The Israeli Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) is exploring the niche segment of “anti-terrorism” or “defence” tourism with Indian travel agents, an Israeli official said here on Thursday.”It’s a niche concept. There are many tourists from the US and Europe who are interested to learn how people defend themselves and things about warfare… because the reputation of Israeli security is very high,” Hasan Madah, Director, India in the Israeli Tourism Ministry told IANS here.Madah said after some tourists evinced an interest in training in defensive tactics, a clutch of entrepreneurs decided to push this as a segment.”They want to know how to shoot, how to hide, how to tackle. It’s similar to paintball (an adventure sport). Some entrepreneurs in Israel, they decided to go ahead and open a business like this,” he said.”You can go there and do whatever you like. Some people like to relax and some people like these things, so why not? We are exploring all (tourism) angles with travel agents in India. We are interested in promoting anything that brings in more tourists.”The Ministry officials were in the city for a six-city roadshow.The Israeli delegation was led by Madah, along with Judah Samuel, Director – Marketing, Israel Ministry of Tourism, India, and included representative partners from the tourism industry of Israel.The roadshow witnessed the participation of over 100 travel agents in each city.Madah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel early last month has sparked a renewed interest among Indians and the country wants to leverage this to increase destination awareness.advertisement”We have seen many inquiries coming in. The indication from the market is that it (visit of Modi) has really helped. We expect the growth to be significant in the next few months.”Asked on the link between popularity of Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who plays Diana Prince in DC Comics’ superhero film “Wonder Woman”, and the renewed interest in Israel as a tourist destination, Madah said: “She is kind of an ambassador. She is promoting and also helping us through that.”Over 34,000 Indian tourists have travelled to Israel till July in 2017, marking a growth of 36 per cent over the previous year.In June alone, Israel witnessed an exponential growth of 79 per cent in Indian arrivals compared to June 2016.
Barcelona 6 Eibar 1: Majestic Messi leads romp with four goals for LaLiga leaders Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 05:53 20/9/2017 Getty Images Barcelona blew Eibar away at Camp Nou on Tuesday, as the brilliant Lionel Messi again took centre-stage with four goals. Lionel Messi was in inspirational form as he scored four goals to lead Barcelona to a crushing 6-1 LaLiga win over Eibar on Tuesday, continuing their 100 per cent start to the campaign.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde was without the injured Ousmane Dembele after the club’s record signing was ruled out for up to four months with a torn hamstring and he opted to rest several regulars such as Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, but that mattered little as Messi stepped up and produced an irresistible performance.Barca were actually quite sluggish during the early exchanges, but they soon clicked into gear broke the deadlock, as Messi stylishly converted a penalty 20 minutes in to take his 2017 tally to 40 goals in as many games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Paulinho, making his first LaLiga start, then answered his critics again just before the break, heading in Barcelona’s second of the contest to add to his winning goal at Getafe on Saturday. @paulinhop8#GetafeBarça: #BarçaEibar:pic.twitter.com/I9Ybni7Qpq— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 19, 2017Denis Suarez got Barca’s first at Getafe and he followed Paulinho’s lead in scoring for the second successive game with a smart finish inside the near post early in the second half, just a few moments before Sergi Enrich pulled one back.But Messi then stepped up, scoring twice in quick succession to blow Eibar away and complete his hat-trick – his second of the season after putting three past Espanyol.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was not done there as he added a sixth three minutes from the end to leave Eibar on the end of a truly emphatic hammering.Barcelona came out to an expectant Camp Nou crowd donning shirts with “courage Ousmane” emblazoned across the front following Dembele’s injury at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.But the supporters were given cause for concern just three minutes in, when David Junca’s curled pass picked out the run of Enrich in behind Gerard Pique, only for the striker to hit a tame effort at Marc-Andre ter Stegen when one-on-one.Barca duly punished that miss, as Messi nonchalantly tucked away a spot kick after Alex Galvez clumsily sent the impressive Nelson Semedo tumbling.40 – Lionel Messi has scored 40 goals in his 40 games for Barcelona in 2017 (all competitions). Alien.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 19, 2017Marko Dmitrovic denied Messi nine minutes before the break, palming a stinging 20-yard drive around the post.But the goalkeeper was helpless from the resulting corner as Paulinho charged into the danger zone and met Denis Suarez’s delivery with an unstoppable header.Barca looked more impressive after the break and were fully deserving of their third goal.Paulinho initially did well to release Messi, who dazzled the Eibar defence and got a shot away, with Dmitrovic parrying it straight to Denis Suarez to tuck away.Enrich pulled one back with a clever cushioned finish from Junca’s cross shortly after in the 57th minute, but all that seemed to do was jolt Barca into life again.Messi took centre-stage, restoring Barca’s three-goal cushion with a fine placed finish into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box, following a delightful move which involved Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.And he then completed his hat-trick with 27 minutes to go, charging in from the right-hand side of the penalty area and prodding an effort beyond Dmitrovic. Leo Messi pic.twitter.com/TPkklBebKw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 19, 2017Eibar nearly got a second when Ruben Pena hit the post late on, but Messi soon showed them how it should be done, as he met Aleix Vidal’s cut-back and guided a finish into the far side of the net to wrap up a crushing win. Key Opta stats:- Lionel Messi has scored his 28th hat-trick in LaLiga. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (32) has scored more than him.- Messi has scored nine goals in the first five games of a LaLiga season, his best start in terms of goals scored at this stage. – Messi has scored his 300th goal for Barcelona at the Camp Nou (all competitions).- Paulinho has scored two goals for Barcelona with his first two shots on target (all competitions). read more
Sell it asap ♂️ https://t.co/KUydGA4pxG — Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) September 28, 2017 Guardiola was a huge fan of what Mendy brings to the team dynamic, and though he will still be around the first-team and he recovers over the coming months, he will not be able to have the kind of impact he had been making.What it means is that City are having to soldier on through a situation which many feared as little as a month ago.They have made a good fist of covering for Kompany, even bearing in mind everything he brings to the team on and off the pitch, but Mendy will be even tougher to replace. They could hardly have had worse luck. Manchester City Cruel Mendy injury set to expose Man City frailties Sam Lee Last updated 2 years ago 14:00 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Opinion The Blues have managed to cope without influential captain Vincent Kompany so far, but will find it even harder to cover for the flamboyant Frenchman There were perhaps three injury scenarios Manchester City feared most heading into the new season. Two of them have already happened.It was very nearly a full-house, but Ilkay Gundogan somehow managed to avoid any serious issues following an ugly foul from behind by West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in the League Cup 10 days ago.Gundogan was making his first start following a nine-month injury lay-off with a ruptured cruciate ligament, and nobody wanted to see him get injured again, either out of sheer sympathy or due to the fact he is the one City player who can play in any of Pep Guardiola’s three midfield roles. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. City dodged a bullet there, given he was back in action a mere six days later, but they have certainly not had any luck with the other two.Given the Blues were ultimately unable to sign a new centre-back before the transfer window closed, it became especially important that Vincent Kompany stayed fit.And given they decided they did not have the resources to pursue a second left-back ( one of the consequences of Dani Alves’ last-minute u-turn ), they needed to keep Benjamin Mendy fresh as long as possible.Kompany succumbed to yet another calf injury – his 15th in five years – during the last set of international fixtures. The Belgian deserves immense credit for battling his way back to fitness so many times, but it is a sad reality that few were shocked to see it happen.The fact Mendy has ruptured cruciate knee ligaments is certainly a shock, as well as a cruel blow to both him personally and to City’s chances of success this season.Put bluntly, the business City did not do this summer is just as likely to impact their campaign than the business they did do.It was very tempting to say City had assembled the best squad in the Premier League thanks to the five players they brought in this summer, and indeed they have all settled in well (some better than others) and all look capable of making big contributions.The Blues have an incredible attack, even without Alexis Sanchez, but the failure to land their remaining targets has left them a little light, particularly at the back.Injuries to Kompany and Mendy were seen as worst case scenarios, yet here we are.The club’s social media channels declared Kompany had returned to training at the start of last week, but he was nowhere to be seen in photographs of last Friday’s session, and he certainly didn’t train on Monday ahead of the Shakthar Donetsk clash.It must be said Kompany’s injury is yet to bite the Blues, given he has missed the six games in which they have played their best football this season.John Stones has started especially well and, despite a bit of a grilling against Liverpool, Nicolas Otamendi has looked solid too. That is an unexpected bonus given they certainly did not look a solid partnership last season.Citizens win to nil v Chelsea 15/4Even Danilo, who played as part of a back three against the Merseysiders, has looked adept as a centre-back. Few would have expected it but, for now at least, Kompany has not been missed.Mendy’s absence will surely be felt, however, and it will be no surprise to see City move for a replacement in January.One of the biggest issues is that he is the only recognised left-back in the squad – Danilo has been good at right-back and centre-back but has not looked the same player when he has played on the left, while there is conflicting evidence as to Fabian Delph’s suitability to the role.Mendy’s attacking contribution cannot be overstated, either. Guardiola credits his side’s recent exlpoits in front of goal with the decision to move his three forwards closer together, allowing them to get into the box and essentially play as No.9s, particularly with the ball in wide areas.They have been able to do so because Mendy and Kyle Walker have provided excellent outlets at full-back. The two new signings have provided pace and width in abundance, while Mendy’s wicked crosses from the left-hand side had already proven to be another valuable weapon in City’s attacking arsenal.In his three full league appearances he put in 27 crosses, created seven chances and laid on one assist. Stats are unable to quantify the shere panic spread among opposition goalkeepers and defenders as he fired the ball into the box.Danilo and Delph may be able to provide slightly more defensive solidity than the Frenchman, given he did not impress going backwards as much as he did going forwards, but Guardiola knew exactly what he was getting when City paid Monaco £52m this summer and there is no left-back in Europe, let alone at the Etihad, who can get forward and put crosses in quite like Mendy.And there are few dressing room characters like the 23-year-old, either. City fans and neutrals alike have fallen in love with his social media output in the past few weeks, and his new team-mates have discovered he is exactly the same in person.
Twitter/@CoachCroninUCCincinnati has been without head coach Mick Cronin since December, when he was diagnosed with an unruptured brain aneurysm, but he has been unwavering in his support of the team. Moments after the Bearcats’ dramatic overtime win against Purdue in today’s round of 64, a very excited Cronin took a selfie next to his television. That’s my main man !!!!!! BEARCATS BASKETBALL. thank you to all of our fans. pic.twitter.com/i6eFEXdSGx— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 20, 2015We’re glad Cronin is doing well. Watching the Bearcats isn’t quite the same without his intensity on the sideline. Cincinnati will play the winner of tonight’s Kentucky-Hampton game on Saturday.[SB Nation]
Rohan Sen NottinghamJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 00:10 IST Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers for Australia as they defended 288 against West Indies (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMitchell Starc finished with 5 wickets for 46 from his quota of 10 oversThis was Starc’s 6th five-wicket haul in ODIs as Australia beat West Indies by 15 runsStarc became the fastest bowler to complete 150 wickets in 77 ODIsAustralian pacer Mitchell Starc on Thursday became the fastest bowler to 150 ODI wickets and he also became the first in World Cup 2019 to pick up a five-wicket haul to lead his team to a 15-run win over West Indies in Nottingham.Chasing 289 for victory, the West Indies were restricted to 273 for 9 with Starc picking up his sixth five-wicket haul in ODIs. Australia, who were bowled out for 288 batting first, registered their second successive win in the tournament to move up to second place in the points table.Starc finished with figures of 5 for 46 from his quota of 10 overs and bettered former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq’s record to become the fastest to 150 wickets in his 77th ODI match. Saqlain had achieved the milestone in 78 matches.”We back ourselves to defend anything. I felt it (the surface) quite hard – the wicket was a bit up and down but I settled in and got used to it. They were on the way before Starcy picked 2-3, good move by Finch to bring him on then. He is a fantastic bowler and credit goes to him,” man-of-the-match Nathan Coulter-Nile, who smashed 92 runs with the bat, praised Starc after the game.Starc has a terrific record against the West Indies with 21 wickets in 7 matches at 12.76 with three five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.West Indies got off to a poor start before Shai Hope (68) and Nicholas Pooran (40) laid the platform for the power-hitters, but the Starc-led Australian attack kept them on a tight leash.Starc first picked up the wicket of Chris Gayle (21) in the first powerplay and then returned in the death overs to remove Andre Russell (15), Jason Holder (51), Carlos Brathwaite (16) and Sheldon Cottrell (1) to swing the match in Australia’s favour.advertisementPat Cummins (2 for 41) and Adam Zampa (1 for 58) gave good support to Starc from the other ends.Also Read | Australia vs West Indies Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | Smith, Coulter-Nile, Starc shine as Australia beat West IndiesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle left to rue his luck after series of umpiring errors Also Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle 3rd West Indian to score 1000 World Cup runsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Mitchell Starc breaks Saqlain Mushtaq’s record to become fastest to 150 ODI wicketsMitchell Starc picked up a five-wicket haul as Australia defeated the West Indies by 15 runs in Nottingham on Thursday. commentary view more view less Next No data available! scorecard graphs advertisement
This Christmas, an estimated 7.8 million vegetarians and vegans in the UK (12 per cent of the population) will enjoy delicious plant-based festive food for their holiday meals.Christmas Stars’ EatKind Festive guide.This includes many famous faces. To inspire even more Brits to make more compassionate choices for their Christmas cooking, celebs Joanna Lumley, Ricky Gervais, Evanna Lynch, The Vamps’ James McVey and sisters Lucy and Tiffany Watson have put together a complete menu of meat-and-dairy-free dishes for Humane Society International UK’s Christmas Stars’ EatKind Festive guide.The recipes in HSI’s guide can be combined to make a fantastic veggie Christmas feast, with Lucy Watson’s Merry Mushroom Pâté serving as a light starter and Joanna Lumley’s Rich Red Wine Gravy and Tiffany Watson’s Spicy Soy Sprouts making the perfect accompaniments to Ricky Gervais’ Tofurky and Trimmings recipe.Joanna Lumley said: “At Christmas time it makes me feel happier to think that no creature has suffered just so that I can celebrate. I hope the recipes in HSI’s fantastic festive guide inspires people to be a bit daring, and dance under the stars with a cruelty-free plate of fabulous vegetables, stuffings, pies and sauces. Happy Christmas to everyone… people, birds and beasts.”Around 10 million turkeys are killed in the UK each year for Christmas dinner. Some 90 per cent of these highly social birds will have spent their short lives in over-crowded indoor sheds often with no access to natural light or any meaningful stimulation. They’re genetically manipulated to grow so fast, and so obese, that they often suffer from crippling leg disorders making it painful to take even a single step.For those choosing to take turkey off the table, the good news is that there is a vast range of tasty meat-free selections for your Christmas centrepiece. In fact, global sales of plant-based meats, such as seitan sausages and, Tofurky or Vbites celebration roasts, are booming, according to Allied Research. Sales are set to reach US $5.2 billion by 2020, with the EU being the largest buyer of plant-based meat, and figures released by Ocado reveal that vegan food sales in the UK increased by an astonishing 1,500 per cent last year.HSI’s guide is also packed with top tips from British celebrities and HSI/UK staff members for plant-based shopping on the high street, from animal-friendly sweet treats to savoury snacks, including Tesco’s chocolate and hazelnut churros, and mince pies and Christmas puddings from stores such as Waitrose and Morrisons. There is also a section highlighting the variety of delicious dairy-free cheeses available from artisan producers as well as leading supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s Free From Wensleydale-style with cranberries, Raw Food Rosie’s Baby-bleu cashew ‘brie’ and Nutcrafter Creamery’s Gormasio Extra Aged Cheddar-style.Claire Bass, executive director of HSI/UK, says: “Humane Society International is delighted that compassionate celebs are sharing their tasty meat and dairy-free meals and demonstrating that it’s never been easier to take a holiday from eating meat. There are veggie versions of almost all Christmas classics so you can still enjoy your traditional favourites without harming animals. We are asking the public to give peas a chance this Christmas and leave turkey off their table in favour of more compassionate choices.”Humane Society International advocates compassionate eating – or the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products with plant-based foods, and “refining” our diets by avoiding products from the most abusive production systems.Fast facts: Turkeys naturally live for up to 10 years of age, but on factory farms they are genetically manipulated to grow so fast, so obese they’re normally slaughtered at just nine to 21 weeks old.In the wild, turkeys are highly sociable birds who roost in trees and can fly at speeds of up to 50 mph. Famous for saying “gobble gobble,” turkeys actually have more than 20 different vocalisations, and each bird has a unique ‘voice.’Cutting down on animal products is a great way to protect your health. Studies have found that people who eat less meat have a lower risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. The World Health Organisation has warned that processed meats such as bacon, ham and sausages can cause cancer.Download HSI/UK’s EatKind Festive Guide at: www.hsi.org/EatKindChristmas.
By Lee KainoelaniRabat – Senator John Barrasso, chairman of this year’s U.S. Republican Platform Committee, dodged a question, Sunday, about where the GOP stands on Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, according to CBS News.During an interview on ABC’s “This Week”, the Wyoming Republican was asked where the party currently stands on the presumptive GOP nominee’s “Muslim ban”. “The platform is about the core values of our party. It’s who we are, it’s what we stand for, and I met with Donald Trump about it and he understands that the platform is very important to the Republican Party,” Barrasso said. “It’s going to be a conservative platform that’s going to be positive, optimistic, looking to the future, focused on things like jobs, the economy, and national security. And what he was focused on with that ban is national security.”When pushed further to directly answer the question, he said that the platform committee will meet in Cleveland, in July a week before the party’s convention, and will work it out then.“We’ve asked Donald Trump to allow the process to play out. He has agreed to do that. And I’ve asked him personally to embrace the platform and I believe he will. National security will be a big part of it,” Barrasso said.Barrasso made no further comments on the Muslim entry ban.
Rabat – Saad Eddine El Othmani, Morocco’s Head of Government has added fuel to the idea that despite the episodic disagreements and an emotionally charged history, the French and Moroccan people have kept “special bonds” of friendship.Speaking on Sunday in Rabat at en event to commemorate the 14th of July, El Othmani said that France and Morocco have weathered trying times to remain exemplary, “exceptional” friends. The 14th of July is France’s closest equivalent of Independence Day. It marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison, a decisive moment in the 1789 French RevolutionTo add weight to his idea of France and Morocco sharing a “special, singular” type of friendship, El Othmani pointed to the two countries’ always being supportive of each other’s agenda on issues of “particular importance” for their “national causes.” (On the international stage, France is one of the strongest, foremost advocates of Morocco’s Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara, a proposal Paris has repeatedly described as credible and politically feasible.) El Othmani’s point, however, went beyond the political dimensions of the Franco-Moroccan friendship. In his July 14th speech, the Moroccan minister pointed particularly to the human, cultural, and economic side of the “exceptional relationship” the two nations have maintained over the years.20 years since Moroccan Royal Guards marched in ParisEl Othmani’s enthusiasm about the “exceptional” friendship also comes 20 years after France allowed a large contingent of 360 elements of the Moroccan Royal Guards to march on the iconic Champs Elysée Avenue. Clothed in colors echoing the French flag and intoning songs drenched in the “Franco-Moroccan spirit,” the 360 royal guards added a Moroccan flavor to the march of their French counterparts on the occasion. That day, Morocco’s late King Hassan II, who was a connoisseur of French history, and called by the French government “a good friend of France,” attended the festivities as the “distinguished guest of honor.”Parenthetically referencing that singular episode in the history of the Franco-Moroccan relationship, El Othmani stressed that on the human and cultural level, France and Morocco share profound, deeply-rooted values that the two countries’ political direction can only sustain and nourish.El Othmani’s statements come at a fragile time for France’s reputation in its former colonies, however.France’s relations with its former colonies have been shrouded in suspicion of exploitation and neo-colonialism. Many critics are saying that France’s continued relevance as “a great nation” or a world power has only been possible because of the European country’s continued colonization of territories formerly under its rule. But still, the Moroccan head of government seemed to propose, a new type of friendship is possible between the two old, “special” friends. This would be a friendship that recommits to the same values underpinning it now, but also one in which minor changes would be made to tune with each government’s priorities.El Othmani’s enthusiasm about Franco-Moroccan relations has precedence in French policy circles.Recently speaking after reports that Morocco is the second country in the world to receive the highest number of visas from France, Jean Yves- Le Drian, France’s Foreign Affairs Minister, said that the high number of Moroccans residing in France and the equally big number of French visas delivered to Moroccans yearly are illustrative of the historical and cultural ties that bind the two nations. “We have a will to continue together in a real partnership,” said the French diplomat, citing France’s contribution to the realization of Morocco’s high-speed train project as a further vindication of the strong friendship.Morocco’s King Mohammed VI shares both El Othmani’s and Le Drian’s enthusiasm about the “exceptional” Franco-Moroccan relationship. In April of this year, as France and the world mourned Paris’ emblematic Notre Dame cathedral, the Moroccan King was among the first world leaders to join France in mourning a tragedy he said “affected the lives of millions of worshippers.” In the ensuing days, King Mohammed VI instructed the Moroccan government to send in an important financial contribution to the Notre Dame reconstruction efforts.Most importantly, perhaps, the King also shared his thoughts on the July 14th commemorations over the weekend, congratulating President Emanuel Macron on the historic occasion. After evoking the historical significance of the event, the Moroccan King went on to point to the deep-seated, historical bonds. He enthused about the “undoubtedly exceptional Franco-Moroccan partnership.”As both the French and Moroccan government strive to meet their peoples’ expectations and rise to global challenges like sustainable development, the king stressed, the two country’s “bilateral relations ought to reaffirm the singularity of our friendship.”
Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,463.51 down 69.96 points):Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up $2.15, or 3.97 per cent, to $56.35 on 67.7 million shares. The company announced the completion today of the previously announced stock-for-stock merger transaction to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Spectra Energy Corp.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 40 cents, or 9.11 per cent, to $3.99 on 10.4 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 30 cents, or 6.01 per cent, to $4.69 on 10.2 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down seven cents, or 1.91 per cent, to $3.59 on 9.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down four cents, or 1.67 per cent, to $2.36 on 8.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up five cents, or 0.21 per cent, to $23.90 on 7.4 million shares. Manulife confirmed Monday its banking unit was penalized last year after Canada’s money-laundering watchdog concluded it failed to report a suspicious transaction and various money transfers. Last year, Fintrac fined the bank $1.15 million, but it withheld the bank’s identity, saying it was exercising its discretion to do so.Companies reporting major news:TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Down 16 cents, or 0.26 per cent, to $60.50 on 4.5 million shares. The Calgary-based company is negotiating the sale of a 49.3 per cent interest in the Iroquois natural gas transmission system that connects its main Canadian pipeline system to markets in the U.S. Northeast, including New York City. TransCanada says it has offered to sell the Iroquois system to TC PipeLines, LP, an affiliated limited partnership. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2017 2:54 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX
According to estimates, more than 440,000 internally displaced people have returned to their homes during the first six months of this year. During the same period, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has recorded over 31,000 Syrian refugees returning from neighbouring countries.Seeking out family members, checking on property, and, in some cases, a real or perceived improvement in security conditions in parts of the country were the primary factors influencing those who decided to return, Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the UN agency, told reporters in Geneva.“While there is overall increased hope linked to the recent Astana and Geneva peace talks, [we] believe conditions for refugees to return in safety and dignity are not yet in place in Syria,” he said, voicing concern over the sustainability of security improvements as well as significant protection risks in many return areas.“At this stage, and while UNHCR will be investing to help, with other partners, to improve conditions in accessible areas inside Syria, refugee returns from host countries can neither be promoted nor facilitated by UNHCR at this stage,” he added.RELATED: Delays in access in Syria ‘will mean further death,’ warns top UN relief officialIn particular, access to displaced populations inside Syria remains a key challenge, noted Mr. Mahecic, highlighting that aid convoys are still unable to access regularly those areas that have become newly accessible.Other challenges include limited livelihood opportunities, shortages of food and water, and sporadic or non-existent health, education, social and other basic services. Many of Syria’s schools have been damaged or destroyed and offer no possibility for education.In the midst of this complex situation, UNHCR is pursuing a number of preparatory steps, in anticipation of the time when conditions for voluntary repatriation of refugees in conditions of safety and dignity are in place. However, resources remain a major constraint, hindering its efforts.Of the $304 million appeal for its operations to assist the displaced inside Syria in 2017, only $103 million (about 33 per cent) has been received by UNHCR.It is also seeking an additional $150 million in 2017 to ramp up its delivery inside Syria to support both the displaced, returnees and other vulnerable people, and to help improve conditions in potential return areas.The Syrian conflict, now into its seventh year, has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands, displaced some 6.3 million within the country and forced 5.1 million to flee outside its borders. Also, more than 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance, including nearly 4.5 million in besieged and hard-to-reach areas.
Over the past couple of years the number of online teaching websites that have appeared has been quite staggering. As well as the Khan Academy, we’ve got such services as Udemy, Coursera, Udacity, and a number of universities sharing lecture videos, course notes, and even accreditation.Code Fellows is another such teaching website focused on programming, but it comes with a rather enticing guarantee for anyone accepted on to its Ruby on Rails course: a $60k job at the end of it, or your tuition fees refunded.The course runs for four weeks and requires your attendance between the hours of 9am and 4pm. Half the day is instruction, while the other half is spent in mentoring and co-working. There’s the promise of 1:1 instruction, hands-on projects, and introductions to potential employers. And it all takes place in South Lake Union, Seattle starting March 4. The tuition fee is $5,000, or $4,000 if you pay upfront.Code Fellows has been setup by Brad Bouse and Andy Sack through the Seattle TechStars program. It’s a response to Seattle companies complaining about a lack of engineers, and a possible solution to that problem without just taking already trained engineers/programmers away from other companies.A $60k job promise is going to be enticing for most people, but you have to be the right type of person to be in with a chance. That means you’re motivated, willing to undertake this very intensive course, and have the means to survive for up to 6 months while they help you find a job after the course is over. If you’re a natural, then it may only be a few days before you’re signing a contract.If you’re interested and can get to Seattle in March, head on over to Code Fellows to find out more and apply.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 6, 2017 – Providenciales – A male in a Black SUV robbed a woman and attempted to rob another one earlier this morning (Monday 6th March 2017) at two separate locations as they were out exercising on Providenciales. Complainant one reported to the police that around minutes to 6am as she was jogging in the vicinity of the Sands Resort, a tall unknown male about 6ft came of the vehicle, attacked her and demanded cash. She fought him off and he ran.Another complainant reported that around 6:05am she was walking along the Leeward Highway in the vicinity of Napa when a short height, dark complexion male who came out of a black SUV, ran across the streets and tackle her to the ground. The male took her cellphone and ran back to the vehicle and drove off. No one was injured during these incidence.If you have any information contact the police at Chalk Sound Police at 338-5901/941-8067 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Safety tips for JoggersJog or run with a known companion.Jog or run in a familiar area.Do not jog or run in a heavily wooded, poorly lighted or secluded area.Particularly if jogging or running alone, don’t wear radio or recorder earphones.Do not jog or run after dark.Do not jog or run near bushes which can provide concealment.Wear bright colored clothing to improve your visibility.Vary your route and pattern of jogging or running.Carry a whistle or high decibel battery powered personal alarm device when you jog or run.If followed, go to the nearest residence, open business or group of people.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
C-Tran expects to burn two-thirds of its uncommitted capital reserves to build a bus rapid transit system in Vancouver, according to documents recently submitted to the Federal Transit Administration.The agency must come up with about $6 million out of its own pocket to pay for the $53 million project. With the finance plan submitted to FTA, C-Tran leaders have answered how they plan to do that.They haven’t, however, gotten the approval of the C-Tran Board of Directors — a required step before the planned system can receive federal money.The C-Tran board endorsed the overall bus rapid transit concept in the form of a locally preferred alternative in 2012. The board has continued to advance the project this year, even as some board members have expressed reluctance or outright opposition amid lingering questions.C-Tran project manager Chuck Green said the board will likely be asked to authorize the use of reserve funds for bus rapid transit next year. By then, the project will be farther along in design and will offer a clearer picture of what’s required to carry it forward, he said.
White House Deputy National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel (R) appears with US president Donald Trump at a Diwali ceremony as the office of first lady Melania Trump announced a request from the first lady that Ricardel be fired at the White House in Washington, US on 13 November 2018. Photo: ReutersAn angry Donald Trump pushed out a senior advisor Wednesday after the US First Lady Melania Trump demanded her sacking, with more heads set to roll in a White House reshuffle triggered by infighting and setbacks in the midterm elections.Melania Trump made the extremely rare demand for deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel to be fired on Tuesday, saying “she no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House.”The protocol-busting move followed a falling out that press leaks say was partly linked to a dispute over seating arrangements on the plane that took the first lady for a tour of African countries in October. Ricardel was also reportedly blamed for negative news coverage of Melania Trump.The first lady at least partially got her way Wednesday when presidential spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced that Ricardel “departs the White House to transition to a new role within the administration.”The start to the second half of Donald Trump’s first term is enveloped in gloom as the president surveys the damage from the midterms, tension with some of America’s closest allies, and now turmoil inside the administration.On Wednesday, he was quoted by right-wing website The Daily Caller saying that a wider reshuffle is coming.”A lot of people want to come in, a lot of politicians who have had very successful careers want to come in,” he said.’Adult in the room’The biggest name on the chopping block, according to multiple US media reports, is chief of staff John Kelly.A retired Marine Corps general, he has often been referred to as “the adult in the room” during Trump’s drama-prone administration, even if critics say he has done little to temper the president’s most damaging outbursts.Now Kelly’s days are numbered, according to the unconfirmed but mounting leaks to US media.His position, tenuous for months, has been undermined further by reports that he also clashed with Melania Trump — a relatively backstage first lady who has rarely made her influence so obviously felt as this week.Melania Trump was angry that Kelly had refused to promote some of her aides, reports say.Nick Ayers, a 36-year-old chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence and renowned political consultant, is reportedly high on the list to replace Kelly.Another expected reshuffle casualty is Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a Kelly ally who oversees the politically sensitive task of carrying out Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.Trump told The Daily Caller he’ll make “a decision on homeland shortly.”Among Nielsen’s critics has been National Security Adviser John Bolton, who last month was widely reported to have erupted in a shouting match with Kelly right outside the Oval Office over her performance.Clouds gather over TrumpDonald Trump has been in a funk since last week’s midterms which saw Democrats seize control of the House of Representatives, ending the Republicans’ dominance of both chambers of Congress.While the Republicans held their Senate majority, the Democratic win means the president will for the first time face an opposition that has teeth.Democrats vow to use their control of powerful House oversight committees to go after Trump’s nebulous personal finances and to protect an explosive probe into whether his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russian agents.Pressure is mounting from the probe, as the special counsel Robert Mueller digs ever more deeply into the president’s inner circle.When Trump suddenly replaced his attorney general Jeff Sessions last week with a fierce critic of the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker, critics accused him of violating the constitution.The Department of Justice ruled on Wednesday that Whitaker’s appointment is in fact constitutional, but this will do little to calm claims that Trump’s real goal is to defang the Russia probe, which he describes as “a witch hunt.”Abroad, there’s no respite for the real estate billionaire either.A weekend trip to Paris for World War I commemorations was marred by a row with President Emmanuel Macron. Trump mockingly referred to Germany’s invasions of France during the two world wars, while also berating America’s European allies in NATO over their defense spending.The other main takeaway from Trump’s trip was a PR blunder when the White House canceled his plan to visit an American military cemetery due to rain grounding the presidential helicopter.
Mohammad NasimBranding food adulterators as the biggest terrorists in society, former health minister and senior ruling party leader Mohammad Nasim on Monday demanded capital punishment for them, reports UNB.Speaking at a roundtable discussion on safe food, other speakers also echoed Nasim’s sentiment seeking maximum punishment for the food adulterators as part of a move to ensure safe food for people.”Those who adulterate food in this month of Ramadan should be awarded death sentence as they’re killing a huge number of people by contaminating food. They’re the biggest terrorists in society,” Nasim said.Bhejal O Madak Birodhi Andolon, a platform against food adulteration and drug abuse, arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club.Nasim, also the spokesman of the ruling 14-party alliance, said a social movement is necessary to be launched to ensure safe food and get rid of malpractice by food traders.He said country’s many people are suffering from various diseases, including cancer and kidney failure, due to food adulteration. “Why do you (traders) adulterate food when so many people are getting sick consuming those?”The AL leader said traders in West Bengal of India cannot sell any fish without testing by sanitary inspectors. “But our sanitary inspectors don’t work, and they only wait for salary at the end of month.”Nasim thinks the business bodies should come forward to stop food adulteration.He also questioned as to why the business bodies, including the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), do not suspend the membership of adulterators from their associations. “I think the level of food adulteration can be reduced substantially by giving capital punishment by court to some offenders.”The former minister urged the home minister to take the issue seriously and ensure stern action against those involved in contaminating food.He thanked the media for continuing a strong campaign to stop food adulteration in the country.Nasim bemoaned that the food traders and the owners of superstores now lack the sense of humanity. “It’s difficult to get any food item in the country which is free from adulteration. Even, medicine companies also indulge in adulteration.”He also observed that some food adulterators got involved with Awami League since it has been in power for a long time. “So, we must drop them from the party.”Former industries minister Dilip Barua said many people are now being forced to go abroad selling their land and valuable property for receiving treatment for various diseases caused by the consumption of contaminated food.Alongside taking stern action against those involved in food adulteration, he said, a strong social movement will have to be waged to free the nation from food adulteration.Claiming that sexual violence, drug abuse and food adulteration are on the rise in the country, former information minister Hasanul Haq Inu underscored the need for strict enforcement of laws to get rid of these menaces.He also said he will place the food adulteration issue in parliament soon.”If you can punish drug traders and war criminals, why can’t you punish food adulterators?” Inu asked the government, saying the administration should take action against the adulterators.He also urged politicians not to support the food adulterators. “Then Bangladesh will be free from adulteration.”Agricultural scientist Ali Afzal said lots of chemicals are mixed in food items. “Even unscrupulous millers make adulterated rice,” he said, adding that the government should strictly enforce laws to ensure safe food.He also urged law enforcement and media to come forward to this end.Chairman of Dhaka University’s Pharmaceutical Technology department ABM Faroque said cancer patients will decrease by 50 per cent in the country if safe food can be ensured for all. “There’re 19 colours that are mixed with our foods.””We must establish a strong institute to ensure food security. It must be out of political influence. Strong monitoring institute for food security will help supply pure food. Or else, we all will have to suffer in the future,” he said.Chairman of Bangladesh Press Council justice Momtaz Uddin Ahmed said the rule of law is much needed right now.He also underscored the need for ensuring people’s participation in enforcing laws.Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) president Abul Khair said a slaughterer kills a man but a food adulterator kills the nation, demanding their capital punishment.
The Baltimore Chapter Continental Societies Inc. are hosting their annual fundraiser gala on December 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Proceeds to benefit underserved children and youth on the academic path to higher education. The Panama Band will provide the night’s entertainment. It’s a black tie event. To donate or for ticket information call Sonya Davis at (443) 204-7049 or visit www.baltimorechaptercsi.org.
The Senate version would leave in place the law’s annual testing schedule. But, in a major shift, it would give states and districts more control over whether and how to use those tests to assess the performance of schools, teachers and students.The legislation, sponsored by Republican Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, would prohibit the federal government from requiring or encouraging specific sets of academic standards, such as Common Core.Alexander called the bipartisan vote “remarkable” and said it sends a message to the many superintendents, teachers and parents who have told him that No Child needs to be overhauled.“We hear you, we know you want to end the confusion, end the anxiety and the feeling that you’re not in charge of your own children.”Sen. Murray said the legislation represents a “strong bill that all sides can be proud of.” But she suggested a tough battle ahead to merge the differing House-Senate bills. “Their bill really represents an unacceptable partisan approach,” she said, referring to the House bill.Education Secretary Arne Duncan offered cautious praise after Senate passage. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your life WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a decade after No Child Left Behind established a stronger federal role in public education, the Senate on Thursday approved a rewrite of the much-criticized education law that would return much of that power to the states.The 81-17 vote comes a week after the House passed its own rewrite and sets the stage for what could be contentious negotiations over the federal government’s influence in education policy. Sponsored Stories FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington. The nation’s main education law, long overdue for an overhaul, is headed for a major revision in the Senate. Lawmakers plan to vote July 16 on a bipartisan bill to rewrite the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act, a day after voting 86-12 to limit additional debate on further changes to the bill and move forward to a vote on final passage. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories The bill, he said, makes progress toward replacing No Child Left Behind, but “still falls short of truly giving every child a fair shot at success by failing to ensure that parents and children can count on local leaders to take action when students are struggling to learn.”Duncan and other Democrats wanted stronger accountability measures worked into the Senate bill, but an effort to do that failed Wednesday when lawmakers voted down an amendment that would have required states to identify the nation’s lowest-performing schools, and make sure the schools have turn-around plans for improvement.Much like the Alexander-Murray bill, the House legislation, sponsored by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., also lessens federal involvement in schools. It turns over power to the states to assess school performance and prevents the Department of Education from pushing Common Core or other standards on schools.But unlike the Senate bill, the House version allows federal money to follow low-income children to public schools of their choice, an issue known as portability. Democrats do not support it, and the Senate voted down the idea last week.Kline, who chairs the House Education and the Workforce Committee, said “there is a lot of work that lies ahead, but I am confident we will find common ground and send a bill to the president’s desk.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Earlier Thursday, senators rejected a series of amendments, including one from Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a GOP presidential candidate, that would have eliminated federal testing mandates and given states more say in how students are assessed.Also defeated was a proposal championed by Democrats that would have expanded pre-K programs for children of low-and-moderate income families.No Child Left Behind had bipartisan support and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002. It mandated annual testing in reading and math for students in grades three through eight and again in high school. Schools had to show student growth or face consequences such as cuts in funding.Critics complain there is too much testing and the law is too punitive on schools deemed to be failing.Congress has tried to update the law since it expired in 2007, though its mandates remained in place. The Obama administration began issuing waivers to dozens of states to get around some of the law’s strictest requirements when it became clear they would not be met.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches
June 18, 2012 502 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Coester’s New Name Compliments New Service Offerings Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-18 Abby Gregory Share Seeking to align the company’s name with its expanded portfolio of valuation management services, Coester Appraisal Group has announced its new corporate title, “”CoesterVMS””:http://www.coestervms.com/. [IMAGE]In an official statement, Coester noted that the new company moniker will better represent its evolving selection of offerings.[COLUMN_BREAK]Coester recently rolled out an application that marks an industry first, with the launch of an “”assisted self-service”” option. According to Coester, the new module will give the company’s clients a combination of appraisal management support and appraiser panel management.Elaborating on its array of products, Coester stated that its programs now include full-service management, Cloud Control, and the company’s hybrid “”self-serve”” platform. “”We’re changing the way that the mortgage industry handles appraisals,”” said Brian Coester, CEO of CoesterVMS. “”Lenders need ways to stay compliant without upsetting their ecosystems or their budgets. No one was addressing their needs, so we stepped up to the plate. Until the assisted self-serve option, no AMC would manage a lender’s appraiser panel. Until Cloud Control, no appraisal management technology was configurable to the user level, and no appraisal technology was 100 percent free. These advances might upset our competition, but we’re just giving lenders what they’re asking for.””
in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News November 2, 2017 614 Views Share In Q3 2017 Fannie Mae reported that although some of its credit-related expense eased by a recent legal settlement, its net income dropped by $177 million, ending up at $3 billion. The drop compared to last quarter was due primarily to credit-related expense principally caused by hurricane-related provisions for credit losses. An increase in credit-related expense was partly offset by income from a settlement agreement related to private-label mortgage-related securities Fannie Mae previously purchased.Since the GSE reported a positive net worth of $3.6 billion as recent as September 30, 2017, they will pay the Treasury a $3 billion dividend in December this year if the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) declares a dividend in that amount. Fannie Mae reported a net income of $3 billion and a comprehensive income of $3 billion for the third quarter. The GSE also paid $165.8 billion in dividends to the Treasury in Q3 and a $3.1 billion dividend in September 2017.“As our third quarter results demonstrate, our performance and focus on customers have put us in a strong position to continue serving all parts of the market,” said Timothy J. Mayopoulos, Fannie Mae’s President and CEO “We are committed to working with customers to forge a stronger and safer housing finance system that provides opportunities that are affordable to the next generation of American homeowners and renters.”Providing around $150 billion in mortgage financing, Fannie Mae is the largest provider of liquidity to the mortgage market in Q3 2017. The GSE enables families to buy, refinance, or rent homes by making 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and credit access more available.As Fannie Mae transitions to a guaranty-focused business from a mortgage-portfolio focused one, it’s worth noting that more than 75 percent of the company’s net income in the first nine months of 2017 has come from Fannie Mae’s guaranty business.“Fannie Mae is consistently delivering a steady stream of innovations to our customers. We see their challenges as Fannie Mae’s challenges, and we are listening to their feedback to make our customer solutions better and smarter,” said Mayopoulos.To see the full report, click here. Fannie Mae Reports Q3 Earnings Fannie Mae HOUSING mortgage Q3 Earnings Timothy J. Mayopoulous 2017-11-02 Dean Terrell
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