2014 Exceptional Year for Government Action Official

Rabat – Communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said Thursday that 2014 was an exceptional year for government action thanks to achievements and undertaken reforms.The year 2014 was rich with undeniable accomplishments at the economic, social and organizational levels, said El Khalfi at a press briefing after the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by head of government Abdelilah Benkirane.Economically, this year was marked by stopping oil products subsidies which helped control deficit levels and bring down the subsidy fund budget from 56 billion dirhams in 2013 to 35 billion dirhams in 2014, he underlined, saying that this budget will be further decreased to 23 bln MAD in 2015. Socially, this year witnessed the launch of the dialogue on civil pensions’ reform and a large-scale project on civil society which led to making March 13 a National Day for Civil Society, he said.El Khalfi also recalled the implementation, in the same year, of anti-corruption measures which enabled Morocco to gain 12 points in the Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International.2014 was also marked by the reduction of medicine prices, the implementation of job loss allowance, the adoption of a draft law on compensation for work accidents and the generalization of university scholarships, he said. read more

Man found dead after fire

A man is dead after a fire last night in an apartment building on Queenston Road in Stoney Creek.Firefighters responded around 9 pm to battle a blaze in a unit on the fourth floor at 971 Queenston Road — just east of Centennial Parkway.Damage was limited to the one unit, but when firefighters entered, they found the man inside.Queenston Road was blocked for a couple of hours until the fire was put out.The fire marshal’s office has been called to investigate.

Germanys ZEW investor confidence index falls unexpectedly in July to minus 196

Germany’s ZEW investor confidence index falls unexpectedly in July to minus 19.6 points by News Staff Posted Jul 17, 2012 7:37 am MDT FRANKFURT – A key measure of German investor confidence fell unexpectedly in July in another sign that the eurozone financial crisis is weighing on Europe’s largest economy.The ZEW institute said Tuesday its index fell for the third month in a row to minus 19.6 points from minus 16.9 in June. Market analysts foresaw a small increase to minus 15.0.Germany is the largest economy in the 17-country eurozone and has an outsized impact on the currency union and its efforts to dig out of a crisis over too much government debt. It has enjoyed economic growth and low unemployment even as financially troubled countries such as Spain and Italy were sinking into recession. German growth of 0.5 per cent in the first quarter kept the eurozone as a whole from sliding into recession, and the German economy is still expected to post modest growth this year.Yet economic indicators have worsened recently as the financial turmoil heightened economic uncertainty among other eurozone members — who are also Germany’s main trade partners. The European Central Bank cut its key interest rate July 5 to a record low 0.75 per cent to stimulate the eurozone economy.The ZEW remains well below its long-term average of plus 24.0.Carsten Brzeski, an analyst with ING bank in Brussels, said Germany should still escape a sharp downturn, noting the ZEW index has in the past been a better indicator for investor perceptions of the eurozone crisis than of German economic growth.Data on German industrial production and private consumption remained stable, he noted. “The economy has not yet escaped the risk of a contraction in the second quarter but a severe deterioration, as in most other eurozone countries, should be avoided,” he wrote in a note to investors.Jennifer McKeown, senior European economist at Capital Economics Ltd in London, took a more bearish view and predicted Germany would suffer a recession with GDP falling by 1.0 per cent next year. “Germany’s earlier economic resilience is at an end,” she said.The Mannheim-based ZEW, or Centre for European Economic Research, surveyed 273 investment analysts July 2-16 about their about their expectations for the next six months. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

14 Awarded Eagle Scouts in the Tavaputs District

By Julie JohansenThe Tavaputs Scouting District awarded 14 young men their Eagle Scout Advancement at the district banquet Saturday evening.The National Anthem was sung by the Guymon family as the scouts made the presentation of the flag. Scouting leaders Danna Gray, Bart Cox and Sherol Childs made the Eagle presentations while Mary Alice Johnson from the Elks BOPE 1550 gave each young man an American flag and certificate.The young men that completed the requirements for the Eagle Scout included Asher Wyatt Beagley, Elijah Kai Beagley, Dalton Scott Birch, Christopher Brady Boren, Treven Degn Brazier, Mason Isaac Cordner, Allen D. Durrant, Keldon Starr Guymon, Lon Kayson Huntsman, Edward William Olsen, Ethan Olsen, Cannon Lance Sharp, Justin V. Guymon and Stuart Malone Moss. Three of the recipients are serving missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so their parents received the plaque, flag and certificate for their son.The guest speaker for the evening was Joe Hicks. Hicks, a former resident of Price, spoke to the boys about two formulas; one for success and the other for lasting relationships. Both formulas gave ties to the Scout Law, including commitment, trust and character. Hicks challenged the young men to go after their goals and passions by practicing every day, studying, performing, and seeking mentors.Johnson then spoke about the Elks commitment to the Eagle Scout Program, stating that each Eagle Scout must have a desire to serve their God and practice patriotism. read more

Single and looking Ohio State mens tennis Blaz Rola in need of

A member of the Ohio State men’s tennis team is single and looking – for a new doubles partner, that is. Blaz Rola, a junior from Slovenia, wants to continue the streak of success he had last season into this year. The Buckeyes (8-1) entered the 2013 season coming off a record-setting 2012 campaign, when then-sophomore Rola and his then-senior doubles partner Chase Buchanan became the first tandem in collegiate men’s tennis history to capture three major national championship titles in a single season. The then-No. 1-seeded duo finished their season with a 36-4 overall record and a perfect 14-0 run in three major tournament victories – D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships, USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships and NCAA Championships. “(Blaz and Chase) were two guys who put a lot into their tennis game, and two guys who have a deep appreciation for OSU athletics. It was great to see those guys accomplish (tournament wins),” said coach Ty Tucker. Rola said the pair’s accomplishments stemmed from complementing one another’s games well. “I was more of a baseline game guy, staying in the back, and (Chase) was more with the quick hands on the net with the volleys. Our returns worked so well in doubles, and that’s what made us a great team,” Rola said. After the celebrations had died down and the trophies were placed in glass cases, the partners had to face a certain reality – Buchanan was graduating, and Rola was staying behind. Rola said that Buchanan, who graduated as one of OSU’s most decorated athletes ever, has gone on to join the United States Tennis Association professional national team in Florida. Buchanan did not provide comment despite multiple attempts to reach him. The OSU men’s tennis team has since been faced with the task of finding a new partner for Rola in the wake of the All-American talent it had in Buchanan. “To replace Chase is going to be really, really hard – almost impossible. I don’t think I can find someone that I had such a great chemistry with,” Rola said. “But I’m 100 percent sure that I can find, out of the (11) players we have, a partner that I have chemistry with.” Tucker said the team ensures its consistent play by learning a universal formation that translates to flexibility in pairing for doubles game. “We play the same doubles formation on all three courts. You’re going to lose people in college tennis to injury, and you’re going to lose people to graduation, so everyone has to be on the same page,” Tucker said. “We’ve been fortunate enough in doubles to win some points because all three courts play the same system and everyone is taught the same way.” Even as the team draws close to the middle of its season, Rola said he’s not yet found the new partner for him. “Changing partners for me at least is not such a big deal … I’ve played with (redshirt sophomore) Kevin (Metka) a couple matches, I’ve played with (redshirt sophomore) Hunter (Callahan) a couple practice sets, I’ve played with (senior) Connor Smith a couple practice sets. With everyone I’ve played with, it’s just been great … (But) I don’t have a specific partner,” Rola said. Smith, one of Rola’s doubles partners this year, said he has enjoyed helping the team out in doubles play so far. “(Chase’s) shoes are huge shoes to fill … so I’m not really trying to fill any shoes. I’m just doing my best to help out the team and get a point,” Smith said. Smith said the team aims to repeat its doubles win at the NCAA tournament this year. “(To win) is our whole goal. We go (to) a tournament to try and win it and bring something back for our season,” Smith said. Rola could not repeat his coveted three-peat from last year because he spent the fall playing tournaments in Europe. As the season continues, Tucker said he is willing to continue experimenting up until tournament time to find the right player combinations. “You’ve got to make sure that all three doubles spots have the best chance to win, and sometimes you have to split people up,” he said. The Buckeyes are set to continue tournament play on Friday at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash. read more

DOZ coppergold mine breaks production record for single footprint block cave mine

first_imgPT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) Underground Deep Ore Zone (DOZ) mine production team reached a production record of 100,103 dry metric tonnes (DMT)/day on April 23, 2010. “This is a historic milestone and world record in block cave production from a single footprint mine. We only pass this point once, and we could not be prouder of our DOZ production team, their teamwork, and safe production efforts in reaching this point. Much congratulations on this wonderful achievement,” said PTFI Executive Vice President – Operations John Mosher.“This achievement makes us look forward even more to our long-term goal of reaching safe production of 240,000 t/d at the Underground mines. We would also like to especially relate our deepest appreciation and thanks to the Ore Flow team for their continued support to ensure we reach our goal. With good teamwork and planning, we are confident we will be able to reach this goal. Here’s to bigger and better achievements going forward,” stated PTFI Vice President – Underground Kelly Osborne.“We are so proud of our DOZ team on this great achievement, and we are even prouder that this historic point was reached without a single incident that day due to solid teamwork. The team reached over 104,000 wet metric tonnes that day, and in the near-term we are aiming for 120,000 t/d of safe production,” explained PTFI Senior Manager – Underground Operations Joko Basyuni.“It is extraordinary teamwork to be able to achieve 100,000 t/d, one that requires high effort and commitment from all workgroups and related departments involved in the production process. The DOZ 80K work plan started several years ago, and now we have entered that phase and will continue to improve on safe production. We are part of a solid UG Operations team and we will continue to maintain motivation and co-operation with all involved parties in order to produce ore by performing our tasks in accordance with existing standards. Motivation that results in improved contribution and the sense of being an important part of the future of the company are some of the values we instil in the DOZ production team. PTFI’s future mines such as DMLZ, GRS Block Cave, and Kucing Liar, will require competent manpower, and we are prepared to meet that era with employee development that is both appropriate and integrated. It is our hope that this production achievement will be followed by others of similar nature in line with implementation of good mining practices without sidelining the conservation of the existing ore reserve. We are proud [of] this important contribution to the company and will continue [high levels of] occupational health and safety while maintaining high levels of production,” remarked PTFI Manager – Underground Production Sudjatmoko.“The DOZ mine started operating in 2000 with estimated mine life to 2019, and started with low tonnage of 200 t/d. Through various expansion programs up until 2010, we were able to reach 80,000 t/d with some 600 employees. The record of reaching 100,000 t/d is truly a source of pride for all of us and makes us more confident in successful teamwork. Going forward there are many challenges in production, and we will continue to prepare and learn from almost ten years of experience so that we can continue safe production. Many thanks to the production team in the field and to Ore Flow, UG Maintenance, UG Development, and other operations groups on this achievement. We firmly believe that through this synergy we can continue to reach other achievements in the future,” added PTFI General Superintendent – Underground Production Benny Johannes.last_img read more

Hermes iPad 2 cases cost way more than the iPad

first_imgIt’s no surprise that you’d like to drape and protect your new iPad 2 baby in only the best of the best. After all, the cheapest of the second-gen tablet will cost you $500, and we all know you’re going to go with the $829 64GB with Wi-Fi and 3G option. So, what’s a couple hundred more bucks spent on accessorizing your iPad? Hermes, a French high-fashion house with an online store, is selling its own version of the iPad 2 cover, but it’s not cheap.Hermes has two iPad cases that will be available for sale. The first, the Hermes Swift sleeve (pictured below), will be available in 10 colors. And here’s the kicker, it’ll cost 580 euros, or about $820. The second item is the Hermes Station (pictured above), which opens up to use as a real stand. This will comes in four colors. If you thought the price of the Swift was a little too much for this week’s paycheck, then you’ll probably want to start saving for the Station, which has a 990-euro price tag. That’s about $1,400.AdChoices广告The pricing comes as no surprise from Hermes who’s known for selling such high-end products. A keychain there can cost you $240.Both cases are made from fine calf-skin leather. The pictures show the cases in the classic Hermes orange.If you thought the price of Apple’s new iPad 2 covers were high, then this is not the product for you. Apple’s own Smart Cover will do more than the above-mentioned products, and for a fraction of the price. It automatically wakes and puts the iPad 2 to sleep, and it also works as a stand for viewing and typing. It comes in 10 colors, and prices range from $39 for the polyurethane cover to $69 for the leather one.The Smart Cover is actually smart, as we discovered after iFixIt did one of their autopsies on it. In the teardown, they found the iPad 2’s right side had magnets and sleep sensors, which keep the Smart Cover closed. These magnets alternate between polarities, and so do the ones in the Smart Cover, which makes sure the Smart Cover fits as snuggly as possible with your iPad 2.Is it really worth paying more than the product it’s covering for a case that doesn’t actually do anything besides look nice? How much would you be willing to pay for an iPad cover?More at Selectismlast_img read more

Council to bring in private security to help keep the peace in

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4531440 Council to bring in private security to help keep the peace in Temple Bar on Paddy’s Day There were similar arrangements in place last year which the council said worked well to prevent overcrowding and on street drinking. DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has hired private security workers to assist with the policing plan for Temple Bar on St Patrick’s Day again this year.Last year Temple Bar was on lock-down with manned barriers on all routes in and our of the area. Private security guards also helped gardaí to keep the peace.The council has told TheJournal.ie that arrangements in place this year are similar to last year’s plan.“The plan has worked well for the last few years and as such there will be no material changes to 2018 plan.”In a public notice issued this week Dublin City Council and An Garda Síochána said a number of additional public safety measures for the Temple Bar area will be implemented on 17 March. Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland These measures are designed to prevent localised overcrowding and on street drinking which will enhance public safety and enjoyment of the day. There will be an increased garda and security presence in the area to manage the movement of pedestrians and to ensure the responsible enjoyment of alcohol. Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 4:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 9th 2019, 4:01 PM Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Share205 Tweet Email4 16,556 Views 55 Comments “Drinking alcohol in public areas of the city is not permitted. Vehicular access will be restricted, with priority given to pedestrians. It is anticipated that the experience for visitors, residents and businesses alike will be improved as a result,” it stated.Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Licensed Vintner’s Association (LVA), which represents publicans in Dublin, said there will be additional security in bars across the city centre too. “For many a visit to a Dublin pub is an essential part of the St Patrick’s Day experience. Obviously that extra activity does mean there will be more people working in Dublin pubs across the weekend, there will be more staff and more security in place,” he said.The Temple Bar Residents’ Association has said people living in the area have been happy with the plans the council put in place over the last couple of years.Secretary of the association Declan O’Brien told TheJournal.ie: “Maybe four or five years ago it was horrific. It was an accident waiting to happen. It was actually so overcrowded people couldn’t get back to their apartments.”He said the council had consulted with residents after this and tried to improve security and general safety in Temple Bar on the day. “They’ve definitely made steps to improve it, so it will still be busy – especially because it’s falling on a weekend – but we’re not expecting it to be anything like is used to be.” By Michelle Hennessylast_img read more

Free MMR vaccinations offered at March clinics

first_imgLegacy Health and Clark County Public Health will offer free measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations to adults and children, regardless of insurance status.The vaccination clinics will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. March 1, 8, 15 and 22 at Legacy Medical Group — Family Wellness, 1000 Tech Center Drive, Vancouver, Suite 120.According to a Legacy press release, vaccines will be administered at no cost to:• Children who are 1 year and older who have not had their first measles vaccine.• Children who are 4 years and older who have not had their second measles vaccine.• Adults who are under the age of 63 who are unsure if they had the measles and have not had at least one measles vaccine.Some people should not get the MMR vaccine, and should consult their provider if these situation apply to them:• Certain conditions, medications, or treatments that may reduce your immune system.• Pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant in the next two months.For vaccination clinic questions, contact Legacy Health at 503-413-3083 or employeehealth@lhs.org.last_img read more

Black Friday a little less frenzied this year

first_imgNEW YORK — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year.There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans took advantage of stores’ earlier opening hours to do their shopping Thanksgiving Day.That might be hard to stomach for people worried about commercial encroachment on Thanksgiving. But it is good news for bargain-hunters who hate crowds. Whether it’s good news for retailers remains to be seen. Sales estimates for the start of the holiday shopping season will start trickling out later in the weekend.Stores such as Wal-Mart and Target reported brisk Thanksgiving crowds. The colossal Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., said it drew 100,000 people between 5 p.m. Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday, nearly what it draws in a typical full day.On Friday, plenty of shoppers were out, but it wasn’t elbow-to-elbow, said Moody’s analyst Michael Zucchero, at a mall in northern Connecticut.last_img read more

State Rep Dutton Renews Uphill Fight To Abolish the Death Penalty

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:29 Andrew SchneiderState Representative Harold V. Dutton Jr. (D-Houston)Texas is set to carry out its second execution of the year this week, barring a last minute reprieve. There are another seven planned by July. The use of the death penalty has been on the decline in Texas in recent years. But one state representative from Houston has made it his mission to end it all together.Harold Dutton’s law office sits two stories above the Main Street rail line in Midtown. One morning in 2002 he was drinking a cup of coffee and reading his daily paper, “and it talked about an execution that had taken place. And it said that it did it in the name of Texas,” he says. “And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s me.’ And so they did it in my name.”The idea really bothered him. “And I said, ‘I really don’t want them doing it in my name.’”He had already tried to stop new death sentences in Texas, after seeing states like Illinois take similar steps.“The way the death penalty works in Texas now,” Dutton says, “is your case is automatically appealed from the lower trial court all the way up to our Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the highest criminal court, and if they deny your appeal, they send it back to the lower court for setting an execution date.”In 2001, Dutton proposed a bill that would keep the appeals court from sending back any death penalty cases to the lower court for two years. That one made it to the House floor.Then one of Dutton’s opponents spotted what he was doing. “He got up and went to the back mic and said, ‘Representative Dutton, this looks an awful lot like a moratorium.’ And I said, ‘That’s because it is.’ And the whole House stopped, and of course the bill died at that point.”That was before Dutton’s fateful cup of coffee. Dutton offered his first bill to abolish the death penalty in 2003. He’s filed at least one bill to that end every legislative session since.Dutton also began to bring former inmates to testify at the Capitol. Some had been sentenced to die, but were exonerated after DNA or other evidence proved their innocence. Others had pled guilty, even though they weren’t, in order to avoid a death sentence. Dutton says their stories have changed minds but rarely votes.“There are members who have said to me privately, ‘Harold, you know, I like the idea you file that bill every year, but I just can’t vote for it, because I don’t think I’d get reelected,’” he says.Dutton is not the only reason Houston and surrounding Harris County are at the epicenter of the death penalty debate. Kristin Houlé heads the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. She’s tracked the number of death sentences in Texas over the past four decades and broken them down by county.“At the top of that list is Harris County, which has sentenced nearly 300 people to death and accounts for 126 executions,” Houlé says. “That’s more executions than any other state except for Texas as a whole. But even in Harris County, use of the death penalty is declining. No one has been sentenced to death out of Harris County for the last two years.”There are several reasons why death sentences have been falling in Texas. The use of DNA testing, for one. Another is negative publicity over botched executions. Then there’s the cost. Because of the lengthy appeals, it often costs hundreds of thousands of dollars more to execute someone than it does to keep them in prison for life.“I think there has been more of a tendency for juries to opt for the sentencing option of life in prison without the possibility of parole when they have that opportunity,” says Jack Roady, criminal district attorney for Galveston County.Before his election, Roady was a prosecutor with the Harris County DA’s office, and worked on many death penalty appeals. He notes the state legislature only made life without parole an option in Texas in 2005. Roady says that’s fine, “but there are some cases where the sentence of death is the appropriate punishment, and juries in Texas, in fact juries in the country, need to have that ability to impose that punishment if the evidence supports it.”Roady feels most of his constituents aren’t ready to give up the death penalty as a way to punish what he calls “the worst of the worst,” though he says abolition could happen if enough Texans decide that’s what they want.Dutton is counting on that. “Now that the public is also beginning to have a clearer view of the issues related to this whole issue of capital punishment,” he says, “that has made even legislators now have to stop and take a look.”Dutton’s already filed his bill for the 2017 legislative session. He’s hoping, this year, more of his colleagues will join him. EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been edited to accurately reflect changes by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as to the number of executions in the state and the number of scheduled executions.Note: Public radio stations from across the state collaborated on this series looking at the death penalty in Texas – its history, how it’s changed, whom it affects and its future. You can hear other stories in this series on the Texas Standard.TSC X Share Listenlast_img read more

A games industry in transition and why Steam needs to stream

first_imgThe video game industry has been changing at a fairly rapid pace for the last few years, with the speed increasing ever since the current generation of consoles came to market. In the console space the availability of Xbox Live and PSN has made it possible to purchase games digitally and extend games you already own on disc with digitally downloaded content. For PC gamers, digital download stores are fast becoming the norm as piracy means publishers are shipping discs with horrible DRM systems that make playing offline impossible, or upgrading your graphics card undesirable as your games are rendered unplayable.The future, up until recently, certainly looked digital, with everyone downloading their entertainment rather than buying it on a disc. Smartphones and tablets reinforced this by offering up thousands of titles that couldn’t be acquired any other way aside from downloading them. The future was set for digital downloads to become the norm. That was, until another disruptive service entered the market — games that you didn’t need to download, and better yet, that could be played on any device regardless of how powerful it was or what platform the game had originally been created for. This technology allowed a game to be streamed to your device and played remotely, with your input streamed back to a server that was actually powering the game in place of your local hardware.So far there are two such services offering this streaming gaming experience: OnLive and Gakai. Both look set to upset the balance once more for gaming services and consumers alike. If physical media is starting to have trouble competing with digital versions, how do individual platforms compete with a service that can serve up games from any platform, to any device, for a similar price?As these streaming services become better established and sign more deals with publishers, they will disrupt more platforms. However, the first services to be affected will undoubtedly be the digital download services offering up PC titles. The most well-established of these is Valve’s Steam, which offers up just about every major game released on the PC, and regularly holds sales to entice us gamers to purchase a huge library of titles. And yet, Steam’s future was starting to look a little shaky even before OnLive and Gakai turned up. Publishers are realizing the value of offering games direct to consumers in digital form, and some have already opened up competing download stores. The best example of this is EA’s Origin service, which insists you have a login for certain high-profile games released under EA’s label, e.g. Battlefield 3. These — often major — games are also not available through Steam because of what EA describes as unworkable licensing terms.EA may have jumped first by launching Origin, but other big names publishers will surely follow. Gamers could be faced with having to keep several digital store accounts active just to play the games they want. This will certainly put the squeeze on independent stores like Steam, but also less dominant services. Add to that the growing library of games OnLive and Gakai will offer, and the outlook doesn’t seem bright for digital download stores.However, of all the independent digital games stores out there, Valve is the one most likely to take a stand and stop Steam fading into the background. It has taken years to establish Steam as the number one digital games store, and Valve certainly has the money to react to a growing threat. While alternative stores setup by publishers may block some content, there will always be developers and publishers willing to sign up to be distributed through Steam. There’s also that other major advantage Steam has in the form of Half-Life, CounterStrike, Left 4 Dead, and Team Fortress. All very popular titles, and all owned by parent company Valve.The major threat to Steam in the long-term comes from digital streaming services. Valve could react to such competition by developing its own streaming game service, but that’s no small task. As well as figuring out the tech, Valve would have to make major investments in backend hardware allowing hundreds of games to be streamed to players around the world. Would it be willing to make such an investment while existing cloud services gain in popularity and user numbers?There is an alternative though, and it could rocket Steam to the top of the digital gaming services like a bullet.Both OnLive and Gaikai are backed by a number of investors independent of the gaming industry. Valve could approach either service in a bid to take a stake and integrate cloud streaming into Steam. This could happen with Valve being just a customer, but I doubt the company would settle for that seeing as how important Steam is as a service to them. With Valve becoming a (significant) shareholder in either OnLive or Gaikai, it would secure Steam’s future in terms of offering streaming games, help keep both services independent, as well as forming a good investment for Valve going forward. The other advantage this offers is a workaround for the issue of how to offer titles publishers don’t want on Steam directly, as they could be offered as streaming-only titles.There is no easy answer to the threat of streaming from OnLive and Gaikai. Competing directly with them requires huge investment and development commitments, and then there’s sure to be a few patent lawsuits appearing relating to cloud gaming technology. Partnerships may be the better option, but then it does remove some control away from a service like Steam.Of course, cloud streaming games might end up not being popular, but the promise of developing a game for PC, and then streaming it to iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Linux, Windows Phone, and any other platforms they care to support, is too good of an opportunity for publishers, developers, and consumers to pass up.last_img read more

Watch these trans celebs share their stories of being represented in media

first_imgTLCThis is what a good hair day looks like eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- A group of trans celebrities have opened up about seeing themselves represented in mainstream media for the first time.Streaming service, Netflix, has teamed up with LGBTI media advocacy organization, GLAAD.They’ve filmed the stories about the power of authentic transgender media representations from Jamie Clayton, Jazz Jennings, Elliot Fletcher, Laura Jane Grace, Tiq Milan, Meredith Talusan, and GLAAD’s own Nick Adams.As the trans celebrities shared their stories, trans painter Rae Senarighi painted a portrait of each preson.[embedded content]Netflix and GLAAD said in a statement they know that authentic media stories and characters are pivotal in creating acceptance.‘This is especially true for trans people, who have either been invisible in mainstream media or portrayed using inaccurate and offensive stereotypes,’ the statement read. Laverne Cox made an important point about trans representation in the mediaActor Brian Michaels has publically come out as transTrans activists are urging a boycott of Matt Bomer’s film AnythingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-these-trans-actors-share-their-stories-of-seeing-trans-people-in-media/ ‘And that’s why when you finally see a trans character that resonates with you as real and authentic – where you can see a part of yourself in the story – it is so powerful.’The #FirstTimeISawMe campaign addresses the need for more nuanced and varied representation of trans people in entertainment. GLAAD’s most recent report on LGBTQ characters on television found only 17 transgender characters out of 901 series regular characters.GLAAD’s most recent film report found no transgender characters in films released by the seven largest studios last year.[embedded content]Share your storyNetflix and GLAAD want people to share the moment they connected with a trans character or story they’ve seen.They want people to share their own stories using the #FirstTimeISawMe hashtag on Twitter or Instagram.This year’s  #FirstTimeISawMe campaign follows on from the inaugural one last year with Black talent and influencers.[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Globus family launches The Source marketing toolkit for agents

first_img Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Globus family launches ‘The Source’ marketing toolkit for agents TORONTO — New for agents, The Source is a complete set of marketing tools available 24/7 on the Globus family of brands’ travel agent portal, Agentlingo.ca. The system can be accessed on computers, tablets or smart phones.“This is the most comprehensive and easy-to-use marketing program we’ve ever provided,” says Patrice Geske, Marketing Manager for the Globus family of brands. “With just a few clicks, agents will be able to customize emails, flyers and ad templates; download or email videos; access e-guides and brochures; download logos and even images for social media posts, which are all part of the program.”The Source is available for all four Globus family brands: Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways.  Find out more at agentlingo.ca.center_img Tags: Globus Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

Union call off QF strikes flights still cancelled

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas said the Transport Workers Union’s (TWU) announcement yesterday to cancel strikes planned for today is too little too late with the carrier already publishing a new schedule that will cause disruptions for up to 5,700 passengers.The carrier said it was forced to cancel up to 17 flights and delays 29 others on the last day of the school holidays, one of the busiest days of the year because of work stoppages originally organized to run for two hours from 4.00pm this afternoon.Not impressed with the last minute decision, Qantas Group Executive government and corporate affairs Olivia Wirth said the union was playing “games”, knowing that it is too late for the carrier to re-instate cancelled services.“You can’t just turn an airline on and off,” Ms Wirth said.“The Transport Workers Union has waited until less than 24 hours before the planned strike to call it off so that passengers are still disrupted, the Qantas business been damaged but their members don’t lose any money from going on strike.Ms Wirth thanked members who has put pressure on the union to cancel the strikes and hopes the decision is a signal to the end of strikes.With negotations between the two parties has now exceeded 30 weeks, TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon said he is seeking “serious engagement” from the carrier over job security and pay.“Given the old agreement expired in July and was developed under the WorkChoices regime, Qantas should clearly spell out to its workforce whether they will have a job for the next couple of years,” Mr Sheldon said.The next scheduled meeting between the two parties is on 12 October, however the union added that if negotations are not taken “seriously” by Qantas then it would organize a four-hour strike on 13 October.Although TWU members will not lower their tools today, the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) said they are still going ahead with one-hour stoppages, which will affect operations at Melbourne Airport later this afternoon.While the carrier struggles in negotiations with ALAEA and TWU, yesterday Qantas announced it had reached a pay agreement with the Flight Attendants Association of Australia (FAAA) the domestic and regional division.Up to 2150 cabin crew will vote over the next three weeks on the new three year pay agreement which includes, three percent increase over the period, $500 lump sum payment each year, Customer Service Manager will receive additional increment and more flexibility in rostering.“Our cabin crew play a very important role in providing safety and customer service to our passengers during every single flight,” Qantas Group Executive operations Lyell Strambi said.“We are pleased that we have been able to negotiate a new agreement for our cabin crew which will provide improved pay and conditions and also provide the airline with greater flexibility.”Voting opens on the 28 October and will close on the 18 November.last_img read more

Hogan Jobs to go under any EtihadAlitalia deal

first_imgEtihad Airways chief executive James Hogan has said that the airline will force Alitalia to downsize in the event of any equity purchase deal.The two airlines are just about to finalise a potential agreement which will see Etihad take a 49 per cent stake in Alitalia and a comprehensive restructuring of the Italian airline, The Nation reported.Under any potential deal, Etihad is likely to invest up to €1.25 billion in Alitalia over four years.Of that amount, €560 million would be spent on Alitalia equity, while the remaining €690m would be spent on upgrading Alitalia’s airplanes, interiors and training staff.Mr Hogan said that Alitalia must change to survive in a tough international market.“This is about restructuring and moving a business to a sustainable profitability, and if you don’t restructure you won’t survive,” Mr Hogan said.Mr Hogan refused to say how many jobs would be lost in any restructure, but Alitalia says that it could be as much as a seventh of its 14,000 strong workforce.Alitalia is already losing €1.5 million per day and has received a €500m bailout package.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

New Home Sales Tumble in June May Sales Sharply Revised

first_img Share Commerce Department National Association of Home Builders New Home Sales 2014-07-24 Tory Barringer The second quarter closed out with a sizable drop in new home sales, even as prior gains were revised downward.The Commerce Department reported on Thursday that sales of new homes in June were at an estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, reflecting a decline of 8.1 percent from May.May’s sales rate, originally reported at 504,000, was revised down to 442,000, erasing much of the 18.6 percent gain that had been recorded previously.Economists surveyed by Econoday had predicted a slide in new home sales to an annual rate of 475,000. Based on its own application survey, the Mortgage Bankers Association had forecast a sales pace of 386,000, an increase from its unrevised estimate of 374,000 sales in May.June’s decline represents yet another setback in the housing recovery, which has stalled on the sales front for most of the year.The Commerce Department’s report shows sales slipped in all regions, with the Northeast seeing the biggest percentage decline at 20.0 percent (to a rate of 24,000). In terms of sheer sales volume, the South posted the steepest drop, with sales falling from 231,000 to 209,000 (a 9.5 percent decline).Elsewhere, the Midwest recorded an 8.2 percent monthly drop to an estimated sales rate of 67,000, while the West reported a 1.9 percent decrease to a rate of 106,000.The median sales price of new homes sold in June was $273,500, while the average price was $331,400, the government reported. July 24, 2014 455 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News New Home Sales Tumble in June; May Sales Sharply Revisedlast_img read more

Lebanese PM to visit some roads to close briefly

first_imgTHE Cyprus problem, bilateral relations, issues of military cooperation, relations between the European Union and Lebanon, and regional developments will be on the agenda of talks between President Nicos Anastasiades and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who is scheduled to arrive in Cyprus on Saturday on an official visit, a government source told the Cyprus News Agency on Friday.The source told CNA that Hariri’s visit is extremely important and is a continuation of Anastasiades’ official visit to Beirut last June.According to the schedule of the visit, Anastasiades will receive the Lebanese Premier at the Presidential Palace at 7pm, with remarks to the press an hour later.At 8.15pm, the president will host a banquet for Hariri.Meanwhile, police announced that some roads in Larnaca and Nicosia will be closed briefly on Saturday due to the visit.According to the statement, increased security measures during the arrival and stay of Hariri will result in road closures in the Larnaca and Nicosia districts.Police advised the public to follow instructions by traffic police and show due patience.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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