Protestor grabs Indianorigin US presidential candidates mic

first_imgWashington DC: Indian-American Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris was interrupted on-stage by a protester who grabbed the microphone from her hand while she was answering a question on equal pay at an event in San Francisco. Approximately 10 minutes into her speech at MoveOn’s Big Ideas Forum on Saturday, Harris was asked about her proposal to address the gender pay gap by moderator Stephanie Valencia when she was approached by a tall man dressed in black and wearing a press badge who jumped on the stage, the CNN reported. Harris appeared puzzled but remained calm as the protester grabbed the mic from her hand, it said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’While taking the microphone, the protester, identified as 24-year-old animal rights activist Aidan Cook, said he wanted her attention for a “much bigger idea” than the gender gap she had been speaking about. “We were protesting just a few minutes ago asking for your attention to a much bigger idea…,” Cook said, as the moderator tried to intervene. The 54-year-old Senator calmly walked away from the protester as the security staff and some other people, including Harris’ husband Douglas Emhoff, managed to remove the protestor, who was resisting to leave the stage, from the event. No charge was imposed on Cook for his action. After Cook’s removal, Harris returned to the stage and continued her speech. Meanwhile, MoveOn, the liberal advocacy group behind the event, have said they “severely regret” the security failing.last_img read more

Hong Kong reels from worst clashes in months as protesters battle police

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong was reeling Sunday from some of the worst clashes to rock the city in months after hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurled petrol bombs at police who fired tear gas and deployed water cannon, before making mass arrests inside train stations.Police had banned a planned demonstration in the financial hub on security grounds, but tens of thousands defied authorities Saturday to march through the city’s main highways for the 13th consecutive weekend. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe rally quickly descended into violent clashes with riot police which stretched into the early hours of Sunday, with officers pursuing protesters into metro stations and making mass arrests.Video footage captured by local media showed elite police charging and pepper spraying two couples cowering on the floor of a train compartment, with one man crying in anguish as he wrapped his arms around a friend.A small group of hardcore protesters surrounded the city’s parliament, unleashing a barrage of rocks and petrol bombs at riot police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThick, black smoke swirled from a large fire started by masked demonstrators at a barricade on a major thoroughfare, close to Hong Kong police headquarters.Police dispersed crowds with water cannon as the night spiralled into a cat-and-mouse chase across the city, with police making numerous arrests.”With such escalating violence and progressively lethal weapons of protestors, the safety of police officers and other members of the public is seriously threatened,” police said in a statement. Police said officers fired two warning shots into the sky after being attacked by group of “violent protesters who attempted to once snatch police pistols”.Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of Beijing’s rejection of universal suffrage for Hong Kong that sparked the 79-day “Umbrella Movement” in 2014.”Peaceful protest doesn’t work,” 22-year-old demonstrator Stone told AFP, giving one name.As protesters streamed into a nearby metro, graffiti on a pillar inside the station read: “We shall never surrender.” The hospital authority said Sunday that 31 people were admitted with injuries following the clashes, including five who remain in a serious condition.Protesters were preparing to demonstrate again on Sunday, with plans to rally at a bus terminal outside the city’s airport, with disruption also expected at train stations enroute to the airport.Police on Friday rounded up several high profile pro-democracy activists and politicians in sweeping arrests condemned by rights groups.The months-long protests were sparked by an attempt by Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government to pass a now-shelved bill which would have allowed extradition to China.But they have expanded into a wider pro-democracy push, bringing millions to the streets in peaceful marches but also groups of hardcore protesters clashing with police.Beijing’s state news agency Xinhua posted a video on Twitter late Saturday of armed Chinese riot police holding “anti-riot drills in Shenzhen”, a city which borders Hong Kong.Beijing has also unleashed a mix of intimidation, propaganda and economic muscle in an attempt to muzzle the movement, which it views as a direct challenge to its rule.At least five high-profile activists and three lawmakers were arrested on Friday in a sweep that rights groups said was taken directly from Beijing’s playbook.Two of the Umbrella Movement’s leaders, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow, were among those arrested, charged and bailed for “inciting others to take part in unauthorised assembly”.Police denied the sweep was timed specifically to weaken the weekend’s protests.More than 900 people have been arrested since June in connection with the protests.The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the developments were “extremely worrying”, while US President Donald Trump said his economic pressure on China was forcing Beijing to take a more moderate line on Hong Kong.The weeks of violence have damaged Hong Kong’s reputation for stability and prosperity.last_img read more

Former student leader rises to top post with leftwing Quebec solidaire

first_imgMONTREAL – A former student leader who rose to prominence during Quebec’s 2012 student protests has been named an official spokesperson of the left-wing party Quebec solidaire.Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was chosen as the party’s male spokesperson at a gathering today in Montreal.He is also the party’s candidate in a provincial byelection in the Montreal riding of Gouin on May 29.Quebec solidaire is sovereigntist and left-leaning party that has no leader but is represented by one male and one female spokesperson at a time.Manon Masse was chosen as the party’s female spokesperson.The party has two of 125 seats in Quebec’s legislature.last_img

Former employee challenging Fraser for mayors chair in Taylor

first_imgIncumbent councillors Betty Ponto, Brent Taillefer, and Dave Lueneberg have officially submitted re-election bids. The trio were all acclaimed in 2014 but will need to campaign in this year’s election after two other candidates officially submitted nomination papers.Sherry Davies and Michelle Turnbull will be looking to get elected to one of the four seats on Taylor Council.This year’s municipal election is taking place on October 20th, with advance voting days on the 10th and 17th. TAYLOR, B.C. – Voters will need to decide who will be the District of Taylor’s next mayor, and the race will be an interesting one.Incumbent mayor Rob Fraser will be looking to get re-elected to a second term in the upcoming election. Fraser served as a councillor in Taylor from 1994 to 2006 before being elected mayor in 2014 to succeed former mayor Fred Jarvis. Jarvis declined to run for re-election that year, after serving as the District’s mayor for 28 years.On Friday, Laura Prosko became the lone other candidate to file nomination papers in the mayoral race. Prosko was, until recently, the District’s Director of Community Services.last_img read more

Mussolini’s great-grandson plans to run for EU polls

first_imgRome: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s great-grandson plans to run in next month’s European parliamentary elections on behalf of a minor far-right party, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Il Messaggero newspaper said Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini, a 50-year-old former submariner, aimed to run as a candidate for the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party. “So many people want to put Mussolini on the ballot,” it quoted him as saying. Mussolini is the first cousin once removed of Alessandra Mussolini, the dead fascist leader’s granddaughter who has been an MEP since 2014. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBorn in Argentina, Mussolini has no previous political experience but “obviously I’ve breathed politics my whole life,” he told the daily. He described himself to Il Fatto Quotidiano as “a post-fascist who refers to those values in a non-ideological way”. He said he thought he was chosen as a candidate not for his family name but for his first names, the Italian form of “Gaius Julius Caesar”, as well as his sense of duty and international experience. If elected, he said he would “defend the national interest with all my actions and votes”, in line with the nationalist stance of Fratelli d’Italia. The party won 4.4 per cent of votes in last year’s Italian national election.last_img read more

Five arrested over Kelaniya shooting

Police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the police had also recovered a pistol, bullets, a motorbike and face masks believed to have been used for the crime. The police have arrested five people in connection with the assassination of  Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha member Hasitha Madawala.According to the police media unit, the arrest was made following investigations conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). The police also said that they had recovered a T81 weapon and bullets following arrest of the suspects. The suspects are residents of Kelaniya and Kiribathgoda. Madawala was assassinated on Saturday night outside his house by unidentified gunmen who were on a motorbike.

Appointment of 350 jail guards suspended by Minister

The Minister also stated that the second interview with regard to the recruitment of jail guards will be held again to fill the vacancies, as per the due procedure. (Colombo Gazette) The appointment of 350 jail guards have been suspended as per instructions of Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan following complaints made to the Minister regarding corruption and bribery charges. Many persons including members of parliament have complained to the Minister in this regard. In this backdrop, Minister Swaminathan has issued instructions to carry out a proper investigation into the bribery allegations and to take action against such officials if they are found guilty.

Florida State defensive end Brian Burns declares for draft

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State defensive end Brian Burns has declared for the NFL draft.Burns announced his decision Monday on Twitter. He told Yahoo! Sports his time at Florida State was “some of the best years of my life” but also says he can’t pass up the opportunity to turn pro.The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Burns was named a first-team All-ACC pick has been projected by some draft analysts as a potential first-round selection.Burns had 23 career sacks, which places him in a tie for seventh on Florida State’s all-time sack list. He had 10 sacks in his junior season and also set career highs with 52 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss. He was often one of Florida State’s most consistent players on a defence that struggled in the second half of the season as the Seminoles (5-7) missed out on a bowl game.Florida State coaches are still waiting on decisions from a small group of draft-eligible juniors, including quarterback Deondre Francois, linebacker Dontavious Jackson and cornerback Levonta Taylor.___More AP college football: and Associated Press read more

Ohio State mens basketball looking to replace Lovings production against struggling Rutgers

Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate holds the ball as Michigan junior guard Caris LeVert defends during a Jan. 13 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 71-52.Credit: Kelly Roderick / Lantern photographerAfter having its three-game win streak snapped against Purdue on Wednesday, the Ohio State mens basketball team is trying to get back on track.The Buckeyes are set to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for the first time as members of the Big Ten on Sunday night in Piscataway, N.J,. once again without sophomore forward Marc Loving.Loving, who was suspended and did not travel with the team to Purdue will not make the trip to Rutgers, although he is still practicing with the team, coach Thad Matta said.In addition, Matta said the suspension was handed down from the athletic department, rather than from him.With Loving out for the foreseeable future, Matta said the Buckeyes simply need to execute and dictate the pace of the game.“Honestly (I) haven’t made a ton of changes,” Matta said Saturday. “We haven’t done anything drastically different in terms of our offensive scheme or anything like that. We needed more push (against Purdue), we weren’t running the floor as hard as we should have been running the floor.”Since Loving was pulled from the starting lineup after a Jan. 17 loss to Iowa, freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate was inserted and lost his first game as a starter against the Boilermakers.Tate said with Loving out, his role doesn’t change, but it expands.“Now, I have to take more looks that I get. I think last game I took two three’s, wide open. I had good looks, they just didn’t fall,” Tate said Saturday. “I gotta continue to just keep shooting with confidence and hope they fall.”Despite still practicing with the team, Loving is set to miss his second straight game, something senior guard Shannon Scott said the Buckeyes are going to have to adjust to.“We just know that we have to just keep playing as a team and we have his support and he has our support as well so whenever we do get him back, we get him back and we’ll be a great team,” Scott said. “But right now, we gotta play without him.”Loving’s absence was noticeable in Wednesday’s loss to the Boilermakers as the Buckeyes shot just 4-of-15 from behind the arc, which has been Loving’s strength all season.Coming into that game against Purdue, Loving was the Big Ten’s leader in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 53.2 percent from long range.Now, without Loving, the Buckeyes are looking to get their spacing back and Matta said redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams could be the answer.“In the first half (of the Purdue game) Kam was just out there,” Matta said. “We talked at halftime and said, ‘Hey look, you’ve got to create, you’ve got to find opportunities to shoot the basketball.”Matta mentioned another freshman, forward Keita Bates-Diop, as someone who will need to pick up the slack with Loving out.“He (Bates-Diop) has been very good in practice the past couple days, and we are pushing him to just say, ‘Hey, you gotta take the bull by the horns and you gotta get out of the back seat and get into the front seat and make things happen,’” Matta said. “Hopefully he is another guy, along with Kam that can help stretch the defense.”The Scarlet Knights come into Sunday’s game having lost seven straight games, with their last win coming at home against then No. 4 Wisconsin, 67-62.Rutgers is led by senior guard Myles Mack who ranks 12th in the Big Ten in scoring with 14.5 points per game.The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights are set to tip off at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. read more

Investment in womens businesses falls as they suffer from unconscious bias report

first_img 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. Investment in female-led businesses fell for the first time last year, figures from a Barclays study show.The data shows that while a record level of investment went into new businesses, companies with at least one female founder saw the total put into their businesses fall by £1m. This is the first time a drop has been reported since the data was first collected in 2011. The proportion of funds invested in businesses with at least one female founder has risen from four per cent in 2011 to 15 per cent in 2016, but fell back to nine per cent last year. Between 2016 and 2017, the amount of funding raised by male-led companies increased by 55 per cent, compared to a fall of 0.1 per cent for those with a female founder. The report, by women’s entrepreneurship group the Female Founders Forum, found that male investors are more negative about women who pitch to them and are more likely to dismiss their ideas. Women make up a very low proportion of angel investors and venture capitalists, the report said. One study by Harvard Business School found that if a business came with a female name, picture or voice, it reduced the odds of it receiving investment. Questions from investors to female entrepreneurs tend to focus on potential losses, while those posed to men focus on potential gains, research suggests.For example, a male entrepreneur might be asked “What major milestones are you targeting for this year?” while his female counterpart is more likely to hear “How predictable are your future cash flows?”One woman who was pitching an underwear business said a male investor who she was pitching to told her “sorry, we only invest in things we understand”. She said: “They invest in complex and intricate technology, but I lost him when I said ‘bra’.”Women are also more likely to start businesses in sectors such as retail and services, which male venture capitalists are less likely to be familiar with, the report said. Sophie Jarvis, head of the female founders forum, said:  “The evidence is unequivocal: there is a growing disparity in funding between male and female entrepreneurs. “There is significant evidence to support the fact that the funding gap is influenced to a large extent by unconscious biases from investors to the detriment of women.  “Solutions include increasing the number of women working for Venture Capital firms, the Government funding, experimenting and evaluating models of mentoring schemes and the media focusing on female entrepreneurs’ businesses, instead of their gender.”The Telegraph has launched a Women Mean Business campaign to encourage the growth of female-led businesses. The campaign, backed by 200 figures in British business and politics including Baroness Martha Lane Fox and Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, is calling on Government to redress the balance of investment in male and female entrepreneurs. The report also argues that there was a “pressing need” for more female role models in business, particularly to encourage more girls to go into the science and technology sectors. Many women are held back by lack of confidence, it says. Entrepreneur Jessica Wilkinson, founder of communications agency Petal & Co, said it was the biggest barrier to women starting their own businesses. “This is why it matters so much that we shout about success stories and create powerful networks which support women on their journey,” she said. last_img read more

4 national table tennis players heading to China for highlevel training

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Guyanese table tennis players pose with Chinese officialsFour of Guyana’s national table tennis team members – Natalie Cummings; Joel Alleyne; Nigel Bryan and Elsihaba Johnson – will depart Guyana today for China to participate in a one-month high-level training camp at the Hebei Zhengding Table tennis Training Centre.This critical high-level table tennis training programme, being offered to eight of Guyana’s national table tennis team, is facilitated through the support of the Government of the People’s Republic of China via its local embassy through current technical and diplomatic engagements with the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA); the Guyana Government and Foreign Affairs Ministry aimed at supporting and improving the performance and development of Guyana’s table tennis. This engagement signals the commencement and forms part of the many initiatives to be unfolded between China and Guyana aimed at improving Guyana’s table tennis prospects.The GTTA had selected Miguel Wong, Nicholas Romain, Kyle Edghill and Jamal Nicholas as the other members to benefit from this engagement; however, this group will be the first set undertaking the training program.The members attending the programme have made tremendous sacrifices for this engagement; they were under intense practice pressure over the last few months in preparation for this training programme in order to be ready to maximally benefit from this training engagement.The GTTA has recognised and identified that there was a critical need to reorient the culture and process of training in the psyche of our national team representatives at all levels and for them to commence training and play in high-yield competitive environments similar to international peers in order for them to bridge the gap and excel in regional and international competitions in the future.The Hebei Zhengding International Table Tennis Club has a repertoire of high-level and quality players and coaches. It is the centre for China’s national table tennis team and many international players, and has a tradition of producing world-class players at the junior and senior levelsWith Guyana scheduled to host the 2019 Caribbean Table Tennis championships and based on the International Table Tennis Federation assigning this competition, as the Pan American games qualification event to be used to select four teams from the Caribbean Region to participate in the 2019 Pan American Games – a key qualification event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Guyana have given great importance to the hosting of the Caribbean championships and our push to have our players benefit and prepare for these types of arrangements.The GTTA would like to extend appreciation to Chargé d’Affaires Chen Xillai; Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun and Mrs Wang Qiuyi; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; the Guyana Olympic Association; Guyana Power Producers and Distributors; Dominion Enterprises CEO Dwayne Munroe; the Guyana Revenue Authority and all who have assisted in making this venture a reality. read more

Government is satisfied without Vatican embassy

first_imgThe Ambassador travels to Rome regularly and I am satisfied that the current arrangement for Ireland’s representation at the Holy See is the most effective possible at the moment in light of the resource constraints faced by my department.“The arrangement ensures that contact with the Holy See is maintained at the highest possible diplomatic level,” he added.The Vatican Embassy was closed by the Government in November 2011 and is estimated to have saved the state €845,000.In response to criticism of the decision, the Government has said that it would be reviewed when Ireland’s financial circumstances improve. Gilmore repeated that this week and added that there was “no plan to re-establish a resident embassy to the Holy See in the immediate term.”Read: Gilmore opens door for Vatican to relax embassy requirements >Read: We’re not going to reverse Vatican embassy decision – Tánaiste >Read: Closure of Vatican embassy will not be reversed ‘in the immediate term’ > THE GOVERNMENT IS happy to continue without an Irish embassy in the Vatican for the moment according to Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore.An Tánaiste was facing questions from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin during the week about whether the Government intends to re-establish a permanent representative in the Holy See.Gilmore told the Dáil during the week that at present the secretary general of his department acting was a non-resident Ambassador to the Holy See.last_img read more

A puppy has been sold in China for €14 million

first_imgA TIBETAN MASTIFF puppy has been sold in China for almost €1.4 million, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever.A property developer paid 12 million yuan (€1.4 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a “luxury pet” fair Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.“They have lion’s blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs,” the dog’s breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as telling the paper, adding that another red-haired canine had sold for 6 million yuan.Enormous and sometimes ferocious, with round manes lending them a passing resemblance to lions, Tibetan mastiffs have become a prized status symbol among China’s wealthy, sending prices skyrocketing.The golden-haired animal was 80 centimetres tall, and weighed 90 kilograms (nearly 200 pounds), Zhang said, adding that he was sad to sell the animals. Neither was named in the report.“Pure Tibetan mastiffs are very rare, just like our nationally treasured pandas, so the prices are so high,” he said.One red mastiff named “Big Splash” reportedly sold for 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) in 2011, in the most expensive dog sale then recorded.The buyer at the Zhejiang expo was said to be a 56-year-old property developer from Qingdao who hopes to breed dogs himself, according to the report.The newspaper quoted the owner of a mastiff breeding website as saying that last year one animal sold for 27 million yuan at a fair in Beijing.But an industry insider surnamed Xu told the paper that the high prices may be the result of insider agreements among breeders to boost their dogs’ worth.“A lot of the sky-high priced deals are just breeders hyping each other up, and no money actually changes hands,” Xu said.Owners say the mastiffs, descendants of dogs used for hunting by nomadic tribes in central Asia and Tibet, are fiercely loyal and protective. © AFP, 2014Is there a camel on the loose in Tallaght?last_img read more

50 Cent throws son Teen Titans birthday party with a twist

first_imgThe whole gang was there too! Other attendees showed up in costume, rounding out the team with a Robin, a Raven, and a Beast Boy. Overall, we just wish we could’ve been there. Or at least, had an excuse to cosplay for a day. We also wish that we had somebody else make our costumes because cosplay is hard (okay that’s mostly just me). Most people would do anything for their children, but not everybody will cosplay a superhero. Take this from a person who spent years trying to get her parents to dress up on Halloween and failing.Rapper and actor 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) threw his 4-year-old son Sire a Teen Titans Go! themed birthday party over the weekend, complete with backdrops to pose in front of and, of course, costumes. 50 Cent took to Instagram to post photos from the party, where he dressed up as Cyborg. His ex-wife, Daphne Joy, dressed up as Starfire. According to Joy’s Instagram, the parents’ costumes were designed by StarMakers Costumes.Other highlights from the posts: 50 Cent telling his older son Davian to chill, along with the explanation as to how he got into the Cyborg costume in the first place. Sire himself wasn’t in costume, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t festive in a custom jacket that they should definitely sell at conventions in the future. Also, make them in adult sizes. We want one.last_img read more

PDA Manifesto launched Skippings touts having real experience

first_img Related Items: #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 12, 2016 – Manifesto also came today from the Progressive Democratic Alliance, PDA and its party leader, Oswald Skippings said their ideas are not like the others.  Skippings spoke to differences and experience; he dismissed the PNP Leader as proving he cannot do the job and the PDM Leader as being the only one of the three who has never led a government.“You would have heard the Leader of the Opposition beating me up all night, that’s why I was smiling.  Talking about all the achievements and the accomplishments of the PDM, and the Leader of the Opposition has not spent one year, one month, one day, not even an hour as an elected member in any PDM government, much less the Minister.  The accomplishments she was talking about, I was in the PDM government, every one of them, I was a part of the government and most of them were accomplishments that Sam Harvey and myself has done.”The PDA presented some hard copies today but explained that their manifesto is available strictly online to the masses.last_img read more

Solaire smashes quarterly records for Bloomberry in 1Q18

first_imgPhilippines casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corp has announced its most successful quarter ever, with record EBITDA and gaming revenues across both the VIP and mass market sectors in the three months to 31 March 2018.The company recorded gross gaming revenue of Php13.7 billion (US$263.7 million) in 1Q18, an increase of 28% year-on-year and 33% for the quarter on the back of its flagship property, Solaire Resort & Casino, located in Manila’s Entertainment City precinct. Despite a 12% dip in VIP volumes, the results included a 39% increase in VIP revenue to Php7.1 billion thanks to a high hold rate of 3.61%But it was mass that was the star of the show, with Solaire generating its highest quarterly mass table drop and electronic gaming machine (EGM) coin-in, up 17% and 23% respectively year-on-year. Mass revenue for the quarter was Php3.3 billion, an increase of 17% on 1Q17.As a result, Bloomberry also reported an all-time quarterly EBITDA high of Php4.5 billion, an increase of 44% over the same period last year and more than double its EBITDA of Php2.1 billion in 4Q18.Solaire’s EBITDA of Php4.7 billion was reduced by the negative Php125 million in EBITDA of the company’s Korean casino Jeju Sun, which saw GGR decline 13% to Php51 million due to the ongoing fall in Chinese tourist arrivals.“We are off to a good start. Our fundamentals are solid, our cost optimization initiatives are working, so we should be on track to make this a banner year,” said Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr.Bloomberry reported profit of Php3.7 billion for the quarter, a significant increase on its Php2.2 billion in profit in the same period last year. RelatedPosts 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Load More Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

Celebrating the years of selfless service

first_imgIt was a proud moment for the 63 Cavalry or ‘Tresath’, when it celebrated its Diamond Jubilee somewhere in the western sector.  In a unique ceremony titled ‘Heritage Review’, the present generation of Cavalry men paid tribute to their elders and Heritage equipment which was reviewed by Lt Gen KJ Singh, GOC-in-C Western Command.The parade was set alive by the vintage tanks and armoured cars paraded in running condition which had been consigned to junkyards and forgotten by many. The armoured vehicles included the World War-II vintage American Cadillac tank ‘Stuart –VI’, the British Humber armoured car and Daimler armoured car popularly known as ‘Dingo’. But the showstopper of the event was the American M-113 Bradley which caught every eye as this equipment steered across the parade ground, being first of its kind to do so on Indian soil. Surprisingly, the Regiment was also the first to use this equipment before the Americans, inducted it in their inventory.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Regiment, which was raised in the princely state of Alwar, Rajasthan, has participated in UN Peace keeping operations in Congo from 1961 to 1962, has earned two VrC, seven Sena medals and 10 Mention-in-Dispatches.The appearance of ‘Tresath tanks’ from four cardinal directions coupled with the shock and awe it unleashed, earned the unit an epithet of the “Ghost Regiment” from the enemy. Tresath tanks were the only armoured column that reached the capital, Dacca with its T-55 and PT-76 tanks. It was bestowed with the Battle Honour of Bogra and Theatre Honour of East Pakistan and earned eight gallantry awards. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Tresath’ has aided civil administration on a number of occasions, notably during 1992 floods in Punjab and Gujarat and Sikkim earthquake in 2001 and 2011.  The Regiment has also combated the menace of terrorism in Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and the North Eastern States. On the completion of 25 years of meritorious service in 1982, the Regiment was presented Guidon by the President of India- Late Neelam Sanjiva Reddy for its yeoman service to the nation.  ‘Tresath’ has had the distinction of earning 121 honours and awards which include PVSMs, Veer Chakras and Sena medals. Apart from other functions, a special Sainik Sammelan was also held.last_img read more

Fans are very excited about Neighbours first gay sex scene

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- David is the perfect boyfriend PERIOD #NeighboursRaphael would be lucky to have him, but when you’re on a revenge mission, not really the right time for a serious relationship you know?— sage (@sage_arden) March 14, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Neighbours first aired in 1985 and helped launched the careers of people like Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie and Guy Pearce.The G-rated soap aired its first gay kiss in 2012. But last week took things further with an intimate scene between characters David Tanaka and Raphael Humphreys, who is played by former Coronation Street star, Ryan Thomas.The love-making scene showed Raphael’s insecurity over severe scarring on his back. But David reassures him that he has nothing to worry about and tenderly inspects the scarring.David could possibly be the perfect boyfriend for Raphael, but there’s so much he doesn’t understand. #Neighbours— Neighbours (@NeighboursTV) March 13, 2018Actor Takaya Honda plays David and said the scene was amazing to shoot.‘That scene was particularly nice and actually the final scene is very different to what was originally written,’ Honda told Digital Spy.‘When we were filming, the director on the day made it clear that he was happy for us to interpret and work together to make the scene as powerful as possible.’Honda said it was easier filming the scene with Thomas – who is in Australia as a guest on Neighbours – because he fit in on set right away.‘It was brilliant. Ryan is super lovely. He was on set for five minutes and was immediately part of the family,’ Honda said. Raphael and David after their steamy night of love making. | Photo: Eleven ‘He’s such a beautiful person and really works hard to make the relationships make sense and set the perfect scene. There’s not much more you can ask for from an actor.’Fans love itNeighbours’ fans were thrilled with the scene and took to Twitter to express their reactions.Catching up on this week’s Neighbours so far and it’s been fantastic. Izzy is great and that David/Rafael scene was #Neigbours— Erinsborough (@Erinsborough_) March 13, 2018 I LOVE DAVID AND RAPHAEL SO MUCH OH MDJDJDJDB #neighbours— sally (@Ioveforvas) March 13, 2018center_img One of Australia’s longest running TV soap operas has just featured its first gay sex scene and people are loving it. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Home and Away to introduce first gay character in 12 yearsNeighbours aired its first gay wedding and it was so beautifulFirst look at Neighbours’ historic same-sex weddingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : The scene in @neighbours the other day where Rafael shows David his scars was so beautifully done…@takayahonda @ryanjamesthomas and everyone involved well done.x— David Ridgeway (@rubyslippers83) March 15, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Costa Rica hopes La Sele will bring home a trophy along with

first_imgAfter Costa Rica’s historic string of World Cup wins so far, the small Central American country of 4.8 million is hoping that all the extra attention will translate into more tourists and foreign investment.“[The World Cup] has aroused enormous curiosity and interest in Costa Rica. That doesn’t mean foreign investment is going to be pouring in, but whatever the new government does is going to get a lot of attention as a result of the World Cup,” Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, told The Tico Times.Joy Olson, executive director of the Washington Office on Latin America, agreed.“It has a real psychological boost to the country and how it’s perceived,” she said, opining that the attention could have a positive effect on several sectors of the economy, including tourism.The National Soccer Team’s World Cup upsets could not have come at a better time for President Luis Guillermo Solís, who went on a whirlwind tour of the United States in June to drum up foreign investment.The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), a government agency, extended the broadcast of television spots in the United States, Spain, Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and France, along with print and online ads during Saturday’s match against the Netherlands. The ICT and the Foreign Trade Promotion Office have been publishing and airing ads with the country’s new “Essential Costa Rica” brand since June 8.But eyes on the screen don’t necessarily translate into sales, Pablo Heriberto, president the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR), told The Tico Times in a telephone interview.“The investment we’ve made in the last eight years in media exposure has been multiplied 10 times in the last 15 days,” Heriberto observed, referencing the period since the World Cup started in June. “But not everyone who sees us can afford a vacation to Costa Rica. The world’s eyes are on Costa Rica but eyes don’t mean sales,” he said.The CANATUR president said that Costa Rica’s tourism industry needs to be ready for the possible bump in visitors, especially when it comes to improving its presence online.“The hotels that are seeing the most success are those that allow tourists to buy directly [online],” Heriberto said. The tourism chamber president also said that operating costs, including the price of electricity, need to be kept in check if Costa Rica’s tourism industry will be able to leverage the positive press.Costa Rica welcomed a record-breaking 2.4 million tourists in 2013 – although many critics question how those numbers are compiled – an increase of 3.6 percent compared to 2012, according to figures released by ICT in January.“The country has clearly captured the imagination of the world now they need to turn that into results,” Shifter said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Tourism sector extends ad buy during World Cup quarterfinals Costa Ricans racked up credit card debt on TVs, travel during World Cup Costa Rica tourism minister sees no threat from Cuba, Nicaragua Costa Rica rises in global ranking of travel, tourism competitivenesslast_img read more

Sandy Cuts Jobless Claims

first_imgSandy Cuts Jobless Claims Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell 8,000 to 363,000 for the week ending November 3, the “”Labor Department””: reported Thursday. Economists expected 370,000 initial claim filings. It was the third straight weekly decline and the fifth drop in the last seven weeks.The previous week’s report was unchanged at 363,000, the first time a previous week’s report has not been revised upward since April.Continuing claims–reported on a one-week lag–fell a startling 135,000 to 3,127,000. The previous week’s initial report of 3,263,000 continuing claims was revised down to 3,262,000. The continuing claims report tracks the number of longer-term unemployed who qualify for regular state jobless benefits. This week’s data report may have reflected the impact of the storm that ravaged the East Coast, shuttering government offices and systems that process new claims and generate unemployment insurance payments. The drop in continuing claims–if not revised–would be the steepest since January 2011.On a longer-range trend basis, the four-week moving average of initial claims increased 3,250 to 370,500, and the four-week moving average of continuing claims fell 38,500 to 3,227,750, its lowest level since July 2008.The initial claims report has been unusually volatile for the last month, with wide swings in the seasonal adjustment factors used by the Labor Department to “”normalize”” the data. While this week’s seasonally adjusted data showed a drop in first-time claims filings, the unadjusted data showed an increase.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 20 was 5,077,231, an increase of 41,864 from the previous week. There were 6,835,604 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011. Extended benefits were only available in New York during the week ending October 20. According to the BLS, unemployment was 12,258,000 in October which means that of those individuals counted as unemployed, 718 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance, up from 7.05 million one week earlier.States have been borrowing from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid–unless Congress intervenes–with higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of November 6, 20 states have an aggregate $26.1 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls, down from $27.1 billion one week earlier. Absent Congressional action, interest on those loans could lead to states increasing contribution rates required from employers.States reported 2,117,175 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 13, an increase of 18,529 from the prior week, the Labor Department said. There were 2,9453,824 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 27 were in Oregon (+2,379), Indiana (+1,663), California (+1,139), Minnesota (+592), and Wisconsin (+589), while the largest decreases were in North Carolina (-3,782), Tennessee (-1,756), Maryland (-1,361), Florida (-1,141), and New Jersey (-1,080).center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-11-08 Mark Lieberman November 8, 2012 390 Views last_img read more