling by boat, motorhome, car or truck. They create smart and reliable products with outstanding design. With headquarters in Solna, Sweden, Dometic products are sold in approximately 100 countries, operates 22 manufacturing plants in nine countries, employs 6,500 people and had net sales in 2016 of SEK12.4 billion (approx. AUD1.9billion).Dometic’s Mobile Living Stories campaign is being promoted on digital platforms across Dometic’s global network. Follow the campaign via the hashtags on Facebook and Instagram #DometicFollowsTravelBoatingLifestyle and #MobileLivingStories.Source = Travel Boating Lifestylelast_img read more

Anticipation builds for TravelManagers 2019 Conference

first_imgPeter O’Donohue – 40-year Qantas veteran, Peter O’Donohue, will talk about the airline’s Project Sunrise at TravelManagers’ annual national conference in August.Anticipation builds for TravelManagers’ 2019 ConferenceWith less than two months to run before their 2019 National Conference gets underway, TravelManagers are applying the finishing touches to the event, which will take place in Perth from 9 to 11 August. Three keynote speakers have just been announced for the conference, for which this year’s theme is “Customer”.As TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal explains, the intention is for all attendees to leave the conference with one goal: to recognise each customer as an individual with their own reasons for travelling and their own expectations when it comes to their travel experiences.“This year’s conference is all about celebrating the customer,” he adds, “along with their hopes, dreams, needs, sense of place and most importantly, experiences. We’ll be looking at how TravelManagers as a group and personal travel managers (PTMs) as individuals connect with our customers, how we use technology to enable a richer sensory experience, and how we work together and within communities to create a sharing culture and better outcomes for all.”“We firmly believe that the future of travel is in sensory experiences, and customers are looking for stories as evidence and to inspire them. This conference is an opportunity for PTMs to share their stories and hear others that will inspire them.”Gazal says this year’s objective applies to everyone attending the conference: the personal travel managers (PTMs) and National Partnership Office (NPO) support team, and also the partner suppliers who are participating. From the pre- and post- famils to the evening events, and of course, the keynote speakers, there is a high level of expectation on the organising team to devise a programme that is both information and inspirational: a brief that Gazal is confident this year’s keynote speakers will surpass.The first of three speakers is Peter O’Donohue, who is currently the head of Qantas’ Boeing 787 programme.“Peter has recently overseen the entry into service programme of Qantas’ new Dreamliner fleet and is now focused on the Qantas’ next challenge, Project Sunrise: the airline’s plan to operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York,” Gazal explains. “During his 40 years with the airline, much of his work has been focused on ensuring the quality of the onboard experience for Qantas customers, so we look forward to hearing his thoughts on what the future of air travel holds for us and our clients.”O’Donohue will be joined at the conference by Amanda Stevens, a renowned thought leader on the customer experience. With her extensive experience in consumer psychology and marketing and her mesmerising story-telling style, she is a highly regarded and sought-after speaker.“Amanda’s presentation, entitled ‘Turning Customers into Advocates’, will cover the changing expectations of today’s consumer, the science of client loyalty and the power of customer centricity, which ties in neatly with TravelManagers’ focus on putting customers at the heart of everything,” says Gazal.The third and final speaker, whose keynote address will close the conference, is Samuel Johnson: an actor, big brother and accomplished unicyclist who created the ‘Love Your Sister’ charity with the support of his sister, Connie. By providing insights into his life and journey to creating this charity, which has raised more than $6 million to assist in cancer research, Sam will link the personalisation of everything the charity does with providing a great customer experience.“For the last three years, TravelManagers has partnered with ‘Love Your Sister’ for its annual charity golf day, so many of our PTMs, clients and suppliers have already been inspired by Sam’s energy and determination,” says Gazal. “It is an honour and privilege to have him join us at this year’s conference, where many more will be inspirited by his story.”As well as the keynote addresses, Gazal anticipates that a major highlight of the conference will be, as always, the team building activity. Details of this event are traditionally kept tightly under-wraps until the day, but Gazal hints that this year’s activity will not disappoint.“The team-building event is an important and much-anticipated element of a detailed conference programme,” he adds. “From the moment the conference gets under way with a welcome cocktail party on Friday evening to the final gala awards dinner on Sunday night, a lot of thought and effort goes into ensuring that the entire weekend is a memorable and uplifting opportunity for our people to come together, reconnect and talk about the future of the business.”Gazal notes that registration numbers are slightly ahead of the previous two years, with final numbers expected to be close to or exceed 350.“A contributing factor in the high attendance of our PTMs is that their partners, friends and family are also invited to attend the evening and social events throughout the weekend – something which sets us apart from many other travel brands,” he explains. “Last year’s conference in Hawaii was the first time this opportunity was offered, and with TravelManagers’ emphasis on building a strong ‘family’ culture means it’s a policy we intend to continue.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers is Australia’s market leader and biggest home-based travel business operating in all States & Territories. A wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $2 billion for 2019, TravelManagers is a sisterSource = TravelManagerslast_img read more

June 5 1999 Arcosanti community synergy to instal

first_imgJune 5, 1999Arcosanti community synergy to install East Crescent electrical line. Will, George,Dario spool out electrical cabling into the EastCrescent heat duct tunnel, as David, Paul, and Herb lube and feed cablinginto pipe. At the other end of the tunnel (not pictured), Sparks, Mike, and Roboperate the winch that is pulling the cabling.last_img