Miranda Kerr was named an ambassador of Kids Helpline in Australia on Tuesday.The model – who lost a cousin to suicide – sees Kids Helpline as an important lifeline for young people.“I want every child in Australia to know that there is someone who will listen to them, someone who can talk to them, no matter how big or small the issue,” she said. “We all have challenging days, we all go through moments in our lives where we do need advice. I really want to encourage the younger generations to believe in themselves.”“I have a voice now, and it’s important for me, personally, to use that in a positive way,” she added.Find out more about Kids Helpline here.
Besides the large-scale arrival of troops and tanks on Monday, both Eritrea and Ethiopia continue to conduct troop movements on their sides of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), according to a press briefing by the UN Mission, known as UNMEE, in the Eritrean capital Asmara.Eritrea has maintained its ban on UNMEE helicopters and the Mission’s ability to carry out patrols in at least two sectors of the TSZ remains restricted, adding to the volatility and tension, UNMEE said.Earlier this week the Security Council issued a press statement voicing alarm at the situation and urging Eritrea to withdraw its tanks and troops from the TSZ, which was established after a two-year border war ended in 2000.Asking both sides to exercise maximum restraint, Council members reiterated their support of the peace process, including the implementation of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, and called on Ethiopia to implement fully the Commission’s decision on the border’s demarcation.Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the incursion by the Eritrean military not only violated the integrity of the TSZ, but was in breach of the June 2000 agreement on cessation of hostilities.UNMEE has about 2,300 military personnel in place to help ensure the observance of security commitments agreed to by Eritrea and Ethiopia and to monitor the positions of forces on both sides.
Today, SMMT releases figures for April pre-registrations in the UK car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in April 2004 that were defined as pre-registrations. The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
OSU redshirt senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior center Pat Elflein has been named one of five semifinalists for the Outland Trophy, a prestigious award given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.One of the team captains for the 2016 season, Elflein is starting for a third consecutive season. This year, the two-time first-team all-Big Ten lineman transitioned from guard to center, taking over after the departure of Jacoby Boren.Before the start of the season, there were questions surrounding the front five for OSU. Outside of Elflein and fellow All-American candidate Billy Price, the Buckeyes offensive line includes three first-year starters.Elflein has had a big role in an Ohio State offense that finds itself first in the Big Ten in rushing (267), yards per carry (5.7) and total offense (511.4). The Buckeyes also rank second nationally in scoring (46.5 ppg).Along with the Outland Trophy, Elflein is also one of 20 players in the running for the Lombardi Award, awarded to college football’s best lineman or linebacker, and is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best center.
Then-freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs toward the end zone during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Lanter file photoWith two already listed, the top-10 most important Buckeyes continues as the countdown to kickoff stands at just eight weeks.No. 8 Most Important Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott, sophomore running backAmidst a season filled with outstanding offensive output, Carlos Hyde became OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first 1,000-yard back – despite having missed the first three games of the season.Half a year later, Hyde is a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Buckeyes are looking to fill the 1,521-yard hole that he left.Fortunately for OSU, roaming the sidelines for the Buckeyes during the 2013 season was a former four-star running back prospect, built almost exactly in the likeness of Hyde himself.His name: Ezekiel Elliott.While he may possess Hyde’s lethal combination of size and speed that any running backs coach in America would yearn for, Elliott certainly has a tall task in front of him to replicate the performance of No. 34.In his freshman campaign, Elliott showed flashes of brilliance when provided the opportunity to touch the turf.For instance, Buckeye fans will certainly remember his coming out party against Florida A&M, when the seemingly unknown No. 15 darted onto the field and rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries.Outside of that afternoon, however, Elliott amassed just 16 carries for the rest of the season, which makes prognosticating his impact next season that much more difficult.Elliott’s sophomore campaign could go one of three ways.The first scenario is one in which Elliott mirrors Hyde in almost every circumstance and becomes Urban Meyer’s first multi-season 1,000-yard running back. His immense speed with his “bowling ball” stature gives him an element Hyde never possessed and turns him immediately into a faster version of his predecessor with the same impact each time he touches the ball.This scenario renders itself rather unlikely, but if it were to unfold, OSU could very well be the front-runner to win the 2014 National Championship.The second scenario is the most likely: Elliott is a less experienced, less effective version of Hyde who barely becomes the second 1,000-yard running back under Meyer. Again, Elliott seems to have all the tools but may have trouble adjusting to the college game in his first season as a starter.In the final scenario, Elliott isn’t at all prepared for a starting role in the backfield, forcing senior quarterback Braxton Miller and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson to shoulder the entirety of the offensive load, which figures to be too much and holds OSU back for the entire season.Based on what we saw from Elliott a year ago – if only in a couple of games – it seems as if this would be the least likely scenario.Coach Meyer constantly lauded Elliott last season for his work ethic and his demeanor both on and off the field, which would seem to prove that he’s going to put in the work necessary to ensure this is not the case next season.Again, anything can happen, but this would be more a surprise than an eventuality.Should this list only have consisted of offensive players, it’s easy to see how Elliott could very well rank amongst the top two or three most important Buckeyes.At his best, he could elevate the Buckeyes to a National Championship.At his worst, he could drag OSU to its most mediocre season in Urban Meyer’s tenure.
At the 4th Precious and Base Metals Seminar in London last week, GFMS presented its half-year findings at the launch of Gold Survey 2007 – Update 1. Executive Chairman Philip Klapwijk noted an overall rise in global gold mine production for the six months to June of almost 3% year-on-year.Dominating the global shift, remarkable growth was recorded in Indonesia, primarily due to substantial gains at the giant copper/gold Grasberg mine, which lifted the country’s first-half gold production by 83% compared to the same 2006 period. China posted very strong growth in gold mine production year-on-year, to total 129 t for the first-half of 2007.Mitigating the rise seen in Asia, other continents including Africa and Latin America showed losses to gold production, the latter trimming almost 25 t off first half gold output compared to 2006.Globally total cash costs rose sharply across-the-board, increasing on average by 21% year-on-year for the first half of 2007. The most significant rise was seen in Australia, where several of the country’s major mines experienced surging cost increases of over $100/oz. Nevertheless, with the increase in gold price, simple cash margins on a global basis were maintained at just below $300/oz.Looking ahead, output in the second half may prove more muted, potentially recording a modest decline, due in part to an expected fall in Indonesian production. Nevertheless, GFMS expects mine output for the full year to grow moderately. China, which has established itself as the world’s second largest producer after seven years of strong, continued growth looks set to become the new world leader, especially if South Africa continues to decline. Recent production announcements have been made at three notable operations, namely Tanjianshan, Jinfeng and CSH 217, with output expected to ramp up through the rest of the year.In just 40 pages, Update 1 identifies the most important economic, sociopolitical and market-specific issues facing the gold market. The publication can be ordered from GFMS Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web Site: www.gfms.co.uk, Online Shop: http://shop.gfms.co.uk
If you love a good cup of espresso but hate the excess energy required to make one, the Airspresso might just be for you. The device makes you a hot cuppa in almost the same way as a traditional espresso maker. The difference is, instead of using steam, it uses air from a bike pump.It looks a little like a miniature water bottle, but the Airspresso is actually a tiny espresso maker. All you need to do is add your coffee, water, and a filter, and then attach a pump to make it nice and creamy. You will have to find a way to heat the water yourself, but since the gadget is designed for outdoor use, chances are you’ll have a fire going for that purpose.Sounds like a great idea, albeit with one major, potentially crippling flaw: it costs $180. That’s one expensive cup of energy-free espresso.Via Wired
The markets have placed their money on the Greek economy recovering from the protracted recession, pouring billions of euros into banks, other companies and the state. In so doing, they have chosen to give limited significance to political risk. In about two weeks, their assumption will be put to the test as millions of Greeks cast their ballot to choose a representative for the European Parliament and indirectly determine the fate of the coalition government. It is difficult to gauge whether the markets are right in downplaying the political risk, but increased uncertainty may lead to surprises.Public finances have been the economy’s Achilles’ heel for a long time and the main reason Greece was forced to undertake the biggest-ever sovereign debt restructuring in history. Unlike other eurozone countries, the Greek private sector debt has been modest and manageable. Of course, the loss of international competitiveness in the years after joining the euro in 2001 also constituted a problem and this is perhaps more important for the economy’s long-term health. After all, it was the country’s cut-off from market financing in the spring of 2010 on the back of chronic large budget deficits, leading to a huge public debt and an unprecedented crisis mismanagement by the PASOK government at the time which did the damage.So, the markets are right to look at Greece’s underlying fiscal position, especially the primary budget and the cyclically-adjusted primary balance, and to conclude that it is in relatively good shape and likely to get better. They are not like some academics who draw conclusions about the fiscal situation by including one-off items, such as money spent on bank recapitalisation, already burdening the debt in the primary balance, or others who apparently disagree with established international government accounting rules.Market participants, especially bond investors and speculators, are also right to look at the profile of the Greek public debt and see it carries a low funding rate and a small refinancing risk with annual redemptions ranging between 4 and 10 billion euros after 2015. And this is before the much-touted debt relief measures. They all understand that they will get their money back in full while enjoying a yield pickup compared to other eurozone securities when they buy into bonds issued by the state or state-controlled companies like Public Power Corporation (PPC). This perception helped the state raise 3 billion euros by selling five-year bonds in April and PPC raise 700 million euros by selling three- and five-year paper.In addition, the markets understand that the economy cannot remain depressed forever and it will recover. This is likely to coincide with the phasing out of fiscal austerity measures, an expected good tourism season and a likely rebound in investment spending from extraordinary low levels that may come as soon as this year. The recovery story and a low share price, compensating for the perceived risk, explains why real money accounts and hedge funds from abroad participated in the share capital increase of Eurobank lately and Piraeus’ and Alpha Bank’s before that, spending more than 5 billion euros in total. It could also explain why they may give National Bank the 2.5 billion euros it is seeking in the next few days.Market participants rightly assume that Greece will remain in the eurozone and abide by its rules. From their point of view, this means their investments will be protected in case any Greek government decides to act irrationally in the future. “Is there any major political party advocating Greece’s exit from the eurozone?” Mark Mobius, the guru of emerging markets, had answered last fall in Athens after being asked to assess the political risk in relation to privatisations and potential bank capital enhancements. This is the prevailing view among international investors even now. And although this view is fundamentally right, Greek political risk may manifest itself in the next two weeks, following the outcome of the European Parliament elections. So far, most polls show the leftist SYRIZA party leading conservative New Democracy by a relatively small margin, usually ranging between 0.5 and 3 points, and the junior coalition partner PASOK party doing poorly. However, these estimates should be viewed with a lot of caution.According to pollsters, it takes multiple phone calls to people to get the same sample compared to the past as many people hang up the phone when they hear what it is all about and sometimes even resort to insults.So, the margin of error is much bigger than it used to be and the election outcome will be affected by the decision of many who are angry on whether to vote or not. At this point, it looks as if SYRIZA does not have the momentum one would have expected going into the final stretch. This may herald problems for the party if some of the traditional PASOK voters who have flocked to SYRIZA go back to their roots or vote for somebody else. One may argue it also looks good for the conservatives but it will mean little if New Democracy trails the leftist party by more than 4 points. In the latter case, and depending on PASOK’s performance under the umbrella of Elia, the political risk will rise sharply.All-in-all, the markets have reasons to take a more sanguine view of the macroeconomic situation and political risk in the medium-to-long term. However, they may have underestimated political risk on the shorter-time horizon. Although most opinion polls back their view, pointing to a benign election scenario on May 25, social discontent and higher uncertainty may hide surprises. Political risk should not be ignored.*Dimitris Kontogiannis holds a PhD in macroeconomics and international finance. This article was first published in the Greek daily Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
He expressed strong support for the CEO Louise Herron, explaining his reaction when he first heard of the plan.“I was in pain. I was very worried. I was very cranky. Especially to accuse the beautiful lady we had at the Opera House. She is an ambassador for the Opera House. She’s a hard worker. She really loves the Opera House. Really wants the Opera House to be a focus all around the world.”He also expressed his disappointment on hearing the Jones interview with Ms Herron.“Yes I heard it and I was very disappointed. It was a very bad time for Mr Alan Jones to say those words against Louise. I know Alan Jones because he interviewed me more than 15 years ago. I know what kind of man he is. He loves the Opera House. We protested together on the steps of the Opera House when they started building Circular Quay and he was a big supporter of the Opera House. I was surprised when he said those words to the Opera House and to Louise. But I’m very happy now because he apologised and we hope to forget everything.”Long-serving Opera House worker and now recently retired Steve Tsoukalas, with his family.The actual projection took place last Tuesday evening in front of about 3,000 protesters who attempted to disrupt the projection by shining their own lights.Afterwards, Racing NSW CEO Graeme Hinton said: “We were surprised by a little bit of the backlash behind this … With The Everest, we do want to be a bit disruptive. We want to make this an event on the world stage, so we’ve learnt some lessons in how to make that happen. I don’t think we’ll be going quite down this path again.” The bold, brash, promotional push by Racing NSW to win the hearts and minds of race fans and punters by using the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House to advertise the Everest Cup horse race, has stoked a fierce debate about the use of a cultural icon for advertising. However, it’s also put under the spotlight the actions of media figure Alan Jones and the politicians said to be unduly influenced by him, in overturning the initial decision of the Opera House CEO not to allow the Racing NSW proposal to go ahead.Last Friday, Jones interviewed the Opera House CEO Louise Herron about her decision to only allow the jockey’s colours of the various horses to be projected during a six minute presentation coinciding with the barrier draw on Tuesday, as opposed to Racing NSW’s proposal of colours, names, numbers and logos.“Who the hell do you think you are?” responded Jones, who has a strong interest in the racing industry, and called for the sacking of the CEO, threatening to speak to the Premier on the matter. Following Jones’ threats, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian intervened by overriding the Opera House’s decision and coming up with what it claimed was a compromise plan.The Jones interview and its aftermath aroused criticism of Jones for bullying and for having an undue influence on politicians.One man who paid close attention to all the goings on was recently retired Opera House worker Steve Tsoukalas.Tsoukalas retired earlier this year to spend more time with his beloved family, after 50 years of working, initially during the construction phase of the building, and then as a maintenance worker. His remarkable story featured in a Neos Kosmos article Guardian of the Opera House published earlier this year.“I was involved a very long time with the sails. I replaced a lot of tiles on the sails. Thousands of workers, they worked in the Opera House. One of them was I, but I was the luckiest one to finish 50 years,” Tsoukalas said, speaking on Radio National this week, expressing his feelings about the decision to use his beloved Opera House to promote a horse race.“It was a terrible thing for the politicians to say that. The building is the icon of this country. I was working very hard for the last 50 years to build up that beautiful building. We don’t want to see the Opera House sails advertise gambling.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAmazon wants to create some new opportunities for business owners.In response to the exploding e-commerce industry and the need to bring those parcels and packages more quickly to customers, Amazon is encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs to deliver packages for Amazon Prime.Here’s how it works: with an initial investment of at least $10,000, an individual can lease five Amazon brand vans. The business onwer will be plugged into Amazon’s software which will determine where the drivers should go.With the support and backing of the online retailer, the business owners will qualify for lower rates on insurance and fuel. According to Amazon, an owner will be able to make as much as $300,000 a year in profits by operating a full-sized fleet of 40 vans and managing 100 employees.Developing an army of independent delivery partners will benefit Amazon in covering the so-called “last mile” in its delivery system, which is the final leg between the shipping center and the customer’s doorstep.Currently, third party operators such as FedEx, United Parcel Service and the United States Postal Service handle most of the last mile logistics.By shifting that function to hundreds of these new small businesses, Amazon gains greater control over the delivery process and the customer experience while avoiding the added tasks of operating the vehicles and managing employees.Steven Osinski, who teaches marketing at San Diego State’s School of Business said the end result is giving Amazon more influence. “I think Amazon’s ultimate goal is to control the air, the trucking as well as the last mile,” Osinski said.The marketing expert said the delivery business is also a good opportunity for the motivated entrepreneur. “I think it’s people who basically have been in some level of business and they finally want to have the experience of starting their own business. The economy in America is thankfully, doing well right now for many people and as a result, I think a lot of people are saying ‘I want my fair share of that.’ This is an opportunity and having Amazon backing you up increases your chances pretty significantly,” Osinski said.President Trump has been critical of Amazon’s use of the U.S. Postal Service, saying the Postal Service is losing money at taxpayers’ expense by being used so intensively by Amazon.The Postal Service said its contract with Amazon does in fact, cover its costs. However, those claims may be take on less signficance as Amazon moves forward with the formation of hundreds of private delivery services.If you are interested in learning more about the business opportunity, there is information on Amazon’s website: https://logistics.amazon.com/ June 28, 2018 Sasha Foo, Amazon backs entrepreneurs to form new package delivery service Posted: June 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter
As the 2017 Global Citizen Festival approaches, a trailer full of GRAMMY winners looks back on last year’s fest in New York City and Mumbai, IndiaPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 7, 2017 – 2:05 pm Global Citizen is a growing platform for activism with celebrity-fueled outreach led by the Global Citizen Festival and its creative director, Coldplay’s Chris Martin. In the lead-up to the 2017 fest on Sept. 23, a trailer recapping the passion and celebration of last year’s New York and Mumbai, India, festival is warming hearts, heating up anticipation and encouraging all of us to take action.The full-length documentary Louder Together: A Global Citizen Documentary; New York To Mumbai will be released on Sept. 13 via Verizon’s free go90.com service. Its trailer gives a glimpse of how major GRAMMY winners are uniting behind this effort to build a people-powered movement “for a global generation that wants to solve the world’s biggest challenges.”Actor Hugh Jackman’s narration offers the focus that “it’s not about giving money; rather, time and action are the currency of this movement.”For Kendrick Lamar, his involvement is all about “the kids” who are coming up. Rihanna congratulated the Mumbai audience for making a difference in their communities — 80 percent of the seats were awarded free to people who took action. The trailer closes on India’s audience welcoming Jay Z as he strides onstage amplifying Global Citizen’s call.Last year’s participants also included Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, Metallica, Usher, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, and a Central Park audience of 60,000.”When you bring a big festival in, then politicians become interested in being involved,” said Chris Martin. “That’s when changes start to happen.”This movement demonstrates that “a thousand points of light” can be multiplied worldwide, so catch these celebrities’ message that making change happen is about everybody, including you.See The 2017 Global Citizen Festival’s Lineup, Curated By Chris MartinRead more News Global Citizen Festival 2016 Stars Are “Louder Together” Global Citizen Stars Are “Louder Together” global-citizen-festival-2016-stars-are-louder-together Twitter Email Facebook
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /01:13 Listen Gail DelaughterUniversity of Houston Political Science Professor Brandon Rottinghaus says partisan politics are holding up a vote on judicial nominations.There are currently 12 vacancies on the Texas federal bench. Ten are in district courts and two are on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. And those vacancies have been serious enough for court administrators to declare a judicial emergency. University of Houston Political Science Professor Brandon Rottinghaus blames partisan politics. “The length of delays, the number of delays, has gotten higher from the Clinton administration,” says Rottinghaus. “It was exacerbated during the Bush administration and now it has exploded during the Obama administration.” So if there’s not enough judges, what happens to the cases on the docket?Rottinghaus says people trying to settle legal disputes can only sit and wait, and that creates even more problems.“You may have businesses that have to re-prioritize in the short term,” adds Rottinghaus. “You have groups in the long-term that aren’t able to plan ahead because they don’t know the resolution of certain kinds of legal outcomes. You also have the judicial system itself which has to accommodate for a set of missing judges.”As for when the full Senate will vote on the nominees, Rottinghaus says it appears many lawmakers are waiting to see who wins the presidential election in November.
Torres wrote in the opinion that the firm, Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, failed to properly consider the medical facts before making the decision not to operate.She said that it was up to the firm to prove that “the application of any criteria screening out individuals with HIV was ‘necessary’.”The ruling comes after Mark Milano filed the lawsuit in 2015 and claimed that the firm had a blanket policy of refusing surgery to anyone who is HIV positive no matter the circumstances.Related: Donald Trump manages to forget about the LGBT community on World AIDS DayLawyers for the firm said that the case boiled down to whether their licensed physicians could be held liable for refusing the surgery based on their own judgement of the patients’ medical history.They wrote: “This case is not about a physician who holds discriminatory animus toward HIV+ patients. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A judge has ruled that a cosmetic surgery firm which refused to operate on three patients because of their positive HIV status did so wrongly.U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres ruled that the decision to deny breast reduction surgery to three men violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Importantly, this case is not about fear of infection by the physician or his staff when treating HIV+ patients.”However, the judge concluded that the blanket refusal of HIV positive clients was “insufficient”.Related: Around half of HIV+ people in Asia-Pacific don’t have access to life-saving drugsThe claimant’s lawyer, Ali Frick, said: “Discrimination against people living with HIV remains a pervasive problem.“A doctor cannot hide behind his medical degree to discriminate against patients.”Scott Schoettes, an attorney and HIV Project director at Lambda Legal told NBC News: “Sadly, this type of discrimination — even by doctors — is far too common.“Twenty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided (in Bragdon v. Abbott) that health providers cannot hide behind their personal ignorance regarding the facts about HIV to deny people services.“Very rarely would a person’s HIV status provide a valid medical reason not to perform a health service, and people living with HIV should know that and assert their rights in situations like this.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Russia bans another gay website, one dedicated to HIV education‘Stunning victory’ as US surgeon-generals call for an end to intersex surgeryWATCH: Parenting group wants more HIV positive people to consider becoming parentsPINK NEWS-
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Air Partner plc acquisition of SafeSkys LimitedAir Partner plc acquisition of SafeSkys LimitedAir Partner’s Consulting & Training division acquires leading provider of Environmental and Air Traffic Control services to UK & International airports Air Partner plc (“Air Partner”), the global aviation services group, is pleased to announce the acquisition ofSafeSkys Limited (“SafeSkys”), a leading Environmental and Air Traffic Control services provider to UK & International airports.The acquisition has been funded from Air Partner’s existing cash resources, aligns to Air Partner’s long-term strategy and objectives, and is expected to be earnings enhancing in its first full year of ownership. SafeSkys reported revenue of c. £1.8m for the year ended 31 July 2016.SafeSkys was founded in 1993 by Richard Barber, and over the past 24 years of his ownership, has grown to be recognised as a leading provider of Environmental and Air Traffic Control services working across 16 civilian and military airports in the UK, employing over 80 trained staff working every day onsite at the customer airport.EnvironmentalSafeSkys is a global leader in Wildlife Hazard Management & Bird Control Services with experience and expertise built up over 24 years serving the needs of civil and military customers. The environmental habitat is a real and constant risk to an airport environment, both ground and air, and all international airports must comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation (“ICAO”) regulations making bird-strike reporting mandatory.SafeSkys Consulting & Training activity delivers a range of services such as ICAO 13km Surveys and Wildlife Hazard Management Plans (“WHMP”), reports necessary for international airports to comply with regulations and advising on preventative measures to control future bird strikes and other wildlife risks. Consulting & Training projects are undertaken internationally.Air Traffic Control (ATC) ServicesSafeSkys holds European Regulation (EC) 1035/2011 status as an Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). This is regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority Safety & Airspace Regulation Group (UK CAA SARG).As an accredited ANSP with equal experience of serving the needs of civil and military customers for over 24 years, SafeSkys is able to provide the complete turnkey package for Airport ATC Services, whether an individual ATC Officer, Flight Information Service Officers or ATC engineers to manage ATC communications and navigation aids. SafeSkys currently provides turnkey ATC Services at three UK airports.As part of Air Partner’s Consulting & Training division, SafeSkys ATC and Environmental activities will extend the group’s capabilities, scale and international presence in Aviation Safety, and is highly complementary to our activities in aviation regulation, compliance and safety management and fatigue risk management. Once integrated SafeSkys will rebrand as Air Partner SafeSkys and will benefit from Air Partner’s long term management approach, financial strength and transparency and global office infrastructure.Taurus London acted as Lead Adviser to Air Partner plc.Mark Briffa, Chief Executive of Air Partner, said: “SafeSkys has built a great reputation providing Environmental and Air Traffic Control services to UK and international airports. I am delighted to welcome Richard Barber and the SafeSkys staff and customers to the Air Partner group. SafeSkys specialist activities in sectors core to Aviation Safety, and the team’s passion and customer focus, make SafeSkys a great acquisition for Air Partner, adding to our capabilities in managed services, consulting & training, and extending our activities with the Airport customers. We look forward to supporting SafeSkys UK and International growth in the years ahead with investment in organic initiatives and complementary acquisition.”Richard Barber, Founder and CEO of SafeSkys, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the great team at SafeSkys and for our customers, and it is a natural development for the company after 24 years of successful operation and growth at the forefront of the industry. I am delighted that we join a global aviation services group which shares our passion for delivering world class customer services and excellence in Aviation Safety. We are confident that Air Partner’s long term strategy and approach, their global office infrastructure, financial strength and transparency will enable us to enhance our offering and develop the business even further.”Source = Air Partner plc
in Data Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Service Providers 2013-12-18 Tory Barringer November saw new housing starts jump to a nearly six-year high, the “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ and “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD revealed Wednesday in a “”joint release””:http://www.census.gov/construction/nrc/pdf/newresconst.pdf.[IMAGE]According to initial estimates, starts ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million, a 22.7 percent spike from October and the highest rate since February 2008. Last November, Census/HUD reported a rate of 842,000.[COLUMN_BREAK]Housing starts were at an adjusted annual rate of 889,000 in October, which in turn represented an increase from September; the release of that data was delayed until Wednesday due to budget concerns following the month’s shutdown.The improvements in new construction happened through two months in which builder confidence (as measured by the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx) remained stagnant at an index reading of 54. It remains to be seen how “”December’s climb””:https://themreport.com/articles/builder-confidence-ends-year-on-high-note-2013-12-17 in confidence might affect new starts going into 2014.Single-family housing starts contributed 727,000 (adjusted annual rate) to November’s total, while the rate for multifamily buildings was about 354,000.Building permits in November were issued at a rate of 1.01 million, a slight decline from October’s five-year high–but still an elevated rate compared to recent months. Single-family permits were issued at a rate of 634,000, a 2.1 percent bump from October’s revised figure of 621,000. Housing Starts Reach Highest Rate in Almost 6 Years December 18, 2013 456 Views Share
‘The Ferryman’ wins big at Evening Standard stage awards LONDON – Jez Butterworth’s powerful drama “The Ferryman” won three prizes, including best play, at London’s Evening Standard Theater Awards on Sunday.Sam Mendes was named best director for Butterworth’s tale of the past coming back to haunt a Northern Ireland family. Actor Tom Glynn-Carney won the emerging talent award for his role in the play.Andrew Garfield was named best actor for the revival of AIDS drama “Angels in America.” Glenda Jackson took the best actress prize for her performance in the title role of “King Lear,” which marked her return to the stage after 25 years in politics.Meatloaf musical “Bat Out of Hell” was named best musical. Former “Glee” cast member Amber Riley won best musical performance for “Dreamgirls.”Hosts for the ceremony included Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and actress Cate Blanchett. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2017 6:02 am PDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2017 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
‘The Quintland Sisters’ reimagines the Dionne quintuplets’ childhood on display It was a story stranger than fiction: Five identical girls, made famous by dint of their against-all-odds existence, separated from their family to become one of Canada’s biggest tourist attractions at a profit to many, including the Ontario government.Despite the incalculable ink that’s been spilled over the Dionne quintuplets, author Shelley Wood says the full truth may never be known about the girls’ cloistered childhood inside Quintland, the compound near North Bay, Ont., where the girls were raised on public display.That’s in part why Wood said she turned to historical fiction in her new novel, “The Quintland Sisters,” to wrestle with the ways in which a host of outside actors, of varying intentions, capitalized on the sensation surrounding the quintuplets — and to some extent, the Kelowna, B.C.-based writer admits, she’s also complicit.“A lot of people have really, really entrenched beliefs about what happened way back when,” Wood said in a phone interview. “My hope, most of all, is that people would come away not angry at me for the fictional choices I made, but rather, inspired to rethink some of the things they thought about prior.”At the height of their Depression-era fame, the Dionne quintuplets were household names in Canada, with fans across the globe following their every childhood milestone in the news. But today, the two surviving sisters, Annette and Cecile Dionne, lead largely private lives.Fearing what she sees as a dark chapter in Canadian history was on the verge of being forgotten, Wood said she gave herself the “fictional licence” to reimagine the quintuplets’ early years, using the sisters’ own accounts in their autobiographies to anchor the historical elements of her tale.“These women have been through so much, and even just daring to imagine what a small portion of that was like is a little bit of arrogance on my part,” said Wood, who is donating a share of the novel’s proceeds to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.“I hope that they understand my motives for doing this, and I hope to meet them in person one day if that’s something they want.”Wood said she sent the 84-year-old sisters an advance copy of the novel, which they were unable to read due to vision loss, a family spokesman said in an email.“This book is clearly and unambiguously presented as a fictional version of a major chapter of worldwide media history,” said Carlo Tarini, a communications consultant who works with the sisters. “Sadly, the true and tragic story of the Dionne quintuplets never needed enhancement to demonstrate the incredibly high cost of unwanted celebrity.”“The Quintland Sisters” is told from the perspective of invented characters on the periphery of the quintuplets phenomenon, beginning the day of their premature birth on May 28, 1934 in a farmhouse near Corbeil, Ont., to francophone parents already struggling to care for their five older children.With the Ontario government’s intervention, Anette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne Dionne were installed in a custom-built hospital/nursery across the road from their family homestead, where they were tended to by a team of nurses and teachers. At its peak, Quintland brought an estimated $500 million to the northern Ontario economy, when five million tourists observed the girls through one-way glass.By alternating between fictionalized journal entries and correspondence and archival news clippings, Wood sought to juxtapose the “fairy tale” public narrative against the tensions simmering within Quintland over the toddlers’ care and commercial success. Many of these clashes played out along Canada’s dividing lines, she said, pitting anglophones against francophones, Protestants against Catholics, and monied medical professionals against the impoverished Dionnes.In the 1990s, three of the quintuplets and their late sister’s descendants received a $4-million settlement from the Ontario government after raising concerns about the alleged mismanagement of a trust fund that had been set up to provide for their future.Wood said the quintuplets’ upbringing in what amounted to a “public zoo” left the them ill-prepared to navigate the world on their own, serving as a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of modern-day reality stardom.“As much as we want to know the behind-the-scenes story of any given celebrity, we also know in our hearts that they are entitled to their privacy and their independence. And that really wasn’t given to the Dionne sisters for many, many years,” she said.“I think that we as a society need to look at how much we enjoy the spectacle of watching people squirm in the public eye, and what the long-term impact of that is.”“The Quintland Sisters,” published by William Morrow, hits bookstores Tuesday.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2019 9:08 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The Nicosia municipal swimming pool will start operating daily from May 20 until mid-September from 10am until 7pm, the municipality announced on Monday.According to the announcement, entrance fees remain the same as last year.Daily charges are €6 for adults, €5 for students, soldiers and minors while children up to 5 years old can enter free of charge. There are also special offers for families and groups.Sunbeds are available for €2.Seasonal fees are €55 for students, soldiers and individuals younger than 18 and €85 for adults. Couples with more than two children are offered reduced fees.From Monday, June 3 until the end of the summer season, free water-aerobics lessons will be offered to those who have purchased a seasonal ticket, from 8am to 9am daily from Monday to Friday.Parking outside the swimming pool is free for pool users in designated areas.For more information contact the municipal swimming pool at 22-797646 or 22-797647, the citizen service and information office at 22-797007 or visit www.nicosiapool.org.cy.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDirectExposeMan Purchases 42 School Buses For $300 And Buries Them UndergroundDirectExposeUndoScience101If You See Square Waves Better Take CoverScience101Undo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola