London: Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly “dismayed” at the inability of Britain’s political class to govern properly, according to a UK media report. The 93-year-old monarch, who traditionally stays publicly neutral on political matters, is believed to have made the comments at a private event shortly after David Cameron’s resignation as British Prime Minister following the Brexit referendum in June 2016. A royal source described by ‘The Sunday Times’ as “impeccable” told the newspaper that the Queen’s frustration has only grown since then. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”I think she’s really dismayed. I’ve heard her talking about her disappointment in the current political class and its inability to govern correctly,” the source is quoted as saying.”She expressed her exasperation and frustration about the quality of our political leadership, and that frustration will only have grown,” said the senior royal source, who claims to have witnessed the Queen’s rare conversation on politics. The revelation comes as there is growing media speculation amid Buckingham Palace and Downing Street holding discussions about how to keep the monarch out of any looming constitutional crisis over Brexit and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to leave the European Union (EU) by the October 31 deadline, with or without a deal.
VICTORIA – A patchwork of transportation service is being stitched together across British Columbia as Greyhound pulls its buses out of Western Canada, but some holes still remain in rural areas, says Transportation Minister Claire Trevena.Private operators are moving to provide service to much of the province following Greyhound’s decision, she said.So far, 83 per cent of the company’s routes in B.C. will be covered by private operators by the end of this year, said Trevena on Monday.“It was a disappointing decision and it left us scrambling in Western Canada,” she said.Citing poor economic returns, Greyhound eliminated its service in northern B.C. in May. In July, it announced its complete withdrawal of passenger and freight service in Western Canada and parts of Ontario, effective on Wednesday.Trevena said the province launched BC Bus North earlier this year to cover the majority of northern routes that Greyhound eliminated, which included twice-weekly round trips from Prince Rupert to Prince George.The government also tasked the Passenger Transportation Board with inviting private bus service proposals and fast-tracking applications for entrepreneurs who offer service to regional areas and smaller, more remote communities, she said. The independent board makes decisions on the licensing of buses, taxis, limousines and shuttle vans in B.C.Trevena said one private-sector provider will reinstate service from Vancouver to the B.C.-Alberta border by highways 5 and 1.“In fact, you will be able to get on a bus in Vancouver and end up in Winnipeg,” she added.The minister said the government’s northern service and the addition of private operators ensures people in B.C. can travel safely, affordably and reliably through much of the province.“Reliable bus service is critical in making sure people feel secure in the communities they call home,” she said.The board recently approved a reservation-only bus service from the Merritt area, which includes trips to Langley and Prince George. It would also provide service from Merritt to the nearby Highland Valley Copper Mine.Wilson’s Group of Companies, which provides connecting services to BC Ferries from Victoria and Vancouver and runs an Island route to Tofino, said the board approved its plan to offer bus service from downtown Vancouver to Kelowna and Kamloops, starting early next month.The board has also received an application from Little Shuswap Taxi in Chase to provide reservation-only service between Salmon Arm and Kamloops, including stops at area Indigenous communities.But Trevena said several areas of the province are still looking for some form of transportation after the Greyhound pull out.“There are gaps and more work needs to be done,” she said. “As of today there are eight sections of routes that Greyhound was operating that haven’t been filled by private operators.”B.C.’s Opposition Liberals called on Trevena to make public its data that concludes 83 per cent of Greyhound’s routes will be covered by private operators.Transportation critic Jordan Sturdy said when total stops at communities are considered compared with the number of routes, the service number drops to 45 per cent.He said the Liberals are also concerned the taxpayer funded BC Bus North service is a pilot program that is due to end in June.Among those areas left without service are routes from Cache Creek to Kamloops, Kamloops to Valemount and Dawson Creek to the Alberta border, Trevena said.Other areas without service include the Hope-Princeton Highway corridor, the route between Salmo and Creston in the Kootenays and Cranbrook to the Alberta border, she said.
Rabat – Dutch Website Skyscanner has listed the famous square of Jamaa El-Fna in Marrakech among the most alluring squares to visit in the world. In an article entitled “The 17 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in the World,” Marrakech came tenth in the list.With its exotic and magic festival-like atmosphere, Jamaa El-Fna continues to fascinates its visitors and mesmerize their senses with its smells, colors, and sounds. The website says it as “a magical world” where you never feel you had enough of its scenes of “snake charmers, and storytellers who take you into the realms if their imaginative worlds.”Tourists, the websites goes on, can take some of that magical world back home by “strolling along the many stalls and buy jewelry, pillows in colorful Moroccan style, and dress.” For those who want to taste Moroccan tea with the mint, the many cafes surrounding the square offer the best mint tea.Jamaa El-Fna has been listed among the best attractions in the world by many other travel websites such as Project for Public Spaces Website where Jamaa El-Fna came first, the CultureTrip Website where Jamaa El-Fna came fifth, and Worldofwonderlust where it first ahead many famous places across the globe.
Thiess, part of the CIMIC Group, is to continue providing mining services at the Leinster underground mine in Western Australia after agreeing a new deal with BHP’s Nickel West division.The contract, for a minimum of 24 months, is expected to generate some A$190 million ($135 million) in revenue. It will see Thiess provide a full range of underground mining services and equipment to support the mine’s lateral development and associated ore production including load and haul, shotcreting, cable bolting and full fleet maintenance services.CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said the contract extension acknowledges the company’s ability to work “flexibly with BHP Nickel West to meet the mine’s growing development and production needs”.The Leinster underground nickel mine is part of BHP Nickel West’s Leinster nickel operation, located in the northern goldfields of Western Australia.Thiess began work at Leinster in 2016, when the team excavated around 610 m of horizontal development to access nearly 230,000 t of ore using sub-level open stoping mining methods.Last month, BHP said at the Diggers & Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, that it was likely to become a nickel sulphate producer within the next year.
A Vancouver man faces a vehicular assault allegation after, police say, he was driving while intoxicated early Thursday morning and crashed into a parked tractor-trailer rig, injuring his passenger.Felipe Da Cruz, 20, made a first appearance on the allegation Friday morning in Clark County Superior Court.Da Cruz was driving a white 2017 Mazda 3 recklessly, doing cookies in the parking lot of 2401 N.E. Four Seasons Lane at about 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court.He then sped north, crashed into a parked, unoccupied tractor-trailer in the 2400 block of Northeast Four Seasons Lane and continued driving, according to the affidavit.Officers followed the Mazda as it turned east onto Northeast 28th Street and approached the vehicle, which was smoking and had parts dragging on the ground, according to the court document.Police activated their emergency lights and caught up to Da Cruz, who was reportedly driving 70 mph, the affidavit states.As the officer got behind the Mazda, Da Cruz stopped.The passenger in Da Cruz’s vehicle, Katherine Popi, was injured and bleeding from her face, the affidavit states.Firefighters had to extricate Popi from the vehicle, and she was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She suffered a facial fracture and needed 10 stitches on her right eyebrow, which police said meets the legal standard for substantial bodily harm, the affidavit states.
Former Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham gave his verdict on Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford’s strong form.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as an interim coach at United, Pogba has managed six goals and five assists in nine appearances and produced another brilliant display to assist Rashford for the match-winner against Leicester City on Sunday.Meanwhile, Rashford himself has found the net six times since Solskjaer moved him into his preferred centre-forward role.“They’ve got their best players playing in their best positions and it’s proving hugely successful for them,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports.“Obviously, there are still question marks over the defensive side of the team, but they are scoring so many goals.“You’ve got Marcus Rashford playing in his favourite position through the middle and he is going from strength to strength. The run he is on at the moment is unbelievable.“And then there’s Paul Pogba. He’s now looking like the player that is one of the best midfielders in the world and he’s been given the freedom to go and express himself.”Nine wins and a draw have enabled United to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup and close the gap to the top-four in the Premier League table to just two points under Solskjaer.Higginbotham added: “You’ve got to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unbelievable credit. “Everything he touches turns to gold.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I’ve heard a number of people saying anybody could have gone in and done that. No, they couldn’t, I’m sorry but they couldn’t. It doesn’t work like that.“What he’s done is he’s gone in there and looked at the team. What you see with the top managers and we see it all around world football, play your best players in their best positions and build a team around them in order to get the best out of them.”As for whether the Red Devils can snatch a top-four spot, Higginbotham said: “I think so and that’s something we wouldn’t have said a couple of months ago.“You have to give Solskjaer great credit because United are now playing to their strengths.”Rashford was named United’s Player of the Month for his strong performances in January.Horn Hill ➡️ Castle Black ➡️ The Citadel ➡️ Winterfell ➡️ Manchester 🏆Thanks for coming all this way to present @MarcusRashford with his #MUFC POTM award, @JohnBradleyWest! 😁 pic.twitter.com/mWz6Uovznh— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 7, 2019
According to the Bianconeri manager, the team is expecting to close the year with a victory against SampdoriaIn the last match of the year, Juventus will play against Sampdoria in the Italian Lega Serie A.And for the Bianconeri manager Massimiliano Allegri, this is the perfect time to get a win.“Tomorrow will be a very difficult and long match. We have to get the three points so that we can end the year well and enter the break with peace of mind,” he told reporters according to the team’s official website.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Sampdoria have only lost once in their last seven games, and have taken a positive result in their last three away trips.”“It is not a game to be underestimated, we will need the support of the fans. Quagliarella is an amazing player and always scores extraordinary goals,” he explained.“Benatia, Matuidi and Bernardeschi are available. Szczesny, Ronaldo, Rugani, and Chiellini will all start, whilst Bonucci will rest.”“In attack, both Dybala and Mandzukic are going good, but I have a doubt on the left whether to put in Alex Sandro or Spinazzola from the first minute, whilst the latter could still play a part in the game regardless,” he concluded.
Mudslide destroys small community in Oso; 43 killed. The wall of earth and mud that crashed through homes and structures in March killed 43 people, making it one of the worst natural disasters in Washington history. A large rescue and recovery effort stretched over weeks and involved heavy equipment, trained search crews and local residents using chain saws to pick through the debris. A massive landslide that destroyed a small community near Everett — killing dozens — was voted the state’s top news story of 2014 by Associated Press member editors.Other top news items of the past 12 months included the Super Bowl win by the Seahawks, wildfires, a deadly school shooting and the beginning of legal pot sales in Washington.Here are 2014’s top Washington stories: Student at high school in Marysville fatally shoots four classmates. A popular student at Marysville-Pilchuck opened fire in the cafeteria in October, fatally wounding four classmates. The shooter, freshman homecoming prince Jaylen Fryberg, died of a self-inflicted wound. Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl. The Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII in February, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8. The Super Bowl triumph delivered a major men’s professional sports championship to Seattle for the first time since the now-departed Seattle Sonics won the NBA crown in 1979.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Thousands of people got to wine and dine in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and it was all for a good cause.The American Lung Association hosted the 24th Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, Friday night. Things are on fire at #LOWFF! Check out our Instagram story for all the fun and food…and wine! @CelebrityCruise @NewAmsterdam pic.twitter.com/vJ2dcDkUCn— Las Olas Wine & Food (@LasOlasWFF) April 6, 2019More than 2,000 guests enjoyed food and drinks along Las Olas Boulevard, between Southeast Sixth and 11th avenues. They tried tastings from 50 of South Florida’s top restaurants and 40 wineries.Proceeds from the charitable event will go toward the organization working to help prevent lung diseases.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dear Editor,It is great to see so many people seeking to sit on the Board of Selectmen to represent the people of Wilmington. I want to tell you why I am voting in support of candidate Mark Maselli.Mark is a dedicated husband and father to his three boys. I have witnessed firsthand the solid family values Mark has instilled in his children. Just as Mark has been a positive influence in raising his children, Mark wants to have a seat on the board so he can be a positive influence in setting the best overall course of action for the town of Wilmington.Mark is the owner of Dandilyons Ice Cream a successful small business in Reading and each year he employs some of your young adults from the town of Wilmington. He is a hands on boss and each day he shows his leadership in teaching basic life lessons to his young employees. Mark leads by example and is not afraid of hard work, and this is a value he teaches both his children and employees. Mark’s example creates responsibility through perseverance.Mark is a candidate for the common voice in our community. He is willing to listen to all viewpoints on issues and communicate differences in a respectful manner. Mark speaks from the heart and is genuine, transparent and real. I believe all of the qualities I’ve mentioned will make Mark an excellent Selectman. Please join me at the polls on April 27, 2019 in voting for Mark Maselli, our next Selectmen for the town of Wilmington.Sincerely,Michelle WhiteLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Letter In Support Of Mark Maselli From The Person Who Knows Him BestIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Mark MaselliIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Candidates Grade Town Manager Jeff Hull’s Job PerformanceIn “Government”
T-Mobile CEO John Legere shares his thoughts on Sprint. Screenshot by Sally Neiman/CNET Haters can’t bring down the T-Mobile and Sprint merger. That’s the word from outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere.Legere on Friday shared his thoughts about the $26 billion deal to merge the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless providers, responding to critics and calling for support on the deal.”Opponents are weighing in, too. We hear them,” Legere wrote in a blog post. “They’re buzzing around with a lot of inaccurate claims and made up data. They are trying to scare people away from the creation of a supercharged Un-carrier!” T-Mobile and Sprint announced the deal in April, saying it would create a stronger competitor against Verizon and AT&T. The two companies have said the merger will create jobs, lower prices for customers and speed up the deployment of 5G networks. Critics have said the mergers will eliminate redundant jobs and the prices could still potentially go up.”We are not going to let anyone stand in front of what we are trying to accomplish,” wrote Legere. “At its core, combining Sprint and T-Mobile is about the promise of delivering a transformative and nationwide 5G in the next few years.”Legere said the merger is moving forward positively and that it has approval from 16 of the 19 needed state utility commissions. Share your voice 2 Mobile Tech Industry Comments 5G Sprint T-Mobile Tags
Now playing: Watch this: Watch genetically modified T-cells kill cancer cells Tags 0 With a special staining technique, Papanikolaou was able to study smears of vaginal cells under the microscope. The test is cheap and simple and has formed the basis of cervical cancer screening for decades. It can also be used to detect other diseases of the female reproductive system. The Pap smear is still used across the world for early detection of cancer, though in recent times some countries, such as Australia, use a method that no longer requires creation of a smear and instead looks at one of the root causes of cervical cancer: human papillomavirus.Papanikolaou has previously been featured on stamps of the US Postal Service and was the face on the Greek 10,000 drachma banknote from 1995 to 2001. Monday’s doodle features the researcher analyzing one of his famous smears. 49 Photos Georgios Papanikolaou and his wife, Andromachi Mavroyenis, pioneered Pap smear testing. Google Pioneering scientist, Georgios Papanikolaou would have been 136 years old Monday. The researcher is honored with the May 13 Google Doodle, which celebrates his birthday — and his most important invention: the Pap smear.His methodology opened up an entirely new field of medical study known as cytopathology, which examines cells of the body to look for disease.Papanikolaou was only 15 when he started medical school. In 1910 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Munich, and three years he later immigrated to the US with his wife, Andromahi Mavrogeni. The duo found employment at Cornell University as researchers in the department of anatomy and began carrying out work studying cancers of the female reproductive system.In 1928, he found that taking vaginal smears and examining them under the microscope enabled the detection of cancers. However, it took until 1943 for that work to be published. Online Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Share your voice 1:40 Post a comment Google Doodle
Share your voice Other horror genius Jordan Peele has also delivered a verdict on the film. #Midsommar: I loved every second of this nearly 3 hour movie. Holy SHIT. Yeah, it’s disturbing. But it’s also surprisingly hilarious. An absolutely crowd pleaser. Long live @AriAster.— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) June 19, 2019 Ari Aster’s #Midsommar is one of the most gorgeous, completely dreadful experiences. Florence Pugh is a quiet riot.— Matt Donnelly (@MattDonnelly) June 19, 2019 Midsommar is about a couple, played by Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor, attempting to deal with their rocky relationship and a personal tragedy by going on vacation in rural Sweden. They and their friends visit a village that hosts a fantastically violent festival every 90 years. Guess the saying is true: nothing is perfect in a relationship.A few, let’s go with lucky viewers have had a chance to see Midsommar already. Their warning-filled reviews are in. Let’s take a look at what the survivors thought. MIDSOMMAR will do for Swedish pagan solstice rituals what Psycho did for showers. a psychedelic fairy tale about ridding oneself of fear and pain — absolutely delightful from its nightmare of an opening to its floral purge of a finale. 💐🌞💐— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) June 19, 2019 “I look back at the final act like, ‘Holy shit.’” – @JordanPeele on @AriAster’s #MIDSOMMAR🌻 pic.twitter.com/UTIhJO6b84— Midsommar 🌻 (@MidsommarMovie) June 13, 2019 Three-word #Midsommar review: What the fuck…— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) June 19, 2019 #MIDSOMMAR. wow. i don’t know that i’ve ever felt so gutted and seen by a movie. i felt sick, i felt joy – i felt so much. above all else: i’ve never seen such a wicked, accurate depiction of intoxicating mania. i adored it and i hate it. florence pugh is god level.— lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) June 19, 2019 Tonight is the first time people will see Midsommar.A) I’m so sorry I can’t be there to join the Q&A.B) this film extracted sweat, tears and PTSD from the making of it.C) the film made me wiser, bolder, stronger AND weaker during and after the film. D) we are proud #Midsommar— Florence Pugh (@Florence_Pugh) June 19, 2019 Two films in, it’s official. Ari Aster: not a grief counselor. #MIDSOMMAR— Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) June 19, 2019 Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts. Screenshot by CNET/A24 For better or worse, Ari Aster has written and directed another horror movie. When 2018’s Hereditary floated out of a cult cabin, it introduced the next best and very disturbed mind in horror. Aster looks to further explore cults with a side-step into folk horror, so look forward to paganism, rustic folklore and the occult in Midsommar, out July 3. Or maybe that’s a date to avoid. Forget the HEREDITARY comparisons. @MidsommarMovie is a European cousin to the sun-soaked fairy tale madness of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Like, direct spiritual riffs in parts.— Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) June 19, 2019 I was super nervous going into #MIDSOMMAR because of my deep love for Hereditary, but holy shit you guys, @MidsommarMovie is a masterpiece— HorrorDesignChick 🎃🍭 (@shannon_mcgrew) June 19, 2019 So.. I saw it. I’m currently sat. Staring. Wide eyed at my food. Midsommar is one helluva ride folks 🌸 #midsommar— Florence Pugh (@Florence_Pugh) June 16, 2019 MIDSOMMAR: Like with HEREDITARY, Ari Aster uses overwhelming grief as a gateway into a slowly escalating tunnel of nightmares. Not a visceral scare-fest, but something so much more unpleasant, darkly funny and yes, totally fucked.— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) June 19, 2019 Apologies to all of the friends I made studying in Sweden, but I love MIDSOMMAR and will spend the rest of the summer pretending my semester abroad was the exact same thing 🌸🌼🌺🌻— Amy Nicholson (@TheAmyNicholson) June 19, 2019 MIDSOMMAR: Psychologically fragile tourists meet a full blast of Swedish folk horror, mounted by Ari Aster at the peak of his atmospheric powers. No director in horror is working at his level of choreography, the daring of his alienating moments. What a weird spell this is.— Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf) June 19, 2019 MIDSOMMAR: swooning, unnerving, and exhilarating. I think I loved it. Ari Aster brings dread to daytime, flowers, and smiling faces.— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) June 19, 2019 Tags Also, my A24 rep lied to me about there not being much gore. #MIDSOMMAR— Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) June 19, 2019 #Midsommar: Aster has gifted a new generation their THE WICKER MAN. It’s a warm invitation into subtle madness, decked out in pastel reassurance. My lord. Almost 150 minutes FLIES by. Masterful mania played with such festivity. I…love it?— Howlin’ Matt Donato (@DoNatoBomb) June 19, 2019 Visceral. Gut-wrenching. Hilarious. Brutal. Depraved. Refreshing. Aster delivers a terrorizing take on codependency and emotional sacrifice in the most illuminating manner. Loved it. 💀🌸🌻 @MidsommarMovie #MIDSOMMAR— Marisa Mirabal (@Marisa_Mirabal) June 19, 2019 #MIDSOMMAR is truly something special and it will also fuck up your entire life. The “Break-Up” movie of the decade.— matt hardeman (@capnnarcolepsy) June 19, 2019 MIDSOMMAR: Well, fuck. Hilarious AND disturbing!— Esther Zuckerman (@ezwrites) June 19, 2019 Going back a couple of days, this is what actress Florence Pugh had to say about watching the film she starred in. MIDSOMMAR is a mind-fuck of the highest order, channeling (yet again) a young woman’s journey through grief. Deliberately paced but never boring (those 140 minutes FLY by). Pugh is excellent. There is some imagery that I want plastered on my wall. Don’t miss this one, folks.— Trace Thurman 🏳️🌈 (@TracedThurman) June 19, 2019 MIDSOMMAR. Pretty sure it was directed by Satan himself. Fuck, that was fascinating! A mad descent into What-the-Fucksville. @A24— Preston Barta (@PrestonBarta) June 19, 2019 0 With #Midsommar, @AriAster cements himself as a modern master of horror. He has crafted a confident, operatic, folk-horror nightmare. pic.twitter.com/EZcT0c2GQU— Alex DiVincenzo (@alexislegend) June 19, 2019 MIDSOMMAR is incredible. The most nihilistic psych rock break up record ever written. I felt queasy throughout the whole damn thing.— Jacob Knight (@JacobQKnight) June 19, 2019 Post a comment She really suffered for her art. Hahaha. #Midsommar gonna fuck y’all up.— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) June 19, 2019 Preview • The $7,000 Vertu Aster is probably not for you Vertu Aster Culture TV and Movies
Brand value of German automaker Volkswagen has eroded by a massive $10 billion following the revelation of emission test scandal by the company in the US.Besides, Volkswagen’s rank has now slipped to fifth position from the third spot in a list of top global automotive brands, after the company said that it deceived US regulators to get emission test clearances by using a software program.The scandal, which saw the company’s CEO Martin Winterkorn quitting the post this week, is expected to impact 11 million of its cars worldwide.Volkswagen’s brand value now stands at $21 billion, according to the latest assessment by Brand Finance. In its previous assessment, the international brand valuation firm had valued the company at $31 billion.”On first look, it appeared Volkswagen might escape such severe brand damage. But, as the scale of the deception has emerged over the past few days, it is beginning to look as though VW would face a crisis on an unprecedented scale,” Business Standard quoted, Brand Finance’s CEO David Haigh, as saying.Alarmed by one of the biggest scandals in global auto industry, the Indian government has ordered a probe into Volkswagen to ascertain if the company has violated rules to get emission test clearances in India as it did in the US.The carmaker said that it would allocate funds worth $7.3 billion in the third quarter to cover the damages resulting out of the biggest scandal in its 78-year-history.But the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last week that Volkswagen may need to pay penalties to the tune of $18 billion. “Volkswagen is having to deal with an unprecedented loss of credibility, something that rivals such as Toyota, Honda and Nissan did not have to. This, despite facing the challenge of having to contend with faulty air bags fitted by Japanese supplier Takata, resulting in one of the biggest products recalls in the US and other markets by these firms recently,” said Santosh Desai, managing director and CEO, Future Brands.
Map of SatkhiraPolice recovered the bullet-hit body of a suspected drug trader from Tetulia Biswashpara in Tala upazila of Satkhira early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Maijuddin Ahmed Tulu, 40, son of Shamsul Haq Sardar of sadar upazila.Locals spotted the body in the morning and informed it to police, UNB quoted Mehedi Russel, officer-in-charge of Tala police station as saying.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue for autopsy.Police suspected that Tulu might have been killed in a clash between two groups of drug traders.Police also recovered 160 pieces of Yaba tablets, 15 bottles of phensidyl syrup, a motorcycle and a cellphone from the spot.However, Rahima Begum, wife of Tulu, said her husband, a rod-cement trader, was picked up by detectives while returning home on 13 January and since then his cell phone was found switched off.Later, Rahima lodged a general diary with sadar police station.
* Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout.HOUSTON — The University of Texas System plans to develop a work study program in Houston, partnering with companies to provide work experience for students, the system’s Houston Advisory Task Force announced Monday.The program will take place on the more than 300 acres the UT System owns in southwest Houston. But that site won’t be home to a new university, UT System officials said Monday. State lawmakers from Houston had expressed concerns that a UT campus in Houston would compete with the University of Houston.Assembled by UT System Chancellor William McRaven, the 18-member task force spent the last few months exploring new opportunities for the system to collaborate with Houston’s academic, medical and business sectors. Task force co-chairs Paul Hobby and Carin Barth — both prominent players in Houston’s business scene — made the announcement Monday at UT’s MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.“I think there will be a rotation of students here from other institutions who need what Houston has to offer,” Hobby said.He pointed to Houston’s energy, healthcare and aerospace sectors as prime areas for students to gain skills while also making valuable contributions to the industries. UT hopes to partner with private companies, as well as nonprofits and government entities, he said. The system bought the land in Houston earlier this year with the vision of using the property as ground zero for new research, collaboration and education opportunities. The site will be a research and study site for the UT System’s 14 existing universities and medical schools.Plans for the Houston site are currently focused on the work study program and an online course system, Hobby said. But he added, “Eventually, who knows what it will be?”State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, whose district includes University of Houston, said he’d like more information about the plans.“The devil’s always in the details on this stuff,” he said. “They need to tell me what they’re going to do with specifics. Because something can sound one way and it actually morphs into another.”Coleman previously criticized the UT System for buying the property in Houston without consulting local leaders.“The objective I’ve had is that there not be undue competition in things in which we’ve already invested in,” Coleman said.Welcome Wilson Sr., chairman of the University of Houston Political Action Committee, said he considers the UT System’s purchase an invasion of UH territory and suggested the task force delay its planning until the Legislature meets in January.“I believe they need to coordinate with the Legislature and the system of higher education,” he said. “Every university cannot decide what it’s going to do on its own.”Hobby argued there should be no concerns about competition, as Houston is an under-developed intellectual hub.“Houston is dramatically underpopulated when it comes to college students,” he said. “There’s no way to say we have enough intellectual infrastructure in Houston. That’s just not a statistically defendable position.”The goal of the work study program, Hobby said, is to reduce the mismatch of skills between education and workforce while also making college more affordable. Hobby pointed to a similar program at Georgia Tech as a prime example of UT’s aspirations.Companies like Delta and Coca Cola partner with Georgia Tech because they both have something to offer the other, he said.“This wasn’t philanthropy,” Hobby said.The goal for UT’s work study program is similar, he said. “We have to inspire for-profit and nonprofit companies,” he said. “We want to put a plan out there that is so compelling that both private and public sector sources will be eager to fund it.”The task force has not yet finalized any collaborations with companies. Online learning tools will be incorporated into students’ experiences, Hobby said. The task force is expected to deliver its final recommendations to McRaven in December.Disclosure: The University of Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas System and Welcome Wilson Sr. have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/06/13/ut-system-houston-task-force-update/. Share
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Firemen were called to an apartment fire in Playa del Carmen Friday after a fan short-circuited.Civil Protection says a short circuit in a fan was the cause of an apartment fire in the residential community of Misión de Las Flores. The apartment, which was occupied by a family, did not suffer much damage since both firemen and Civil Protection teams were quick to the scene.Photo: Protección CivilNo injuries were reported since the family who live in the apartment were away at work when the fire broke out.Their home suffered only minor material damage.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
KLM Airways has teamed up with Formula One mogul Michael MoI to develop a new spacecraft that could reach long-haul destinations in less than two hours.Set to rival Richard Branson Virgin Galactic venture, the ground breaking vessel is designed and built to complete journeys from London to Sydney in just one hour and 45 minutes, the Daily Mail reported.Despite the fact that organisers do not expect to have the commercial space journeys in operation for another 15 to 20 years, tickets for the first seats on the ‘Lynx spaceship’ have already been sold.A preliminary edition of the spacecraft is due to be unveiled at the beginning of next year and the first flight which is set to carry passengers, is scheduled for take-off in 2014 and tickets for the trip are being sold for £60,000 each. The first generation spacecraft, the Lynx, will carry customers at speeds of around 2,200mph.To date, 36 passengers have booked for the first set of flights which are planned to depart from Curacao in the Caribbean. All passengers will have to go through a physical examination prior to getting on board.Mr Mol said being able to travel from London to Sydney in an hour and 45 minutes is the future of global travel.“I think there will be millions of people who would prefer to be in Sydney in a little more than one and a half hours rather than 24 hours.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
January 27, 2016 661 Views Share It appears the Federal Reserve is back to its regularly scheduled programming in terms of interest rates as many in the mortgage industry expected. As their first meeting of the year came to a close, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) agreed to leave the federal funds rate at its current level due to economic worries.”Given the economic outlook, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1/4 to 1/2 percent,” the FOMC minutes said. “The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting further improvement in labor market conditions and a return to 2 percent inflation.”As the U.S. struggles to combat drastically low oil prices, a volatile stock market, and inflation disappointments, coupled with a too-strong U.S. dollar, Fed officials practically had no choice but to leave rates unchanged. Given the rough start to 2016, some in the industry are beginning to question if the Fed will dial back on its December decision or ease up on the four “gradual increases” projected for this year.”The renewed turmoil in global financial markets together with the downward revisions to estimates of fourth-quarter GDP growth in the U.S. have prompted claims that the Fed made a serious policy error in raising interest rates late last year,” Capital Economics said. “With the risks of an extended downturn in the U.S. economy still modest, however, and domestic price pressures building, it would have been foolish of the Fed to ignore the cumulative improvement in labor market conditions for any longer.”The FOMC minutes released Wednesday afternoon showed that Fed officials are concerned about inflation still running below the target level of 2 percent. This hindrance is partially the fault of falling energy prices and prices of non-energy imports.”Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee currently expects that, with gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace and labor market indicators will continue to strengthen,” the minutes said. “Inflation is expected to remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2 percent over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further.”The Fed did not back off of their previous forecast for more rate hikes in 2016, but with the economy in a questionable state, the committee is just not certain when the rates will go up again.”The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run. However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data,” the Fed said.Wells Fargo analysts agreed that “further deterioration in long-term inflation expectations could alter Fed officials’ views on the timing and magnitude of the rebound in inflation, thereby pushing back the timing of the committee’s next rate hike.””With oil prices hitting fresh multi-year lows this month, inflation’s return to the Fed’s 2 percent target has been delayed yet again,” Wells Fargo analysts said. “One linchpin in the Fed’s decision to begin raising the fed funds rate in December, despite still-soft inflation readings, has been the relative stability of survey-based long-term inflation expectations. Yet, the prolonged downdraft in oil is testing the Fed’s view of “transitory” effects on inflation as the highly visible decline in energy prices has seeped into views of long-term inflation.”Click here to read to full FOMC statement. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Federal Open Market Committee Federal Reserve Interest rates 2016-01-27 Staff Writer Fed Reverts Back to Old Ways, No Rate Hike This Month
By Stefanos Evripidou TOURISM from China and investments in real estate are just a “drop in the ocean” compared to the huge potential that exists in both sectors, a conference in Nicosia heard yesterday.The conference, organised by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) and the Cyprus-China Business Association, examined the potential for Cyprus to become a second home for Chinese investors.The conference heard that Chinese property buyers were slowly returning to Cyprus, but that the country had to earn their trust if they wanted to see further investment.Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy in Nicosia, Fei Shengchao, highlighted the “vast potential” for increased tourism from his country, noting that out of the 97m Chinese tourists in 2013, Cyprus attracted only 3,000.“This also shows the vast potential that we can tap in the future,” he said, adding that first-time tourists could become second-time home buyers and third-time traders and investors.Fei commended the performance of the Cypriot economy in reversing economic contraction and restoring growth.“Despite the tremendous challenges that this country still faces, there is now more confidence in the economy,” he said, citing the return of foreign home-buyers to the island, many of whom are from China.“More and more once hesitant home-buyers are coming back, and cast a vote of confidence with their cheques and real money,” the Chinese diplomat said, adding, there is “a huge and strong Chinese interest in investing in almost every sector in this country.”Fei said the two countries should build on their good relations to enhance them further, going beyond the real estate sector: “There is a lot to do together. Home-buying may just be a starter in a very rich menu.”Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos also highlighted the huge potential in tourism, given the currently low figures. “We should give special emphasis to how we could attract a bigger number of Chinese tourists,” he said.Addressing the conference, Hasikos said China is a country of special interest and a close partner to Cyprus, and he highlighted the many opportunities which exist to strengthen relations.“This is why we wish to attract the interest of the Chinese people and encourage them to consider Cyprus as their second home,” he said.Head of the Cyprus-China Business Association Panicos Kaouris (a PwC partner) said Cyprus has already become the second home for 1,000 Chinese investors, noting however that given China’s size these numbers are only a drop in the ocean.“Bearing in mind the small size of our island and our economy we only need a few more such drops in order to have a substantial contribution to our economic growth,” he said.Kaouris advised that Cyprus “must listen and listen very carefully to what the Chinese investors’ needs are and ensure that the necessary actions are taken in order not only to meet them but to surpass them.”Speaking to the Cyprus Mail, Kaouris elaborated further: “They need to trust us. They are very cautious when they get out of their country. They place their trust in us, and it is very important not to betray that trust. We have to respect their own way of doing business, which is slow and methodical, and not misinterpret their politeness for stupidity.”A number of Chinese investors were initially attracted by the government’s offer of a residence permit for foreigners who purchase property worth over 300,000 euros. However, on purchasing the property, some Chinese felt duped by certain developers, accusing them of inflating the price of property sold to meet the 300,000 euro benchmark, despite the real value of the property being much lower.Kaouris argued that despite past practices, the standard has improved significantly in Cyprus. “Now, our reputation is getting much better.”He further highlighted work underway to introduce a property certificate report (PCR) in the industry which would be prepared by professional bodies under the auspices of KEVE. The PCR would include information on all angles needed before purchasing a property, from its legal status to the quality of material used in its construction.“It would be like an MOT test but for properties,” said Kaouris, adding that initially it would be available on a voluntary basis, but at some stage hopefully could become a legal requirement.“This can improve our product, improve trust, and reduce the risk for the buyer, while also helping the seller promote his quality product,” he added.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola