Rabat – The use of the internet in Morocco and the amount of online subscribers has witnessed a rapid growth over the past year.The number of internet subscribers reached 13.89 million users in one year, accounting for a 63.5 percent growth, with a penetration rate of 41.1 percent, according to quarterly reports by the National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency (ANRT).Mobile internet usage increased by 69.6 percent with 12.81 million subscribers, the agency revealed in its November 2 report. Morocco’s mobile subscribers, according to the ANRT, stands at 44.45 million, with a penetration rate around 131 percent, mainly due to the country’s alleged superior mobile performance.ADSL subscribers rose to 1.08 million in this year’s third quarter, with a 15 percent growth, the regulatory agency informed.The overall increase in internet users is allegedly related in part to the decline in mobile communication prices. The “average revenue per minute” (ARPM) decreased by 15 percent.The mobile ARPM dropped from MAD 0.33 at the end of September 2014 to MAD 0.28 at the end of September 2015.According to the same source, the average internet bill per user decreased by 4 percent, from MAD 25 to 24 per month, in the same period.The average monthly bill for mobile internet usage decreased by 6 percent standing at MAD 17 per month, in the quarter of 2015.On the other hand, DSL internet (ADSL) bills registered a 4 percent increase, reaching MAD 95 per month.The number of mobile minutes used by Moroccans reached an average of 98 monthly minutes per user, registering a 6.5 percent increase during the same period.The rise in mobile minutes reached 11.2 percent with more than 14 billion outgoing minutes used. As far as text messages, the number of SMS grew 26.5 percent in a year, amounting to 4.29 billion.
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2013 6:47 am MDT Weekly US unemployment benefit applications jump to 379,000, highest in 9 months AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 379,000, the highest since March. The increase may reflect volatility around the Thanksgiving holidays.The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average jumped 13,250 to 343,250, the second straight increase.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. Last month, they fell to nearly the lowest level in six years, as companies cut fewer jobs. But two weeks ago, they surged 64,000 to 369,000.Economists dismissed that spike, saying it likely reflected a Thanksgiving holiday that fell later in the month. That can distort the government’s seasonal adjustments. But if the trend continues it would be a troubling sign of rising layoffs.The number of people receiving benefits rose sharply. More than 4.4 million people received unemployment benefits in the week ended Nov. 30, the latest data available. That was 600,000 more than the previous week. Those figures aren’t adjusted for seasonal patterns.Still, most other recent job market data has been positive and economists generally expect unemployment benefits applications will soon fall back.“We are inclined to ignore the recent claims data,” said Joseph LaVorgna, an economist at Deutsche Bank. “We see little evidence to suggest that the labour market trend of the past few months has meaningfully changed.”Hiring has been healthy for the past four months. The economy added an average of 204,000 jobs a month from August through November, a solid improvement from earlier in the year. The unemployment rate fell in November to a five-year low of 7 per cent.The unemployment rate remains above the historic averages of 5 per cent to 6 per cent that are associated with strong job markets.Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that he expects the robust job gains to continue. Americans are spending more and the economy is less restrained by higher taxes and government spending cuts, he said.Those trends have “increased our confidence that the job market gains will continue,” Bernanke said at a press conference.The Fed said Wednesday that it would scale back its monthly bond purchases to $75 billion from $85 billion. The purchases are intended to lower long-term interest rates and encourage more spending. The cut suggests that Fed policymakers think the job market and economy will continue to improve even with less help from the Fed.
Suspicions hardened as the years passed however.“It’s quite clear at the end MI5 are convinced he was working directly with the Soviets,” Dr Dunley said.In 1960, his wife was linked by her handwriting to a KGB operation to build false identities for Russian spies. Two years later Costello was reported to have met two Soviet intelligence officers, though Dr Dunley said the details of the meetings were “sketchy and there were even some doubts over the identification of the Russian officers”.Costello died in 1964.Dr Dunley said: “The debate has continued in the open since his death and the documents released today will provide a fascinating new insight into the man, but they are unlikely to entirely satisfy either side. This story appears to be one with more to run.”Costello’s 80-year-old son said the allegations against his parents had been debunked by a 2007 book called The Sixth Man by Sir James McNeish.He told the Telegraph the latest information appeared “a rerun of the sort of stuff that was previously run against my father”.He said he had never heard of allegations against his mother before. He added: “An MI5 handwriting expert wouldn’t stand up in court anywhere.” Costello and his openly left-wing views first came to the attention of MI5 while he was studying at Cambridge in 1930s, in an era when Kim Philby and his spy ring were recruited by the Soviets.His political sympathies cost him a teaching post at Exeter University, but that did not stop him getting a job four years later with New Zealand’s Department of External Affairs as second secretary at the Legation in Moscow.Dr Richard Dunley, a records specialist at the National Archives in Kew, said Costello was reputed to have informed the New Zealand prime minister he was “a little bit left wing” only to be told: “Oh well, it won’t hurt us to have one or two communists in Moscow”.MI5 was horrified Costello had been appointed to such a sensitive post, but when they tried to raise their concerns with the Dominions Office, they had to admit the case against him was “a thin one”.Dr Dunley said the files showed Britain repeatedly tried to have Costello removed, but New Zealand said it would not fire one of its most able diplomats without evidence.Costello was eventually forced out in 1955 after it became clear Britain and America were reluctant to share intelligence while he was in post.He returned to Britain and resumed his academic career at Manchester University.Dr Dunley said the records showed MI5 had switched back and forth during three decades tracking Costello as to whether he was a foreign agent, or “simply a politically active individual”. The New Zealand born academic, soldier and diplomat never faced espionage charges, but the files show that MI5 tracked him for three decades.The documents show British spy hunters claimed he went on to be seen with known Soviet intelligence officers, while handwriting analysts had linked his wife Bella to a plot to use details of long dead children to build fake identities for KGB spies.But Costello’s son on Tuesday dismissed the material in the files, saying the case against his parents had already been debunked. The documents released today will provide a fascinating new insight into the man, but they are unlikely to entirely satisfy either sideDr Richard Dunley, National Archives To Britain’s Cold War spy hunters, he was a determined Soviet agent and possibly one of the most effective recruits of the notorious Cambridge espionage ring.To his family and defenders, he was a brilliant linguist and senior diplomat, pursued by a McCarthyite witch hunt because of his unashamed left-wing politics.Now more than 50 years after his death, historic MI5 files released to the National Archives in Kew cast new light on the controversy over the life of Desmond Patrick Costello.The files covering the 1930s onwards for the first time reveal the extent of the security services suspicions against “Paddy” Costello. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Bella CostelloCredit:National Archives Mick Costello, a former journalist and industrial organiser for the Communist Party and now an academic at the University of Kent, said the evidence presented against his parents was “pretty thin”.His father was dogged by accusations he was a spy throughout his career and after his death was identified by the MI5 historian, Prof Christopher Andrew, based on KGB files, as one of the Soviet Union’s most important agents.
ICSMRI 2013 is organised by IOM Communications on behalf of the Mining Technology Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. It will be held at Central Hall Westminster, London, England, October 15-17. Conference Chair Patrick Foster, Senior Lecturer in Mining Engineering, Camborne School of Mines, told IM: “We have had a much better response than anticipated to abstracts having received over 70. As a result we are moving to a bigger venue [to the Westminster Central Hall]. Confirmed keynote speakers include Stuart Bell (the Pike River Royal Commissioner from Queensland) and Rene Aguilar (from the ICMM), along with the UK’s Chief Inspector of Mines, Steve Denton.“The first International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes (ICSMRI) was held in 1931 in Buxton in the UK, which was then home to the UK’s Safety in Mines Research Establishment (now part of the Health & Safety Laboratory). Since this time the conference has been held every two years (with the exception of the Second World War) at locations around the world. Each conference has been extremely well attended by local and international audiences with the event providing a common forum for academics, researchers, safety experts and industry professionals to discuss and assess the challenges and achievements in the field of mines safety and disaster management.”A provisional program can be found on www.iom3online.org
This new book, Still the Iron Age: Iron and Steel in the Modern World is an exploration of iron and steel, from its genesis to modern steel production and reflections on the future, taking readers on a journey from the early discovery of techniques used to work with steel to recent developments in the manufacturing and use of steel.Incorporates an interdisciplinary discussion of the history and evolution of the iron- and steel-making industry and its impact on the development of the modern worldServes as a valuable contribution because of its unique perspective that compares steel to technological advances in other materials, perceived to be importantDiscusses how we can manufacture smarter rather than deny demandExplores future opportunities and new efforts for sustainable development in the industry.Although the last two generations have seen an enormous amount of attention paid to advances in electronics, the fact remains that high-income, high-energy societies could thrive without microchips, etc., but, by contrast, could not exist without steel. Because of the importance of this material to comtemporary civilization, a comprehensive resource is needed for metallurgists, non-metallurgists, and anyone with a background in environmental studies, industry, manufacturing, and history, seeking a broader understanding of the history of iron and steel and its current and future impact on society.Given its coverage of the history of iron and steel from its genesis to slow pre-industrial progress, revolutionary advances during the 19th century, magnification of 19th century advances during the past five generations, patterns of modern steel production, the ubiquitous uses of the material, potential substitutions, advances in relative dematerialization, and appraisal of steel’s possible futures, Still the Iron Age: Iron and Steel in the Modern World by world-renowned author Vaclav Smil meets that need.This book would be of interest to metallurgists and non-metallurgists seeking a broader understanding of the history of steel and iron and their current and future impact on society as well as readers with backgrounds in environmental studies, industry, manufacturing and history.Author : V SmilImprint: Butterworth-HeinemannPrint Book ISBN : 9780128042335Pages: 280Dimensions: 229 X 152
Slovenian head-coach Veselin Vujović will have no worries about the names of two goalkeepers who will represent national team at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland. RK Gorenje goalie Klemen Ferlin suffered serious knee injury during the training session at the start of preparation and for him season is over.Slovenia have experienced Goražd Škof (HBC Nantes) and Matevž Skok (TUS Lubbecke) for the tournament on which Group will be extremely tough with Spain, Sweden and Germany. Klemen FerlinSlovenia ← Previous Story Croatia ahead of EURO 2016: Kopljar questionable, Ivić to replace Next Story → The end of season for Rene Toft Hansen
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Declan Brennan and Sonya McLean 21 Comments Share4 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 6:30 AM 10,397 Views A MAN WHO robbed a pensioner and attacked him with a hammer when the victim resisted has been jailed for five years.Warren Brennan (25) targeted his victim after the man had withdrawn €5,000 cash from a bank to give to his family.Wearing a motorcycle helmet and waving a claw hammer Brennan went up to the 71-year-old man and started shouting “give me the money”. When the victim refused and called him a “scumbag” Brennan hit him repeatedly with the hammer around the head and body.The victim was knocked to the ground and Brennan punched him in the face. The victim managed to pull Brennan’s helmet off and tried to gouge into his eyes.Brennan then bit down on the victim’s thumb breaking the skin before running off with the cash. The man told gardaí that he thought the attacker was going to bite his thumb off.He was released from hospital later with no serious problems. In a victim impact report he said that every time he sees a hammer or motorcycle helmet he has flash backs of the attack. He said he thinks this will continue for the rest of his life.Previous convictionsBrennan of Pearse House, Pearse Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Alderwood Park, Tallaght on October 27, 2015.He has 54 previous convictions including convictions for possession of firearms, theft, burglary and assault. In 2011 he was jailed for three years for carrying out an attempted robbery during which he held a gun to a shop assistant’s head.Brennan was on bail at the time of this robbery on a charge of aggravated burglary at a bookmakers on Lombard Street, Dublin city on December 20, 2014. He has since pleaded guilty to this offence and to resisting a garda on the same occasion.He was armed with a kitchen knife during this robbery and he tried to stab gardaí with it as they tried to arrest him.Judge Catherine Murphy told Brennan she recognised him from dealing with him in the Children’s Court a decade ago.“I told you you needed to get your act together and start living a crime free life,” she told the accused. “What I said to you clearly didn’t have the effect it was supposed to.”“I have no doubt you’re capable of changing life if you decide to keep away from drugs or alcohol,” the judge said.‘Nasty’Judge Murphy imposed consecutive sentences totalling seven years and suspended the final two years on strict conditions.The judge described the robbery as “particularly nasty” and said that Brennan had used “gratuitous violence”. She said the elderly victim “is never going to be the same man again”.She said both of the crimes “were very well thought out and deliberate”.Sean Gillane SC, defending, said his client had a difficult childhood after been “born into addiction” but was lucky enough to be parented by his maternal grandparents.His grandfather died when he was a young teenager. Counsel said this “led to a loss of direction in his own life” and Brennan then became a daily abuser of serious drugs and began offending.Read: Court of Appeal dismisses ‘Slab’ Murphy’s appeal against tax conviction> Image: gavel image via Shutterstock Thief who attacked pensioner with hammer jailed for five years The 25-year-old also bit the victim’s thumb during the attack. Jan 31st 2017, 6:30 AM Image: gavel image via Shutterstock Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3213704
Clark College enrollmentWinter quartero Total students: 12,013.o Running Start: 1,971.o International: 171.o Worker retraining: 193.Parking at Clarko Total parking spaces: About 2,800.o Faculty/staff reserved spaces: 327.o Metered spaces: 50.Parking updateso Yellow lot 1 west of Fort Vancouver Way reopened Monday after underground infrastructure updates and restriping. It previously had 229 spaces, but now has 360 spaces.o Silver and Purple lots west of Fort Vancouver Way are a five- to seven-minute walk to campus, but usually are not full.Monday was a typical first day of the quarter at Clark College. As a car vacated a parking space, a waiting car zipped into the space before another driver could grab it. Motorists lined up for precious parking spots in the popular two green lots north of Gaiser Hall. Frankie Stone, 19, of Battle Ground said she’d driven around the northern parking lots more than four times before finding a vacant space. She carpooled with Emily Osborn, 20, also from Battle Ground. As she was talking, a car stopped, the driver rolled down her window and asked if she was leaving her space. Stone shook her head, closed her car door and headed for her class. The driver of the other car continued her search. The parking lot shuffle on Monday highlighted an ongoing problem on campus. Although some improvements have been made, some students still voiced their frustration with a lack of convenient parking, saying it makes it harder to get to class on time.School officials point out, however, that there are lots with available parking spaces about a five- to seven-minute walk from the college.After circling the parking lots on campus, Amber Tipton gave up and began searching for a place to park on the street in the neighborhood east of the college.
International law firm Gowling WLG has introduced a new blockchain-based peer-to-peer recognition scheme for 1,178 UK employees working at its London and Birmingham offices.The Gowling WLG Reward Token scheme (GRT), launched on 2 July 2018, was designed internally to educate employees about blockchain technology and help staff to earn and share rewards.Available for all UK-based staff, regardless of seniority, the scheme has now been rolled out across the business following a successful pilot period.The scheme enables employees to set up a GRT wallet, which is the blockchain platform for transferring employees’ custom cryptocurrency tokens. Tokens are then exchanged between employees using the GRT app in recognition of work achievements and successes. Tokens can be used to collect a free drink in the on-site restaurants at the London and Birmingham offices, or they can be re-gifted to another employee.Exchanging tokens is done on an anonymous basis and tokens can be sent to anyone within the business from any employee. Upon registering to use the scheme, employees receive two tokens and a transfer amount for redeeming and gifting tokens.The scheme was communicated to staff using a news story published on the staff intranet, via emails, and by leaving literature and refreshments on every floor of both office locations.Jody Jansen, head of architecture and innovation at Gowling WLG, said: “We’ve been piloting the GRT scheme now for a few months and the feedback has been fantastic. Our primary aim has always been to educate people about what blockchain is, and what it can do, but we also recognised the opportunity to use it as a way of saying thanks to individuals who are helping make a difference across the firm.”
LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews have finished removing the base of the crane that came crashing down in a Lauderhill neighborhood, leaving a family without a place to call home.The house that received most of the damage from Wednesday’s collapse is now crane free, after crews hauled off all parts of the equipment, Saturday.Lauderhill Fire Rescue used a flatbed truck to carry the massive parts away after, they said, the crane slammed into two homes on Northwest 11th Street and 43rd Terrace.Officials said the structure of the building that was more severely affected is a total loss.In addition, utility crews have repaired the water main that ruptured as a result of the collapse. However, a boil water notice remains in effect.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has authorized its courts to perform same-sex marriages. The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced its new policy Monday.Download AudioTlingit-Haida’s seven-member governing board voted unanimously Friday to define legal marriage without a gender requirement.Council President Richard Peterson says the council is exercising its governing authority to include all tribal members.Tlingit-Haida Central Council President Richard Peterson addresses the tribal assembly in March 2014. Peterson just announced the council has OK’d same-sex tribal marriages. (Courtesy THCC)“It’s something we can do to extend our sovereignty for all of our tribal citizens. It’s not just about the same-sex marriage and helping just one segment of our tribal citizens, but all of our tribal citizens,” he says.Peterson says that, as far as he knows, Tlingit-Haida’s courtshave not conducted marriages in the past. He wants the new policy to encourage same- and opposite-sex marriages.The tribal government will issue marriage licenses. But it’s unclear whether they’ll be recognized by the state.Court rulings last fall forced Alaska to allow same-sex marriages, but many top officials remain opposed.“It’s certainly not to do it to spite them or anything like that. I’m very hopeful that they’re going to recognize these marriages because the folks that we’re going to be marrying are Alaskans,” Peterson says.Tlingit-Haida will require least one person in a couple to be a tribal member. The council lists nearly 30,000 Tlingit and Haida Indians in and outside Alaska within its rolls.Peterson cites high suicide rates among Alaska Natives, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youths, as another reason for the policy.“If showing that we care about all of our tribal citizens equally can send a message where they feel included and belong and loved, and if that helps them to not want to turn toward suicide and other (harmful) things because the feel forsaken, then that’s what we should do,” he says.Peterson says the council knows of about 20 other tribes amending or adopting rules to recognize marriage equality. Some others determined no changes were needed to allow same-sex unions.Peterson says that’s a small percentage of the 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States“We just recently had Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. And she so eloquently spoke at a time when we were still referred to ‘savages’ and we didn’t have the right to vote. So, now, here we are, and we have tribal citizens who don’t have rights. And we need to provide for that and advocate for that,” he says.“What the tribal authorities are doing here is moving in the very same direction that the country is moving,” says Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a New York City-based, nationwide advocacy organization.The group lists tribal governments in the Pacific Northwest, the upper Midwest and Oklahoma where same-sex marriages were approved during the past half-dozen years.They include Washington state’s Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Oregon’s Coquille Indian Tribeand the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma.“Members of the tribes know what it’s like to experience discrimination. They know what it’s like to be shoved outside, to be looked down on. And I think what tribal authorities are saying is that, out of that history, we know it’s important that we not commit the same kinds of discrimination, that we not isolate people, that we not harm them,” Wolfson says.Tlingit-Haida Central Council’s new marriage directive also covers tribal divorces.
Police recovered the body of an unidentified young man from Agmundia village in Kaliganjupazila of Jhenaidah on Saturday morning, reports UNB.Police said that locals spotted the body besides a rail track in the morning and informed police.Later, police recovered the body.Details of the death were not known immediately.
Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology Engineers Show How to Inhibit Fractures in Solid Surfaces of Aircraft, Electronic Devices It all started apparently, with Balazs creating computer models of small capsules containing nanoparticles that could under the right conditions, be made to unload their contents into small cracks or defects in certain surfaces. From there, the two teams worked together to port the model to the real world. The capsule they created is made of a very thin type of polymer that lowers the surface tension of a liquid and causes oil droplets to stabilize in water. Inside the capsule, they put cadmium-selenide nanoparticles. The resultant product was a microcapsule that would roll around or in some cases slide when placed on a hard surface and tilted about.But of course, that was only the beginning. When the capsule they’d made happened to encounter a crack in the surface, it was stopped just as would a marble rolling into a crack in the sidewalk. But, then, because of the material used to make the walls of the capsule and the way the nanoparticles were prepared, hydrophobic interactions occurred causing the transfer of cadmium-selenide to the crack. Once that was done, the capsule was once again ready for rolling around and falling into other cracks. Afterwards, because cadmium-selenide just happens to be fluorescent, cracks in the material were easily found using an optical microscope.This is clearly a brilliant idea. Why go to all the painstaking work of using human, error-prone techniques to find nearly invisible cracks in such surfaces as airplane exteriors, electronics and maybe even human implants, when rolling capsules could do the work for you. Also, the same technique could conceivably be used to find cracks and then repair them that are now fixed by coating the entire surface, thus saving a lot in maintenance costs. © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Probing and repairing damaged surfaces with nanoparticle-containing microcapsules, Nature Nanotechnology (2012) doi:10.1038/nnano.2011.235AbstractNanoparticles have useful properties, but it is often important that they only start working after they are placed in a desired location. The encapsulation of nanoparticles allows their function to be preserved until they are released at a specific time or location, and this has been exploited in the development of self-healing materials and in applications such as drug delivery. Encapsulation has also been used to stabilize and control the release of substances, including flavours, fragrances and pesticides. We recently proposed a new technique for the repair of surfaces called ‘repair-and-go’. In this approach, a flexible microcapsule filled with a solution of nanoparticles rolls across a surface that has been damaged, stopping to repair any defects it encounters by releasing nanoparticles into them, then moving on to the next defect. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the repair-and-go approach using droplets of oil that are stabilized with a polymer surfactant and contain CdSe nanoparticles. We show that these microcapsules can find the cracks on a surface and selectively deliver the nanoparticle contents into the crack, before moving on to find the next crack. Although the microcapsules are too large to enter the cracks, their flexible walls allow them to probe and adhere temporarily to the interior of the cracks. The release of nanoparticles is made possible by the thin microcapsule wall (comparable to the diameter of the nanoparticles) and by the favourable (hydrophobic–hydrophobic) interactions between the nanoparticle and the cracked surface. Image: Nature, doi:10.1038/nnano.2011.235 Citation: Research teams develop rolling microcapsules to repair micro-sized defects in surfaces (2012, January 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-teams-microcapsules-micro-sized-defects-surfaces.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Imagine if instead of relying on special x-ray or electrical current testing technology to find really tiny cracks in the skin that covers an airplane, microcapsules filled with easily detected materials could be rolled around on their surface, stopping here and there to fill such cracks automatically so that they could then be easily found using a simple black light. That day may be coming soon, thanks to a joint effort between two teams. One, from the University of Pittsburgh, led by Anna Balazs, the other from the University of Massachusetts, led by Todd Emrick. Together they have created just such a type of capsule, as will be described in their paper to be published in Nature Nanotechnology.
Thick fog has again caused minor disruptions today, with carriers taking to Twitter to warn caution travellers ‘flights may be delayed’.Although Virgin Australia and Qantas websites advise several flights from Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane have been cancelled or delayed by more than 45 minutes, a Qantas spokesperson told ABC Radio, flights could be delayed by as much as four hours and even some expected to be diverted to Brisbane and Melbourne.“Please check your flight status,” a Qantas tweet read.International flights arriving into Sydney yesterday were also held up, as fog on the runway made it difficult for pilots to see the runway.Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ Delays this morning as fog blankets Sydney runways. Image: Twitter @debobrien
The exhibitors at TTF Ahmedabad received a further boost when Ganpatsinh Vasava, Tourism Minister, Government of Gujarat, visited the event on its second day.The Tourism Minister walked the show and was warmly received at all the exhibitor stalls. He also interacted with the representatives at their respective booths.Expressing his happiness on visiting TTF, he remarked, “I am glad that TTF, India’s largest fair network is being organised in Ahmedabad. TTF is one of the most successful tourism promotion platforms bringing together all stakeholders of India Tourism under one roof to realise the true potential of domestic tourism.”The Minister will also be inaugurating TTF Surat, scheduled for September 9-11, 2016 at Pandit Deendayal Updhyay Indoor Stadium.This year, TTF Ahmedabad has witnessed participation from 535 exhibitors including 13 Countries and 23 Indian States & Union Territories.
August 3, 2018 494 Views Black Knight Inc Earnings loans Origination Technoloy 2018-08-03 Radhika Ojha in Headlines, News, Origination Share Black Knight Revenue Increases in Q2 Florida-based Black Knight Inc, a provider of software, data and analytics solutions to the mortgage and consumer loan, real estate and capital markets announced its unaudited second-quarter earnings recently. The company said that its revenues for the second quarter of 2018 increased 5 percent to $276.6 million from $262.2 million in the prior year quarter. Net earnings attributable to Black Knight for the second quarter of 2018 were $40 million, compared to $8.2 million during the same period last year.Its adjusted revenues for the second quarter of 2018 increased 5 percent to $277.4 million from $263.4 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted net earnings for the second quarter of 2018 increased 28 percent to $68.4 million compared to $53.4 million in the prior year quarter. The company said that its adjusted net earnings per share for the second quarter of 2018 increased 31 percent to $0.46 per diluted share compared to $0.35 per diluted share in the prior-year quarter.”We are pleased with our results in the second quarter, where we delivered Adjusted Revenues growth of 5 percent and Adjusted EBITDA growth of 6 percent, which drove margin expansion of 50 basis points to 48.4 percent,” said Bill Foley Executive Chairman at Black Knight. “We are excited about Black Knight’s momentum across the enterprise and the underlying fundamentals of our business remain strong.”For the six months ended, Black Knight’s revenue increased 5 percent to $546.9 million from $520.3 million in the 2017 period. Net earnings attributable to Black Knight for the six months ended June 30, 2018, were $82.7 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to $20.4 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in the 2017 period.”Our second quarter results reflect the consistent execution of our strategy to expand relationships with existing clients and we continue to innovate new solutions and acquire businesses that expand our offering,” said Anthony Jabbour, CEO, Black Knight. “Black Knight continues to enhance its leading end-to-end software and data and analytics offering with a focus on helping our clients grow, increase efficiency and remain compliant.”
Search for flights to Seoul1. Visit Dongdaemun History and Culture ParkWish you could time travel? Head over to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, a historical park where you can explore the ruins of a military campsite from the Choseon Dynasty, see the old Igansumun Watergate and walk along the ancient wall of Seoul Fortress. The sleek and shiny Dongdaemun Design Plaza (or DDP) with its exhibition spaces and shopping complex is also located within the park, offering a sharp contrast between the old and new Korea.Opening times: (DDP) Daily 9am – 7pm.Location: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu. 11. Enjoy the view at N Seoul TowerThe best place to see Seoul from above, this observation tower is packed with restaurants on almost every floor so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the panorama, including a revolving French restaurant on the 7th floor. A sunset trip is recommended. Get there by cable car if you don’t fancy the (steep) 10-minute climb – the station is near the Myeong-dong subway and Pacific Hotel.Opening times: (Observatory) Mon to Fri/Sun 10am – 11pm; Sat 10am – 12am.Location: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu.Price: Adults 10000won, Concessions 8000won. 6. Eat some Korean barbequeForget silver service and dine like the locals. Scream ‘yo-gi-oh’ for your server, get tipsy on countless bottles of Korea’s signature drink, soju, and gorge on bottomless side dishes, banchan, all while your dinner cooks right in front of your eyes at a local Korean Barbeque shop. Try Doma Restaurant in the Hongdae neighbourhood for fine Korean ribs, or galbi (details below).Opening times: Mon to Sat 11.30am – 5am. Sun 1pm – 5am.Location: 357-3 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu.Price: From 13,000 (£10). 9. Be deceived at Hongdae’s Trick Eye MuseumFor the ultimate holiday snaps, head to this silly but endlessly fun Seoul attraction in the Hongdae college district. The Trickeye Museum is considered Korea’s most popular museum, and once you’re inside, it’s hard not to join in with the absurdity of it all. Fool all your Facebook friends with pictures of you fighting dragons, climbing walls, and even levitating!Opening times: Daily, 9am – 9pm.Location: #B2 Seogyo Plaza 20 Hongikro 3gil, Mapogu.Price: Adults 18000 won, Under 18s 12000won.10. Meet locals at Bukchon Hanok VillageWander through the (hilly) streets of Bukchon Hanok Village and discover hanok, an ancient style of Korean architecture. Sample signature teas and sweet rice cakes at a traditional teahouse or poke around craft workshops and galleries for souvenirs. Homestays are also available, where you can sleep on cushions on the floor kept toasty by Korea’s ondol underfloor heating system. Start your trip at Bukchon Traditional Cultural Centre near Anguk subway station to orientate yourself with a map of the area. 5. Head to a Korean bath houseScrub up at a jjimjilbang, a traditional Korean bath house. Chill out in a themed sauna, take a medicinal bath or have some fun in the game rooms: this is how young and old Koreans alike de-stress after a hard week. You’ll also find staff on hand to give you a more thorough exfoliation, for around 15,000won. If all the lazing around tires you out, some bath houses in Seoul even offer overnight accommodation. Dragon Hill Spa is a good choice for first-timers. Be warned though: it’s usual practice to be completely naked once you’re in the pools! 4. Unwind at Bongeunsa TempleFind time for some soul-searching at Bongeunsa Temple. Located in Seoul’s financial district, sign up for The Temple Life programme and get an introduction to Buddhist culture with a tea ceremony, lantern making, and mental training sessions. You can even check yourself in for a couple of nights for the chance to really experience monastic life.Opening times: Temple Life every Thurs 2pm – 4.30pm.Location: 73 Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu.Price: Free to enter. Temple experiences from 20,000won. 2. Cure jetlag at Seoul Medicine MarketSuffering from jetlag, or did you just go a bit hard on the rice wine? Either way, find a remedy at Seoul’s medicine market, part of Gyeongdong Market. Sample free medicinal tea and pick up some of Korea’s world famous red ginseng, an apparently brilliant cure-all! There’s also the Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Museum, offering further insight, right opposite the market. 7. Act like royalty at Gyeongbokgung PalaceGyeongbokgung, once home to the Kings of the Joseon Dynasty, is the biggest of five royal palaces in Seoul and also the place to dress up in traditional royal costumes, if you like that sort of thing. Don’t get too carried away with all those fancy dress selfies though; the building is now home to the National Palace Museum of Korea, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to brush up on your imperial art history – there are over 40,000 artefacts here – and explore the massive gardens. Look out for free English guided tours at 11am and 2pm.Opening times: Mon to Fri 9am – 6pm; Sat & Sun 9am – 7pm.Location: Hyojaro 12, Jongno-gu,.Price: Free. How to get to SeoulThere are three direct flights a day from London Heathrow to Seoul, although these are rarely the cheapest; Qatar Airways operate affordable stopover connections via Doha, or you can check out alternative routes via Amsterdam or Paris, both of which run direct flights to Seoul.Most international flights land at Seoul Incheon International Airport, just over 40 minutes away from the city centre by rail. Start planning your next adventure and compare the cheapest fares to Seoul here:ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Battle it out at the War Memorial of KoreaRelive some of Korea’s most famous battles, learn the story of how the modern nation emerged from invasion, corruption and civil war, as well as information about current North-South relations at the Korean War Museum. This highly digital and interactive museum has an F-15K 3D experience room, shooting range and Incheon Landing 4D experience. Outside, there are actual weapons from the Korean War in the 1950s.Opening times: Tues to Sun, 9am – 6pm.Location: 29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu.Price: Free. 14. Hike in Bukhansan National ParkHankering after those mountain tops you can see from your Seoul hotel window? The rural expanse of Bukhansan National Park is only a bus ride away, but comprises nearly 80km of forests and challenging inclines, stretching all the way to Gyeonggi-do Province. Most people come to scale the great Baegundae Peak, but you don’t need to be a diehard hiker to walk here: different trails are available depending on whether you want to test your abilities or just take a quick amble. Watch out for snow and ice near the top of the peaks; ice cleats are available to rent and it’s always wise to check the weather and ask for local advice before going. 13. See the changing of the guard at DeoksugungDeoksugung is another great palace of the Joseon period, dating from the sixteenth century. This is the only palace in Seoul where you can see the guard changing ceremony (11am/2pm/3.30pm), complete with flamboyantly colourful costumes, and explore the beautifully lit grounds at night, as it’s open ’til 9pm. There are also some surprisingly Western-looking buildings, with classical colonnades, rubbing shoulders with Korean hanok roofs. As an attraction, it’s smaller and lesser-known than Gyeongbokgung, so less crowded as a result.Opening times: Tue to Sun 9am – 9pm.Location: 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu.Price: Adults 1000won, Concessions 500won. 8. Shop ‘til you drop in Myeong-dongLove picking up a bargain or hunting down some unusual souvenirs? Score some cosmetics and funky fashion in Myeongdong, a shopping district at the intersection of two main streets in Seoul. Stop for a bowl of kalguksu (noodle soup) at one of the many street food stands that line the blocks. Even if you don’t buy, the dazzling and frenetic atmosphere, especially in the evening, is somewhat addictive. 12. Namsan Mountain & ParkNow you’ve done the tower, take a few hours to explore Namsan Mountain, the green peak that looks down on the city’s sprawl. Short trails criss-cross around the mountain, with landmarks like the Mongmyeoksan Beacon Hill Site and the Palgakjeong along the way. If you’ve brought a loved one, there’s even a love-lock wall, where you snap shut a padlock to seal your eternal commitment. 15. DMZ tour to the North Korean borderCurious about life on the other side of the famous Korean North-South divide? A trip to the demilitarized zone between the two countries won’t exactly illuminate much, but it is a fascinating experience you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. Unusual sights include the ‘infiltration tunnels’ that were begun by North Korea and discovered in the 1970s and the ‘fake town’ of Kijong-dong, created in the 1950s to project an image of everyday life to any South Koreans who might be willing to move over the border. You’ll need to arrange things with a tour group as visitors aren’t allowed to wander unsupervised here – try Panmunjom Travel Center or TOURDMZ for a range of trips taking in different points of interest.
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And in that memory the lake was built.The story is important here because in last few years the physical heft of Bheem became an allegory to the political clout and heft that the Mahant or head priest of the Gorakhnath Mutt Yogi Adityanath yields Now the head Mahant is also the head of the state government in Uttar Pradesh The controversial leader who is known for his unapologetic divisive politics was very ironically chosen ‘unanimously’ as the Chief Minister of the most populous state of the country A file photo of Yogi Adityanath PTI While reasons for Adityanath’s elevation for the top post of the state will witness some high-decibel-deafening debate what perhaps will be given less attention is how he actually forged this paradigm of power that pushed him at top of political hierarchy in such an unexpected manner Talking to people of Gorakhpur who saw his rise in last two decades it becomes clear that combination of historical reasons unapologetic communalisation of social discourse and manipulation of unwarranted fear among masses made Yogi Adityanath a leader who could bend Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to get the top post Consider this: In a city with a more than 78 percent of Hindu population people even youth and even the educated youth to a greater extent feel that they and their families are safe because of "Yogiji" A garment businessman from Gorakhpur who joined his family business after completing his graduate degree from Delhi University says “Those have left the city will never understand that without him (Yogi Aditiyanath) this will not be a safe place to live” This rhetoric of Adityanath being the saviour of “Hindus against the onslaught of Muslims” has been intelligently built over the years And it plays important role in creating support base for the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh While communal polarisation has been the most important reason for the support of Yogi’s brand of politics other factors too play important role in it which is acknowledged by people of the city at large though not openly The Hindu Yuva Vahini youth group founded under the patronage of Yogi Adityanath has also an important role to play Its volunteers were known to use strong-arm tactics in riots cow-protection drives and to stop ‘love jihad’ It is the same organisation that fielded candidates against the saffron party in six Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh “See basically Purvanchal has lot of unemployed youth They are easily swayed by the leaders like Adityanath whom they see as ‘Yug Purush; and ‘Hindu Hriday Samrat’ These are essentially young people who do not have job or proper employment This badge of Hindu Yuva Vahini karyakartagives them a sense of pride And they are ready to do anything for their leader” says a lawyer from Gorakhpur He adds “Gorakhpur was once known for places like Geeta Press But in the 70s it witnessed emergence of bahubali netas and mafias A new language of what we colloquially called bhaukal—which can be loosely translated into an ability to impress though larger than life image—emerged And here is the leader who talks about destroying Pakistan So youth is bound to be impressed by his politics” “If you look at the statistics in most of the places where his choice of candidates; like in Gorakhpur Gramin constituencies in Siddharthnagar district Sant Kabir Nagar just to name few BJP has won with very small margins If it would not have been for Modi wave he would have lost all the seats” said a BJP supporter in Gorakhpur who does not support Adityanath’s appointment as Chief Minister While talking to people who do not wear a saffron badge of Gorakhpur it becomes evident that lot of noise empty rhetoric unabashed jingoism and crude communal politics was what played an all-important role in the rise of Yogi Adityanath And what obviously added to it was religious and cultural importance that people of Gorakhpur attached to Gorakhnath temple of which Adityanath is a ‘proud’ Mahant While supporters of Adityanath are “celebrating Holi for the second time in the month” there are host of silent observers in the city who are hoping a miraculous transformation of their firebrand MP ; who has several criminal cases against him ( some of the charges include rioting attempt to murder carrying deadly weapons endangering life or personal safety of others unlawful assembly trespassing on burial places and criminal intimidation) into a leader who maintains the dignity of the post that his party has bestowed upon him Approximately 46 million Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP for help paying for food However it’s often impossible for participants in the $74 billion program to use the funds sometimes known as food stamps to order groceries online That’s despite the growth of services like Amazon Fresh and FreshDirect which could help the millions of families in so-called “food deserts” access quality produce Gunnar Lovelace and Nick Green the co-founders and co-CEOs of online grocer Thrive Market are banding together with other companies and organizations in an effort to allow SNAP participants to order food over the Internet TIME spoke with Lovelace and Green about their efforts and the challenges they’re facing Our conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity TIME: How did your efforts to change SNAP first begin Lovelace: Our business and our mission is focused on making healthy living easy and affordable to everybody The way that we do that is we have a membership model of $60 a year For every paid membership we give a membership away to a low-income family We hear from a lot of the families in our giving program that they’re on food stamps and they can’t use the website to its full potential It was a very natural thing for us to focus on as part of our investment in making good on our social mission as a business We’ve been working with the US Department of Agriculture (which oversees SNAP) trying to get them to accept food stamps online for the last year and a half Why is that taking so long Lovelace: SNAP is inherently a controversial program Because of that and because of the size of the program there are obviously concerns about fraud or the payment processors that handle these transactions I think [the USDA] is also just a very-slow moving organization that tends to be very cautious because of the highly politicized environment we live in Regardless of one’s political views about food stamps if we’re going to be spending money making sure people get free food we need to make sure that they get access to the healthiest food possible so they’re not getting sick and causing extra costs on the medical system That’s a very non-political way of viewing it There are a lot of technical bureaucratic and political logistics that they’re wading through There’s also a business logic here in that if you can sell to people who are using SNAP that could mean more sales Lovelace: Sure there’s no doubt about that But it’s not an effort just for us to be able to accept food stamps online We’re spearheading a cross-section of brands and non-profits and influencers To your point there’s almost $80 billion a year spent on SNAP and obviously we would like to be able to complete for that share of the wallet That’s secondary though The truth is for us for every paid membership we give a membership away If those folks that are in our giving program who are on food stamps can’t utilize the platform to their full benefit it really inhibits our effectiveness to be successful with our social mission You recently visited Washington to rally support from Congress How’d that go Lovelace: We had over one hundred senior staffers from congressional offices come to the briefing that we hosted with [Ohio Democratic] Congressman Tim Ryan and [actress] Shailene Woodley and a bipartisan group of staffers We framed the conversation around saving costs driving innovation and making programs more effective We really felt like there was a lot of alignment and interest What’s your sense there will actually be a change in policy given it’s an election year and energies may be focused elsewhere Green: We feel that food stamps are going to go online For us it’s an issue of implementation and speed There was going to be a pilot in the spring of 2015 but that kept getting moved around and [the USDA] just wasn’t responsive Our petition isn’t meant to bash the USDA We recognize that SNAP is a really big program with all sorts of complexities What our hope is is to emphasize that we want to make sure that this gets done quickly When the USDA launches a pilot it will typically take 18 to 24 months and test it in one market If they were to do that same approach in this situation it could be two-and-a-half to three-plus years before food stamps go online nationally The issue strikes me as another example of how the digital economy can leave behind low-income neighborhoods and families Lovelace: It’s also interesting that a lot of families that don’t speak English don’t have dedicated Internet at home they’re still on smartphones the penetration of smartphones is really astounding People will pay their phone bill before they pay their rent That’s a really powerful fact that we can leverage We saw a study recently where less than 3% of the folks in a food desert here in LA were able to buy food from a grocery store and the rest was convenient stores fast food and liquor markets Being able to access healthy food online seems like such a basic thing at this point particularly for those communities that either are in a food desert don’t have good transportation or just frankly don’t have enough time to shop How’s business otherwise Green: Business otherwise is incredible We’re over 300000 paid members right now We’re seeing really incredible engagement levels in a couple of the areas that we’ve been investing in we’ve launched over sixty of our own private local products that are now driving almost 10% of our sales We just raised a very big financing round less than a month ago [Ed note: Thrive Market is not yet profitable] We have a partner that’s encouraging us to think long-term about not just continuing to grow fast but really delivering on that value proposition to our membership of making healthy living accessible in the terms of the products being there but also really easy in terms of being convenient having the information that they need and getting them really educated about the space Write to Alex Fitzpatrick at alexfitzpatrick@timecom “In fact, The standoff could result in a government shutdown if the two bodies aren’t able to agree on a final budget by Friday, Sure, " organizers said in a news release. 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