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Govt allows SAIL to offload 25 iron ore output in open market

first_imgNew Delhi: The mines ministry on Tuesday said it has allowed state-owned SAIL to offload up to 25 per cent of total iron ore produced in the previous year through open market. However, it will be subject to clearance from the respective state governments, where the mines are located, after following due procedure. It is valid for a period of 2 years, the ministry said in a statement. The country’s largest steel maker, under the Ministry of Steel, has over 20 captive mines spread across Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs per the provision of section 8A(6) of the MMDRA Act 1957, the lease of 31 working iron ore mines are expiring next year on March 31, 2020, and it is expected to lead to a shortfall of 60 million tonnes (MT) of iron ore in the market, the ministry said. The mines ministry has noted that there is a need to take adequate steps to ensure availability of iron ore in the market to meet the demand of domestic steel makers. It has been informed by the ministry that SAIL has capacity to enhance its iron ore production from its captive mines by 7-8 MT in 2020-21 and by 10-12 MT in 2021-22. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSteel plants of the firm are designed to process defined quantity and quality of ore and the increased production from captive mines can not be consumed in their plants, it said. “In order to maintain the availability of iron ore in the market and considering the capability of captive mines of SAIL to increase their production, the Central Government, in exercise of the power conferred under section 20A of MMDR Act 1957 hereby allows SAIL to sell in a year up to a quantity equivalent to maximum 25 per cent of total mineral production in the previous year. The norm of 25 per cent of total production shall be calculated on the cumulative production of all captive mines of SAIL in a state,” the ministry in its order said. In this regard, an authorised person in-charge of captive mines in SAIL will make an application to the concerned state government giving details of production during previous year and quantity and garde of mineral proposed to be sold in the open market. “The state government in consultation with the Indian Bureau of Mines if satisfied having regard to the quantity and grade of such mineral shall by an order permit the lessee to dispose of the mineral, in such quantity and in such manner, as specified by the state government. The relaxation is allowed for a period of two years,” it added. In a separate order the ministry said that over 162 million tonne (MT) of low grade iron ore fines and ores are also lying at different places across the country and out of this, about 70 MT, including slime, is lying dumped across captive mines of SAIL. The order further said that the state governments where SAIL has captive mines have been asked to allow the sale of sub grade minerals lying at the mine pit heads of captive mines of SAIL. The procedure for the sale of low garde ore will be the same as for the iron ore. “SAIL does not have enough beneficiation and pelletisation capacity. Hence, it is not possible for it to consume these low grade fines/ores for its steel plants…it is imperative that the sub grade ores/fines, which are not suitable for end use of captive purposes are allowed to be sold to the domestic end user companies,” the order added. “Ensuring raw material security for Indian steel industry has been at the top of our agenda. Our government has taken several efforts towards this and the order passed by the Ministry of Mines is an important step in this direction,” Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in the statement.last_img read more

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Metallica Joins Im Listening Campaign For Mental Health And Suicide Prevention

first_imgEntercom has announced the launch of the “I’m Listening” campaign for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.The campaign includes a two-hour on-air special that will be broadcast live from Seattle on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sunday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. CT / 8:00 a.m. MT / 7:00 a.m. PT across all Entercom platforms, a first in the company’s history. Additionally, the campaign includes suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and live conversation airing on Entercom stations beginning today.The two-hour live special will focus on personal stories from artists and celebrities while offering help and resources to listeners via a live call-in option. The conversation will be led by BJ Shea, Entercom Seattle KISW-FM on-air personality, and will feature guests such as Christine Moutier, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Dr. Ursula Whiteside, clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org.Musicians and celebrities connected to the cause are coming together to help end the stigma connected to talking about mental health. The personalities scheduled to appear during the special program include Metallica; Sarah Barthel, PHANTOGRAM; Krist Novoselic, NIRVANA; Logic; William DuVall, ALICE IN CHAINS; Halsey; Michael Angelakos, PASSION PIT; David Draiman, DISTURBED; LeRoy Butler, former NFL player for the Green Bay Packers; Kristen Carney, “Mentally Ch(ill)” podcast; James Arthur; Gary Allan; Khalid; Jack Antonoff, BLEACHERS; Justin Furstenfeld, BLUE OCTOBER; and legendary music producer Bob Ezrin; among others.The topics to be discussed during the special include what all of us can do to prevent suicide, how to talk to friends and family about mental health and suicide, what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with depression, how to get involved in suicide prevention in your local community and where to go to learn more about the cause.“Through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we know that everyone has a role to play,” said Logic. “I am so proud to partner with Entercom on a national scale, and I hope that among other things, my song ‘1.800.273-8255’ will help end the stigma of talking about mental health. Radio, quite literally, can save lives.”“Since the loss of my oldest son to suicide, mental health and mental illness issues have been very close to my heart,” said Bob Ezrin. “We need to speak openly and honestly about these issues so that it becomes natural for people who are suffering to reach out for help.”For more information about the campaign, visit www.ImListening.org.last_img read more

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Calmer conditions give firefighters a break battling Tommy Lakes Fire

first_imgIn the south, crews are building a guard west of the Tommy Lakes Road, and employing direct attack on the southeast flank. On the southwest flank, they are also installing sprinklers on the South Nig Road guard in preparation for possible controlled ignitions. MacAuley said that while the fire did cross the CN Rail tracks along its southeast edge, crews have found that the rail line itself was undamaged in the fire. She said that firefighters are also working to protect any backup rail ties that may be sitting along the tracks.The weather forecast is currently calling for cooler temperatures for the rest of the week, with a chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorms on Wednesday. MacAuley explained that crews are welcoming the cooler temperatures and precipitation, but that thunderstorms could cause increased fire activity due to the presence of strong wind gusts near convective clouds. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews with the BC Wildfire Service say that cooler temperatures and calmer winds have slowed the growth rate of the Tommy Lakes Fire burning north of Fort St. John.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after several days of intense growth spurred by high winds, the calmer air and cooler temperatures Tuesday have both resulted in a drop in fire activity. She said that the fire now sits at 22,659 hectares, and is 10 percent contained. According to MacAuley, there are now 190 firefighters, 9 helicopters, and 18 pieces of heavy equipment working to battle the flames, and crews are currently working to protect oil and gas infrastructure, as well as a small farming community near the fire’s eastern flank. On the fires northern flank, crews are continuing to build fireline east of Tommy Lakes road and along North Nig road. Other crews are continuing to build a fireline working southwest and northeast of Beatton Road. last_img read more

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Housing for growing number of Sri Lankas displaced major concern says UN

30 April 2009With the number of people crossing out of the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka growing daily, and several camps already very congested, the United Nations today voiced its continuing concern over accommodations for civilians fleeing the fighting between the Government and Tamil rebels. “The United Nations continues to urge the Government to make available all public buildings and usable land for the accommodation of the large number of civilians,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that as of today, some 172,000 people have crossed out of the conflict zone, where fighting continues between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The vast majority of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in and around Vavuniya.“There have been no new arrivals at Omanthai screening point in the last 24 hours, and the Government of Sri Lanka informs the UN that none are in transit,” Ms. Okabe stated.Yesterday John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the situation in the camps, while improving due to the efforts of aid agencies, remains less than optimal. “The exodus of about 110,000 people in the course of last week in a very short space of time has posed, despite advance planning, very considerable logistical challenges in terms of shelter and food and other basic services,” he told a news conference, after having returned from a two-day visit to the country. “I think we’re beginning to get a grip on that.” A major concern is congestion in the camps, as well as shelter, thus the urgent need for the allocation of more land by the Government in which to house the displaced.Efforts in the camps in Jaffna have been stepped up in the areas of health, temporary teaching space, and provision of supplementary food, and protection. The overall situation in Jaffna is more manageable than Vavuniya, but access to camps remains an issue there, noted OCHA.In response to the request by humanitarian agencies to allow freedom of movement of IDPs and release vulnerable populations from the camps, the Government authorities have released 111 elderly IDPs from Menik Farm camp and Vavuniya Sivapirakasa Ladies College, while 10 elderly IDPs were released from camps in Jaffna district. Since the beginning of the year, Government authorities have released a total of more than 1,250 individuals from the camps. read more

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Calling all shutterbugs Summer vacation photo contest returns

Earth Sciences student Jordan Marriott earned first place for his photo of a 3 a.m. Alaskan sunset in last year’s What I Did on My Summer Vacation photo contest. The end of summer is nigh.But who wants to be the bearer of bad news? So, to celebrate the hot season that was, the Brock News wants your photos of sunscreen-slathered vacations and adventures for its third annual What I Did on My Summer Vacation photo contest.Not only will it help keep the happy memories alive so you can turn to them for comfort on a dreary winter’s day, it could land you some Brock swag. First prize is two tickets to see Evalyn Parry’s SPIN: A Theatrical Song Cycle starring the Bicycle at Brock’s Centre for the Arts. The second place-winning photo will net its owner a $50 gift card from Brock’s food services.Members of the Brock community can submit up to 10 photos they took between June 1 and Sept. 15, 2012. They can be scenic views or action shots. The only requirement is that photos have to be taken at a place you visited for fun over the summer.Photos will be judged by Bob Tymczyszyn, award-winning photographer for the St. Catharines Standard.Submit photos by noon on Sept. 16 to campusnews@brocku.ca with your name, area of employment or program of study, and information about the location and circumstances in which the photos were taken. read more

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No 23 Ohio State pulls away to rout Cleveland State 8962

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kaleb Wesson had 19 points and three teammates also scored in double figures as No. 23 Ohio State pulled away in the second half to beat Cleveland State 89-62 on Friday night.C.J. Jackson had 17 points, Andre Wesson scored 11 and Luther Muhammad added 10 for the Buckeyes (6-0).Ohio State led 38-29 at the half. Jackson hit a layup to open the second half and kick off a 10-2 Ohio State run. Cleveland State couldn’t get any closer as the Buckeyes outscored the Vikings 51-33 in the half.Stefan Kenic led the Vikings (2-4) with 13 points, Seth Millner had 10 and Algevon Eichelberger had nine points and nine rebounds.Neither team was very good from long range. Ohio State shot just 36.8 per cent (7 of 19) on 3-pointers, and Cleveland State shot 28.6 per cent (6 of 21).BIG PICTURECleveland State: The Horizon League team couldn’t keep up offensively, shooting 35 per cent for the floor compared with 54.1 per cent for Ohio State. The Vikings also committed 18 turnovers.Ohio State: The Buckeyes continue to handle their early-season tune-ups with relative ease and look more deserving of their place in the AP Top 25.UP NEXTCleveland State: Hosts Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday.Ohio State: Hosts Syracuse on Wednesday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Ben McCullough, The Associated Press read more

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Lung cancer on the rise

first_imgDespite stricter laws banning smoking in public places, including cafes, bars and nightclubs, that have been in force since 2010, deaths from lung cancer in Greece show no sign of abating. Scientists reported this week that there are still 7,000 deaths related to lung cancer every year in Greece, noting that the number of lung cancer sufferers has increased from the previous year and that the disease has become a serious public health problem. The number of incidents treated by cancer clinics in public hospitals has increased over the last year, an increase attributed to both a rise in the number of incidents and the economic crisis that sends people that would have otherwise sought private health care to the public health system. Cases at the Sotiria Hospital cancer clinic have increased by 24-30 per cent as a result, while lung cancer remains the top cause of death among both men and women, surpassing breast cancer for the latter. The figures were presented during a press conference to announce the 2nd International Concerence on Lung Cancer “From the Laboratory to Clinical Practice” that will be held in Athens on February 3-4. Doctors note that there have been minimal improvements in patient survival rates once cancer is diagnosed over the years and that the chemotherapy normally used to treat such cases had reached their limits. “We need different strategies, beyond chemotherapy, in order to achieve a significant extension of patient survival and to ensure a satisfactory quality of life for them,” they noted. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Ohio Jobs Commission Calls for StateLevel Director for Federal Facilities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Ohio should create a post to oversee the state’s strategy for attracting and retaining jobs at its federal facilities and military installations, according to a newly released report from the Ohio Federal-Military Jobs Commission.“The state of Ohio has made a significant investment over the last ten years in understanding the rules of Base Realignment and Closure as well as understanding military value, the needs of each of its installations and the value of public and private partnerships. However, there currently is no ownership at the state-level for these valuable data points and a strategy to keep information current,” the report states.The facilities and installations executive director would report to the governor, and be housed within the office of the Ohio adjutant general. The position’s responsibilities would include:hosting regular meetings of the military affairs committees from each JobsOhio region;encouraging JobsOhio regions to collaborate to advance military value, and public-private and public-public partnerships across the state;keeping the Legislature informed regarding future BRAC activity, and on the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s installations; andmaintaining a library of all research and data regarding federal facilities and installations across Ohio.Ohio’s federal facilities include Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Springfield Air National Guard Base, the Defense Logistics Agency and NASA Glenn Research Center.The commission also recommended the state develop a long-term strategy for preserving its facilities and installation. Several recommendations are aimed at enhancing the value of the state’s military installations, including one to “aggressively fund public-public and public-private initiatives.” Other recommendations call for the state to:develop strategies to optimize utilities consumption at Ohio’s federal installations;prepare a contingency plan to provide land or air space for new missions or to mitigate potential encroachment;consider partnerships with federal installation that would offer the state secure storage space in return for investments in entrance security; andconsider improving the availability of firearms training facilities that could be used by federal installations.The commission recommended the state bolster efforts to commercialize technology developed at its federal and university labs, reported the Dayton Daily News.“It makes a lot of sense,” state Rep. Rick Perales (R) said of the proposal to establish a state official to spearhead efforts to protect the federal facilities’ missions. “I know that Sen. [Chris] Widener and I do not want this to be put on a shelf, it’s too important,” Perales told the paper. Widener (R) supported the creation of the commission and has been a proponent of developing a retention-and-grow strategy.last_img read more

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Exclusive Bigg Boss 13 to have Dayanand Shetty aka Daya of CID

first_imgDayanand Shetty; Meghna MalikinstagramSalman Khan’s Bigg Boss 13 is set to hit the small screens soon and the makers have already started approaching celebrities to participate in the controversial reality TV show.While several popular names have surfaced as of now, International Business Times, India, has exclusively learned that Dayanand Shetty, popularly known as Daya of CID fame, is likely to enter the show. Not just that, popular film and TV actress Meghna Malik aka Ammaji of Na Aana Is Des Laado and actor Karan Vohra are also considered for Bigg Boss 13.Meanwhile, Ankita Lokhande and Devoleena Bhattacharjee have also been approached for the show, although nothing has been confirmed yet, SpotboyE reported.There are rumours that Zareen Khan, who made her debut in Bollywood with Salman Khan in Veer, will participate in Bigg Boss 13 and is also likely to be the first contestant to enter the show.Unlike the last few seasons that had commoners participating along with celebrities, the new season will see only well-known celebrities staying under the same roof in the mad house. The format of having commoners on the show was not working out for the makers, a source had told IBT India that “no Bollywood celebrity is interested to share screen space and test their patience on camera and even the same response comes when we approach big names from the television industry.””Last year, we could not bring big names from television or Bollywood industry. So, our show didn’t do well. The makers wanted Danny D (porn star) and controversial drama queen Mahika Sharma to enter the house. They were offered the biggest deal but they didn’t agree to stay with commoners. And lastly, commoners come to us with fake identities which later get exposed by media, and we are blamed to be scripted,” the source added. Bigg Boss 13Instagramlast_img read more

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Former New Zealand coach all set to apply for Team India head

first_imgThe applications for the position of Indian head coach is flying in and after reports that Mahela Jayawardene and Tom Moody being interested in the position, there is another report which says that former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is too in the fray and his application is expected to come in sooner rather than later.Hesson was the head coach of New Zealand for six years before resigning in 2018. During his stint, the Kiwis were lauded for adopting an aggressive and attractive brand of cricket which saw them making it to the finals of the 2015 World Cup. Also, they were a dominant force in Test cricket in their home conditions. He stepped away from the role and took up the mantle of head coach of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.   Images”Hesson is very much interested in applying for the head coach’s position,” a source told CricketNext. “He has spent a couple of months in India already working with Kings XI in IPL as well as doing television work with the broadcasters. He’ll love to work with a high-profile team like India after a highly successful stint with New Zealand.”They have gone through the requirementsThe report also added that Hesson and his agent have gone through the requirements which are needed to be the head coach. “Hesson and his agent need to be convinced about the conditions of the job as laid down by the BCCI. But chances are that they will be sending their application in soon,” the source added. Mike HessonIANSSince he is also coaching the Kings XI Punjab, the Kiwi will have to submit an affidavit which clears him of any possible conflict of interest, a factor which prevented Gary Kirsten, who was Royal Challenger’s Bangalore head coach, from bagging the position of coaching the Indian women’s cricket team.”Gary Kirsten applied for the women coach’s job earlier this year when he was still employed with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had to furnish an affidavit to the BCCI stating that he would give up his position with the IPL franchise if he was selected for the job. Although Kirsten was the first choice of the ad-hoc Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), he couldn’t accept the position because he was not able to fulfil the terms of the affidavit,” the source further added.last_img read more

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List of every video game ever made compiled by 4chan user

first_imgIt’s not that the internet is host to the craziest people in the world and other places aren’t, it’s just that anonymity allows people to exercise their eccentricities. Case in point, one 4chan user began a list compiling every single video game ever made.With the help of 4chan, the list has grown to around 44,000 games. Even though it’s a plain text document on Pastebin — totaling around four megabytes of data (again, in plain text) — it’ll give your browser a tough time if you try to load it. The list is alphabetized, and there are multiple versions; one version is nearing 100,000 individual entries, but the one getting the most press tops out just below 44,000 titles.Though nutty, the user — appropriately named “Data_baser” on Pastebin — isn’t as insane as he initially sounds. He’s scraping game databases, notably MobyGames, and shoving all the data into an alphabetized list, noting that future updates will merge various databases and eliminate duplicate entries in order to be thorough.If your browser survives loading the list, the fun part quickly becomes trying to find a game that isn’t listed. Though the list attempts to include any kind of video game — mobile games, visual novels, foreign games, and so on — it’s not yet difficult to find games that aren’t listed, assuming you know your gaming history.Impressively, a few BBS door games are actually represented, such as Legend of the Red Dragon and its sequel, but other door games are not. Similarly, the list doesn’t include a host of MUDs (though it does list some), the ancestors of graphical MMOs — but hey, if you can find stuff the list doesn’t include, then it is your unavoidable JRPG-style destiny to contribute.last_img read more

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Pale Moon team releases first version of Basilisk browser

first_imgPale Moon team releases first version of Basilisk browser by Martin Brinkmann on November 17, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: September 28, 2018 – 156 commentsThe Pale Moon team has released the first version of the Basilisk web browser that is based largely on Firefox code.Basilisk is a XUL-based web browser that uses Pale Moon’s layout and rendering engine Goanna, which is a fork of Firefox’s rendering engine Gecko. The browser itself is a fork of Mozilla’s Firefox code base without the technology that went into the creation of Firefox 57 (but with the tech that Mozilla dropped in the process)In short: Basilisk is based on recent Firefox code for the most part that supports legacy features such as XUL which Mozilla dropped with the release of Firefox 57.The development team sees Basilisk “primarily as a vessel for development of the XUL platform”, and as a “potential replacement for Firefox to retain the use of Firefox Extensions”.Basilisk BrowserThe current development version of Basilisk is available for Windows and Linux. On Windows, all versions of Windows starting with Windows 7 are supported. The developers recommend 1 Gigabyte of RAM as a minimum (2 Gigabyte for heavy use scenarios), a modern processor and a dedicated GPU.On Linux, any modern Linux Distribution should do but you should check out the requirements page on the Basilisk website for details on libraries that the browser requires.It should not come as a surprise that Basilisk’s interface looks pretty similar to that of Firefox pre-version 57. It features the same customization options and preferences as Firefox for the most part; and all of these open exactly as they do in Firefox.The browser supports legacy extensions, and you can head over to Mozilla’s AMO site to install them right away in the browser. But the web browser supports WebExtensions as well. Support is experimental right now, and some WebExtension APIs that are Mozilla-specific may not be supported yet.Still, it appears as if Basilisk will support legacy add-ons for Firefox and WebExtensions, and not one or the other.Extensions don’t need to be signed to be installed in Basilisk.Basilisk supports NPAPI plugins as well (just like Pale Moon does), which means that you can run Flash, Java and other plugins in the browser.Other major features that the browser supports are WebAssembly, modern ciphers, HSTS, and basically any feature that modern Firefox supports as well apart from multi-process which it does not support.The development team focuses on advancing the underlying architecture of the browser right now. This means that there won’t be many changes to the browser’s front end or interface.Closing WordsThe initial version of Basilisk works pretty well, and if you have used a recent version of Firefox, you will find yourself right at home. Extensions work, and web compatibility is probably a bit better than that of Pale Moon thanks to the Firefox codebase the browser is based on.Now You: What’s your take on the first version of the Basilisk browser?SummaryArticle NamePale Moon team releases first version of Basilisk browserDescriptionThe Pale Moon team has released the first version of the Basilisk web browser that is based largely on Firefox code.Author Martin BRinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Make your luggage last the whole trip

first_img 2) Clearly label all your baggage and customise your luggage so that it stands out. This will also help limit the accidental removal of your suitcase from the carousel by someone with similar-looking luggage. Lock your bags. 3) Keep valuable items with you. Cellular and electronic devices are the most vulnerable. 4) Check airline tags to ensure correct destination, and make sure of where your luggage will be when transiting. Get to the carousel as soon as possible after landing. When arriving in SA from an international destination, you will need to clear customs first before rechecking your bags to a further domestic destination. 5) If you have golf clubs, oversized or boxed items, these are normally delivered at a separate area for fragile goods near the carousels. Ensure that you keep the tags for these items in a safe place and don’t forget to claim your items before leaving the airport.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Passengers should remain aware of different standards and processes across airports, and still do whatever they can to keep their valuables safe. With thousands of South Africans embarking on local and international travel this festive season, worries about how to keep their luggage and valuables safe during the trip won’t be far behind. But because of dramatically improved security, the vast majority of bags will rejoin their owners intact after the aircraft lands. Additionally, there are a number of steps travellers can take for further peace of mind.“The reputation of South African airports continues to improve following some years of criticism as a result of baggage theft and unprofessional ground services,” said Christian Faure, former Vice President Commercial of Menzies Aviation, which was responsible for ground handling services of a number of leading airlines locally and globally. Even though airports were notorious for baggage theft, baggage mishandling, poor on-time performance, poor safety and security, and poor customer service, this has improved substantially over the last few years; however, he said passengers should still ensure that they keep their belongings as safe as possible by making these preparations:1) Make use of the baggage wrapping service. These services are readily available at most airports within South Africa. Some airlines, like SA Express, offer it as a value-added service at no additional charge to the passenger. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Cuban airline to restart San José – Havana route in November

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica could launch 7 new airline routes and add 2 carriers this year United Airlines announces more nonstop flights to Houston and New York during Christmas season More flights coming: Delta adds Minneapolis and LA routes to Costa Rica JetBlue announces new flight to Costa Rica from Boston starting in November Cuban airline company Cubana de Aviación will offer nonstop flights between Cuba and Costa Rica starting on Nov. 16, the airline confirmed to Cuban media this week.The carrier dropped the route in August 2008. But the airline will reopen the flight as part of an objective to boost tourism between the two countries.“We will offer two weekly flights on Thursday and Sunday departing from Havana in the mornings. [The flights will] last two hours and thirty minutes,” said Walfredo Riverón Rodríguez, corporate communications director.Flights will have a capacity of 85 passengers. Tickets for the route are already available at travel agencies and on the airline’s website, Riverón said.“The route will offer a great opportunity to expand ties between Central American and Caribbean countries and for developing multi-destination routes in the area,” he added.Data from the Costa Rican Tourism Board showed that only 3,372 travelers visited from Cuba last year.Several new routes to Costa Rica have been added recently by major international carriers:–Delta added routes from Minneapolis and Los Angeles.–Southwest will add a direct flight from Baltimore.–United announced nonstop flights from Houston and New York during Christmas time.-And just this week, JetBlue unveiled a nonstop route between Boston and Liberia. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Costa Rica skate and BMX national championships come to Sabana Park

first_imgThe country’s top skaters and BMX bike riders are set to invade Sabana Park on Saturday, April 23, with a full day of competition.Costa Rica’s best have been selected after regional semifinals scattered across the country in Puntarenas, Liberia, Pérez Zeledón, Heredia, Escazú, Cartago and Alajuela. Domestic chocolate drink company Johnny’s is the brand sponsor for the five-year-old skate competition.“It’s a dream come true for us to host this event,” said Johnny’s manager Diana González Rojas at a Tuesday news conference. “We hope these child athletes go past their limits and achieve all their goals with a great showing Saturday.”BMX national champions Lou Uba and David Soto and skate champion Ignacio Obando will make up the judges table at the event, handing out medals for each of the five categories. There will be three categories in the skate championships: Youth, Pro, and Women’s; as well as two categories in the BMX circuit: Youth and Pro.González said Tuesday that more than $3,000 will be awarded in prizes to the medal winners.On top of the skate competition, which lasts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., there will also be artisan vendors, product displays and a closing concert from Costa Rican band Percance.More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the championships on Saturday. Facebook Comments Related posts:La Sele announces 23-man roster for Copa América tournament Copa America Group A: Costa Rica faces stiff opposition Final thoughts from Costa Rica’s short-lived Copa América: Is Ramírez in the hot seat? US coach Jurgen Klinsmann fired on heels of blowout loss in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Family fails to get Tibetan lamas body after prison death

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have refused to release the body of a Tibetan lama who died in a Chinese prison, prompting a sit-in outside the prison by more than 100 Tibetans, a pro-Tibet rights group said Wednesday.The family was informed Sunday that Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, died 13 years into a life sentence on charges of financing and supporting a series of terrorist bombings and secession activities. His supporters say the charges were trumped up to persecute the man. Four benefits of having a wireless security system 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Authorities never responded to the request.In Washington, members of the House of Representatives also demanded Chinese authorities return the lama’s body to his family members for a funeral.At a hearing on Tibet by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Tuesday, movie actor Richard Gere, a longstanding advocate for Tibetan freedom, called the monk “one of the good men of the community” who found commonality between Tibetans and Chinese.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home The prison has not produced the lama’s body after two days of negotiations between the police and the monk’s immediate family, the New York-based Students for a Free Tibet said Wednesday in a statement. The family wants to perform Tibetan Buddhist funeral rites on the body.“Our only request is to have his body,” said Dolkar, the monk’s sister, who was in Dazhu county in southwestern Sichuan province, which borders the Tibetan region. Like many Tibetans, she goes by one name.She said the family also was denied the access to see the lama’s remains, his death certificate and medical records.Calls to the prison were unanswered Wednesday.Tenzin Delek was arrested in 2002 in connection with a blast in Chengdu city that wounded three people.Human rights groups have long said the lama was persecuted by the Chinese and arrested on false charges because he advocated for Tibetan rights. His suspended death sentence was later commuted to life in prison. He continued to maintain his innocence.Students for a Free Tibet expressed concern that the group outside the prison could themselves face danger.Last year, the monk’s family had applied for medical parole for him on the grounds that he suffered from a heart condition, high blood pressure, dizzy spells and problems with his legs that had caused him to fall down frequently. American actor and activist Richard Gere, with Matteo Mecacci, president of International Campaign for Tibet, left, holds a photo of Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, one of the most respected and revered Tibetan lamas, who passed away in custody in a Chinese prison on July 12, during a hearing on Tibet with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Top Stories last_img read more

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New Year Statistics Predictions from MGIC

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology New Year Statistics, Predictions from MGIC February 13, 2012 409 Views “”Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp.””:www.mgic.com/ has released its January statistics, as well as the company’s projections for the year ahead. MGIC reported an estimated $1.3 billion in new insurance contracts for the month, and the company is predicting a minimal rise in contracts for 2012.[IMAGE]Numbers from the fourth-quarter of 2011 show that MGIC handled around $4.2 billion in new contracts, and the company’s new insurance total for the year was $14.2 billion. Data from 2011 shows a solid increase over 2010 findings, with MGIC reporting only $12.3 billion in new contracts for 2010. MGIC stated that it anticipates a slight uptick over 2011 statistics for this year.Delinquent loans were on the decline to start the year, and MGIC noted that its delinquent inventory fell to 174,418 loans to end January, versus 175,839 at the beginning of the month. MGIC’s notices for new delinquencies stood at 13,700 for January, but loan cures, paid loans, and recessions and denials totals served to offset the tally.The company’s recent statistics are in line with fourth-quarter analysis from last year, during which falling delinquencies were reported. However, MGIC’s financial picture wasn’t entirely rosy to conclude 2011, with previous mortgage defaults hitting the company’s bottom line.In Wisconsin, MGIC is also starting 2012 with a new deal in collaboration with “”Fannie Mae””:www.fanniemae.com/, “”Freddie Mac””:www.freddiemac.com/, and the state’s “”Office of the Commissioner of Insurance””:oci.wi.gov/. Through the transaction, MGIC will be able to continue initiating new business without adhering to specific capital rules mandated by state authorities and the GSEs.Minnesota-based MGIC closed 2011 with a $135.3 million loss, which is an improvement over the $186.7 million drop the company recorded at the end of 2010. It’s also worth nothing that MGIC showed $172.9 billion in primary mortgage insurance on 1.1 million loans when December numbers were released.center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-02-13 Abby Gregorylast_img read more

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Targets to counter the changing nature of work

first_imgHow the future of work will be impacted by digital and robotic technology was the focus of a workshop organised on Wednesday by the labour ministry and the University of Nicosia to mark 100 years since the International Labour Organisation (ILO) was founded in 1919.Addressing the workshop, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianides referred to the ILO’s report on the Future of Work, according to which more than 50 per cent of existing jobs will be affected.She highlighted three of the report’s targets: first, investment in people; second, investment in work structures, and third, investment in decent and sustainable work.In a video message, director-general of the ILO Guy Ryder stressed that a viable project for the future of work needs to be built, noting that “rapid changes in our world are putting pressure on already challenged labour markets in many countries”.“Societies are experiencing fundamental transformation driven not only by technological advances but also by demographic employment change and globalisation,” he said. “Polarisation and widening inequality is already evident in the labour market of a number of countries and that includes Cyprus that was hit hard by the impact of the financial crisis some years ago.”Ryder said that Cyprus and the ILO have an excellent cooperation that has been strengthened since 2013 especially on social dialogue, youth employment, labour inspection and noted that the organisation is now assisting Cyprus in its efforts to establish a national minimum wage.The report of the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work proposes a human centred agenda that places people and the work that they do at the centre of economic and social policy and business practices. This agenda has three priorities for action. First, increasing investment in peoples’ capabilities so that they can take advantage fully of the real opportunities that the future of work offers by supporting them through the multiple transitions that they will increasingly face over the course of their working lives. The second priority is to increase investment in the institutions of work and third is to increase investment in decent and sustainable work, the jobs of the future.“The challenge facing us all today is to reinvigorate the social contract that first took shape in 1919 with the foundation of the ILO,” Ryder said, adding that Cyprus was well placed to meet that challenge, as it had a strong tradition of social partnership.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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