first_imgThe province recognized more than 70 outstanding volunteers from across Nova Scotia at the 39th Annual Volunteer Awards ceremony today, April 15. “Volunteers are critical to making our communities strong and caring,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Voluntary Sector. “All Nova Scotians benefit from their contributions of time, energy, skills and leadership.” Nova Scotia continues to have a high participation rate for volunteering, and one of the highest rates of youth volunteers in the country. More than 450,000 Nova Scotians generously give their time to a variety of worthwhile causes, programs and organizations. “From youth groups to seniors’ organizations, I’ve been volunteering for more than 50 years in my community,” said Sherbrooke resident Vi Fraser, an award recipient. “Volunteering is a way of life for me and I enjoy every minute of it — helping others and helping my community.” The province is committed to providing training and programs such as the Canadian Red Cross Volunteer Training Centre of Excellence to help volunteers continue their vital contributions. Last month, the province announced its support for the centre, the first of its kind in Canada, to provide better training for volunteers and expand Nova Scotia’s disaster management capabilities. Non-profit organizations also play a valuable role in the Nova Scotia economy. In February, the province invested in the first community sector council, which will help non-profit organizations address staffing and training needs. The council will bring non-profits together to learn from each other and share human resource and financial expertise, training practices and research. Ms. More said the awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the year for her. “It showcases all the work done by outstanding volunteers who go out of their way to make our communities a better place to live,” said Ms. More. “It’s extremely important for us to take time to say thanks, and recognize the dedicated effort volunteers give to our communities.” For more information on the awards and a list of recipients, visit www.gov.ns.ca/lae/volunteerism.last_img read more

first_img “We’ve heard from Nova Scotians that not having to pay the provincial portion of the HST on basic electricity and home energy helps make life a bit more affordable for families, and we want to protect this into the future,” said Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald. “A referendum will ensure they have a direct say in any action that could alter or eliminate these HST exemptions.” The Financial Measures (2013) Act also puts into law other budget measures designed to foster small business growth and jobs, and provide tax relief to low-income seniors. The number of low-income seniors who will get provincial income tax relief will increase to 29,000, from 17,000, as part of the new provincial Age Amount Tax Credit. For the fourth year in a row, the rate of corporate income tax for small business will be reduced by 0.5 per cent to three per cent, while the threshold is lowered to $350,000 as of Jan. 1, 2014. The Corporation Capital Tax Act will be updated to clarify language for taxable capital and repayments of interest on overpayments of corporate capital tax. The Nova Scotia Government Retired Employees Association will gain the right to choose a member of the trustee board of the Public Service Superannuation Plan. Provincial user-fee adjustments, implemented April 1, will also be included in the act, as will the increase in tobacco tax that came into effect April 5. The Financial Measures (2013) Act provides legislative authority for budget measures and is a routine part of the budget process. A fact sheet on the Financial Measures (2013) Act can be found on the Department of Finance’s website www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/fma.aspx. For more information on Budget 2013 and how it makes life better for families in Nova Scotia, visit www.novascotia.ca. Nova Scotians will continue to see the benefits of no provincial portion of the HST on home energy and other essential items with proposed changes to the Financial Measures (2013) Act. The Financial Measures (2013) Act, introduced today, April 18, will require a provincial referendum, and the approval of the majority of Nova Scotians, before the provincial portion of the HST can be added back to: home energy children’s diapers children’s clothing children’s footwear books feminine hygiene products first-time home purchases new vehicles for the physiologically impaired computers for the visually and hearing impaired, and mentally and physically challenged firefighting equipment used by municipalities and volunteer fire departmentslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has started their investigation in a case in which phones were stolen during the cremation of former finance minister Arun Jaitley at the Nigambodh Ghat on Sunday. One of the victims in the case was BJP MP Babul Supriyo.Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Harender Singh said that they have registered a case under section 379 (Punishment for theft) of Indian Penal Code (IPC). “Further investigation is going on in the case,” the officer said. Police said they are tracking the mobile phones and also investigating the roles of gangs operating in the area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn Monday, Patanjali spokesperson SK Tijarawala took to Twitter to complain that he and 10 other people, including Supriyo, lost their mobile phones on Sunday evening. On the incident, Babul Supriyo tweeted that “Chori nehi Dada. Bohot smartly pickpocket kar kia gaya•that push & over 6 of us lost our phones in one single spot! I had even caught the guy’s hand while trying to save myself from tumbling over but it slipped away. I am told at least 35 people got their phones pickpocked” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to police, at the Nigambodh Ghat, two persons identified as Taukir and Nasir were nabbed by people after they were found involved in pick pocketing. The complainant in the case told investigators that when he was attending the last rites of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, a boy took out the mobile phone from his pocket. “I nabbed that boy who gave the phone to his other associate. He was also nabbed by people who were present there. But he had also given the phone to another accused who fled the spot,” the complainant told police.last_img read more

first_imgMABOU, N.S. — The death of a young blue whale off Cape Breton is drawing the attention of an expert on the species who would like to know if it’s the latest case of a fatal ship strike in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.The body was spotted last week at Sutherland’s Cove, about six kilometres north of Port Hawkesbury, N.S., and was confirmed by the Marine Animal Response Society to be a juvenile just under 17 metres long.However, the federal Fisheries Department hadn’t confirmed by late Tuesday whether the body will be towed to a suitable location for a necropsy.Richard Sears, a scientist with the Mingan Island Cetacean Study who is based in St-Lambert, Que., said Tuesday it’s important to know what killed the whale.The biologist, who has studied blue whales for 41 years, says the species has faced risks from ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements in the gulf.In addition, there is evidence that underwater acoustic noise and toxic pollutants is harming the blue whale population, he added.“It wouldn’t hurt to do a necropsy to see what killed it …. I think there’s a good chance if they do a necropsy they’ll find the skeleton was damaged, and probably it’s a ship strike,” the researcher said in an interview. Sears said photos of the dead whale suggest the whale had been in good condition prior to its death.Blue whales are the largest creatures on Earth, and have a potential lifespan of 70 to 80 years. There has been a federal recovery plan for the whales off Canada’s east coast for over 17 years, and federal scientists estimate there are no more than 250 in the population.Sears said that in addition to human-related deaths his team has been concerned about relatively low reproductive rates of the blue whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. He said last year there were seven or eight births tracked in the gulf, but in other years there have just been one to three.“The blue whales may be increasing slowly in eastern Canadian waters, but there are still some disturbing trends …. We’re barely at 31 calves in 41 years of observing,” he said.The scientist says he believes speed restrictions for vessels should be in place for shipping throughout the gulf, rather than in certain sectors.“Basically, the St. Lawrence is like a huge wildlife reserve, and slowing ships down in one place doesn’t mean they won’t strike an animal in another,” he said.Most recent attention on whale deaths has focused on the endangered North Atlantic right whales. Eight right whales have died in Canadian waters this summer, out of a population numbering only about 400 animals.Canada instituted measures following 12 right whale deaths in 2017, including altering shipping lanes and reducing vessel speeds in some areas, along with increased surveillance, fishery closures and dynamic or moving closures based on the sighting of right whales in a particular area.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.— By Michael Tutton in Halifax.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgYouTuber Dan Rodo has amassed millions of views on his channel “The Danocracy” but knows he still needs way more.It is one of the reasons the Toronto-based producer partnered with Bell Media’s Much Digital Studios to create Dan for a Week, a slick new web series in which he challenges himself to upend his life in weird ways. He chronicles gut-churning feats like eating only pizza for a week, and struggling through his normal life while wearing a pair of Incredible Hulk gloves — all in the name of going viral.Rodo, like many of Canada’s biggest YouTubers, came to realize that in the increasingly precarious digital economy, you’re only as good as your last hit video. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I really like YouTube for what it is now, but it’s not going to last forever,” Rodo says. “There’s been some big changes recently so you kind of have to roll with the punches.”The Google-owned streaming website has kept its community of creators guessing with recent unexpected changes to advertising payouts. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: YouTubers were shocked when its “restricted” setting began filtering out a wide variety of LGBTQ-friendly content for no clear reason — and without advance notification.Then came a rash of advertisers fleeing the platform after seeing their ads running next to racist and extremist content. The creators who struggled with reduced earnings dubbed it the “adpocalypse.”The turmoil has calmed in recent months but gave YouTubers a moment of pause. Perhaps it was time to sharpen their skills as independent promoters of their own brands and not rely solely on the YouTube platform.“YouTube is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had but also one of the most stressful jobs,” Rodo says, “just because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”Dan For a Week still uses YouTube as a distribution platform but it’s also bolstered by the Much brand, though it doesn’t air on television. Visitors to Much.com see links to the series on the home page and the network’s social-media accounts promote it.That backing worked for Jus Reign, the Guelph, Ont.-raised YouTuber whose hobby of making comedy shorts led to him hosting red carpets at some of Much’s biggest events.Transgender creator Stef Sanjati says she too was in negotiations with Much Digital Studios to help grow her audience on YouTube and beyond but decided instead to hire an agent to chase sponsorship deals. Sanjati has plugged mobile apps, skin care products and most recently a laser clinic’s treatments in her YouTube videos and on Instagram.“It’s tricky for me as someone who is more an artist than a business person, but it’s something I’ve been learning as I go,” she says.“I do think it would be irresponsible of me — as someone who works only on YouTube — to not expand and solidify myself as a brand.”Rodo agrees, but he’s particularly cautious about which brands he incorporates into videos. If it’s funny, then he’ll consider it. Last month he interviewed his dog to plug the film A Dog’s Purpose and played a game of Truth or Dare to promote a new pack of gum.Other Canadians have proven it’s possible to break the YouTube celebrity mould in their own way.Standing tallest is Lilly Singh, who racked up 11.5 million subscribers with colourful impersonations of her parents and guest spots by Bill Gates and Michelle Obama.While Singh’s debut book How to Be a Bawse soared up bestseller lists she says success in traditional media hasn’t weakened her confidence in the future of YouTube.“I remember years ago there was this idea you had to get on YouTube so you could use it as a stepping stone . . . I don’t feel that way,” she says. “I feel it is very much a space that will exist and grow.”Singh left her east-Toronto neighbourhood for Hollywood two years ago in the hopes of solidifying a presence in the entertainment industry. But while she’s found a sweet spot that works south of the border, some U.S. YouTubers are headed north to build their name.Lloyd Ahlquist, the U.S. co-creator of viral sensation “Epic Rap Battles of History,” tapped into funding from the Ontario Media Development Corp., and the Independent Production Fund to bring his new YouTube series “Epic Studios” to life.The episodes were shot in Toronto with a cast of mostly Canadian actors, including Kevin McDonald from Kids in the Hall.Ahlquist says that while others talk about leaving YouTube, he cherishes the freedom it allows. Some of his most popular rap battles, such as “Darth Vader vs Hitler” or “Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton,” have racked up hundreds of millions of views — and their concepts might have been vetoed by the executives at a traditional media company.“For me it’s such creative control. I really enjoy that,” he says. “Having something that’s all mine is really what levels this playing field.”By DAVID FRIEND – The Canadian Press Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFacing Roger Federer in a finale and toppling him is always special and requires special effort too. For an elated Dominic Thiem, triumphing over the legend in the BNP Paribas Open final was as dreamy as it could get. The Austrian, long heralded as among most talented of his generation, put up a classy display against the Swiss to clinch his first-ever ATP Masters 1000 trophy 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on scoreboard. Having experienced a topsy-turvy start to the season, the finale began on similar lines with the 25-year-old striving hard to get his nose in front. Hunting for his 12th ATP Tour prize in total, the Austrian seemed hell bent on putting an end to Roger’s starry line of 20 straight final victories. As the encounter progressed, it didn’t take Thiem very long to find his stride – accredited to his dizzying backhands – and turn the tables against the bigwig who was awaiting his 101st career title and 28th at the Masters 1000 level. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHowever, after two hours and two minutes of tennis, he was more or less in seventh heaven – lying on the court celebrating his roller coaster ride of a tournament, where he didn’t drop a set on his way to the galvanizing semi-final against Milos Raonic, which he narrowly won before scripting a milestone victory in his third final appearance. Presently, he occupies the 4th spot in the ATP rankings – equaling his highest career ranking. On the other hand, there are the adventures of Bianca Andreescu – a wild card entry at Indian Wells. She kicked off her 2019 campaign outside the top 100 in the world – but, since then, the teen has come a long way to reach the 24th spot in the rankings. The 18-year-old arrived in the Coachella valley on the back of two finals played this year; and, watching her in the business was a fascinating sight to behold as she went on to register seven wins in the competition, upsetting No 6 and 8 seeds en route the finale. And, not to forget the 6-0, 6-1 drabbing of Grand Slam winner Gabrine Muguruza in the quarters. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAs she climbed the ladder, the semi-final and final against top seeds Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber appeared to be tough nuts to crack. But, here again, she audaciously managed to not reel under pressure, albeit moments of wavering focus and inconsistency in between, which only bemoaned a lack of experience, inevitable for a young player playing at such a high level. Nevertheless, the Canadian, showcasing power plays throughout the tournament, bagged over a million in cash prize and has now become the youngest woman to win the Indian Wells – something no wild card has ever pulled off. Replicating Serena Williams’s feat achieved in 1999 in her teenage years, the signs of a formidable player have already started to surface as she has bested all three top-10 opponents she’s faced till date – perhaps marking a glittering future in the sport.last_img read more

“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to Sri Lankans around the world as you celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year. This celebration brings people together to renew bonds of friendship and family. It also gives Sri Lankans of all backgrounds, living inside and outside the country, an opportunity to help build a prosperous, democratic nation defined by tolerance and respect for human rights. As a partner and friend of Sri Lanka for more than 150 years, the United States looks forward to supporting your efforts to foster national reconciliation and development, and to build even stronger ties between our people,” she said in her message today. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a message greeting Sri Lankans around the world for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.In her message Clinton said that the New Year gives Sri Lankans of all backgrounds, living inside and outside the country, an opportunity to help build a prosperous, democratic nation defined by tolerance and respect for human rights. read more

Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) serves the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team will be playing for more than a win when it takes the court against No. 20 Illinois.OSU (16-12, 4-12) is fighting for a berth in the NCAA Tournament this season, after dropping 10 of their last 12 matches.“Right now, we’re fighting to get into the tournament,” junior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said.The Buckeyes are scheduled for a chance to better their ranking as they host two Big Ten opponents this weekend. OSU is set to play No. 20 Illinois at 7 p.m. Friday before welcoming Northwestern for an 8:30 p.m. match Saturday.“This weekend we need to win, period,” sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell said. “We need to come out with two wins, and we’re working really hard this week to get them.”OSU has experienced both positive and negative streaks so far this season. The Buckeyes started off with 13 straight wins, before losing two, winning one and then losing eight consecutive matches. Since then, OSU is 2-2, but still searching for a boost.Beyond looking to increase their chances at making the NCAA Tournament, the players will be aiming to honor three departing seniors on the squad as well.Seniors outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary, libero Davionna DiSalvatore and defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo, will be honored during Senior Night against Illinois.Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said sending her teammates out on top would mean a lot.“A couple weeks ago, we decided we are absolutely playing for our seniors,” she said. “We don’t want their careers to be done. We love our team and we don’t want it to be over yet.“Ending on a positive note would be a positive for everybody.”Leary said her time has gone by “really fast,” but she is looking forward to facing the Illini and Wildcats.“We’ve had a good week of practice, so I’m excited to see what our team can do,” Leary said. “They’re two really big games for us and we just need to take one game at a time.”While Senior Night will have already passed, the three veterans are not scheduled to play their final home games until Nov. 27 when OSU hosts No. 2 Penn State. After taking on the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes are scheduled to wrap up their 2013 regular season with a road match against Iowa Nov. 30. read more

first_imgA man usues a mop to clear snow from his car in Old Drumchapel, Glasgow, ScotlandCredit:Kirk O’Rourke The military were called in to assist police forces during adverse weather conditions, as Britain’s weather death toll rises to 10.A seven-year-old girl died when a car careered off the road into a house, while a 75-year-old woman died beneath a car whilst a 46-year-old man was killed in a car accident.On Wednesday a carer died on her way to work and a man in his 60s died after falling through a frozen lake. Four people died on Tuesday in two separate car incidents and a 52-year-old homeless man was found dead inside his freezing tent.England’s first ever red “danger to life” alert for snow and ice has been issued by the Met Office, as people are warned to avoid all but essential travel on another day of sub-zero temperatures and “blizzard-like” conditions.The highest possible extreme warning is for parts of the south west of England and south Wales. It urges residents to “take action now to keep yourself and others safe” as Storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, looks poised to collide with the “Beast from the East” weather front. Guardsman take part in a snowball fight as they wait for the parade to start 1st Battalion, The Welsh Guards, receiving traditional Leek during a St. David’s Day ParadeCredit:Anthony Upton Richard Bruton wrote on Twitter: “Status red has now been issued for all counties with immediate effect. All schools, third level institutions and colleges of further education will be closed [on Thursday] and Friday.” Guardsman take part in a snowball fight as they wait for the parade to start 1st Battalion, The Welsh Guards, receiving traditional Leek during a St. David's Day Parade Schools are facing the most widespread disruption “in a generation” due to snow, a head teachers’ union has warned.Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said that the extreme weather conditions mean that children’s education across the country has been interrupted.“There are huge swathes of the country where it was a no brainer that schools are closing – where there are traffic advisories that no one should travel,” he said.“Whether your school is in Scotland, Kent, Wales or East Anglia, you are affected. This is more widespread than we have seen in a generation”.Over a thousand schools were forced to close on Thursday, including more than 125 in North Yorkshire and more than 330 across Kent, giving thousands of children a second snow day. On Thursday there were over 400 school closures in Scotland alone where a Met Office red weather warning.“Even though you might assume this year is an easy decision [to close a school], head teachers are still agonising over it,” Mr Barton said.“A veteran head said this never gets any easier, it is the most difficult decision. They really aren’t taken lightly.”All schools and colleges in the Republic of Ireland will remain closed today [FRI], the Education Minister has said. 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. A man usues a mop to clear snow from his car in Old Drumchapel, Glasgow, Scotlandlast_img read more

DHB CupFuchse BerlinHandball Bundesliga The biggest surprise of this season in Handball Bundesliga, Fuchse Berlin continues to make fantastic results. In the 1/8 final of the DHB Cup, team led by Dagur Sigurdsson eliminated last season Cup Winner, HSV Hamburg 31:27 (15:16).Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter (16/1 saves, 1.-60.); Stochl n.e.; Christophersen 8, Petersson 7, Richwien 3, Wilczynski 3/3, Bult 3, Jaszka 2, Nincevic 2, Kubisztal 2, Laen 1, Spoljaric, Sellin, Böhm n.e., Löffler n.e.HSV Handball: Bitter (16/3 saves); Sandström (3 P., 50.-60.);  M. Lijewski 5, Lackovic 5, Vori 4, Hens 4, Lindberg 2, Kraus 2/1, Duvnjak 2, Jansen 1, Flohr 1, B. Gille 1, Schröder, G. Gille ← Previous Story Rastko Stojković until 2015 in Vive Targi Kielce Next Story → Ugly prejudices about the handball fans from Balkan read more

Restaurants and distributors respond to Ecoli warning on romaine lettuce

first_img Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-From consumers to retailers, restaurants and distributors, millions of Americans have been affected by the warning from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid eating romaine lettuce because of an outbreak of E. coli.Inside the warehouse of Specialty Produce, a San Diego wholesale produce company, owner Bob Harrington said he removed romaine lettuce and any product containing the suspect lettuce from his inventory, after learning of the CDC alert. Harrington said about five to seven pallets of romaine lettuce would have to be tossed out.On Tuesday, Harrington contacted his customers, mostly restaurants, and instructed them to discard their romaine lettuce or return any unopened cases for credit. The produce wholesaler said he would be replacing his customers’ orders for romaine lettuce with other kinds of leafy greens such as baby iceberg and bibb.Harrington said making the changes will cost him a few thousand dollars, but considered the financial impact insignificant. “We’ll absorb that. It’s really not that much. Public safety is way more important,” Harrington said.At the Corner Drafthouse on Fifth Avenue, near Balboa Park, the wedge salad made with romaine is already off the menu. Chef Ruben Zamarripa wasted no time in making the necessary changes, substituting iceberg lettuce to make a wedge salad and using a more expensive blend of artisan greens on other dishes.Zamarripa said his food costs might increase but he was not willing to take the risk of endangering a customer’s health.He said he hoped that the voluntary recall would not last long, “because over the long haul, it will take a toll on our food costs, but you don’t want to risk it, right now. I’ll still wait after they say it’s officially done. I’ll still wait a few weeks before I start bringing the product in here.”The FDA is warning consumers to avoid all types and brands of romaine lettuce, Gottlieb said.Consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce product, including “whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, such as spring mix and Caesar salad.Retailers and restaurants also should not serve or sell any until more is known about the outbreak. Restaurants and distributors respond to E.coli warning on romaine lettuce Categories: Health, KUSI, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, center_img November 21, 2018 Updated: 7:34 PM Posted: November 21, 2018last_img read more

first_imgMany state agencies will be closed Friday for Washington state’s monthly unpaid furlough day.Among the dozens of agencies, boards and commissions that will be closed Friday are the departments of commerce, corrections, fish and wildlife, health, personnel and veterans affairs.Exemptions cover certain public safety, public health and revenue-generation activities. Services by child protection workers, community corrections officers, emergency public health and patient safety workers, and the Washington State Patrol will continue in full.The monthly furloughs will save more than $70 million in all funds in 2010–11. The next closure is June 10.For more information on state agency closures, visit http://www.ofm.wa.gov/layoff/.last_img read more

first_img South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Load More RelatedPosts 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Although Genting Singapore didn’t provide a full breakdown of its 4Q18 results, brokerage Sanford C Bernstein estimates that rolling chip increased by around 9% year-on-year to SG$8.2 billion with GGR up 38% to SG$277 million.However, Bernstein analysts add, “Higher VIP volumes are likely being driven by more credit extension. We are concerned about the increase in bad debt provision and don’t buy management’s downplay – saying it’s only a ‘blip’ from quarter to quarter and the company is maintaining the same credit extension level.”VIP hold was 3.4%, significantly higher than the Singapore average of 2.85% and worth around SG$10 million in hold impact according to Bernstein.Genting Singapore’s market share of GGR grew from 39% to 41% following a tough quarter for its local rival Marina Bay Sands.Revenue for the full year in 2018 increased 6% to SG$2.5 billion with Adjusted EBITDA up 7% to SG$1.26 billion.The company continues to focus much of its future interest on Japan, stating in its earnings release that “we are looking forward to the Japanese Government publishing detailed regulations for the establishment of IRs. In the meantime, the group is deploying significant resources on the ground and actively developing bid design and concepts, and engaging with stakeholders to prepare for the formal bidding process, which is expected to commence in the second half of 2019.” Genting Singapore reported a 15% increase in revenue to SG$664.8 million for the three months to 31 December 2018, driven by higher VIP rolling chip volume and strong hold. Net profit grew 12% to SG$150.2 million, with Adjusted EBITDA also rising 12% to SG$286 million.Casino revenue at the company’s flagship integrated resort, Resorts World Genting, increased 20% to SG$444.2 million, while non-gaming revenue rose 5% to SG$220 million.last_img read more

first_imgEWIP‘s annual Exceptional Women in Publishing conference was held earlier this month in San Fancisco. The event marked its fifth anniversary, while the organization itself notched its fifteenth year in operation. According to organizers, more than 250 attendees were on hand to listen to sessions lead by speakers such as AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher and keynoters Liz Schimel, chief digital officer at Meredith, and KALW Your Call host Rose Aguilar. This year’s recipient of the Exceptional Women in Publishing Award—the 15th annual—was Deanna Brown, who just prior to the event announced her departure as CEO of Federated Media Publishing. The award was presented by last year’s winner, Dwell Media president Michela O’Conner Abrams. Brown took the opportunity to announce her new venture—Digital Scouts, which she described as a talent agency for content creators.last_img read more

first_imgAmala Paul in Aadai.PR HandoutThe teaser from Amala Paul’s upcoming movie Aadai has met with stupendous response from the audience and critics. The actress has been showered with good words for her courageous decision to do a bold character.In the clip, Amala Paul has broken all the barriers and shed her inhibitous as she appears in the final part of the video without any clothes. Presumably, the movie is about a rape victim and tries to throw light at an issue which is plaguing the society.Amala Paul’s look of a bruised and battered woman, visuals and background have been appreciated by cine-goers. Jean Paul’s quote “Freedom is about what you do with what’s been done to you” looks apt to the content.Not just audience and critics, many celebrities have hailed the clip. We bring you select-few comments posted by them:Baby Akkineni: Looks amazing @Amala_ams … all the best to you .. curiosity levels high .. looking forwardAnirudh Ravichander: Best wishes my dear ones @Amala_ams @thisisoorka for a super success I’m a fan of Meyaadha Maan and am sure @MrRathna would have rocked this :)Vignesh Shivan: Superb work !!! Looking forward to this one #promising & #differentSunainaa: Such a power impactful teaser. @Amala_ams a big applause for you.Pushkar&Gayatri: #Aadai teaser! This promises to be a relevant & sensitive But still hits your gut! Super @MrRathna! @Amala_ams is blazing new paths! Great work by DoP @vijaykartik_k and the whole team. #NothingToHidekarthik subbaraj: Here’s the striking teaser of #Aadai from the dir of ‘Meyadha Maan’, @MrRathna , Proud to say this Am sure this film is gonna be a bold & awesome one…All the best @vstudiosoffl @Amala_ams @pradeepvijay @vijaykartik_k & whole team #NothingToHideSananth: Trust me. This is going to be your best film watching experience yet. The wackiest film of the year From the crazy Combo @MrRathna & @vijaykartik_k https://youtu.be/gd6E2XgRoww #aadai #AADAIteaserRamya Subramanian: #Aadai ‘s start can’t get better than this ❤️ !!! Breaking all conventional barriers, here comes a gutsy film to stun,shock and astonish you . To @vstudiosoffl @MrRathna @Amala_ams and team Aadai . #Aadai #NothingToHide #AadaiTeaser #AmalaPaulRahul Ravindran: Really intriguing and very international. So much potential to be a profound film. Can’t wait to see what this film is about. Huge respect to you @Amala_amsaishwarya rajessh: Here s #Aadaiteaser https://youtu.be/gd6E2XgRoww looks super intense .. wishing. D entire team super duper success … waiting to watch it @Amala_ams @vstudiosoffl @MrRathna @subbhunaarayanlast_img read more

first_img One of the most pressing questions in the geek universe is this: when aliens come to Earth, are they going to want to make out? We’ve seen predatory extraterrestrial lovers in movies like Species and romantic ones in Earth Girls Are Easy, not to mention the many types who just want to lay eggs in us and never answer our texts the next morning.But what if the language of love in outer space is different from ours? How would you have satisfying sexy time with an alien lover if you couldn’t communicate directly?Consentacle is a new card game currently on Kickstarter that aims to answer that question.The game casts one player as a human and the other as an alien. You both play cards to build trust with each other, and then can cash in that trust for sexual satisfaction. But it’s not just the cards that you play that matter – each action has repercussions and combinations with your partner, meaning that cooperation is key.And that’s where the language barrier comes in. Consentacle‘s different levels of difficulty are entirely predicated on how much you can share with your other-species lover. At the easiest setting, you can talk freely about what cards you’re going to play and why. But if you really want to challenge yourself, try playing with only non-verbal communication – or even just eye contact!Here’s a video to explain things a little more.The Consentacle campaign is already fully funded and past its first stretch goal after less than a week, so it’s safe to say the project is striking a chord with game fans. It’s a remarkably funny and mature take on a silly concept that could spark productive discussions about your own sex life.Pledge to Consentacle here.Disclaimer: I’ve known Consentacle designer Naomi Clark for some time and contributed to artist James Harvey’s Bartkira project. That said, I’d be telling you about this game no matter what.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read July 21, 2014 As 3-D printing technology edges steadily towards wider implementation, one industry likely to be disrupted is that of toys. If consumers can simply print out their own dolls, curios and figurines, the thinking goes, then why need they purchase them elsewhere?Perhaps sensing this eventuality, Hasbro — the Pawtucket, R.I.-headquartered toy giant — announced today a groundbreaking partnership with Shapeways, an online 3-D printing marketplace where designers can share and vend their own creations. Marking what the companies say is the first time that a global brand has opened up its intellectual property to let fans make and sell their own products, Hasbro has granted five artists license to create My Little Pony figurines. The toys will be sold on a co-created site entitled SuperFanArt.Related: This Company Makes 3-D Printed Headphones That Perfectly Fit Your EarsThe artists, selected by Hasbro and Shapeways, were given complete creative control (so long as their designs were not “obscene, violent or hateful,” reports The New York Times), and they were also able to set their own prices.Nineteen total designs are currently available, ranging in price from $24.99 to $99. Each is available for purchase today and will also be on display next month at Comic-Con International: San Diego.The initiative will roll out with additional artists, products and Hasbro brands — which include G.I. Joe, Mr. Potato Head and Transformers — in coming weeks.Related: Will.i.am Wants You to Buy This Eco-Friendly 3-D PrinterMore than 900 total fan-created ponies could ultimately exist within the marketplace, Shapeways said in a blog post — many of which will have been contributed by the “Brony” community, or older male My Little Pony fans.By choosing to share some of its rights from the outset, Hasbro could theoretically keep closer tabs on the My Little Pony brand as a whole while engaging die-hard fans and generating significant marketing buzz, according to the Times.“We’ve already seen a passionate My Little Pony following on Shapeways,” said its co-founder and CEO, Peter Weijmarshausen, in a statement, “and are thrilled that Hasbro is opening its doors for the design community to actively work with a global brand.”Related: This Gadget Will Let You 3-D Print in Nutellacenter_img How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionCosta Rica’s gross domestic product, at an estimated $55 billion for 2012, is only about 0.4 percent of the U.S.’ $14.5 trillion economy. Nevertheless, because of a big public sector and a 500-to-one exchange rate, when we examine this country’s national budget in colones, presented by President Laura Chinchilla’s administration this week to the Legislative Assembly, we can talk in trillions, just like the United States. It’s budget season in Costa Rica: The law requires that the national budget be approved by Nov. 30 every year. Finance Minister Edgar Ayales has been conscientious in delivering a draft 2013 budget for discussion on Monday, the opening day of the assembly’s ordinary session, when the agenda is set by assembly rules and not the executive branch. The draft budget will be evaluated and voted upon first in the assembly’s Finance Commission, then before full Congress.An important point to make is that Costa Rica’s national budget is allotted for three branches of government, plus the fourth branch, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, and autonomous institutes such as the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, the huge power and telecom utility. But the national budget does not include the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, the country’s flagship social security, health care and pensions system.For 2012, the national budget was ₡6 trillion, while the Caja’s budget was ₡2.3 trillion. The government claims that Costa Rica is an under-taxed country, with the national budget at about 22 percent of GDP. But if we add another 8 percent on top of that for the Caja, the total tax burden runs to 30 percent of GDP – well below European 40 percent levels, but higher than the U.S.’ historical 22-26 percent government spending to GDP ratio. While Costa Rica’s budget is very much in the public eye and the subject of much political discussion, the Caja budget, autonomously prepared by Caja financial staff, is quietly approved by the Comptroller’s Office, with little or no public attention.The 2013 Costa Rica national budget presented by Ayales is ₡6.4 trillion, a 7.5 percent increase over 2012. The budget is controversial right off the bat. First of all, it’s illegal. Article 6 of the Law for Financial Administration and Public Budgets states that “to maintain sound public finances, funding of current expenditures from long-term sources is forbidden.” But the 2013 national budget does just that: 40.8 percent of ₡1.9 trillion in public sector salaries and employee compensation are to be paid for by issuing medium- to long-term government debt. Overall, only 57 percent of proposed expenditures are covered by current revenues in the government’s 2013 budget, with 43 percent financed by debt – much of it medium- to long-term. This situation is generated by Costa Rica’s main budget bind: constitutionally mandated expenses such as salaries, pensions and debt service account for the great majority (85 percent) of government spending, leaving little room for investment. Infrastructure – the Public Works and Transport Ministry – is budgeted to take a 2.4 percent budget hit, so that roads, already falling apart, will get even less attention next year. Asked what the solution to Costa Rica’s budget bind is, Ayales gave the stock government answer: reduce the deficit, projected at 5.26 percent of GDP for the 2013 budget, with the implication that this must be by way of additional taxes, since the great majority of expenses are untouchable. Trouble is, the Chinchilla government’s biggest political defeat has been the failure of it’s proposed tax package in April of this year, with Ayales’ predecessor, Fernando Herrero, losing his job because of a tax scandal of his own. Since then, this government has lowered its sights on reform of public finances, concentrating its efforts on two tax housekeeping bills, and an authorization to issue Eurodollar debt to refinance public debt at low international rates.The three bills, passed last month, provide wiggle room for the government to muddle along without addressing the basic budget problem: an out-of-control public sector payroll. To its credit, the Chinchilla administration has proposed the start of a long-term process to achieve eventual payroll reform. Public sector unions have already come out against any attempt to tamper with their acquired benefits. But this fight will be for the long term. For the short term, the 2013 budget has the country persisting with its unsustainable deficits. The government, with 21 months to go in office, is basically playing it safe, riding along on good economic growth, exchange stability and low inflation, hoping economics won’t blow up in its face. Odds are that they’ll get through with this strategy. But in something as politically charged as administering budget austerity among government entities, each with patrons in the assembly, you never know. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

NSW again tops National Visitor Survey

first_imgNSW is continuing to bring in the greatest numbers of visitors from around Australia, according to the latest National Visitor Survey.Destination NSW chief executive officer Sandra Chipchase said that Sydney was still the most popular destination.“Sydney and NSW remains the most popular place, with more visitor nights and expenditure than any other state,” Ms Chipchase said.For the year end to March 2014, NSW was visited by 26.3 million people in Australia who stayed more than 85 million nights.In addition total expenditure by domestic overnight visitors grew by 10 per cent to AUD 15.35 billion during the same period.This growth was driven by the Holiday and Visiting Friends and Relative markets.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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first_imgAir VanuatuairlinesMelbourne Air Vanuatu has announced non-stop flights between Melbourne and Port Vila commencing 18 June 2019. The new route will be the onlydirect connection between Melbourne and Vanuatu.Tickets are now available to book.The airline will operate three direct flights per week between Melbourne and the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila, using the airline’s Boeing 737-800. Onward connections are available to 28 destinations across the country.Derek Nice, Air Vanuatu’s Managing Director and CEO, said he is thrilled to be offering the only direct service between Melbourne and Vanuatu.“The arrival of this new route will be particularly exciting for people living in Melbourne who have already discovered the wonders of Vanuatu and can’t wait to go back. They can travel non-stop, on conveniently timed flights, giving them more time in our island paradise,” said Mr Nice.“Subject to regulatory and government approval, we are also pleased to add code-sharing with Qantas on the new service,” he concluded.When operations commence, Air Vanuatu flight NF7 will depart Melbourne (MEL) at 07.00 (local time) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays arriving in Port Vila at 12.30 (local time), with a flight time of just over 4 hours. The return flight NF8 will depart Port Vila at 16.15 (local time) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Melbourne at 20.15 (local time), with a flight time of just over 5 hours. Flight schedules are subject to change.last_img read more